Gene and Gayla Mills play acoustic Americana: folk tinged with bluegrass, country, and more, with an emphasis on Gene’s award-winning original songs. “One of the best (and also one of the best-kept secrets) in the central Virginia music scene,” the duo features impressive lead guitar, solid bass fiddle, and smooth harmonies. Their songs—both originals and covers—tell rich, concrete stories of memorable characters, from miners and farmers to lovers and soldiers. Covers range from traditional ballads to the Beatles, Larry Sparks to Bob Dylan, Hot Rize to the Louvin Brothers. Gene’s CD Waiting for Rain has garnered nationwide airplay, and he and Gayla have recently completed “If Stones Could Talk,” their first album as a duo.
Gene writes lyrics that are complex and rich, telling stories and creating characters that are concrete and memorable. From stories about coal mining or farming to lost loves or lessons from war, the duo play songs that move audiences. Their songs include the upbeat, the comic, and the tragic, but all are pleasing to the ear.
The show starts at 8pm/$7.