Laura and Kagey of the Honey Dewdrops passed though town a couple weeks ago and told us about the best new band we’ve never heard of but wish we had: a smoothgrass trio calling themselves Red June. Well Fiddlefreak dropped ’em a line and next thing you know, here I am looking out over Morro Bay and hearing some very sweet ear candy. The new album from Red June is just now done, with a release date of June 5th, titled Beauty Will Come. And now I can say, beauty HAS come.
Red June (named after the heirloom apple variety) is Will Straughan on resonator guitar, guitar and vocals, John Cloyd Miller on mandolin, guitar and vocals, and Natalya Weinstein on fiddle and vocals. The three have been longtime friends, and first jammed together at a pickin’ party in Asheville in 2005. In late 2008 they formed Red June and went on to release their debut album, Remember Me Well, in 2010.
Beauty Will Come is sure to garner the trio some well-deserved radio play and coveted festival slots. The material on Beauty is almost all self-penned by the band, running the gamut of modern bluegrassy folk. From git-down instrumentals to lovely waltzes, even a set of Irish reels, every piece is played with confidence and soul. But on the singing is where they shine like the summer sun. With warm lilting three-part harmonies and instrumental prowess to match, Red June will be a band to watch this year as they tour in support of Beauty Will Come. Recommended for fans of Alison Krauss and the Wailin’ Jennys. Enjoy!
LISTEN: Red Sky of Morn