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Gene and Gayla Mills
Jan 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm$12 – $15
Doors 7:30 // Show 8:00 PM
$12 advance, $15 door
Beer // wine // non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase. No food.
“Take the cornerstones of acoustic Americana, add a touch of bluegrass, country and folk, mix together with dedication, superb musicianship and then add precise harmonies. If these songs don’t move you, then your soul is made of stone.” – Tim Carroll, folkwords.com
Gene and Gayla Mills play acoustic Americana—modern folk tinged with bluegrass and country, featuring Gene’s award-winning original songs. In their 2015 album, Walk on Solid Ground, Gene and Gayla appeal to the head and heart with original songs exploring the breadth and nuance of life. Gene’s songs tell rich stories, many based on real people from Virginia—miners, farmers, lovers, and soldiers. The song “Another Day”; has won two songwriting awards, and “No Dominion Over Me”; has become a rallying cry for those fighting the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Gene and Gayla’s debut album, If Stones Could Talk, reached #5 on the Roots Music Report Folk Chart and #11 on the Folk DJ chart.
Gene, who was a mainstay performer in Charlottesville in the late 70s and early 80s, has won over 20 country, folk, and instrumental songwriting awards. He is also an accomplished flat-picking guitarist. Gayla’s bass playing—solid, rhythmic, and melodic—is accompanied by her tender harmonies. Gayla has written a book, Making Music for Life: Rediscover Your Musical Passion, which has provided musicians in the second half of lie with new strategies for getting more from music.
Married over 30 years, Gene and Gayla have been playing as a duo since 2004. “The dynamic between the both of them is just beautiful. It’s a sweet thing to watch.” (Karen Atkinson, WHAN Radio).
Gene and Gayla have played at the Oak Grove Music Festival, Crozet Music Festival, Richmond Irish Festival, Nashville Songwriter’s Festival, and Fredericksburg Songwriters’ Showcase. They’ve also performed at weddings, funerals, and everything in between.
Gene and Gayla will be playing from Gene’s award-winning songs and will showcase some new ones.