Jeni & Billy - Southern Music Duo

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Jeni and Billy have traveled across the United States and Canada winning ribbons in folk singing, guitar picking and flat foot dancing.

Jeni Hankins traces her vocal style to Virginia Lowe, the blind music minister in the  Appalachian community in which she spent childhood summers. A natural storyteller who studied with Pulitzer-Prize winning Irish poet, Paul Muldoon, Jeni's writing has been compared to Carson McCullers and Flannery O'Conner. Her singing has been compared to the lonesome voices of Maybelle Carter and Iris Dement.

Billy Kemp, a Baltimore native, embraced the sound of Appalachian immigrants who migrated to the nearby community of Oella.

Billy's passion for the sound of Flatt & Scruggs led him from Baltimore to Nashville and eventually onto the Opry stage.

"Mountain roads and mountain churches, moonshine and oxycodone, snake handlers and sherbet cake - you get to know them all at a Jeni & Billy concert."


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