Photo: Doe Deer Photography

Photo: Doe Deer Photography

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Rapid City band, The Darning Hearts, will be performing on the Watering Hole Stage 5 – 8 p.m., Saturday, July 16, during The Matthews’s 
39th Festival in the Park (Spearfish City Park).  This is a FREE event.

DH1-325webThe Darning Hearts are a recently formed husband and wife duo based out of Rapid City, SD. Dylan James is a veteran “flat picker” who has played with several bluegrass bands and has done his best-known work playing in a duo with Jami Lynn. NaTasha Lee has been a “booker” and promoter of shows for the last 10 years in the Rapid City area and beyond. NaTasha is a self-proclaimed choir nerd. When Dylan was in between projects, he said, “Hey! We should start a band together,” and NaTasha said, “OK!” The rest is history.

NaTasha’s high soprano voice has an “old-timey” sound reminiscent of Jean Ritchie, Iris Dement, and other Appalachian folk singers, but maintains the smooth quality of singers such as Joni Mitchel and Joan Baez.

The couple “darns” traditional Appalachian music with 20’s and 30’s swing music and then infuses it with their unique Darning Hearts flavor. NaTasha’s voice rings perfectly with Dylan’s raw, Doc Watson like vocals and heartfelt handmade songs.

The couple recorded their first CD as a duo at the White Wall Sessions (a Midwest TV series) studio in Sioux Falls in late January of 2016 which features ten original songs and one traditional number. The CD was released in April 2016.

The Darning Hearts Video

“Coyote Song” by The Darning Hearts


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