The Honeysuckle Possums are a high-energy, all-woman band, playing bluegrass, originals, and old-timey mountain music. They have been together for several years and recently released their debut album. Their music has taken them all over California and they continue to gain praise for their beautiful vocals, carefully crafted harmonies, and spirited style. Their performance at the Old Time Fiddlers Convention and the Parkfield Bluegrass Festival elicited rave reviews.
The two lead singers, Susan Marie Reeves (guitar, strumstick, and ukelele) and Rebecca Troon (banjo, fiddle, bodhran, and tin whistle) are both accomplished songwriters. Lisa Macker plays stand up bass and mandolin while joining in on vocals and harmonies. Ruth Alpert is the band’s dancing percussionist…an Appalachian-style flat-footer, who seems to float as she makes it easy for the crowd to dance and clap along.
The Possums intention is “to create and share bliss through music”. Their collective joy onstage is delightful, and their performances are carried on a strong current of love and friendship. “Possum” audience members often comment on how that energy is positively contagious!
Rebecca has two sons, Dan and Richard, and lives in Santa Barbara with her husband; underwater photographer Richard Salas, and their son, Richard. When she is not playing, teaching, practicing, and writing music, she likes to make and grow things. “I get happy when I see people in an audience laughing, and happier still when I see them crying…it’s a funny job.” She has performed at Live Oak Festival, Songtree Concert series, Trinity Backstage, and Bodiehouse Concert Series. (Photo Credit: Richard Salas)
“Rebecca Troon is a force of nature!” – Wendy Waldman
“A Monster Songwriter”– Kenny Edwards
Two decades and three kids later, Lisa returned to the music scene. She warmed her feet as an accompanist for local classical singers, choruses and instrumentalists. Soon after, she was invited by her neighbor, Susan Marie Reeves to join The Honeysuckle Possums. Lisa was more than happy to become a part of the wonderful melding of talent and heart found in this group of wild women. (Photo Credit: Richard Salas)
Singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Sierra Reeves has loved music her whole life. She started performing with her Mom’s bluegrass band, Wild Sage, when she was ten years old. In February 2015, she toured Europe, opening for Ry X. Currently Sierra is living in Los Angeles promoting her own material and performing. Her most favorite thing is playing with the Honeysuckle Possums. (Photo Credit: Richard Salas)
Sierra’s first solo CD was released in 2015; you can find her music here: