Bonaparte by Dogwood & Holly



I’ve been listening all morning to the new album by the band Dogwood & Holly. If you like Mumford & Sons, The Avett Brothers, Fleet Foxes, or The Civil Wars, then you’ll want to check this out. Richie Worrell and Luke Sawyer have been part of Cornerstone since the beginning of our church and they are both incredible musicians. They have joined up with Audrey Moore and Luke Owen at Liberty University to form this new band, and I think you’ll be impressed.

bonaparteThey have led worship for us at Cornerstone, and they are great songwriters as well. Their new album is titled Bonaparte as a tribute to Galax (Bonaparte was the original name of our city prior to 1904) and it contains a mix of traditional and original folk music. I love the album cover because it is looking down Main Street of Galax directly toward our church. You can pick up the album at iTunes or Amazon MP3. Also check out their Facebook page where you can preview several of the songs.


Richie, Luke, Owen, and Audrey like to play funk, soul, metal, blues, jazz, and worship music… but you can most often find them playing folk. They feature traditional bluegrass instrumentation (Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, and Bass Fiddle), and enjoy incorporating elements of all the traditional American folk sub-genres into their original music. So whether you’re a mountain man, a country boy, a redneck, a cowboy, a traveler, a homebody, or a hipster, you’re likely to hear something you enjoy in their repertoire. Their lyrics deal with intellectual, spiritual, political, and philosophical matters of importance in a harmonic sort of way, because for them, the message is as important as the music.


I am a former design engineer who now pastors Cornerstone Community Church in Galax, Virginia. I'm passionate about following Jesus and I love technology. I've been married to Jennifer for 28 years, and we have three adult children.

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