The Don't Tell Darlings They'll Fix Your Wagon


Cabin Fever Concert Series at the Potsdam Museum

Hey, Darlings fans of the northeast! We're delighted to be playing a reunion show as part of the What a Raquette Music and Dance Cabin Fever Concert Series at the Potsdam Museum in Potsdam, NY on Saturday, March 11th, 4-6pm. Come over this way or help spread the word, if you're so inclined!

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Salt For Salt

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As a wise man once said, “The band that plays together…mostly just messes about.” That can certainly be said about The Don’t Tell Darlings. They formed a band, they disbanded, and then they got back together for a weekend in September because they missed each other so much over the summer that they just couldn’t stand it. They rented a house on the Virginia coast and there they took long walks on the beach, played pregnant pirate mini-golf, ate coconut cake for breakfast, put away some fine malt whiskey, learned how to do kung fu high-kicks, and “laid down a few tracks.” This album is an accidental but delicious product of that weekend, including savory tracks they just couldn’t fit on Sugar for Sugar or hadn’t written or learned yet by then but didn’t want to lose when the band scattered to the four corners. Opening and closing with a couple Miss Millie originals, it includes the usual mix of the long-loved and the never-heard-before, from old-time to gospel to jugband swing, with visits to Johnny Cash and Loretta Lynn in between. Sometimes it’s sugar for sugar, honeybabe, and sometimes it’s salt for salt…


Camilla Ammirati: Vocals, Banjo, High Kicks
Megan Rose Orwig: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Belly Laughs
Lew Burrus: Bass, Ground Control
Liam "Old Man" Kelly: Fiddle, Resonator Guitar, Additional High Kicks


"Never Saw Nothin", "Guess That's Why": Camilla Ammirati
"I Was There When It Happened": R.D. Jones, PEERMUSIC LTD.
"Every Humble Knee Surely Must Bow", "Hop High": Traditional
"Fifty Miles of Elbow Room": A.P. Carter, PEER INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
"She's a Rounder": G. Harbert
"Honky Tonk Girl": Loretta Lynn, SURE - FIRE MUSIC COMPANY
"I've Endured": Ola and David Reed, MIDSTREAM MUSIC

Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Liam P Kelly
Photo by Liam P Kelly

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Back in the New River Valley!

The Don't Tell Darlings will be making another swoop through the New River Valley at the end of June. Here are the stops:

  • Saturday, June 23, 9am -- Blacksburg Farmer's Market
  • Saturday, June 23, 7pm -- Swoop House Gallery, Prospect St., Blacksburg
  • Sunday, June 24, 6pm -- Palisades Restaurant, Eggleston, VA

Come out, bring your friends and family, and get yourself some sugar-sweet harmonies and raucous bass and fiddle!

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Mar 9-11th: the Darlings in Richmond, VA

We're heading to Richmond in March to sing in spring for all our fans in RVa.  You can catch us for 2 days only (well, maybe 3, if we're lucky). Here are your options:

Friday, 3/9 - House Concert & Square Dance with the Darlings 9:30pm

Join the Darlings in the Church Hill neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia for a late night house concert you won't want to miss. Glorious harmonies, snarky song-writing, and boot-stompin' drive. Join us at the home of Grant Hunnicutt for a house concert, and stick around for square dancing, with calling by our very own Old Man Kelly.

Suggested donation: $10-$15
Bring your own libations, and snacks if you feel like them.

Need the address? Get in touch with Grant at or email the Darlings at for all the info.

Support local music! Move your booty to killer dance tunes! We'll see you on the flip side, RVa.

Saturday, 3/10: Crossroads Coffee - 8:00pm

The Darlings play 8-11pm and you enjoy the delights of Crossroads coffee, beer, and ice cream offerings. Did I mention cream puffs? Get there early to get a seat inside on a comfy couch. Snuggle in with hot chocolate, and enjoy.

We're looking for a brunch show on Sunday as well. If you've got ideas, let us know!

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January 26th – The Darlings featured in Richmond at Balliceaux

Josh Bearman of the Hot Seats and Allison Self are curating a monthly Americana series at Balliceaux in Richmond called Twangtown Thursdays.  And the Darling's are opening the first one! Join us for an evening of merriment and old time, followed by Josh & Allison's stellar old-timey duo. For those of you pestering us about playing a gig in RVa, here's your chance! 10pm, and FREE!

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“Sugar for Sugar” reviewed on Red Eyed Rooster

Red Eyed Rooster writer Laura Hauptman writes a glowing review of our new CD, "Sugar for Sugar".  Quite frankly, it gets our eyes all misty just reading it.  Thanks to all our fans and supporters; when we hear you say things like this about us, it makes us extremely proud and grateful to make music for you.

Read this gorgeously-written review of the album here. Oh, and subscribe to Red Eyed Rooster's email list for everything in Americana news.

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The Darling’s Take DC: December 1st & 2nd

Join us for 2 shows in the DC area, post-Thanksgiving but pre-holiday craziness.

Thursday, December 1st, 8:30pm: The Darlings headline at The Black Squirrel, a restaurant/music venue/ craft brew lover's dream.   Thursday is Burger Night, of which we plan to partake. Come early for burgers and eat in the upstairs restaurant, and head downstairs for tunes and brews at 8:30pm.  With over 35 craft beer taps downstairs, you'll be certain to find the perfect libation for every heart-wrenching, ruckus-making song.   $5 cover, and its our debut at the Black Squirrel, so help us make it a great one!

Friday, December 2nd, 7:00pm - Our friend Alex opens his home again for a killer night of intimate Darlings music, house concert style.  If you're interested in attending the house concert, please contact us for all the details.

*** A special surprise awaits those  SUPER FANS  who attend BOTH gigs in Washington, DC this weekend.  We only make it through town 3 times a year: stock up on sugar-sweet harmonies now.  Even better: "Sugar for Sugar" will make a killer Christmas gift for your favorite music collector. Don't worry. We'll bring plenty of copies.***

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Vintage Virginia Apples, Saturday November 4th

Don't miss us this Saturday from 2-4pm at Vintage Virginia Apples' Harvest Festival. Heritage apple varieties, cider donuts, apple pie tasting, vendors, more apples, forest-fed pork, and the Darlings.  Lovely!

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Booking for Winter 2011-2012

The Darlings are actively booking for 2011-2012 for venues in Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, DC and beyond.  Contact us if you'd like to play at your place! Email for information on rates.

Gettin' hitched? The Darlings also play weddings, family reunions, bachelorette parties, graduation and other special occasions.  Email us for information. We'd love to celebrate with you!

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Crozet Arts & Crafts

The Don't Tell Darlings had a heck of a time at our CD release; thanks to all who came out and were merry. The Blue Moon Diner was packed like we'd just asked Cville to play sardines. Thanks for y'alls support!

This weekend we appear at the Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival. Don't know about this one? 2 days of local artisans, served up street fair style, with music and fun. This is kid friendly territory all. Hope to find you there. We're on Sunday, October 9th, 12:15pm - 2:15pm.

Oh, and if you're sneaky, you might be able to find us the night before on the Downtown Mall for a more informal busking session. See you round, unless you're a square?

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