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"Can You Duet's Wild Honey"

It took a bit of prodding, some motherly encouragement, and even a little cheesecake to bring together Victoria Gibson and Ruth Collins, who now appear on CMT’s Can You Duet as the duo Wild Honey.

Victoria, who was raised in a conservative Christian household in Cummings, GA, began teaching herself guitar at the age of twelve. Ruth grew up on a vineyard in Fredonia, NY, and is a classically trained musician with a degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Although it may seem both unusual and improbable that these two young women from seemingly different worlds could converge as a single artistic voice, Gibson and Collins believe that it is the differences they share as individuals that makes them unique as a duo.

“We collaborate on our thinking,” Victoria says. “Ruth writes a certain way, and I write a certain way, and we bring it together. It’s very interesting and very different, and it works for Wild Honey. It defines who we are.”

Sweet Beginnings
It was, however, a collaboration that almost never came to fruition.

Victoria and Ruth were working together at The Cheesecake Factory in the posh Nashville suburb Green Hills, when they met just a little over one year ago.

“I didn’t know Victoria that well,” Ruth says. “She asked me to jam. And I was, like, ‘oh no, this girl’s asking me to jam, I don’t know what that’s gonna be like.”

But Victoria, who had only been in Nashville for a few months, persisted. She told Ruth that she was handing out “best friend” applications. And Ruth passed the application process with flying colors. “I had to get her to open up to me,” Victoria says. “But the first night we hung out, we were best friends automatically.”

“I’m just shy,” adds Ruth.

But their friendship didn’t immediately grow into the potent artistic collaboration that exists between them today. At that time,they were both still pursuing solo careers, although they had begun to frequently appear on stage together, not as an act but simply as two friends supporting each other, playing guitar and harmonizing on one another’s songs. It wasn’t until Victoria’s mom spoke up that the duo finally began to take shape. “She just said, ‘you guys just need to do one set’,” Ruth explains. “And we did. And it was something we couldn’t ignore.”

That “something,” is the product of a blending of two distinct personalities, from two very different backgrounds.

Victoria, 20, moved to Nashville in February of 2007. She had made it all the way to the final 56 competitors during the auditions for Nashville Star’s fifth season, and the taste of success left her hungry for more.

Hailing from a tiny Georgia town most known for its annual 4th of July steam-engine tractor parade, Gibson is a small town girl to the core who was raised on the same land as her father. And she had never even attended a “real concert,” until Ruth took her to Fan Fair in 2007.

“I grew up in a very Christian home,” she says, with a soft drawl that leaves no question as to her southern heritage. “My parents were children of the seventies who grew up when crazy stuff was going on [at concerts]. So they kinda kept [me] away from that. I wasn’t really allowed to listen to anything but Christian music until I was sixteen.”

The “honey” to Victoria’s “wild,” Ruth, 24, took a very different path to Music City. The restrained and introspective songstress, who cites Emmylou Harris as one of her greatest country influences, studied piano and violin (she uses this word rather than ‘fiddle’), and “didn’t really listen to that much country growing up. My parents didn’t really play anything but classical.”

“I remember my ex-boyfriend’s mom would play country music in the car on the way to his middle school hockey games, and that’s when I really started loving it.“

And, Ruth adds, she’s always been a country girl. “I’m from NY, and I definitely get a lot of slack for that. People are like, ‘you’re not country’, But I grew up on a grape farm that was in our family for two-hundred years.”

Upon graduation from Berklee, she took a job as a vocal director at a church in San Antonio, but the lure of Nashville and it’s songwriting community was too strong to resist, and before long she found herself smack-dab in the country music capitol of the world. And it’s been full speed ahead ever since.

Can You Duet?
“We were playing every little dive bar,” Ruth says, when, in late 2007, an opportunity presented itself that was so perfectly suited to the duo that it must have seemed like a gift. “We heard about the show from several different people. And we thought, ‘this is what we do every day of our lives, and now they’re making a reality TV show about it?”

After six hours of waiting in line on the day of the show’s audition, the pair was finally ushered to the back of Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon. “We went in, and we didn’t know who the judges were. They led us down a long dark hall, and all of the sudden we walked out into t - The 9513

"Wild Honey Audio Interview"

If you've been watching the CMT series Can You Duet over the past month, you'll recognize Wild Honey as one of the Top 8 finalists on the show. They were definitely one of my favorite duos. Unfortunately, shortly after we spoke with them, they were eliminated from the show this past Friday, but they got to perform their song, "This Is What Love Looks Like" on the show. I'm really shocked that they were eliminated this week, as the song is awesome. Listen to our interview with Ruth and Victoria, then head over to their MySpace page and listen to the song.
CMT's Can You Duet airs on Friday nights at 8:00 pm ET. - About.com


This Is What Love Looks Like - EP



You can currently catch us on CMT's newest reality show, "Can You Duet," Friday nights at 8/7c. We had the best time filming the show, but we can't tell you who wins…yet!

We call ourselves Wild Honey, but you can call us Ruth and Vic. We were first called the Mason Dixies, but after writing one of our songs, "Wild Honey," we realized that it was the perfect name for us because one of us is a bit shy and as sweet as honey, and the other is a bit on the wild side. Can you guess who is "wild" and who is "honey?"

"When Victoria moved to Nashville she said that her best friend would have brown hair and blue eyes. I'm proud to call her mine." -Ruth

"We met while working at The Cheesecake Factory. A few months later Ruth was my best friend. Who knew our friendship would turn into this!" -Victoria

Ruth was raised by a family of grape farmers in Fredonia, NY.

Vic hails from Cumming, GA and moved to Nashville to pursue her music career after making it to the 2007 Nashville Star semi-finals after being coerced by a co-worker to give it a shot. Her loving and supportive family came along for the wild ride.

Emmylou, the half-chiuaua, half-we all have our guesses, is Wild Honey's mascot. She was named after one of our favorite artists, none other than Emmylou Harris, of course! Visit our iLike and Facebook pages for photos and videos of our amazing little "Lou Lou."

We were recently invited to blog with a few of our industry friends and favorite artists on the charity site, TheOneLove.org! We are so honored to be a part of such an inspiring community of our peers as well as to support the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. We can't wait to get started visiting the hospital and connecting with the children. Before Ruth was a part-time, on her way to full-time country singer, she worked with children, teaching them how to appreciate music.

We are very inspired by Lori McKenna and pray that we get the chance to write with her someday.

One of our songs, "This is What Love Looks Like," was inspired by a tee-shirt that Victoria was wearing that donned the phrase.

You will often find us playing at the local oyster bar, The Crescent. Our friend Scott, who owns the joint, always gives the audience quite a show of his own while dancing to our song "Sexy."

Ruth met our managers on a tour bus in Indianapolis at a pop music radio show in 2005. She had just ran to the bus while being chased down by fans who thought she was one of the Pussycat Dolls. It was snowing and Honkeytonk Badonkadonk was playing on the TV; and they had just shown up with a bag of White Castle. She didn't really want to eat it, but it was food and she'd rather not battle the snow.

Victoria met them when I took her along to the stadium concert one night during the 2007 CMA Music Festival. We didn't have an extra ticket, so our managers solicited free tickets from fans and Vic experienced her FIRST real concert. They expect to see us on that stage soon with our matching Martin guitars, right down to the straps.