Blue Eyed Bettys’ music is crystal clear


Band photos of the Blue Eyed Bettys seem to support the eye color, although two of the three band members are guys.

What’s certain is that the New York-based trio deftly delivers rootsy originals and covers with a contemporary edge. There are bluegrass and folky flavors, but the powerful vocal harmonies and innovative arrangements don’t fall tidily into any genre. Their current tour includes a stop at White Horse Black Mountain on Thursday, Feb. 16.

The members of the Blue Eyed Bettys met while doing a play together in Sarasota, Florida. Their theatrical backgrounds are evident in their ability to capture an audience while telling stories in song. Daniel Emond (banjo), Sarah Hund (fiddle) and Ben Mackel (guitar) combine their voices in three-part harmonies that have earned the admiration of listeners and critics.

Together since 2014, the band has recently released a full-length album, “Covered Up,” which features creatively “Betty-fied” covers of some of their favorite songs.

A hue of blue

Who: Blue Eye Bettys

When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16

Where: White Horse Black Mountain

Cost: $10 advance, $12 door