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  • Gene's song "Another Day" wins first place at Rapunzel's 2014 Song Writing Contest, ties for first in the Ashland Coffee and Tea Songwriter's Showdown, and gets honorable mention in the 2015 Indie International Songwriting Contest.
  • "River, Railway, Road" wins second place in the Rapunzel's 10th Annual Songwriting Contest. (135 songs were submitted, and 30 were selected for live performance.)

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"Some of the best organic music you could hope to come across."

Chris Spector, Midwest Record

photo by Gary Alter


Walk on Solid Ground:

"How do you top an impressive debut album? How about with coming in with some of the best singer/songwriter material since Kristofferson's first two albums. Working Americana rather than Kris' progressive country, there might be 45 years of time and tide between these two poles but the wow factor is undiminished and right on the money throughout. A deceptively gentle album where the duo carries the weight with some coloration here and there, this is a classic example of real music for real music fans who find themselves still playing this years from now. Hot stuff." Chris Spector, Midwest Record 

If Stones Could Talk:

"For those that love fables of experience, tragedy, love and endeavour both happy and sad plus the indefinable human essence that comes in spades with Americana, this is an album you must have. If these songs don’t move you, then your soul is made of stone."
Tim Carroll, FolkWords

“Master Craftsman of American song forms, Gene Mills, along with his wife Gayla, have created another gem of original music with "If Stones Could Talk." Stories revealed from modern times to past along with his stellar guitar work show why Gene continues to be one of my favorite writers and musicians.”
Steve Smith, Steve Smith and Hard Road

“Skillful and witty writing, clean and tasteful guitar picking, heartfelt lyrics. Very enjoyable!”
Pete Marshall, WTJU

Waiting for Rain:

“A charismatic acoustic collection of beautiful, rural story songs…a compelling and seasoned effort”
Maverick Magazine

"[The] songwriting, singing and picking are top notch."
Bruce Bergethon, WGLT, Normal IL


“The dynamic between the both of them is just beautiful. It’s a sweet thing to watch.”
Karen Atkinson, WHAN radio.

“"Gene's rich vocals and poignantly moving songwriting combined with Gayla's harmony and bass make this duo one of the best (and also one of the best-kept secrets) in the central Virginia music scene."
Sara Taylor, Rapunzel's

"Gene and Gayla… enjoy a wide regional audience in the folk and bluegrass tradition of character-driven storytelling."
Dennis DaLuiso, Cville Coffee