Acoustic Americana

Latest News

  • We've got our new cd, Walk on Solid Ground, in hand. Sending it out to radio stations, making videos of the songs, and getting ready for our cd release parties in early April. Check out our show schedule! Available soon on Itunes, CDbaby, and more.

  • Our new song "No Dominion Over Me" is a protest against Dominion's assault on property rights. View the video and get a free download.

  • We were featured in the Nelson County Times' article "Pipeline Fight Spurs creation of New Protest Songs."
  • Gene's new song "Another Day" won first place at the annual Rapunzel's Song Writing Contest and tied for first in the Ashland Coffee and Tea Songwriter's Showdown. It'll be on our new cd, due out in March.

  • We've laid the tracks on twelve songs for the cd and are now working on mixing and cd production. Drums on three of the new tracks give a real Americana sound.

  • We've been staying in the top ten folk acts in Richmond on Reverbnation, and spent several weeks as number one.

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Previous News:

  • Talking to a Stone CD :
    #5 album on the Roots Music Folk Chart
    #11 album on the Folk DJ chart
    #18 Artists Gene and Gayla Mills on the Folk DJ chart

    We're on Pandora and Jango, so add us to your playlists. For other free listens, visit our internet radio links.

  • "Dying Fire" wins first place in the instrumental category of the 2013 Indie International Songwriting Contest and is selected for Premier Tracks and Professional Music Group licensing catalogs (from over 250 songs submitted).
  • "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.)
  • "Talking to a Stone" wins first place in the folk category of the 2012 Indie International Songwriting Contest.
  • "Talking to a Stone" wins first place in the 2010 Rapunzel's Songwriting Contest and first place as a semifinalist in the Ashland Coffee and Tea Showdown Songwriter's Contest.
  • "Anna Mae" wins first place in the country category of the 2010 Indie International Songwriting Contest; "Waiting for Rain" won second place in the folk category.

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(June 25) Kate Ruby said:

Looking forward to hearing you Saturday at the Farmers Market@St. Stephen's.
(June 2) Rebecca Jones said:
Beautiful music and lyrics like stories that deliver you to a new place. I'm still humming the melodies and seeing the vistas that take shape in those words -- and I'm greatly looking forward to seeing you play again. Thank you for a wonderful evening.
(Mar 19) Ian Underwood said:
Hey guys - ya'll are awesome! Thank you so much for your help in my proposal! We'll be sure to catch you again!!
(Oct 2) Anonymous said:
Heard you at ACT tonight ... most enjoyable. Thanks!

(June 16) Vince said:

Loved hearing you at the SOJ market today. I could have pulled up a chair and listened to you all day. Your music reminds me so much of my youth, it makes me tear up with joy.
Thanks to both of you.

(Jan 8) Anonymous said: has added two songs from your album If Stones Could Talk. Congratulations!
--John Hart /

(Sept 14) Dan said:

Great show. Loved listening to you.

(Sept 3) Liz said:

Beautiful performance tonight at Ellwood's Cafe -- full of heart and pine!


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

Chris Spector, Midwest Record

photo by Gary Alter


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

Google translation from Dutch review:

"For the lead vocals in the songs change both regularly than the other but what makes harmony vocals. This couple is possessed by the music that is made clear in almost every song on this album. With three songs in the bluegrass style, two pure country songs, five typical folk songs and two instrumental contributions, "If Stones Could Talk" is a pretty diverse album that you can smoothly from start to finish listen."


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