honeyhoney with Roadkill Ghost Choir, Chastity Brown
: Nashville Sunday Night presented by Lightning 100 & Yuengling
Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 7:00 PM CST
(6:00 PM Doors)
3rd and Lindsley, Nashville, TN
Burlap and opals. Moonshine and macrobiotics. Shaken and soothed. How Suzanne Santo (vocals/banjo/violin) and Ben Jaffe (vocals/guitar) managed to reconcile not just polemics, but seemingly opposed realities for their sexually tinged, bruised knee honeysuckle take on roots music has to be heard to be understood.
Yet somehow the young 20-somethings figured out that it’s the extremes that define the middle, whether embracing the big mistakes in the bluesy smoulder “Glad I Done What I Did,” embracing the romantic doubt that is the low slung gospel of “Don’t Know How,” or the euphoric romp-age of “Let’s Get Wrecked” that embraces the arc debauchery completely. This is the sound of coming not of age, but awareness; and digging into what it means to be alive permeates throughout honeyhoney’s October 24th release of Billy Jack on Lost Highway Records.
With fiddles threading the melodies, big acoustic guitar sounds and banjos plinking as percussively as melodically, there is an old world feel to honeyhoney that is as fresh and right now as it is tube radios and old lace.
Evoking California’s hippie Dust Bowl fringe, equal parts Okie squalor and Pacific shimmer, there is a strong pull of Woody Guthrie-esque folk, vintage Buffalo Springfield, glints of Gram Parsons and bits of Bonnie Raitt’s early blues, Rickie Lee Jones reality and Bakerfsfield Saturday nights. Not country, not folk, not rock, it is a hybrid that defies exact definition.
ROADKILL GHOST CHOIR:
"...a fantastic collection of songs that pay respect to folk-rock tradition yet transcend them. There are times when the band dips into musical flourishes that bring to mind The Band and American Beauty-era Grateful Dead, yet they are also capable of entering symphonic Arcade Fire-like territory and driving, beautifully surging Southern rock..."
-WXPN, My Morning Download: http://thekey.xpn.org/2012/11/28/my-morning-download-beggars-guild-by-roadkill-ghost-choir/