Americana, Alt/Country - Honeycutters
Tuesday, Jul 08, 2014 9:00 PM PDT
(8:00 PM Doors)
Tractor, Seattle, WA
21 years and over
The Honeycutters are an original country roots band from Asheville, North Carolina. Since 2007, when the group formed, they have been playing music that is consistently as catchy as it is heartfelt. In 2011, 2012, and 2013 they were voted WNC's favorite Americana band in the Mountain Xpress reader's poll. Organically grown around the songs of lead singer Amanda Anne Platt, the band has gained an audience that has stretched far beyond their mountain home to include all corners of the United States.
Their most recent release, When Bitter Met Sweet (2012), hit #23 on the Americana Chart, and landed at #94 for the year. It was also one of the top ten best selling albums at MerleFest that same year. The record came in at #4 in WNCW's listener voted top 100, and #2 in the regional favorites (right behind The Avett Brothers).
The Honeycutters' first full length studio release Irene (May '09) was recorded at Asheville's own CollapseAble Studio, and mixed by Grammy Award winning sound engineer David Fergason (Nashville TN) . The album has garnered radio support across the USA as well as overseas, and landed them in Iaan Hughes' (No Depression Podcast) top twenty of 2009, as well as in Fret Knot Radio Hour's "Nine to Know from '09," and as number 32 in WNCW's listener voted top 100.
Amanda Anne Platt has been hailed as "one of the best songwriters coming out of WNC these days" by WNCW programming director Martin Anderson, and her voice has been described as "perfectly unadorned" and "recklessly beautiful". Her song, "Little Bird," won second place in the general category of the MerleFest Chris Austin Songwriting contest in 2011 as well as taking home the grand prize in the Great Lakes Songwriting Contest that same year. Dane Smith of Asheville NC's Mountain Xpress writes "Her songs make you sad...in a good way!" In both her simple composition and honest delivery it's easy to hear the influence of country legends such as Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, or Loretta Lynn, and with this Miss Platt credits growing up listening to her father's extensive record collection every Saturday morning. Despite her love for classic country, she cites Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty as major influences and her songwriting carries a wit and an edge that plants her firmly in her generation.
The band is frequently mentioned along with the movement to "take country music back to its roots". The Honeycutters are just doing what they know how to do: making music that feels as good to hear as it does to play. Their original brand of Americana has proven equally appealing to both the musician and the music lover, the country and the city, and the old and the young.
Tal Taylor on mandolin, Rick Cooper on bass, and Josh Milligan on drums round out Platt's songs and create a sound that carries just as well across the bar room as in a church or theater.
Since the release of their first studio album, The Honeycutters have shared the stage with such Americana giants as Guy Clark, Tony Rice, The Seldom Scene, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Donna The Buffalo, Jill Andrews, and The Steep Canyon Rangers. After a successful 2013 Kickstarter campaign, The Honeycutters are currently working on their third studio album to be released in 2014.