The Honeycutters are back in Crossroads Studios in Arden, NC in January recording their 5th studio album. It will be released later in the year as the band’s third release on Organic Records. Nashville’s Music City Roots’ Craig Havighurst says of principal songwriter and frontwoman Amanda Anne Platt, “She’s soothing (even in the hurtin’ songs) and sobering (except for the drinkin’ songs) and nuanced in a way that I think tops even those rather famous ladies of the moment named Margo and Kacey… I’d be hard pressed to find a finer string of recordings from any band working in the classic country/mountain tradition in these last five years.” Along with Platt, The Honeycutters are Rick Cooper (electric and upright bass), Josh Milligan (drums and vocal harmonies), Matt Smith (pedal steel and electric guitar), and Evan Martin (keys).
The Honeycutters have been touring with their 2016 spring release, On The Ropes, which came in at #1 on Western North Carolina’s WNCW Radio’s Year End Listeners Poll of Top Albums of 2016 as well as landing in the #1 position on The Roots Music Report’s Top Country Album Chart for the Year of 2016. The album placed #35 on the Top 100 Albums played on Americana Radio in 2016, spending nineteen weeks on the Americana Radio Chart peaking at #10 and remaining in the top twenty for 11 weeks.
On The Ropes debuted at #39 on iTunes Top 40 Country Chart on release day, #12 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases on Folk, hit #11 on the EuroAmericana Chart, and landed on a plethora of year end lists across the country in radio and print as well as notably receiving an honorable mention in Roughstock’s The Top Country Albums of 2016!
Helping to carry them into the new year, The Honeycutters have signed on with The WNS Group, a music management, promotion and publishing company headed by 50 year industry veteran Brad Hunt. The management division proudly represents Steve Forbert, Sonny Landreth, Tim O’Brien, Martha Scanlan and now The Honeycutters.
“I’ve been thinking it might be time for us to hire a manager for a little while now, and when our paths crossed with Brad we were all just in the right place at the right time.” Amanda Platt says, “I knew that he had been helpful to other artists that I admire, I think he’s a good fit for us. He understands the business of music but also the people.”
Brad Hunt explains, “I was in Grimey’s Basement during AmericanaFest and was entranced by a true force of nature performance by Amanda Plant and The Honeycutters and after consulting with a mutual friend, Martin Anderson of WNCW, decided I had to work with them. Amanda placed the first call to me and now we are ready to spread the word worldwide about this songwriting machine and extraordinary singer!”
In 2017, the band plans to tour extensively in US and will travel to Europe for the first time in the summer. 2016 featured The Honeycutters on NPR’s World Cafe’s Sense of Place (recorded in the band’s hometown of Asheville in a sold out show), NPR’s Mountain Stage, Nashville’s Music City Roots. They opened for Tedeschi Trucks at the Warner Theatre in Washington DC, and made notable appearances at Taos Mesa Brewing’s Music on the Mesa, in New Mexico, Beartrap Summer Festival in Wyoming, Rhythm and Roots Festival in Rhode Island, AmericanaFest in Nashville, Suwannee Roots Revival in Florida, among others. Stay tuned to their revamped website www.TheHoneycutters.com for more news.
What Folks Are Saying About The Honeycutters And On The Ropes:
“Their songwriting is first rate, their arrangements and instrumental ability in top form and with a front woman as assertive and impressive as singer Amanda Anne Platt… clearly, Platt and her colleagues… have every contingency covered.” –No Depression, Lee Zimmerman
“This album damn near beats anything coming out of Nashville’s country mainstream these days. The real-life lyrics and the subtle playing of the Honeycutters will insinuate themselves into your psyche like the whispered reassurances of an old friend, touching your heart and opening your eyes to the bittersweet joys and sorrows of everyday life… Spit out that modern country-pop diet soda and pour yourself some of the real stuff. Bottoms up!” –Alan Cackett (UK)
“12 original songs and probably the best version of ‘Hallelujah’ you’ll ever hear – make this NC-based band a must-hear… From the first moments of the lead-off track On The Ropes you’ll find yourself hooked – and the music won’t let you go” –Amazon, Steve Ramm, 5 Star Review
“An album that shines like a good deed in a naughty world.” –3rd Coast Music, Johnny Conquest
“Asheville’s Amanda Anne Platt is an amazing songwriter, penning heartbreaking country tunes better than most coming out of Nashville. The band’s take on Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ is at once completely original and familiar.” –WDVX Music Director Nelson Gullet
“‘Blue Besides’ is a superb song. If it was recorded by Miranda Lambert, it would go to number one. It will remain an album track because that’s the way of the world. They are dominant in their field. Underground Americana that seems to be gravitating towards Asheville in North Carolina which happens to be The Honeycutters’ home town.” –Your Life in A Song (UK), Top 10 Country Albums Of 2016
“Platt’s voice is fair magical. Clearly annunciated, every word is infused with poetic loveliness, made all the more appealing for the slight twang that causes syllables to rise and fall at the end of lines. Like Joy Lynn White once upon a time and Zoe Muth more recently, Platt can sing of desperation and despair while retaining pride of steel… throughout On the Ropes Platt delivers personal devastation that touches universally.” –Lonesome Road Review, Donald Teplyske
“Her songs are poignant, funny in an everyday sort of way, heartfelt, and authentic. The Honeycutters’ On The Ropes is a good friend when you need one the most.” — Americana Music Show’s Calvin Powers Listed On The Ropes as the #1 in the Best of Albums in 2016
“Like all great songwriters, Platt’s characters are alive, with enough nuance to convince the listener that they have entire lives outside the glimpse they get from the songs… there’s a delicate balance of melancholy and hope that takes a deft hand to pull off without sounding cliched. Platt’s hand is that deft.” –Examiner, Chris Griffy
“While her country-flavored songs almost always tell a story, The Honeycutters’ musical approach adds a dimension to the tunes that only widens their appeal.” –Mountain Xpress, Bill Kopp
“Platt is a gifted songwriter and vocalist. Here, as on the fine previous release, Me Oh My, she is clearly the leader. She has an authoritative, confident voice that can be sweet, aching, and joyous, sometimes even in the same song. Platt’s voice and the interplay of the guitar and mandolin give this band their unique complex sound – a clear-sounding mash-up of Americana, bluegrass, folk, and honky-tonk.” –Elmore Magazine, Jim Hynes
“Forget Nashville, with their buzz-making brand of rock-roots-country, the Honeycutters are out to make Asheville, NC the brand new music city.” –Elmore Magazine
“All of those sad little pop singers need to get off country radio and let the Honeycutters take it from here. When I heard this album I felt the same way I felt when I first heard Emmylou Harris and the Hot Band.” –Western Free Press, Skyler Miller
Watch The Honeycutters “The Only Eyes” live on Music City Roots 11/2/16 → https://youtu.be/6URrj86A86M
Listen to The Honeycutters on Mountain Stage. Also performing are Sean Watkins, The Seldom Scene, The Steel Wheels, and Jonatha Brooke → www.mountainstage.org/archives/Pages/playlist.aspx?playlistid=96
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What folks are saying
“…Platt’s songwriting could be placed in the exceptional category, at least from the evidence Me Oh My presents in her favor. It’s not just the sorrow and sincerity, it’s the insight and the resonance.” — Saving Country Music
“Vocalist Amanda Platt has a voice that’s complex, sweet and aching. Even more potently, she writes songs that folks are citing as up there with the best of the field, such as Mary Gauthier and Lucinda Williams.” — Craig Havighurst, Music City Roots
“There are a lot of worthy and compelling Americana singer-songsters and bands out there right now, it’s a rich landscape. But The Honeycutters, fronted by Amanda Platt is surely a wonder to behold. The band just sounds so darn good and makes a style of country music that always makes me feel good, even when it’s so melancholy. I think Amanda has something to teach us about the economy of words, the magic of a good melody and the satisfaction of an aching and honest vocal.” — Amy Ray of The Indigo Girls
“With singer/songwriter — and, now, producer — Amanda Anne Platt at the helm, the group puts their own spin on an old form. Sure, there’s a timeless quality to honest songs done up by a bunch of great players… there’s also a freshness to it.” — Folk Alley First Listen, Kelly McCartney
“It’s easy to think of Mags Bennett, the character played by Margo Martindale on TV’s Justified, when listening to Amanda Anne Platt front North Carolina quartet the Honeycutters. Steadfast, independent and all woman…” — Pop Matters, Eric Risch
“Frontwoman Amanda Anne Platt writes potently vivid narratives that mine the underside of hardscrabble rural America: her characters are people we all know…, Jukebox, sets the tone, a swaying midtempo number with a cajoling cynicism: it’s sort of a ‘better enjoy this because this might be all we’ve got’ scenario.” — New York Daily News, Delarue
“Me Oh My, an extremely balanced album in terms of tempo and theme, merges Americana, roots, country and even honky tonk into a delightfully unique combination. It’s a highly recommended, refreshing and enjoyable listen from the first track to the last.” — The Daily Country, Tara Joan
“Me Oh My… is a like a time machine on a shiny disc; classic, old-timey country and folk tunes with catchy melodies and lyrics that drip in poetry.” — That Music Mag, Jane Roser