It’s honest. It’s rockin’. It’s part hope, part chagrin, and it’s coming to the Earlville Opera House Saturday, November 21st at 8pm. The Honeycutters are exactly what their name implies: an act merging the tender edge of country sweetness with boot-scooting honky-tonk swagger, fleshed out with upright bass, mandolin, and Amanda Anne Platt’s incredible vocals. “Their music embodies a very catchy, accessible, optimistic sort of spirit so frequently lacking in folk circles,” offers Folk Music About.com’s Kim Ruehl. “What’s more, they’re a great band replete with tasty harmonies.”
As with the very best in roots music acts, however, it’s more than The Honeycutters’ sound that sets them apart. Platt, who got the band together in 2007 and actually hails from the Saratoga, NY, area, is a talented songwriter whose sweet vocals have been compared to Gillian Welch, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Loretta Lynn. In the title track from the band’s latest release, Me Oh My, set free in April of this year, Platt embraces the persona of a broken woman intent on standing on her own two feet: I had a baby but the good lord took her, she was an angel but her wings were crooked, guess he figured he could love her better than me. Now preacher’s talking about the bed I made, says I’m too old to be chasing trains, he says I’ve got to lay it down and let it be.
Calling Asheville, North Carolina home, The Honeycutters have shared the stage with the likes of Guy Clark, Tony Rice, Billy Joe Shaver, and the Steep Canyon Rangers. “Today’s Smoky Mountain area modern folk thing does have a certain vibe, and these guys are among its finest purveyors,” notes Music City Roots’ Craig Havighurst. As their fan base continues to grow, Me Oh My serves as a record of a band on the very verge of hitting the big time.
Here’s an excerpt from Steve Ramm writing about the band’s newest CD: “Country? Bluegrass? Americana? This group fills all those genres in an album I can’t stop playing...I can’t, for the life of me, understand why I haven’t posted a review of this fabulous new CD from the Asheville, NC-based quintet, The Honeycutters, yet, here on Amazon. I’ve had it for over a month (I received an advance copy from their label) and I must play it a few times a week. It’s that good! But, I’ll rectify my oversight and get this review up now.
“Like another favorite Americana/bluegrass/country band, The Hot Club of Cowtown, the Honeycutters are led by a woman who can write great songs. Guitarist Amanda Anne Platt – a founding member, wrote all 14 songs on this CD and sings lead vocal too. From the first track – “Jukebox” – to the closer (“A Life For You”) this is a perfect album of tunes that – in most cases will have you dancing around the room (or at least tapping yiur toes). There are songs here (“Hearts of Men”) that sound “familiar” (in a good sort of way) but which are newly composed. With pedal steel, dobro and bass, the group is based in country/bluegrass. But they embellish the music with guests playing organ, harmonica, and even trumpet, on some of the tracks…”
Join us for an evening with The Honeycutters this Saturday, November 21st! Seating is limited. Admission is $20 and $18 for EOH members and students are discounted to $15. The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. Don’t forget to visit our Artisan’s Gift Shop featuring over 35 regional artists with jewelry to blown glass to pottery. The EOH Arts Café will open one hour before the performance and serves tasty desserts and hot coffee/tea.
For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY. If you’re of the social media persuasion, don’t forget to check out the Earlville Opera House on Facebook and Twitter!
More about The Honeycutters: http://www.honeycutters.com
Here’s what people are saying…
“I can see a day when her name is mentioned alongside Lucinda Williams, Mary Gauthier, and Gillian Welch.” –The Real Southern
“Platt’s songs are exceptional, with interesting melodies and well-written lyrics sung with a strong and engaging voice that sounds a bit like a blend of Gillian Welch and Loretta Lynn.” -Michael Colby, Review in No Depression/Palms Playhouse, Winters, CA
“Vocalist Amanda Anne Platt has an innate ability to write relatable, straightforward, and authentic lyrics.” – TheDailyCountry.com
EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.