The Honeycutters be
another Zoe Muth &
The Lost High Rollers?
While I have been aware of Muth the past four or so years, she
and the Rollers have become my template for everything between
rock 'n' roll and country. They blew me apart with their first
album, self-titled, and continued my soul destruction on
I love Muth's voice and her songwriting and especially the way
she fits within the framework of the band. Nashville artists
pale in comparison as far as I'm concerned and I am always
amazed that the music people supposedly at the top of their
game pass on such talent.
absolutely the wrong way to start a review of another
musician's album, I know, but I did it for a reason. When I
hear musicians and songwriters like Zoe Muth, I always think
the pinnacle has been reached, the die has been cast. I am
always wrong, thank the gods, but cannot imagine other
musicians approaching that level. Some reach so far inside me
it seems impossible that others can.
let me tell you about how The
right up against the High Rollers in my soul. I'm taking one of
my famous walks to break the monotony of sitting in front of a
computer screen and put the ear buds in my ears. It's queued up
to the first Honeycutters effort Irenejust by chance and as I walk,
the music begins clearing out my head. Two songs in and I'm
practically in a movie, walking roads in God's country, which
is what I call Oregon. The scene slowly folds around me and I
feel warm and insulated and all there is is scenery and music.
its way into When Bitter Met Sweet,
the band's second album, I am completely sold. This is not just
music, I realize, this is Honeycutters
Anne Platt music,
to be exact, for she writes most if not all of the songs for
the band. And sings lead on most. But where she excels, and
excels greatly, is in her songwriting. My God, but I work my
way through songs after song--- two albums worth--- and am
nearing the end of my walk and have yet to hear something I
don't like. A lot. Maybe even love. Already!
much so that I'm writing this. They have a new album coming
out, do The Honeycutters, but it is forever getting here and I
find that it is easier to write than to wait. Music this good,
in fact, should be written about. A lot. There is a country
edge to what they do, yes, but it is either not real country or
so good that genre does not matter. These are songs that make
me want to dance and songs that make me want to dance.
Songs to make me happy and songs which make my eyes tear up and
strangle my heart. Songs for night and songs for morning and
songs for midday. And they are, every one of them, good. Maybe
even better than good.
I didn't think you needed to hear this band, I wouldn't bring
it up. Well, need
not be the term. But let me say this. If you love music with a
bit of twang and folk and melodies and harmonies and lyrics
which produce scenes of pastoral beauty and love of life, you
should check this band out. I will even go so far as to say
that if you really get what Zoe Muth has been doing, you should
get what Platt and band are doing too.
Honeycutters albums are available for streaming (and
purchasing) on Bandcamp (click
Take a few moments to listen and, if you're anything like me,
you will be sucked into the warm and wonderful world of Amanda
Anne Platt. Sure, I'm anxious to hear the new album, but only
because these two are so goddamned good!