The Honeycutters: Media Love
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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.
Ms. Platt deserves to be rubbing shoulders with Lucinda, Loretta and Nanci. Already well established in the Blue Ridge Mountains, The Honeycutters must be destined for far greater success. If not, the world is going to hell in a handcart.
Amanda Anne Platt…is able to convey feelings and experiences so simply and honestly that the listener knows of what she is speaking. Those songs are fueled by the stellar instrumentation of her bandmates on dobro, mandolin, drums and pedal steel as well as Platt’s captivating vocals, ethereal and earthy, which deliver those words with a wisdom beyond her years.”
From the opening track, Jukebox, the band exudes the rootsy country flavor of the album with front women and songwriter Amanda Anne Platt delivering genuine songwriting and vocals.
Take away the melodies and you have a beautiful book of unique, spell-binding poetry. Add Platt’s gorgeous vocals, Tal Taylor’s mandolin, Rick Cooper’s bass, Josh Milligan’s percussion and Matt Smith’s pedal steel, electric guitar and dobro and you have a rollicking revival of a kitchen party. Be sure to invite all of your friends.
The Honeycutters have collectively produced an album that deserves attention and applause for simply making good music at a time when so much that’s on offer is both superficial and scalar. This is something that Amanda Platt and her fellow players can be justifiably happy with and an album that should be sought out for a listen – at the very least.