Lyrically driven, the songs of Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters blend the band?s old school country roots attitude with their shared influences of rock and folk. Based in Asheville, North Carolina, Amanda Anne Platt is a storyteller by nature with an incredible band backing her. Performing along Platt, The Honeycutters are Matt Smith on pedal steel and guitar, Rick Cooper on bass, and Evan Martin on drums and harmony vocals.
There is an empathetic and charming wit ingrained in Platt?s songwriting. She has a knack for accessing a deep well of emotion and applying it to her story telling, whether she is writing from her own experiences or immersing herself into the melody of emotions in another person's life.
Music City Roots? Craig Havighurst writes, ?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.?
A homegrown entity, the band is critically acclaimed locally, regionally, nationally, as well as overseas. Their prior album Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters [Organic Records 2017] placed #2 (sandwiched between Jason Isbell and Gregg Allman) in their regional radio station WNCW?s year end listeners poll for 2017! The station?s Music Director Martin Anderson said to No Depression, ?Amanda Platt writes songs on par with Lucinda, Isbell, Lauderdale, Hank Sr. In my opinion, anyway.
?This is a band that does everything right,? says Goldmine?s Mike Greenblatt. ?Platt deserves all that might come to her over this, her fifth (and best) album. Backed by pedal steel, electric guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, percussion, and vocal harmony, it?s Platt?s show as she writes, sings and co produces. Complete with lyrics of introspection with the kind of words you can chew on long after the album ends, it also works on a lighter level by dint of the fact that it just sounds so damn good. Go as deep as you want. It?s all good, as they say.?
Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters received a shout out from Fodor?s Travel Magazine in a write up about the band?s hometown of Asheville, NC, and a couple of years back they were also featured on XPN World Cafe?s Sense of Place series. In 2017, their music also placed into the Americana Music Association Year End Top 100 list of Americana Airplay for the second year in a row!
"Liz Frame is one of the most compelling, interesting and emotive voices I've heard in a long, long time. (S)he's someone who has to be heard!"
--Marian Leighton-Levy/Rounder Records founder
Liz Frame, Boston-based musician and 2018 NewSong Competition finalist, wrote her first song at age nine and has been performing her own brand of Americana music since her early teens. Her recent efforts have paid off in exciting ways –- nights in prestigious rooms and strong praise from respected sources –– as she wins the hearts and minds of audiences and industry professionals alike. Giants like Patsy Cline and Linda Ronstadt have been evoked while describing her voice, and her writing has been compared to acclaimed veterans like Dolly Parton and Lucinda Williams, among others. She is backed live by her band, the Kickers — John Webb on lead guitars, Sean Hennessy on bass and Pete Whitehead on drums — a group of talented friends whose raw sound and sweet harmonies help to deliver her material with distinction. A prodigious writer, Ms. Frame released her first full-length recording, “Sooner,” in 2011 that drew strong praise and consistent airplay, followed by the ep “Justine,” which continued to highlight Frame’s skills as a singer and songwriter. She and the band have spent the last five years on the road and are out there again in support of the 2018 critically-acclaimed release, “Sparrow in a Shoebox.”