July 13th - AMANDA ANNE PLATT & THE HONEYCUTTERS with PRETTY LITTLE GOAT
July 13, 2019 06:00 PM until July 13, 2019 11:00 PM
Live from the FR8yard Stage, it's Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters!
Featuring Pretty Little Goat
and a performance by the Pacolet Junior Applachian Musicians
PROCEEDS BENEFITTING PAC JAM!
Doors @ 6pm ... Show @ 6:30pm
General Admission $20
VIP Hospitality Suite $75
Limited to first 80 guests, FR8yard invites you to experience Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutter with special access to our UPPERDECK HOSPITALITY SUITE. Enjoy an all-inclusive experience...in other words, you get:
*HANG OUT WITH THE BAND @ the informal meet & greet
*FR8yard catered spread of awesome appetizers
*Unlimited domestic & craft beer, wine, signature cocktail
*Signed Special Edition Concert Poster
*Access to Private VIP Area with complimentary refreshment, but with full access to venue...go down below...stay up top...roam freely!
MORE ON AMANDA ANNE PLATT & THE HONEYCUTTERS
“We’re switching things up a little. After four albums I’ve decided to step out and start using my own name. It’s something that a lot of people have encouraged me to do over the years, and I guess that 2017 just felt right.” That name, Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters, is also the title of the band’s new album, which will be released by Organic Records on June 9, 2017. “We’re keeping The Honeycutters too because we don’t want to confuse people…really, we’ve always been Amanda Anne Platt and the Honeycutters. I think I’ve just gotten to a place where I feel comfortable enough to be in the spotlight.”
Lyrically driven, the songs on Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters blend the band’s old-school country roots attitude with their shared influences of rock and folk. Amanda says of the album, “I think it’s just about life and all that that entails. Including but not limited to death, strangers, birthdays, money, leaving, arriving, seasons, corruption, and love.”
Performing along with Platt, The Honeycutters are Matt Smith on pedal steel and Stratocaster, Rick Cooper on bass, Josh Milligan on drums and harmony vocals, and Evan Martin on keys and Telecaster.
Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters is the group’s third release on Organic Records, and fifth album. Assembling the same the same team as 2016’s On The Ropes Balsam Range’s Tim Surrett steps in for the second time to co-produce this album along with Amanda. Its thirteen tracks were recorded, mixed, and mastered by Scott Barnett at Crossroads Studios in Arden, NC.
There is an empathetic and charming wit engrained in Amanda’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.
In the lead off track, “Birthday Song,” Amanda writes with a gentle optimism, “Every time it gets colder I get another year older… I start looking for lines in the bathroom mirror… but when I lay down at night I swear I must have done something right… cause I’m still so damn glad to be here… I’ve been trying to love the questions, and keep on guessing.” Written just before her 30th birthday, Platt calls the song, “a summation of everything I learned in that decade.”
There is an easygoing warmth to the album, enhanced by the its refined arrangement and production; from the upbeat “Diamond in the Rough” to the poetic and observational “Eden” to the very personal, yet universal, “Brand New Start” to “Late Summer’s Child” (an ode to her favorite season) and “Rare Thing” (a song commissioned from Platt from a fan as a love song to his wife that ended up being included on the album. “Your mama said that it would never last… but these years go by so fast… and you’re the song I’m humming to myself as I’m counting the miles… you’re such a rare thing.”) One can feel it even in songs with a more solemn concept behind them like, like “Long Ride,” which speaks of living in the moment in the face of mortality.
Platt wrote “Learning How To Love Him” after hearing an acquaintance of hers talk about learning that her husband of 40+ years was terminally ill. She says, “What really struck me was how she described the tenderness that the news brought back to their relationship.” Amanda sings, “’I woke last night and I felt so afraid, I turned on the light and shook him awake and we stared at the ceiling, listening to the sink drip… I spent my whole life learning how to love him and I never loved him more than I do today.”
The successes of On The Ropes  and Me Oh My  have propelled Anna Anne Platt and The Honeycutters onto the national scene and they have been featured on NPR’s World Cafe’s Sense of Place, NPR’s Mountain Stage, Nashville’s Music City Roots, and Folk Alley and they have performed at AmericanaFest, MerleFest, and IBMA. On The Ropes debuted at #39 on iTunes Top 40 Country Chart on release day and landed on a plethora of year end lists including placing #35 on the Top 100 Albums played on Americana Radio in 2016 and landing at #1 on Western North Carolina’s WNCW Radio’s Year End Listeners Poll of Top Albums of 2016!
On The Ropes hit #11 on the EuroAmericana Chart and The UK’s Julian Piper with Acoustic Magazine says, “Amanda Platt has one of those gorgeous heartache-drenched voices that brings to mind Loretta Lynn or Sheryl Crow.”
Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters plan to tour extensively in US this year and will travel to Europe for the first time in the summer. They are excited to release Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters to the world this spring!
MORE ON PRETTY LITTLE GOAT
"An irresistible blend of good musicianship and high spirits"
Pretty Little Goat is grassroots music at its finest. The band formed in 2013 through their common grounding in the deep well of local tradition found in the mountains of Western North Carolina. As young lovers of old-time music, Pretty Little Goat began winning string band competitions right away. Over the last four years the Goats have collaborated with many well respected local musicians including Jamie Laval, Blake Ellege, members of the Steep Canyon Rangers, Jeff Sipe, Jonathan Grey of Jump Little Children and many others.
Members of the band are dedicated mentors to the next generation of musicians. Always looking for new and exciting ways to inspire young people, they have been deeply involved in the local JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians) program, music camps, schools and more.
Pretty Little Goat sees traditional music is a living art form; vibrant and evolving. Their debut self-titled album released in 2016 presents unique interpretations of old-time songs and tunes along with original material. The band is working towards another album of mostly original material. Stay tuned!
Pretty Little Goat's distinct lineup makes them stand out in the world of string music. Mallory Carter plays washboard like nobody you've ever seen.JT Linville is an exceptionally tasteful bassist. Owen Grooms plunks the banjo like water rolling over rocks. Josh Carter presents a unique mandolin style that is accentuated by the absence of a guitar in this string band.Come see for yourself!
MORE ON PACJAM
PacJAM provides an opportunity for area youth to experience community through the joy of participating in traditional music.
Local students and their teachers are taking their part in a multi-state regional effort to preserve the music of the Appalachian cultural heritage, filling the halls and galleries of TFAC with guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle and ukulele music each week, . In addition to instrument instruction, students learn local music history and theory, ear training, dance, folklore, and rhythm development.
Now in its 5th year, PacJAM offers ten-week sessions each fall and winter/spring semester, as well as an intensive day camp one week each summer. Students of all skill levels ages 6-14 years old, as well as adults, are invited to join us for instruction in traditional music.
Instructors include: Phil Jenkins, Phil & Gaye Johnson, Amy & Bob Buckingham, plus special guest teachers.
New for this year, online registration and payment is available for all PacJAM classes. Click below to sign up or enroll your child. For questions or additional assistance, please firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828-859-8322.