Locust Honey String Band, Woodend Bowling and Tennis Club, 15 March, 2016
Woodend Bowling and Tennis Club, 10 Chamberlain Road, Glasgow, G13 1QE
Telephone 0141 959 1428.
Tue 15, 2016
Esteemed North Carolina-formed, now Nashville-based old-time/bluegrass trio Locust Honey String Band announce extensive February-March UK & Ireland tour; in support of acclaimed new album Never Let Me Cross Your Mind.
Acclaim for Never Let Me Cross Your Mind
“…a feast of excellent picking, great vocal harmonies and unbridled fun.” Country Music People
“Their music is vibrant, entrancing and ultimately compulsive, listen and you’re hooked.” FolkWords
“a wonderful roots record. I’d recommend this album to anyone looking for real, authentic roots music.” For The Country Record
“Delightful collection of old-time country tunes and songs.” fRoots
“This is American roots music at its best” The Irish Post
“An arresting earthiness and energy pulses through this 14-track debut collection of old-time Americana.” The Irish Times
“Rip-roaring old-time music, with a few country surprises.” Songlines
“Chloe Edmonstone’s vibrant fiddle work is a joy to behold” Yorkshire Evening Post’
LOCUST HONEY STRING BAND
Never Let Me Cross Your Mind
Out now on CD & DL
Touring UK & Ireland February-March 2016
Heartbreaking country harmonies and raging old-time fiddle tunes
There’s a rock hard spine that holds up the bones of American country music, both now and back to the distant past. That spine is the spirit of the women who have given their hearts and souls to the music – everyone from Loretta Lynn and Kitty Wells to Sara Carter and Ola Belle Reed. It’s a spirit very much alive in the music of Asheville, North Carolina-formed, now Nashville-based Locust Honey String Band. Born in Georgia, singer and fiddler Chloe Edmonstone channels generations of women in her original songs, writing odes to jilted lovers, hard drinkers, and independent souls that can walk hand in hand with the old-time mountain songs that have been carefully selected for their new album, Never Let Me Cross Your Mind. Showcasing the dynamic partnership of Edmonstone and renowned old-time musician guitarist/singer Meredith Watson, the core of Locust Honey String Band, the two carefully crafted the arrangements and harmonies and sing so closely together they could be siblings. The album also features banjo player Hilary Hawke of popular New York duo Dubl Handi.
Each member of Locust Honey is steeped in the old-time music of the Appalachian Mountains. They bring a huge passion for American roots and a knowledge of how the different genres of music that criss-cross Appalachia have historically intersected and influenced each other and the music on Never Let Me Cross Your Mind is a jubilee of Southern musical traditions, from old-time string band fiddle-banjo tunes to vintage country duets, old Carter Family songs, dancehall honky-tonk numbers, and mountain blues. It’s all tied together with remarkable finesse by artists who know the roots of the music inside and out, but aren’t afraid to push back at the tradition to get at new truths.
Never Let Me Cross Your Mind strikes a lovely balance between the raw ferocity of a live show and the precision and subtlety of a studio recording. Part of that is due to the deft touch of recording engineer, Grammy-award winner Joel Savoy and Never Let Me Cross Your Mind was recorded, mixed, and mastered at his studios in Eunice, Louisiana. Each member of Locust Honey has a chance to shine and the lively arrangements are remarkably effective at drawing out the heart of the song by reworking its setting. ‘I’ve Forgotten More Than You’ll Ever Know About Him’ turns from its 50s Western roots into a beautiful string band song while Nick Cave’s bleak interpretation of ‘Henry Lee’ is returned to its Appalachian roots without losing its iconoclastic nature and George Jones’ classic ‘Just One More’ becomes a sister-harmony country and western song. Throughout though, Edmonstone’s originals shine from the glow of all these different influences, actively pushing the traditions in new directions, including album opener ‘When the Whiskey’s Gone’, recently featured in the Richard Gere-starring film, Time Out of Mind, directed by Oren Moverman.
It’s an ambitious album, but what makes it even more impressive is how simple and direct every song sounds. Never Let Me Cross Your Mind is a celebration of the power of acoustic roots music, of the fact that when you strip the music back to its core it only grows more powerful.
Locust Honey String Band · February-March 2016 UK & Ireland Tour
Chloe Edmonstone (fiddle, guitar, vocals), Meredith Watson (guitar, resonator guitar, vocals) & John Miller (bass, vocals)
Mon 14 Hawick, String Theory, Tower Mill Café Bar, Heart of Hawick
Tue 15 Glasgow, Woodend Bowling and Tennis Club
Wed 16 Edinburgh, Private House Concert
Thu 17 Ballater, Aberdeenshire, The Deeside Inn
Sat 19 Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire, Kilbarchan Performing Arts Centre
Sun 20 Stranraer, The Grapes
As Locust Honey String Band, Chloe Edmonstone and Meredith Watson bring their respective experiences in old-time, bluegrass, and pre-war blues to both their original material and the traditional songs and tunes of the American Southeast. With a rotating instrumentation of fiddles, open-back and resonator banjos, acoustic and resonator guitars and upright bass, they set an emphasis on lively arrangements that showcase their signature vintage vocal harmonies. Joined by John Miller (The Fox Hunt, The Hackensaw Boys) on bass and harmony vocals, they have been touring the US, UK, and Ireland since 2012.
US praise for Never Let Me Cross Your Mind:
“an excellent celebration of the power of acoustic music.” Elmore magazine
“Grab a copy … and put on your dancin’ shoes.” No Depression
“warm, emotional and, at moments, heartbreaking.” PopMatters
“The Locust Honeys make the old sound new and the new sound old, putting forth joy and surprise all the while.” Rambles.net
“The Locust Honey String Band brings authentic vintage styled music to vibrant life with spellbinding cascades of fingerpicking wizardry and wickedly emotive fiddle playing.” The Rowdy
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