Artist Spotlight: HONEYHONEY

I had a great conversation with Ben Jaffe, multi-instrumentalist and harmony vocalist in HONEYHONEY the other day. We talk about their upcoming full band show at River Road Ice House on Thursday, February 11, 2016, as well as he and lead singer, violinist and banjoist Suzanne Santo's musical relationship that rapidly blossomed into something beautiful, and has continued to grow into an experience that you really need to let into your life.

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For a little history, Suzanne and Ben were introduced by a mutual friend Todd Averback in 2006. "The Double" or "T O Double" as Todd has been nicknamed, is a producer/writer/audio engineer who has worked with acts such as Dr Dre, 50 Cent and Weezer to name a few, but he thought their writing and musical talents would compliment each other, and after 9 years of writing, touring and playing together, Todd's suspicions have been well confirmed!

In 2008, after urging from Jenn Littleton of Red 4 Music, and finally entering and winning a "battle of the bands" radio contest where Kiefer Sutherland and Jude Cole of Ironworks Music were able to hear Ben and Suzanne perform, they released an EP "loose boots" in 2008 and a their first LP "First Rodeo" in 2011 under Ironworks Music. Sutherland directed and co-starred in their first music video "Little Toy Gun" in 2008, which was my first introduction to them when Apple featured it as a video of the week.

In 2011 HONEYHONEY released their second LP "Billy Jack" under Lost Highway Records, which seems to have dissolved into Universal Music Group. Before falling off the map, Lost Highway made quite a mark by working with some amazing musical acts, and even producing movie soundtracks including one of my favorites "O Brother Where Art Thou". A few well written, directed and produced HONEYHONEY music videos have popped up in the past few years, including the now 2-part "Angel of Death" (2011) and its follow-up "You And I" which was released about 2 months after their 3rd LP "3" which hit the streets in June of 2015. "3" was released through Rounder Records/Concord Music Group, and definitely has a similar vibe, but is even more mature and refined and has left me satisfied, but wanting more from this duo.

Suzanne and Ben are currently in the process of wrapping up the last couple of months of touring on the heels of releasing "3" last June. When they finish up this last bit of touring, they plan to really "sit down" with some songs they've already worked on but not performed, and start really working on their next project.

One very noble project Suzanne and Ben have been working on that I wanted to make sure and mention, is setting up concerts in conjunction with high school music programs to arrange and perform some songs with the high school band and/or orchestra in a city, and then donate proceeds from those shows into that local music program. They did the first show of this type in April 2014 at Mt Greylock Regional High School where Ben graduated, and they plan to do the next in Ohio where Suzanne grew up and if it works out they'll continue to try to do shows like these from time to time to help give back to music education.

Remaining winter/spring 2016 dates:
  Feb 03 Ivywild School Colorado Springs, CO
  Feb 04 Bluebird Theater Denver, CO
  Feb 05 Sherbino Durango, CO
  Feb 06 Taos Mesa Brewing El Prado, NM
  Feb 11 River Road Ice House New Braunfels, TX
  Feb 12 House of Blues Dallas Dallas, TX
  Feb 13 House of Blues Houston Houston, TX
  Feb 14 Spanish Moon Baton Rouge, LA
  Feb 18 1884 Lounge Memphis, TN
  Feb 19 Camp House Chattanooga, TN
  Feb 20 The Grey Eagle Asheville, NC
  Feb 21 Cats Cradle Carrboro, NC
  Mar 02 Knitting Factory Brooklyn, NY
  Mar 03 World Cafe Philadelphia, PA
  Mar 04 The Hamilton Washington, DC
  Mar 05 Club Cafe Pittsburgh, PA
  Mar 10 The Bishop Bloomington, IN
  Mar 11 River Roots Music Series Madison, IN
  Mar 12 Memorial Opera House Valparaiso, IN
  Mar 13 Seven Steps Up Spring Lake, MI
  Mar 16 The Ark Ann Arbor, MI
  Mar 19 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, OH

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