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Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters New Album
Out June 9 on Organic Records

Country Roots Band from Asheville, North Carolina

Stream or purchase today at all outlets –> https://clg.lnk.to/Lj4Wo

“’Learning How To Love Him’ is a prime example of the new intimacy Platt shares with her audience. Her voice, rising and falling above a simple, spare guitar line, is on display in a way it never has been before.” –Elena See
LISTEN to the song premiere on NPR’s Folk Alley

A coming-of-age song of sorts, ‘Diamond in the Rough’ is a rock-tinged, rootsy track”–Amy McCarthy
LISTEN to the Song Premiere on The Boot

ASHEVILLE, NC — Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters new self-titled album is out today, June 9, on Organic Records. “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.” says Amanda. “We’re keeping The Honeycutters too because we don’t want to confuse people… really, we’ve always been Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters. I think I’ve just gotten to a place where I feel comfortable enough to be in the spotlight.”

Based in Asheville, North Carolina, Amanda is a storyteller by nature with an incredible band backing her. Performing along with Amanda Anne 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. 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 Anne Platt & The Honeycutters will tour extensively in US this year and are traveling to Europe for the first time this summer. Tour dates and more information at www.TheHoneycutters.com.

Critical Acclaim for Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters:

“Writing with a maturity that belies her early thirties age, Amanda pens tunes about a couple with a 40-year relationship, reflections of a spouse with a terminally ill husband, break-up, strangers, leaving, the music industry, and, of course, love. Platt is as good a songwriter as anyone with an Americana label by their name and that includes Isbell and Lucinda to name just two of them… You will need to listen repeatedly as the album is lengthy and Platt’s lyrics are so damn real and relatable on so many levels.”
Elmore, Jim Hynes

“They… deliver a feisty, witty, hard-knock life realism on their records and this eponymous release, their fifth, is like the continuation of a classic serial novel you just can’t put down… My favorite track is ‘Eden’ and I must have listened to it at least five times because it’s just bloody brilliant, cheeky and slightly heart-wrenching all at once: ‘Don’t keep a TV ’cause the news is always bad and it teaches us to want all the things we’ll never have’ and then the storyteller asks to be let ‘back inside that garden, I won’t eat anything that’s fallen from that goddamn tree.’ —That Mag, Jane Roser

“Platt can find a tune and express it exquisitely with a distinctive voice and a sympathetic band… Her wonderful lyrics seem to be an assessment of the people and circumstances that surround her to find the good bits.”
Americana Music Show, Tony Ives

“Platt opens with the reflective ‘Birthday Song’, warmed in among other things, tasty piano the album is immediately up and running on greased wheels. Blending country with folk and country pop you have Americana music with a capital ‘A’ and it is good!” —Flying Shoes Review (UK), Maurice Hope

“Platt sings like she means it on this country-tinged folk album, and whether or not her nuanced lyrics are drawn directly from real life, they sure sound as if they are… Platt’s vocals convey joy and tenderness and her band provide amiable backup. At its best, this music is on a par with Lucinda Williams’s, which is saying a lot.” —The Morton Report, Jeff Burger

“There is, as with the two before, an easygoing warmth to the album, and a certain kind of knowing. The kind from that comes from being a keen and empathetic observer. From the upbeat ‘Diamond in the Rough’ to the poetic ‘Eden’ to the solemn ‘Long Ride,’ Platt and her band flesh out all that’s real and been missing in country music for lo these many years.”  —No Depression, Amos Perrine

“a gem of an album… The collection combines sharp and emotive songwriting with crisp production values. A successful blend of country roots and honky-tonk, but with a defining Appalachian twist. Above it all hovers Platt’s voice – laconic, sultry, pitch perfect and ultimately charming.” —Listening Through The Lens, Rob Dickens

“Amanda Anne is one of the best songwriters I have ever heard – and I have been listening carefully to music for about 55 years. She writes with her heart and her brain and her observations on life, love and other matters of importance are sparkling …
Her songs get into your blood and become a part of you.”
letter from David Whittaker who commissioned the song “Rare Thing” for his wife Holly

“Amanda is so good it’s ridiculous. I don’t even know what words to use. Her singing, songwriting and presence is unmatched in Americana, Country, Pop… Simply breathtaking.” — Saul Davis: producer (Percy Sledge), manager (Gene Clark, Carla Olson, Phil Seymour).

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Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters Track Listing

1. Birthday Song 4:15
2. Long Ride 3:47
3. What We’ve Got 4:46
4. Diamond In The Rough 4:37
5. Eden 5:33
6. The Guitar Case 4:18
7. Learning How To Love Him 4:17
8. Brand New Start 3:14
9. Late Summer’s Child 3:57
10. The Good Guys (Dick Tracy) 4:38
11. Rare Thing 4:43
12. The Things We Call Home 2:39
13. The Road 2:40

Produced by Amanda Anne Platt and Tim Surrett

Mixing and Mastering by Recording Engineer Scott Barnett at Crossroads Studios in Arden, NC

Stream or purchase Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters here →  https://clg.lnk.to/Lj4Wo

More information at www.TheHoneycutters.com, www.facebook.com/Honeycutters, and www.twitter.com/thehoneycutters.

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Lingua Musica interviews with stephaniesid!

Kelly Denson with Lush Life Today talks with Stephanie Morgan, Chuck Lichtenberger and Tim Haney of Stephaniesid at Tony Preston’s studio in Asheville in November 2011. The band talks about their “pop noir” sound and new record, Starfruit, their upcoming trip to Europe, being influenced by Holly Palmer when she played at Be Here Now, the dynamics of their music and more. Tony Preston filmed and edited this video which is copyright Luminescence 2011.

http://www.stephaniesid.com/
http://amrmediaproductions.com/
http://www.lushlifetoday.com/
http://linguamusicalive.com/

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Stephaniesid Fall Tour Dates


www.stephaniesid.com

Fri 11/11/11 – Preservation Pub- Knoxville, TN
Sat 11/12/11 – Uncle Slayton’s – Louisville, KY
Sun 11/13/11 – MOTR Pub – Cincinnati, OH
Mon 11/14/11 – Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe – Frankfort, KY
Thu 11/17/11 – The Blind Tiger – Greensboro, NC
Fri 11/18/11 – The Evening Muse – Charlotte, NC
Tue 11/22/11 – New Brookland Tavern – Columbia, SC
Sat 12/3/11 – Eighty-Five – Columbus, GA

If you are near on of these cities, call your local radio station and request to hear a song from “‘Starfruit”!

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Here is what the press is saying about the album!

“lush pop, layered vocals, rich horn parts and a certain velvety darkness” — Alli Marshall, Mountain Xpress

“Starfruit… brims with lush, sophisticated pop” — San Antonio News (TX)

“”The lyrics on the new recording derive from cinema, art and literature…intricate musical arrangements with witty and literate lyrics.” — Staunton News Leader (VA)

“This is our favorite album we’ve heard all year, hands down.” –Asheville Disclaimer‎

“[stephaniesid’s] cover of “Life in a Northern Town” brings a joyful bounce to the proceedings, adding in xylophones, horns, and whimsy aplenty.” — CoverMeSongs.com

“Their recent appearance in WNCW’s Studio-B debuted some of the danceable delights from ‘Starfruit’ and shows Stephaniesid is a forward moving force in music today.” — Dennis Jones, WNCW

“’Starfruit’ is a heck of a lot of fun and finds Stephaniesid covering both the Dream Academy’s “Life in a Northern Town” and the theme song to “Laverne & Shirley.” Seriously. Along the way are standout originals “Closer,” “I Like It,” “Starf***er,” “I Like It Too” and “So Low/A Hope.” The aforementioned Dream Academy cover is every bit as powerful as the original.” —  Jeffrey Sisk, Daily News (PA)

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Pop-Noir band stephaniesid released their new album STARFRUIT on October 18th. It’s now available on itunes, amazon, spotify, and bandcamp (physical cd). Get all the info at www.stephaniesid.com.

Buy the album:
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/stephaniesid/id450022523
Bandcamp (physical cd): www.stephaniesid.bandcamp.com
Official Website: www.stephaniesid.com


Throughout the day, they posted scavenger hunt on facebook for fans to find information throughout their website to win a free copy of the album. Here’s how it went:

first scavenger hunt question (winner gets a free starfruit cd!):
what phrase do you get when you put the following “starfruit” lyrics together?

-the 62nd word from “house of many colors”
-the 10th word from “closer”
-the 85th word from “life of pi”
-the 4th word from “i like it”
-the 2nd word from “house of many colors”
-the 52nd word from “closer”
-the 4th word from “cadiz”
-the 2nd word from “cinematic”
-the 79the word from “i like it”

hint: click around on www.stephaniesid.com to find the link to get to the lyrics for the songs. another hint: you might want to look in today’s news post.

Court Mariie ‎** You grow beautiful when you blow in the wind

 

The next question is purely guess work. How many pigtails is Steph wearing today? The 1st person to guess correctly wins a free starfruit cd!

Donnie Patterson four

Geez Donnie, that was too easy for you, eh? Congratulatons, we will message you! Give us a minute to come up with something a bit more challenging than this one.

ok, the genius of our first 2 winners, court mariie and donnie patterson, have forced us to raise the difficulty quotient.

 

next question: who was the original owner of the piano chuck used to record his tracks for “starfruit”? be specific. what name did chuck call this person? (spelling must be correct; only 1 guess per person. family members and close friends exempt from this one… sorry). winner gets a copy of the new “starfruit” cd!

Congratulations, Jenn O’Tool for answering question #3 correctly… Chuck played all those tracks on his Grammy Jo’s piano. Grammy Jo lived to be 98 years old, and loved to play by ear. She was also a prolific painter… here is one of hers…

QUESTION #4 is for you musicians… In the chorus for “I Like It”, what are the 4 chords in the progression? Be specific. Only 1 guess per person. First person to answer correctly wins a spankin’ new “Starfruit” CD! (Band members ineligible.)

Congratulations to Christopher Stevens-Brown of Montreal and Will Newman of Asheville! They tied as winners of Question #4. The exact chords in the chorus of “I Like It” are V9, iii, V9/4, I. In other words: B9, G# minor, B9 with A in the bass, and E Major. Good work, lads!

PRIZE QUESTION #5: In which video on the official stephaniesid website video page will you find a shot featuring pink smoke?

Congratulations to Marquita Davis Yother for correctly answering question #5… The Red Helmet, filmed in Interlaken, Switzerland and featuring stephaniesid’s music, has a shot of pink smoke at about 3:20.

PRIZE QUESTION #6: There is a Nurse Jackie episode featuring stephaniesid’s music. This is a 3-part question… 1) What song is featured, 2) Where are the characters when the song is playing, and 3) What is the name of the episode?

Congratulations to Jennifer Spiegelman (of Birmingham, AL), who correctly answered the Nurse Jackie question… our song “Hey Hey Hey” was featured at the end of Episode 2, Season 1, called “Sweet-n-All”. The characters were in Jackie’s husband’s bar when the song was playing.

You can watch Nurse Jackie here:  http://www.sho.com/site/nursejackie/home.sho

we’re on the home stretch… only 4 more chances to win a free “Starfruit” CD. QUESTION #7 is another lyric search… What sentence do you get when you put together the following words from stephaniesid’s new album?
–4th word from “cinematic”
–98th & 99th word from “cadiz”
–42nd thru 45th words from “so low”
–5th word from “house of many colors”
–86th thru 88th words from “starf***er”
Happy hunting… 🙂 s

Congrats to Emily Schumacher of Easton, Connecticut… she wins a free “Starfruit” CD by answering Question #7 correctly, with the phrase “feel mad grief, pick up heavy things, (then) run with bulls.” Yay!

QUESTION #8: What were the 2 affectionate names applied to the man in the Dale Earnhardt jersey described in a blog entry on Stephaniesid’s official website? First to give both names wins a new “Starfruit” CD.

Congrats to Daniel Fields of Chapel Hill, NC… for answering Question #8 correctly (in only 6 minutes). The blog entry entitled “Home from Mason Jar Tour” (September 10, 2010) described a man in a Dale Earnhardt (#88) jersey who saw “giving, especially to children, as a moral imperative”, and took it upon himself to let the occupants of each passing float have it if they didn’t throw to the kids immediately surrounding him. Candy Monitor.

PRIZE QUESTION #9 is called “friends of sid”. You must get all parts correct to win, so please only answer if you’ve got them all (and of course people named or referred to in the questions are ineligible). You’ll likely find clues on our website, but might need to search elsewhere for the answers:
1) What beverage was named by a midwest reviewer to describe stephaniesid labelmate Patrick Sweany’s musicianship?
2) What is the name of the radio show hosted by the author of the lyrics to Starfruit song “Cadiz”?
3) In what category was asheville musical project Paper Tiger a winner in the Best of WNC Mountain Xpress poll?
4) What is the name of the blog penned by Steph’s fellow Naked Babies songwriting group member Ami Worthen?
5) Who were the members of Naked Babies, the songwriting group that spurred several songs on “Starfruit”?
6) Which client of stephaniesid’s new publicity team, @dreamspider, was described by Modern Drummer magazine as “unconventional”?
7) On the website for the artwork designer for “Starfruit”, what date is on the 2nd poster in the gallery (right to left)?

Looks like question #9 has you stumped, or maybe a lot of you are sleeping. Good for you on a Tuesday night. We’ll save that question for the morning. This has been fun, and congrats to the winners! –steph, signing off

Good morning, Facebook… the CD is blissfully released, but we had a bit of a cliffhanger in our contest last night… so we’re spilling into today. This morning we awoke to Tim Swoape’s victory over Question #9! Hope you all were able to check out some of our friends’ great work in the hunting process…

–A Cleveland reporter said of our labelmate: “To say Patrick Sweany is just a Blues musician is like saying Coke is just a soft drink.” www.patricksweany.com

–Jon Reid, the writer of the lyrics to “Cadiz”, hosts Race to the Bottom on Sunday nights at Asheville FM. (Call in!) www.ashevilleFM.org

–Paper Tiger, led by Molly Kummerle (friend, lovely seamstress, and member of Steph’s songwriter group, Naked Babies) won top 3 Best Electronic Band in the recent Mountain Xpress poll. www.papertigermusic.com

–Ami Worthen, fellow Naked Baby, singer, former uke player, gal extraordinaire, pens a great blog called “Ami Whoa!” at ukulelerockstar.com

–Jonathan Scales, the wonderful pan steel player, was said to take an “unconventional approach” to the pans by Modern Drummer Magazine. www.jonscales.com

–Jenny Greer of Sound Mind Media did the original artwork and graphic design for the Starfruit cover! soundmindmedia.net

ok… one last feat, the finale, the terminus, the denouement…. winner gets the last Starfruit CD in the giveaway pile, and a Stephaniesid tshirt. QUESTION #10 is actually a task, not a question… first person to obtain an actual Starfruit (the fruit, not the CD), cut it half so you can see the star, and post a photo of it to this page, wins!

Congratulations to Todd Brown of Burlington, VT! He posted this photo of a starfruit (also known as a carambola: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carambola). Todd wins a “Starfruit” CD and a sid tshirt!

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Official video for “Cinematic” from the 2011 Stephaniesid album entitled “Starfruit” which  releases on October 18th.

This video was shot in an undisclosed location in Asheville, NC by Paul Chelmis, Jesse Hamm, Lisa Jourdan, and Cody Wright. It was edited by Stephanie Morgan.

“Cinematic” Official Video (Stephaniesid) from Stephanie Morgan on Vimeo.

Asheville, NC band Stephaniesid return with their sparkling, new pop gem Starfruit, cementing their status as one of the region’s most ambitious, innovative, and influential bands.

In the downtime since their last record, lead singer Stephanie Morgan formed a local songwriter’s group to help spur her creativity.

She began recording the songs that emerged from these sessions, and posting them online for fans. This collection of singles formed the nucleus for Starfruit, and the rest of the band joined her over the course of many months to record more material in the home she shares with husband/co-bandleader Chuck Lichtenberg.

As a result, Starfruit has a much looser, more organic feel than the band’s first three full-lengths, while retaining the band’s penchant for intricate arrangements, unusual textures, and virtuosic playing. The sprawling 14-track effort touches on all of the band’s many influences, even including a faithful cover of Dream Academy’s hit “Life In A Northern Town,” and a cheeky reworking of the Laverne & Shirley theme song.

BACKGROUND:
Stephaniesid quickly became a local powerhouse with their debut Spiral In (2005). The band was signed by Nine Mile Records in 2007 and released Grus Americanus, a record that NPR’s Robin Hilton described as “A mesmerizing mix of songs that can be hushed and calm one moment, and then suddenly dark and explosive the next.” Grus also spawned singles which appeared on HBO’s “Nurse Jackie,” the award-winning short film “The Red Helmet,” and numerous compilations.

In 2008, the band performed at Bonnaroo, and was reviewed in The Bonnaroo Beacon: “…a rather transcendent set …the band was different, melodic, quirky, and just plain good…. A sleeper act which hit the mark with an almost Bjork-like panache.”

2009’s Warm People garnered more national attention for the band, with plays on NPR’s “World Cafe” (“Sharp writing!” exclaims David Dye), and glowing reviews in Blurt, Billboard, and Big Takeover. By 2010, Stephaniesid had been named “Best Rock Band” in Asheville in the (weekly paper) Mountain Xpress poll 4 years in a row.

Touring in support of “Starfruit” are Steph (vox, guitar, synth), Chuck (keyboards, vox), Maine-born Tim Haney (drums), and former NYC horn players Justin Ray and Jacob Rodriguez, with Matthew Richmond (vibraphone) and Jonathan Pearlman (guitar) also appearing on shows in the Southeast.

Find out more about the band at stephaniesid.com

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