The Honeycutters
The Honeycutters

Honeycutters Return to Stuart’s Opera House


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Stuart’s Opera House welcomes North Carolina country/roots group The Honeycutters this Friday at 8 p.m.

Mountain Xpress describes the band as “old school country in the truest sense, free of twang and 10 gallon hats but full of real emotion, family history, quick wit and strong liquor.”

Since the release of their first album (Irene, 2009), The Honeycutters have performed throughout the U.S., sharing the stage with such Americana giants as Guy Clark, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Donna The Buffalo and The Steep Canyon Rangers.

The group’s most recent release, When Bitter Met Sweet (2012), hit #23 on the Americana radio chart, and landed at #94 for the year.

Member Amanda Anne Platt has been hailed as “one of the best songwriters coming out of Western North Carolina these days” by WNCW music director Martin Anderson, and her voice has been described as “perfectly unadorned” and “recklessly beautiful.”

Platt’s song “Little Bird” won second place in the general category at MerleFest’s Chris Austin Songwriting contest in 2011, and took home the grand prize in the Great Lakes Songwriting Contest that same year.

Rounding out The Honeycutters is Tal Taylor on mandolin, Rick Cooper on bass, Matt Smith on pedal steel and dobro and Josh Milligan on drums. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, The Honeycutters are currently working on their third studio album, slated for release in the coming months.

Tickets for Friday’s show are available by calling 740-753-1924 or visiting www.stuartsoperahouse.org.