Amanda Anne Platt and the Honeycutters are an Asheville based band performing songs written by the band’s lead singer, Amanda Platt. In addition to Platt, the band consists of Matt Smith (pedal steel, electric guitar), Rick Cooper (bass and vocals), and Evan Martin (drums and vocals). Platt, Smith, Cooper, and Martin officially became a band in 2017 after the release of their album titled Amanda Anne Platt and the Honeycutters. The band performed at R.A. Fountain on October 1, 2010 as Amanda and the Honeycutters.
Platt got her start playing music at an early age as a member of a very musical family. Vincent Harris of the Greenville Journal writes that Platt’s father plays both guitar and harmonica and her brother, who Platt plays with from time to time, is also a professional musician.
The band has a unique sound that is a blend of several different music traditions all tied together by the storytelling nature of Platt’s songs. Organic Records calls the band’s sound a blend of Americana, old-school country, rock, and folk. They also note a special quality in Platt’s songwriting that makes the band’s music so special. This can be heard in the five studio albums the band has released over the years, all still available for sale. Indeed, review after review calls the lyrics of Platt’s songs emotional, relatable, introspective, and nuanced.
Platt and her band have garnered recognition at several levels. The band has been featured in several magazines and travel shows. Their debut album placed second in WNCW’s 2017 year-end listeners poll. They also placed in the Americana Music Association Year End Top 100 list of Americana Airplay in both 2016 and 2017.
“Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters Release Two Songs Reflecting on Time and Place.” 25 Sept. 2020. Organic Records, Web. Read it.
Harris, Vincent. “Amanda Anne Platt’s Journey from Shy Songwriter to Leader of Alt-Country Aces the Honeycutters.” Greenville Journal, 18 Mar. 2020. Web. Read it.