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Trail Mix – The Honeycutters

first_imgSince 2007, The Honeycutters have been doing their part to continue the tradition and honesty of vintage country music. Never mind the swill you’ll hear all over modern country radio. Instead, for true country, point your ears towards this quintet based in the mountains of western North Carolina.Though a band in the truest sense of the word, The Honeycutters are undoubtedly led by singer/songwriter Amanda Anne Platt, whose talents can be wisely compared to the likes of Iris Dement and Emmylou Harris. A songwriter with an ear for charming melodies and a pen rich with subtle wit, Platt writes songs for The Honeycutters that rummage deeply into the country music saddle bag.The band recently released On The Ropes, their fourth long player and the follow up to last year’s critically acclaimed Me Oh My, which established the band as a burgeoning new voice in the world of Americana music.I recently chatted with singer Amanda Anne Platt about the new record, boxing, and Asheville’s best local honey.BRO – You recently celebrated the release of your new record with your hometown fans in Asheville. That had to feel good.AP – Yes, it did! We love playing at home, and it means a lot to see so many familiar faces in the audience.BRO – The band rolls into Bristol on Friday. That has to be a bit like going back to the wellspring. Any bands from the Bristol Sessions from which you draw particular inspiration?AP – It would be hard to pinpoint. I definitely fell in love with the Carter Family in my late teens and went through a phase of reading a lot of nonfiction about early country music. I think more than anything, the idea of people who had been making music on their front porches their whole lives getting recording contracts and becoming big stars without a bunch of grooming is what inspires me. The music that gave rise to the Americana genre started just like that. It was very true music. So it’s nice to have a slice of history so close to home.BRO – We are featuring the title track to the new record on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?AP – “On The Ropes” doesn’t have a very interesting story behind it, I’m sorry to say. It’s a pick me up song, with a chorus that I started singing to myself when I was feeling discouraged. It kind of grew from there.BRO – I love the boxing imagery on the record packaging. Ever tempted to spend some time in the ring?AP – Yes, actually! I was thinking pretty seriously about signing up for lessons at the gym where we did the shoot. But I’m a wuss. I probably won’t follow through on that.BRO – Where’s the best place to grab some local honey the next time I am in Asheville?AP – There used to be a great little honey stand in Haw Creek called Haw Creek Honey. They just had this box where you put your money and then you took your honey. I think that people abused the system, though. I don’t believe that’s still there. But there’s always honey at the farmer’s market!Amanda Anne Platt and the rest of The Honeycutters will take to the stage at The Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Virginia, this Friday. Trail Mix wants to give you an opportunity to win tickets to that show. Take a shot at the trivia question down below and email your answer to dave@blueridgeoutdoors.com. A winner from all of the correct answers received by 5 PM on Thursday, June 9th, will win two tickets to the show!Be sure to check out The Honeycutters’ website for information on tour dates and how to get your copy of On The Ropes. Also, take a listen to “On The Ropes” on this month’s Trail Mix.Question . . . . It’s noted above that The Carter Family contributed mightily to the 1927 Bristol Sessions. Which band below, however, was NOT recorded by Ralph Peer during those sessions?A – The Bull Mountain MoonshinersB – The Blue Ridge Corn ShuckersC – The Possum Holler RamblersD – Dad Blackard’s MountaineersRemember . . . Email your answers in! Don’t post in the comments section below!  Good luck!!!last_img read more

Frank Lampard quits international football with immediate effect

first_imgEngland midfielder Frank Lampard has retired from international football after winning 106 caps.The 36-year-old was released by Chelsea in May after 13 years at the London club and he signed for New York City before agreeing to move to Manchester City on a six-month loan deal.Lampard scored 29 goals for England and captained the team in their last group match against Costa Rica at this year’s World Cup in Brazil.”I have taken the decision to retire from international football,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.”It has been a very tough decision for me to make which is why I have given it so much thought since the World Cup. I have always been exceptionally proud and honoured to represent my country and have to say looking back I have enjoyed every minute of wearing the England shirt.”Lampard said it was time put his family first given that he was soon to be playing in the United States. “Also, to concentrate on how I can perform consistently to the best of my abilities over my next few years in club football,” he added.”It is now the time to move forward and I feel very confident that with Roy Hodgson in charge, the young players that we have coming through, and the changes that are being made throughout the development of the youth system in this country, that we will have success in the future and a team that this country deserves.”England captain Steven Gerrard ended his long international career last month.Lampard made his international debut against Belgium in 1999, going on to play at three World Cups and two European Championships.He make headlines at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa when he had a goal wrongly disallowed in a second-round clash with Germany, a match England went on to lose 4-1.last_img read more

Sale of Tickets for Sarajevo Derby to start today

first_imgSale of tickets for Sarajevo derby start on Saturday, at sales points on Grbavica and Ferhadija.“The sale of tickets will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. On Sunday, the day of the match, tickets can be purchased from 9 a.m. until the half of the match in front of the Grbavica Stadium. Fans of FC Sarajevo can purchase their tickets for the North Stand only at sales point on Ferhadija. Tickets for the North Stand for fans of FC Sarajevo are marked with a different color and they will not be available for purchase in front of the Grbavica Stadium. We ask the fans to come to the match on time, in order to prevent big crowds,” as announced in a statement from FC Zeljeznicar.The match starts on Sunday, at 3:30 p.m.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more