When: Fri., July 5 2013
folksy roots-rock, 9 p.m.
One of the reactions to the Nashville hit machine, which has polished country music to a shiny radio-pop veneer, has been a movement among songwriters toward the genre’s simpler, quainter roots. Asheville’s the Honeycutters are in the latter category. “I have friends who are involved in the Nashville industry who get holed up in these songwriters camps in hotels in Nashville trying to write six songs in a day to pitch to Keith Urban,” says Amanda Platt, the group’s fiery singer and songwriter. “And that’s the furthest thing from what we do.” The Honeycutters’ music explores the middle ground between Gillian Welch’s dirt-road sentimentality and Tom Petty’s polished bar-rock, all while harkening back to the roots of country music — a little heartbreak here, a little pedal steel there. “It’s songwriting for the sake of the song, and songwriting because you have something to say — maybe not anything political, like a folk song, but something about love or loneliness or murder. It’s honest, and it’s accessible,” Platt says. “That’s what country music is and always will be.” —Patrick Wall FRIDAY