Friday, August 5th
Doors: 6:00 PM; Music: 7:00 PM
Advance tickets: $30 (Will Call Only)
Tickets available online or at Forde Nursery
Day of Show: $35 at door
Join Rootboy Productions for a wonderful night at the Nursery with Amanda Anne Platt and The Honeycutters from Ashville, NC along with special guests The Ben Rice Trio. This should be a fantastic night of outstanding Roots music!
Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters
The music of Asheville, North Carolina-based outfit Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters is nuanced, bringing insight and wit to the stories Platt tells through songwriting. Lyrically driven, the band’s country roots music often inspires introspection, whether it be about life on the road, heartache or hope.
There is an empathetic and charming wit ingrained in Platt’s songwriting. She has a knack for accessing a deep well of emotion and applying it to her story-telling, whether she is writing from her own experiences or immersing herself into the melody of emotions in another person’s life.
Performing along with Platt, The Honeycutters are Matt Smith (pedal steel and electric guitars), Rick Cooper (bass/vocals), and Evan Martin (drums/vocals). The band is currently on tour supporting their sixth studio album, The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, released 2/25/2022 on Organic Records.
Ben Rice’s music is deeply rooted in traditional blues, yet at the same time fiercely original. His guitar playing earns labels like “fearless,” “inventive” and “powerful,” and he routinely brings audiences to their feet with his stunning and emotionally honest vocal delivery. Ben is as much at home fronting his electric band as he is captivating a crowd solo with nothing but his voice and his acoustic resonator guitar.
Ben’s original music blends soul, Delta-blues, rockabilly, jazz, and funk into a Roots Stew. Starting with B.B. King and going through the various regions and time periods, he is inspired and influenced by historical figures like Muddy Waters, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy, and Skip James to name a few. Ben spent his college years studying jazz guitar at the University of Oregon as well as classical music while also playing in the Celtic folk ensemble and mariachi group on campus. He is well versed in a lot of musical styles that all contribute to the unique sound of his originals.
As a performer, Ben looks to the greats for inspiration and is always striving to connect with the audience through his music and stories. He also has an interesting arsenal of guitars; playing resophonic guitars and homemade cigar box guitars. More important than the visual appeal, Ben has an amazing way of making these guitars sound, often bringing audiences to tears with his slide playing.