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Billy Jack

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Burlap and opals. Moonshine and macrobiotics. Shaken and soothed. How Suzanne Santo (vocals/banjo/violin) and Ben Jaffe (vocals/guitar) managed to reconcile not just polemics, but seemingly opposed realities for their sexually tinged, bruised knee honeysuckle take on roots music has to be heard to be understood.

Yet somehow the young 20-somethings figured out that it's the extremes that define the middle, whether embracing the big mistakes in the bluesy smoulder "Glad I Done What I Did," embracing the romantic doubt that is the low slung gospel of "Don't Know How," or the euphoric romp-age of "Let's Get Wrecked" that embraces the arc debauchery completely. This is the sound of coming not of age, but awareness; and digging into what it means to be alive permeates throughout honeyhoney's October 24th release of Billy Jack on Lost Highway Records.

"The album is made of a lot of stories, a lot of lives," Santo picks up. "We're very different, but those differences are what makes it. I've had a lot of different times in my personal life that kinda leveled me as a person. That's why this record is the way it is. It's made of guts: what's happening on the inside, the notion of us being really independent, being on our own. That's a big reality."

With fiddles threading the melodies, big acoustic guitar sounds and banjos plinking as percussively as melodically, there is an old world feel to honeyhoney that is as fresh and right now as it is tube radios and old lace.

And it is the disparity of how the two came up and came together that informs honeyhoney with their singularity of sound. Meandering through unique paths, converging in Los Angeles where everyone is chasing something, and finally recognizing the chemistry they shared is no mean feat.

Evoking California's hippie Dust Bowl fringe, equal parts Okie squalor and Pacific shimmer, there is a strong pull of Woody Guthrie-esque folk, vintage Buffalo Springfield, glints of Gram Parsons and bits of Bonnie Raitt's early blues, Rickie Lee Jones reality and Bakerfsfield Saturday nights. Not country, not folk, not rock, it is a hybrid that defies exact definition.

Still "Billy Jack" pumps with the thump of hearts on fire, levels with the pang of real instruments played like someone means it.

"If we want anything from these songs," adds Jaffe, "it's to bring people into this music, to engage them."

Engage them they will. With the three-month long "Ten Buck Tour" with Joshua James kicking off on September 21st in Albuquerque, honeyhoney is ready to bring their new songs to the people who inspire them the most: their friends, peers and fans.

On the brink of truly coming into their own, they are ready for whatever the music brings...



Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 24, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: HoneyHoney
  • ASIN: B005HWUBNM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,520 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Sass on March 7, 2012
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Great sound from two talented and interesting individuals. I'm happy to have been pointed their way by the JRE podcast
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ZD on October 27, 2011
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After the up-tempo mood of "First Rodeo", you may be surprised at first listen by the slower, lower tempo and atmosphere that surrounds Billy Jack. Listen carefully, though - the lyrics are just as interesting and the arrangements are more intricate and impressive than their past work. First Rodeo is still in my regular playlist LONG after its release, and I'm constantly asked about it when someone hears it for the first time.

Billy Jack is at that same stellar level of quality, but is subversive, rather than overt. Bravo!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TS13FST on March 21, 2012
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I actually pre-ordered this album after loving the duo's first album. As other reviewers have indicated it is hard to pick the best song on the album because they are all fantastic (it really just depends on your mood). I received the album as a digital download, a cd, and on vinyl. For those of you with a record player, I highly suggest the vinyl as this type of music lends itself well to the format. I would also recommend that anyone who likes them go see them live. I personally loved the band's recordings, but Suzanne and Ben are absolutely fantastic live (the recordings really don't do Suzanne's voice justice as it is even more amazing than the record makes it sound). An excellent album from an up and coming group.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tim Phillips on March 17, 2012
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I came to hear HoneyHoney for the first time through "Little Toy Gun." While it made me a fan, I still wasn't totally sure what to make of them. I figured it out Thursday (3/15/12).

After seeing the webcast of their performance from Austin TX Thursday, and hearing this album start to finish, there's only one thing left to say. Quite simply they are the hottest, most under rated and unheard duo in America today. Amazon refers to "Billy Jack" as coming in to their own and I totally second that.

"Little Toy Gun" was fun; every song on Billy Jack is amazing. Well crafted and engineered, it shows how much these two have grown as musicians. Invoking memories of Lone Justice, Bonnie Raitt's bluesy style, and even the edgy country of Waylon Jennings, there is something here for everybody. After seeing the live show, I can tell you true that no female performing today can saw a fiddle in half the way this young woman can.

I'd love to pick a favorite song, but I can't. Well, ok, "Thin Line" has got to be near the top. Yet then I think of the surprising, and hauntingly fun "Angel of Death," "Glad I Did What I've Done," "Don't Know How," "Turn That Finger Round," and "Let's Get Wrecked," and once again I'm unsure.

Keeping it simple: buy it, you won't be disappointed. As for myself, off to listen again and wait patiently for the next album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. E. Al-Kabour on December 12, 2011
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I bought this CD based only on the strength of the track "Don't Know How", which I heard on a college radio station. The rest of the CD is just as amazing. If you like music like The Civil Wars then do yourself a favor and give HoneyHoney a try. Their music is so soulful, you won't be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary on April 1, 2012
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I first saw this band on the Joe Rogan Podcast. They're super cool people that make really good music. The guitarist is great and the singer's voice is beautiful. Amazing band. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jim on March 19, 2012
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Just a nice 11 songs to kick back to and enjoy. Angel of Death and Ohio are pretty epic songs, a must-buy for $3.99!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Coleman on March 26, 2012
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I really enjoyed this album, very nice southern sounding music sang by a woman with a beautiful voice, you can't go wrong. Train by day, Joe Rogan podcast by night, ALL DAY!!!!!!!
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