Rock & Pop, Seasonal Special Happenings

The Honeycutters/Rachel & the Beatnik Playboys

When: Thu., Jan. 23, 8 p.m. 2014

There’s something about a fine blend of country and roots music that complements road trips perfectly. The Honeycutters, based out of Asheville, N.C., and set to arrive in Cleveland tonight on their own road trip, take care of that need with aplomb. The band has a new album in the works, but 2012’s When Bitter Met Sweet is a nice introduction to their music. Refusing to be pigeonholed by the constraints of more mainstream stabs at country music, the Honeycutters cover a lot of ground on the album. It’s upbeat and reflective at every turn of the melody. “90 Miles (The Tennessee Song),” for instance, is a gentle ode to state lines close to Platt’s heart (and far from Cleveland). It’s a terrific little tune, featuring stellar vocals and just absolutely wonderful strings throughout. The rest of the album offers similar high points, much like tonight’s show is sure to do. (Eric Sandy)

Price: $10

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