Honeywagon was formed almost 5 years ago during a secret meeting deep in the Hollywood hills. Three men, Loren Ellis [ "L-Train"], Bryan Clark ["BC"], Ben Levine ["Benwell"], discussed the need for joyous yet "subversive" bluegrass over burritos and caffeinated beverages until daybreak.
By first light, Honeywagon had a mission and quickly found an untapped reservoir of "Hollywood-celebrity" types who were sympathetic to the bluegrass cause. After an undisclosed amount of recording gear, studio time, and various culinary delights by a plethora of Mexican eateries around LA, the CD was done. "Grass Stains: a bluegrass tribute to Blink 182" was unleashed upon the unsuspecting public.
Underground parties followed: in Eagle Rock, Silver Lake, Pasadena, Covina, Santa Monica, Beechwood Canyon, Malibu Canyon, Runyon Canyon, 90210, South Central, the "OC", and the inland empire. They ripped up the Sunset Strip playing House of Blues, Hard Rock, and other glamorous places that sound too pretentious to mention.
The next CD came out soon afterward: "Green Day, Blue Grass: a bluegrass tribute to Green Day". This one quickly hit the Billboard Bluegrass charts and stayed on it for over 70 weeks! Right behind Alison Krauss and Nickle Creek. All this without radio play, press reviews, tour support or live shos! How?! Welcome to the underground. We're glad you're here. Pass it along.
Did the trio strike it rich? Nope. The "man" [label] didn't provide tour support or media blitzes nor did they provide many other services that can't be mentioned because their legal minded cronies would want to sue for slander....let's all hold hands and do a trust fall....
Bryan moved to Nashville, Loren and Ben joined a popular commercial country band and hit the road. Was the band breaking up after their first success? Not even!
The boys grew closer together! They still found time to record, dump girlfriends, celebrate weddings, buy gear, play shows, eat tacos, dump girlfriends, etc..you know..life.
Which brings us to the current CD: "Sympathy for Bluegrass: a tribute to the Rolling Stones". The boys took some of their favorite Stones songs and did them only the way Honeywagon can - serious musicianship with an endearing sprinkle of humor and tenderness.
Buy it, enjoy it, and pass this along - keep the underground alive!
BE SURE TO CHECK OUT BRYAN'S NEW DOUBLE CD "GOSSIP, INSPIRATION, AND SLANDER"