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Sympathy for Bluegrass: a tribute to the Rolling Stones

by Bryan Clark & Honeywagon

Great singing, killer harmonies, and seriously rippin' solos, add up to one great bluegrass CD done only the way the boys from Honeywagon [aka: Bryan Clark, Loren Ellis, and Ben Levine] can do.
Genre: Country: Bluegrass
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1. Sympathy For the Devil
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2. Brown Sugar
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3. Jumpin' Jack Flash
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4. You Can't Always Get What You Want
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5. Under My Thumb
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6. Wild Horses
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7. Tumbling Dice
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8. It's All Over Now
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9. Honky Tonk Women
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10. Angie
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
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"
http://cdbaby.com/cd/bryanclark5


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Tony Allen

Symphony for Bluegrass
Absolutely one of my favorite albums. Bryan, we need another one like this also.Caries me back to my old days but on a bluegrass ride. Wonderful cd!!
Happy bluegrassin' to all, Tony Allen

Mary Alice Kiehl

Sympathy for Bluegrass
Thanks to your lively and clear renditions, I can finally understand what the Stones have been saying.
So,I did really get what I wanted. Thank you guys!!!

Charles St.James

A creative and wonderful rendition of Rolling Stones' songs.
I love this CD. It has many of the Rolling Stones' songs I enjoy. This album has a warm, creative and excellent sound.
If you love Blue Grass and you love Rolling Stones' songs, you'll surely adore this album.

Mac McKinnon

Absolutely Great!
I'm old school Bluegrass but this is great stuff!

Penelope Williams

Thank you - just wonderful
Growing up and living in germany, I only by chance hear about good bluegrass music - this album is one of the finest I ever heard. Thanks a lot!

Tamara Turner, CD Baby.com

One of my favorite bluegrass CDs- EVER!
After the initial freak-out dies down into a something more like awe and admiration, it’s hard to understand why someone didn’t think to blend classic rock and bluegrass quite like this; “freak-out” meaning that initial giddiness of falling completely in love with this bluegrass tribute to the Rolling Stones. But maybe it’s because after two hit albums like this one, paying tribute to Blink 182 and Green Day, these three guys were on a roll and realized that they had a real knack for this. Sympathy for Bluegrass has an extra bit of appeal, however; whether young or old, pushing fifty or pushing 20, the Rolling Stones are undeniably one of the most influential and memorable bands of all time with music that never seems to go out of style. In this way, the Nashville-based, dude-powered, Honeywagon, couldn’t have picked a better band to covet. With heavy hitters like ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Under My Thumb,” and the quasi-title track, “Sympathy for the Devil,” this album will undoubtedly smear a huge smile across the face of any Stones and/or bluegrass fan; for those of us who love both, the elation is indescribable, bordering on dizziness. Sitting on the edge of your seat, waiting to hear what they have done with “Wild Horses” or “Honky Tonk Woman” is as big a rush as the first couple times you heard the songs, if you were around then. CD Baby isn’t the only pair of ears noticing the musicianship, creativity and innovation going on with this trio. Having hit the bluegrass charts with their previous album and staying there for 70 weeks, all without radio play, tour support or press reviews, the underground bluegrass community has literally voted these guys up to the top, competing for the limelight with the likes of Alison Krauss and Nickel Creek. The beauty of this album is that, if by some strange circumstance, a poor soul hadn’t heard these classic songs in their original form, they’d never know these were adaptations; the songs fit so beautifully within the bluegrass genre, are so perfectly brought to life and are so surprisingly compatible that they could just as easily pass as old, traditional Appalachian songs or Honeywagon originals. Perhaps this adaptability is due to the pure genius of the original songs but, all the same, one thing is for certain: it takes an equal kind of genius to bring these songs to life, doing them justice while creating something so incredibly fresh and worth getting excited about.