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Beyond a Song (Series)

Produced by ISOAS Media

Most recent piece in this series:

Beyond a Song: Amanda Platt and the Honeycutters

From ISOAS Media | Part of the Beyond a Song series | 01:00:00

Platt_prx_small AMANDA PLATT : PUBLISHED ON PRX  6 / 16 / 2017

Host Rich Reardin talks with Asheville, North Carolina singer/songwriter Amanda Platt about his life and music.
Amanda Anne Platt has been described as "easily one of the best songwriters coming out of Western North Carolina these days" (Martin Anderson, WNCW), with a voice that "sings like Carolina farmlands after a rainstorm" (Harvey Robinson, Monkeywhale Productions). She is the songwriter, lead singer, and producer of the Asheville-based Americana group The Honeycutters. With The Honeycutters she has shared the stage with Guy Clark, Amy Ray, Tony Rice, The Seldom Scene, Donna The Buffalo, Jill Andrews, The Steep Canyon Rangers, Jim Lauderdale, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Langhorne Slim. Her song "Little Bird" won First Place in The Great Lakes Songwriting Competition (2011) and Second Place in the General category in the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest (2011). The Honeycutters third studio album, Me Oh My (Organic Records), which features "Little Bird" as well as thirteen other of Platt's original compositions; has received critical acclaim and radio support across the United States, Canada, and The UK.
“In Amanda Anne Platt, listeners to Me Oh My will discover a 21st century North Carolina renaissance woman. Not only has she written the album's fourteen songs of staggering distinction and beauty, but she also inhabits these personal dramas perfectly, delivers them with emotion precision-fitted to their content, ranging from regret to wry humour, whilst playing guitar, conducting a blistering band, and bossing the control room faders as producer.” --David Innes, R2 - Rock 'n' Reel (UK), 5 star review www.rock-n-reel.co.uk
"Platt's songs are exceptional, with interesting melodies and well-written lyrics sung with a strong and engaging voice that sounds a bit like a blend of Gillian Welch and Loretta Lynn." 

ASHEVILLE, NC --Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters new self-titled album is out today, June 9, on Organic Records. “We're switching things up a little. After four albums I've decided to step out and start using my own name. It's something that a lot of people have encouraged me to do over the years, and I guess that 2017 just felt right.” says Amanda. “We're keeping The Honeycutters too because we don't want to confuse people… really, we've always been Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters. I think I've just gotten to a place where I feel comfortable enough to be in the spotlight.”
Based in Asheville, North Carolina, Amanda is a storyteller by nature with an incredible band backing her. Performing along with Amanda Anne Platt, The Honeycutters are Matt Smith on pedal steel and Stratocaster, Rick Cooper on bass, Josh Milligan on drums and harmony vocals, and Evan Martin on keys and Telecaster. Lyrically driven, the songs on Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters blend the band’s old-school country roots attitude with their shared influences of rock and folk.
Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters will tour extensively in US this year and are traveling to Europe for the first time this summer. Tour dates and more information at www.TheHoneycutters.com .
Critical Acclaim for Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters:
“Writing with a maturity that belies her early thirties age, Amanda pens tunes about a couple with a 40-year relationship, reflections of a spouse with a terminally ill husband, break-up, strangers, leaving, the music industry, and, of course, love. Platt is as good a songwriter as anyone with an Americana label by their name and that includes Isbell and Lucinda to name just two of them … You will need to listen repeatedly as the album is lengthy and Platte’s lyrics are so damn real and relatable on so many levels.” --Elmore , Jim Hynes
“They… deliver a feisty, witty, hard-knock life realism on their records and this eponymous release, their fifth, is like the continuation of a classic serial novel you just can’t put down… My favorite track is ‘Eden’ and I must have listened to it at least five times because it’s just bloody brilliant, cheeky and slightly heart-wrenching all at once : ‘Don’t keep a TV ’cause the news is always bad and it teaches us to want all the things we’ll never have’ and then the storyteller asks to be let ‘back inside that garden, I won’t eat anything that’s fallen from that goddamn tree.’
--That Mag , Jane Roser
“Platt can find a tune and express it exquisitely with a distinctive voice and a sympathetic band … Her wonderful lyrics seem to be an assessment of the people and circumstances that surround her to find the good bits.”
--Americana Music Show , Tony Ives
“Platt opens with the reflective ‘Birthday Song’, warmed in among other things, tasty piano the album is immediately up and running on greased wheels. Blending country with folk and country pop you have Americana music with a capital ‘A’ and it is good!” --Flying Shoes Review (UK), Maurice Hope 
“Platt sings like she means it on this country-tinged folk album, and whether or not her nuanced lyrics are drawn directly from real life, they sure sound as if they are ... Platt’s vocals convey joy and tenderness and her band provide amiable backup. At its best, this music is on a par with Lucinda Williams’s, which is saying a lot.”
--The Morton Report , Jeff Burger
“There is, as with the two before, an easygoing warmth to the album, and a certain kind of knowing. The kind from that comes from being a keen and empathetic observer. From the upbeat ‘Diamond in the Rough’ to the poetic ‘Eden’ to the solemn ‘Long Ride,’ Platt and her band flesh out all that's real and been missing in country music for lo these many years .”  --No Depression , Amos Perrine
“a gem of an album… The collection combines sharp and emotive songwriting with crisp production values. A successful blend of country roots and honky-tonk, but with a defining Appalachian twist. Above it all hovers Platt’s voice – laconic, sultry, pitch perfect and ultimately charming.
--Listening Through The Lens , Rob Dickens
“Amanda Anne is one of the best songwriters I have ever heard – and I have been listening carefully to music for about 55 years. She writes with her heart and her brain and her observations on life, love and other matters of importance are sparkling ... Her songs get into your blood and become a part of you .”
--letter from David Whittaker who commissioned the song “Rare Thing” for his wife Holly
"Amanda is so good it's ridiculous. I don't even know what words to use. Her singing, songwriting and presence is unmatched in Americana, Country, Pop… Simply breathtaking ."
-- Saul Davis: producer (Percy Sledge), manager (Gene Clark, Carla Olson, Phil Seymour).

 -Michael Colby, Review in No Depression/Palms Playhouse, Winters, CA

Musical selections include: The Guitar Case, Little Bird, Diamond in the Rough, Lucky, Birthday Song, Learning How To Love Him, Brand New Start.

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The Emotion Roadmap: Take the Wheel & Control How You Feel (Series)

Produced by Chuck Wolfe

Most recent piece in this series:

An Inspirational Story of a Friend and Colleague who Overcame Racism and Low Expectations

From Chuck Wolfe | Part of the The Emotion Roadmap: Take the Wheel & Control How You Feel series | 39:01


Dr. Wallace, a WWIl Navy vet, joined the service in 1944. When discharged he had great aspirations but dropped out of college when he ran out of GI Bill. He began raising a family, working low paying jobs, then taking 15 years to achieve his bachelors degree part-time. This was followed by a masters and PH.D. later in life.  He shares his story of challenge and ultimate victory, enjoying three careers as a music educator, a corporate management trainer, and Associate Dean in academia. He hopes his story inspires others to overcome whatever challenges they face with faith and persistence.

A Way with Words (Series)

Produced by A Way with Words

Most recent piece in this series:

Noon of Night (#1474)

From A Way with Words | Part of the A Way with Words series | 54:00

81792530_13c3698dd5_m_small After our conversation about a verbose admonition to use short words, a Tallahassee, Florida, man called with a version he learned as a boy: Do you have the audacity to doubt my veracity? Or even to insinuate that I would prevaricate? While I'll thrust my phalanges into your physiognomy with such intensity that it will horizontalize your perpendicularity.

There's a difference between a crank call and a prank call.

If someone has a chip on their shoulder, they're spoiling for a fight. The phrase derives from the old practice of literally putting a chip of wood or other small object on one's shoulder, and daring an adversary to knock the chip off--a gesture indicating that a line had been crossed and the opponent was ready to fight.

In Ireland, the word omadhaun means "a foolish person."

Quiz Guy John Chaneski's puzzle this week involves adding a letter to the names of famous bands to come up with entirely new ones. For example, Billy Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tre Cool are trading in their instruments for a lime-colored delivery truck. What are they known as now?

Those strings of amber lights on 18-wheelers are known as chicken lights. But why? Although the term's origin is unclear, a participant in a discussion forum of the American Historical Truck Society suggests they may have been originally associated with trucks hauling Frank Perdue chickens.

Noon of night is an archaism, a poetic way of saying "midnight."

A New York City listener recalls that as a youth in Erie, Pennsylvania, he and his peers referred to a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich as a choke-and-slide or choke-n-slide. It's a reference to the qualities of the sticky peanut butter and the slippery jelly. The colloquial names of some other foods also refer to how they make their way down the throat, including gap-and-swallow and slick-and-go-down or slip-go-down. Other foods named for action associated with them are saltimbocca, literally "jump into the mouth," and tiramisu, from Italian for "pick me up!"

A woman who grew up in south central Minnesota grew up using the phrase too yet, which can have various meanings at the end of a sentence, usually with some negative sense. An article by Peter Veltman in American Speech suggests that the tag too yet used this way is a calque from Dutch.

A conversation with a leading expert on polar bears has Martha thinking about several bear-related words, including the term arctic and the feminine name Ursula.

In the 1940's, kids commonly teased a playmate who'd just gotten a short haircut by pointing at them and saying Baldy Sour! Baldy Sour!

A man in Bowling Green, Kentucky wonders: is the correct phrase You have another thing coming? Or is it You have another think coming?

The medical term tragomaschalia means "smelly armpit sweat," and derives from Greek words that mean "goat armpit."

A woman from Abilene, Texas, is preparing to make a move to the Northeast, and was amused when a realtor in her new hometown used the phrase Bada boom, bada bing, a phrase she'd heard only in movies. It's possible that this term is older than the 1960's, although so far no such record has been found.