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The WDVX Blue Plate Special – 4/4 – The Honey Badgers / Thomas Hinds

April 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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“Weaving their voices together over driving guitar, wistful violin, and punchy harmonica, The Honey Badgers spin stories and songs about finding yourself, finding each other, and finding your way in the world.”

When Michael Natrin asked Erin Magnin to dust off her fiddle and join him for a couple songs at a local songwriter showcase, the two never imagined they were creating a musical partnership that would continue far into the future. Playfully calling themselves The Honey Badgers, more to make themselves chuckle than to make any sort of a statement, the two discovered a chemistry between their voices that demanded to be heard. Thus, the duo was born.

The Honey Badgers’ folk/Americana sound has been likened to that of The Civil Wars and The Swell Season. They are known for their intense, unique harmonies, their sincere lyrics and melodies, and their undeniable and captivating onstage charm. Weaving their voices together over driving guitar, wistful violin, and punchy harmonica, The Honey Badgers spin stories and songs about finding yourself, finding each other, and finding your way in the world.

The Honey Badgers have been creating music together since the summer of 2011. In their first several years working together they released their debut EP, “Booth Bay”, a thoughtfully crafted second EP, “Soul”, as well as a collection of live recordings entitled “Mad Season”. In the years following the duo’s conception, they played all over their home state of Delaware and the surrounding area, from the Delmarva Folk Festival in Hartly to the World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington. They opened for nationally touring act The Lone Bellow, as well as local Delaware favorite New Sweden.

In 2019 they committed to diving further into their music in many ways. Their first full length album, “Meet Me” was released in March 2019. “Meet Me” is a colorful story that has been unfolding since Michael and Erin met. The songs are new, but the feelings within them are familiar – from the blooming of new love to the comfort of seasoned love, losing yourself and finding yourself, from feeling alone in a fast moving world to finding connection in a room full of strangers. “Meet Me” was mostly conceived in an old self-converted Sprinter van on a 2017 road trip around the USA. In the spring of 2019, The Honey Badgers quit their stable jobs and hit the road again, traveling up and down the East Coast singing songs, telling stories and building community on the road.

As full time musicians and travelers, Michael and Erin look forward now to creating music that has roots growing through every place they go. They are currently working on a second full length album set to be released in early 2024, centered around grief, healing, and growth in a pandemic-changed world.

Thomas Hinds, a troubadour from northern Georgia, has spent most of the last four years playing an impressive mix of original songs that share the struggles of life, love, and finding oneself within these melodies all over the southeastern part of the U.S. The covers he chooses fit nicely with his voice and onstage demeanor, always tinged with a silvery hue and inspiring to never give up, no matter how the world around us appears. Thomas is currently releasing singles for his upcoming album set to release on June 30th of this year.

Thomas spent most of 2019 on the road criss-crossing the U.S. with his catalog of originals and ever-increasing covers, which has welcomed him back to venues time and again. His first release, Ghosts and Lamentations, was in 2015, and in late 2017, he released an EP titled Barbwire Bouquet, which included two songs recorded with Jono. The EP featured Keep On and a reworked version of Favorite Hello, originally on Ghosts and Lamentations, which, according to Jeffrey Foucault, “showed a lot of growth in the songwriting.”

With Resurrection Road, Thomas takes a step towards solidifying his writing ability, with a touch of Ray Lamontagne and Steve Earl in the fabric of the songs stretching out in this collection. After relocating from New Mexico to his current home in northern Georgia, Thomas has found fertile ground for growing and solidifying his voice among some amazing talented musicians and songwriters. He started 2021 playing regionally throughout the southeastern U.S. and finished the year strong with almost 150 shows and nearly 60,000 miles driven.

In 2022, Thomas continued to build momentum with the release of the new EP Heart Attacks & Sweet Dreams at the end of September, and a new book Ghost of a River released in October. The year shaped up to be one of the most productive yet, with Thomas recording a full-length album titled Where Do We Go From Here at the Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. In 2023, he’s been filling up with shows as he builds momentum for an album release show with a full band at Shoals Theater in Florence, AL on June 30th. Thomas is always looking for new places to play and people to meet. He has the ability to play solo sets as well as duo, trio, or full bands depending on the need. The best way to contact him is via his website or email at thomashindsschedule@gmail.com.

If he’s in your area, be sure to catch a show and let your family and friends know to make a point of seeing him and saying hello. If you’re interested in hosting a house concert or have a venue looking for an original artist to play along his route, feel free to contact him. For more information, you can find all things Thomas at www.thomashindsmedia.com.


April 4
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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