Rooted in three-part vocal harmonies, southern twang, and pop hooks, Honey County is a female country trio featuring the stacked voices, songwriting and layered guitar work of bandmates Dani Rose, Devon Jane and Katie Stump.
We talked about what it’s like to be a female in country music, touring, and our song “Cigarette”!
It is SUCH an honor to be included on a lineup like the CMA Fest Radio Disney Country Stage and on the Spotlight Stage! We have so much fun performing, and even more fun meeting all the fans afterward. We couldn’t be more excited!
Your song, “Country Strong,” was the official Stagecoach HonkyTonk song. Did you write it for the Festival? What message do you want listeners to take away?
“Country Strong” was written to commemorate the resilience of the country music community despite the tragic shootings at Route 91 and Borderline. Stagecoach asked us to write the song to be performed with over 150 line dancers at the festival, and we were honored and humbled to be a part of it. We hope that anyone facing tough times in their life can listen to this song and come away feeling just a little bit stronger.
What is the meaning behind your band’s name? A blend of California and Nashville?
We are all about creating an immersive experience with our music, and Honey County isn’t a real place that you can find on a map — it’s a place and experience that only exists at one of our shows or when you’re listening to our music.
Love that, like Lindsay Ell, you are singers/songwriters/instrumentalists — what’s your advice to upcoming female artists on the importance of all three in your music?
Show the boys what’s up! Playing instruments on stage is FUN and there’s no rule that says it’s only for the guys. At the same time though, be whatever is uniquely you — not what people want you to be. That authenticity will shine through when you showcase what you’re truly great at.
Previously I asked what music and artists influenced each of you. (Ed. note: Dani: Boyz II Men, Tim McGraw, and all Disney soundtracks /Katie: John Mayer, James Taylor, Taylor Swift /Devon: Keith Urban, KT Tunstall, Fleetwood Mac)
Who do you see your band influencing?
We have had a few people on Instagram cover our songs, and that has been so cool. One cover in particular that The Joy Reunion did of our song “Cigarette” blew all of us away. It’s incredible to feel people taking ownership of our songs in that way.
Backstories to your songs on your EP High on the Radio?
“High on the Radio” is a fun, nostalgic song about recalling memories from a summer fling. We pulled from all sorts of different real life experiences because I think we all have felt that way at some point.
“Love Someone” was written by Katie (along with Kalie Shorr and Jason Afable) before she joined the band. It was originally written in third person as a pitch song, but when we brought it into the band, we wanted to make it more personal, so we brought in that first person perspective.
“Cigarette” is a song about wanting to let go of someone that’s bad for you, but somehow you just keep coming back to them over and over. We all have been in that situation before, so it seemed a very fitting concept for us to sing about.
“Ain’t No Party” is such a fun song to play live. Every time we sing the “let me hear the girls scream!” part, we get to hear all of our female fans in the audience scream at the top of their lungs. It’s such a great moment in our set!
“Sale of the Summer” is a classic revenge song where the girl gets smart and decides to make some money off of her breakup. Although none of us have personally sold all of our ex’s belongings, it is a fun character to play on stage :)
What are your fondest musical memories?
We all grew up with musical fathers, and playing music with them as kids was definitely a fond experience of all of us.
Which song of yours best captures your sound?
“Cigarette” is a good representation of where we are now, but we are also working on loads of new music that we’re really excited about too!
What song was a career turning point for you?
Where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part of the process?
Personal experience, friends’ experiences, and songs we’re into at the moment. We LOVE recording new songs so much.
Which venues are on your bucket list?
Where would you like to be in your career five years from now?
#1 on country radio! :)
If you could dabble in any other genre of music, which would it be?
How do you balance your music with other obligations?
We all have busy schedules, but what we’re doing with Honey County is all of our first priorities, so we hustle to make opportunities happen!
Your perfect day off would include … ?
Great food, beautiful scenery, some kind of outdoor activity and lots of sleep :)
What’s in store for 2019?
Lots of fun shows, writing, and recording new music.