Summer Tracks presents The Honeycutters, Bob Sinclair

Published 9:21 pm Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Honeycutters

The Honeycutters

The Honeycutters and Bob Sinclair are set to take the Summer Tracks stage at Rogers Park on Friday, Aug. 21, for the sixth and final concert of Summer Tracks’ 16th season. Sponsored by Tryon Fine Arts Center, the show begins at 7 p.m.

A Summer Tracks’ favorite, Hickory singer-songwriter Bob Sinclair and fiddle-player Molly Barrett open the evening. Combining the sounds of jazz, country, and folk, the duo is known for delighting audiences with their own style of ballads, swing tunes, and delightful romps. Sinclair’s smooth voice, bright lyrics and skillful guitar have been described as where porch swings, poetry and American music all find common footing.

One of the most anticipated concerts in the series this summer, The Honeycutters have once again been voted Western North Carolina’s favorite local Americana act (2015 Mountain Xpress reader’s poll). In April, this original country roots band released their third studio album “Me Oh My” and have been touring extensively every since.

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Led by Amanda Anne Platt, the band includes Tal Taylor on mandolin, Rick Cooper on bass, Josh Milligan on drums, and Matt Smith on pedal steel, electric guitar, and dobro.

Platt has been hailed as “one of the best songwriters coming out of WNC these days” by WNCW programming director Martin Anderson. Her voice has been described as “perfectly unadorned” and “recklessly beautiful.” In both her simple composition and honest delivery, it is easy to hear the influence of country legends such as Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, or Loretta Lynn.

The Honeycutters formed in 2007 and had quick success with their release “Irene” (2009). Each album has helped to grow their audience and expand their tours to include notable appearances at Merle Fest, Suwannee Springfest, Vancouver Island Music Fest and many more. The Honeycutters have shared the stage with such Americana giants as Guy Clark, Tony Rice, The Seldom Scene, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Donna The Buffalo, Jill Andrews, and The Steep Canyon Rangers.

Each summer, Summer Tracks attracts more than 2,000 people to Tryon’s Rogers Park, drawing visitors from all over Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina.

As with all Summer Tracks concerts, the show is free, though a voluntary donation at the gate is encouraged. Manna Cabana’s delicious fresh food, O’Duggan’s ice cream, water and soft drinks will be for sale.

Summer Tracks is produced by the Town of Tryon in affiliation with Peter Eisenbrown of Blockparty Productions. For more information about Summer Tracks and the performers visit

– Submitted by Peter Eisenbrown