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Honey Man

by Hey Mavis

Appalachian Americana music. "Beautifully written songs whose styles range from old timey to jazzy to blistering alt rock, Laurie's voice turns from cold steel to melted butter in the time it takes your heart to break." -Don Dixon (REM, Smithereens)
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1. Say Hello to Paris
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2. Honey Man
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3. Already Down
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4. Song for Suitors
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5. Red Hot
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6. By Your Side (Strength and Sword)
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7. Let the Water Do the Work
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8. Little Lovebird
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9. Some Old Day
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10. Why Must I
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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“Hey Mavis scores where it matters — in songwriting and execution. Laurie brings sharp songwriting skills and sultry vocals to the table, while Ed contributes his schooled musical abilities and range of experience. Expanding the core trio with guitarist Brent Kirby and Bryan Thomas on upright bass has given Honey Man some added kick and a greater range of tonal colors. ”
Anastasia Pantsios - Cool Cleveland

“Produced by Don Dixon (R.E.M., the Smithereens), the band's second album, Honey Man, is an excellent collection of twangy tunes that shows how much the band has evolved from its first album.”
Jeff Niesel - Cleveland Scene

“The eleven tracks of Honey Man were once again produced by the great Don Dixon who also did the band’s first album Red Wine. The record is a compilation of songs that talk about love, relationships, heartbreak, severing ties, parenting, and perseverance. You’ll hear Ed’s “viola profunda” solos and fills throughout, but it’s Laurie’s voice that sets the table on the tempo of the stories behind the music. ”
Jay Minkin - No Depression

“Laurie Michelle Caner’s honeyed alto and melodies imbue her songs such as the opener, Say Hello to Paris, about the change of lifestyle that having a kid necessitates, with a gravitas that comes when folks are singing their own words.”
Malcolm X Abram - Enjoy.ohio.com

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On Saturday, February 2, 2013, Akron-based band Hey Mavis celebrated the much-anticipated release of their second CD, Honey Man, to a SOLD OUT crowd at Happy Days Lodge in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

The music of Hey Mavis can only be described as “Appalachian Americana”. With banjo, fiddle, upright bass, guitar, kick drum and harmonica, the quartet effortlessly moves from a softly orchestrated lullaby to a raw and raucous love song. “The songs feel soulful, they have dirt and substance,” says Hey Mavis founder Laurie Michelle Caner. “There is a sense of being grounded and close to the earth, and we try to breathe life into everything we do.”

After their most recent summer tour out west, during which Hey Mavis achieved notoriety as a finalist in the highly acclaimed Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest, Laurie (banjo/vocals/songwriting) and Ed Caner (fiddle/viola) started working with Cleveland songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Brent Kirby and seasoned upright bassist, Bryan Thomas. Brent’s contributing songwriting talents create a worthy compliment to Laurie when it comes to arrangements, vocals and new songs. Bryan’s versatile and expressive bass playing gives the band an intense groove and rhythmic flexibility. Laurie’s heartfelt vocal delivery and banjo playing defines Hey Mavis’s sound, and Ed Caner’s wild and passionate fiddling is both virtuosic and unique.

Set to an instrumentation and impression of timeless Appalachian backwoods, the songs on Honey Man represent tales constructed around passing imagery of emotions and situations, such as relationships, the joy and labor of raising a child, hurting and heartbreak. In the title track “Honey Man”, Laurie intimately leads the listener through a Faustian “owe my soul to the devil” tale, while in “Say Hello to Paris” she sings about feeling strapped down by the responsibility of motherhood, only to realize all the beauty of the world lies in the children dancing ‘round her feet. Kirby’s “Let The Water Do the Work” has an upbeat revivalist message of “release and find your peace”. The songs on Honey Man seem to lead us on a journey through the complex emotions of adult life, where one can only end up where they began, in a place where the simplicity of love always wins.

Honey Man is produced by the legendary Don Dixon (REM, Red Clay Ramblers, Smithereens), who also produced their first CD. Red Wine. When speaking of the new CD, Don said, “Wrapped in original songs whose styles range from old timey to jazzy to blistering alt rock, Laurie's voice turns from cold steel to melted butter in the time it takes your heart to break."

Hey Mavis' 2010 debut CD, Red Wine (also produced by Don Dixon) immediately climbed the national Folk DJ-L radio charts, peaking at #5 for overall artist. The CD finished the year at #13 in Folk Alley’s "Top CD's of 2010" alongside new releases by Tim O’Brien, Peter Rowan, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Chieftains, and Bob Dylan.

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