Friday, March 21, 2014

Culling The Couch for Treasures - LA's The Tonk Honkys - The Singles

The Tonk Honkys are a southern rock/alt-country band in the vein of The Black Crowes, Wilco, and My Morning Jacket among others. The band was founded in Los Angeles in 2004 by Alabama natives Brack Bradley (from Jasper), Ben Morehead (from Huntsville), and Brian Allen & Grackus L. Ray (both from Mobile). All being from Alabama, they share the eclectic melting pot influences of rock, soul, blues, gospel, and country unique to the state.
They joined in the festivities this year at Couch By Couchwest with a excellent NIN cover of Closer

CXCW 2014 The Tonk Honkys – Closer (Nine Inch Nails cover)

Brian and Grackus knew each other the longest having both graduated from the same high school in Mobile. Moving on to college, they eventually all became acquainted at The University of Alabama through seeing each other play gigs at various bars in Tuscaloosa. After graduation, they decided to make their way to Los Angeles.

Brian was the first to move to L.A. in the summer of 2003, and after a few months of sleeping on couches, he finally found a decent four bedroom house to rent. With the house secured, Ben and Grackus began the long drive from Alabama to Los Angeles. Ben followed behind Grackus as he drove an old, white cargo van packed with all of his belongings and two Labrador Retrievers. A few months later Brack made the trek to L.A., and from the moment they played their first song together, they all knew they were on to something.

After several years of working long hours on various TV shows and films while also playing gigs around L.A., they finally decided to focus their attention on recording an album. In 2012 they started working on 10 original songs that showcase a broad range of musical styles and sounds due to each band member being a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter.

Three of those songs (“Loving Kind,” “Nada Care,” and “From Somewhere”) were featured on their self-titled, debut EP that was released in February 2013. Since that time they have filmed a music video for "Nada Care" as well as released four singles - "Winston County Runaway", Carry It Away", "Around Again", and "Like I Said". Their upcoming, full-length album will be released in the spring of 2014.

Five of the singles are available on iTunes

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