Happy Holidays Honeys & Swamp Rats!
We hope y’all are stayin’ warm (or cool) wherever the Holidays find you
this year! And in the spirit of the season, we have a lot to be thankful for.
First and foremost, we are thankful for all of you. Your support this year
has led not only to the launch and success of our new album, Cane Sugar,
this past July, but also got our Bus, and Us, back out on the road touring, thanks
to your support through our Pledge The Music Campaign. We hope all of you
who pledged are enjoying your T-Shirts, Guitars, Lyric Sheets, CDs and more.
Music really is about the fans, and we sure have the best fans around. “Thank
You” just doesn’t seem enough, but there it is.
It’s thanks to all of you that Cane Sugar has
enjoyed the success that it has. Here's what some of the critics are saying:
Houston’s The Daily Cougar Calls Cane Sugar “a
August 13 2013 – “Change My Ways” is mentioned in the USA
Today Playlist of the week by Music Critic Jerry Shriver. http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2013/08/12/dierks-bentley-i-hold-on-playlist/2646005/
August 28th 2013 - Cane Sugar hit #4 on the
Jambands Chart. http://www.jambands.com/radio-charts/2013/08/26/tedeschi-trucks-band-is-tops#.UqD6zMRDuAl
Elmore Magazine says Cane Sugar will
“captivate listeners.” http://www.elmoremagazine.com/2013/08/reviews/albums/honey-island-swamp-band-cane-sugar-louisiana-red-hot
Nola.com calls Cane Sugar “warm
but gritty”. http://www.nola.com/music/index.ssf/2013/08/lifes_sweet_for_the_honey_isla.html
If you haven't got your copy yet, pick one up today TODAY on iTunes
- CLICK HERE (or paste the
URL in your browser -- http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/cane-sugar/id671854908).
VOTE FOR HISB OFFBEAT MAGAZINE BEST OF THE BEAT!
In addition to the great response to the new album, we are thriled and honored to
announce that we've been nominated for
Offbeat Magazine's Best
of the Beat Awards for 2013. We are nominated for 2 categories: Best
Roots Rock Artist and Best Roots Rock Album for Cane
Sugar. The best part? YOU determine the winners! Please
take a minute to visit http://www.offbeat.com/best-of-the-beat-awards-2013 and place your vote for HISB and all your favorite NOLA
musicians. You don't have to fill out the whole form for it to count,
so don't worry if you don't recognize all the nominees and categories. Thanks
for your support!
HISB rocks the Bourbon Street Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil August 2013!
In addition to the excitement of the new record, we also took HISB international
this past August. We were honored to play in Sao Paolo Brazil at the Bourbon
Street Music Club, where we were welcomed by such amazing music lovers. We are happy
to report we not only made new fans, but new friends as well. Let’s
hope this is a taste of things to come!
Speaking of things to come… January of 2014 will have us taking
up the Wednesday Night Residency at The Maple Leaf (www.mapleleafbar.com) so come on
out to Oak street and grab a bite nearby and then we’ll see you out on the
dance floor. We really enjoy this month of shows, as it gives us a chance
to dig deep into our songbook and play with some fun special guests! Don’t
you definitely won’t want to miss us at Tipitina's on Friday January
18th. The Radiators are at it again for their annual birthday bash and
we are so glad to have been asked to support them once again.
Meanwhile, we’re going to finish off 2013 in style, with
two New Orleans shows on Dec 31st! You can catch us down in
Jackson Square at the Crescent City Countdown with our friend Eric Lindell, as well
as appearances by local celebrities and the New Year’s Saints Baby!
We’ll be taking the stage at 10:30pm and wrapping-up just
in time for the final countdown! This is New Year’s Eve, New Orleans
Style! Fireworks, Fleur de Lis & HISB, so come on down http://www.crescentcitycountdown.com.
stroke of midnight the party will just be getting started! After the
Countdown we’ll be headed down to the Blue Nile http://bluenilelive.com , where we’ll
take the stage around 1:30am and bring the good stuff into the wee hours.
For those who want to start the celebration a bit earlier be at d.b.a (http://www.dbaneworleans.com/) on 12/27 with a rockin’ Friday night show!
Wear your Holiday flair, we won’t mind!
Finally, we’ve got some good news for our Florida Fans. We are headed
your way for a quick late January show in Boca Raton at The Funky Biscuit on
the 23rd - this will be the one and only public show on this run
so gather your peeps and don’t miss it! Look for plenty of other dates
in the region this spring - stay tuned to www.honeyislandswampband.com .
And don’t worry Midwest, West-Coast, Northeast and beyond, we’ll be headed
your way soon enough. We’ve got a ton of great gigs in the works for
2014 and we are looking forward to another great year! Doin’ what we
do and bringin’ it to you!
Please check the official HISB
website (http://www.honeyislandswampband.com), Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/honeyislandswampband) and fan-page (http://www.facebook.com/groups/hisbnola/) for more updates about the band
and upcoming shows. And be sure to follow us on Twitter if you haven't
Thanks again for all
your support for the new album and thru PledgeMusic - we couldn't do it without
Aaron, Sam, Garland and Trevor
Island Swamp Band