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Flatbed Honeymoon / Press

“The list author says: "Great music that defines the term "Americana". Excellent song-writing and musicianship makes this outfit one to look out for." ”

“Flatbed Honeymoon staggers, whiskey bottle in hand, through the wilds of outlaw country on their second album The Traveler. They cover all the bases. “Greyhound” is a pitch-perfect goodbye to a broken stage of life, open to the possibilities that the next one will be better. “Getting Hard” comes on like a lovesick dream buoyed aloft on a cloud of strings. This album reminds me of the countrified years of the Rolling Stones, where self-destruction gives grace a wet, sloppy kiss on the barroom dancefloor of life. ”

“Laced with lap steel, banjo, mandolin and trumpet blasts, Baton Rouge-based country-folk ensemble Flatbed Honeymoon has opened for country legends Guy Clark and Jimmy LaFavre while garnering critical acclaim for The Traveler, the band’s second full-length offering released in 2011. A nostalgic tour through old-school Americana, the band leaves modern radio country in the dust with dark, Johnny Cash-worthy narratives and a windswept blend of ramblin’ blues, lush harmonies and tasteful touches of back porch Louisiana jazz.”

“A rumble of sound coming out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana is calling itself Flatbed Honeymoon. The luggage tags on “The Traveler” read stops at country, rock, soul, folk and blues, heading for the home destination of American Roots music...For Flatbed Honeymoon, no load is too heavy, no sound that they won’t take to market and no song that can claim a single strain heritage...‘The Traveler’ crosses American soundscape taking in all of the scenery and churning out the perfect road trip mixtape, using songs as postcards to show where they have been and where they are going”

“The second CD from this band from Louisiana is an extremely musical journey on which the tracks are still somewhat shifting. The band performs a light jazzy piano number like “Greyhound,” and then brings in the sparkling guitar of “Getting Hard,” a song reminiscent of the fifties. Flatbed Honeymoon consists of three men and one woman who all sing and write songs. They also use different instruments extensively. “Sweet Chicago” is altcountry sweet with a sharp voice and is a song where everything is correct. The singing and the interplay of the record is a product of the diverse musical backgrounds of the band members, but in one way or another, it all comes together very finely. Vagabond Heart is virtually countrypolitan, yet has a sheer melancholy added by an extremely soulful trumpet”

“Americana is what happens when an English professor starts a band with two highly qualified blues guitarists and a drummer who bought his first drum kit from a guy named Whiskey Pete in Los Angeles. The four-piece Baton Rouge band, Flatbed Honeymoon, sticks with the Americana label simply because there’s nothing else that accurately describes them..... ”

“Flatbed Honeymoon’s sophomore album, The Traveler, is going somewhere. It’s also a record about the band’s arrival, because judging by the solidity of this sound, the members of Flatbed have been on a journey of their own....All of these stops on the road—the band’s layers of influences, the years together, the newfound autonomy—are packed neatly into The Traveler. This eclectic folk album holds tight to a string of melodic motifs, Schmitt’s velvety voice—sometimes languorous, sometimes strong—Brumfield’s smooth, confident sass, strong harmonies, exuberant drinking songs, wistful ballads and above all, extraordinary musicianship. This is the sound of a band clearly enjoying the ride. ”

“5 Top Most Intriguing Albums of 2008: I am the most reluctant of country music fans. Vapid country stars in tight jeans and oversize hats couldn’t be more bloodless if they were actual mannequins. That’s part of the reason why Flatbed Honeymoon is such a welcome group. Recorded with sympathetic glow by Fred Weaver, the record embodies a mix of the humorous and the tragic that makes real country music so vital. The other reason is the different styles three vocalists bring to the mix, ranging from Neil Young-harrowing to George Jones-smooth. I’d say you could fire most country music programmers and just put this record on shuffle.”

“The words “country music” send a shiver up the spine of many people who have had to endure the ten-gallon circus that passes for it nowadays, but I was raised on low-watt AM country stations, where this music was the last popular expression of love, loss and laughing at life. I suspect the members of Flatbed Honeymoon had a similar upbringing, for the 15 tracks on the band’s debut come as close to capturing that AM country patina as anyone does.......I feel like I’m blowing the dust off an old radio, spinning the dial to find those old country songs and discovering they’ve matured along with me. Flatbed Honeymoon might mean there is still some hope for country music. ”