Sweet As Blue Honey
With a name like Blue Honey, how can you not be drawn to press play on Spotify? The name itself leaves a sweet taste in your mouth that will have you coming back for more in no time. Kassie Jordan and Troy Brooks make up the team known as Blue Honey and should be #1 on your most played list.
The duo, who married in 2014, are Nashville natives and it shows; from their music to their vibe, and even down to their band name, Brooks and Jordan live and breathe Nashville. While we can all agree Blue Honey is a worthy name for their sound, the duo’s decision to name the band such was a recent one.
When Brooks and Jordan began playing gigs together, their band name was the least of their worries. They went by the name & until it was decided that this project they started needed something to round it out; to completely encompass what they were doing. Thus Blue Honey was born thanks to a random stumble upon an article about a type of honey with a blue tint. According to the band’s website, the duo “just looked at each other and, in that classic sense… knew that was our name.”
And what a name it is. It seems rare to find a band whose name has a meaning and/or was created with purpose. When it comes to Blue Honey’s name, “Blue represents their blues background, and the Honey is that sweet, sticky harmony that comes from the Country/Americana” influences found in their sound. Both parts of the name come together to make one entity, much like Jordan and Brooks did to make the band itself. After writing their own records separately, the two decided to come together and entwine their visions, influences, and ideas to make what is now their debut album, aptly entitled 1.
Is this album name a metaphor for the fusing of their music and lives? Maybe. Does it represent the first album the two put out together? Could be. But the real question is what’s within 1 that makes it worth listening to? Let me (not) be the first to say: everything. The album is nothing short of sweet and lovely, and deserves the appraisal it continues to receive since last year. Do yourself a favor and check it out here.
Making music and sharing ideas can be a tall order, especially when both parties have worked on their own for so long. But Blue Honey found the formula to make it work, on a professional and personal level it seems, and are coasting on the fruits of their labor. The duo is one of five winners in the Belk 2016 Southern Musician Showcase, a competition held by Belk that encompasses the sounds and spirit of the South. Along with winning a cash prize, Blue Honey performed on Belk’s Road South Tour, which stopped at major fashion, sporting, and music events.
Although they’ve only got one album under their belt, Blue Honey has enough heart and soul to get them to where they need to be: on large stages in front of thousands of fans who use their music the way it was meant to be used.
All I can say is that if you haven’t gotten on the Blue Honey train, now is the time. Don’t sleep on these two songbirds! Catch then around the South here.