With members of all generations packed into Nashville’s Brooklyn Bowl, Dirty Honey spearheaded insurmountable energy into the crowd and brought the spirit of rock and roll to Nashville, Tennessee. Hailing from Los Angeles on their Can’t Find The Brakes tour and with this being one of their last U.S. shows for the year, Dirty Honey mystified the audience with their wicked stage presence and vibrant energy as they interacted with the crowd as well as with each other. The band members, including lead vocalist Marc LaBelle who was flanked by guitarist John Notto and bassist Justin Smolian and backed with drummer Jaydon Bean, had an electrifying ability to excite and engage the crowd with their presence, their music, and their movement. With constant interaction and so much energy packed into one room, LaBelle catapulted Dirty Honey’s essence stemming from heralded rock idols from the past 60 years into a modern day context. With energy at its peak and the crowd soaking up every morsel of the music, LaBelle fed off of the crowd and his bandmates, with the base of his mic stand hardly ever touching the ground.
Dirty Honey kicked off the show with songs like “Can’t Find The Brakes” and “California Dreamin’” which immediately got the audience buzzing for the night. From there, they began delving into different tones within their discography, including a stunning acoustic set including their song “Coming Home (Ballad of the Shire)”. They also included two covers consisting of “Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince, to which they changed up the tempo and style to align more with their rock tone, which was a roaring success with the audience. They also played their cover of “Honky Tonk Woman” by The Rolling Stones, which of course was a hit in Nashville, an epicenter for honky tonk’s including the world-famous Honky Tonk Central.
Because of their ability to revitalize rock music with modern sounds and qualities, Dirty Honey attracts fans of all generations, and it was incredibly inspiring to see people of all ages in one space rocking out to the same music. Crowd members so young they had to stand on their tiptoes to see the band right alongside members who could be their grandparents both clad in Dirty Honey t-shirts was such a heartening sight, and that is one of the most powerful attributes Dirty Honey brings to music: unity.
- Lillie Hollabaugh
Photos Courtesy of Lillie Hollabaugh (For Bell Music Magazine)