Country rockers Red Honey set to perform in Asheville


Erika Jane
Erika Jane

Erika Jane, the singer for Asheville-based country rockers Red Honey, will perform 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lexington Avenue Brewery in downtown Asheville, N.C.

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Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 2:11 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 2:11 p.m.

Erika Jane and her mother each had the same wish for Christmas one year.

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Want to go?

Who: Red Honey with Sun Brother
When: 9:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: Lexington Avenue Brewery, Asheville, N.C.
Tickets: $5
Info: 828-252-0212; www.lexavebrew.com

Jane threw out the idea, hoping to plant the seed in her mom's mind. It backfired.

“One year I told my mom that I'd like a guitar for Christmas and she said ‘me, too,'” Jane said. “The next thing I know, my mom got a guitar for Christmas and I got a sweater.”

Eventually, Jane got a guitar and she hasn't put it down.

The singer for Asheville-based country rockers Red Honey will play at 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lexington Avenue Brewery in downtown Asheville.

Jane had the idea for her current sound for a few years.

“People have compared my voice to Neko Case and I've heard comparisons to Cowboy Junkies,” she said. “Vocally, there's a Nancy Sinatra thing with Johnny Cash meeting Grace Slick. It has a country feel with White Stripes mixed in.”

There's a lot of music thrown into Jane's comparisons to her new band's music, but it all fits. Red Honey is an evolution of a previous band, Erika Jane and Remember the Bees, one that played something Jane called “heroine music.”

“We used to play a heavier, darker music,” Jane said. “We decided we wanted to have more fun.”

So the new music was born. Now, they are readying to release a seven-song EP called “Red Honey and the Velvet Stinger.”

Jane, who'd done musical theater, became a singer and bandleader after watching a old boyfriend's group play.

“I felt like I wanted to do it instead of watching him do it,” she said.

Jane and bandmates Jacob Fritz Waller (guitar), Jarrod Perkins (drums) and JP Hess (bass) have worked in the studio to get the songs right, posted four already on their Website for listening and hope the EP is out in January.

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