Thursday, September 1

Center Stage - Honawolf

Honawolf was started in the summer of 2013 by singer/songwriter Rachael Weir and guitarist/songwriter Micah Cadwell.

The two wrote at a frenetic pace and quickly had enough material for a full-length record. They enlisted the talents of upright bassist, E.P. Miller and drummer/violinist, Charlie Blevins, and after a marathon 3-week recording session at Steve Rieck’s Red Shift Studios in Atlanta, their first album was complete. Rachael has relocated to the Pacific Northwest but the band continues to write and perform frequently. 

Honawolf's Suitcase In Hand was one of the Top 10 Runner Up songs chosen in the 2016 Radio Airplay Summer Song Contest. The melancholic and honestly told love story is perfectly wrapped in sweet melodies, a heart-felt vocal performance, and refreshingly raw arrangements. 

Keep an eye out for Honawolf, as we anticipate much success in their musical ventures; and get to know the band a little better in the latest Center Stage feature and Q&A:

Describe your sound in one ramble-on sentence
Honest folk by honest folk.

What's your earliest music-related memory growing up?
When i was a wee thing, my dad used to place me in my baby seat, play Tom Waits records, and fan me with a palm frond.

What was the first tune(s) you learned?
“Here’s a bit of a rattlesnake,” La Bamba by Ritchie Valens was the first song I learned on guitar. And it is still one of the greatest guitar parts ever!

Do you write/compose your own songs? Briefly describe your songwriting process
Usually, either Rachael or myself will come up with the initial idea for a new song. We then send it to the other person and collaborate over  text/email/Dropbox. Voice Memos on the iPhone is the songwriter’s best friend! 

If you were to cover another artist's album, which would you pick and why?
I think it would be cool to re-record “The Queen is Dead” by The Smiths. It has always been one of my favorite records! Johnny Marr’s guitar parts are as great as Morrissey’s lyrics and melodies, which is saying something because Morrissey is incredible! We still might do it one day!

What was the highlight of 2015, either for you personally or for the band? What was the low point?
I love holiday music! Last year Rachael and I, with the help of Todd Kerstetter on upright bass, recorded a 5-song Christmas e.p. “wintersong” and released it on YouTube.  

What is the rest of 2016 looking like for you? Upcoming projects?  Can you give us a little hint, on what we can expect for this year?
We are currently working on new material for a second Honawolf record. Micah is planning on recording a live album on August 7 at The Red Light CafĂ© in Atlanta. And Rachael is playing with a new band out west that is doing some AMAZING stuff. 

What do you enjoy doing outside of music? Does your hobby rejuvenate their creativity?
I really like bicycles and hanging out with my dogs. There is also something very therapeutic about playing music in the middle of nowhere. 

What do you like the most about Radio Airplay?
I love that Radio Airplay gives bands the opportunity to have their music heard by a large, world-wide  audience. It’s one of the best resources on the internet for indie bands.