With The Upcoming Release of Their LP “I Miss America”, The SoCal/Nashville Trio Fronted by Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter/Producer Joey Sykes Continues to Spread Good Vibes Through “Modern Vintage Country Rock”
With an upcoming album release still on the way, Country Rock trio Honey River are spreading “Peace, Love” to listeners nationwide! With AXS calling it “An infectiously harmonic track that calls for a simpler time in an ever-changing and volatile world” it truly is a heartfelt ballad that begs the question “Is it too much to ask for a little peace, love, and happiness?”.
HONEY RIVER was formed in 2017 by Joey Sykes, inspired by his many years of Nashville writing trips, and a love for such Country Rock legends, like The Eagles, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, and more recently, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, etc. Recent additions Jay Mags and Chris Vincent add their vocal and guitar talent, to make the HONEY RIVER sound.
Sykes has been amassing a large catalog of lyrically thoughtful, extremely hooky, relevant songs, such as “Peace, Love” including “Nobody Like Me”, “I Miss America”, and many more that have become their debut album soon to be released. These songs were written, both with some of Nashville’s “A-List” hit songwriters, and Joey Sykes alone, mainly in Nashville or Southern California. Sykes has the luxury of also being a producer, and owner of a recording studio.
Using classic instruments, such as Mandolin, Dobro, Pedal Steel, 12-string guitars, along with more commonly used piano, organ, real drums, plenty of Guitars (mostly played by Sykes), and lots of vocal harmonies, the sound can be enjoyed by a wide age range of music lovers- country or rock, anywhere from 18 to 80! The band also had the incredibly fortunate honor of having the late Tom Petty’s drummer Steve Ferrone play drums on a few songs. On working with Ferrone, Sykes said in a recent interview with Rock & Blues Muse “That was epic! To have one of my idols’ drummer spin one of my songs after a Tom Petty song and refer to me as his friend- woah! Love to Steve and miss Tom”.
On putting the group together, he says “The idea of Honey River from day-one was to have three guys who can all sing, write, play different instruments and who will share lead vocals during the set,” notes Sykes. “It’s kind of a modern-day Eagles/Tom Petty/CSNY fusion. There will also be plenty of harmony during the verses. I love lyrics, harmonies, melodies, and cool stringed instruments.”
With “Peace, Love” spreading over the airwaves, and their latest album “I Miss America” set to drop soon, you can certainly expect more from Honey River as they continue to bring their infectious blend of country and rock to new heights!
After 2017’s Debut “Face Down”, The Young Star Continues to Tap Into Deep and Dark Perspective Way Beyond Her Years and Sets Upcoming NY Show Dates Next Month
Following the successful release of 2017’s “Face Down” which Substream Magazine described as holding “Very heavy indie vibes!” and had The Daily Listening “Mesmerized for life” –Vaeda Blackis BACK with her latest single “Suicide Love” out Wednesday, October 10th! With a music video to follow Directed by James Morano with choreography by the Tony Nominated and Emmy Winning AC Ciulla, it will be a passionate visualization of being consumed by love and lost in emotion. As she gets ready to release it, she’ll also be performing live Headlining the Long Island Fall Festival October 7th and at NYC’s Arlene’s Grocery October 9th. (Details Below)
Raised in Centerport, NY, Vaeda Black is the pseudonym of 16 year old singer songwriter Celia Spero, a senior at both Harborfields HS and Long Island High School for the Arts. The most prominent thing you notice about Vaeda Black is her powerful stirring voice reminiscent of early soul, which is most unexpected. A masterful songwriter, Vaeda is able to tap into a profound and sometimes dark place and it’s certainly reflective in her music both lyrically and sonically. Live performances with her band display her ability to connect with audiences, a skill she’s developed from many years on the stage, having performed in musical theater productions starting at only 7yrs old. Currently training in Classical Voice in NYC, Black has participated in both the NYSSMA and SCMEA festivals annually and was selected as an Alto-1 and member of the All-State Treble Choir in both 2017 and 2018.
“One of 5 Female Powerhouse Artists to Watch in 2018”
Black is quite tenacious in her focus to remain artistically genuine, with lyrics that are both thought provoking and at times provocative. In a world that tends to speak about art in terms of genre, this can be somewhat problematic for artists that don’t exist in a box.
“When I write, I like to just start singing and writing down whatever the music makes me feel. When I wrote ‘Face Down’, I was singing along to the track and the words and melody flowed perfectly with the vibes the music was giving me. The song is about accepting your deep dark desires and that they’re not something to be ashamed of, because everyone has them. I wanted this song to be directed at the listener like I’m speaking to them. A quiet reassurance that whatever thoughts you’re having or whatever you’re going through mentally isn’t something to hide, but is something to embrace. When I listen to this song it makes me feel at ease. I think it was subconsciously inspired by the things that I’m afraid of and what I need to accept about myself. Writing this song brought me to a place that I’m afraid to go to sometimes, but being able to put out a record that is so real to me set me free. It’s amazing how one song can change a person.”
Now, with “Suicide Love” on the way and TWO chances to see her LIVE in NY this October, fans can catch more of the rising star that is Vaeda Black.
The “Mick Rock Iconic Gallery Show” Will Feature Some of the Photographers Best Works For Sale Along with Custom Jewelry Art By Studio Founder And Artist Robert Pepkin
This October, one of the world’s most influential Rock n’ Roll photographers who was instrumental in creating some of the most widely known iconic images in rock history, Mick Rock, will join forces with highly respected jewelry artist Robert Pepkin for a unique retrospective on Rock’s astounding career. The Mick Rock Iconic GalleryShow will be held Saturday, October 20th (6-10PM) through Sunday, October 21st (1-6PM) at The Jewelry Studio(1107 Old Country Rd, Plainview, NY 11803)!
This unique gallery experience is set to include a collection of limited edition photographic pieces–on sale to the public–with wearable jewelry art designed by Pepkin and Rock, book signings, meet-and-greet red carpet opportunities, and more. With exhibits ranging from classic portrait pieces of LI natives like Joan Jett and Lou Reed to Mick Rock’s quintessential album covers from the late 60’s through today including Lou Reed’s “Transformer”, Iggy Pop’s “Raw Power”, The Ramones “End of the Century”, and works from his incredible creative partnership with David Bowie – attendee’s can view and purchase copies of some of the most legendary images in music history. And with the upcoming release of Queen’s biopic Bohemian Rhapsody in theatres this November, the collection will include some of Mick’s timeless works with the band including their “Queen II” and “Sheer Heart Attack” album covers! The Gallery Show is set to run through January.
More About Mick Rock:
Legendary rock photographer Mick Rock is often referred to as ‘The Man Who Shot the Seventies’, for his iconic images of Syd Barrett (Pink Floyd), David Bowie, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Queen, the Sex Pistols, The Ramones, Blondie, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and so much more. London born, he has resided in New York for the past 35 years. He has shot over 100 album covers.
But he in reality never shopped photographing and image making. His recent subjects include Snoop Dogg, Father John Misty, Lenny Kravitz , Janelle Monae, Jimmy Fallon, The Black Keys, Karen O, Ellie Goulding, Alicia Keys, Michael Buble, Daft Punk, Perry Farrell, Motley Crue, TV On The Radio, Pharrell, Josh Groban, Flaming Lips, Nas, Rufus Wainwright, Kings of Leon, R. Kelly, The Black Lips , Queens of The Stone Age, and the list goes on.
Mick Rock was instrumental in creating many key rock ‘n’ roll images, such as album covers for Syd Barrett’s “Madcap Laughs”, Lou Reed’s “Transformer” and “Coney Island Baby”, Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”, among many others. He was the chief photographer on the films “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and “Shortbus”. He recently shot special stills for the new TV version of Rocky Horror, featuring the transgender actress Laverne Cox as Frank N. Furter. He also produced and directed the seminal music videos for Bowie: “John, I’m Only Dancing”, “Jean Genie”, “Space Oddity”, and “Life On Mars”.
His latest publication “The Rise of David Bowie 1972-1973” (with David Bowie), (Taschen Books, published September 2015): a spectacular limited edition co-signed with Bowie, sold out just before David’s death. It was Taschen’s fastest-ever selling limited edition publication. He is currently promoting Bowie’s trade edition (which will be signed on site by Mick). A documentary about his career, produced by Vice Films and Straight Up Films, called ‘SHOT!’, was launched at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2016. The doc is being distributed by Magnolia Pictures and was released theatrically in Spring 2017. A classic quote from Mick in the London Times, who dubbed him ‘the music world’s top snapper’: “I’ve never felt like a voyeur, although I’ve certainly done plenty of looking! I work from the inside out. Like a cook I gather all the ingredients and keep mixing and stirring and tasting until the kind of effluvia starts to rise, then I’m off to the races. It’s an addictive kind of a feeling that I need a regular shot of otherwise I don’t feel right.”
He recently shot a major fashion campaign for the Gucci brand in Rome, which was published worldwide in the spring of 2018. Alessandro Michele, the groundbreaking designer for Gucci, said: “I love my collaboration with Mick. We made beautiful images together. I respect him as a great fellow artist and imagemaker.”
More About The Jewelry Studio’s Robert Pepkin:
A Long Island native, Robert Pepkin attended the Pratt Institute for Fine Art before working with fine jewelry artist Marla Mencher for extra income. He found inspiration in a new kind of art that people could wear.
After a chance meeting with Francis Ford Coppola’s father Carmine, he was hired to work on the set design of their production of “Opera on the Sound.” Additionally, Robert’s bold illustrations have graced pages from Penthouse to Reader’s Digest.
Pepkin continued to get more involved in the design and creation of jewelry and eventually opened “The Jewelry Studio.” During his 40 year career as an artist and jeweler, he has been inspired by countless artists both inside and outside his field. Yet, he gets his greatest inspiration from working with his client’s sentimental items and other designers’ creation of timeless pieces. From redesigning family heirlooms to creating one-of-a-kind pieces, Pepkin enjoys the process as well as the close bonds and relationships he has with his clients.
He finds equal inspiration in the work of Mick Rock, who he met over 30 years ago. Pepkin is extremely excited to collaborate with Rock in their upcoming gallery show. “The attraction to Mick’s work for me comes from the many theatrical undertones, from the drama behind the legendary black and white Queen II album cover to capturing the dramatic poses of Iggy Pop on stage — all of his shots capture the spirit of the artist or band he works with. The same has gone for me when trying to create something that someone will wear. You have to capture their spirit because the pieces become part of them and part of their own history.”
Through David Glicker, a mutual friend and promoter, the two artists have reconnected to collaborate on this very special event.
On Saturday, October 20th (6-10PM) through Sunday, October 21st (1-6PM) the two artistic greats will come together to premiere The Mick Rock Iconic GalleryShow at Robert Pepkin’s The Jewelry Studio in Plainview, NY – an experience not to be missed for music, art, and jewelry fans alike!