"Somewhere around the middle of the Natchez Trace Parkway, halfway between the (in)famous crossroads of Clarksdale, MS, and Nashville, home of The Grand Old Opry and the Ryman, lays the spiritual home of The Nouveaux Honkies. That’s where you’re halfway between blues and country. Those two genres aren’t always too related, but Hank Williams, for one, knew they were kinfolk. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry practically defines twangy blues. The Honkies sophomore album explores that relationship a little more fully."
"The Nouveaux Honkies represent so much of what’s good about Americana music today." (Twangville.com Shawn Underwood)
"All of these songs sound like something you've heard before -- in the sense that they're classics, not that they're cliched. The Nouveaux Honkies confidently combine country, blues, and rock'n'roll with their signature loving and playful touch." (No Depression/Rachel Cholst)
"Whether they are doing straight up country, or bluesy soul or folk rock, their sounds comes through as a couple of completely relaxed musicians who don't have to answer to anybody, who don't have to be anywhere they don't want to be." (Calvin Powers..Americana music show podcast)
"On Blues for Country, The Nouveaux Honkies roll hard through songs that have soaked up the fresh air of the American backroads this duo drive through every day, informed by all the great cities of the South, and beholden only to the open road." (The Daily Country)
"I had never heard of The Nouveaux Honkies, the Americana duo featuring Tm O’Donnell and Rebecca Dawkins, until latest platter “Blues for Country” came across my desk a couple weeks ago. As such, I had no idea what I’d been missing. O’Donnell and Hawkins are a first-rate tandem and this album, with its wide range of Southern influences, should raise their profile considerably." (Jeffrey Sisk..Pittsburgh In Tune)
"The Nouveau Honkies' imaginative originals are well-conceived interpretations of blues and R&B classics. They have a matchless sound and perform a blistering show with their futuristic approach to music that nevertheless retains an authentic American style. With fluid guitar work, reverent vocals and a haunting violin, this deep rhythm section is a discovery of the year." (Dusty Scott, Modern Guitars magazine)"If you ever want to get baptized in pure music, spend an hour listening to Rebecca and Tim in an intimate venue like Carmela's, The love pours off the stage and crawls across the floor like the smoke from a dry ice machine. Tim sings every song like it was a story he wrote himself this morning and he can't wait to make you feel the way he does about it. Every time I get a chance to hear them I find myself smiling from the first note to the last. Can't wait until next Tuesday." (Daniel Poulos)
From way down South, here come The Nouveaux Honkies. This violin, guitar, bass and drum quartet are Roots and Roll that Rocks.
“If Johnny Cash and Freddy King had a baby it would be the Nouveaux Honkies,” said the Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel.
A permanent run on the road
To record Blues for Country, The Nouveaux Honkies pulled their RV into the peaceful hill country town of Dripping Springs, Texas, a tiny town 30 minutes West of Austin. “We had our dogs, our espresso machine, our bed, our kitchen and the whole thing was super relaxed,” remembers Dawkins. “I think it reflects in the recording. It doesn’t feel frantic or rushed even though we were in and out in 8 days.” On Blues for Country, O’Donnell’s whiskey-tinged vocals are a perfect match for Rebecca Dawkins’ glorious harmonies and soaring fiddling; the two of them can sound as charming as an old-school country duet like Parton and Wagoner, or as bittersweet as that old recording of Townes Van Zandt and Emmylou Harris. In fact, the two cover Van Zandt’s “Pancho and Lefty” on the new album, though most of the songs are originals from O’Donnell’s pen. O’Donnell’s songs track the road-rambling ways of The Nouveaux Honkies, from “Life Ain’t Easy,” an unvarnished look at the touring life of musicians, to “I Know Things You Read About,” a funny song that speaks to the hard-won life skills learned on the road, or “Hours Into Days,” which sadly chronicles the distance that can well up between two people. O’Donnell’s the best kind of songwriter–able to swing between bitingly funny and touchingly honest–and he showcases this on stellar songs like the opening track “Blues for Country,” which perfectly mixes R&B vocal swagger with Dawkin’s country fiddle.
On Blues for Country, The Nouveaux Honkies roll hard through songs that have soaked up the fresh air of the American backroads this duo drive through every day, informed by all the great cities of the South, and beholden only to the open road.