"I was floored. I really do like your sound and presentation. I love the tough elegance of the tattoos and evening dress! It goes with the touch of elegance of your music." (T. Bone Erickson, founding editor of BluesWax, contributor to Blues Review)
"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
Port Salerno's own Nouveaux Honkies enter a new chapter in their musical endeavors. Rebecca Dawkins and Tim O'Donnell will hit the road in July for a permanent run on the road, across the country, with their newly renovated RV.
"We have traveled the South, Northeast, Texas and been out West, but wished we could stay and meet people instead of the constant drive from town to town," says Tim. It all began when the band started touring in 2008, mostly in the spring and summer months, yet calling the Treasure Coast their home in the winter. "It’s kind of a ten year anniversary coming up for us musically, and we wanted to set out in a different direction. I think this plan will work well for us; we’ll get to ultimately spend time in the places we love and really get to know people. That’s what makes what we do special… that bond, those stories, and true connection.
The whole story starts in 2005 when Rebecca and Tim started playing music together after a brutal hurricane season in Florida. Beck had moved down from South Carolina, and Tim had his guitar shop leveled and “any income” meant bills could get paid. They quickly developed a local following with their unique arrangements and quirky show.
The end of 2006 saw them playing with a full band and recording their first release, The Nouveaux Honkies.
"By then we were basically full time musicians. It was great, and I started to write again," says Tim. "We cut our first original album in 2007 and that gave us a true shot in the arm."
Where Do I Go was released in 2008, and the well received album peaked at number 3 on the Roots Americana Charts, and the band was touring nationally. Opening for acts like Asleep at the Wheel, John Anderson, Charlie Daniels, Joe Nichols, and doing tour dates with the legendary Matt "Guitar" Murphy, as his backup band, had the band on a busy schedule.
"Things were great for the Honkies, and we couldn't believe that when we set out to get a few jobs around town, it progressed into this.”
The band continued to tour until late 2012, and in 2013 Beck and Tim were married and took some time off.
"We needed to recharge the batteries and set some new goals. We initially thought of a big move to the ‘big spot,’ so we started looking for that big spot. The more we thought about it and talked about it, the less appealing it became." Then Rebecca said, "Let’s just pack up our stuff and go where ever we want, instead of laying down roots somewhere that we’ll really never spend time in."
As for the next chapter in their story, the two bought an RV and are completely rebuilding it to suit their needs. Now the new journey starts in July of 2014. As Tim remarked, "Musically, new material has stacked up over the last few years and we can’t wait to finalize and release what we’ve been working on. Simplifying will definitely benefit my writing and productivity."
Other recordings available now: Live at Sun, I'm Dreaming of a Honkies Christmas