Off The Record: Honey Roy
My music career began in the streets of New Orleans, LA where I played harmonica for tips. After getting some curbside lessons, I hitchhiked through the Florida Keys and stayed for the Winter. Spring returned, and I headed North taking a brief pit stop in Ocala National Forest for a Rainbow Gathering. Things get a little fuzzy at that point, but I do remember making some money in little Five Points Atlanta, GA before returning to my hometown of Evansville, IN. From there I fronted my first band which was an inspiration. We moved to Bloomington, IN and quickly disbanded. I put together a new group, and we received the honor of being voted best local band by a reader’s poll. The Bloomington Voice sent us to Memphis, TN where we opened for Tonic at Beale Street Park during the Crossroads Music Showcase. We also opened for Train in B-town right before they became superstars. I left Indiana to study music theory and marketing in Oregon. While snowboarding at Mt. Bachelor, I earned my degree and was once again voted best local band. In Bend, OR, I recorded the first CD which actually captured my sound. The songs from that CD continue to sell via internet through a digital distribution deal with CD Baby. Now as a father of two boys and a girl I hope to pass down this heritage just as my father has done with me. My Dad and I continue to do gigs together whenever we can, and I pray that he'll be around long enough to see my kids join us. I've got a new CD that I’m selling at our live shows.
You can catch Honey Roy At Qdoba on Bardstown Road at Eastern Parkway on Friday, August 13th, 7-9pm. Here are Honey Roy's funky picks: