Suzanne Santo and Ben Jaffe aren’t from around here, but they could have fooled us. The duo, together known as honeyhoney, combine folk and rock with a little bit blues thrown in to create an updated old-school sound perfectly at home in Nashville. But never ones to be straightforward, honeyhoney is defined by contrasts, particularly in influence and inspiration (they’re making Americana in L.A., afterall) but also in output. The band’s album Billy Jack features “of a lot of stories, a lot of lives,” Santo says. “We’re very different, but those differences are what makes it.” All that aside, it is how honeyhoney sets these stories to music, highlighting them at turns with big guitars or percussive banjos, that helps them stand out from the other “roots-retro” acts on the market.
Honeyhoney showed off such skills at a live performance of “Little Toy Gun” at Family Wash, drawing from local string talent to really bring out the richness of the tune. The band, however, had more to say about the East Nashville spot than the video itself:
“Family Wash has the best Shepherd’s pie west of the Atlantic. We are honored to have pictures of us there.”