Concrete Country: The Honeycutters

With smart songs and a pleasant acoustic approach, the Honeycutters may become one of Americana’s next buzz bands. The North Carolina-based ensemble convey a bluegrass feel that comes with the territory, yet it’s the songwriting of Amanda Platt that really sets this group apart.

When she picked up the banjo as a teenager, she finally discovered an outlet for the songs she wanted to write. Her lyrics are conversational and insightful, and to me, they fit squarely into country music. And the band’s album, When Bitter Met Sweet, is worth tracking down.

After opening a show for Guy Clark in Nashville, the band stayed over one night to film these sessions in the CMT loading dock. If you’re heading to Merlefest in Wilkesboro, N.C., this weekend, make a beeline to one of their shows. If not, you can still enjoy these exclusive Concrete Country performances of “Oh Me, Oh My,” “Waiting in the Morning” and “90 Miles.”