Honeywagon was formed almost 5 years ago during a secret meeting deep in the Hollywood hills. Three men, Loren Ellis [ "L-Train"], Bryan Clark ["BC"], Mo Levone ["Benwell"], discussed the need for joyous yet subversive bluegrass over burritos and caffeinated beverages until daybreak.
By first light, Honeywagon had a mission and quickly found an untapped reservoir of Hollywood-celebrity types who were sympathetic to the bluegrass cause. After an undisclosed amount of recording gear, studio time, and various culinary delights from a plethora of Mexican eateries around LA, the CD was done. "Grass Stains: a bluegrass tribute to Blink 182" was unleashed upon the unsuspecting public.
Underground parties soon followed in Eagle Rock, Silver Lake, Pasadena, Covina, Santa Monica, Beechwood Canyon, Malibu Canyon, Runyon Canyon, 90210, South Central, the "OC", and the Inland Empire. Honeywagon ripped up the Sunset Strip playing The House of Blues, The Hard Rock Cafe, and other glamorous places with appropriately pretentious names.
The next CD came out soon afterward: "Green Day, Blue Grass: a bluegrass tribute to Green Day". This one quickly hit the Billboard Bluegrass charts and stayed on it for over 70 weeks! Right behind Alison Krauss and Nickel Creek. All this without radio play, press reviews, tour support or live shows! How?! Welcome to the underground. We're glad you're here. Pass it along.
Bryan moved to Nashville, Loren and Mo joined a popular commercial country band and hit the road. Was the band breaking up after their first success? Not even!
The boys grew closer together! They still found time to record, dump girlfriends, celebrate weddings, buy gear, play shows, eat tacos, dump girlfriends, etc. - you know, life.
Which brings us to the current CD: "Songs from Neverland: a Bluegrass Tribute to Michael Jackson". In this record, the boys have taken some of their favorite MJ songs and have done them the way only Honeywagon can - serious musicianship with an endearing sprinkle of humor and tenderness.
Buy it, enjoy it, and pass it along - keep the underground alive!