Jacksonville blues trio Honey Hounds have been hitting the highway from Knoxville to Naples over the past month, showcasing the group’s stylish blend of groovy psychedelic rhythms, classic rock, and blues-revivalist roots. While they’ve been evangelizing, spreading their energetic and at times hypnotic live show to new audiences throughout the southeast, they’ve also got a new single, “County Line,” coming out on all platforms April 19.
The band (formerly known as N.W. Izzard) has come a long way since their humble beginnings in 2015, when frontman Nicholas Izzard and drummer Tyler Watts started playing together while living on a boat in the keys, busking six nights a week to keep their glasses full. After relocating to Jax Beach in 2016, they hooked up with fellow Ocala native and childhood friend Nathan Ranew who started out managing the band before transitioning to full-time bassist.
It’s fitting that the new single is released while they’re on tour–the lyrics catalog the mischief a road-bound bluesman might find himself gleefully mired in. “I got a bad one down in New Orleans, she’s my swamp-flower Cajun queen,” Izzard pipes. “I never used to believe in the Voodoo, but I swear she cast a spell on me.”
Check out the sneak preview below. The full single will be available on Apple Music, Spotify, and all streaming platforms April 19.
If you dig the band’s sound, Honey Hounds will be headlining Surfer The Bar on May 10 before they embark on a nationwide summer tour. The band also plans on releasing a full-length album later this year, so keep up with the Hounds on Facebook and Instagram as they venture cross-country.