L-R: Joey Sykes, Jay Mags and Chris Vincent






HONEY RIVER, the Americana roots-rock trio who split their time betweenSouthern California and Nashville, TN, have released "Peace, Love," the group's lead focus track from their upcoming full-length I MISS AMERICA album slated for release later this year (exact date TBA). Click here to listen to the song via Spotify which debuted during Fourth of July on SiriusXM's "Tom Petty Radio."


"I have been making writing trips to Nashville for the last eight years or so and had these really great songs piling up, says HONEY RIVER founder Joey Sykes(vocals/guitar). "I finally said, I want to put a band together, coming out of Southern California, but can be appreciated by country fans, rock fans and fans of thoughtful, catchy songwriting."


"Peace, Love" marks the first song to be released from the 11-track I MISS AMERICA and debuted on the Fourth of July via SiriusXM's "Tom Petty Radio,"a true honor for Sykes. Guest DJing the show was Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' drummer Steve Ferrone who makes multiple appearances on HONEY RIVER's album. "That was epic! To have one of my idols' drummer, Steve Ferrone, spin one of my songs after a Tom Petty song and refer to me as his friend-woah!  Love to Steve and miss Tom." 


I MISS AMERICA kicks off with the album's title track, a song written about Sykesmissing what America meant to him as a kid. The song--and the album--is by no means an expression of political ideals. "It's really not political at all says," Sykes. "I'm sure people with short attention spans will think it is, by the title alone. It's even a bit funny as there's a line in it: 'I got a good friend, he's a vampire.' That refers to my good friend Tommy Henriksen, who is in Hollywood Vampires."


"Peace, Love" follows the album's heartfelt theme of reflecting on the American childhood Sykes experienced. "For me, this song is a reflection of being a kid. I started playing guitar around age eight and embracing the simple feelings and sentiments of living. 'Peace, Love and Happiness...is it too much to ask for?' The world--at the moment--seems to be mirroring the times that I read about during the late 60's. The last verse is sort of a summary. 'Everything is mine, everything is yours, but we just need to find a little more...peace, love and happiness.'


Formed in 2017 by singer, songwriter, guitarist Sykes and inspired by his many years of Nashville writing trips, love for such country-rock legends like the Eagles, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, and more recently, Keith Urban and Little Big Town, Sykes brought on Jay Mags (vocals, bass, guitar) and Chris Vincent (guitars, vocals, dobro, mandolin) to round out the vision for HONEY RIVER. "The idea of HONEY RIVER from day-one was to have three guys who can all sing, write, play different instruments and who will share lead vocals during the set," notes Sykes. "It's kind of a modern-day Eagles/Tom Petty/CSNY fusion. There will also be plenty of harmony during the verses. I love lyrics, harmonies, melodies, and cool stringed instruments."


Track listing for I MISS AMERICA:


"I Miss America" 

"Can't Say No"

"Nobody Like Me"

"Peace, Love"

"Bigger Than Life"

"Indian Summer"

"Got You Right Where You Want Me" 

"Let Love Come First"

"I Don't Wanna Own You"

"Honey Moon" 

"He Never Cried"


Folks can stay up to date with HONEY RIVER on Instagram, here.

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