Justin Smolian and Marc LaBelle of Dirty Honey performing live | Photo by: Mike Savoia
Justin Smolian and Marc LaBelle of Dirty Honey performing live | Photo by: Mike Savoia

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March 2, 2020

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On Oct. 5, Dirty Honey became the first unsigned band to top Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs Chart when their single “When I’m Gone” reached No. 1. Navigating a path organized by Mark DiDia of Red Light Management, the blues rockers rejected traditional wisdom, proving that talent, ambition and passion are enough to appeal to the masses.

Dirty Honey’s success serves as a turning point for a genre suffering through a well-documented decline. Rock, once the preeminent music genre, devolved into a caricature of itself, segregated into a series of subgenres ranging from post-hardcore to nu metal. Sure, exceptional artists were categorized under each of those respective subgenres, but collectively, rock music as a whole began to labor.

As the new year matures, Dirty Honey builds on their momentum with the “Rolling 7s Tour,” their first extended headlining tour. Vote above on which Dirty Honey track is their strongest to date.

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    KimMar 13, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    Sooo, I’ve seen Dirty Honey 24 times in concert and can’t possibly pick just one song. 😬

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    TheaMar 12, 2020 at 11:06 pm

    Gotta say that Dirty Honey is one badass band. No Bells & Whistles. Just Real Rock with ❤ and Soul.😉🎼🎵

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    JoAnn PappasMar 2, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    Love all their music!

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    Kristi EniglMar 2, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    I saw them (with the equally talented The Amazons!) 2/27/20, HoB Anaheim. they were introduced to me by Jay Scott, host of the exlnt podcast, The Hook Rocks. He discusses the demise of Rock Music, along with other critical topics, and he has had me on a as a guest to figure out what the future of Rock Music is. We have A LOT TO SAY! (I’m ex-music biz)

    Jay is always showcasing new Rock Bands, and once I heard these guys – I knew Rock Music is NOT DEAD, and in fact, is in very capable hands with these young guys! They are INCREDIBLE LIVE, all very talented musicians and they’re writing what will become rock standards down the road. (lol)

    I am SO happy that people are still listening to Rock n Roll. Rock music SO HARD TO FIND these days, and new rock does NOT get played on over-the-air radio. That DH got any airplay on KLOS 95.5 (LA’s main rock station) is a miracle. Don’t think they (KLOS) have added any new artists in ages. I LOVE that they are unsigned, only have an EP, and are doing a headlining world tour. They DO NOT NEED a record label. Stay independent and forge a path for a new model of distribution based on connection with fans, word of mouth, and touring (and killer songs!) Hang on to your songwriting copyrights, and get 100% of your Merch.

    I LOVE these guys, and to find out they’re doing this on their own, makes me like them even more.

    Kristi Enigl

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    DAveMar 2, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    Great music, SUPER GREAT LIVE. Saw them @ the El Rey Feb.28th and loved the show.

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    Shawn SmithMar 2, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    I saw them a few weeks ago and I’d already heard it but the wire is my favorite.

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