Hi folks

Not long now ’til the C2C Festival comes to town – don’t forget that all the pop-up stages are FREE people!…….we’ve been rehearsing this week in preparation for our full band set on the 7th and our acoustic set on the 8th. Looking forward to performing a live set for Radio 2 on Saturday – what an honour to play for the one and only Bob Harris – as well as catching all the other fantastic acts, eating, drinking and generally having ourselves a swell time.

On Sunday we went to Northamptonshire where the company AUDEN are based and recorded a couple of tracks using their beautiful new guitars – a real treat. We’re hoping to extend our guitar collection at a later date……

Check out our Facebook page and website for all the new live gig dates we’ve got coming up (a few more have been announced this week) – but in the meantime, I have a warning for Jase and Matt: don’t be tempted to wear an Armani Madonna-esque bullfighter’s cape on stage with huge heels at C2C. Potentially hazardous.

Our latest blog…

Hi everyone

January has flown…how many shopping days til Xmas?? Perish the thought. February has been cold but we’re moving rapidly towards Spring and the C2C festival at the O2 – can’t wait. We’re playing 2 slots on March 7th and 8th – and the best thing is it’s FREE – there’ll be loads of bands to catch, DJ’s like Jo Whiley, Sara Cox and Patrick Kielty (to name but a few) will be there, artist signings and loads of places to eat and drink. Great day out for all the family – hopefully see u there!

This week we’ve been filming up at Alive Network in Staffordshire.

We wanted to have some live footage of a couple of our album tracks so we stripped back the production and played the songs how we wrote them, just with guitars. You’ll be seeing the results within a few weeks.

It was great fun working with Tom, Andy and Kyle – and I even managed to keep up with the northerners’ tea consumption….15 cups a day. There were quite a few toilet breaks needless to say. Best bit for me though was the ‘oatcake’ run for an elevensies snack. Mmmmm, bacon and melted cheese. Peeps down south don’t know what they’re missing……

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to u all! Hope everyone had a cracking festive period and that you’re looking forward to the coming year. So far, 2015’s been pretty exciting for us….we can’t divulge at the moment, so watch this space! (Hint:- some very cool festival dates to announce)…..but in the meantime, we can let you know that we’re playing The Acoustic Festival of Britain on Sunday 21st June in Uttoxeter and The Wildwood Festival in Lincolnshire on August 23rd. Some we’ll be playing full band, some performances will be stripped back – we promise to entertain either way!

We’re currently planning our strategy for the next few months. In Feb we’re filming a couple of acoustic tracks to put on our website, we’re aiming to release our first single in March and we’re also on the road to finishing a brand new track and have started writing several more for what will be our fourth album.

Our pledge campaign was a great success and we thank everyone who took part. All the products pledged for have been sent out and the events booked in. We’re looking forward to playing lots of private parties for people this year, including living room gigs and we’re meeting several fantastic fans at the end of January in our studio (LA Sound). We’ll be chatting, listening to our music (they’ll hopefully get an exclusive listen to the new track if it’s ready!)and drinking bubbly…in fact we’ll probably end up in the pub as every good evening should.

Another date for the diary is Monday 11th May – if you live anywhere near Watford, come see us play at The Horns. I grew up in the area and went to Watford Grammar (along with the spicy Geri Helliwell no less) and I’ve always wanted to play that venue, so now we are. Marvellous.

Love Lindz, Jase and Matt.xxx

Hi everyone

It’s been a fantastic few months for Honey Ryder – we started the Pledge Music Campaign twelve weeks ago – and thanks to all of our loyal fans we managed to achieve our target and
then some. So now we’ll be able to promote our new album ‘Born in a Bottle’ and at the same time money has been raised for a very worthy cause, Cancer Research. We’re looking forward to fulfilling all the pledges – from writing out personal lyric sheets to hanging out with pledgers and listening to the new album at LA Sound Studios whilst drinking bubbly – to the private party pledges where we get to do some very personal performances for you.

We’ve also had a total blast gigging recently. It’s what we love doing best and the reaction from the crowd during and afterwards reminds us why we write music. After our own mini headline tour in October, we went on to support Romeo’s Daughter in London and Nottingham at The Borderline and The Rescue Rooms. It was great to play in front of a new crowd – they were amazingly receptive – and an honour to support such a talented and lovely bunch of people.

We also got the opportunity to be part of an event at Westfield shopping centre in Stratford, London where we performed in a glass cube with all the audience wearing headphones – a totally surreal not to mention sweaty experience. The show was filmed by a professional camera crew – you’ll be able to see the footage on our website pretty soon. Although I’m not sure I want to see my bright red face with makeup running down it. The boys should stop wearing such heavy mascara too…..I keep telling them.

So as we head towards Christmas we hope to hear from everyone who pre-ordered the album – let us know your favourite tracks – as this might help us decide which single to release first! We can’t wait to get on the road again – next time we’re hoping to tour round the whole of Britain – so watch this space for dates…..
Thanks again for all your support, we hope you have an amazingly merry Christmas – and here’s to a great 2015. It’s going to be a good’un. I can feel it in my water.

Love Lindz (and Jase and Matt of course)


Pledge Music Update

Hi everyone – firstly we want to say a huge thank you for all your support – we’ve managed to reach our target! – however there’s STILL TIME to pledge – we want to raise as much money for Cancer Research as possible!! Here’s us singing a track from our first album called ‘Choices’ when we dropped into Mike Swift at Coast 107.9 in on our way to the Liverpool gig last week……


Please check out this link to watch the video of us performing ‘Choices’ – http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/honeyryder/updates/43528


Hi everyone,

Our new album “Born In A Bottle” is now available to pre order by clicking here exclusively on Pledge Music, where you can hear snippets of 5 new tracks! But…. that’s not all! You can interact with us on a whole new level – there are a ton of opportunities up for grabs – such as a guitar lesson with Matt or Jase, handwritten lyric sheets, a private gig on The London Eye, a chance to be in our new video or even your name in the liner notes of the album sleeve. By pledging you will also be donating to Cancer Research and will be eligible for exclusive updates and footage each week.


Since we last saw you we’ve been over to Nashville where we performed at The Bluebird Café, and kickstarted the recording of our forthcoming album ‘Born in A Bottle’. Recording at Ocean Way in Nashville was an inspiring experience especially as we got to play alongside some of the best musicians in the world including Stevie Nicks’ bassist, Neil Youngs’ drummer & Keith Urbans’ guitarist. We came home with a large part of the record completed and then LA Sound in sunny Acton became the destination for the remainder of the recording. We were also extremely fortunate to have found an ally in legendary producer Paul Worley.


As always we remain entirely passionate about playing live, even more so than ever as we now have three albums worth of material to play with. We have several intimate warm-up gigs lined up including dates in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Nottingham starting on October 20th 2014. See the ‘Tour’ section of this website for details. We’re super excited about moving forward with this record and hope to tour extensively in the UK next year as well as abroad.

Lots of love, Lindsay, Jason & Matt xxx

Pledge Music

Honey Ryder are pleased to announce that we’ve teamed up with Pledge music and as of today our page is live!!

You can now pre order our new album “Born in a bottle”, own band memorabilia from our videos and even book us for a cosy living room gig in the UK or band gig anywhere worldwide!!!

Buy hand written lyric sheets, get back stage VIP passes or even make an appearance in one of our videos!

Take a look at what else is on offer and be part of the next chapter of the Honey Ryder journey.

Here’s a link to the page below.



Max The Parrot

Matt looked after Max the parrot for a week and in this time really bonded with him as you can see in this video.

Speaking about Max, Matt said: “I cannot believe how intelligent he is and since looking after him I have read all about the African parrot and realised they are one of the most intelligent birds in the world.”

In the video you will hear the parrot copying Matt’s voice within the space of a week!

It’s unconfirmed whether Max will be appearing on the next Honey Ryder record.

Lindsay’s Motherhood Playlist

Lindsay compiled a playlist full of songs inspired by motherhood. Click here to listen, and read a little more about the tracks she chose below.

1. Rufus Is A Tit Man – Loudon Wainright III

A comical folk song about when Loudon’s now adult son, Rufus Wainright, was a baby breastfeeding. Brilliantly witty lyrics and an amusing and ironic title for the song especially considering Rufus’s sexual orientation! Take a listen

2. This Woman’s Work – Kate Bush

Kate Bush wrote this song specifically for a scene in the film ‘She’s Having A Baby’ – it’s about a man whose wife is having complications during childbirth. The melody as well as the lyrics and meaning behind them is extremely emotive.

3. Wires – Athlete

I absolutely LOVED this song from the minute I heard it, and before I even properly understood the lyrics. The words are about a baby who starts his life in intensive care and describes how the parents are feeling about the situation. Once I realised what it was about, I found it hard to listen to without a tear in my eye, and especially now I’ve had children – I can empathise with them even more.

4. Medicine – Honey Ryder

This track was written by Martyn Shone – with whom I originally started the band. It’s about post-natal depression – but from a man’s perspective. He’s struggling to cope with a new baby as well as a wife who is suffering – in the middle of the night when he’s feeding the baby he feels like he’s the only person up – and reflects on what life used to be like.

5. I’m The Only Hell (My Mama Ever Raised) – Johnny Paycheck

I just love the title of this song, along with the rest of the lyrics. It has the clever ‘Nashville’ storytelling appeal and doesn’t take itself seriously

6. Mama Tried – Merle Haggard

This is a 60’s autobiographical track later covered by Joan Baez about the artist’s experience in prison and about how his mother had tried to keep him on the straight and narrow. Again interesting storytelling lyrics

7. Road to Hell – Chris Rea

I had to have this track as it was on the radio when my second son Ozzie was being delivered… hopefully not an omen for the future!

8. Mama – The Spice Girls

One of the cheesier tracks amongst this collection, but it’s the way I feel about my mum and fingers crossed my sons will feel the same way. It’s a feel good happy song but still quite poignant

9. Coat Of Many Colors – Dolly Parton

There’s a clip on YouTube of Dolly managing to play guitar very competently despite her long fingernails which I just love! She’s singing about her poverty-stricken childhood and how her mother had made a coat from different rags which she loved. Another genius storyteller.

10. In My Daughter’s Eyes – Martina McBride

I love the lyrics in this song…

In my daughter’s eyes I am a hero
I am strong and wise and I know no fear
But the truth is plain to see she was sent to rescue me
I see who I wanna be in my daughter’s eyes

Jason’s Playlist

Jason compiled another playlist full of songs he’s listening to at the moment. Click here to listen, and read a little more about each track below.

1. Labelled With Love – Squeeze

Always loved this song after hearing it when I was a kid. It’s about a woman who falls for an American pilot in the second World War who then moves to Texas to start a family, but eventually returns back to England as an old lady after her husband dies of alcohol abuse. Guess it’s really about loneliness and how the old often get forgotten. Great visual lyrics by Chris Difford and Glenn Tillbrook, how about that for an up-lifter to start with!

2. American Girl – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers

This is just a great feel good song. I remember first hearing this track while watching a live video of the band in the ’80s called Pack Up The Plantation – it’s one of the best gigs I’ve seen. They had a horn section at the time and two really cute backing singers as I remember, ah it takes me back… Great guitaring by Mike Campbell, really love his style of playing, and of course Tom’s brilliant melodies and lyrics.

3. Brothers In Arms – Dire Straits

Still one of my favourite songs and albums of all time. I heard that Mark rewired his guitar in some really weird way to get that sound from his Les Paul, one for you techies! Just one of the most moving guitar solos I’ve ever heard, in context to the lyrics that talk about the futility of war. This is just a brilliant track.

4. Cult Of Personality – Living Color

This song blew my mind when I first heard it, didn’t realise a guitar could sound like that – the solo played by guitarist virtuoso Vernon Reid sounds like two pairs of hands playing at the same time! The album was like a breath of fresh air when it was released, against a backdrop of glam rock that seemed to be everywhere at the time. Tremendous musicianship, vocals and thought provoking lyrics are all over this album.

5. The One That Got Away – The Civil Wars

Great song from the new Civil Wars album, literally just got this yesterday. It’s about a fading relationship and a lovers longing to recapture that initial fire. Really took me by surprise when I saw this as the duo famously abruptly cut their European tour short amidst a backdrop of musical differences. Thought the first album was amazing and as I’m digesting this I reckon this record could become just as big as the first. Really hope they get back together, it would be a great loss to music if they didn’t!

6. Red Alert – Basement Jaxx

This song has FUNKY tattooed all across it from the opening slap bass line through to the end! Think Basement Jaxx are two of the most innovative producers in this genre of music, they just have an amazing ear for blending the most unlikely of sounds together. It’s just a total treat to listen to their songs, this still sounds as fresh as it did in the late nineties. Banging! :)

7. The Real Thing – Faith No More

I remember rocking out to this song throughout the early nineties, think they have to be one of the most exciting bands of that decade! I loved their blend of funk, thrash metal and I guess punk, also like how lead singer, Mike Patton sounds a bit like Elmer Fudd on this, ha! This was his first album recording with the band after replacing original FNM singer Chuck Moseley. Chuck was apparently sacked after allegedly breaking (the drummer) Mike Borden’s arms, not one for Chuck’s CV I guess. Total high energy choruses with subtle laid back verses, amazing rhythm section in this band.

8. Both Sides Now – Joni Mitchell

It’s an amazing talent when someone can express so much with just one acoustic guitar and one vocal, no overdubs or additional instruments. Joni does this beautifully I think in this original version of Both Sides Now which is taken from her second studio album, Clouds. This song has been covered by every man and his dog but I reckon this is still the best. Well actually the Glen Campbell one was pretty cool too but you know what I’m trying to say:)

9. 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover – Paul Simon

From Paul Simon’s 1975 album Still Crazy After All These Years this is about a guy who’s contemplating splitting from a relationship and mulling it over with a girl who he ends up sleeping with. Really witty lyrics in this, I admire the way Paul has an ability to connect with his words. At times he can make it humorous – he always creates strong images in your mind when ever you listen to his songs. He’s written so many amazing tracks over the years but this one always gets my foot tapping, great tune!

10. I Need You Tonight – ZZ top

This is my final choice, taken from the 1984 album Eliminator, I Need You Tonight wasn’t a commercial release in the UK but this one stands out for me. It’s just such a chilled out track. From the moment Billy Gibbons hits that first note I’m taken away to guitar heaven!! Hypnotic drums and bass with a splash of Rhodes piano, I bloody love this song. Jimi Hendrix once said that Billy was his favourite guitarist and I can see why.