When COVID-19 disrupted Dirty Honey’s plans to return to Australia to record new music with legendary producer Nick DiDia, frontman Marc LaBelle came up with a new project on how to make use of the unexpected downtime: Suitcase Sessions.
“I’ve always wanted to shoot videos out in nature, in non-traditional locations, and have a high-quality recording rig that was small enough to fit in a suitcase.”
The first session, a stripped-down version of “Heartbreaker” was shot in front of a stunning stretch of mountains in Lone Pine, CA, a location synonymous as the backdrop for the most celebrated Westerns filmed since the 1920s.
“I’ve taken my motorcycle up to Lone Pine for a couple of years now, so I know the area really well,” LaBelle explained. “‘Heartbreaker’ was written on an acoustic guitar, so there was something special about performing it acoustically with those snow-covered Sierra Nevada peaks in the distance.”
Also today, the band members – vocalist LaBelle, John Notto/guitars, Justin Smolian/bass, and drummer Corey Coverstone – see their second single, “Rolling 7s,” explode into the Top Five at U.S. Rock Radio. “When I’m Gone” made record industry history last Fall when it because the first track by an unsigned artist to go all the way to #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart.