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OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
GenresAmericana, alternative country, indie rock
Years active2006–present
honeyhoney Records/Lost Highway
MembersBenjamin Jaffe - Guitar, Vocals
Suzanne Santo - Vocals, Banjo, Violin

HoneyHoney (stylized as honeyhoney) is an Americana group based in Los Angeles, California, United States.

The band was formed in 2006 by musician Benjamin Jaffe and musician/model/actress Suzanne Santo. The two met at a costume party and signed a record deal a year later.[1] They originally performed under the name Zanzibar Lewis and were under that name when they signed with Ironworks record label.[2]

Their debut album, First Rodeo, was released on November 4, 2008 under the now-defunct Ironworks record label, run by actor Kiefer Sutherland and friend Jude Cole.[2] Sutherland directed and starred in the group's music video for their song "Little Toy Gun".[3] HoneyHoney toured with Lifehouse, another Ironworks band, at the start of their career.[4] The band released their second studio album, Billy Jack, on Oct 24, 2011 under their own honeyhoney Records/Lost Highway label.[5]

Their third album, 3 was produced by Dave Cobb and released June 9, 2015.[6] The website American Songwriter reviewed it writing, "with a singer-songwriter that exudes the magnetic passion and swaggering star power of Santo, this is a group whose time has come." [7]


Paste Magazine describes honeyhoney's style as "display[ing] the common pop thread between alt.country, spaghetti western soundtracks and swampy blues."[1]

Glide Magazine stated that "honeyhoney deftly mixes elements of folk, soul, country, pop, and rock."[8]


In April 2014, the band traveled to Williamstown, Massachusetts, where Jaffe was raised, to perform a concert on behalf of local music programs. The band is planning a similar concert for schools in Santo's hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.[9]



Year Album details Peak chart positions
Top Heatseekers
Billboard Folk Album
2008 First Rodeo
2011 Billy Jack
  • Released: October 25, 2011
  • Label: honeyhoney Records/Lost Highway
17 15
2015 3
  • Released: June 9, 2015
  • Label: Rounder
7 10
"—" denotes a release that did not chart or was not issued in that region.

Extended Plays[edit]

Year Details
2008 Loose Boots

Suzanne Santo collaborations[edit]

  • "On the Shelf" from the album Fool's Gold by Big B[12]
  • "The Game" by Oleg Tumanov
  • "Take Me Away" from the album Starting Ground by Josh Blackburn

In the media[edit]

  • Their song "Lullaby" was featured in an anti-smoking ad that featured the grim reaper disguised as an attractive woman who gave out free cigarettes[13]
  • "Little Toy Gun" was featured in a Showtime promo[14]
  • "La River" was used in the series finale of the ABC Television show "Brothers & Sisters."[15]
  • The band performed the opening theme for the first season of the TBS series The Guest Book, and appear at the end of each episode to perform a song live.[16]


  1. ^ a b Leahey, Andrew (2014-04-21). "Band of the Week: honeyhoney :: Music :: Features :: Paste". Pastemagazine.com. Retrieved 2014-05-01.
  2. ^ a b McGee, David (March 2009). "Opposites Attract, And honeyhoney Settles In For a Long Run". The Bluegrass Special. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  3. ^ Zouves, Natasha (2010-07-30). "Honeyhoney Makes Sweet, Sexy Music | NBC Southern California". Nbclosangeles.com. Retrieved 2014-05-01.
  4. ^ Music, Mousertime (2011-08-25). "Mousertime: Off the Record...: HoneyHoney Interview with Suzanne Santo and Ben Jaffe". Mousertime.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2014-05-01.
  5. ^ Galperinia, Marina (August 23, 2011). "honeyhoney to Release 'Billy Jack' Album With Lost Highway". The Boot. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  6. ^ "HoneyHoney - 3 (Album Review)". Glide Magazine. Retrieved 2015-07-16.
  7. ^ "HoneyHoney: 3". American Songwriter. 2015-06-09. Retrieved 2015-07-16.
  8. ^ "Honey Honey: First Rodeo". Glide Magazine. Retrieved 2014-05-01.
  9. ^ "Mount Greylock Alum Jaffe Returns to Perform Benefit Concert / iBerkshires.com - The Berkshires online guide to events, news and Berkshire County community information". Iberkshires.com. Retrieved 2014-05-01.
  10. ^ "honeyhoney chart history - Heatseaker Albums". Billboard. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  11. ^ "honeyhoney chart history - Folk Albums". Billboard. Retrieved April 30, 2014.
  12. ^ "On the Shelf - Big B". Song Info. AllMusic. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  13. ^ "Anti-Smoking Ad | Stumbling on Through Anti-Smoking Ad | Francis Flores, Rhetoric and Civic Life". Sites.psu.edu. October 4, 2012. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  14. ^ "Honeyhoney on Showtime on Honey Honey Band's Videos". Honeyhoneyband.buzznet.com. February 17, 2010. Archived from the original on July 17, 2015. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  15. ^ "Brothers and Sisters Music - Season 5: "Walker Down the Aisle"". TuneFind. May 8, 2011. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  16. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (Aug 2, 2017). "Review: Rental Wackiness, Detailed in TBS's 'The Guest Book'". The New York Times. Retrieved Aug 4, 2017.

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