Every child dreams of making bank by selling sugary lemonade in their front yard. Some entice customers with freshly squeezed lemons, others with extra sugar; but for Gray Henderson, he lured in customers with the rhythmic beat of drums.
Fast forward to the present and Henderson has exchanged his drums for a guitar and the lemonade stand for one of the many music venues across the Triangle. Henderson, along with Reaves Greer, Mark Voller and Kenan Jernigan, have joined forces to make the southern rock and roots band, Nuclear Honey.
Prior to forming Nuclear Honey in 2011, Greer and Henderson played in two other local bands, Ascella Vega and Sign of the Rhino. These collaborations started in high school and have all been a part of their musical journey, leading them to their current sound.
Henderson and Greer released Tombstone Sessions as their acoustic debut EP. The recording was done with Dave Bartholomew in the office of his family's tombstone engraving business, hence the title. They later decided to expand their sound and get plugged in, adding three new band members. With the help of the fundraiser Kickstarter.com, they recorded Nobody Panic, a 7-track album that was released in the summer of 2013. The album provides the classic sounds of pure rock-n-roll with folk roots.
Nuclear Honey is a part the new PNC Downtown Raleigh Movie Series, playing this Friday, May 30. The event features local bands and movies that were filmed in North Carolina. The fun begins at 5 at City Plaza and ends at 10:30. Nuclear Honey will take the stage around 5:30 and then the long time friendship of Henderson and Greer will transition to the notorious pals, Cal and Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights. Come out early and enjoy local brew and food trucks. Some chairs will be provided, but guests are highly encouraged to bring their own.
Visit Nuclear Honey's profile at Reverbnation and in true stalker form, follow them on Twitter, and like them on Facebook. Nothing beats live music under the stars followed by Ricky Bobby saying an overly
extended prayer to an 8 pound 6 ounce baby Jesus. Shake and bake.
Photo Credit: Kristen Hill
Album Cover Art: Patrick Shanahan