When Michael Natrin asked Erin Magnin to dust off her rarely played fiddle and join him for a couple songs at a local showcase, the two never imagined they were creating a musical partnership that would continue far into the future. Playfully calling themselves The Honey Badgers more to make themselves chuckle than to make a statement, the two discovered a chemistry between their voices that demanded to be heard, and thus the duo was born.
The Honey Badgers’ folk/Americana sound has been likened to that of The Civil Wars and The Swell Season. They are known for their intense, unique harmonies, and their sincere lyrics and melodies. With Michael playing guitar, mandolin, and the occasional banjo, and Erin on violin, glockenspiel, and harmonium, The Honey Badgers have created a sound that is distinctive, satisfying, and fun.
The Honey Badgers have been creating music together since the summer of 2011. They have since released their debut EP, “Booth Bay”, as well as a collection of live recordings entitled “Mad Season”. Their most recent release is their thoughtfully crafted second EP, “Soul”. They have played all over their home state of Delaware and the surrounding area, from the Delmarva Folk Festival in Hartly to the World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington. They have opened for nationally touring act The Lone Bellow, as well as local favorite New Sweden.
In 2019 they are poised to dive further into their music in many ways. Their first full length album, “Meet Me” will be released in March 2019. “Meet Me” is a colorful story that has been unfolding since Michael and Erin met. The songs are new, but the feelings within them are familiar - from the blooming of new love to the comfort of seasoned love, losing yourself and finding yourself, from feeling alone in a fast moving world to finding connection in a room full of strangers. “Meet Me” was mostly conceived in a 2004 Sprinter van on a road trip around the US, and come April 2019, that is where The Honey Badgers will be found yet again. They will be touring the East Coast to tell their stories and to build community on the road, meeting new friends and old along the way.