I couldn’t believe it when I did an archives search on ninebullets to see what I had said about The Black Oil Brothers in the past and no results popped up. How have I managed not to write about these guys yet? That fuck up is on me, make no doubt about it, and I am not gonna let this egregious act of silence go on any longer.

On American Honey (yes, it’s an homage to the Wild Turkey whiskey of the same name), The Black Oil Brothers have teamed up with singer Bethany Saint-Smith, whom they met in New York, and recorded an EP over the course of a weekend. The result is a 7 song delta blues record that begs to be played during an afternoon thunderstorm drinking session. Bethany’s voice is husky, dry and perfectly fitted for this genre of music while The Black Oil Brothers back her with the perfect amount of restraint, leaving us with an album that’s greater than the sum of its parts.

The only complaint I can come up with is that it’s too short, so here’s to hoping that this is a collaboration that’ll keep collaborating, ‘cause they’ve got some magic here.

Needless to say, American Honey is Essential Listening.

Bethany Saint-Smith & The Black Oil Brothers – They Fall
Bethany Saint-Smith & The Black Oil Brothers – Acres of Roses

Bethany Saint-Smith on Facebook, The Black Oil Brothers’ Official Site, Buy American Honey


  1. I’m a little confused by your use of the term “delta blues” since the two samples don’t even seem to qualify as blues, let alone a specific genre of blues.

  2. Thanks for the kind words, Brian. Just so folks know, if they don’t want to buy the record on Amazon, you can also get it on our Bandcamp page ( and pay what you feel like payin’ for it.


  3. Bryan,
    Thanks so much for the words, we always appreciate that. We are getting ready to record our next album in the Spring… and we look forward to sharin’ that with you as well. A true valued thanks for turning up the album, whiskey riot my doll.

    All the best.
    Keep on keepin’ on.

    Bethany Saint-Smith

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