Saturday, April 12, 2014

Another Big Announcement

The site has been so quiet lately that I have accidentally let one of our bigger band events slip by unremarked.  I will herein remedy!  To wit:

We would like to welcome Michael "The Bull" LoBue to the band!  While the bulk of his time with THP will be spent blowing fire through the harmonica, Bull has plenty else on offer: his talents run the gamut from vocalist, guitarist, drummer, and on and on.  Most importantly, he's a life-long blues lover who knows the music, its history and heart, inside and out.  Having his input during our songwriting sessions and his energy driving us onstage are both already bearing fruit.  (If we were forced to pick a fruit, it seems logical to visualize blueberries, right?)

2014 is looking pretty durned bright.

Submitted With A Small Comment

THP is working to put together another studio release to show the best of our wonderful new face to the world.  (Seriously, between bringing Jasmin on board and going gangbusters on the blues and soul originals now that we're a complete unit again, the face of the band is looking pretty great.)

For us, marketing what comes out of the studio session will be much less about sales than it will be reaching as wide an audience as possible.  However, at a certain level exposure is understandably entangled with money changing hands--and we begrudge no new artist trying to make a living off his art (it's the dream!)--so this certainly gave me pause:

It seems to me, in the wake of the big studios stumbling into post-internet oblivion, that the new industry model should be able to provide far better than this for the artists who are their businesses' lifeblood...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Welcome, Jasmin!

Things have been quiet here at THP central, but much fiddling and tweaking has been going on behind the scenes.  Songs have been written.  Plans have been hashed out.  But most importantly, we have found a singer to sing those songs and execute those plans.  We are pleased to welcome Jasmin Lloyd to the THP fold!

Jasmin is an incredibly soulful, inventive singer with a killer range.  Think that's an exaggeration?  Why, just head over to our Reverb Nation page (click here) and take a gander for yourself.  See?  Ain't that somethin'?

As you can tell, we're very excited.  And now that we have all the pieces in place, things are going to start ramping up.  Stay tuned!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Vids From The Gig

Video from our recent gig at Connolly's with Bull sitting in on harp and vocals is now live.  You can see them at our Reverb Nation page, here, or on YouTube.  Blues For Otis Rush is here; Green Onions is here; My Babe is here; and for fun, Bull's poetic introduction of the band members is here.

Thanks again to everyone who came--the energy from the house helped make it a truly great gig.  And as a sweetener going forward, we can say that fans of THP will be hearing more of Bull going forward.  Huzzah!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

We Had A Bull-y Day

We want to give a huge internet hug to everyone who came out to Connolly's on Saturday night.  (And there were a lot of you!)

Special thanks to Bull for sitting in on harp, and doing vocals on a few tunes.  Bull's a true bluesman.  And additional special thanks to Mikey, the drummer of the awesome jam band, BVDS, who gamely jumped in to get the set started while our beloved Paul was stuck trying to navigate midtown Christmas traffic.  Mikey plays a mean shuffle, and in the five minutes we knew him before he so magnanimously stepped onstage with us, he proved himself to be the best kind of person.  Paul only missed our opening tune, and Mikey left the kit all warmed up for him.  (And our set got pretty hot after that.)  Cheers!

Also in attendance was Marlon's three-month-old son, Cyril.  Congrats to Cy on his first blues gig--support that live music, son!--and to the city of New York's smoking ban which made it not a health hazard!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

We're Alive!

Hello, blues lovers!

It's been a while, and the band has gone through some changes but we've stayed busy and are coming out the other side soon.  The big news is that our lovely singer, Katie McCreary, scored a part in the national Phantom of the Opera tour.  This is a great career move for her, but it also means that she is now our former singer, which we are sad about.  But we'll smile through the tears; we're a blues band after all.

We have been auditioning new singers and have a pretty good idea of who we'd like fronting us, if we can make it happen.  More on that soon.

In the meantime, we've been writing music like gangbusters and have been playing instrumental sets (Ronnie Earl-style, we call it) until the singer situation is settled.  In fact, we have a gig on Saturday, the 21st, at our ol' standby, Connolly's Klub 45 in midtown.  Stop by at 9p for a killer set!

And who knows, someone awesome might show up to sit in with us!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Up With 78 Below

Huzzah!  We would like to thank 78 Below for being every bit as great a venue as we'd been told, and to thank those of you who came out for making it a killer show.  The house sound guy, Bobby, was excellent, and the equipment is top notch.  (Really, the house owns a Hammond organ.  It's like they knew we were coming.)  And the venue itself is set up perfectly to invite casual listeners to stop in and see what's happening.  The arrangement is so live music-friendly that it brings a wee tear to my eye to think on the beauty of it all.

For the blues lovers who didn't make it out, you can console yourself with some footage of the evening.  Cheers!

"Nowhere Fast" is an original instrumental by Donald and Marlon.

Can't go wrong with a classic Albert King tune--"Born Under a Bad Sign."

"Semele" is a THP original; music by Marlon, words and melody by Katie.

"No One Can Follow You Home" is an original with words and music by John.

And this is our suped up version of the long-time blues staple, "Sweet Home Chicago," by the one and only Robert Johnson.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Today's Humbling Moment

Wow, this man one-upped Pete Best by being kicked out of not one, but two of the world's biggest bands.

As a musician, I read this article with a kind of morbid curiosity.  What would it be like to crash down from such great heights not once, but twice?

As a human being, though, I think "right on, dude, find your bliss."

Still and all, that guy must have been a monster on the strings.

A Call To Arms (That End In Hands...For Clapping!)

We're excited to announce that we have a gig at a new place on the Upper West Side called 78 Below!

We're especially excited to announce that 78 Below joins that e'er too small number of venues who can be listed in the "pro-music" column of the ledger--they charge no cover at the door!  That's right, no needless scalping of live music lovers; you can waltz in, settle down, have a drink or three, and hear some solid blues, courtesy of your friendly neighborhood THP.

To see why we're giving 78 Below such a hearty round of applause, check out our previous musings on the often predatory relationship between venues and bands in NYC here.

So, we'd love to have as many blues lovers as can make it to this one come on out to show our full support for a venue that's doing things right.  The more we reward these kinds of rational business models the better the chances that other venues will come to their senses and mend their wicked ways.  (Ok, maybe not "wicked" exactly.  How 'bout "misguided"?  "Silly-pants" also works.)

The deets: we go on at 8p and play two full sets, ending at 9:45p, on Saturday, July 27th.  Also, it is free, free, free--which leaves more money for beer!  78 Below is located at 380 Columbus Ave and 78th St.  Oh, and the cherry on top is that the house drum kit Paul will be playing was owned by Chris Parker when he played for none other than Robert "Bob" Dylan.  How cool izzat?

And did I mention it's free?  FREE!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Play It Again, Connolly's!

We liked it so nice, we're playing it twice.  The last was sublime, so we're doing it one more time.  The first show put peeps on the edge of their seat, so we're gearing the band up for a, performance.

Ahem, in other words, come see THP at Connolly's again on Saturday, August 17th, at 9pm.  $10 at the door.

We debuted two new originals at the last show, and to keep the streak alive we will be playing two new originals at this next one.  Now, doesn't that sweeten the pot?