"The Shady Bear Sessions" Studio Recordings Are Here!

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"...the combination of traditional blues with a contemporary sound that makes THP unique"

"This is just good music, from start to finish"

"Old school...heartfelt"

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Sneak Peek

We like to share our process, here at THP central.  So here's a sneak peek at a tune so new, Marlon and Jasmin are in the very middle of working it out.  We call it "The House of Beauty."  Take a look!


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Blues With Ronnie Earl

Three of the THP five saw Ronnie Earl play B.B. King's last night.  (Ronnie said it was the first time he'd played there.)  The legend played an incredible 2 1/2 hours straight through, doing his signature mixture of instrumentals and vocalist-fronted tunes.  Ronnie's devotion to improvisation created some magical moments of communion and some human moments of miscommunication, but both were wonderful.

Ronnie indulged in another signature move of his--walking through the crowd--where our bassist, Donald, had the opportunity to snap this awesome pic.

As Ronnie said, "peace and love!"

Update: Marlon had a total geek moment over this.  Twitter's existence has been justified:

Monday, March 2, 2015

Dreams Of (Wine And) Roses

Come out and see us at Shrine on Tuesday, March 3rd.  All original blues!  10pm start!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Shady Bear II

The date is set.  The band will be heading back into Shady Bear Recording Studio, to work again with the inimitable Anthony Robustelli, at the very end of March.  This means brand-spanking new studio originals should be coming hot off the presses sometime in April or early May.  It's gonna be great.

The flip side of that is that our show schedule will slow down a bit during that time (and we've been going like gangbusters lately, as you can tell from our Upcoming & Previous Shows page, so pausing for a breath is equivalent to slowing down right now).  But, fear not: there will be plenty of opportunities to catch smoking electric blues in April.  We'll let you know about that soon!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

A Bit Of "Blues for Ronnie Earl"

A fan raised a camera and caught the tail-end of a fiery rendition of our original instrumental, "Blues for Ronnie Earl," at the Otto's Shrunken Head show last night.  Enjoy!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Otto's Enlarged Our Head

Paul--our lovely drummer--is going through some life stuff right now, so Bull--our lovely harmonica-player-slash-multi-instrumentalist--sat in on drums for us tonight at Otto's Shrunken Head, the tiki dive bar of tiki dive bars in NYC.

And it was lovely.

Thanks to everyone who came out!  It was a hoot!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Marlon Interviewed On Exposed Vocals

Marlon was recently interviewed by the awesome Randy Morano at Exposed Vocals, an excellent source of indie music industry, artist, um...actually, indie music everything.  A couple highlights:
Exposed Vocals: So tell us your story.  Where did you grow up?  What made you decide to become an artist? 
MH: My dad is a blues guitarist--he still gigs actually--so there was always blues or blues-rock playing in the house.  My mother says that I would kick along to George Thorogood in the womb, and that if they wanted to calm me down as a toddler they would put that record on and that I would stop and listen like I'd heard it before. 
Exposed Vocals: How do you find ways to promote your music?  What works best for you? 
MH: I'm not sure what actually draws people in to click on our track and take a listen versus skipping it in favor of something else.  I'm not even sure why I do it when I'm in fan mode.  But I have a sneaking suspicion no one else knows either.  So we're all flying blind here, but we're all flying blind together!
Read the rest here!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Coming Up

THP is past the halfway point in our start-of-year whirlwind of shows.  Help us end strong (before we ramp up again starting in March)!

Join us at:

Pianos, February 1st (Sunday), 9p
Otto's Shrunken HeadFebruary 6th (Friday), 9p

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Have A Little "Lion Woman" Today

A fan was kind enough to capture a bit of what went down on the LES this past Tuesday, when THP played The Delancey, one of the swankier joints at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge.  Have a gander:

Thursday, January 22, 2015

We're All Atwitter

We did it.  THP finally joined Twitter.  There was nothing particular keeping us away from the site, just general social media ennui...or malaise.  One of those, we can't decide.  In fact, Twitter is stylistically well-suited for the blues, which uses a very little--three chords, three lyric lines (and the first lyric is repeated!)--to say a whole lot, not unlike the 140-character rule that prevails on Twitter.  Perhaps it was our traditionalist bent; we who lean toward the classics are not to be counted on as early (or even middle) adopters.

Anyway, it's happened, and if you too are an active member of the twitterati then by all means, give us a shout.  We're at @thehurtproject.