"The Shady Bear Sessions" Studio Recordings Are Here!

Listen to and download the new EP, After the Storms, here.

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

Monday, July 25, 2016

Jukebox Hero

UPDATE: Catch the show itself here.  Gotta say, this podcast is pretty addictive.  Brett Stewart pulls music pieces (not all of them even quite qualify as 'songs') from a wide array of genres and styles, all by hardworking, undiscovered (if we may call them that) indie artists like THP.  I especially appreciate Mr. Stewart's keen-eared intro- and outro-ductions to the tunes.  Knowing enough about the artists and their genres to succinctly capture what makes their stuff worthwhile is a very difficult task, a skill journalists of every stripe spend years cultivating and are lucky to acquire.

I'm also a sucker for Brett's call for community.  That's a conversation THP has had on several occasions (hi, Lovehowl!; hi, Irresponsibles!).

If you want to hear how THP is "filling a void in the indie music scene, one that sorely needs to be filled" (thanks, Brett, we're definitely trying!), you can hear "Dead Things" close out the show starting at 54:42.  But really, I recommend just sitting down with a cold beverage and taking in the whole podcast--treat yourself to an act of horizon expansion.


One of the tunes off our EP, After the Storms, has been picked up by the excellent indie music podcast, The Jukebox, and will be featured on their show today.  Today!

To find out which tune, go join Brett and his team later today (like, really today!).  And also enjoy the in-depth, amusing discussions the fine folk at The Jukebox carry on about what new music has caught their attention, and should therefore catch ours too.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Why Blues Works

"The more art is controlled, limited, worked over, the more it is free" --Igor Stravinsky in The Poetics of Music, 1942

This quote from the composer of Petrushka and The Rite of Spring puts me in mind of one of my longstanding meditations: that blues music is still alive as a genre because it presents well-worn rules for what constitutes "blues."  12-bar, 8-bar, 7 chords, 9 chords, I-IV-V...whatever it is, you know it's blues when you hear it.  I love writing and playing blues because these structures are there to be played with, because these rules have been established over generations.  They control and limit my choices, which leads me to better, more inventive choices.

Any art form which works this way will never die, no matter how far away from the mainstream tastes of the moment it seems (seems!) to stray.  Keep the blues alive!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

10 Tips For Good Band Members

Anthony Stauffer of the excellent Texas Blues Alley (formerly Stevie Snacks) shares some insights into what qualifies as good citizenship in a band.  Rules to live by!

A sample: "Everybody loves when a tediously planned rehearsal is cut short.  Every once in a while in the middle of rehearsal remember that you've gotta be somewhere and you gotta be on the road in five minutes.  You just gave them their evening back, so congratulations!"

And those musicians who learn the songs in the practice room--rather than at home beforehand--do indeed make me feel even more prepared.  I say, thanks for the morale boost!  Now let me show you those changes again.


Friday, May 20, 2016

"Bare Bones"

Coming soon: a studio album of stripped-down acoustic blues.  Stay tuned!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Thank you, Goorin Bros.

It seems everyone had an excellent time--blues was played and cocktails were had.  Thank you, Goorin Bros., for hosting a wonderful evening.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Niji Magazine

Niji Magazine is telling folks about us.

They describe themselves as folks who "write about the things we’re passionate about. Whatever your talent, if your work inspires us, we believe it will inspire our readers.  To put it simply we showcase the best emerging talent from the areas of fashion, art and music!"

All of which means we will take their nod in our direction as a proper compliment!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Acoustic Show

We'll finally be doing something that we've been talking about for a long time: a stripped down acoustic show.

Join us for two sets of original acoustic blues, 7p-9p, on Friday, May 6th.  We'll be entertaining the crowd at Goorin Bros.  And did I mention there'll be cocktails?  Come hear THP as you've never heard us!