"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"

Friday, August 26, 2016

Blues For Ronnie Earl

Ronnie Earl--the man from Rego--just happens to be one of the most soulful players out there.  We're delighted to play one for him.  Check out Blues for Ronnie Earl.

Ronnie Earl is one of the great blues guitarists, made greater by his humble nods to those whose spirit he admires, in songs like "Blues for Otis Rush"; "Blues for Martin Luther King"; "Blues for the Homeless"; etc.

This instrumental is a tribute to his spirit, written and performed with THP's own humble nod to his classic, soulful style.

Thursday, August 18, 2016


The next acoustic tune is live!

Keb' Mo's original version of "Angelina" is such a lovely little ditty that we just had to make her ours.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Bull's Bourbon Blues

So it begins...

"Bull's Bourbon Blues," the first song off the new acoustic blues album, Bare Bones, is live now.  Listen here.

The song is written by Mr. Bull "the Michael" LoBue, who sings and plays rhythm guitar and harmonica on the track, and features Marlon on a lap steel that he built with his very own hands.

The next song to be released is Keb' Mo's "Angelina."  Look for it next week, August 19th!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

One Week

The slow release of the new acoustic album, Bare Bones, begins next Friday with the original tune, "Bull's Bourbon Blues," written by THP's own multi-instrumentalist, Michael "the Bull" LoBue.

We'll have Bandcamp, Soundcloud, and ReverbNation links up and running.  (And you'll be able to download the new song for free on Bandcamp.)

And then, a week from next Friday, there will be a second song.  And you'll just have to come back to see what it is....

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Guitar Practice

If only this video had been around when I was learning guitar.  It would have saved me so much time.

Saturday, July 30, 2016


We played a show with these guys not so long ago (it was an...eclectic bill) and loved their stuff.  It's not blues, but our tastes are wide and the cats with Dry Clean Only deserve all the nods we can give them.

Have fun.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Friday, August 4th!

We haven't forgotten, oh no.  The full album of acoustic blues is on its way.  In fact, it's less than two weeks away.  On Friday, August 4th, THP will release the first track off the new album, with one new song to follow every week, for nine (nine!) weeks.  That's more than two months' worth of new blues!  It's blues galore!  A smorgas-blues!

With Bare Bones, THP is getting back to the roots of the blues: acoustic instruments and stripped down arrangements, like you'd find on a porch in Georgia or outside Chicago, or on a street corner in NOLA.  The album features six brand new, original THP tunes, and three choice covers by modern greats like Keb' Mo' and Ben Harper.

Check back soon...

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!).

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!