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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"

Monday, April 20, 2015

A Good Word From Showpitch

Twitter is proving to be fun.

A new music platform looking to bring together artists, venues, promoters, and producers--Showpitch--gave us a nice shout-out.

Hey, thanks!  And we concur: go check out Little Heartbeat on our Showpitch page and tap some toes this afternoon!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sweet Honey From The PaperBox

There was a skilled vidoegrapher in our midst at The PaperBox, a Mr. Kevin Vonesper, and he recorded our closing tune of the evening, "Where the Honey Goes."  Check out the tune below, and go say hi to Kevin here.

Friday, April 10, 2015

B.B.'s Thing

All of us here at THP Central are always working on our craft.  After all, when we get together to play the blues live we strive to be more than the sum of our parts, so it helps if those parts are as good as they can be.

All to say, the indefatigable music connoisseur, Mr. M. Twiggs, at the inestimable Soulful45's (and Mighty Burners), had a few kind words for a solo instrumental tune Marlon worked up not long ago, a nod to the master called "B.B.'s Thing."  Twiggs says, "Marlon really heats things up on the guitar" with this one!

Check out the music critic's full thoughts along with Marlon's sounds, here.

P.S.  And our best wishes go out to the legend himself, B.B. King, who was hospitalized recently.  The band kept the fingers on our fretting hands, our vocal cords, and our drum sticks crossed all week in the hopes of a speedy recovery.  Looks like our hopes were answered!  Can't keep a good man down.

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!