"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, December 21, 2015

Vids From The Rock Shop

Adrift


Dead Things


My Babe


(Calandra Amore, Videography)

Internet Air Play

Is there air in the internet?  No idea.  But if there is, THP is on it.  Check out The BluesPowr Radio Hour to hear Morning Meditation, the final song off our 2015 EP, After the Storms.

Head over to Mike's place and enjoy the whole show.  He's got some great stuff tucked into the two hour shindig.  He was nice enough to use our tune as a lead-in to the sweet Robert Cray song, These Things, which is a compliment we will gladly take.  But also--Robert Cray.  Did we mention Mike tucked some great stuff in there?

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Rock With Us At Rock Shop

Friday, Friday, Friday (the 18th, 18th, 18th)!  We will be at one of the livelier spots in a very lively Brooklyn 'hood at The Rock Shop.  (The last time we played there, we opened for Jane Lee Hooker.  The tingle of getting to share the stage with JLH is still tingling.)

We start up at 11pm!

(Photo Credit: Calandra Amore)

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Black Bear Bar

Come check out the last show of the season--we're playing Black Bear Bar in Brooklyn on Tuesday, 12/22.  We'll be there with the awesome group of high-energy blues rockers, The Lovehowl.  It's gonna be a grand way to close out 2015!

Doors open at 8p!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Welcome!

After watching our longtime, beloved bassist, Donald Facompre, step down in October, we are delighted to announce that Kieran Grace has joined the rhythm section of THP.  We're thrilled to have him aboard.

Come check out the new sound!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

See Our Shrine Show

LIVAMP archived video of yesterday's show at Shrine.  You can see the whole thing, almost as if you were sitting in the room on that cold, Harlem night.  See the set here.

Friday, November 20, 2015

We're In The Top Ten!

We've made the top ten on ReverbNation's NY Blues Charts.  The charts themselves are basically for fun, but the real honor is that we're up there with hard-ass-working blues bands like Jane Lee Hooker (love y'all!), The Tangiers Blues Band, and Dave Fields.  Company like that is pretty humbling.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Friday, The 20th!

We are back at the great, just-seedy-enough-to-foster-real-music LES venue, The Delancey.  We take the stage at the spritely hour of 7pm.  Come on out and get your night on the town started right!


Sunday, November 1, 2015

Chapter 74

The Blues and Soul Show, out of the UK, recently featured our tune, "Where the Honey Goes," on Chapter 74 of their broadcast.  We're the second song in, after Dan Owen's absolutely smokin' version of "Little Red Rooster."

We are in some great company on this show too!  If you love blues gems which you might not have run across otherwise, go visit Jason Elliott's swanky abode.

By the way, Jason calls what we do "something a little bit different" and "more avant-garde blues."  Our music has never been described quite that way before, but we take both as very profound compliments.  We're trying to put a deeply personal spin on the blues--music we all grew up with--and that may lead to things sounding a bit, say, quirky.  But you can still call it blues!  And that means, to us, that we're getting somewhere.

Friday, October 30, 2015

iTunes

After the Storms is officially live on iTunes!  Check it out, if you haven't already!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Silvana

Tomorrow, we return to the ever-excellent Silvana.  We start things off at 9p.  Original blues in Harlem--what's not to love!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

THP Live At Bowery Electric

Some footage of our show at Bowery Electric!  (Thanks to Calandra Amore for the videography.)

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Speakin' The Blues

The new EP, After the Storms, got a very nice shout-out from a great blues blogger, Ali Sleeq, at Speakin' the Blues.

Ali calls our tunes "old-school blues I'm sure you guys will enjoy."  We think so too!  Go check out the tunes!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Passion

Just a smidge of passion here in the ol' THP!


Feeling Festive

Come out to Sunnyside, Queens, for the Skillman Avenue Fall Festival--we'll be playing in the autumn sun as part of the street festivities.  We turn the amps on at 4p and wind down at 6p. Swing on by!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Bitter End Tomorrow (9/21)

Mondays can be bitter.  We all know.  So naturally, you should stop by the Bitter End tomorrow, 9/21, a Monday.

...Because we will be there at 9p to sweeten the whole thing up with a set of original blues!

video
(Video credit: Calandra Amore)

Friday, September 11, 2015

If The Rock Shop Is A-Rockin'...

...Then Jane Lee Hooker must be playing.

We had a helluva lot of fun opening up for JLH on Wednesday at The Rock Shop, and we send a big thank-you to the mighty ladies who invited us.

Here's a pic of Marlon contemplating what's about to go down.


Monday, September 7, 2015

Thank You, Bowery Electric

(photo credit: Calandra Amore)

We had a helluva good time at Bowery Electric last night, as part of our EP release blitzkrieg.  (Speaking of, have you checked out the new EP?  Check out the new EP!)

A big shout-out to Bowery for providing excellent sound (thanks, Jesse!) and a great atmosphere.  And a loud how-de-do and well-done-old-chap to Ephie Lowinger and the Pymps for a genuinely fun (and genuinely tight) set.

See us next at Mercury Lounge!  And by next, I mean tonight at 8pm!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Mercury Lounge

We have a last minute show at Mercury Lounge, which is always ALWAYS a good time with great sound.

Swing on by two days from now, Monday the 7th.  We start up at 8pm!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Air Time

Tracks off the new EP, After the Storms, are set to be featured on two internet radio shows.

Times are TBD, but you can be sure to hear our stuff on the air on the next BluesPowr Radio Hour, and sometime this weekend (either between 4-7p on Saturday or 1-5p on Sunday) on Blues Music Fan Radio.

On a related note, these are two great outlets for blues, new and old.  If you didn't know about them already...well, you're welcome!  We make both a regular stop.

Bowery Electric

As part of our celebration of the new EP release, we'll be playing The Bowery Electric this Sunday, September 6th, at 8pm.  Come on out and dig the sounds of Ephie Lowinger & the Pymps, Encypher, and yours truly's, THP.

And if you haven't heard the new EP, check it out here!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

First Review

The estimable Mighty Burners provides some kind words about the new EP, After the Storms:
...at no point is a Jasmin Lloyd vocal performance not brimming with fire and soul and power on this album. And at no point does Marlon Hurt or the rest of the band fail to provide Ms. Lloyd with soaring yet “firmly in-the-pocket” blues music that alternates between the swaggering (see the infectious “Where The Honey Goes”) and the serene (see the hauntingly beautiful “Adrift”).

Read the whole thing here.  Download the new EP (for free) here.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NEW EP! After the Storms! NEW EP!

The new EP, After the Storms, is finally here!  The album features The Hurt Project's original blues songs:


Listen at the links above, or pay what you will (right on down to free!) for the full kit-n-kaboodle, here!





Sunday, August 23, 2015

After The Storms


We are just days away from the release of the next EP, After the Storms!  Which original tunes will be featured?  You'll just have to check back soon and see for yourself!

The album will be available on Bandcamp, for free!  Full release details soon!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Upcoming Shows

The shows are flying in the front door!  Our current September schedule is as follows:

The Bowery Electric - September 6th (Sunday), 7p
The Rock Shop - September 9th (Wednesday), 8p
The Shop - September 17th (Thursday), 9p
The Bitter End - September 21st (Monday), 9p

Catch one; catch 'em all!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Mighty Burners

A reviewer whose ears we trust has kind words for the live video of "Mean Town Blues" from Pianos.  Some highlights:
...a rocking cover of Johnny Winter's “Mean Town Blues.” 
The band just kills it, man. I mean, Jasmin's vocals just fill the room with energy and Michael “The Bull” LoBue simply slays it with his harmonica solo.
Check out the full review.

See the video here.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

It's A Nice Town After All

We want to give a warm shout-out to Brandi & the Alexanders--who played a ridiculously sharp set on night 2 of their Pianos residency--for inviting us to be part of the evening.  And we'd also like to say thanks to The Lovehowl for tuning us in to their inventive mix of high-energy blues rock!

Here's our version of Johnny Winter's "Mean Town Blues" from the show.  (And special thanks to Amy Sheehan, the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for The Lovehowl, for the great footage.)

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Thursday. August 13th!

Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow!  We open for Brandi & the Alexanders at their Pianos residency!

Cue British fairgrounds music!  Pop the popping corn!  It's gonna be an event!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Silvana Residency

It's official: THP will be a resident artist at Silvana in Harlem for the month of February, 2016.  We are incredibly excited.  The three times we've played Silvana previously have each proved wonderful experiences with engaged audiences.  Quite simply, very few places appreciate the blues like Harlem, and Silvana goes above and beyond to present new, original music to the world.  Seeing as 'original' and 'blues' are kind of our bag, the combo couldn't be more perfect.

We'll be at Silvana every Tuesday in February (so the 2nd, the 9th, the 16th, and the 23rd), starting at 9p each day.  We'd love to see you there!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A Poem For The Day

This lovely poem pretty well explains the power of traditional blues.  I stumbled across it the other day and thought, "yep, that's just it."

"The Blues"
by Billy Collins

Much of what is said here
must be said twice,
a reminder that no one
takes an immediate interest in the pain of others.

Nobody will listen, it would seem,
if you simply admit
your baby left you early this morning
she didn't even stop to say good-bye.

But if you sing it again
with the help of the band
which will now lift you to a higher,
more ardent, and beseeching key,

people will not only listen,
they will shift to the sympathetic
edges of their chairs,
moved to such acute anticipation

by that chord and the delay that follows,
they will not be able to sleep
unless you release with one finger
a scream from the throat of your guitar

and turn your head back to the microphone
to let them know
you're a hard-hearted man
but that woman's sure going to make you cry.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Meetcutes

We're feeling pretty lucky here at THP Central.

In the past few weeks we've run into and connected with not one, but two really amazing NYC-based bands who play soul-packed tunes, and work their donkeys off around the city (and beyond) doing it.  And the best part is, after some pleasant 'how-de-do's' and 'great to see ya's!'...we are fortunate enough that we get to support these two bands at one of their own shows.

The first is for Brandi & the Alexanders.  You'll notice their old school flavor pairs neatly with our own.  This wonderful group has a residency at Pianos coming up, and we'll be one of the opening acts.  See the whole thing August 13th, starting at 7pm!

The second band is the mighty, mighty Jane Lee Hooker.  We'll be taking off at a sprint with these incredible women on September 9th at The Rock Shop, starting at 8pm, and we'll be hooting and hollering all the way to the finish line.

Connecting with artists who are pursuing the same musical goals as we are is pretty invigorating.  Come check these guys out.  We guarantee you'll feel lucky too.

More details on our Shows page.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Dead Things (Live at The Delancey, NYC)

Here's another video from our set at The Delancey, the gloriously rowdy, grungy LES venue.  Enjoy the THP blues original, "Dead Things," one of the new studio tracks to be included on the upcoming singles release After the Storms next month.

Our thanks to Calandra Amore for the videography.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Tribute To B.B.

As a tribute to the late, great (ain't no debate!) B.B. King, THP performed his classic "How Blue Can You Get" at the beautifully grungy LES venue, The Delancey, a couple weeks ago.  The king is missed.

Enjoy!

Pics From The Delancey Show

Here are a few pics that capture the energy of our recent show at The Delancey.

Many thanks to Calandra Amore for the shots.

Marlon working that treble

Jas working that mic 

Donald working that low end

Monday, July 6, 2015

Three Hours At Lovecraft Bar

It's official; we will be playing a full three hours at the awesome (creepy) Lovecraft Bar, in Alphabet City, NYC.

Thursday, July 30th, 8pm-11pm.  Come drink, chat with friends, hear some tunes, and have your mind broken by indescribable, celestial-born terror.

Blues from the lost delta of R'lyeh!


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Silvana Tonight

A reminder that we play a great venue tonight--Silvana--a lovely restaurant tucked beneath the Harlem streets, where people go to really hear what the bands are laying down.  And the drinks ain't bad either.

Come on out.  We start at 9p!  And it's totally free!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Ha

This is pretty funny.  We like to change things up a bit though: not so much complaining, and sub in "harmonica" for "more guitar."  What can we say, we try to think outside the box.


From here.

Beth Hart

It seems we made a new fan at Mercury Lounge!

Ok, first off: we had a collective total music geek moment about this.  I mean, Beth Hart is phenomenal, one of the pillars holding up the modern blues scene.

After breathing for a sec', Marlon had a little etymological rumination.  'Hurt' and 'hart' both come from the same root in English, specifically from England, both meaning 'deer.'  ('Hart' is the purer form, where 'hurt' is the variation.)  So, this awesome, serendipitous connection may be simply a re-meeting of two branches of a very old family tree!  How cool would that be?  Probably almost as cool as Beth Hart herself.  Probably.

Once again, Twitter proves its worth.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Leftfield Pics

Many thanks to Carlos Llamas Photography for snapping some awesome shots of THP's gig at Leftfield last week!

Check out Lady J, gettin' it done:


Mercury Lounge

This coming Monday, THP will be playing the Mercury Lounge starting at 8:30p.  Come out and see us at one of the premiere venues in the city.

Also, we have the jpeg to prove it.


Saturday, May 30, 2015

Right On, Leftfield

Thanks to everyone who came out to the downstairs space at Leftfield last night.  The LES was rockin' with some high octane blues last night.  Toes were tapping and hips were shaking, and we're grateful for everyone who brought their toes and their hips out to support live NYC music.

Check out the Upcoming Shows page for where to catch us next!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Trashy Videos

A fan was kind enough to send in some video of our gig at Trash Bar last week.  Enjoy!


And here's our version of the classic, "All Your Love":

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Sophisticated Trash

Ah, Trash Bar.  Rumors are you are closing your doors soon, to be replaced by condos.  We are very sad about that because tonight was delightful, and there should be more nights like tonight in the future, but alas.

Thanks to all who came out.  And special thanks to a certain Mr. David Leavitt, who rocked the drums on his very first time out.

Catch the next one at Leftfield (downstairs), not this Friday but next, May 29th!  We turn the amps on at 9pm!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

B.B. King

The world lost a giant of the blues yesterday.  As Clapton noted, in a vlog following B.B.'s death, there are very few people anymore who play the kind of raw, unadulterated blues that B.B. lived by.  He's of a sadly dying breed, which makes his death that much more of a loss since there is no one in the wings who can step in to fill that void.  He will be dearly missed.

The kind is dead.  Long live the king.


Sunday, May 3, 2015

Together Again And It Feels So Good

THP heads back to Shady Bear Recording studio today to begin work on the forthcoming EP.  It's gonna feel great to sink back into the cushy chairs in the basement studio again and bang out some blues for summer.  Check back for updates!

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!

video


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.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

And A Great Time Was Had By All

Thanks both to everyone who came out last night and to The Delancey (and the house sound gentleman, who did a killer job on the mix) for a very fun show.

As it happens, there is photographic proof that we were digging on the vibe you guys were sending our way.


Until next time!

Friday, January 2, 2015

A Happy (Busy) New Year

We have a very busy start to our 2015 and we would love for you to enjoy it with us.  If you're in NYC, come on out to one of our shows:

Coco66, January 15th (Thursday), 8p
The Delancey, January 20th (Tuesday), 10p
Silvana, January 24th (Saturday), 9p
Pianos, February 1st (Sunday), 9p
Otto's Shrunken HeadFebruary 6th (Friday), 9p

More to come, in NYC and hopefully beyond!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Veromuse Gets The Blues

THP has been invited to be one of the early artists whose work is available on Veromuse, a brand-spanking-new social music app.  We're not usually the early adopter types, but we welcome any and all ways for music to find its way into the world, especially as radio, and the industry behind radio, struggles to find its way back to the kind of sonic complexity that once made it the gatekeeper of American popular music.

Apps like Veromuse provide a place for all the incredible musicians who have never (and likely will never) make a Billboard Top 40, because their artistic voice can't be neatly pigeonholed.  (Sorta like THP, dare we say.)  With that in mind, we wish Veromuse all the luck in the world.

Check out our small contribution to the startup here!