"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"

Music & Reviews

After the Storms
New EP!

Download all four songs on the new 2015 EP for free here!


What the Critics are Saying About After the Storms:

Brett Stewart, host of The Jukebox Podcast:
I love, love, love this sound.
The Hurt Project is filling a void in the independent music scene for this type of blues that so sorely had to be filled.
Quintessentially traditional blues
I bet they would be a killer band to see live.

Opening a world of Hurt: a first listen to the new EP from The Hurt Project
Last winter, we featured a song from NY-based blues band The Hurt Project on our BluesPowR Radio Hour, a smoky, “At Last”-sounding gem of a number entitled, appropriately enough, “Up in Smoke”. Today, we’re pleased to bring you another track from this five-piece outfit (which takes its name from guitarist Marlon Hurt): a gritty creeper from the band’s latest EP After the Storms, released this week. 
In addition to the soulful, sultry vocals of Jasmin Lloyd, this one also includes some terrific harmonica from Michael “The Bull” LoBue. If you like what you hear, be sure to check out the band’s full EP, which also includes the groovy, more uptempo “Where the Honey Goes”, a soft, jazzy R&B ballad “Adrift” that finds Hurt delivering some passionate licks, and the superb, Ronnie Earl-ish instrumental “Morning Meditation”, which we think it’s pretty safe to say you can expect to hear on the next edition of our radio hour…
Jason Elliott, host of The Blues and Soul Show (UK):
Avant-garde blues.

Yessir! I have two days off from work. I have some Guinness Stouts on the lowest shelf in the fridge. And now I have a brand spanking new EP from one of my favorite bands; the ever-pleasing blues outfit The Hurt Project. Without a doubt, this newly cast After The Storms EP celebrates the sound and the fury of straight-ahead, modern electric blues…. and does it pretty damn well at that. But it also celebrates the sweet and expressive sounds that a tightly-knit unit is capable of creating when its members are unafraid to be fully in the moment and just groove off one another. I mean, 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”). Though regrettably short at just 4 tracks (3 of which feature the full band + 1 guitar solo from Marlon), After The Storms is still a great set from The Hurt Project and should prove to be a welcomed addition to the collections of blues, rock, and soul music fans everywhere. Check it out for yourself below and enjoy!
Speakin' the Blues:
...their new EP release 'After the Storms'...features some old-school blues I'm sure you guys will enjoy.
 The Blues Music Blog:
The Hurt Project have been featured on this blog previously (see original post here), and I am only too pleased to announce the release of their latest EP, "After the Storms".

Staying true to their blues roots, the four tracks on this release highlight the many talents of this New York City outfit. With slick guitar from Marlon Hurt, the tight rhythm section of Donald Facompre (Bass Guitar) and Michael "The Bull" LoBue (Drums), plus the screaming harmonica of Michael "The Bull" LoBue and the sultry vocals of Jasmin Lloyd, this EP shines on every note. If electric blues excites you, then this will make you jump! Another winner in my book.

The Shady Bear Sessions


Download the 2014 The Shady Bear Sessions singles for FREE here!



What the Critics are Saying About The Shady Bear Sessions:

Highgrade Spirits:
While I won't begin to present myself as some sort of authority on the subject of blues music, I do consider myself a fan that's familiar enough to recognize good blues music when I hear it.  The sound has been a part of my life for as long as I can recall.  In fact, some of my sweetest memories of growing up in the Carolinas are connected to songs by artists like Little Milton, Bobby Blue Bland and pretty much anything and everything released by Malaco Records. So, while I'm by no means an expert on the subject, I'll concede that I do know a lil' bit. Take this new The Shady Bear Sessions single/EP from the group The Hurt Project for example. I know that it's a fantastic slice of modern electric blues as served by dedicated students of the craft. The set opens with an amazing original number entitled "Up In Smoke" that pits lead singer Jasmin Lloyd's beautifully clear and powerful vocals against a smoky backdrop filled with lamenting harmonica notes, dusty drums and fiery electric guitar riffs that almost steal the show. After blowing the listener away with such a soul-stirring performance, the band ramp things up with a raw-edged heater entitled "Hello Misery". Everything about this track is hitting, from Jasmin Lloyd's rousing vocals that grow larger and larger as the track progresses, to the bands impassioned playing when their leading lady takes a break from the spotlight (peep the interplay between guitarist Marlon Hurt and drummer Paul Wohlmaker at the 2:16 mark). This is just good music, from start to finish and I truly can't wait to hear more from this band. Check out The Hurt Project's The Shady Bear Sessions below to get your weekly soul and blues music fix. Dig the sounds.
Blues and Roots:
The Shady Bear Sessions EP delivers all elements of the blues in 3 top quality tracks that will leave you craving for more. Raunchy and slick guitar, wailing harmonica, "dancing" keyboards and a tight rhythm that brings it all together. Add to that the smooth, sultry voice of vocalist Jasmin Lloyd, and you have a sound that is the combination of traditional blues with a contemporary sound that makes THP unique. My favorite track would have to be "Up In Smoke", but all three tracks are winners in my view.
It may be old school but there is always something to savour in any faithful rendition of the blues style and The Hurt Project, with their song “Up In Smoke”, give us the heartfelt yet still poised vocals of Jasmin Lloyd. There may be twelve bars until dawn but she’ll stay with you all the way. Guaranteed. 
Marlon Hurt, of the new-school blues band The Hurt Project, just shared a rootsy, electric-blues instrumental performed in the style of legendary blues man B.B. King. Marlon really heats things up on the guitar, and the rolling bassline and smoky organ will take you a place were cold beers, hot plates, and good times are the order for the day. A real no-brainer addition to any blues lover’s playlist. Press play and enjoy. 
And if you would like to hear more good music from Marlon Hurt, then pick up a copy of The Shady Bear Sessions EP from his band The Hurt Project. 

Interview

Marlon is interviewed by Exposed Vocals.  Read the full thing here.

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