"Happy Curmudgeons Band is devoted to getting inside the musical note then finding soul and spirit"



Tumbleweed used the Lullaby amplifier and the Harpoon mic on our song Jack Russell.

Tumbleweed and Dave started to record demos of Jack Russell, which is a new track about a bounty hunter.

The band is planning to release their second album after the first of the year. Listen to their new single 2nd Chances HERE

Here is some history on Lullaby Sound Design.

Born from the remains of two small, Louisiana homes, The Lullaby Sound Design Complex @ 3237 Kaliste Saloom is as unique as the amplifiers that are built here.

At risk of being demolished, these buildings were transported to where they currently reside, between two hundred-year-old oak trees, and repaired to hold up to the test of time. The interior was replaced with reclaimed wood from local demolition sites, with the goal of reducing waste and to add a rare aesthetic touch. These buildings have been redesigned to hold an electronic laboratory, sound studio, and an amplifier showroom. Read More



Good Day! Happy Weekend and finally we have a new single released! Please listen to 2ND CHANCES!!!

This is our best work to date written by Amy Dixon-Lavery and Dave Hamilton. Mark Byerly not only produced this song, but he played keyboards and did the string arrangement as well. Takashi Iio did an amazing job on bass, Rick Beamon displays his expertise on drums, Jim "MOOSE" Brown lays down some incredible Hammond B3, Jeff Warner hits all the notes on the guitar solo and Laura Creamer - Barbara Payton - Cathleen Wiley are perfect on backing vocals. Thanks to Third Man Records on a great job of mastering this song. The artwork was done by Don Campau. PLEASE support this track if you enjoy it!!!

Download 2ND CHANCES on Cd Baby, iTunes, Amazon Music, and Spotify it is available NOW.

We have some great music for this second album and we appreciate your support! Peace -N-Love You can listen to the track on YouTube as well! #happycurmudgeons #2ndchances #doncampau #paulymeverett #theoutfit #bigdonut #reverbnation #meant2be #longviewstudio



Happy Curmudgeons track 3rd Coast is featured this weekend on Reverbnation's Chart-Topping Artists Playlist. The song was written by Dave Hamilton (guitar) and Jeff Warner (mandolin). Listen to 3rd Coast Here


Amy Dixon-Lavery and Dave Hamilton


DETROIT SEPTEMBER 7 2019: The Happy Curmudgeons will release their first single, 2nd Chances from their second project on Sept. 27th, 2019. 2nd Chances is also the title for the band's next album which should be out in early 2020.

Guitarist Dave Hamilton

2nd Chances was written by Amy Dixon-Lavery (lyrics) and Dave Hamilton (music) and produced by Mark Byerly. The track will be available on September 27, 2019.

The artwork for the single was done by Don Campau, but the band will have Pauly M. Everett back for the cover art for 2nd Chances. Mr. Everett also did the artwork for Meant 2 Be.

Saturn by Don Campau

2nd Chances
Dave Hamilton: Music
Amy Dixon-Lavery: Lyrics
Dave Hamilton: Acoustic Guitar
Amy Dixon-Lavery: Lead Vocal
Jeff Warner: Electric Guitar
Mark Byerly: Keyboard, String Arrangement
Jim “Moose” Brown: Hammond B3 Organ
Takashi Iio: Acoustic Bass
Rick Beamon: Drums
Laura Creamer: Background Vocals
Barbara Payton: Background Vocals
Cathleen Wiley: Background Vocals
Dave Patton: Violin
Chaz Owsley: Cello
Single Artwork: Don Campau
Engineered, Mixed, and Produced by Mark Byerly @ Longview Sound, Rochester Hills, MI
Mastered by Bill Skibbe @ Third Man Mastering, Detroit, MI

2nd Chances is a thoughtfully meandering piece that reminds the listener not to make the same mistakes, but move on with new love and an adventure to a new life.

Amy Dixon-Lavery and Jim “Moose” Brown

The musical background is somewhat folk with a bit of country influence rounded out by a classic rock style. The song has plenty of talent to credit on the Happy Curmudgeons first release since Meant 2 Be in 2017.

Dave Hamilton with Takashi Iio

Amy Dixon-Lavery displays her amazing rich and heartfelt vocals, Dave Hamilton's beautiful acoustic guitar starts things off, Takashi Iio (Award-Winning Bassist) plays stand-up bass, Mark Byerly on keyboards,  Rick Beamon adds a unique shuffle with his drums, Jim MOOSE Brown (Bob Seger Band) adds moving B3 to the mix, Jeff Warner plays electric guitar and has the stellar guitar solo, Dave Patton is on violin and Chaz Owsley on cello provide the strings, and Laura Creamer - Barbara Payton - Cathleen Wiley sing the perfect background to Amy's lead vocal.

The band wanted to create a song inspiring soul and hope. They feel they have achieved that with 2nd Chances. Mark Byerly did an outstanding job producing/mixing the track at Longview Sound of Rochester Hills,  and mastering was done by Third Man Mastering in Detroit by Bill Skibbe.

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The Happy Curmudgeons headlined Wardo's BBQ on Sept. 1st. This was the 21st year for the event that Ron Ward started in Flushing, MI. Good times, great food and music are all part of this event.

Past acts have included Greta Von Fleet and Escaping Pavement during the Labor Day weekend. This was the first time the Happy Curmudgeons took a whole band to the event. Amy, Dave, and Tumbleweed opened the show in 2017 as an acoustic act.

Dave and Amy

The event is semi-private and always has a down-home, comfortable feeling. The musical acts range in genres and can appeal to almost any taste of music. Pauly M. Everett did the artwork for the show this year in the spirit of the BBQ.

Tumbleweed. Jeff Warner and Vaughn Mortimer

Ron Ward does catering during the regular calendar year and his food is a favorite among the locals. The best news is that Ron is already planning to do the event for the 22nd year.



This is Dave's 1984 Hamer Prototype with Kahler bridge. He is the first and only owner of this guitar. It was purchased from Flint Music Co. which is now defunct.

The store was located on Dort Hwy and sold a lot of top-end instruments in the 1970s and '80s. Dave took lessons from Tom Deduca and Dennis Briggs (who played with Grand Funk RR).

He was able to purchase the guitar shortly after his 16th birthday and after seeing the Grateful Dead for the first time at Pine Knob that summer.

He had some upgrades done to the Peace -N- Love guitar. Artist Pauly M. Everett did the Happy Curmudgeons logo and the paint job. He did install a new humbucker pickup. The single-coil along with the double coil near the bridge is known as a mother-bucker.

He replaced the original humbucker with a Bare Knuckles Aftermath pickup. He loves the sound it provides especially with a great distortion pedal. Bare Knuckles are made in the UK and add much needed tonicity.


Faulkner Review:

This is an excellent single release from Happy Curmudgeons that highlights the strength of Dave Hamilton’s songwriting and the synergistic musicianship of his gifted band members.

The track, Soulsville, is taken from the Meant 2 Be album and makes an opposite choice as a single release. It’s an upbeat rock track based around an instantly infectious bluesy guitar riff, which starts out the song. Backed by the excellent rhythm section of Rick Beamon on drums and Takashi Iio on bass, the band hit a strong groove before Dave Hamilton’s assured and authentic vocals complete the sonic picture, his vocal delivery lying halfway between Neil Young and Lou Reed.

The song was originally inspired by seeing the Grateful Dead perform in Chicago and it’s essentially a love letter to that city’s vibrant music scene, the Soulsville in question, as captured by the opening lines: “There’s a place that I know, somewhere to go…I like to hang around….downtown is the place.”. The spirited energy of the music perfectly mirrors the lyrical subject matter with Beamon and Iio interlocking with Hamilton’s crunchy chords and driving riffage. Read More