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

10.30.2019

TUMBLEWEED USED LULLABY AMP ON JACK RUSSELL!


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

10.06.2019

NEW SINGLE 2ND CHANCES NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE AND CD


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

9.13.2019

3RD COAST FEATURED ON REVERBNATION'S CHART TOPPING ARTIST PLAYLIST


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


HAPPY CURMUDGEONS TO RELEASE NEW SINGLE 2ND CHANCES 9-27-19

Amy Dixon-Lavery and Dave Hamilton

NEW SONG “2ND CHANCES” OUT SEPTEMBER 27
LISTEN TO “2ND CHANCES” HERE

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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9.05.2019

HAPPY CURMUDGEONS: WARDOS BBQ 9-1-19


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.

8.26.2019

DAVE HAMILTON'S 1984 HAMER PROTOTYPE GUITAR


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.

SOULSVILLE: NEW SINGLE FEATURED ON FAULKNER REVIEW


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


HAPPY CURMUDGEONS FAN ON ABBEY ROAD


John is a high school friend who lives in Lexington, Ky. He was doing some sight-seeing and wearing our tee shirt he purchased. He happened to hear Burn Sugar Burn on the radio while visiting London.

The BBC picked Burn Sugar Burn and Idle Time to play on their radio stations over the summer. John Brugger is pictured here on the iconic Abbey Road wearing a Happy Curmudgeons shirt. The old guys are nicely displaced on the thoroughfare in the City of Westminster in London.

8.19.2019

OUR NEW CD COVER BY FLINT UNDERGROUND ARTIST PAULY M EVERETT


Pauly M. Everett has finished the cover for our new material that we are adding on our second album, 2nd Chances. We are very excited about the new songs and very grateful for the fabulous art!


Pauly M. Everett
ARTIST/FOUNDER@FLINTUNDERGROUND
Mixed Media Painting/Illustration/Murals/Printmaking
#allartzallday


Born and raised in Flint, Pauly recalls that he started painting seriously about 13 years ago. He studied sculpture and painting at Mott Community College, but his greatest teacher has been the experience of attending art shows and museums and soaking up other artists’ work and styles. Read More about Pauly


We have some special guests on this album that brought a creative spark to this project. We hope to have a new single available very soon! Peace & Love #happycurmudgeons #paulymeverett #longviewstudio #reverbnation #secondchances

THE FAULKNER REVIEW FEATURES HAPPY CURMUDGEONS CD MEANT 2 BE


THE FAULKNER REVIEW

Happy Curmudgeons are a rock/pop band with shades of folk, blues and country hailing from Bloomfield Hills in Michigan. Their debut album and musical journey to get there has had a lengthy gestation period. In the 1980’s singer/songwriter and guitarist, Dave Hamilton was in a band called the Angel-Headed Hipsters and met none other than Velvet Underground legend Lou Reed who told him he was a great songwriter and to stick at it. Many years later the band were formed with Jeff Warner on guitar and Amy Dixon-Lavery on additional vocals.

The album, Meant To Be, contains eleven tracks and begins with the good time, upbeat rock ‘n roll of Bar Hoppin, showcasing Hamilton’s spirited, Allman Brothers style vocals and Takashi Iio’s inventive, propulsive bass playing. Both the rhythm and lead guitar playing is superb throughout, with a nice mixture of tones. Amy Dixon-Lavery’s backing harmonies add further colour and richness to the sound. The carefree, joyous vibe of the song is captured in the fine chorus hook: “Bar Hoppin’ on a Saturday night, Sunday morning feels alright with you…”.

The following Soulsville is about going to see The Grateful Dead in Chicago and the song is an ode to the inspiration created by Chicago’s great music scene. It’s a tasty piece of blues-rock with a slick guitar riff and features a superb sax solo courtesy of guest musician Jeff Tabaloff. Rick Beamon drives the whole song forward with his crisp, tight drumming. Read Full Article Here



8.16.2019

IDLE TIME #2 REVERBNATION'S BEST NEW SINGER-SONGWRITERS LIST!


Good Day! Happy weekend everyone and we hope everyone gets a chance to listen to some great HC music.

Reverb Nation has IDLE TIME in this group of songs from Best New Singer/Songwriters.

Dave Hamilton is on vocals and guitar, Shawn Ramsey on bass, and Rick Beamon on drums.


The track was produced by Nate Harasim and Mark Byerly. You can find the track on Meant 2 Be which is available on iTunes and Amazon Music. Peace & LOVE -DH #happycurmudgeons #meant2be #reverbnation

8.06.2019

WELCOME TO HAPPY CURMUDGEONS BAND!


A band dedicated to writing and playing music that will inspire, The Happy Curmudgeons sound is born from hard work, determination, and a deep passion for their craft. Brought together by Dave Hamilton in 2015, the band wrote and recorded eleven original tracks eventually became their debut album, ‘Meant 2 Be’. Built from the ground up, ‘Meant 2 Be’ is a compilation of classic rock, blues, and contemporary folk all mixed into a brilliant maelstrom of sound.

A wonderful rough and ready album, ‘Meant 2 Be’ is jam-packed with killer hooks and driven guitar riffs, stitching together elements of timeless blues and classic, old school rock to make a debut album that simply demands to be heard. Showcasing a diverse range of songwriting talents, the album is a rich tapestry of rock styles and charming compositions, ranging from country-tinged opener ‘Bar Hoppin’, to the soft, almost melancholy sounds of the title track, and finally to the hard-hitting epics like ‘Burn Sugar Burn’.

A vibrant patchwork of style and sounds, ‘Meant 2 Be’ is perfectly textured and wonderfully produced, keeping a raw, authentic sound at the core of each track while also helping to lessen some of the kinks so you can easily sail passed them. Tracks such as ‘You Gotta Move On’ and ‘Scatter Brain’ shine with a spirited acoustic sound, bringing the latter half of the album to a close with a sway of textured, evocative sounds that are incessantly charming and impossible deny.

Staying from the well-trodden path, the band prove the creative streak with a series of vibrant tracks, diving headfirst into a pool of heavy psychedelic waves with ‘Carnal Boogie’, and burning the airwaves with classic rock harmonies on ‘Butterfly’, a distorted epic that will stay with you long after it fades from your speakers. A personal favorite, ‘Idle Time’ is a glorious, shoegaze-infused track that burns through a slow, wonderfully evolved melody. Read full review here