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