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
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
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.