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What is Happy Curmudgeons Band

Written by Yami Cabrera
The artist collective Happy Curmudgeons has been slowly releasing their second production 2nd Chances, since the first single release in 2019. The Metro Detroit band has a short but profitable artistic career. So far, their catalog includes a 12-song phonogram titled Meant 2 Be (2017) and the first two singles from the upcoming second album.
Happy Curmudgeons is made up of David Hamilton (lead singer and guitarist), Amy Dixon-Lavery (vocals), Jay “Tumbleweed” Burrs (harmonica and harp), and Jeff Warner (guitar). However, they have always had the collaboration of other excellent musicians such as bassists Takashi Iio and Keith Leonard; the drummer Rick Beamon; and the singer Marlow Ray Morgan. Otherwise, the group recurrently complements their productions with the professional gaze of musician and producer Mark Byerly, who apparently continues to work with the band on this next production.
The band has been characterized for revealing a series of materials with excellent artistic quality around musical genres like rock, folk, blues, etc. Among their musical influences, highlights include iconic group such as The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. The songs "Soulsville" and "3rd Coast" –both belonging to Happy Curmudgeons' first album- are evidence of their fusion of classic rock sounds with the improvised movements of blues, and the peaceful air of folk.
Regarding the expected second phonogram, the group seems to direct this musical proposal to a country pop and American folk music sound. Hence, the first preview of the album is the positive and attractive single “2nd Chances” –the track that names the album, composed and performed by the talented singer Amy Dixon-Lavery. A song that has been positioned in the Top of popular radio lists like N1M –song #1 for 4 weeks this spring-, precisely for the value of its arrangement and musical recording.
The latest news from the upcoming album is the colorful and energetic single, "Jack Russell". This material is a peculiar perspective of the American Old West; a turn in time through the music. "Jack Russell" is the story of an old cowboy combined with very specific musical mixtures. Musically, it seems to be the return to a retro American folk style with acoustic sounds of the piano and harmonica, and the peculiar rhythmic-harmonic musical element of the Two-beat shuffled train groove. The song is the result of the creativity from Dave Hamilton and Jeff Warner, and the collaboration of the producer, Mark Byerly and the pianist Jim “Moose” Brown. "Jack Russell" and “2nd Chances” were both mastered by Third Man Records in Detroit. 
Another important member of the team is Max Davenport from London. Max has been in charge of making the new audiovisuals for the band. Currently you can enjoy them on YouTube within the music videos of "Soulsville", "Jack Russell" and "2nd Chances", this last one already has more than 125,000 views. Also, Davenport is working on the audiovisual image of the song "3rd Coast".
Stay tuned for the rest of the album, it will be worth it.
El colectivo de artistas Happy Curmudgeons ha estado revelando lentamente su segunda producción discográfica 2nd Chances desde el año pasado. La banda de Metro Detroit tiene una corta pero provechosa trayectoria artística. Hasta el momento, su catálogo incluye un fonograma de 12 canciones títulado Meant 2 Be (2017) y los dos primeros sencillos de un album por venir. 
Happy Curmudgeons esta integrado por David Hamilton (cantante principal y guitarrista), Amy Dixon-Lavery (vocals), Jay “Tumbleweed” Burrs (armónica y arpa) y Jeff Warner (guitarra). No obstante, siempre han contado en sus grabaciones con la colaboración de otros excelentes músicos como los bajistas Takashi Iio y Keith Leonard, el baterista Rick Beamon y el cantante Marlow Ray Morgan. Así mismo, el grupo recurrentemente complementa sus producciones con la mirada profesional del músico y productor Mark Byerly, quién al parecer se mantiene trabajando con la banda en este siguiente album. 
La banda se ha caracterizado por revelar una serie de materiales con excelenta calidad artística, que transitan por sonoridades cercanas a estilos musicales como el rock, el folk, el blues, etc.. Entre sus influencia musicales destacan agruaciones como The Rolling Stones y Bob Dylan. Canciones como “Soulsville” y “3rd Coast” –ambos pertenecientes al primer album de Happy Curmudgeons- son evidencia de esta fusión de sonidos del rock clásico con los movimientos improvizados del blues y el pacífico aire del folk. 
En cuato al esperado segundo fonograma, la agrupación parece dirigir su propuesta musical a un estilo mucho más cercano al country pop y al American folk. De ahí que el primer avance del album sea el positivo y atractivo primer sencillo “2nd Chances” –track que da nombre al album-, compuesto e interpretado por la talentosa Amy Dixon-Lavery. Una canción que se ha ubicado en los Top de populares listas de radios como N1M –canción #1 durante 4 semanas esta primavera-, precisamente por la calidad de su arreglo y grabación musical. 
La más reciente noticia que se tiene de 2nd Chance es el colorido y enérgico sencillo “Jack Russell”. Un material que dibuja la peculiar imagen del oeste americano, entrelazando la historia del personaje fictisio de un viejo vaquero con combinaciones sonoras muy específicas. La música es una vuelta en el tiempo. “Jack Russell” el regreso hacia un estilo de American folk retro con sonidos acústicos del piano y la armónica, y la peculiar combinación rítmico-armónica del Two-beat shuffled train groove. "Jack Russell" y “2nd Chances” fueron masterizadas por el sello discográfico Third Man Records en la ciudad de Detroit. El track es el resultado de la creatividad de Dave Hamilton y Jeff Warner, y la colaboración de Mark Byerly y Jim “Moose”. 
Otro importante miembro del equipo ha sido Max Davenport de Londres. Max ha estado a cargo de la realización de los nuevos materiales audiovisuales de la banda. Actualmente se pueden disfrutar en Youtube los videos musicales de “Soulsville”, “Jack Russell” y “2nd Chances”, este último ya tiene más de 125,000 vistas hasta el momento. Además, Davenport está trabajando en la imagen audiovisual de la canción “3rd Coast”.
Manténganse atentos para el resto del álbum, valdrá la pena.

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