Behind the Song
Updated: Dec 29, 2022
The Happy Curmudgeons are a band based in metro Detroit that is committed to playing original material. They blend different genres of music that usually lead them to a folk/americana sound. The band plans to incorporate more electric rock/blues tracks on their new album.
For fans who have never heard your music, can you pick three words to describe it?! If three words just aren't enough then tell us more!!
Spiritual, amalgamating, and soulful. We search for the right notes to express ourselves and try to create a story with each song.
What is your favorite part about being an artist? Is it songwriting, performing, recording, something else?) Tell us why.
The creativity process is the best part in my opinion. I enjoy all aspects of being a musician and like emotions, we go through different expressive periods. The special part of creating music is touching someone that it moves them. It is very special to be able to connect with your audience.
Can you tell us what being in the recording studio is like for you?
Well, we start with the idea of doing a demo with our producer, Mark Byerly. A song needs to be solid all the way through before we lay down tracks. You need to be open to change and other ideas. I would say most of the the time I have a solid idea about a song, but something magical happens along the way and we arrive on a final idea that works for everyone.
Okay, this a fun question. When you are not doing music, what else do you enjoy doing?
Music is my life and it is a large, motivating part on a daily basis. I love listening to established songs, but it is always exciting to find something new that moves me. If I have some down time, I enjoy watching hockey and other collegiate sports.
Who do you admire most in the music scene today and why?
Nathaniel Rateliff has been inspiration to me. I love his songwriting and passion. He is a fantastic live performer. John Mayer has been great with Dead & Co. I love seeing what Bob Weir is up to as well. Bill Strings is just an amazing player who has really developed. Farees is another gifted musician who has tremendous spiritually in his music that I admire. The Avett Bros. are fantastic songwriters as well.
Can you tell us what song you've written that is the most emotional and describe the meaning behind it?
Rustic Glory and Meant 2 Be are the most emotional songs I have written to date. Meant 2 Be is about finding your soulmate and truly feeling that connection. Rustic Glory was written for my father who passed in 2022. The song also comes from times I shared with my grandparents. You get older and you start reflecting on stories and places that have a personal connection. Rustic Glory is a song about remembrance that recalls the joyful times.
Are you working on any new material right now or what's in the works for the upcoming year?
Yes, we are always working on new material. We are planning on working with Billy Cox again and Bobby Balderrama. Mark Byerly usually can bring in someone that is perfect for what we are doing at the moment. Our plan is to finish our second album in 2023 and release it on vinyl through Third Man Records.
Tell us where fans can access your music.
People can find our music on YouTube
Spotify - and on Apple or Amazon music.
They can check out our website as well - to see what we are doing.