Release date April 8, 2016
I’ve recently returned from a really great visit in the States. I played some wonderful shows, recorded a new Hardpan record and reconnected with family and friends which was all life affirming and needed. I am happy to be back in France now and feeling quite good actually. My usual jet lag sufferings were mitigated by the happy discovery and use of Melatonin. A friend recommended that I take a 1-mg. pill dissolved under the tongue just before sleep (take in the morning if you’ve traveled westward) and I swear it worked. I didn’t have that massive dislocation feeling or waking up at odd hours. Any effects I did have were minimal and easily dealt with. This review is nothing scientific or anything but I’m just saying that it worked for me.
So now it’s back to work and I’m feeling recharged and ready.
I currently have 13 instrumental songs in various states of undress and 4 more to look at this week. The timing feels right for this recording. Plus the last copy of Proof Of A Promise (2015) was mailed out last week and so that’s that. There is no release scheduled for this next one yet but I’m hopeful what we can self release this one as we did the last. There is still a lot of work to do with the material though and then the recording and mixing of course. For now all the songs are just guitar music and harmonica on a couple of those. Proof was a bit more fleshed out with some other recorded parts but it’s too early to say where this next one will end up. For now, just listening to the 6 and 12, classic and Dobro is enough.
I’m back in the saddle with Hardpan again. www.facebook.com/HardpanBand/. We met in New Jersey this past March and in 2 weeks worked up and recorded all the basic tracks for our next record. There are still little bits to add and then of course the mixing needs to happen. The record should be released October 2017. A full 3-week German tour has already been booked for November. We have started a crowd funding campaign here: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/hardpan as we need to raise funds to pay for the recording and production of the record. We are trying to get this done ourselves and for that to happen we need your help. It’s the only way we’re going to get it done. Please check out the link for more info.
Outside of the some local shows around here in Marseille, Hardpan in November and a 2-week solo tour in Germany just after Hardpan there are currently no other gigs booked. That will change though and there are some booking irons in the fire but I’ll have to let you know about all the dates at a later time.
Have you ever considered hosting a house concert? They can be a wonderful way to mix live music, fans, family and friends. It’s perfect way to bring live music to people of all ages. Local communities can be strengthened and new friends made. Yes it can be work to host the thing but with careful planning and preparation and the help of a few friends these events can be a joyful and rewarding experience. You just need ample space for 20 to 40 (or more) people, kind neighbors and an afternoon or evening on the calendar. You don’t need a PA system or a stage or much of anything else really (although chairs or seating of some sort are nice). You can prepare everything yourself or you can ask everybody that come to bring food or drinks to share or perhaps to come/stay late to help with the set up and/or cleaning. Musicians are usually paid by donations or pass the hat. There are folks who can’t afford to pay much but a “suggested" donation of between 10€-20€ is a good way to go. For me house concerts have become a very nice and important part of my income. I’ve never had a bad experience and playing my songs in peoples homes to a real listening audience is a joy.
Spring has come to Marseille but its arrival has been a slow creep this year. That’s fine with me though. I love the warm weather but a slow build into the hot days of June, July and August is best. Last year the hot days seemed to arrive with a bang.
Don’t forget to sign up for the mailing list if you haven’t. I won’t bother you with weekly news or anything like that. Mostly it’s just TLH news about new releases and touring info (if it’s in your neighborhood) plus the occasional seasonal newsletter just like this one. And I do have a web store. All of my records are available digitally and some even by CD.
Take care this summer friends. It’s a hard leaning world these days. Trust your instincts and keep your eyes open. We need you healthy and strong to help with the push back. You are important and needed. And thank you for your friendship here and support out there!
Your friend in music,
Terry Lee Hale
May 1st, 2017
Winters greetings and my Top 9 -
(Same thing last happened year I think. I didn’t get to 10).
There are 2 records that share the number one spot for me this year. I can’t separate them in my mind either. Both are exhilarating, cathartic, original and astonishing.
One was made by a dying man singing in English and the other by a long lived 79 year woman singing in Portuguese (lyric sheet included with the record BTW). The records are alive, defiant and compelling. Both of their bands seem to freely draw from a rich mix and of styles with both traditional and modern elements. The woman and the man are both visionionary and still deeply rooted in musical history. All of the music I might add, are in strict service of the singer.
Each of the other records deserves their own accolades but for now this listing must be enough. And for what it’s worth:
1. David Bowie - “Blackstar” & Elza Soares – “A Mulher do Fim do Mundo (The Woman at the End of the World)”
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – “Skeleton Tree”
Leonard Cohen – “You Want It Darker|”
Anderson Paak – “Malibu”
Jeff Parker – “The New Breed”
Snarky Puppy – “Culcha Vulcha”
Sturgill Simpson – “A Sailors Guide To Earth”
Lucinda Williams – “Ghosts of Highway 20”
I have been searching for a musical “change” for these past couple of years now and I am positive that listening to the records listed above show some progress that I’ve made toward that end. At present I can’t say I know where all of this will lead. I can only hope that my imagination, skill and reach is long enough. The bar is set very high here!
Will I end up with such fantastic bands as Bowie and Soares? Probably not. For a variety of reason I’m fairly committed to this musical solo journey. That being said and after touring with such a fine guitarist as Antonio Gramentieri this past year, I have to say that other options have opened. And looking back at the records I’ve made in the past, for the most part, my favorites are all ensemble pieces.
See? I told you that I don’t know where this will end!
Happy New Years my friends. And good luck to us all!
Summertime is over 2016
Hottest summer on record, Nice, Atlanta, Istanbul, Dallas, Brussels, Trump, Clinton, Brexit, ISIS, Putin, China, North Korea, Syria, refugees, etc. Now what? Pokémon? Gimmie a fucking break.
It seems the words to Bound, Chained, Fettered are becoming more relevant by the day. “Don’t let it get to you, drag you down…”
I’m getting the songwriting itch back and it’s feeling good. It’s baby steps for now anyway. Especially tentative as is usually the case just after finishing a recording project. So much time and energy is focused just on that. And rightly so I suppose. I’m not ignoring the writing itch though. It’s time. I’ve 4 or 5 good (great?) ones perking. I can feel more floating just under my skin. The pen feels natural in my hand.
Hardpan is rearing its gnarly head again. We’ll see. 2017 record and tour?
I’m making plans to visit Spain, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Czech Republic, Norway, France and I hope, America.
As always I’d like to remind you that your purchase of my music at our web store is important and a great way to support this songwriter. Times are hard for everybody though and I understand. I also understand that folks are getting used to having their music for free now. I gotta tell you friends, it’s not free to make that music you download for free. No sirree. Those songs you have of mine cost us a lot of money to produce. Every one of those musicians, the producer, mixing and mastering engineers, design artist and video director got paid. Each one of them worked for less then they are worth too but they did get paid. I’ll never see any of that money back unless you buy a record. Think about it.
To be continued…
One thing is for sure about Marseille: the weather shapes much of how this city lives and breathes. As much of the rest of Europe starts to bundle up and hunker down with colder weather, here you just have to find the sunny side of the building to be comfortable in shirt sleeves. I was just talking with Berlin on the phone and it’s even below zero at night now.
My new record has been recorded and is now being mixed. Release worldwide is April 15th. I recorded all of my guitars and vocals at the same time so the record really has a live feel. Simple arrangements (some combination of bass clarinet, electric guitars, lap steel, piano, baritone sax, synths, melodica) all combined with colors of brown and blues. Produced and recorded in Forli Italy by Antonio Gramentieri (Sacri Couri, Dan Stuart, Hugo Race, etc) and engineered by Franco Neddei, the record will be a spare, lyrically oriented affair. It is going to be unlike anything I’ve done before.
Anyway, lot’s of work to be organized and completed before that April date. New photos, a video, a updated press kit and all of that. Antonio and I will be touring together as a duo in Germany starting around the middle of May. Dates are being booked by Boehm Booking.
For now I put together some images and music for The Central song from the album The Long Draw. I used my iMac with iMovie and did all the work myself. Seemed to take forever to get it done but I’m pretty klutzy with such work. I guess it turned out ok. It’s not flashy but I just wanted to capture the spirit of that one time and place. I have quite fond memories of it all. I hope you like it.
Summer Newsletter 27.08.15
Hello friends and music lovers,
I hope you’ve had a good summer and that this mail finds you well and in good spirits.
The big news is that Katy and I are living now in Marseille. Katy has been here more then 1 year (new job) and I arrived in April. It has taken me awhile to get used to living in an apartment after more then 10 years of living in a house but this was a necessary first step. Still, and for the most part, I am enjoying the city and our lives here. Marseille is not Paris of course. But it is a “more like me” kind of place if that makes sense? It’ll take some months to connect all the dots here but that’s ok. For now we’re excited about all the sunshine, our new friends and all of the new opportunities.
I am also happy to give you the news that I’m will begin recording a new album next month (Glitterhouse Records). I will be in the studio working with Antonio Gramentieri as the Producer in Emilia-Romagna, Italy. Antonio is a fine guitarist and has produced records for Hugo Race, Dan Stuart and his own wonderful band Sacri Cuori. He will bring a fresh vision for my new songs. Glitterhouse and I are working for a release date very early in 2016.
I’m feeling healthy and strong and I am working hard to make this next recording my best one yet. Please stay tune for news of further adventures!
Please don’t forget that purchasing music is vital for musicians. I have an online store here that you can link to.
Your friend in music,
Terry Lee Hale
An acoustic duo two track recording from 1979 released on Glitterhouse Records. This will be a limited mail order only release as well as at my shows! We will have it for sale at the TLH webstore starting April 29 and at Glitterhouse later in May. You can catch a tune on the site player below. Here are the liner notes: Terry Lee Hale and “Becca” Sarow (pronounced sorrow) were an acoustic recording and touring duo that formed in Chicago in 1975. We sang a collection of original songs as well as many ragtime, country blues, pop and folk standards. Fronted by Becca on vocals, I also sang and played 6 string Froggy Bottom guitar. We lived in and toured throughout the Midwest, Colorado, Washington and Texas and finally settled in Denver in 1979.
Rebecca Sarow was born in Capac, Michigan 1952 and passed away in Denver on Valentines Day 2005. She is survived by 5 children, one being our daughter and 8 grandchildren.