Hello friends and music lovers,

The positive response to my recent PK announcement was really overwhelming. It was also much needed and most gratefully received! Really!! Now I am more determined than ever to move forward boldly and damn the head winds. Thank-you, thank-you for all the love and support!

At long last “The Gristle & Bone Affair” is being released. It was 9 months ago when we turned in the files. Much has happened since then but at last I can share it with you. Don’t forget that Bandcamp forgoes their normal fees the first Friday of every month, so all funds drop right in our bank’s cha-kang!


September 2 – release date on Glitterhouse Records

September 9 – Record release party @ Lollipop Records - Marseille 19:30.

My new friend Michel Basly will be playing guitar and I will sing the new record in its entirety Friday 09.09. Come out and join the fun! My first show in more than 2 years and my first ever without playing guitar. (Ok – maybe one song?)



Terry Lee Hale



"Time Is A River". Here is the 3rd single release from The Gristle & Bone Affair. Release date will be September 2, 2022. If you purchase here: <https://terryleehale.bandcamp.com/album/the-gristle-bone-affair> Bandcamp is forgoing their profits once a month and those profits will drop right in our band account on the 2nd. Thank you Bandcamp!

Produced by Chris Eckman

TLH - vocals, harmonica, 12-string guitar

Chris Cacavas - keyboards

Artwork - Laura Hamje

A couple of springs ago I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s syndrome. I had been noticing decreased abilities in my right finger-picking hand. Nevertheless, I continued making recording plans and indeed served up what I feel is possibly my best writing and singing to date. A stellar cast of musicians proved to be key as well Chris Eckman’s sure handed production skills. Matt Emersons Brown’s mix brought it all home. The guitar player that I had become didn’t seem to matter given the above facts. 

Unfortunately, there have been some troublesome changes lately. Recently I played a small party for a few friends. My lack of muscle coordination in the right arm was noticeable. The shaking in my right hand was visible and the stress of knowing that there was no hiding it, made it worse. Stress. A self-generating loop. 

A public announcement seemed the best way to deal with it all. I am a public person and I have never been good at pretending. So, the first thing to be done was to cancel my September tour with Žiga Golob (bassist). This was not a decision I took lightly but it was a necessity. Facing a 6435+ km tour stretched over 14 days would be a difficult task for a healthy person. The promoters have now all been notified as well as my label. Everyone has been very understanding.

For now, I can still sing and even play guitar enough to write songs. The practice of Chi Gong and a good diet makes an immediate impact. My wife Katy has been a huge help. Perhaps this marks the closing of a chapter but certainly another could be written. I’m certainly not the only guitarist and songster that’s come down this road.

This is not an easy thing to share with you. So many of you have been with me since the beginning. We are family. More than blood even. Bound together by song, music and time and it makes for a powerful connection. 

Thank you for all your support and love. 

Terry Lee Hale 

Marseille, FR.


(photo – Robert Hale)

Here is the second Glitterhouse Records video single release from my new album “The Gristle & Bone Affair”. That release will be the first Friday in September (02.09.22). The song “Fish” features the magnificent pedal-steel playing of Jon Hyde, the perfect harmony vocals of Claire Tucker and, as always, the rock steady contra bass bottom notes played by Žiga Golob.

I put the video together myself using iMovie and “free to use” contributions of the artists belowBig thanks to each everyone of them. Videos played generally in the order listed. It’s a cool site. Check it out!

You can still preorder "The Gristle & Bone Affair" at my Bandcamp link below.


That money will drop directly into my bank account! Cha-ching! And you will receive “The Gristle & Bone Affair” CD/LP (+ high quality digital files) delivered to your door in advance of the release date (Sept.2). Bandcamp is safe and easy to use! Preordering on Bandcamp will also get you a digital file of the “Oh Life” single as soon as you make the order!

Again, thank you all for your continued support. 



Holding her in my arms before leaving her there

I always wanted, was my intention

But I was stunned by how much she loved me

No denying, I couldn’t say it, I wanted to say it

But now the only thing that’s left is the cripple

And the sound of the seasons

Sad as winter

Fish that couldn’t swim

Bird that wouldn’t fly

Worm that couldn’t crawl

Man that wouldn’t try

I am

Home she called and wanted to be

An ocean and more away from me

Or some sign, just try

But facing back, hand to brow

Skin to shed and not knowing how

Floating islands and then some

Fish that couldn’t swim

Bird that wouldn’t fly

Worm that couldn’t crawl

Man that wouldn’t try

I am

Down in the valley below I wander

Likes to do it alone but no wonder

Eagle eye glinting, picking my bits

But there she comes again, how you call it

A strong-box future or is it falling

I don’t know and can’t let go

But creaking with joy, distempered laugh

She begged to go and I let her pass

Fish that couldn’t swim

Bird that wouldn’t fly

Worm that couldn’t crawl

Man that wouldn’t try

I am




Video by Joshua Stanfield

Video by Lay-Z Owl

Video by Ton Souza

Photo by João Cabral


Video by Şaban Karabeli

Video by GamOl

Video by StefWithAnF

Video by Mr Borys

Video by John Mackintosh

Video by Luz Calor Som

Video by Dan Cristian Pădureț

Video by beytlik





Hello friends and music lovers,

I am very excited to announce my new single (and video) "Oh Life" - the opening track on my upcoming album "The Gristle & Bone Affair (out September 2nd). 

The beautiful video was directed and shot by August Braatz in Slovenia. The track features Catherine Graindorge on violins and Žiga Golob on bass. 

"Oh Life" video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJP5rjFW3Zk

Stream & download "Oh Life": https://linktr.ee/terryleehale

I have decided to change gears in regards to crowd funding. The short answer as to why, is basically there were just too many moving parts for me to manage.
Thanks to all those of you that expressed an interest in contributing. 

If you want to continue forward with me, I suggest using my Bandcamp site (below) to preorder the record: 

That money will drop directly into my bank account! Cha-ching! And you will receive “The Gristle & Bone Affair” CD/LP (+ high quality digital files) delivered to your door in advance of the release date. Bandcamp is safe and easy to use! Preordering on Bandcamp will also get you a digital file of the “Oh Life” single as soon as you make the order!

Again, thank you all for your continued support. I can’t wait to share the whole record with you!

Your friend in music, 

Terry Lee Hale
June 14
Marseille, FR.






The Gristle & Bone Affair Tour -


TLH - 6 & 12-string guitars

Žiga Golob - contrabass


09.09.22 Karlsruhe, Jubez

10.09.22 Mülheim/Ruhr, private Show

11.09.22 Bremerhaven, private Show

12.09.22 Norderstedt, MusicStar

13.09.22 Wesel, JZ Karo

14.09.22 Langenau, Oldtimer Freunde

16.09.22 AT- Hartberg, Rittersaal

17.09.22 AT- Wien, Reigen

18.09.22 CZ- Bystre

19.09.22 CZ- Prague

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Photo: Robert Hale

25.04 TLH Newsletter

Hello friends and music lovers,

Just a note here to say hello and to share some news from the TLH world.  

It was exactly 1 year ago that I walked into Denger Studio’s here in Marseille to begin The Gristle & Bone Affair record and we had finished everything by early January of 2022. We are now just waiting our turn at the pressing plant.

Here is the current schedule:

10.06 -  Crowd Funding Campaign and first video release!

02.09 – “The Gristle & Bone Affair” official release date.

09.09 –  TLH Tour Dates (w/Žiga Golob – contrebasse) DE./AU./CZ.  (city dates will be posted soon).

 I am truly excited to share my new songs and music with you and the world. And considering that my last release (Bound, Chained, Fettered) was 2016, I’d say it’s time. Much has changed in the world since those long-ago days. This new record will reflect and speak to some of those changes. I think you will like it.

For the crowd funding I’ve reduced our goal by half. If we get more than that, it would be great, but my sense of the world now is that most everyone is stretched to the limit on all levels. We do hope to recoup some of what we paid for though, and that would be great. We’ll not go beyond 30 days and that will be it. Premiums and such will be mailed before the end of August.

Katy and I have just finished with our own cases of having CV-19. We don’t even know how we got it as we have always been very cautious! It was definitely not fun but apparently the 3 jabs each of us had did their job. We are fine now and resuming life. Do be careful. I see some French are back to their traditional greeting with kisses. Not a good idea. This germ is still very real folks and there is no guarantee for a complete recovery. Please, take care!

Your friend in music,


Terry Lee Hale


Marseille, FR.



Hale & Parsons February German Tour Cancelation Bulletin

Dear friends, fans and music lovers,

I am sure it will not surprise anyone to hear that we must cancel the Hale & Parsons upcoming February tour. We waited until the last possible moment before deciding but it is clear now that there are too many potential dangers lurking for our audience and for us as the performers. The scheduled first show was to be February 10, 2022.

This decision was not taken lightly. Christian Böhm, our booking agent, worked hard and long to put together what looked to be a great tour. Joseph and I deeply appreciate all of his efforts as well as the trust and support of the venues in booking our act. Folks were really excited about Joseph and I working together again, and it promised to be a fun and interesting evening of song and story.

Joseph does have a band Fall 2022 tour being booked now and a new record to share as well.  I also have an early September 2022 tour supporting the release of my new record. The release date on Glitterhouse Records will be September 2, 2022.  I will be accompanied by Žiga Golob on contra bass.

Of course, we can only hope that by next fall the whole world will be a much safer, healthier place. Especially for live music! Joseph, Christian and I send out our heartfelt thanks to you all for the positive energy you’ve shared with us over the past 2+ years. Hang in there friends. We’ll get this live music beat cranked up again better than ever.

We’re not going away either. Count on it!

Terry Lee Hale

Joseph Parsons

Christian Böhm


Best of 2021

  • Chris Brokaw – Puritan
  • Madlib - Sound Ancesters
  • Turner Cody & The Soldiers of Love - Friends in High Places
  • Tony Allen - There is No End
  • Chris Eckman - Where the Spirit Rests
  • Mdou Mockar - Afrique Victime
  • Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra - Promises
  • Allison Russell - Outside Child
  • Jason Moran - The Sound Will Tell You
  • Motorpsycho - Kingdom of Oblivion

Kenny Burrell -  Midnight Blue (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition Remastered) 1

(These albums are listed in the order they came to me during this past year. I listed Kenny Burrell’s album not only because it’s a remastered disc and I’d never heard it before but also because I know I listened to it more than all the others).





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November 5, 2021

Hello friends and music lovers,

It’s been a long time since I last mailed out a newsletter but now there is some real news to share. My new record has been recorded, mixed and mastered! I signed off on the mastering yesterday, mailed them their money to seal the deal and received the mastered files today. This has been a 2-year project! Yes, it’s been a lot of work but I’m happy and proud of what we have created. Of course, there is still lots of things to do before the release date but the fact that the record is finished is huge.

“The Gristle & Bone Affair” – Produced by Chris Eckman. Mixed by Matt Emerson Brown (Space Ranch Studios). Mastered by Levi Seitz (Black Belt Mastering).     

Featuring: TLH – vocals, guitars, harmonica. Žiga Golob – contra bass. Catherine Graindorge – violin. Jon Hyde – pedal steel. Chris Cacavas – keyboards. Claire Tucker – vocals.

Projected schedule:

  • March 2022   - Crowdfunding Campaign
  • September 2 – Glitterhouse Records release date
  • September 8 - The Gristle & Bone Affair Tour



Castellane, Marseille

Recording News –


Hello friends and music lovers,


Long time, no see. Right? Time is a blur but hey, it’s spring and certainly time to shake off the winter gray and these CV-19 Isolation Blues!


I just wanted to bring you up to date about my musical activities. After reserving studio time with 2 different recording dates this past year and then having to cancel them (because of the Covid lockdowns here in France) I’ve switched to Plan B and we’re ready for the next effort.


The overall idea is to record basic tracks (vocals, 6 & 12-string guitars, Dobro, harmonica) solo here in Marseille and then outsource those tracks to different players for overdubs. Perhaps it’s not the ideal way to get it done but it is manageable. One thing I DO know is that conditions are not going to be perfect for a long time and if I don’t adapt to a changing world then this wait could last forever.


I have 9 strong new songs and I’m happy. Hell, my daughter thinks they might be my best! And luckily I’m still working with Chris Eckman as producer and he’ll also mix the record. He’s been a tremendous help over these past 2 years as well. 


The sessions will begin towards the end of April and I should have some new  sounds to share after that. I am going to have to run a small crowd funding campaign to pay a part the recording and production costs but that will be for another newsletter.


For now, I’m just trying to keep life simple and stay focused. One step at a time should get the job done. It’s enough now for me to be excited about stepping back into a recording studio with new songs in my back pocket. I’m prepared and I’m feeling very lucky!


Terry Lee


Best of 2020 -

Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters

The Dream Syndicate - The Universe Inside

Bob Dylan - Rough and Rowdy Ways

Fontaines D.C. - A Hero’s Death

Jyoti & Georgia Anne Muldrow - Mama, You Can Bet

Makaya McCraven - Universal Beings E&F Sides

Gil Scott-Heron - Makaya McCraven - We’re New Here

Jeff Parker - Suite for Max Brown

Gwenifer Raymond - Strange Lights over Garth Mountain

Lina_Raül Refree - Lina_Raül Refree

Michael J. Sheehy - Distance Is The Soul of Beauty


"Sick of It"  A pre-election song that really wasn't all that hard to write. 





Spring 2020 Newsletter –


How to begin? What about with a new poem?


Covid-19 Cabin Fever Blues


When your fried and bleary from beating eggs

You can’t feel good for smiles you bend

When your spit dies for a bit of apple

And your eyes bleed, never mind the shine

You’re iguana splat boy, iguana splat


Find your turkey, find your peas, you’re the pest boy

Or nuns will take you away and do the deed

Keep on rambling, keep on spitting

Write the word shit down again and again

But don’t neglect you he-man

Try not to forget, nor regret 

Illuminations and the bladders need to pee


Time is a steamroller and squishes this drivel to my pen

Protection is also the destroyer

But with these things I can live happy every day

But clap this bird, please make it stop

Shoot me, shoot me

I’m off proving that and therefore I am

Here with the Covid-19 Cabin Fever Blues


For the rest, recording plans have had to be shelved although we are still penciling in June practice and recording dates. Who the hell knows what June will bring though? Also, I’m trying to look ahead into 2021 for touring dates but again large unknowns lurk. Plus, there is a crowd funding campaign to set up and that will be huge. I quail before that daunting task but yet I must. Please stay tuned.


Be safe friends. We need you here to help pick up the pieces once this is calmed down. 


Happy Spring Solstice! Plant your seeds wisely my pretties. They will grow to haunt if you don’t. 


Over and out from a locked down and very quiet Marseille. 




Favorites of 2019

Bill Callahan - Shepard In A Sheepskin Vest

Gary Clark Jr. - This Land

Billie Eilish - When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

Brittany Howard - Jamie

Alexander Pettersen - The Letter

Lana Del Ray - Norman Fucking Rockwell

75 Dollar Bill - I Was Real

Son Volt - Union

Photo: Ella Winther Gjelseth                                                                                                                                            Photo: Ella Winther Gjelseth


26.06.19 – A special shout out to the many kind folks, promoters, technicians, hosts and friends who made my recent tour of England and Scotland so successful. That so many opened their homes and hearts for this rock and roll soldier and songwriter was life giving and most gratefully received. Thank-you, thank-you one and all. 



Favorites of 2018 (more or less in the order I received them). 


Ryuichi Sakamoto – Async

Steve Tibbetts – Life Of

Yonaton Gat – Universalists

Cat Power - Wanderer

Light, Distance, Sky – Gold Coast

Refree – La Otra Milad

Low – Double Negative

Dan Stuart – The Unfortunate Demise of Marlow Billings

Gaye Su Akyol – Istikrarli Hayal Hakikattir




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