Peter Holsapple Combo is playing with Greg Humphreys Electric Trio (pictured right) tonight at Cat's Cradle Back Room. We play at 8, Greg and Trio at 9. Come celebrate the release today of Greg's new album Haymaker with us.
You undoubtedly know Greg's CV with the legendary band Dillon Fence and later Hobex. He's a fierce guitar player and a charismatic and deep singer who has been blowing minds for decades now. And fantastic songs? Need you ask?
When I moved back to NC, Greg very kindly asked me to play Hammond organ for Hobex, which I did and which was a very educational experience for a pop-rock, short-arranged-song guy like me--I was able to do some extended solos that required me to think on my feet as it were. It was a great time with a soulful band, and I'm excited to hear my friend's new endeavor and for him to hear mine.
Friday, October 26, 2018
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Remember me, the well-meaning guy who put out that swell CD a couple few weeks ago, Game Day? You know the one--the poor self-promoter with the heart of gold! Yeah, that's me. I'm back.
I haven't had a lot of news to share recently, but now I do, and I think it will please many of you.
New Show Dates!
Peter Holsapple Combo
- Oct 6 Winston-Salem NC - Dixie Classic Fair
- Oct 7 Raleigh NC - Pour House - matinee show with Lemon Sparks
- Oct 26 Chapel Hill NC - Cats Cradle Back Room - with Greg Humphreys Electric Trio
- Nov 2 Athens GA - Hendershot - with Pylon Reenactment Society
- Nov 3 Atlanta GA - 529 - with Pylon Reenactment Society
- Nov 4 Charlotte NC - The Evening Muse - matinee show at 5pm!
How about that? Or those?
Monday, August 6, 2018
|Photo by Ed Speas|
Well, Saturday night was just a phenomenal event for me. It was a celebration of my new album's release (Game Day on Omnivore Recordings). And it was the debut of my new trio, the Peter Holsapple Combo.
Pressure? Nah, well maybe just a little. It's always good to hedge your bet and get a crew to film and record the first ever show so you can have your major mistakes documented, right? Also, it's an audience largely made up of people I know in some capacity (cue the Kinks). So no big deal.
We, the PHC, actually sounded great. The extra rehearsaling we did last week paid off in spades. The mix, courtesy of Andy Young, was sublime; vocals were balanced, in tune and were largely comprised of the correct words to each song. The rhythm section was locked, and I was able to make my guitar solos sound competent and, dare I say, emotionally valid. We started with four songs from Game Day, ended with four more, and stuffed the rest with a representation of my long and sordid career in music.
When we were done, I was buttonholed a few times by old friends who said they completely dug what was going on with the band and the songs. I might've ordinarily thought they were being polite and deferential, but Larry Tucker sent me a rough mix of the set, and damn if we weren't smokin'. (We also clocked in at just under 60 minutes, including the encore--important that you stay on time when you're the middle band in a three-act show.) I don't usually like to listen to the evidence, but my curiosity got the better of me. I was not disappointed.
On Tuesday night (tomorrow) we will try to repeat this feat of derring-do at Gas Hill Drinking Room above the Ramkat in Winston-Salem. Saturday bodes well for a long and successful run with the Peter Holsapple Combo, and I look forward to further-flung dates in the foreseeable future so that you Internet people can come see and hear us.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
|some nice old press|
I am always stunned and grateful when reviewers like the music I release, and the response to Game Day has been particularly heartening. Here are a few reviews and articles that have come down the pike this week.
The INDY (Durham NC)
Coachella Valley Weekly (Coachella Valley, CA)
Ink 19 (online)
Penn Live (PA online)
The PH Combo has been rehearsing for our upcoming shows on Saturday and Tuesday, and the band is sounding tight and ready. I think you all will be most pleased with what you hear--my 10-year-old attended today's rehearsal and felt we were playing well and singing harmoniously. She was not paid for that opinion.
More to come--we're hanging in there in the Amazon charts. Hopefully, you've told at least one friend about the record today! And also hopefully, they'll pick up a copy of their very own.