Caleb Hawley

Early Show

Caleb Hawley

Douglas and The Goodharts

Fri, January 6, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

Caleb Hawley - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Caleb Hawley
Harlem’s Caleb Hawley is an American soul singer, songwriter and performer. Like savvy throwback crooners Mayer Hawthorne and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Hawley channels early Stevie Wonder and other Motown sounds into a complete, magnetic package.

Raised in Minneapolis by a family of preachers and therapists, Hawley’s family fueled his on-stage charisma and perceptive, witty lyrics. “Growing up in an acapella church, we didn’t have instruments. It forced everyone to learn how to sing harmony,” Hawley says. “We mostly sang older hymns, which is probably what drew me to gospel and eventually soul music.” Hawley’s grandfather hooked him on an early Ray Charles record, leading him into the fertile soul music of the sixties and seventies.

Hawley spent his early 20’s touring the country with only an acoustic guitar and his dog Fargo. “There’s no place I’d rather be than on a stage in front of people wanting to hear music I’ve created,” Hawley says. In those years, Hawley racked up hundreds of gigs, along with multiple songwriting awards for the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Telluride Troubadour Competition, SongCircle Contest and more.

Now a talented full band multiplies that energy across the country. “I used to love listening rooms,” Hawley admits, “but now I pretty much just wanna get a party started.” Music Without Labels agrees, calling the stocked setup “a fantastic show, full of danceable riffs and singalong choruses all held together by Hawley’s tremendous charisma.” The Chicagoist says, “The New York-based musician has a flair for soulful songwriting and a voice that will blow your hair back.”
2014 marks the release of a pair of EPs: Side 1 and Side 2. Hawley says “They are a bit different stylistically, but each share my own voice artistically and literally”.

Side 1 is a time capsule from the 60’s, employing a full string section from the NY Philharmonic to capture the authentic R&B sounds of the sixties and seventies . Side 2 brings us to the present with beefier beats and more modern production. Hawley’s vocal swagger, his old Alabama garage found Harmony electric guitar and live rhythm section tie the EPs together. Lucius drummer and producer Dan Molad co-produced both with Hawley.
Douglas and The Goodharts - (Set time: 7:00 PM)
Douglas and The Goodharts
"Soulful”, “Heartfelt”, and “Funky As Hell.” Formed in New York City, this dynamic soul group has been delighting audiences with deep grooves and deeply personal songs written by their leader Douglas Goodhart. After having his heart broken by a long term love, Douglas picked up a pen and a guitar and began to tell his story. Drawing influence from their favorite soul and R&B artists, Douglas and the Goodharts tell stories of an unrequited love affair with a "Neighbor," the pleasures of "calling in sick" to work, and how he "can't commit but will commute" when it comes to love. What sets Douglas apart is his unique ability to tell a story through song. His songs are raw and steeped in rhythm, designed to keep audiences engaged, dancing and always coming back for more.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com