Here it is, The Wild Honey Collective‘s debut album – the whole thing! 11 songs, originals, traditionals, and songs written by friends. Stream and download right now via the GTG Records bandcamp, and pre-order CDs and Vinyl too!
The Wild Honey Collective is very much a product of the events of 2020 – without any shows to play or go to and missing the spirit of an active band, GTG originators and Drinking Mercury bandmates Tommy McCord (Plural, etc) and Timmy Rodriguez (Sleeping, etc), joined with Danielle Gyger (who had contributed harmony vocals to the last few Drinking Mercury releases) in June 2020 to play some acoustic music on a back porch in Ionia, MI. Dan O’Brien (multi-instrumentalist and a former bandmate of Timmy’s) joined the group a few weeks later and very quickly we began building an extensive catalog of music ranging from folk traditionals, original songs, and songs written by friends. An appreciation for classic country music and early country rock had been rising amongst the individual musicians for the last few years, and with Danielle’s lifelong association with the legendary Wheatland Music Festival came a catalog of traditional songs (both vocal and fiddle-led) that were made for these back porch sessions. This bridging of musical styles modern and traditional dramatically helped fill the void of a concert-less summer, played outdoors for only the crickets to hear (or possibly Tommy’s dad who developed a reputation as a conspicuous eavesdropper on these practices).
As the summer ended and COVID-19 cases began rising in Michigan again – and thus, no shows anywhere in sight – we shifted our focus to making an album through a series of socially distanced recordings and file sharing to capture the spirit and friendship of a musical collective. And it is a collective! In addition to the core band members the album features contributions from acclaimed pedal steel guitarist Drew Howard, drummer Dave Shilakes (Small Parks, Gumsmack), singer Alyson Rodriguez, pianist John Gyger, Tommy and Timmy’s Drinking Mercury bandmate Michael Boyes (who took the original photo featured on the cover and the band also does a rendition of one of his songs), Crooked Sound/ Calliope/ Sexy Murders songwriter Eric Merckling, and the rhythm section of The Plurals, drummer Hattie Danby and bassist Nicholas Richard. It’s a new year, but the pandemic isn’t over, and to help get this winter over with a bit sooner we’re releasing the album right now for everyone to listen to. Thanks for being along for the ride, and bring on 2021!
Posted in Drinking Mercury, Sleeping Timmy, The Plurals, The Wild Honey Collective
Tagged Americana, Country, Crooked Sound, Indie Folk, Michigan Music, The Wild Honey Collective, Wheatland, Wild Honey Collective
UPDATED: Now with Schedule + Fest compilation!
It’s here! The full GTG Fest lineup and the poster. Big props to Matt “Harborcoat / The Sweetest Stick Around” Carlson for the design work.
October 11, 12, 13, 2019 – Lansing, MI
FRI October 11 @ THE AVENUE CAFE / Doors 7 PM / $8 / 21+
8:00 Silktail (first show / EP release)
8:30 Blaine and His Keyboard (full band)
9:00 Singing Lungs (EP release)
10:00 Rites of Gaia
10:30 Disappointed Dad
11:00 No Skull (CD release)
12:00 Scary Women
12:30 Conspicuous Bystanders
SAT OCTOBER 12 @ RECORD LOUNGE / Doors 1 PM / No Cover / All Ages
1:30 Tedward / Neighbor Kidz Acoustic
2:00 Ouch, My Shoe! (first show)
2:30 Nicholas Weltschmerz
3:00 Erotic Novels (solo-ish / alt set)
4:15 Plurals Acousticish
5:00 worm (full band)
SAT OCTOBER 12 @ THE AVENUE CAFE / Doors 7 PM / $8 / 21+
8:00 The Ryne Experience
8:30 Ortho Roi
9:30 Lazy Genius
10:00 Erotic Novels
10:30 Narc Out The Reds (10 year anniversary set)
11:00 Matthew Milia (Frontier Ruckus / full band)
11:45 The Soods (split/CD release)
12:15 Drinking Mercury (split/CD release)
SUN OCTOBER 13 @ MAC’S BAR / Doors 5 PM / $8 / ALL AGES
5:30 Sleeping Timmy
6:15 The Stick Arounds
7:00 Mistic Mountian
7:45 Rodeo Boys (tour kickoff)
8:30 The Plurals
9:30 The Lippies
All this plus lights by Britt Paul!
AND…. it’s GTG Fest so there’ll definitely still be some surprises in store. Get ready!
Posted in Blaine and His Keyboard, Cavalcade, Disappointed Dad, Drinking Mercury, Erotic Novels, GTG Fest, Harborcoat, Lansing, Narc Out the Reds, Sleeping Timmy, The Plurals, The Stick Arounds
Tagged Awesome, Frontier Ruckus, GTG Fest, GTG Fest 2019, holy shit, Mac's Bar, Rodeo Boys, Squarecrow, The Avenue Cafe, The Lippies, The Record Lounge
Halfway through the year, this is what we’ve got:
Cavalcade – Sonic Euthanasia. A sludgy masterpiece from our favorite experimental metal friends.
The Plurals – Mumblebee. Volume one of GTG noisy-poppy-ceiling-punchers’ “BEES” album series!
Robot (Re)pair – End Transmissions. Wry, catchy, spicy garagey pop-punk from our lovely Arizonan artificial “intelligent” pals.
Jeremy Porter – 1987. The best Detroit powerpopper in the land gets his acoustic side out there for all to bask in.
For The Record Showcase Volume 1. Both a celebration of Sleeping Timmy & Ryne Clarke’s radio show and a new compilation with tons of new and previously unreleased music from Michigan and beyond.
Plenty more to come in the second half of 2019!
Posted in Album, Blaine and His Keyboard, Cavalcade, For The Record, GTG Records, Jeremy Porter and The Tucos, Robot Repair, Sleeping Timmy, The Hat Madder, The Plurals, Tommy Plural
Tagged 2019, DIY, Fun, Grand Rapids, Lansing, party, Punk, Radio, rant, recap, Thanks
Out now! A new compilation showcasing the artists that have appeared on Sleeping Timmy and Ryne Clarke’s For The Record Radio Show in the last year. 20 songs, including new music by Blaine and His Keyboard, The Hat Madder, Sleeping Timmy, and Tommy Plural, plus tracks from old friends Elroy Meltzer, Bet On Rats, When Particles Collide, The Quirk, The Sailor Kicks, The Ryne Experience, and more! Lots of great talent and it’s all a free download! Check it out!
Posted in Blaine and His Keyboard, For The Record, GTG Records, Sleeping Timmy, The Hat Madder, The Plurals, Tommy Plural
Tagged Alternative, DIY, Etc, For The Record, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Lowell, Michigan, Punk
Since mid-2018 Timmy Rodriguez AKA Sleeping Timmy has been co-hosting For The Record
, a live weekly radio show on Sundays from Noon-3PM on WRWW 92.3 FM in mid-Michigan, a station which can be streamed worldwide here
. Shows are posted for streaming the following day on the For The Record mixcloud
. Episodes typically feature a guest musician, a featured classic album, and a wide variety of music played directly from a real-life record turntable live on the air. Timmy’s usual co-host, Ryne Clark, is out of town so this week Tommy Plural AKA me will be the co-host so we’re billing it as a GTG Takeover. I’m sure we’ll really get to the heart of the matter, whatever that may be, but, uh… Timmy and I have been friends and collaborators for over 15 years so we definitely have stuff to talk about and we both get way too excited about music so that’s something to listen for and snicker at. Timmy and Ryne host this show every week and they have a great set of upcoming featured guests, including GTG stalwart Blaine and His Keyboard on 2/24 and our old pals in When Particles Collide on 3/10. Tune in tomorrow at noon, and every Sunday after! Radio!
Posted in GTG Records, Sleeping Timmy, Tommy Plural
Tagged Bookends, For The Record, Lowell, Old Friends, party, Radio, Sleeping Timmy, Sweet, Tommy Plural, WRWW