Carol Pacey & the Honey Shakers

About the band

One of the only female-fronted bands from Tempe, Arizona, who put their music in your face, with huge vocals, guitars and drums that will get your Honey-Shaking—Guaranteed!

Never a dull moment in the lives of this uniquely tuned group, Carol Pacey & the Honey Shakers and their Upbeat Brand of All-Original Rock & Roll can be found all over the Phoenix metro area, from coffee shops to weekend music concert venues.

Lead singer/songwriter, Carol Pacey describes their success in Arizona, "Our music is what music used to be like here in Tempe, when the Refreshments and the Dead Hot Workshop owned this town, albeit with a female up front doing the singing!” And Carol really peels the paint off the walls with her strong and passionate presence in the group.

Their first album, “Yeah Yeah Yeah,” released in 2014, features this bands close-knit connection to their music and to each other, as they heat up the sound waves with fast tempo and kickin’ lyrics. They are spot-on with their fans as Pacey comments, this is “music that fans quickly pick up on our choruses and rhythms, and then sing and dance right along with us.”

Pacey, originally from the East Coast, moved out west and became enamored with what Arizona and Mexico had to offer. At their shows, she and the band perform a collection of original songs, from poignant ballads to driving rockers. This band is definitely high energy and Carol adds, “I want fans to be a part of this grand musical adventure!"

The Honey Shakers bring Carol's songs to life...

On lead guitar is Andy Borunda, most recently from local indie bands, I Me Mine and the Cyd & Andy Show. Andy is an Arizona native and has been playing the guitar for over two decades. He is mostly self-taught as after a couple of weeks in guitar class the instructor said, “There’s nothing more I can teach you. Go ahead and learn on your own.” Andy has since developed his sound and technique over the years and cites Jimmy Page, Ace Frehley, and Slash as his main influences on the guitar while also being immensely inspired by bands such as The Beatles, Cheap Trick, and The Replacements. Andy loves playing electrically and acoustically equally and uses Gibson Les Pauls and a Taylor 614CE acoustic for live shows and includes a Fender Telecaster for studio work. At the end of the day, Andy sums it up like this -- “I’m a musical sponge…I just love playing music.”

Keeping the beat is Ben DeLuca, originally an east coast boy hailing from the D.C. area. As a kid, he loved to make noise, and learned to play multiple instruments, and with a special talent for banging on things, the drums came naturally. On the advice of such icons as Jim Morrison and Horace Greeley, he headed west, dug the AZ way of life, and never looked back. Ben has an appreciation for many genres and artists, and what he’ll tell you he’s learned from those who have influenced him musically, is that, “Music is a universal language that allows us to express that which we cannot by other means, it is like medicine for the soul.”

Born and raised in Boston, Dante Fiorenza studied jazz and rock bass, and in 1999 with his first band, Surrender Dorothy, opened Lilith Fair Phoenix, and he has since performed with Launching Brenda, Stephanie Kniffin and Cameo Hill. Dante’s main influences are his father who, while not a bassist, is the “baddest tenor man in Boston,” Charles Mingus, Jaco, John Paul Jones, and Paul McCartney.

Discography

Single release "Dust Devil Spin" May 1, 2017 on Ca-Ho-Nus Records [available at Onus Records]

Single release "Take Your Bad News and Go Away" April 22, 2017 on You Heard Us Back When, Vol 11 [available at Zias]

Full-band LP Eyes on the Prize September 27, 2016

Single release "One for Your Heart" September 13, 2016 [available at Amazon and iTunes]

Single release "State of Affairs" September 7, 2016 on Ca-Ho-Nus Records [available at Onus Records]

Single release "Dust Devil Spin" April 16, 2016 on You Heard Us Back When, Vol 10 [available at Zias]

Single release "Roll My Way" February 4, 2016 on 2016 Music Compilation Ball-A-Palooza [available at Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation]

Single release "Epic Love Fail" September 19, 2015 on Sound Explosion compilation by Onus Records [available at Onus Records]

Single release "Rock and Roll Saves" April 18, 2015 on You Heard Us Back When, Vol 9 [available at Zias]

Single release "Epic Love Fail" February 23, 2015 on Ca-Ho-Nus Records [available at Onus Records]

Single release "Rock and Roll Saves" August 23, 2014 [available at CD Baby and iTunes]

Full-band LP Yeah Yeah Yeah April 22, 2014 [available here, at CD BabyBandCampAmazon and iTunes]

Single release "Fool" September 30, 2013 [available at CD Baby and iTunes]

Touring Acts With Whom We've Shared the Stage

The Roxy Gunn Progject (NV), Brian Blush, Witherward (TN), The Ditchrunners (WI), Left Lane Cruiser (IN), Banditos (AL), ClusterPluck (MO), Erica Blinn & the Handsome Machine (OH), Val and the Southern Line, the Paragraphs, Life Leone, A House for Lions and Ryan Dishen (CA), Rosie & the Ramblers, Shane Cooley & the Midnight Girls and Greg Schroeder (TX), Deeper Than The Ocean (NY), the Colton and Zara Band (KS), the Less is More (MI), Greg Rekus (Canada), the Stanleys (Australia)

Main State Events Performed

Phoenix Film Festival, Phoenix Festival of the Arts, Tempe Music Revival, Scottsdale Arts Festival, Tempe Oktoberfest, Maricopa Community College Empty Bowls Charity, Third Thursdays Hayden Flour Mill, Chandler Block Party, Lost Dutchman Days, Melrose on 7th Avenue Street Fair, Ball-A-Palooza

Tour Performance Venues

ARIZONA: Cottonwood – Main Stage, Pillsbury Wine Tasting Room, Rockin B Saloon; Bisbee – Sidepony Express Music Festival; Jerome – Spirit Room; Kingman – Brews & Brats Oktoberfest; Flagstaff – Coconino County Fair, Flagstaff Brewing Company, Campus Coffee Bean; Sedona – Sedona International Film Festival, Java Love Café; Prescott – Drunken Lass, Prescott Fine Art & Wine Festival, Brick & Bones, Beckyfest, Prescott Farmers Market; Casa Grande – Pinal County Fair

NEVADA: Las Vegas – Freakin’ Frog

Local Events Performed

Summer Ends Music Festival, McDowell Mountain Music Festival, Arizona State Fair, Maricopa County Fair, Chandler Ostrich Festival, South by South Roosevelt Music Festival, Glendale Glitter & Glow Block Party, Tempe Oktoberfest, Arizona Dragon Boat Festival, Phoenix Film Festival, International Pop Overthrow Festival, Desperado Film Festival, Phoenix Pride Festival, 3TV Phoenix10K, New Times First Friday at Revolver Records, Second Friday Downtown Mesa inside SunDust Gallery, Proof is in the Pudding at Alice Cooperstown, Sunnyslope Art Walk, Gilbert Art Walk, The Holly Hope Foundation Annual Fundraiser, The Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital Annual Fundraiser, RAW: Natural Born Artist, City of Tempe & ASU Tailgate, 12ks of Christmas, South Mountain Community Relay for Life, Valley Fever, Ales & Artsy, AIDS Walk Phoenix, City of Buckeye Live Music Series, Apache Lake Music Festival, Lost Dutchman Motorcycle Club, Arizona Cancer Village Fun Run

Local Acts With Whom We've Shared the Stage

April Anne, Pistoleros, Jane N' the Jungle, Japhy's Descent, Ben Anderson, the Banter, HanGhost Cat Attack, Johnny Lee, Young's Modulus, the Effects, the Senators, Big Finish, the Earps, Ruca, the Lovelost, Cockswain, Action Jets, Zack Phillips, Quarter Inch Crown, Pinner, Tommy Ash Band, DL Marble, the Cole Trains, the Lonesome Wilderness, Mister Lucky, Treasurefruit, 13 to the Gallows, Truckers on Speed, Delta Fifths, Tora, the Glides, the Breakup Society, Sister Lip, the Pleasure Victims, Manic Monkeys, Marc Norman, Nolan McKelvey, Tramps & Thieves, Watch for Rocks, Green Line Operator, Objective Perspective, Jackson Dife', Mr. Eastwood, the Hardways, Psycho Square Dance, Squiddog, Kingfathand, Black Carl, Horizon i, Lee Perreira, Mill's End, Bucket of Witches, ¡Compañeros!, the Woodworks, Instant Hobo, O' Henry, Field Tripp, Shane Hunt, Roll Acosta, the Naked Chollas, Cait Brennan, Tjames/Echolalia, the DanDan Noodles, the Frogstranglers, El West, the Pubes, the Minor Injuries, Random Karma, Exploding Oranges, Hunter Johnson/the Regretting Man, Jeremiah Craig, David & the Guitar, the Upper Strata, Liar's Alibi, Bitch Automatic, Dfactor, DeadFoxx, Crandall, the Torn Speakers, Black Mountain Moonshine, Gregg Myers, Romen Buffalo, Jeff Gonzales, D.G. Scherrer, Gus, The Redemptions, the Bittersweet Way, Casey James Brooks, Mariah DeRaet, Battered Suitcases, Scorpion vs. Tarantula, Andy Warpigs, the Bellwethers, Counterfeit Party, What's Left, Serene Dominic & the Human Torch, Soul Country, American Longspurs, Maximum R&B, Monster May I, Dead Eyes of London, Jim Bachmann, 36 Cents and a Dream, What's Left, Crosby Tyler, Torn at the Seam, Safety Patrol, Labor Party, Day Before Plastics, Ana Log, Kevin Daly's Chicken and Waffles, Fu, Harper & the Moths, Rose Colored Eyes, Jamie Waldron Trio, Black Rabbits, Outlaw Inlaws, Darkness Dear Boy, the Persuaders, the Phosphenes, Please, Why Ask Why, Interstate Heros, Alienbass, Lo-Fi-Hi

Local Venues Performed

Cooperstown, C.A.S.A Sunba, ThirdSpace, The Firehouse Gallery, The Lostleaf, The Western*, Last Exit Live, Tempe Tavern, Yucca Tap Room, Long Wong's at Apache*, Rockbar, Rogue Bar, Tempe History Museum, Hard Rock Cafe Phoenix, Prankster's Too, Gluttons*, SanTan Brewing Company, Phoenix Ale Brewery, Time Out Lounge, Desert Eagle Brewing Company, Ice House Tavern*, The Sail Inn*, Hollywood Alley*, Rhythm Room, Wrigley Mansion, Fiddlers Dream, Music on Mill*, SunDust Gallery, Ticoz, Bookman's Mesa, Xtreme Bean, Arizona State University, Montage Art Studio on Mill, Hotel Valley Ho, Desert Ridge Marketplace, Westgate City Center, Tempe Marketplace, SanTan Village, Lawn Gnome Publishing, the Cutting Board Cafe, Chopper John's, Rips, Pho Cao, AZ Wine Company, Cactus Jacks, PAZ, Valley Bar, Rebel Lounge, Club Red, Gotham City Comics, Club Red

*R.I.P.

Photos above and website cover photo by CowGirlZen Entertainment. About the Band edited by Patti Hultstrand.