Bees Make It. We Shake It!

Established 2011, Carol Pacey & the Honey Shakers is notable on the Phoenix local music scene with upbeat, catchy songwriting, big vocals, memorable guitar and bass riffs and pounding drums, it is easy to understand the creation of their own musical genre, “Americana-thrash-pop,” as coined by Phoenix music writer, Mitchell Hillman, formerly of Java Magazine and contributor to Phoenix New Times.

Of notable consideration: 

  • 2020: Released single If Romance is Dead Then I Want to be Dead Too and Love Does with Big Stir Records
  • 2018: Opened for Dramarama and nominated Best Band/Musician, Phoenix Magazine
  • 2016: Released LP Eyes on the Prize and Carol listed top 10 best female-fronted Bands in Phoenix, Amy Young, Phoenix New Times
  • 2014: Released LP Yeah Yeah Yeah
  • 2013: Leading front-women in Phoenix by Sarah Edwards, Valley Hype

About the band

Carol Pacey: vocals and acoustic guitar

Carol followed her heart to Arizona from Maryland and she is definitely glad she did! Always with a song in her head, her musical influences span a variety of female & male singers and their songs. Carol has her local Arizona loves, of course, as well as loves in classic country, rock, pop, and punk bands from the US and around the world! She is often asked where she gets her on-stage energy from and she'll gladly answer that it comes from the audience who is dancing and singing right along!

Andy Borunda: lead guitar

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.”

Ben DeLuca: drums 

Ben is originally an east coast boy hailing from the D.C. area, and as a kid, he loved to make noise, learning to play multiple instruments with a special talent for banging on things. 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.”

Will Gantry: bass

Will lays the low-end foundation for the band on bass guitar. A recent transplant from our nation’s capital, Will is a coast-to-coast man, from playing and recording in bands in Washington, D.C. and throughout the Mid- and Southwestern states on up to Washington state.  As a native of Detroit, Will listened to hard-edged and progressive rock radio as well as his dad’s jazz albums who in his own right an accomplished jazz musician, and at an early age, Will was thrown headlong into Detroit's "Midwest hardcore"/punk scene following his brother's punk band The Sleeves.  


Notable Touring & Local Acts With Whom CPHS Shared the Stage

10,000 Maniacs (NY), Dramarama (CA), SIRSY (NY), Roxy Gunn Project (NV), Midnight Clover (NV), Pistoleros (AZ), Brian Blush (AZ), Whitherward (CA), New Schematics (TN), The Ditchrunners (WI), Left Lane Cruiser (IN), Banditos (AL), ClusterPluck (MO), Erica Blinn & the Handsome Machine (OH), Val and the Southern Line (TX), the Paragraphs (TX) , Life Leone (TX), A House for Lions (TX), Ryan Dishen (TX), Rosie & the Ramblers (TX), Shane Cooley & the Midnight Girls (TX), 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) 

Touring Performance States, Cities & Venues Performed

  • ARIZONA: Cottonwood – Main Stage, Pillsbury Wine Tasting Room, Rockin B Saloon; Bisbee – Bisbee Grande Hotel & Bar, Sidepony Express Music Festival; Jerome – Spirit Room; Kingman – Brews & Brats Oktoberfest; Flagstaff – Coconino County Fair, Flagstaff Brewing Company, Wanderlust 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  
  • CALIFORNIA: Burbank – Joe's Great American Bar & Grill
  • COLORADO: Crestone – Crestone Brewing Co., Boulder – The Laughing Goat, Windsor – High Hops, Durango – Balcony Bar & Grill Backstage
  • NEVADA: Las Vegas – House of Blues, Thunderbird Hotel and Lounge, Freakin’ Frog
  • NEW MEXICO: Santa Fe – Honeymoon Brewery

Local Main Stage Events & Festivals Performed

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

Local Events & Festivals Performed

12ks of Christmas, 3TV Phoenix 10K, AIDS Walk Phoenix, Ales & Artsy, Apache Lake Music Festival, Arizona Cancer Village Fun Run, Arizona Dragon Boat Festival, Arizona State Fair, Chandler Ostrich Festival, City of Buckeye Live Music Series, City of Tempe & ASU Tailgate, Desperado Film Festival, Gilbert Art Walk, Glendale Glitter & Glow Block Party, International Pop Overthrow Festival, Lost Dutchman Motorcycle Club, Maricopa County Fair, McDowell Mountain Music Festival, New Times First Friday at Revolver Records, Phoenix Film Festival, Phoenix Pride Festival, Proof is in the Pudding at Alice Cooperstown, RAW: Natural Born Artist, Second Friday Downtown Mesa inside SunDust Gallery, South by South Roosevelt Music Festival, South Mountain Community Relay for Life, Summer Ends Music Festival, Sunnyslope Art Walk, Tempe Oktoberfest, Ten Year Anniversary Cornish Pasty, The Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital Annual Fundraiser, The Holly Hope Foundation Annual Fundraiser, Valley Fever

Local Venues Performed

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

*R.I.P.

Local Acts With Whom CPHS Shared the Stage

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

About the Band written by Carol Pacey with excerpts from Mitchell Hillman along with photos from Blushing Cactus Photography who also rocked our website cover photo. 

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