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Closing Out 2021 

When vaccinations started, we couldn't book shows fast enough - so excited to be back! And we were out and about everywhere for a few weekends – so fun! But then, too many folks were not interested in getting vaccinated so positive cases started picking up again and booking indoor shows wasn’t fun anymore. We didn’t want fans out to possibly get sick and we didn’t want us out to possibly get sick. That said, we only have a few more indoor shows this year. We hope to see you, if possible, masked-up if you’d like, but if not, maybe we will see you in 2022!

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Full CPHS Band Sunday 

We can't thank Gary Smith enough for filling in on drums for our Benno, and for Gary's continued support of the rocking! And we would also like to mention that Chris Lykins of the Hardways was going to fill in for our bass man, Will, at our Maquee show that our two bands were a part of. We had one practice with Chris before we knew the show was cancelled and let me tell you, Chris is an amazing bass player, but you probably already know that if you follow the Hardways.

That said, our band is all back, all in one piece, and ready to bring the house down this Sunday at Chopper Johns when we join Las Vegas band, Crimson Riot. Free show and 21+. Show opens with Crimson Riot at 6 pm and then us at 7 pm.

Bliss (The Dead Cat Song) 

Why this title? When I first wrote the song, it was less than two minutes and something about that small amount of time led me to think about other "blissful" things that last only a few minutes... But then, and maybe you do this too, whenever I talked about the song, I'd say, "You know, the dead cat song." So when it came time to officially title it, I combined the two to cover both my bases! 

More beautiful artwork by Pop Narkotic with a striking video out tomorrow night, Wednesday, August 18 at 8 pm, created by Spec Graphics. Here's the YouTube link:

Gary Smith, Drummer in the Valley of the Sun 

Our first full band adventure since March 7, 2020, was on July 17, 2021, but it had us with a last-minute situation of no drummer; Benno's body had the whole of 2020 to have an issue rear its ugly head, but no, it waited until the night of our first show back! With no Benno for the foreseeable future and full band shows booked, we reached out to Gary Smith, drummer of awesomeness from bands such as the Pistoleros, Los Guys and his current band, Dusty Ramblers. Gary also happens to be an inductee in the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame! Luckily for us, Gary had a light August music schedule so he was able to save us. Andy scrambled to get music to Gary and Gary worked his butt off listening and drumming and then listening and drumming some more! We had three practices and then our first show together was on August 6 at 1227 Tap Room in Phoenix. Two sets of music and Gary nailed it all! Here's a beautiful picture from the 1227, taken by Paulette Wiley.

We kept our overall volume down as the 1227 can be a loud room so the full, honey-shaking sound of CPHS, not heard since March 7, 2020, would have to wait until our show at Pho Cao on August 14. And well, that night happened this past weekend, just as we hoped with -- ALL OF THE SOUND -- and it was awesome!!! Here’s a picture from Pho Cao, taken by Karl Wentzel. Our stage sound was exceptional and taken care of by sound engineer, Kyle Robert Spratt.

Thank YOU to everybody who joined us! We hope it felt as good to you as it did to us! Hearts and stars, friends, hearts and stars!!!