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Drum roll, please!

Our new drummer is Omar Cifuentes and you can check him out on our News page.  He brings a lot of fresh percussion style to our tunes and we are looking forward to playing with him.  Come out to see him at the IPO on March 2 (check out our Calender page for the info)!  We will be rocking a tight set and introducing a new tune, The Knitting Song!  You don't want to miss it!

Two weeks to review...


Last Saturday was great.  In the afternoon, Mike and I played at the Desperado Film Festival.  The night before, I attended the event to watch the movie at about country music star, Chely Wright.  It was awesome in all respects.  Chely will be the Grand Marshall at this year’s Phoenix Pride Festival as well as performer, and I look forward to seeing her.  Later Saturday evening, Mike and I played a short set at the Sail Inn and rocked as hard as a duo could, missing Andy a ton at both shows.  We look forward to going back to the Sail Inn with our full band!  Major shout outs to the lads at Paradise Valley Community College and Ken at the Sail Inn for making us sound awesome at these shows!!

Andy was back Thursday and joined me at ASU for their event, Alive at 5.  Some seriously dark clouds threatened our performance, but they had more bark than bite as it turned out and we stayed dry for a great show.  Last night we rocked the Rogue as a trio. I swear, we were there too!  Jake from Roll Acosta was super cool and we hope to meet up again.  The Foley’s were great; we didn’t get to catch Field Tripp.  Again, the sound was awesome, major props to Travis at the Rogue.  Thanks, new fans, for your time and comments.  We really appreciated it!  We look forward to going back to the Rogue with our full band, keep an eye out for us!

I’ll fill you in our new drummer next time and we’ll see you Friday night at the gallery!


Hard Rock Rising GLOBAL Battle of the Bands!

Carol Pacey and the Honey Shakers was selected to participate in the Hard Rock Rising GLOBAL battle of the cool is THAT one!!  What I am hoping is that if you live in the Phoenix metro area (100 miles and closer to the Hard Rock Phoenix), that you will take a second for vote for our band at  First, “Like” this page, then scroll down and use the sort by genre on the page, and select page 7.  We should be next to last.  Click on vote, accept the process, and a download of our song, C’mon Say Sorry!  You can’t get this download anywhere else!!!  And it rocks!!  ;o)   And we were only one of two singer/songwriters selected for this event!!!  And send a link to our website to your local friends!!  Pa-leeze!!!

If you don’t live in our area, but you have friends on Facebook that do, PLEASE send them a link to this message.  We really want to win by number of votes so we can ROCK the Hard Rock!! 

Below are some of the other parts to this contest.  Pardon the length; I thought you’d enjoy the read.

Many, many thanks in advance!  If you know where I started with the musical adventure, with one little amp and a classical guitar on the streets of Phoenix, to a bad a$$ rocking little band, then you know that I sincerely appreciate your support, ditto from the guys in the band.

Best regards,


Carol Pacey and the Honey Shakers


Hard Rock Rising 2012 is THE global battle of the bands, spanning the world in search of music's next big talent. Participating Hard Rock Cafes worldwide will host local battles to find a band that can represent their city in a global competition. 86 cities will compete but only one will win. The band that ultimately wins will be awarded the opportunity of a lifetime: a trip to London to perform in Hyde Park and open Hard Rock Calling 2012!

Hard Rock Calling has quickly become one of Europe's most exciting music festivals. Over the past 5 years, headliners such as Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, The Who, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, The Police, The Killers, Bon Jovi, Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks have rocked Hyde Park. And with thousands of fans and top headliners, Hard Rock Calling 2012 is the chance of a lifetime for emerging bands to gain exposure and showcase their talent in front of today's most iconic artists. For more information, check out

Local Battle Events

Once local voting is complete on Feb 6, each participating cafe will invite the top 9 bands to perform at live battle events hosted between February 13 - April 1. Only those bands that received the most votes will be chosen to participate in the live battles. During the live battle, bands will perform for fans and judges, who will choose a winner to move on to the global competition and represent their city to compete for the grand prize. The winning band in each city will receive some pretty cool stuff: $500 (equivalent in local currency), a $500 Hard Rock Cafe Gift Certificate and a 1 year subscription to the top tier ReverbNation Deluxe Service Package to aid in promoting participation in Hard Rock Rising 2012.

Global Competition

The winning band from each city will move on to compete globally. 86 will compete via online judging to determine the top 10 bands. Votes will only be accepted from April 7 - 22, so use your time wisely to promote and gain votes. Once again, fans can download tracks for free on Hard Rock Cafe Facebook pages but during this phase, a fan can only vote for one band. After the first download/vote, they can continue to download free tracks but they will not count as votes. Fans will be required to "like" a Hard Rock Facebook page to participate but there is no registration or fee required. Once the top 10 have been determined by voting they will be reviewed by a panel of industry experts. On May 2, one will be crowned the Hard Rock Rising grand prize winner and announced to the world.

International Pop Overthrow Festival

We're proud to bring the International Pop Overthrow festival back to Phoenix for our fourth straight year! IPO Phoenix will feature 14 of the best pop and rock bands from Phoenix and beyond, with all shows to be held once again at the very cool venue, Hollywood Alley!

Here are the lineups:

Friday, March 2

7:30 The Naked Chollas
8:15 Pawl
9:00 Cait Brennan
9:45 ***Carol Pacey and The Honey Shakers***
10:30 Lunatics & Lovers
11:15 Bad Kids
12:00 Dave Rave

Saturday, March 3

7:30 Cyril of The Fairchilds
8:15 Young Mothers
9:00 Ed Masley (of The Breakup Society)
9:45 Daren Sweet (of Veyron Crash)
10:30 Source Victoria
11:15 Randy Forte & The Reconstruction
12:00 Hey Pilgrim

Hollywood Alley is a 21+ venue, and is located at 2610 W. Baseline Rd.; they can be reached at 480 820-7117 and can be found on the web at

Week in review, Week 3 of 2012

Last week started off in the studio with mixing some more on Bliss and C’mon Say Sorry.  There is still a bit more to do on these first three songs of the new album, but they are coming along.  We are going through a drummer line-up change so we have to postpone recording new tunes.  I know, seems like we just went through a line-up change, but sometimes it comes with the territory.  Patience is one I’ve worked on my entire life, and I tell you, trying to become a musician, writing original material, working with other musicians and venues, well, all are extreme exercises in patience.  Worth it, but man!  If anybody has a drummer in their back pocket, please let me know!   

The Xtreme Bean was awesome Friday night!  Many more patrons without headphones than with, and many stuck around for quite a while with a whole lot more response than we are used to at the Bean.  Thank you, fans, for chatting with us, and definitely thank you for your genero$ity.   We will be back in February! 

Darwin’s Waiting Room Bar and Grill was too cool!  Darwin’s has a small stage and no sound equipment.  Javier just barely squeezed on the drum stage and Mike was hidden behind one of our speakers.  It was all good and we had a great time.  It was very nice meeting Genevieve, Mike Van Loon and the O’Henry Band.  We had to rush-ish off stage so Mike could set up and then we couldn’t stay to check them all out, but I know it was great!  Mad props to Genevieve for her comedy routine; comedy takes nerve and she’s got it!  Thanks, Penny, for taking good care of us!

This week we have two shows on Saturday, one at the Desperado Film Festival in Paradise Valley and the other at the Sail Inn in Tempe.  Both with be acoustic shows sans our drummer, so just one less Honey Shaker, but with all plenty of shake still!!!  See you soon!

I love this photo from Surreal Sister Photography taken at Darwin's...thanks, ladies!

Carol Pacey and the Honey Shakers to WIN Hard Rock Rising GLOBAL contest

We are getting our fans ready to rally for the biggest battle of the bands yet! It all starts by getting our fans to vote. Nine bands (minimum) with the most votes in Phoenix, AZ will earn the opportunity to perform live in a battle of the bands at Hard Rock Cafe Phoenix. One band will be crowned the regional winner of Phoenix and move on to compete globally for a chance to open Hard Rock Calling 2012 in London's Hyde Park! Here's how it works:

Timing and Voting
Beginning January 25 and ending February 5, our song, C'mon Say Sorry, will be available for fans to download on Hard Rock Cafe Phoenix's Facebook page. Each download counts as a "vote" for us. Fans can vote for as many bands as they would like. There is no registration or fee required for fans. Anyone around the world may download your song. There are, however, a few criteria that fans must meet for a download to count as a 'vote':

  • Fans will be required to "Like" the local Hard Rock Facebook page.
  • Fans must live within 50 miles of the Hard Rock Cafe Phoenix.
  • Fans may only vote ONCE for each band.

So please tell your friends and ask them to tell their friends and so on and so on and so...Carol Pacey and the Honey Shakers!!!

Two shows this week and Vegas review

The Freakin' Frog was great!!!  While admittedly it was lightly attended, this venue is awesome to see and play music which I say every time.  If you are an AZ band, figure out a way to get there, work your promo, and I just about guarantee you'll love it!  And give my best to Howard and Jack!  Extra special thanks to Bonnie and Manny for everything!!!  Nice to meet you, Topher Roza! Bonnie had a great time with your original tunes, humming them all the way home!  ;o)

The SunDust Gallery show was well attended Friday night.  We figure about 300 folks passed through the night.  We debuted a few new the crowd went nuts for Andy's guitar playing.  It's called, "The Honey Shakers."  Yep, every sweet-named band needs it's own song I figured when I wrote it...  And we played, "Walk Away Now," also a new tune and bit more edgy than most of my songs.  Come out to the Xtreme Bean or Darwin's this weekend to catch these songs and more, you'll be glad you did! 


Week in review, Week 1 of 2012

How did this first week of 2012 go for you?  I hope awesome!!  My year started off with family, fireworks and food in Mexico, how can that get any more awesome?  New food for this visit, menudo, and it was pretty good although I stayed about from beefy bits.  Everybody there and here is doing well, and I think excited about the new year.

We updated our band website, which is exciting, but we lost a lot of our previous news and blog entries. Oh well, start fresh!! We did not have any shows this week.  I gave a interview to Echo Magazine for our upcoming show at the Desperado Film Festival event.  One of the best questions was related to when I started this musical adventure, like maybe I've been playing and writing since I was a young teen or so...ah, nope....try 35.  That's when I picked up a guitar for the first time.  I started playing shows Oct 2008.  I'll omit the math there... ;o) 

The first song of 2012 is written and it going to the Honey Shakers Monday!  In fact, we'll be trying out many new tunes with the band so I'm excited!!  Andy already worked out guitar parts and it's good!

Here's one of my favorite photos from 2011 taken while we played at the Phoenix Pride Festival.

Have a great week!

Las Vegas show announced

New website under construction

Please pardon our desert dust, the new Carol Pacey and the Honey Shakers website is under construction!  Thank you for your patience.  For more info, please visit any of the following websites...

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