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MAKE PREPARATIONS

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An outtake from our stellar shoot with Deneka Peniston.

Preparing for the next shows coming up and the album release has stirred up a lot of energy and emotion in the coyote pack. It’s a mixture of excitement and pure terror. The preparations have been bittersweet and thrilling. On the one hand, friend and crucial guitarist, Moonie Pusey, is moving to Arizona, on the other hand operatic tenor and guitar slinging Scotsman, Jamie Ignao, has agreed to replace him. Aside from Moonie and I, no one in the band has actually met Jamie or heard him play. So it’s a leap of faith for everyone, including Rachel, when I say “he’s awesome, trust me.” Jamie’s first show with us is in December. Lets see what my newsletter says after that. Stay tuned. But wait there’s more…

With four songs left to record, delays of every kind that are beyond my control, almost nightly mixing sessions, a twelve-hour recording session on Sunday, and more nightly mixing for the week following, things are getting really, REALLY real. We are in rehearsal with everymuzzahfuzzzah in the band and my wife and child think I am a ghost who just occasionally appears and makes them tacos, uses the bathroom and then disappears again. This whole situation is getting a bit trippy. Everyone on the team is definitely committed, but this trapeze act has no net.   You feel me? Okay back to the thrilling part…

FRED THOMAS TO PLAY ON ALBUM

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Fred Thomas, bass player for James Brown, and the JB’s (and other cool acts), has agreed to play bass on two singles on the record. WHAT? Yes, I said it! Not only that, but his band is our support act at our Album release on Nov 5! After our own set, we’re going to dance to him all night long. And he’s sitting in with Coyote Love. I think I’m gonna FREAK OUT! Yes, YES I AM ACTUALLY FREAKING OUT AS I WRITE THIS!

Okay, I’m cool now….

WE STILL NEED MONEY TO COMPLETE THIS PROJECT!

We have a lot of expenses, not limited to literally thousands in studio time, session musicians, photo shoots, graphic artists, and legal fees. We’re less than $1200 away from our goal for our crowd-funding campaign. Thank you if you’ve already helped us raise over $3800 so far! If you have not, would you consider pre-paying, and/or donating to the cause?  https://www.gofundme.com/CampCoyote2016  There’s cool gifts-back to get and you’d be making a real dream come true. Not just for us, but for you too. Why?…because no one wants great music to die. This record was (and is being) recorded in two churches, in a studio, and in our apartments. We’ve used a 75 year old organ, a couple of 50 year old amplifiers, a 60-year old guitarist, (lol, sorry Moonie, cats outta the bag)…and now have a 72-year old funkified bass player from James Brown’s band playing on this joint. Ummmm, you like old-school? We got it. This ain’t no boy band. Please consider donating. Every little bit helps! Even guitar strings now cost almost $10 a pack in NYC. Rachel’s sax reeds cost a bundle too!nov5albumreleasecrd

Shows –

  • Oct 22: Full band at Sarah Street Grill, Stroudsburg, PA. 10pm NO COVER EVER.
  • Oct 26: Inwood Local Acoustic show (monthly). We love this place. Previews of new songs the full band will play at release party.
  • Oct 30: Coyote Acoustic at An Beal Bocht w Mike D Blues! Show starts 8pm. FREE
  • Nov 5: THE ALBUM RELEASE PARTY FOR “I’M BREAKING DOWN” OUR SOPHOMORE ALBUM, featuring Mike D Blues, and Fred Thomas of the JB’s!
  • Dec 9: Full band at Sarah Street Grill, Stroudsburg, PA. 9:30pm JAMIE IGNAO’S FIRST FULL SHOW WITH US! No cover.
  • Dec 11: Coyote Acoustic at An Beal Bocht w Mike D Blues! Show starts 8pm. FREE

 

 

 

 

 

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Take Me to Church! Help produce our new album!

Hi folks!

Coyote here to tell you that the composer’s residency at “The Church” has begun! I went up last Sunday eve and made good on my goal to make a children’s record the first week.

We are still crowd funding for the Coyote Love record being recorded this week! Please pre-order the CD and/or become an Associate Producer on the album by donating to the cause. We have already raised over $2600 thanks to our amazingly supportive extended coyote family! But we are still about $2400 short of our goal. Your donations can not only get you cool hand-made merch and producer credits on the album, but also access to works in progress as we go, and our daily videos and/or streams! Go to https://www.gofundme.com/CampCoyote2016 to pre-order and contribute!

Here’s a bonus! Just for reading this post, I’ll share with you the link to the works in progress for children’s album!

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/lfwu710niuya7d1/AAATkyKm_8xgoHPqwXvI5zmNa?dl=0

password: coyotepupsdonor

Plus here’s a video about my first day! For more videos about the trip become a contributor and share the LOVE! https://vimeo.com/173310162

The trip to the church was as inspiring as arriving.

The trip to the church was as inspiring as arriving was.

Hope you dig!

With love,

Coyotehank

 

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If you ever said “I wanna see you guys but I…”

Art coyote image SIGNATURE SIZE If you are broke…it’s free!

Art coyote image SIGNATURE SIZE If you don’t want to hear cover songs…it’s only songs by Coyote!
Art coyote image SIGNATURE SIZE If you feel like you are too old…it’s an early show.

Art coyote image SIGNATURE SIZE If you hate seeing bands in bars…it’s a Cultural Center with a swank auditorium and no alcohol is served.

Art coyote image SIGNATURE SIZE If you don’t like to walk much…it’s about a block from a train with an elevator.

Art coyote image SIGNATURE SIZE If you are a staunch republican…you should still come.

To the best of my knowledge, you only get one chance to play the Artists for Peace series at SGI’s NY Cultural Center; and we are the 100th act to put our positive energy out in to the universe by playing this show for these dynamic and enthusiastic chanting Buddhists. We totally want you to come hear it!

This show is ENTIRELY FREE, its on 15th St just off Union Square, and is at 7:30pm! If you’ve ever been like, “I totally want to see you play, but I just can’t do late nights…” or “I’m on the wagon, and you always play in places with alcohol…” then this show is for you. So come on down and share the love…the coyote love that is.

I know it looks like the X-MEN should live there...just a bunch of harmony loving buddhists.

SGI’s NY Cultural Center.  Possibly also the place where the X-Men live.

Tues March 1st

SGI’s NY Cultural Center

7 E. 15th St

New York, NY 10003 (between 5th Ave and Union Sq. West)

Peace and love to youwooowoooowoooooooooooooo

team coyote

 

 

 

 

 

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Coyote Love is the 100th Artist for Peace at SGI on 3/1

Any of you want to see a Coyote Love performance, early in the evening, downtown, in the most accessible location in Manhattan, in comfort, with great sound and where we only play coyote music, in a concert hall devoted to world peace and enlightenment…..FOR FREE?

We are so very proud to announce that on Tuesday March 1st, Coyote Love was chosen to play the 100th Artists for Peace Concert at SGI USA/NYC.  (The NY Culture Center, 7 E. 15th Street, New York, NY 10003 – bet. 5th Avenue & Union Square West)

This to us is a high-point in a year of high-points.  Both Rachel, and Kevin Harris (currently playing bass with us) are members of SGI, an empowering Buddhist organization, that I’ve only ever had great traffic with as well.  And Rachel and Kevin are in good company, some of the most noteworthy artists, and movers and shakers you know of are also Buddhists associated with this lovely practice and the organization that represents it.  That being said, the honor of being asked to play our original music, for anyone that wants to attend, for FREE ADMISSION, in their lovely hall in Union Square…was completely unexpected.  See below!

(FORWARDED FROM SGI-USA/NY)
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>On Tuesday, March 1st, at 7:30pm at the New York Culture Center, Artists for Peace will be presenting our 100th concert!  We are so proud to present at this special event, a most exciting and dynamic band, Coyote Love!

Founded in 2009 with the release of their self-titled debut CD, white boy from the ghetto, turned city boy in the country, turned Coyote Man, Hank Coyote, joins forces with British multi-instrumentalist and singer, Rachel Grundy to bring lush harmony, energetic live performances and old school entertainment value to the front of the stage, backed by a funky, NYC-based horn and rhythm section, including music director and alto sax supremo Sergio Bustamante and former Steel Pulse lead guitarist Moonie Pusey.   With a mission to make Music Every Day, Coyote Love is an army of positive vibes, music and passion.

You can learn more about Coyote Love and check out their music at www.coyotelovemusic.com.  

Our e-flyer is attached to aid you in kindly promoting the event-thank you very much!

We sincerely hope that you and your friends will join us for a great evening!

Artists for Peace<

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It’s all Inwood this week!

INWOOD LOCAL TONIGHT 10/28!

Stoked that our Inwood Local residency continues tonight; with more special guests, more new songs, and the same great time we’ve been having since the first show there!

Come up to see the acoustic act in a chill uptown setting, if you haven’t already and even if you have!  Inwood Local is a saweet li’l spot.

9pm. 4957 Broadway, bwtween 207 and Isham. “A” Train takes you right there. WHOOT!

INWOOD GOURMET WAS A HOOT AND A HALF!

Our Inwood Gourmet event with Lauren Skoulatos was a great time! Our show, supporting her great little fresh gourmet goods store, was part of the continuing positive fall-out from Elizabeth Bower’s house concert/party where we met and played for all kinds of cool Inwoodians. And the residents of Inwood, Manhattan, still continue to share the great community vibes whenever we get together. It’s lovely to see our shirts on more people in the hood.

Lauren (and family) had a tasty selection of olives and cheeses and deserts and sparkling wine from our local wine merchant for people to sample (and sample we did). We played a few sets, saw some old friends, made new ones, and just had a really positive experience.

All of us were amazed that Lauren could fit a couple of musicians, and have a party, and even sell food and merchandise in such a small space. But we did! And I don’t think it could have worked out better.

Thank you to all who attended!  Howwooooo

Face Licks,

Coyote and Rachel

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Lookin’ Back at TCF 2015

SHOUT OUT!

Taste of the Catskills 2015 was fantastic this year. Blessed with two days of great weather, they had even more people, more tents, more local vendors, more food, more beer, more bands, more bouncy houses, and even a Delaware Bulldogs inflated tunnel…thing…(that I am trying very hard not to make too much fun of).

IMG_1740Jonah Shaw of Catskill Food Company, Todd Russell of Clean Green Music, advocacy organization, Catskill Mountainkeepers , and Jay and Abby Wilson of Maple Shade Farm (and hundreds of other people) come together, annually, to make these amazing events happen. This was the best year yet!

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Todd Russell doing what Todd Russells do.

People at FestIt was an idea, a good one. Then it was a first try. Then they tried again. Then they learned,and grew, and made new plans. And they keep doing it again and again. Rain or shine.   And now it’s a “thing.” It’s the best part of what people can accomplish.Maple Shade

For the last few years, Rach and I have played on the acoustic stage in the Oomegang beer tent and have been blessed to play before and/or after old time Appalachian band, The Stoddard Hollow String Band and the freaky, adorable, and poignant duo, Technicolor Trailer Park.   And while I could go on about every great act that played there, I’ll keep it small and keep it local and say that both bands I discussed above are masters of their genres. I was stoked that we are just folky enough with our set, to be put in the line up with them. Bob Mierop is both a dedicated sound engineer and a natural comedian (hardee har har) and he kept the party going and sounding great all day. Thanks Bob! He also helped sell our hand-made merch.   Shit got crazy when his mom showed up and bought our Rolling Papers and a shirt too. LOL.

So do you enter the chest and exit the butt? Or other way around?

So…do you enter the chest and exit the butt? Or other way around?

We played both on Saturday and on Sunday. Saturday night we stayed with Jonathan Mogelever, a friend since I was 14 and someone with whom I share a startling amount of connections. In fact it was at our first Taste of the Catskills Festival that I reconnected with the Mogester after decades apart. He, of course, being an advocate of all things wild and free, had a booth at the festival with a certain, well-known Catskill Mountain advocacy organization. So, it was like hand to glove when we re-established contact and shared stories about old friends and our own journeys.

Jonathan was a great host to us, and made some tasty “Messy” Martinis. We had a great hang, and then after the Martinis hit the brain, Rach and I had a nice sleep in in prep for our second show. Here’s a vid about it, or it may be about my stroking my chin a lot.  You decide…

The next day we hit Cassie’s Cafe in Roxbury on the way back over the hill to the festival. They fed us well and treated us with love, as always. Thanks Cassie. We hear she went on a long overdue vacation overseas after the weekend. Good for you, girl! Hope the trip was (or is still) amazing!

Typical Coyote Rachel dynamic while dining at Cassie's

Typical Coyote/Rachel dynamic while dining at Cassie’s

Second show was a blast. Got to see old friend Paul Ryan and family but couldn’t see their set as we were on the road back to NYC by then.

Rach and I made a deal, I drank a few local beers after the show while shmoozing, and she drove back to NYC (we were both equally stoked with out missions I might add).  We hit the road, all smiles, and then, of course, 60 miles from NYC the late Sunday afternoon roads were already slammed with traffic.  Thankfully we two have been down this road once or twice.  We were kickin’ the Google traffic maps on the phones, and knew enough detours to get around a lot of the worst interstate jams, so we got home safely enough, if not swiftly.  Rachel’s boyfriend, Spencer, was forced to walk the dog and cook dinner for Rachel, due to our late arrival (Oh the humanity!) and back home at my place, Sarver and Tanaz were like “when are you not home later than you said you would be?”  Soooooooooo…all things considered, everything was pretty smooth for the Coyote Pack at TCF 2015.

Thanks for following this journey.

HOWWWOOOOOO!

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This Saturday at Inwood Gourmet

Hmmmmm can you smell the hot apple cider? It’s fall and my daughter has made her third jack ‘lantern.   Picked out your favorite sweater yet? I sure have. This Coyote’s coat is getting longer and, outside, the leaves are a fallin’. Plus, our Rachel freakin’ loves the fall. She’s been living the “this is my cup o’tea” reality for weeks now.   For all you “Fall is my favorite season” people, the next few shows are dedicated to you!

INWOOD GOURMET REDUX!

The weather was supposed to be horrid last time we wanted to support Inwood Gourmet with our acoustic, blues-based, funkrockin’ folk explosion.   Joaquin was blowin’ and, while it didn’t rain as was forecast, it was cold as a well digger’s booty that day, so we postponed…until THIS SATURDAY! (Oct 24)

We’re going to play a few sets between 4 and 6pm. We’ll likely be in the store squeezed between the cheeses and the olive oils, so it will be tight….and EPIC!

mmmmmmmm...Cheese!

mmmmmmmm…Cheese!

Lauren Skoulatos has a great thing going with her little Greek-flaired farm-to-table store. She’s got an ever-rotating selection of tasty local and imported cheeses, and breads and things, and she even sells sausages from Castkill Food Company! (That’s Jonah Shaw’s company, he’s the same dude who organizes the yearly “Taste of the Catskills Festival” that Rachel and I support so whole heartedly. We were just up there having a blast and eatin’ up a storm. I love how it all comes together.) Lauren also has the best coffee I’ve had in this neighborhood, and we have some very good coffee up here, so that’s not easy.

Great things come in small packages.

Great things come in small packages

Come on up to Inwood Gourmet this Saturday. 4-6pm. The store is on Cooper Street (1/2 block West of Broadway) between 207th and Isham, about 1 minute walk from the 207th St A train.   Let us serenade you while you sample some culinary delights!

Howwwwoooooooowoooooooo

Senior coyote

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