October 6, 2012
We've been in the studio on a consistent basis with Andrew working on guitar, keyboard
tracks on "Day By Day", "Blind Man's Trick", "Medicine Man" and "You Bought the Ticket"
We're doing track forensics now in preparation for tracking guitar, keyboards and harp on "Memphis Time", "You Bought the Ticket", "Good Enough Ain't" and "NOLA La La" before the end of the year.
Clabe Hangan October 25, 1934 - August 9, 2008-
August 9, 2011
"This Week's Blues Connection"
July 20, 2011
The Sheiks are the 3rd featured artists on Andy John Bradford's "This Week's Blues Connection". He'll be playing four cuts from "This World".
Grandma's Warehouse-Echo Park
July 15, 2011
Spent the day tracking keyboards, vocals and percussion "Day To Day"
The recording process begins once again
June 28, 2011
In the studio today at Grandma's Warehouse in Echo Park recording keyboard and vocal tracks to "You Bought the Ticket"
June 18, 2011
The Sheiks held a production meeting to map out our recording plans for the coming year.
Shakedown Mambo Live!
May 15, 2010
Greetings from West Toluca Lake
September 1, 2009
Last Sunday Rick Solem, Dean Sterling, Phil Bloch and Rick Smith spent the day in the writing studio working on the finishing touches and arrangements for "Darkness Clears The Sky" and "Slacker Blues"
Looking Out 4 #1 -The Indigo Lounge at FatCat Radio
July 23, 2009
7/19/09 Indigo Lounge recap
Artist ---- Song Title
1. Ray Schinnery - Heavy Women (4:12)
2. Family Style - Walking Blues (3:39)
3. Sean Costello - Anytime You Want (3:43)
4. Reverend Blue - Southbound (3:20)
5. Bob Kirkpatrick - I Did Her Wrong (3:45)
6. the Detonators - Nine Kindsa Ugly (3:47)
7. Doug MacLeod - Long Time Road (3:16)
8. Steve Johnson - Wild Magnolia (3:36)
9. The Clam Daddys - Viper Jive (0:04)
10. The Midnight Flyers - Bartender (4:16)
11. Dave Arcari - Bound to Ride (3:11)
12. Harrison Kennedy - What A Way To Go (3:03)
13. The Steve Hill Trio - Love Me Right (3:18)
14. The Steve Hill Trio - Hey Now, Serena (5:32)
15. The Blue Voodoo - Monday Morning Blues (3:16)
16. Tommy Castro Band - Soul Shaker (3:54)
17. Axe Masterson - Key To The Hiway (3:28)
18. Mean Gene Kelton - Mean Guitar (4:46)
19. Bad Influence - Don't Forget Your Nightclothes (4:53)
20. The Mescal Sheiks - Looking Out 4 #1 (2:52)
21. Robin Sylar - Sugar Bee (2:14)
22. Percy Strother - Blow Wind Blow (2:28)
23. Maxwell Street - All Your Lovin (4:11)
24. Kane Daily - The Sun Don't Shine (3:34)
25. Edwin Holt - Down To The Bone (4:26)
26. Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band - Mud (2:43)
27. The Steve Hill Trio - The Dog in Me (3:44)
28. The Coggs - Devil's Knockin' (2:54)
29. Axe Masterson - Preachin' Blues (3:24)
30. P.W. Fenton & The Second Ward - Like Tears In Rain (3:10)
31. My Buddy Todd - Sings Like an Angel, Mouth Like a Sailor (4:15)
32. Nick Moss & the Flip Tops - Peculiar Feeling (5:27)
33. Zak and His Unhappy Guitar - Maggie Campbell (4:00)
34. Big Harmonica Bob - Go Out Laughin' (2:03)
A reading from Rick Smith
June 21, 2009
Mescal Sheiks lyricist and harp player Rick Smith will be at Beyond Baroque Foundation on Sat., June 27.
He and others will be reading work from the anthology celebrating Lummox Press' 10th anniversary.
681 Venice Blvd in Venice, Ca. Phone 310-822 3000. That's 7:30 pm June 27, this Saturday.
Back to Work - "Second Wind" Sessions
April 27, 2009
After taking some time following Clabe Hangan's passing away, the Sheiks are headed back into Grandma's Warehouse to resume recording in August.
July will see us in the Alley, brushing off the cobwebs from the hiatus.
March 1, 2009
Sheiks Rick Solem and Phil Bloch are hitting the road starting this Spring.
Shakedown Mambo is a duo of New Orleans, Memphis, Kansas City, St. Louis....just about any kind of music you would hear going up and down the Mississippi River.
We're excited to be producing this music that you don't often hear.
For the music, video and information regarding Shakedown Mambo, it is available at;
"Walking To the River"
December 6, 2008
"Walking To The River"
After the passing of Clabe Hangan in August, we've taken a few months to step back, absorb the impact of losing a very important person in our lives that we loved beyond words. Being side to side, shoulder to shoulder with Clabe for the last 8 years was such a gift.
We'll be getting back in the saddle after the first of the year and moving forward with Clabe always a part of us.
Paul Broucek went back into the studio this Fall with engineer Ed Cherney and has done a beautiful re-mix of the song we wrote together "Walking to The River".
"Walking" was a very special song as we wrote and recorded "This World is Not My Home" in 2004 -2005. Paul started writing it in the late 90's and put in on the shelf as he became heavily involved in some huge movie projects.
I always loved it, when we were writing for what eventually became "This World", as Paul was in Los Angeles in between London and New Zealand working on the soundtracks, Paul, Rick Solem and I got together and finished writing it.
We took it into rehearsal at The Alley and Clabe took it from a wonderful, beautiful song, and lifted it up into that very special place that only Clabe could.
During the first complete run through, Clabe hit into the 3rd verse starting "Back in Richmond..." and took the song to this "place". I've been writing music for close to 40 years and have never been a part of some thing like that.
When we finished playing and singing the song, we just sat for a minute in a wave of emotion. I looked at Elizabeth (Hangan, Clabe's daughter) next to me, tears were rolling down her cheek. It was incredible, and something only Clabe was capable of. And now, as Clabe is bathing in the River, even more so.
Walking To The River
(The Mescal Sheiks)
"Walking' to the River "
Broucek/ Solem/Sterling 2006 BMI
I keep walkin
to the river overnight,
When the cold wind
makes me shiver I don't mind,
As I'm walkin to the river
So many walk with me,
And we're walkin to the river overnight.
Soon we meet
A band of angels bathed in light,
Their voices ring,
Like a 1000 church bells in the night,
As they sing, their voices raise up,
And we join in harmony,
As we're walkin' to the river overnight.
Back in Richmond
The rolling St. James runs wild and free,
I wanna turn back
And ask each question haunting me,
But the moment comes to nothing,
As I fix my eyes ahead,
And keep walkin' to the river overnight.
Nah, nah, nah....
As a very special piece of Clabe, we're making the new mix available to our web site community. It will be going out as a free mp3 to everybody on our Sheiks e-mail newsletter in December.
If you're not in our Sheiks community yet, you can become a part of it by entering your e-mail address here at our website
We'll e-mail an mp3 of the new "Walking To The River" mix before the holidays.
Mescal Sheiks Productions
Los Angeles, CA
From the Archives- OC Register- July 26, 2001
December 6, 2008
Bring Yer Own Blues
Big Time fest goes small time
Published on July 26, 2001
The Big Time Blues Festival seems to get a little more small-time every year, and that's jake by me. What festival organizer BERNIE PEARL lacks in high Q-factor names for his lineup is more than made up for in lesser-known but perfectly goddamned wonderful talent. This is as it should be; this is, after all, the blues. I'll trade you three Keb' Mo's for one Corey Harris and throw in a Kenny Wayne for free. No, I'll pay you to take the Kenny Wayne off my hands.
For example, there's singer/guitarist CLABE HANGAN, a guy I'd never even heard of before catching him a few months ago at the Adams Avenue Roots Festival in San Diego. Lucky me: the veteran, Arkie-reared songster employs an old-school, country-blues method that recalls such bad studs of yore as Brownie McGhee and Big Bill Broonzy. Like those gents, Hangan seasons his tuff but folksy music and storytelling with a most dignified style and intellect; this is a guy who knows and loves the blues' history, legacy and societal import as much as he loves the music itself.
Hangan's presentation, on the other hand, reminded me of Muddy Waters' legendary performance at the Newport Jazz Fest in 1960 (no, kiddies, I'm not quite so ripe that I saw the concert live, but a video of the event has been a staple in my VCR for years). When the spirit moved him just right, Hangan, like Waters, became giddily animated, clearly in the throes of some marvelous rapture that seemed almost religious in nature. He quaked and quivered, whooped and hollered, trembled and gesticulated, stomped and danced; I half expected him to start speaking in tongues. What Hangan does is tread a fine line between blues primitivism and collegiate sophistication. For all his earthy, down-home musical charm, Hangan is also a professor (he taught humanities and folk arts in the University of California and Cal State University systems) and a minister, and he has served as a youth probation officer. Hangan is a humble old fella, too; he bills his band as the Hangan Brothers even though he's clearly the star of the show and none of his band mates are actually siblings. Pearl says the handle exists because Hangan simply refuses to hog all the glory for himself. Go see Clabe tear up the Big Time Blues Fest Sunday at Gemmrig Park in Long Beach; he'll keep ya Hangan on!
Mark your Calendars- Mardi Gras Mambo 2010!
September 20, 2008
Saturday, February 13th, 2010
Mardi Gras Mambo 2010 - 8 PM - Los Angeles, CA
This will be the Sheiks next live performance upon the completion of the Second Wind Sessions. So mark your calendars, and be prepared to party like you've never partied before! After a four year hiatus, the zombies of the second line will be rising!
Clabe Hangan Memorial Service- Sunday September 14th
September 12, 2008
Memorial Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 14, 2008
Monte Vista Unitarian Universalist Congregation
9185 Monte Vista Ave., Montclair, CA 91763
Clabe Hangan-Los Angeles Times
August 23, 2008
Folk musician, educator
Pomona resident Clabe Robert Hangan died at home on August 9 , 2008 at the age of 74. A musician for a lifetime, Mr. Hangan steered his talent into the realm of education later in life, bringing inspiration to young people eager to absorb his valuable lessons in music and life.
Born in Ashdown, Arkansas in 1934 to Artomia (nee Ghoston) and John Hangan, Mr. Hangan grew up in Redlands, graduating from Redlands High School around 1950. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Redlands.
“This was the late 50s, and there was the whole Beat thing going on, and [my parents] were, in their own way, involved in that Bohemian, Beat era. So sociology was the kind of field you go into if you were interested in alternative ways of thinking about social justice, etc.” said his daughter, Margaret Hangan. “Bear in mind, people were starting to see the African American Civil Rights Movement build at this time. There was a confluence of things going on, including a movement in the folk music scene, and he was at the forefront of all of this.”
In 1955, Mr. Hangan married Emily Gates, a fellow sociology student in college. He worked as a probation officer for a short time and then, during the 60s, built his career as a musician. He had started his music career as a young man singing with a gospel group called the Mu-tonic Singers in Redlands. In the early part of the decade, he began to play guitar and perform folk music with the Riverside Folk Song Society whose members included Sally and Jim Thomas, Keith and Rusty McNeil, Keith Chalmers, Roberta and Chet Roistacker and many more.
Mr. Hangan built his solo career by becoming a regular performer at local venues such as the Redlands Bowl and at the coffee house known as the Penny University in San Bernardino. He also performed at colleges and universities such as La Sierra College; the University of California, San Diego, with Sam Hinton; the Ice House in Pasadena; the Heritage in San Diego; the Bitter End in Greenwich Village, New York; the King’s Rook in Boston, Massachusetts; and the Lion’s Share in Sausalito. He recorded 2 children’s records on the Empire Label and was always willing to lend a voice for a just cause.
Also in the 60s, Mr. Hangan became very active in human and civil rights causes such as equal access to housing and education. He served as a counselor for young people through programs such as Brotherhood-Anytown of America and Upward Bound and, for a brief time, he was principal of a short-lived Freedom School in San Bernardino.
In 1968, the Hangan Family moved to Montclair where Mr. Hangan taught sociology and black history while working towards a master’s degree in sociology at The Claremont Colleges. Time spent around Claremont meant further entrenchment in the folk music scene and, specifically, the deepening of connections with the Folk Music Center. Always, music was a means of rich friendship with fellow artists for Mr. Hangan.
“In the folk music crowd, everybody knew everybody. Everyone was interrelated,” Mr. Hangan’s daughter said. “There was this great community of musicians, with everyone playing everywhere.”
In the 70s, Mr. Hangan and Joe Rael, his music and business partner for over 30 years, formed Music Americana, an education program for schools that combined Mr. Hangan's love of music, education and inspiring young people to learn. He continued to perform solo as well as with blues bands like the Hangan Brothers and the Mescal Sheiks, which also included his eldest daughter Elizabeth Hangan. In recent years, Mr. Hangan and his youngest son, Ali, established the Clabe Hangan Institute for Young Scholars to raise funds for a scholarship to support young African American students.
“He was probably one of the most charismatic people you’ve ever known. He had a warmth that just emanated,” his daughter said. “He walked into a room and lit it up. People gravitated toward him because of that ability to reach out and touch people and really care about them. Just about everybody who knew him thought he was their best friend. He had that effect on people.”
Mr. Hangan is survived by his 4 daughters, 3 sons and 13 grandchildren.
Memorial Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 14, 2008 at the Monte Vista Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 9185 Monte Vista Ave., Montclair, CA 91763.
Clabe Hangan 1934-2008
August 10, 2008
It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of Clabe Hangan Saturday,
He died in his home in Los Angeles, apparently from a stroke.
The lazy days of August
August 8, 2008
As the Summer closes out, August sees us at Grandma's Warehouse finishing up percussion on the first eight songs.
We'll head into rehearsal for the next four songs in the weeks after Labor
Day and back into the studio to start recording them at the end of the September.
"This World Is Not My Home" is #21 "Best Selling Soul-Blues" CD at CD Baby
June 21, 2008
Since being released in January 2006 "This World Is Not My Home" has become the #21 selling Soul-Blues CD at CDBaby!
Thank you very much.
Second Wind Sessions Diary - how we're spending our Summer vacation
June 12, 2008
Sheiks Producer Phil Bloch and engineer Andrew Bush spent the last two days at Grandma's Warehouse working on the eight tracks we laid down before the end of the year. The tracks "What's Holding Her Up", "Memphis Time", "Day To Day", "Medicine Man", "Nola La-La","You Bought The Ticket". "Blind Man's Trick", "Good Enough Ain't" are ready for some percussion tracks in the next few weeks before we go back into Grandma's Warehouse and lay down bed tracks for "Feet Are The First To Know", "It's A Dog's World", "Where There's Smoke" and "Alabama Chrome".
We're running about six months behind schedule, however we're back on track - 2009 will see the first tracks released, and by this time next year all 24 tracks should be completed.
'til next time!
The Mescal Sheiks
Los Angeles, CA
Could you hear the foot steps in the night?
May 10, 2008
Sheik Rick Solem escaped the Second Wind Sessions long enough to play a private event at the Emeritus Vineyards in Sebastopol, CA last weekend.
The Vineyard owner enjoyed Rick's work in the 90's with Dave Alvin. So Rick, drummer/producer Phil Bloch, bassist Lawrence Baulden and
guitarist Zeke Zirngiebel whisked their way up to California Wine Country for the weekend.
Upon returning, Rick's comment...."We're old, we're grumpy, and we don't travel well..."
Ah, the Sheik's motto once again rears it's head!
WHAT'S SHEIKING? MARCH - APRIL 2008
April 5, 2008
Well Sheiksters and Sheikettes, March and April still sees us in pre-production for returning to the studio at the end of May.
We had planned on being back dealing with the tracks at the end of last month, but as we’ve gotten into the heavy lifting, it’s taking longer than we expected. As things are moving along this summer, we’ll see if this will affect getting the first of the Sessions released in January. We’re hoping to make up time, and keep our schedule.
A bit of a teaser... the titles of some the of the 24 songs are;
You Bought The Ticket
Blind Man’s Trick
Good Enough Ain’t
Day To Day
What’s Holding Her Up
Lift Me in the Water
Feet Are the First to Know
It’s A Dog’s World
Ain’t That the Way
Where There’s Smoke There’s You
As we’re back in the studio we’ll get more news out to you, the plan is to have a photographer getting pictures in the studio and we’ll get them up on the web site for you.
NEWS FROM THE “THIS WORLD IS NOT MY HOME” FRONT
Sheik friend, Producer, and co-writer of “Walkin’ To the River”, Paul Broucek, is taking “Walkin” into the studio next week with engineer Ed Cherney, and producing a new mix of the song. We’ll have it available for download on our Myspace page when it’s ready.
The Mescal Sheiks
Los Angeles, CA
What's Sheiking? January/February 2008
February 16, 2008
January and February sees the Sheiks in pre-production for heading back into the studio in March.
We've got 22 of the 24 songs written and in process for arranging. All 24 songs should be done and arranged by the end of March .
We're also changing studios for the sessions and when we get back in we'll be at Grandma's Warehouse in Echo Park.
Producer Phil Bloch and engineer Andrew Bush will be going through all the tracks we’ve recorded through November in preparation for us recording more tracks again starting in April.
The first digital EP release from the sessions will be in next January, with a digital EP Release every three months until all 24 songs from the sessions are out.
As we get further into the year and our plans are more concrete we’ll bring you up to date.
MARDI GRAS MAMBO 2009
We've just set the date for the next Mardi Gras Mambo.
Due to our heavy recording schedule this year, we had to skip doing the annual party.
The Mardi Gras Mambo will Saturday, February 21, 2009.
We'll be announcing the compete bill and the venue here in Los Angeles this Summer, with tickets being available November 1st.
So set the date in your calendars and start polishing up dem dancin’ shoes?
The Mescal Sheiks
Los Angeles, CA
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2007 Holiday Special
November 25, 2007
As we do every year we are setting aside 300 copies of our 2006 Blue Cap release, "This World Is Not My Home" at a special Holiday pricing.
Available through our website and our MySpace page, you can purchase "This World Is Not My Home" for $7.00 (postage included) OR two copies of "This World Is Not My Home" for $10.00 (postage
We're making this available for
50% less per song than down loading them from ITunes!
If you would like more copies to give out as holiday gifts, we
will make any additional copy
(over two) available for $5.00 more per copy (postage included).
All you need do is send a check for the amount of copies you need
1 copy $7.00
2 copies $10.00
3 copies $15.00
4 copies $20.00
Mescal Sheiks Productions
and mail it with your
city, state, zip code
e-mail address (for order confirmation) to:
Mescal Sheiks Productions
PO Box 491
Walnut, CA 91788-0491
and we'll get your CD (s) out to you.
To receive your order by December 24th we suggest getting it to us no later than December 15th. However we will accept these holiday orders through December 31, 2007!