About this project
I have spent the last two years writing, honing, editing, crafting, laboring over songs that were a result of an emotional upheaval of enormous proportions. I've walked through the fire and have emerged with a new found positive spirit, hence the name of the record: The Happiest Man in the World. I believe these to be the strongest songs I've ever written, and now I hope to make it my greatest album. I need your help to record this record. I'm looking to raise $7000 to go into the studio and get it accomplished in the month of March. I appreciate you considering this. Here's what I do:
Righteous Babe Records Ed Hamell a.k.a. Hamell On Trial is a one-man punk show bringing you (mostly) loud, fast music informed by politics, passion, energy, and intelligence, played by a guy with a sharp tongue and a wicked sense of humor. 2012 launches Hamell into new territory, captivating audiences not only by his award-winning performances, but also a Kerouac-esque story of social commentary shaped through years on the road.
Equipped with a battered 1937 Gibson acoustic guitar he strums like a machine gun, a politically astute mind that can’t stop moving and a mouth that can be profane one minute and profound the next, Hamell sets his sights on some classic subjects (sex, drugs, and rock and roll) and some personal ones, too. His performances invoke thoughts of the great rebellious comedians and social commentators of the past: Lenny Bruce, Bill Hicks, and even a bit of Sam Kinison. Hamell is a great mind; acoustic punk rock mixed with a traveler’s soul. There’s no way around his obscenity, but in that is a willingness to fight for the free-thinkers of the world. Hamell On Trial is a refreshing punk-rock bomb on the unsuspecting folk singer-songwriter world and above all else a preacher of common sense and truth.
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