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Carol Pacey & the Honey Shakers

Bees Make It. We Shake It.

Established 2011, Carol Pacey & the Honey Shakers is notable on the Phoenix local music scene. With upbeat, catchy songwriting, memorable guitar and bass riffs and pounding drums, it is easy to understand the creation of their own musical genre, “Americana-thrash-pop,” as coined by Phoenix music writer, Mitchell Hillman, formerly of Java Magazine and contributor to Phoenix New Times. The band’s inclusion of a few choice covers in their performances include Dramarama’s hit song “Anything, Anything (I’ll Give You)” that garnered the band an opening slot for Dramarama in 2018. In 2017, the band performed with Brian Blush of the Refreshments with Brian and Andy trading solos on Carol’s song “Whisper My Name.” Some other notable accomplishments: the band was nominated Best Band/Musician, Phoenix Magazine, 2018 as well as listed as a Top 10 best female-fronted Bands in Phoenix, Amy Young, Phoenix New Times, 2016, and Carol was considered a leading front-women in Phoenix, Sarah Edwards, Valley Hype, 2013

"It's rare that an Americana act rocks harder than most rock'n'roll acts, but that's why Carol Pacey & The Honey Shakers are far from being just any old Americana act. CPHS has cultivated their own sound and invented their own genre: Americana Thrash Pop. It's a winning combination and a loveable mix that keeps you propelled with a down home, hook heavy vibe at a breakneck speed. It's the Honey Shakers' indelible art to be sure.

Bliss is very nearly a concept album for the times, a diary of the perspective of a strong woman dealing with life in 2019, saying goodbye to the toxic relations in her life and moving on toward a vision of her own design, fortified by love and a belief in a better world, a better tomorrow. It's a far darker album than the Honey Shakers previous efforts, but it's certainly their best record to date, showing a depth and emotional maturity made possibly by real world conflict and I suspect more than a few "dark nights of the soul." It's brilliant from beginning to end, creating a cohesive sound, with perfect pacing and painting a fascinating picture in sound of life as it is authentically experienced and lived."  -- Phoenix rock journalist Mitchell Hillman, August 2019

Carol Pacey, vocals and acoustic guitar

Carol followed her heart to Arizona from Maryland and she is definitely glad she did! Always with a song in her head, her musical influences span a variety of female & male singers and their songs. Carol has her local Arizona loves, of course, as well as loves in classic country, rock, pop, and punk bands from the US and around the world! She is often asked where she gets her on-stage energy from and she'll gladly answer that it comes from the audience who is dancing and singing right along!

Andy Borunda, lead guitar

Andy is an Arizona native and has been playing the guitar for over two decades. He is mostly self-taught as after a couple of weeks in guitar class the instructor said, “There’s nothing more I can teach you. Go ahead and learn on your own.” Andy has since developed his sound and technique over the years and cites Jimmy Page, Ace Frehley, and Slash as his main influences on the guitar while also being immensely inspired by bands such as The Beatles, Cheap Trick, and The Replacements. Andy loves playing electrically and acoustically equally and uses Gibson Les Pauls and a Taylor 614CE acoustic for live shows and includes a Fender Telecaster for studio work. At the end of the day, Andy sums it up like this -- “I’m a musical sponge…I just love playing music.”

Ben DeLuca, drums 

Ben is originally an east coast boy hailing from the D.C. area, and as a kid, he loved to make noise, learning to play multiple instruments with a special talent for banging on things. On the advice of such icons as Jim Morrison and Horace Greeley, he headed west, dug the AZ way of life, and never looked back. Ben has an appreciation for many genres and artists, and what he’ll tell you he’s learned from those who have influenced him musically, is that, “Music is a universal language that allows us to express that which we cannot by other means, it is like medicine for the soul.”

Will Gantry, bass

Will lays the low-end foundation for the band on bass guitar. A recent transplant from our nation’s capital, Will is a coast-to-coast man, from playing and recording in bands in Washington, D.C. and throughout the Mid- and Southwestern states on up to Washington state.  As a native of Detroit, Will listened to hard-edged and progressive rock radio as well as his dad’s jazz albums who in his own right an accomplished jazz musician, and at an early age, Will was thrown headlong into Detroit's "Midwest hardcore"/punk scene following his brother's punk band The Sleeves.  


LP Bliss September 7, 2019 [mps3 available at iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, & CD Baby; physical CDs and vinyl ONLY available on our website]

Single release "Crumb" along with "Add it Up" originally performed by Violent Femmes August 9, 2019 on Big Stir Records [mp3s available at Big Stir Records]

Single release "Oh Heart Where Art Thou" September 21, 2018 on Omnivore Records [mp3 available at Omnivore Records

Single release "Dust Devil Spin" May 1, 2017 on Ca-Ho-Nus Records [mp3 available at Onus Records]

Single release "Take Your Bad News and Go Away" April 22, 2017 on You Heard Us Back When, Vol 11 [available at Zias]

LP Eyes on the Prize September 27, 2016 [mp3s available everywhere online including CD Baby]

Single release "One for Your Heart" September 13, 2016 [mp3 available at Amazon and iTunes]

Single release "State of Affairs" September 7, 2016 on Ca-Ho-Nus Records [mp3 available at Onus Records]

Single release "Dust Devil Spin" April 16, 2016 on You Heard Us Back When, Vol 10 [mp3 available at Zias]

Single release "Roll My Way" February 4, 2016 on 2016 Music Compilation Ball-A-Palooza [mp3 available at Testicular Cancer Awareness


Single release "Epic Love Fail" September 19, 2015 on Sound Explosion compilation by Onus Records [mp3 available at Onus Records]

Single release "Rock and Roll Saves" April 18, 2015 on You Heard Us Back When, Vol 9 [available at Zias]

Single release "Epic Love Fail" February 23, 2015 on Ca-Ho-Nus Records [mp3 available at Onus Records]

Single release "Rock and Roll Saves" August 23, 2014 [mp3 available at CD Baby and iTunes]

LP Yeah Yeah Yeah April 22, 2014 [mp3 available here, at CD BabyBandCampAmazon and iTunes]

Single release "Fool" September 30, 2013 [mp3 available at CD Baby and iTunes]


Notable Local & Touring Acts With Whom We've Shared the Stage

Dramarama (CA), SIRSY (NY), Roxy Gunn Project (NV), Midnight Clover (NV), Pistoleros (AZ)Brian Blush (AZ), Whitherward (CA), New Schematics (TN), The Ditchrunners (WI), Left Lane Cruiser (IN), Banditos (AL), ClusterPluck (MO), Erica Blinn & the Handsome Machine (OH), Val and the Southern Line (TX), the Paragraphs (TX) , Life Leone (TX), A House for Lions (TX), Ryan Dishen (TX), Rosie & the Ramblers (TX), Shane Cooley & the Midnight Girls (TX), Greg Schroeder (TX), Deeper Than The Ocean (NY), the Colton and Zara Band (KS), the Less is More (MI), Greg Rekus (Canada), the Stanleys (Australia) 


Touring Performance States, Cities & Venues Performed

  • ARIZONA: Cottonwood – Main Stage, Pillsbury Wine Tasting Room, Rockin B Saloon; Bisbee – Bisbee Grande Saloon, Sidepony Express Music Festival; Jerome – Spirit Room; Kingman – Brews & Brats Oktoberfest; Flagstaff – Coconino County Fair, Flagstaff Brewing Company, Wanderlust Brewing Company, Campus Coffee Bean; Sedona – Sedona International Film Festival, Java Love Café; Prescott – Drunken Lass, Prescott Fine Art & Wine Festival, Brick & Bones, Beckyfest, Prescott Farmers Market; Casa Grande – Pinal County Fair  
  • CALIFORNIA: Burbank – Joe's Great American Bar & Grill
  • COLORADO: Creston – Crestone Brewing Co., Boulder – The Laughing Goat, Windsor – High Hops, Durango – Balcony Bar & Grill Backstage
  • NEVADA: Las VegasHouse of Blues, Thunderbird Hotel and Lounge, Freakin’ Frog
  • NEW MEXICO: Santa Fe – Honeymoon Brewery


Local Main Stage Events & Festivals Performed

Flannel Ball, Phoenix Film Festival, Phoenix Festival of the Arts, Tempe Music Revival, Scottsdale Arts Festival, Tempe Oktoberfest, Maricopa Community College Empty Bowls Charity, Third Thursdays Hayden Flour Mill, Chandler Block Party, Lost Dutchman Days, Melrose on 7th Avenue Street Fair, Ball-A-Palooza


Local Events & Festivals Performed

Ten Year Anniversary Cornish Pasty, Summer Ends Music Festival, McDowell Mountain Music Festival, Arizona State Fair, Maricopa County Fair, Chandler Ostrich Festival, South by South Roosevelt Music Festival, Glendale Glitter & Glow Block Party, Tempe Oktoberfest, Arizona Dragon Boat Festival, Phoenix Film Festival, International Pop Overthrow Festival, Desperado Film Festival, Phoenix Pride Festival, 3TV Phoenix 10K, New Times First Friday at Revolver Records, Second Friday Downtown Mesa inside SunDust Gallery, Proof is in the Pudding at Alice Cooperstown, Sunnyslope Art Walk, Gilbert Art Walk, The Holly Hope Foundation Annual Fundraiser, The Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital Annual Fundraiser, RAW: Natural Born Artist, City of Tempe & ASU Tailgate, 12ks of Christmas, South Mountain Community Relay for Life, Valley Fever, Ales & Artsy, AIDS Walk Phoenix, City of Buckeye Live Music Series, Apache Lake Music Festival, Lost Dutchman Motorcycle Club, Arizona Cancer Village Fun Run


Local Acts With Whom We've Shared the Stage

April Anne, Pistoleros, Jane N' the Jungle, Japhy's Descent, Ben Anderson, the Banter, Ghost Cat Attack, Johnny Lee, Young's Modulus, the Effects, the Senators, Big Finish, the Earps, Ruca, the Lovelost, Cockswain, Action Jets, Zack Phillips, Quarter Inch Crown, Pinner, Tommy Ash Band, DL Marble, the Cole Trains, the Lonesome Wilderness, Mister Lucky, Treasurefruit, 13 to the Gallows, Truckers on Speed, Delta Fifths, Tora, the Glides, the Breakup Society, Sister Lip, the Pleasure Victims, Manic Monkeys, Marc Norman, Nolan McKelvey, Tramps & Thieves, Watch for Rocks, Green Line Operator, Objective Perspective, Jackson Dife', Mr. Eastwood, the Hardways, Psycho Square Dance, Squiddog, Kingfathand, Black Carl, Horizon i, Lee Perreira, Mill's End, Bucket of Witches, ¡Compañeros!, the Woodworks, Instant Hobo, O' Henry, Field Tripp, Shane Hunt, Roll Acosta, the Naked Chollas, Cait Brennan, Tjames/Echolalia, the DanDan Noodles, the Frogstranglers, El West, the Pubes, the Minor Injuries, Random Karma, Exploding Oranges, Hunter Johnson/the Regretting Man, Jeremiah Craig, David & the Guitar, the Upper Strata, Liar's Alibi, Bitch Automatic, Dfactor, DeadFoxx, Crandall, the Torn Speakers, Black Mountain Moonshine, Gregg Myers, Romen Buffalo, Jeff Gonzales, D.G. Scherrer, Gus, The Redemptions, the Bittersweet Way, Casey James Brooks, Mariah DeRaet, Battered Suitcases, Scorpion vs. Tarantula, Andy Warpigs, the Bellwethers, Counterfeit Party, What's Left, Serene Dominic & the Human Torch, Soul Country, American Longspurs, Maximum R&B, Monster May I, Dead Eyes of London, Jim Bachmann, 36 Cents and a Dream, What's Left, Crosby Tyler, Torn at the Seam, Safety Patrol, Labor Party, Day Before Plastics, Ana Log, Kevin Daly's Chicken and Waffles, Fu, Harper & the Moths, Rose Colored Eyes, Jamie Waldron Trio, Black Rabbits, Outlaw Inlaws, Darkness Dear Boy, the Persuaders, the Phosphenes, Please, Why Ask Why, Interstate Heros, Lo-Fi-Hi, Skink, Crossfire Lounge, Grave Danger, Moons, Birds & Monsters, Murphy's Outlaw


Local Venues Performed

Irene's Tap Room, BLK Live, The Womack, Shady Park, Alice Cooper'stown*, C.A.S.A Sunba*, ThirdSpace, The Firehouse Gallery*, The Lostleaf, The Western*, Last Exit Live, Tempe Tavern, Yucca Tap Room, Long Wong's at Apache*, Rockbar, Rogue Bar,* Tempe History Museum, Hard Rock Cafe Phoenix, Prankster's Too*, Gluttons*, SanTan Brewing Company, Phoenix Ale Brewery, Time Out Lounge, Desert Eagle Brewing Company, Ice House Tavern*, The Sail Inn*, Hollywood Alley*, Rhythm Room, Wrigley Mansion, Fiddlers Dream, Music on Mill*, SunDust Gallery*, Ticoz, Bookman's Mesa, Xtreme Bean, Arizona State University, Montage Art Studio on Mill, Hotel Valley Ho, Desert Ridge Marketplace, Westgate City Center, Tempe Marketplace, SanTan Village, Lawn Gnome Publishing*, the Cutting Board Cafe, Chopper John's, Rips, Pho Cao, AZ Wine Company, Cactus Jacks, PAZ, Valley Bar, Rebel Lounge, Club Red, Gotham City Comics, The Listening Room



Website cover photo by Kelly Sahr. About the Band written by Carol Pacey with photos from Ben Bruno.