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Back Stage – Humperheads celebrate 18 years

Carol Feineman

Together 18 years, Buck Love and the Humperheads will celebrate the release of its first CD May 28 at Cooper’s Saloon in Nevada City.

The CD, “Buck Love and the Humperheads LIVE, Volume 1 – Originals” features nine originals, six written by band member Paul Kamm and three by band member Tom MacDonald. All but one song were recorded live at Cooper’s (the exception was recorded live at Kirby’s Creekside) by Ken Schumacher.

“Now this is no ordinary, live-mixed bar band recording. I pulled out all the stops and recorded them many separate times over a two-year period,” Schumacher said. “For almost all these gigs, I was laying down 16 simultaneous tracks of digital audio on location, all night long for every song, and we then picked the very best of the original tunes to fill this CD with some pretty awesome music.”

Songs include MacDonald’s “This is Love” and the group’s most requested tune, “Toxic Dump Site,” written by Kamm.

One of the longest-running Nevada County bands, Buck Love and the Humperheads is comprised of Mikail Graham, Kamm, Billy Smart, MacDonald and Mark Yedinak.

The CD release party will run from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. May 28. Cover will be $5. Schumacher is now working on “Volume 2 – Covers.”

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“I have multitrack digital recordings of five different versions of ‘Franklin’s Tower,’ six versions of ‘Fire On The Bayou’ and seven versions of ‘Crossroads’ sitting in boxes on my shelf,” Schumacher said. “And there are tapes of more than a dozen other different cover songs, as well. We just have to decide which songs to include. I imagine it will take at least six months, though, to dig through this treasure trove, pick the best nuggets and polish them up for the next CD.”

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