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Well, here I am, and welcome to my new site! This is where I'll be spending more and more time online. I hope you'll join me. 

My blog, The P. Hux Chronicles, begins right on this page. I'll be adding content frequently.

The phuxstore has CDs and T Shirts. When you order from me I will sign your CDs and include a custom guitar pick with your purchase.

The music page lets you listen to full versions of my songs, which you can also download for a nominal charge that supports the artist! To get you started, several songs are free.

The shows page will have all my upcoming concerts as soon as they are confirmed, with ticket information when available.

The photos page features loads of pictures I've never shared before.  Please have a look.

And dear guest, PLEASE share your email address at contact (I will never pass it on) and leave me a message in the comment box.  I'll get back to you.

Glad you're here!

Best,
Hux

ps: if you're on a mobile device, you can reach my site's different sections by scrolling to the top of this page and clicking the "three lines" icon.
 

Blog: The P. Hux Chronicles

Rock Out with The SUITORS Friday Night after Thanksgiving! 

There's a secret little bar in Bethesda where the vibes and the drink prices harken back to about 1974.  It's the Knights of Columbus lounge and I'll be playing there all night on Friday with the best covers band you've ever heard, The SUITORS.  Admission is $5. Drinks are $2.  We start the show at 8:30 and we do every song we've ever loved from Beatles to ZZ Top and it's the most fun allowed in town.

Map to Gig
 Left to Right: Dave Phenicie bassist/singer extraordinaire; Ricky Wise boy wonder drummer/singer;… Read more

For Beatle Freaks Only 

I'm reading The Beatles: All These Years Vol. 1 TUNE IN by Mark Lewisohn. If you love the Beatles, this book will tell you everything you could possibly want to know, and then some, about the Fabs.  It's amazing.  Vol. 1 is all about the early years, and it ends, after 803 pages, with the release of their first album. Yeah, it's insane. For guys like me, who consider the Beatles' story to be THE epic tale of our times, TUNE IN is a fascinatingly detailed tome. All the gaps in this well-known story are… Read more

Tracks & Treasure Review 

Don't you love your hard drive?  I find all kinds of things on there.  Here's a nice review of Tracks & Treasures Vol 1 by Fred Mills, ace music writer.


P. Hux   Tracks & Treasure Volume 1

(nine18 records) www.parthenonhuxley.com

 

Tarheel ex-pat Parthenon Huxley, currently based in the D.C. area and a member of ELO (aka "The Orchestra"), has a sterling rock ‘n' lineage stretching back to a series of seminal mid/late ‘70s Chapel Hill indie combos. Along the way, he's earned a… Read more

My favorite music video in years 

I posted this to FB a while back, but it deserves another post here.  This is the funniest cartoon about recording, producing, creative techniques, songwriting credit, rock history, vanity, inside music jokes, etc that I've ever seen. It's kind of a miracle that it exists. I was reading Bowie's biography, Star Man, and doing the occasional dip into YouTube to find songs I'd never heard before, such as "Can't Help Thinking About Me", an awesome 1966 harbinger of The Bowie To Come, when I stumbled on this… Read more

Thank You Bethesda Magazine 

Looks like I'm not the only one mixing "Bethesda" into the arts.  Here's a little piece in the most recent issue of Bethesda Magazine that mentions my latest album Thank You Bethesda.

Bethesda Magazine


 

Kid, I was chuggin' espresso before your Mama graduated grade school! 

The other day in Trader Joe's I purchased two large cans of dark roasted beans.  A helpful 20-something employee asked me, "Sir, do you have a machine to grind these at home?"  (Translation: "Old man, you do realize you're buying beans, not NesCafe, right?") I held my tongue. "Yeah. I do."  Coffee is kind of my thing. Anyone who's had my homemade Soy Latte can attest to my skills. I absolutely need a cup of personality in the morning or I'll never get Mr. Grumpy out of my head. On the road I am a loyal… Read more

Random Free Downloads on the Music Page 

Check in with my music page when you visit…I'll be making random songs available for free download from time to time.  The latest free track is "Love Is The Greatest Thing" from Thank You Bethesda.  I'd love it if you bought a few others, of course, but that's just my starving artist talking!

More Orchestra Dates Added 

The shows keep coming in for 2015. If you're in Florida or northern Europe consider yourself in the Orchestra's path.  You can keep up with all upcoming shows on my show page.

Mike Versaci has excellent taste 

A gentleman named Michael Versaci recently posted on Facebook:

I bought this album after having been a fan of Parthenon Huxley (aka P. Hux) for at least 10 years with high expectations. It came in the mail yesterday and I popped it in the car CD player for my morning commute. It blew me away upon first listen. I was in classic rock heaven! Maybe I’m going out on a limb but I think this is the best album he’s ever recorded and I’m a fan of all of them. “Hux” is a fantastic songwriter with clever lyrics with a… Read more

VIDEO: overdubbing guitar on "Love Is The Greatest Thing" 

While making Thank You Bethesda I spent a lot of time in Mark Williams' Suckerpunch Studio. I mean a LOT of time. Recording is fun, but when you do it for hours and hours you can kind of lose your mind, in a good way. Somehow we still managed to get work done.  Check it out.

What a show! 

 I saw Aerosmith live, Saturday, Sept 6th, 2014, with opener Slash.  

The reason I went to the show is this guy, Alex Leipold, one of my more talented guitar students.  Alex is a huge fan of Slash, and many months ago Alex mentioned Slash was opening for Aerosmith in our area.  I said, "Hmmm…let me see if I can arrange something.  A guy I know works for Aerosmith."

That guy is this guy, John Shipp.  John's a brilliant front-of-house engineer who used to work for my band The Orchestra. We had quite a few sonic… Read more

When Waltzing Was Wacky 

I recently noticed that both Buffalo Springfield and the Beatles enjoyed switching between waltz time (123,123) and standard 4/4 (1234) in the same song.  You're probably more familiar with the Beatles' use of this neat trick. For instance the verses of Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds ("Picture yourself in a boat on a river…") are in waltz time, but the chorus ("Lucy in the sky-y with diamonds…") is in 4/4.  On We Can Work It Out, John's bridge goes from 4/4 ("Life is very short and there's no time…") to… Read more

The Birth of Rock and Roll 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvzmBA91P3c

According to most sources, Trixie Smith came up with this song in 1922.  "My Daddy Rocks Me (With A Steady Roll)" looks to be the first linking of "rock" and "roll" and its subject matter couldn't be clearer.  (There's also a version called "My Man Rocks Me…"). A great tradition was unleashed and I'm glad to be a small pebble in its roaring path.

Cleveland Examiner notes my "guitar hero charisma" 

Here's a story from the Cleveland Examiner about The Orchestra's performance there in August, 2014.  Unusually, most of the facts are correct (with the exception of Bev Bevan's last name among other small things) so hats off to to writer Pete Roche who seemed to really enjoy the show.  I'm glad he ditched the legal history of the band and focused more on what actually happened on stage--that's what people pay money to see and hear IMHO.

Review of our show in Cleveland

Hotel Art 

The Orchestra performed in Sydney, Nova Scotia during summer 2014.  Sydney's a small city on a natural harbor.  It's got that "northern" feel…birch trees, lots of uninterrupted forest, old wooden houses, etc.  We stayed at the Martin Arms hotel.  On the third floor at the top of the stairs I was captivated by this piece of art.  Surely there's a heartwarming story behind it.




 
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