“Oh, you know - everything from Buffalo Springfield to the Louvin Brothers.”
“I love the Louvin Brothers - Charlie’s new record is really good!”
“What? You have the new Charlie Louvin record???”
“Yeah - I’m a serious country music fan.”
“Me too!” Pause. “But I love pop and bubblegum almost as much. Abba, Andy Kim…”
“I love that stuff! Still have my 45 of ‘Sugar Sugar’ by the Archies.”
This unlikely exchange took place the night Jon Macey and Lynn Shipley were introduced to one another at a nightclub in Boston. They co-wrote their first song a few months later and have been writing, producing, and recording together since that evening.
Macey and Shipley have formed a musical collective called Hummingbird Syndicate, a platform they use to produce records with some of their favorite musical collaborators. Modeling themselves on Goffin and King (Bjorn and Benny, Boyce and Hart…) with a generous sprinkling of Owen Bradley, they merge traditional pop, country, and folk to arrive at a modern mesh that can sound like The Flying Burrito Brothers or The Mamas and the Papas, depending on the day.