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Monday, August 31, 2015

Oakville's GCDC Balance Raw and Fiery on New Album

After listening to Banditoland, the latest album from Oakville band, GCDC visions of dirty, wrong side of the tracks,  old-time saloons will dance in your head.  This is a modern jam band that serves up raw, bluesy, Americana and some cool, fast rockin'.

These boys can really play.  Despite the almost throw-back feel of the album, they do some incredible, fiery guitar theatrics just to show ya who's boss.  It's the best of both worlds: organic roots rock and great musicianship.

So check this explosive album out by downloading it through their Bandcamp page.

Links: GCDCMore ReleasesVideos above courtesy of GCDC

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Our Weekday Picks (August 31 - September 3, 2015)

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Tuesday, September 1

4:15pm: Rich and the Poor Boys@Fort Erie Race Track, Tiki Bar

8:30pm: Harry Connick Jr@Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort $95+

Wednesday, September 2

12pm: Dulamon@Gore Park (Hamilton)

6pm: Brant Parker@Royal Botanical Gardens (Burlington) $12.50/FREE for RBG members

8:30pm: Interactive Music Night w Judy and the Noteworthies@Coach and Lantern (Ancaster)

8:30pm: Harry Connick Jr@Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort $95+

9pm: Kim Koren/John Allaire@Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $5/PWYC

Thursday, September 3 (12-7pm)

12pm: Laura Cole@Gore Park (Hamilton)

7pm: Kitchen Ceilidh w Mill Muir@McDougall Cottage (Cambridge) Donation

7pm: Piano Men Tribute w Bruce Tournay@Uncorked on Main (Georgetown)

7pm: Grand Finale All-Stars@Firemen's Park (Niagara Falls)

7pm: The Mantini Sisters and The Toronto All-Star Big Band@Fonthill Bandshell (Peace Park)

Thursday, September 3 (7:30pm-Close)

7:30pm: Jeff Gallagher (Dry County)@Lone Star Texas Grill (Cambridge)

8pm: Jam in Memory of Tony Rush w One Way Up@Masque Wine Bar (Hamilton)

8:30pm: Open Jam (First in a Weekly Series)@Starving Artist Gallery Cafe (Brantford)

8:30pm: Eli and the Strawman/Majora/Knife the Wolf/Katey Gatta@Taps Brewery (Niagara Falls)

10pm: JP Riemens@Cat N Fiddle (Hamilton)

Thursday, September 3 (Festivals)

Canada's Largest Ribfest@Spencer Smith Park (Burlington)

East Stage
5:30-7pm Skrou
7:30-9pm Mason Dixon
9:30-11pm Honeymoon Suite  

West Stage
5:30-7pm The Dukes
7:30-9pm Rita Carrey
9:30-11pm Family Function

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Get the Complete Shakers Experience with New 2 CD Collection

Nobody did infectious, good-old fashioned infectious rock 'n' roll like the legendary Hamilton group the Shakers.  To celebrate their recent reunion shows, the band's come out with an amazing, self-titled, 2 CD collection featuring all their incredible songs.

Featuring current superstars Tim GibbonsDave RaveRick Andrew, and Claude DesRoches, the lads made some of the best music to come out the very late 70's and early to mid 80s (featuring early production work by international sensation Daniel Lanois).  They mastered and perfected punk-like rockabilly and 50s style catchy rock.  With unforgettable hits like Out the Door, Shake Some Action and many more, the foursome left their mark on the music scene.

As previously mentioned, this anthology includes all their tunes and an unreleased cover of Ain't Got No Sense by another legendary Hamilton band, Teenage Head.

If you wanna pick up this piece of rock history, you can go to Picks N Sticks in Hamilton and get yourself a copy.

Blast from the Past: The Shakers on the Barber Shop Podcast

Links: ShakersMore Shakers StoriesMore Releases, Videos above courtesy of Matteo Muser

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

'Cosmic Cowboy' by Niagara-on-the-Lake's Steve Goldberger Features an Astounding Mix of Styles

Niagara-on-the-Lake singer and multi-instrumentalist  Steve Goldberger, has always mastered a range of styles (he leads the Americana/Roots band Old Winos and Blues/Soul outfit The Niagara Rhythm Section).  His 6th album, Cosmic Cowboy, shows him at his best.

Steve and a number of his talented musical friends have put together an astounding mix of covers (including fabulous versions of Rodney Crowell and Nanci Griffith tunes) and unique originals.   Folk, Bluegrass, Country, Cajun, Roots and everything in-between are all performed with gusto.

There's no shortage of accomplished musicians on this disc.  Vocal duets with Tim HicksSerena Pryne and Mary Simon (Mississippi Bends) are a major highlight.  Steve's also joined by Denis Keldie, Mark LalamaWendell Ferguson, Andrew Aldridge, Cam MacInnes, Roger Marin, Mike Glatt, Steve GrisbrookShane Guse (Western Swing Authority), Jeese Cobb, Jim Casson, Dave Norris, Andrew MacKay and Peter Griffin.

If you want a copy of this amazing CD you can order one at Steve's live shows or through his online shop.  It can also be downloaded via iTunescdbaby or eMusic.

Blast from the Past: Steve Goldberger Video and More

Links: Steve Goldberger, More Steve Goldberger StoriesMore ReleasesVideos above courtesy of Steve Goldberger

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Late Tony "Rush" Wachnuik Honoured by Local Musicans

Unfortunately, Hamilton musician Tony "Rush" Wachnuik passed away on August 25, 2015 due to complications from a traffic accident. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

Tony was a beloved member of the local music community and a valued member of a number of bands, including the TNT Bluesmen, Hell County and most recently, the King Street Band.

Wayne Janus, his Hell County bandmate had this to say: "Tony brought a level of energy to the music that I've only experienced while performing with him. He knew how to "connect" and his placement of his musical energies inspired me to give it all as if it were the last note to ever be played. I learned so much from him. I am forever grateful for our time together on and off the stage. Tony had a big heart and "continually" expressed compassion for my fathers failing health. Tony will always have a place in my heart and he will always have a place in the music that I will continue to play. Love you brother T"

A note from Lou, our blogger: "Tony was one of the first musicians I befriended after starting the Hamilton Blues Lovers.  I remember his no-nonsense approach to life, his energy and amazing musical talent. We'll all miss him."

Reaction to his passing hit social media.  Here a few comments. We'll be adding more later.

Mike Almas: "Lots of tears for Tony, what a character, what a great friend, so very glad to have known him, gonna miss him a lot."

Mike Branton: "Nobody fought the good fight as fiercely as Tony did. Nobody stuck it harder to the phonies. And when it was time to play and I mean really play there was nobody who could touch him. Not in a million years.. .A true friend and bluesman!

Steven Collett: "Rest in peace to my friend Tony Rush that played a wonderful Ibanez bass similar to the one I had. It was so great to play with him and we will miss the wide eyed spirit he had."

There will be a memorial show on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at the Homestead Bar from 4-8pm.  Donations will be accepted for Tony's family.

Video above  (with Tony Rush on bass) courtesy of Hell County

Video above courtesy of Hamilton Blues Lovers

Blast from the Past: Tony Rush Jam@Rebel's Rock

Link: More Tony Rush Stories

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