Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Cootes Paradise Debut is World Class

Pretty much everything about the self-titled debut album of Dundas band Cootes Paradise screams 'world-class'. From the beautiful look of the CD art to the phenomenal production and, of course, the astonishing music - it's all impressive.

It's no wonder since Cootes Paradise is a super-group. Members include:
Together, they've forged a collection of well-crafted songs that are bluesy, funky, soulful and more. Each and every song has its own unique flavour. They all have the talent to pull off this wondrous genre-blending with panache.

To top it all off, there's the legendary Nick Blagona doing production, mixing and mastering (as well as some percussion).  Other highlights include a visit from the remarkable Grand River Voices choir on one track and some extraordinary co-writing by Sharon Washington, Daniel CavasantTom Shea and others.

You've gotta get your hands on this album so pick it up at one of the group's unforgettable live shows. Stores carrying the CD include Dr. Disc in Hamilton and Ellënoire in Dundas. It's also available through their website, cdbaby and itunes.

Links: Cootes ParadiseMore Cootes Paradise StoriesVideos above courtesy of Cootes Paradise

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

CONGRATS! Local 2018 Maple Blues Award Winners

Shortly after being nominated for a pair of  Blues Music Awards, Hamilton Blues veteran Harrison Kennedy has brought a Maple Blues Award for Songwriter of the Year to Steeltown!  It all happened on January 15, 2018 at Koerner Hall.

Links: Harrison KennedyMore Harrison Kennedy StoriesVideo above courtesy of Luther Blues

Colin James' latest album Blue Highways (ft Hamilton's Steve Pelletier and Jesse O'Brien) won for Recording/Producer of the Year. Colin is also the only multiple winner, having earned the top spot in the Guitarist of the Year category.

Links: Colin JamesMore Colin James StoriesSteve PelletierMore Steve Peletier StoriesJesse O'BrienMore Jesse O'Brien StoriesVideo above courtesy of BelAxeBluesFlames

Cambridge Bluesman Conor Gains was a runner up for the coveted Cobalt Music Prize. Thanks to his song Walking Alone, he earned a $250 dollar payout.

Here's a complete list of winners.

Monday, January 15, 2018

GOOD LUCK! Hamilton's Harrison Kennedy Nominated for 2018 Blues Music Awards

Hamilton Blues Legend Harrison Kennedy is once again up for Blues Music Awards this year (the only Canadian nominated).  He's in the running for two awards: Acoustic Album of the Year and Acoustic Artist of the Year.  Hopefully, he'll be bringing home the hardware at the May 10, 2018 ceremony in Memphis.

Links: Harrison KennedyMore Harrison Kennedy StoriesVideo above courtesy of Luther Blues


San Francisco Bluesman Rick Estrin landed the most nominations (8) with Taj Mahal and Don Bryant in second with 5 nods apiece.

Here's a complete list of nominees.

Acoustic Album 
Acoustic Artist
Emerging Artist Album
Contemporary Blues Album
Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Historical Album of the Year
Piano Player
Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female)
Rock Blues Album
Rock Blues Artist
Soul Blues Album
Soul Blues Female Artist
Soul Blues Male Artist
Traditional Blues Album
Traditional Blues Female Artist
Traditional Blues Male Artist

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Weekday Picks (January 15-18, 2018)

Wednesday, January 17

Thursday, January 18

8:30pm: SUBzero Winter Fest @ Maxwell's Concerts (Waterloo) $11.30

9pm: This Mad Desire (Video Screening Premiere) @ This Ain't Hollywood (Hamilton) $15

From their site: Hope for People-Fodivha Inc, is a Canadian Non-Profit Organization partnering with Fodivha Orphanage and School in Thomaseau, Haiti. We work to fund the building of the infrastructure necessary to give children a safe, nurturing environment to live and learn in. Funding also supports a nutritious feeding programme. Currently, 35 orphaned children live at Fodivha and another 300 come to school everyday. It is the only free school in the area, servicing the most marginalized and needy, in this very poor area of Haiti.

100% of your donation to Hope for People – Fodivha goes directly to support the ongoing construction projects at the orphanage and school and to the purchase of food for the children.

The Hamilton Blues Lovers (HBL) want to showcase a deserving local charity every week.  HBL is not affiliated with these charities nor does it fund raise for them.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

CONGRATS! Brantford's Logan Staats Becomes 1st Winner of the Launch

Brantford/Six Nations singer songwriter Logan Staas has been catapulted to national superstardom after becoming the first winner of CTV's the Launch. He was one of 5 unsigned acts vying to record the song The Lucky Ones. His version can now be stream and purchased through iHeartRadio, Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify and Google Play.

Here are a few comments from the man himself from his Facebook page.
This moment is still so surreal... and “The Lucky Ones” is still NUMBER ONE on the charts in Canada!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You’ve made “The Lucky Ones” NUMBER ONE in the country! It’s available everywhere now. Share the love and download it from all platforms! Scott Borchetta wanted a number one hit, and I’m so happy to say.... we got it!
Click here for the Brantford Expositor story


Links: Logan StaatsMore Logan Staats StoriesVideo above courtesy of CTV

The other contestants included:
Blast from the Past: Logan Wins 2017 Indigenous Music Award

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