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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013: Year in Review

2013 was another incredible year for local music.  Area musicians made headlines, Hamilton got a Blues Fest to call its own and the Hamilton Blues Lovers turned 5 years old.  This was also the first year that HBL started giving away free tickets to some fabulous shows.  There should be more amazing contests in 2014.

Much like last year,  Harrison Kennedy was very busy.  The blues legend beat cancer in 2013 and released his best album to date, Soulscape.  The disc earned him a Hamilton Music Award as well as nominations for the Maple Blues Awards and Blues Music Awards.  He also guest starred on an album by Pete Tigchelaar.

Steve Strongman was also a big news maker as he took home a Juno, three Maple Blues Awards, a View Magazine Readers' Choice Award and was a finalist in the International Songwriter competition.  Steve was also instrumental in organizing the successful 1st Annual Hamilton Blues and Roots Festival.

2013 was also wonderful for Kathleen Edwards.  She found herself nominated for two Junos and on two CBC top lists (Canadian Singers, Canadian Albums). One of her songs was also used for a great John Denver Tribute

Hamilton music duo Whitehorse had a noteworthy year as well.  There was an album, a live covers EP, and they were on the shortlist for the Polaris Music Prize.  On top of all that, Whitehorse member Luke Doucet appeared on a CD by Lindy Vopnfjord.

Unfortunately, we lost a number of talented artists this year.  They include Al Carter, Jason Lees (The Plain Steel), Alex MacDougall (Groove Corporation), John Willet (Powerhouse), Stompin' TomTam KearneyRita MacNeil, Ray Manzerak  (Doors), Lou Reed, JJ Cale, Ray Price, Slim Whitman, Precious Bryant, and more.

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Here's to an ever better 2014!!!!

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