Monday, December 11, 2017

Yodelin' Slim Clark's 100th Birthday

Picture Courtesy of Athol Daily News
Today (December 11, 2017) would have been Yodelin' Slim Clark's 100th birthday.

From Wikipedia (abridged):
In 1936, he went on the air as "Wyoming Buck" and a few months later the radio station manager renamed him "Yodeling Slim Clark" - which was his trademark throughout his career. 
Though primarily known as a single act, Slim's bands included the "Red River Rangers", "The Trailriders" and "The Trailsmen". 
During his very active career, Slim recorded over 25 albums. Copies of his old 78s are in the Library at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and have become collector's items. After a partial retirement in the early 1970s, he recorded for Palomino Records and played many festivals during the summertime.
Slim won the World Yodeling Championship in 1947 and was inducted into the Yodeler's Hall of Fame, He was a member of the Western Music Association's Hall of Fame. 
Here are some videos from the man himself:

Links: Yodelin' Slim Clark, Videos above courtesy of mrblindfreddy9999

More 100th Birthday Celebrations

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Weekday Picks (December 11-14, 2017)

Monday, December 11

Yodelin' Slim Clark: 100th Birthday

2-2:30am: Ensemble! TV Show ft Dwayne LaForme + Joshua Arden Miller, Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

12-1pm: Vocal Meditation with Jane Lewis @ Silence (Guelph) donation FINAL

7pm: West African Drum Class (Beginner) w Tom Wolf @ Silence (Guelph) $20 one or both levels (Every 2nd Mon)

8pm: Brantford Downtown Jazz Presents Bernie Senensky Quintet @ Sanderson Centre (Brantford) $30

8pm: West African Drum Class (Beginner) w Tom Wolf @ Silence (Guelph) $20 one or both levels (Every 2nd Mon)

Tuesday, December 12

12-12:30am: Ensemble! TV Show ft Dwayne LaForme + Joshua Arden Miller, Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

11:30am: Kenny + Dolly A Little Touch of Christmas (Tribute Show) @ Carmen's (Hamilton) $55 incl lunch

1pm: Music's Greatest Icons: Holiday Edition (Tribute Show) @ Greg Frewin Theatre (Niagara Falls) $20, Lunch (12pm) available for extra cost

4-6pm: Blues Blast w Ken Wallis @ 101.5 FM or

7pm: Hamilton Regional Songwriter's Group @ Birchway Sound (Hamilton) (Every 2 Weeks)

8pm: Charly’s Piano (play ft Charly Chiarelli) @ Artword Artbar (Hamilton) $20

8:30-9pm: Ensemble! TV Show ft Maggie Hamilton + Song, Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

Wednesday, December 13

1-1:30pm: Ensemble! TV Show ft Jitterbug James (The Vaudevillian) + Famous Framus, Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

6:30pm: Abbamania + Night Fever (Tribute Show) @ Carmen's (Hamilton) $60 incl dinner

7:30pm: The Hammer Hoppers Presenta Peter Shea Quartet @ Scottish Rite (Hamilton) $20/$15 students +seniors+HIVE members

7:30pm: Altobeelays w HPO @ Bay City Music Hall (Hamilton) $20

8pm: Charly’s Piano (play ft Charly Chiarelli) @ Artword Artbar (Hamilton) $20

8pm: Kenny GHoliday + Hits @ FirstOntario Concert Hall (Hamilton) $52+

8pm: Single Mothers, Little Junior, Rules @ This Ain't Hollywood (Hamilton) $?

8pm: A Tartan Terrors Christmas @ Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts $50

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

9pm: NYSSA vs Persons + Friends @ Casbah (Hamilton) $8

Thursday, December 14

11:30am-12pm: Ensemble! TV Show ft Dwayne LaForme + Joshua Arden Miller, Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

2-2:30pm: Ensemble! TV Show ft Dwayne LaForme + Joshua Arden Miller, Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

9pm: How the Gretch Stole Christmas (Fundraiser) @ This Ain't Hollywood (Hamilton) $10

Please Support Local Charities

From their website: The Mission of the Grimsby Benevolent Fund (GBF) is to help individuals and families in maintaining self sufficiency by providing assistance with basic needs.

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.

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Hamilton's Carl Horton Passes

Picture courtesy of Carl's Facebook page
It is with sadness that we announce that Hamilton musician Carl Horton passed away recently.  Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

UPDATE! Hamilton Spectator story about Carl's passing

UPDATE! A musical celebration of his life will be at the First Unitarian Church of Hamilton on Wednesday, December 13 (2 pm)
Carl started his professional music career in 1979. Highlights includes scoring numerous films/TV shows, creating over 450 advertising jingles, teaching, session work, arranging, directing and much more. He's performed for politicians and royalty.  Click here for more detailed bio.

Carl was beloved by many in the Hamilton music community. Here are a few comments from social media:

Jude Johnson (Carl's longtime musical partner): 
My heart is dear friend...musical partner for 35 brother...Carl Horton....a King of a man...unbearable loss for his beloved Tina and daughters Ali and Annie ...our community has lost a great soul...there are no words....
Adrean Farrugia
Carl was one of my teachers at Mohawk College in the 90’s. He was a beloved teacher, and musician—always enthusiastic about music and supportive of others. I’m sad to hear that he’s gone. I’ll miss him. It’s a reminder to make the best of each day as we never know how long we’ll be here.
My condolences to his family. Rest In Peace Carl and thanks for the friendship and inspiration.
We will add more comments as we find them.

Video above courtesy of Hamilton Blues Lovers

To honour his legacy, here are some of his students performing an original tune they wrote.

Video above courtesy of Altheta Rutherford

Blast from the Past: Carl Horton and Friends Perform at Pine Street Gardens

Links: Carl Horton, More Carl Horton StoriesJude JohnsonMore Jude Johnson Stories,

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

News Roundup, Part 2: Canada and World (Patrick Bourgeois, Awards, CBC's Top Albums, Passings)

Click here for News Roundup, Part 1: Local

Picture courtesy of SOCAN
Links: Les BB, Video above courtesy of UnidiscMusic


Highlights below. Click title above for complete winner list

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Weekend Picks (December 8-10, 2017)

Saturday, December 9

2pm: Sonica w Gary Diggins (Sound as blessing. Music as medicine) @ Silence (Guelph) $20

2:30pm: Mighty Duck Blues Band w Mike Branton @ The Bar Upstairs (St. Catharines)

3:30pm: Blues Etc ft Steve Grisbrook w Jeni Thai @ Monty's (St. Catharines)

3-3:30pm: Ensemble! TV Show ft Dana Swarbrick + Geoff Hudson, Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

7:30pm: Brenda Lewis and Gayle AckroydSweet n' Sassy Christmas @ Red Brick Cafe (Guelph) $?

7:30pm: Welcome Christmas w The Commissionaires @ Registry Theatre (Kitchener) $25

8pm: Charly’s Piano (play ft Charly Chiarelli) @ Artword Artbar (Hamilton) $20

8pm: Whose Cat Is Dead w Toadhouse @ Casbah (Hamilton) $10

8pm: Who Made Who (AC/DC Tribute) @ Seneca Queen Theatre (Niagara Falls) $?

8pm: Wonderful World of Christmas, Graceland Edition ft Steve Michaels @ River Run Centre (Guelph) $49.75+

8pm: Sonica w Gary Diggins (Sound as blessing. Music as medicine) @ Silence (Guelph) $20

8pm: Tool and Rage Against the Machine Tribute Night @ Maxwell's Concerts (Waterloo) $15

8:30pm: Yvette Tollar Group @ Jazz Room (Waterloo) $18/$10 under 30

9pm: Jimmy Hayes, Go Home @ This Ain't Hollywood (Hamilton)

9pm: McCurlie, Doidge + Wiles @ Coach and Lantern (Ancaster)

9pm: Shaun Maiden/Carmen North Punk Show @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $10

9pm: Trickbag @ Brantford Casino

9:30pm: Niagara Rhythm Section w Jeni Thai @ Old Winery (Niagara on the Lake)

Sunday, December 10

12-5pm: Record Swap and Sale @ This Ain't Hollywood (Hamilton) FREE (food item donation encouraged)

1pm: The Loretta Hale Big Band w guests Andre Bisson + Aubrey WilsonBoston Manor (Burlington) $15 adv/$20 door

2pm: Amy Brandon @ Richard Owen Studio (Hamilton) $20 reserve at or call (905) 807 4792

2pm: Kerr St. Mission Christmas and Beyond Fundraiser @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville)

2pm: Brantford Open Stage @ Best Western/Brant Park Inn $4 (Every 2 Weeks)

3pm:  Charly’s Piano (play ft Charly Chiarelli) @ Artword Artbar (Hamilton) $20

4pm: Monster Jam w Dwayne LaForme @ The Boathouse (Kitchener)

7:30pm: Elvis Wonderful World of Christmas: Graceland Edition w Steve Michaels FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton $49.75

9pm: SIANspheric, The Pucumber Sasssquash Family Band + SCRAPHEAT @ This Ain't Hollywood (Hamilton) $10

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Help Local Artists Win the 2017 No Depression Readers Poll! VOTE! Deadline Dec 15

International Americana online magazine No Depression is holding their annual year-end readers poll (for best album) and a few local artists on on the ballot.

This includes:
Other Canadians on the ballot include:
Acts can also be added to the ballot during the voting process so if there are any artists you'd like recognized, this is your chance!

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Weekday Picks (December 4-7, 2017)

Thursday, December 7

8pm: A Skydiggers Christmas @ Centre in the Square (Kitchener) $25+

9pm: Piper Hayes CD Release w the Lifers @ This Ain't Hollywood (Hamilton) $10 adv/$12 door

9pm: Dan Walsh @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $?

Please Support Local Charities

From their site: Our vision is to sustain our reputation as being a premier no-kill humane society in Ontario. We strive to continually improve our protocols and practices in order to ensure exemplary care for our residents and to act ethically and in the best interests of both animals and potential adopters.

They also have two great thrift shops.

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.

Friday, December 1, 2017

News Roundup (Ben Bowman, Easy Lemon, The Band, Canadian Grammy Nods)

FYI Music News Stories
Canadian Grammy Nominations

      Thursday, November 30, 2017

      Wednesday, November 29, 2017

      Merle Travis' 100th Birthday

      Wednesday, November 29, 2017 would have been Merle Travis' 100th birthday.

      Recently, we asked a number of local musicians for comments about this legendary country performer.  Here are a few responses:

      Marty Allen
      Merle Travis, the template of Americana. It still moves me so!
      Shawn Brush
      Travis picking… How many people have a style named after them?
      Ty Baynton
      Merle Travis was a great songwriter and unique guitar player. I still use his picking style now and then while playing acousticly at shows or radio spots and I'm sure he influenced many other players as well.
      Jonathan Knight (Soulstack)
      Merle Travis is one of the cornerstones of my guitar playing. Travis picking was one of my first few chosen challenges and it's still part of my practise routine everyday
      Tim McDonald (of the Barn Katz) responded with his cover of Merle's biggest hit: 16 Tons.

      Links: Barn Katz, More Barn Katz StoriesVideo above courtesy of Tim McDonald

      Here are a few videos from the man himself.

      Video above courtesy of antonichkov

      Video above courtesy of justformusicvideos

      Video above courtesy of TVHotRock

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      Hamilton Blues Lovers Turns 9 Today!

      A word from Lou, our blogger:

      In another year, HBL will be hitting double digits! It all started with me posting a Kijiji ad announcing my new organization: the Hamilton Blues Lovers. That ad has led me to a blog, a media presence (BlogTwitterFacebookYouTube, Instagramweekly e-mail newsletter and more) and a wonderful life with an amazing wife!

      This has been a great year with my wife and I winning one of the first George R. Robinson awards

      We have big plans for next year's 10th anniversary. STAY TUNED!

      Links: Keith RichardsMore Rolling Stones Stories, Video above courtesy of NokhaPaani

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      Tuesday, November 28, 2017

      Hamilton's Iskwé on CBC's q

      Picture courtesy of CBC
      Hamilton singer/songwriter Iskwé recently appeared on CBC's q program.  Here are a few of the videos from the show's YouTube site.

      Blast from the Past: Hamilton Spectator Story on Iskwé (and more)

      Links: Iskwé, More Iskwé Stories,  More q Stories, Videos above courtesy of q on CBC

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      Sunday, November 26, 2017

      Weekday Picks (November 27-30, 2017)

      Thursday, November 30

      8:30pm: Jessica Moss + Ben Shemie @ Silence (Guelph) $10 adv/$15 door

      9pm-Close: Burly Calling @ Burlington

      9pm: Jory Nash @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $10

      Please Support Local Charities
      From their website: Hamilton Food Share‘s purpose is to increase our community's capacity to reduce hunger. We do this by supplying much needed food supplies and short-term storage to food banks and hot meal programs. Additionally, our organization establishes community partnerships, donor relations and fundraising activities that support our food recovery operation.

      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.

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      Saturday, November 25, 2017

      New Album from Elora's Kevin Breit Mixes Fun Lovin' Sound with the Avant-Garde

      Elora's Kevin Breit is known for pushing musical boundaries.  His newest album (from Stony Plain), the all instrumental Johnny Goldtooth and the Chevy Casanovas mixes the avant-garde with catchy, twangy guitar.

      With this recording, Kevin takes on the persona of Johnny Goldtooth, a reclusive, enigmatic, schmaltzy musician from the 70's. Under this guise, he creates fun-lovin' songs that still manage to push the envelope.  All the while, he shows off his incredible guitar and harmonica skills. It's one of the most unique albums out there!

      Teaming up with Kevin is Vincent Henry, Michael Ward Bergeman, Davide DiRenzo and Gary Diggins.  They add a lot of nuances to these amazing instrumentals.

      Go ahead and pick up a copy of the CD at his live shows.  You can also download it through iTunes.

      Blast from the Past: Kevin's CD - Ernesto and Delilah

      Links: Kevin BreitMore Kevin Breit StoriesVideo above courtesy of Stony Plain RecordsMore Releases

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      Friday, November 24, 2017

      News Roundup (Tom Wilson, David Cassidy, Trews)

      New Beer from Mash Paddle Brewing Co. inspired by the Trews
      Click pic to see how to enter to win tix to an acoustic Brantford show and more

      Links: The TrewsMore Trews StoriesVideo above courtesy of brantfordredsox