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Friday, August 17, 2018

Aretha Franklin Passes (Local Reaction + Covers)

The world is still reeling from the passing of the legendary Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul on August 16, 2018.

Here is CHCH TV's coverage of her passing ft musicologist Eric Alper

Links: Eric Alper, More Eric Alper StoriesVideo above courtesy of CHCH

Here's another CHCH segment about Aretha, this time with an interview with Hailee Rose

Links: Hailee RoseMore Hailee Rose StoriesVideo above courtesy of CHCH

We asked local singers to comment on her unforgettable career. We may add more as we get them.

Donna Panchezak (Trickbag)
Aretha Franklin was a tremendous inspiration to myself and many aspiring female vocalists. Her ability to immerse herself in a song so that when she sang and performed on piano, the true essence of her soul and humanity emanated was unsurpassed. She was able to connect with her audience on a spiritual level and although her physical presence has been lost her essence lives on forever...God Bless the one and only, "Queen of Soul"!
Cheryl Lescom
She embodies the word soul. No other woman could sing like that. She raised the bar for all vocalists.
Here are a few covers from local artists.

Links: Dave RaveMore Dave Rave StoriesHailee RoseMore Hailee Rose StoriesVideo above courtesy of Liszt O'Maniac

Links: TrickbagMore Trickbag StoriesVideo above courtesy of Trickbag Canada

And some videos from the lady herself:

Video above courtesy of Juanjo de Goya

Video above courtesy of Trip Hop Universe

Links: Aretha Franklin, More Aretha Franklin Stories

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Weekend Picks (August 17-19, 2018)

Friday, August 17

Riverfest @ Bissel Park (Elora)

12pm: George Arnone Big Band @ Gore Park (Hamilton)

12pm: Michael Maguire @ Jackson Square Rooftop (Hamilton)

4-11pm: Georgetown Ribfest @ Georgetown Fairgrounds (Halton Hills)

6:30-11pm: Norwich Tractor Pull @ 365701 Evergreen St $15/$30 weekend pass

7-8pm: Blues Source International w Ken Wallis @ www.BluesandRootsRadio.com (Every Fri)

7pm: Diamond Rio w Raquel Cole @ Sanderson Centre (Brantford) $53+

8pm: The Dill Record Release Party @ Casbah (Hamilton) $10

8pm: Aidan Baker + Guests @ Silence (Guelph) $15

9pm: Ruddy Ruckus + Guests @ This Ain't Hollywood (Hamilton) $7

9pm: Speaking Machines @ Moonshine Cafe (Oakville) $10

Saturday, August 18

9:30am-5pm: Mount Forest Fall Fair @ Wellington North $5

Sunday, August 19

Jimmy Rowles 100th Birthday

Riverfest @ Bissel Park (Elora)

South Coast Jazz Festival @ Port Dover

3:30-4am: Ensemble! TV Show w Dwayne LaForme + Joshua Arden Miller, Hosted by Jamie Tennant @ Cable 14 (Hamilton)

10am-5pm: Dunnville Fair @ Dunnville Airport

11am-7pm: Georgetown Ribfest @ Georgetown Fairgrounds (Halton Hills)

11:30am-10pm: Artsfest @ Waterdown

12-5pm: Dundas Cactus Festival

12-5pm: Open Streets Uptown Waterloo

4pm: Pup Paw Surgery Fundraiser @ This Ain't Hollywood (Hamilton) $?

5pm: Junk Percussion Workshop w John Proctor @ Silence (Guelph) $165  EarthTonesStudio@gmail.com or 226-962-1530 to register

6pm: Music of Ellington and Armstrong w Shriner, Jerrom and Amour @ Mahtay Cafe (St. Catharines) $15 door

6:30pm: Santa Claus Parade Fundraiser @ Tracie's Place (Hamilton) $10

8pm: Big Rude Jake and the Jump Hammer Blues Band @ Queen Victoria Park (Coca Cola Stage)(Niagara Falls)

9pm: Josh Miller Blues Band @ Club NV (Brantford) $7

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Fort Erie Bluesman Spencer Mackenzie Unleashes Staggering New Album

Fort Erie's Spencer Mackenzie has outdone himself with Cold November, his latest exceptional album. He's grown in leaps and bounds since his impressive debut CD. This amazing collection boasts mainly originals and proves this young Bluesman definitely has something to say.

Spencer has a compelling voice that belies his age and a masterful way with the guitar. He powers through many well-written, finely-crafted songs, adding soul and depth as he goes along. The album ends with two staggering covers (Robert Cray's You Move Me and Next Door Neighbor Blues by Gary Clark Jr.)

Joining Spencer is an incredible dream team of talented musicians: Miles Evans (keys), Al Duffy (bass), Sean O'Grady (drums), Brant Parker (guitars), Dave Dunlop (trumpet), Peter Hysen (trombone) and  Jay Davidson (sax, horn arrangements). Sharon Riley, Rochelle Harrison, and Camille Harrison add wonderful background vocals too.

You can pick up the CD at one of his unforgettable show or buy it through his online shop or using iTunes.

Blast from the Past: Spencer's Debut CD

Links: Spencer MackenzieMore Spencer Mackenzie Stories,Videos above courtesy of Spencer MackenzieMore Releases

Previous (CHCH Videos: Hailee Rose + Dave Rave, Jessica Speziale, Chaquis Maliq)

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Please Support Local Charities

Please Support Local Charities

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, August 10, 2018

Arnett Cobb's 100th Birthday

Today (August 10, 2018) would have been American jazz tenor saxophonist Arnett Cobb's 100th Birthday.

Biography highlights (from Wikipedia)
  • Born in Houston, Texas (August 10, 1918)
  • Wrote the jazz standard, Smooth Sailing (1951)
  • Played with Lionel Hampton (1942-1947)
  • Passed away (1989)
We asked local sax players for comments about this legendary performer.

Darcy Hepner
I was into Arnett when I was checking out the whole 'Texas Tenor" phenomenon years ago. Arnett loomed large in the style. Incredible tone that could melt your socks and soul for miles.
Mary Kovacs (One Way Up)
He was the Texas wild man of the tenor sax with powerful sound.

Video above courtesy of Maddy Tube

Video above courtesy of JazzyJuanma

Video above courtesy of Thejazzsingers jazz in Holland

Links: Arnett CobbMore 100th Birthdays

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Matty Simpson Releases Phenomenal Teaser EP

Hamilton guitar slinger Matty Simpson has released a limited edition, self-titled teaser EP to offer up a taste of his upcoming album. This 5-song recording has all the musical impact of a full-length album.

It kicks off with a trio of hard-drivin' bluesy rock tracks that mean business. Every song is fueled by Matty's phenomenal guitarwork, songwriting and dynamic vocals. The final two tracks feature an exquisite, rootsy, unplugged sound. Matty proves equally adept at the acoustic guitar and harmonica.

He has some world-class musicians by his side on the initial 3 tunes: Justine Fischer (bass) and Matt Burns (drums). The EP is also co-produced by Andrew Aldridge and Jeff Ciraolo.

Please note that the full-length release will feature different musical arrangements than those on this teaser EP.

You can pick up this limited edition CD at any of his amazing live shows or by contacting him through his website.

Video above courtesy of Matt Burns

Video above courtesy of Stellablu477

Video above courtesy of Richard Gale

Links: Matty Simpson, More Matty Simpson StoriesMore Releases

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Dunnville Musician Karl Slick Passes

Picture courtesy of Ivan Sorensen
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Dunnville musician Karl Slick. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans. He performed with the Slick Brothers, Steve Burnside and the Marquis and many others.

Unfortunately, we do not have many details (please email us if you do) but a show in his memory will take place on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at Firemen's Park in Niagara Falls at 6:30 pm (see below). His band, the Slick Brothers was scheduled to play then.

From Steve Burnside
It is with sadness I must report we lost one of our best this week .. our long time bassist and my good friend Karl Slick lost his battle with cancer. He was scheduled to perform this Thurs. Aug. 9thand so as a tribute to him we have organized a big band show including many of the performers he worked with. Hope you'll come out this THURS. and pay tribute with us to a great artist. Among the artists performing are: Melissa Osborne, "Big" John Little, Max Hillier, Steve Burnside, Joe Rhodes, more.

More Elvis Covers/Stories

Blast from the Past: Videos of Slick Brothers + Other Niagara Musicians

Links: Slick Brothers, More Slick Brothers Stories, Videos above courtesy of Karl Slick

Previous (Videos: Jon Brooks, Suzie Vinnick, Lori Yates, JP Cormier) - - - Next (New Matty Simpson EP)

Monday, August 6, 2018

Please Support Local Charities

Please Support Local Charities

Please help musician Steve Parton (of the Relics) support his family during his battle with cancer.

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.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Get Your Tickets to the Incredible Carnegie Concerts Now! Jon Brooks, Suzie Vinnick, Lori Yates, JP Cormier

The 2018-19 Carnegie Concerts Schedule is incredible!

All 4 concerts for only $89 + HST. Stop in or call the Carnegie Gallery 905-627-4265 to make your purchase. With your subscription you get preferred seating near the stage, your name is on the guest list at the door for each show, and your tickets are transferable. Single tickets go on sale after Labour Day.

Here's the schedule: 

Saturday, September 29, 2018: Jon Brooks w Alec Fraser

Links: Jon BrooksMore Jon Brooks StoriesAlec Fraser, More Alec Fraser Stories, Video above courtesy of Brush Bass


Saturday. November 24, 2018: Suzie Vinnick

Links: Suzie VinnickMore Suzie Vinnick StoriesVideo above courtesy of Lighthouse Blues Festival


Saturday. January 26, 2019: Lori Yates

Links: Lori YatesMore Lori Yates StoriesVideo above courtesy of goosegdg


Saturday, March 30, 2019: JP Cormier

Links: JP Cormier, More JP Cormier StoriesVideo above courtesy of Tommy Strutz

Friday, August 3, 2018

News Roundup (Dallas Harms, Colour Film, Kill No Albatross, more)


    Adventure of Trebleclef, the Music-Loving Monkey

    Trebleclef made his first visit to the Judy and the Noteworthies interactive music weekly Wednesday show. It was great experiencing the sing-a-longs and more.

    Click here for more pics from the event


    He also took a well-deserved vacation to Niagara Falls, Ontario and visited many wonderful places!

    Click ehere for more vacation photos

    Thursday, August 2, 2018

    Wednesday, August 1, 2018

    Niagara Area Musicians Play on Judy Brown's Amazing New Album

    Say It, the fantastic new album from BC's Judy Brown is replete with marvelous songs. This is thanks, in part, to some musical talent from the Niagara region. Gary Kendall (bass, co-producer) and Jim Casson (drums) of the St. Catharines Blues group, the Mighty Duck Blues Band. They were part of the band that made this fabulous recording.

    The album is Judy's first after a long hiatus from the music industry. Now she's back with a vengeance and exploring different aspects of the Roots sound. While Blues is the main vibe of choice, she and the group also dip their toes into soul, country, folk, boogie woogie rock and more.

    Teddy Leonard (guitar, co-producer) and Michael Fonfara (keys) round out the main band and are joined by guests such as Colin Linden (mandolin) and Jeff Baker (harmonica). Wonderful background vocals are provided by Emily Ekelund, Bessie Wapp, Samantha Martin, Sheri Marshall, and Stacie L Tabb.

    You can pick up a copy of her album at her online shop.

    Links: Judy Brown, Videos above courtesy of Judy BrownMore Releases

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    Tuesday, July 31, 2018

    Hank Jones 100th Birthday

    Today (July 31, 2018) would have been American Jazz pianist Hank Jones' 100th birthday! He played with, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker, Frank SinatraArtie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Diana Krall, and more

    Biography highlights (courtesy of Wikipedia)

    Video above courtesy of All That Jazz Don Kaart

    Video above courtesy of dgbailey777

    Video above courtesy of stevenl671

    Links: Hank JonesMore 100th Birthdays

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    Happy Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day! Videos by Dave Gould, Jay Linden, Lotus Wight)

    Every July 31, we celebrate Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day.

    Here are a few local artists performing with uncommon instruments.

    Links: Dave GouldMore Dave Gould StoriesVideo above courtesy of Shotgun Jilly

    Links: Jay LindenMore Jay Linden StoriesVideo above courtesy of Jay Linden- Topic

    Links: Lotus Wight, More Lotus Wight Stories, , Video above courtesy of The Knox Farm Series

    Click here for more Uncommon Instrument Videos

    Previous (News Roundup: Denielle Bassels, Polaris Short List, Duane Rutter, Cootes Paradise, more) - - - Next (Hank Jones' 100th Birthday)

    Sunday, July 29, 2018

    Please Support Local Charities

    Please Support Local Charities

    From their website: Since 1966, the poverty of loneliness and exclusion has been overcome with friendship and compassion at Welcome Inn Community Centre, where people from all walks of life work together to alleviate poverty in the North End and across Hamilton.

    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, July 28, 2018

    News Roundup (Denielle Bassels, Polaris Short List, Duane Rutter, Cootes Paradise)

    Beatles Related Cartoon


      Hamilton Spectator Stories

      Adventure of Trebleclef, the Music-Loving Monkey

      Trebleclef had a fun time seeing Cootes Paradise @ the Corktown.

      Links: Cootes ParadiseMore Cootes Paradise StoriesVideo above courtesy of Hamilton B. Lous

      Duane Rutter did an amazing job of opening the show!

      Links: Duane RutterMore Duane Rutter StoriesVideo above courtesy of Hamilton B. Lous

      Click here for photos from this event!


      He also went to the Shakers at This Ain't Hollywood. It was a blast!

      Click here for photos from this event!

      Wednesday, July 25, 2018

      Hamilton's Rocket & the Renegades Debut Will Hook You In Immediately

      If ya got a hankering for music with some teeth to it, look no further than Born in the Hammer, the debut album from Hamilton's Rocket and the Renegades. These are some nasty, punky, rockabilly rhythms right here.  It'll hook you in immediately.

      Rocket (aka Robin Magder-Pierce) has a voice that makes its presence known right from the start. There's emotion and power that'll hit ya hard! The impressive lyrical storytelling will keep you coming back for repeated listens.

      The renegades boast such luminaries as Rick Prinsthal (Paperboys, Deacons, Krickets, 3D's) on guitar/vocals, 57 Trevy (Burnin' Ethyl) on bass/vocals and Claude DesRoches (Shakers, Swampbusters) on drums. Also popping in on the album are Mike Williams (bass) and Rick Andrew of the Shakers (backup vocals).

      To get the CD in your hot little hands, you can contact rocket through her website or by showing up to one of her unforgettable live shows.

      Video above courtesy of Robin Magder-Pierce

      Video above courtesy of Rick Prinsthal

      Blast from the Past: Rocket on Barber Shop Podcast

      Links: Rocket and the Renegades, More Rocket StoriesMore Releases 

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      Tuesday, July 24, 2018

      Wainfleets' Suzie Vinnick is Electrified on New Album

      Shake the Love Around, the latest album from Wainfleet's Suzie Vinnick, finds our heroine with a more electrified but still rootsy sound. While the quieter, beautiful numbers are here, Suzie and her cohorts prove they can unleash some unabashed, bluesy rock if the need arises.

      You'll find some gospel, funk, folk, soul and more gracing this amazing album. The lady's voice and incredible storytelling permeate the recording with power and emotion. Her guitar and bass work also stand out.

      She has enlisted quite a contingent of stunning musicians. The main core of the band includes Gary Craig (drums), Mark Lalama (multi-instrumental, producer, co-writer) and Johnny Johnson (sax). Guests include Colin Linden (guitar) and Kevin Breit (guitar) as well as background vocals by Dean McTaggart and David Leask (who also co-write). Steve Strongman, Matt Andersen, and Treasa Levasseur offer up their writing skills as well.

      You can pick up a copy of the CD at her astonishing live shows or via her online shop, iTunes or emusic.

      Blast From the Past: Suzie Vinnick Live at the RBG

      Links: Suzie VinnickMore Suzie Vinnick Stories, Videos above courtesy of Suzie Vinnick-TopicMore Releases

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      Sunday, July 22, 2018

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