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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Friday, January 12, 2018

News Roundup (Order of Canada, Jerome Godboo, Poor Angus)


    The Adventures of Trebleclef, the Music Loving Monkey

    Trebleclef popped in to Stonewalls in Hamilton to experience the very first in a weekly No Cover Sundays show.  They kicked things off with the explosive Jerome Godboo Band. It was incredible!

    Wednesday, January 10, 2018

    GOOD LUCK! Vote for Local Artists in the 2018 Music Express Awards!

    The popular Canadian digital music magazine, the Music Express is currently doing a poll for their 2018 Awards. A few local artists are in the running so we encourage you to vote.  We're not quite sure when the deadline is so please vote soon.

    Hamilton Bluesman Jack de Kezyer is up for two categories (Top Blues Artist and Top Blues Album).

    Links: Jack de KeyzerMore Jack de Keyzer StoriesVideo above courtesy of ArleighELuckett

    Blue Rodeo, which now has Hamilton's Colin Cripps in its lineup is nominated for Top Live Act - Concert Hall/Club Venue.

    Links: Blue RodeoMore Blue Rodeo StoriesVideo above courtesy of Blue Rodeo

    Downchild (who have members from Brantford and Niagara) is also nominated in both Blues categories.

    Links: Downchild Blues BandMore Downchild Stories, Video above courtesy of The Best Playlists Ever

    St. Catharines Country superstar Tim Hicks is also competing for Top Country Artist - Male.

    Links: Tim HicksMore Tim Hicks StoriesVideo above courtesy of CBC Music


    Here's a complete list of nominees

    Blues Artist or Group
    Blues Album
    Live Act - Concert Hall/Club Venue
    Country Artist (Male)
    Country Group
    Country Artist (Female)
    Country Album
    Recording Artist (Female)
    Recording Artist (Male)
    Recording Group
    New Artist or Group
    Comeback Artist or Group
    Live Act - Arena/Festival
     RnB Artist or Group

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    Tuesday, January 9, 2018

    Last CHCH Videos of 2017 (Tim Hicks, Kate Todd, Christian Parry, Kendal Thompson)

    Hamilton's CHCH TV has a number of incredible videos on their website, including news reports and amazing live music every Friday. We usually put them as part of our News Roundups but there were quite a few posted during the holiday break. Here are the last few from 2017.


    Links: Tim HicksMore Tim Hicks Stories, Video above courtesy of CHCH

    Links: Kate Todd More Kate Todd Stories, Video above courtesy of CHCH

    Links: Christian Parry, Video above courtesy of CHCH

    Links: Kendal Thompson, Video above courtesy of CHCH

    Click here for more CHCH Videos

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    Monday, January 8, 2018

    News Roundup, Part 2 (End of the Year Lists and Charts)

    Local artists are bolded. Click titles for complete lists

    Top 3
    1. Eliza Neals: 10,000 Feet Below
    2. Thorbjorn Risager and The Black Tornado: Change My Game
    3. Annee 2Cu Blues Band: This Time, Cap'n
    Locals on List

    FYI Music News

    CBC Music


      Top Country Moments of 2017
      • Tim Hicks Awarded Two Gold Records at Niagara Show

      Sunday, January 7, 2018

      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.

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      Saturday, January 6, 2018

      News Roundup, Part 1 (Weigh the Anchor, Valerie Tryon, Big Rude Jake, Passings)

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      The Adventures of Trebleclef, the Music Loving Monkey

      Trebleclef made his first visit to Lou Dawg's Hamilton. He checked out a wonderful Blues matinee featuring the always wonderful Big Rude Jake.

      Wednesday, January 3, 2018

      Blackie and the Rodeo Kings on Americana Music Association's Top 100 Airplay Chart

      Recently, the Americana Music Association revealed their 2017 Americana Airplay Chart Top 100 Albums List. Kings and Kings, the latest disc from Blackie and the Rodeo Kings (ft Hamilton's Tom Wilson, Guelph's Stephen Fearing and Toronto's Colin Linden) was on the list along with a few of their fellow Canadian artists.

      Top 10
      1. Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit: The Nashville Sound

        Video above courtesy of Jason Isbell

      2. Chris Stapleton: From A Room: Volume 1
      3. Nikki Lane: Highway Queen
      4. Ryan Adams: Prisoner
      5. Steve Earle: So You Wannabe An Outlaw
      6. Band Of Heathens: Duende
      7. Justin Townes Earle: Kids In The Street
      8. Lukas Nelson and Promise Of The Real: Lukas Nelson and Promise Of The Real
      9. Son Volt: Notes of Blue
      10. Old 97s: Graveyard Whistling
      Canadians on the List

      58. Bruce Cockburn: Bone On Bone (Released by Waterdown's True North Records)

      Links: Bruce Cockburn, More Bruce Cockburn Stories, Video above courtesy of The Indie Folk Music Channel

      66. Blackie and the Rodeo KingsKings and Kings

      Links: Rodeo KingsMore BARK stories, Rodney CrowellMore Rodney Crowell StoriesVideo above courtesy of File Under: Music

      69. Neil Young: Peace Trail

      Links: Neil Young, More Neil Young Stories, Video above courtesy of neilyoungchannel

      Blast from the Past: 2015's List

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      Tuesday, January 2, 2018

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