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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

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Weekday Picks (August 13-16, 2018)

Wednesday, August 15

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.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

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

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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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