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Monday, August 10, 2020

Canada's 'First Lady of the Blues' Salome Bey Passes

It is with sadness that we report on the passing of Canadian Blues/Jazz/Soul legend Salome Bey, know as 'Canada's first lady of the Blues' who died on Saturday, August 8, 2020.

Bey was born in Newark, New Jersey but moved to Toronto in 1964. She's appeared on TV/radio, performed in musicals, was nominated for a Grammy and received a Martin Luther King Jr. Award.

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Here are a few local social media reactions:

This is a bit heartbreaking - in a previous life as an entertainment PR person, I got to work with Salome Bey a number of times in the 80s and 90s. A very real talent, but more than that, a very warm person and a great positive influence for so many, including me. There won't be another like her.
Eric Alper
Canada’s first lady of blues, Salome Bey, has died. She was honoured with a Toronto Arts Award and an honourary Member of the Order of Canada.
She mixed between sorrowful & uplifting euphoria with forthright vocals always on top form, and one the nicest, kindest people in music. 
Jace Martin
It is so sad to hear of the passing of my greatest mentor in music, Salome Bey...I was 11 years old the first day I met her, I was so nervous at my audition for "Rainboworld" among 40 of Toronto's finest young singers, actors, dancers and musicians that included Grammy Winner, Deborah Cox. I sang my favourite song, "Amazing Grace" but I didn't do it well cause I was so shy...I was about to leave and she stopped me, and told me to come over to her. She asked me to just take a breath. Everything was calm and I sang again, this time I nailed it! Then she told me I got the part and that I had something special to share with the world
She then mentored me for 4 summers and beyond while I lived with her and her family in Toronto during rehearsals and performances of "Rainboworld". That light has been in my heart since then and so has my passion for music...I last seen Salome when I performed at her benefit at LuLu's Lounge a few years back and I hugged her and told her I loved her! She is reunited in heaven with her husband & the coolest guy I ever met, Howard! I am currently recording my new album "Rainboworld" dedicated to her and am so sad, she won't get to hear it! But I hope God pulls back the clouds while I record the song I wrote for her called, "Rainboworld"! Rainboworld to me meant everyone is loved...we are all special...we are all created equal...she helped me realize that at a young age and I thank you Salome! I love you and your family with all my heart! 
Micah Barnes
Salome. The mother of us all! A voice truly blessed from heaven. Who came to inspire us. Travel easy Momma Bey. xo just one of your many children... 

Here are a few videos from the lady herself.

Links: Salome Bey, Videos above courtesy of Salome Bey - Topic

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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 8, 2020

Jimmy Witherspoon's 100th Birthday

Today (August 8, 2020) would have been the late American Blues legend Jimmy Witherspoon's 100th birthday.

Biography highlights (from Wikipedia)
Corey Lueck of the Smoke Wagon Blues Band had this to say about the incredible musician:
I've always thought Jimmy Witherspoon was the quintessential war time blues singer. He had that great big band timeless shout blues style that could also get low down and soulful with the jazz cats. Hope he's belting it out for his 100th in that big ol' gig in the sky....
Jimmy recorded the song below with the late Kitchener Blues legend Mel Brown on guitar.

Links: Mel BrownMore Mel Brown Stories, Earl HookerVideo above courtesy of Pig's Vinyl Emporium

More songs from the man himself.

Links: Jimmy Witherspoon, Videos above courtesy of Jimmy Witherspoon - Topic, More 100th Birthdays

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Friday, August 7, 2020

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Thursday, August 6, 2020

Kitchener's Lynn Jackson Shows Many Sides on New Album

From a snarl to a roar, a purr and beyond, Kitchener songstress, Lynn Jackson can do it all. The talented lady shows us many sides on her latest incredible album, Lionheart from Busted Flat Records.

Here you'll find Lynn, the acoustic troubadour, the hard-edge punk princess, the jazzy chanteuse and many others all in one package. Her vocals leave a unique stamp on every track and beautifully played pianos, violins and more accentuate the songs.

Joining Lynn is a team of extraordinary talents, including Rob Deyman & Silvia DiDonato of the Waterstreet Blues BandScott FitzpatrickJonny Sauder, Chris Boyne, Chris Colvin, Don Featherstone, John Stuart, Alison Corbett and Wendy Wright.

You can pick up this wonderful album at her web siteBandcamp, the Busted Flat page, iTunes, Spotify and more.

You can stream the album below.

Blast from the Past: Lynn's 2015 album, Songs of Rain, Snow and Remembering

Links: Lynn JacksonMore Lynn Jackson StoriesMore Releases

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Please Support Local Charities

From their website: Ladybird Animal Sanctuary is a unified voice for abandoned, abused and neglected animals in our community. Together, through a system of volunteers, foster homes, educators, animal lovers and exceptionally generous people, we aim to eliminate the unnecessary suffering of domestic animals in our local high­-kill shelters. Ladybird rescues cats, dogs, small animals and even farm animals­ and we never shy away from rescuing senior animals, those with costly medical issues and the so­-called ‘hard to adopt’. Through our success stories, we know that every life is worth saving and that a loving home is just around the corner for these deserving creatures.

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.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Live Music Returns to Stonewalls in Hamilton!

Live music is slowly coming back to our area and Hamilton restaurant, Stonewalls will have many talented local artists hitting the stage.

Please note that all events are 6:30-9:30pm. Cover is $10. Reservations required.

Here's what's coming up.

Friday August 7 - Steve Oros

Links: Steve Oros, Video above courtesy of Steve Oros


Saturday August 8 - Mary Simon

Links: Mary SimonMore Mary Simon StoriesVideo above courtesy of Mississippi Bends


Friday, August 14 - Ray Maurice (Hammersmiths)

Links: Hammersmiths,  Video above courtesy of 20K Summer Song


Saturday, August 14 - Jamie Shea

Links: Jamie SheaMore Jamie Shea Stories, Video above courtesy of Jamie Shea


Friday, August 21 - Robin Benedict

Links: Robin BenedictMore Robin Benedict StoriesVideo above courtesy of Fighting Hate 101


Saturday, August 22 - Riley Michaels

Links: Riley Michaels, Video above courtesy of Canal Bank Shuffle

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

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