Thursday, February 26, 2009

News Roundup (Jacob Moon, Maple Blues Awards, Free Sax Lessons)

According to singer/songwriter Jacob Moon's news page, Rush singer Geddy Lee has sent him a message praising his latest YouTube offering.

The online video has Moon performing Subdivisions live on the rooftop of the Staircase Theatre.

"The guys have all seen this and think it's terrific. Kudos to Jacob and best of luck to him. Great voice!! Best - Geddy"

Click below or here to view the video.


Unfortunately, no local performers won at the 12th Annual Maple Blues Awards on January 19.

On the plus side, the late Jeff Healey was the biggest winner with his album Mess of Blues winning 4 awards (Entertainer, Electric Artist, Recording, Guitarist).

Other winners included Harry Manx, Paul Reddick, John Mays (Fathead), and more.

Click here for full story.


Our friend, Neil Sharpe (left), a local boy and contributing editor for the Sax on the Web, has shown us a cool free link. He worked on some of the content.

"It takes the reader from basic theory all the way to the recording studio," he says, "and includes features such as a brief history of blues and the sax, free solo transcripts, special effects, and recommended resources."

Click here for the free stuff.


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Sunday, February 15, 2009

News Roundup (Slye Fox, de Keyzer, Grammys)

The Slye Fox Pub, won 3 Burlington Post Readers' Choice Awards.  They won for Best Pub and Best Live Entertainment (for 3rd year in a row). Also, the Fox achieved 2nd place for Best Atmosphere.


Local blues guitarist Jack de Keyzer was contacted by PM Stephen Harper's wife to play with their 12-year-old son.

Ben Harper is a budding blues rock guitarist himself and has been playing for over a year. De Keyzer said he was a quick study. The Hamilton musician also got a tour of 24 Sussex, home of the PM.

Click here for the full story.

Links: Jack de KeyzerMore Jack De Keyzer Stories


Unfortunately, neither Steve Strongman nor the Bluesers won the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.

The good news is MonkeyJunk (from the Ottawa Blues Society) did get third place in the contest. Congratulations.


Zeppelin's Robert Plant and country singer Alison Krauss were the big winners at the Grammys Sunday night (Feb 8)for their collaboration Raising Sand, a collection of folk-styled songs.

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