Sunday, March 29, 2009

Juno Award Winners

On Sunday, March 29th, the Junos were handed out.

Unfortunately, Fred Eaglesmith and Kathleen Edwards didn't receive any of the little statues.

Edwards was in the spotlight when she arrived with and performed with superstar, Bryan Adams. (See picture on left)

Also, local boy Daniel Lanois won for Producer of the Year for his CD, "Here is What Is". Congratulations.

Here are the highlights from the show:

Adult Alternative Album (Edwards was nominated)
Is It O.K. by Serena Ryder

Roots Album (Solo) (Eaglemsith was nominated)
Proof of Love by Old Man Luedecke

Roots Album (Group)
Chic Gamine by Chic Gamine

Blues Album
Ramblin' Son by Julian Fauuth


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Monday, March 23, 2009

Mel Brown 1939-2009 R.I.P.

Canadian Blues legend, Mel Brown passed away on March 20, 2009.

Click here for the news story

He  received an honourable mention at a recent session of the House of Commons.

Harold Albrecht member of parliment for Kitchener/Waterloo - Conestoga discussed Mel's influence on the local music scene and his incredible work.

Click here to view the Facebook video of Mr. Albrecht's speech (you'll need to log in)

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New Steve Strongman CD: Blues in Colour

Local blues musician, Steve Strongman has released his latest CD, "Blues In Colour".

The disc includes Alec Fraser on bass and Dave King on Drums. It features catchy hooks, acoustic ballads and a cover of Freddie King's Across the Water.

"I am really proud of this CD and can't wait for you to hear it," Strongman said.

Click here for the View Magazine story.

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Friday, March 13, 2009

News Roundup (Kingsnakes, Kathleen Edwards, Rita Chiarelli)

After a few years apart, the roots rock band, Crawlin' Kingsnakes have quite a few things to share on their blog.

They have released a limited edition (100 copies only) live CD, Rockin' the Casbah. It features a live 2004 reunion concert.

The band is planning to release a brand new studio album, The Lost Years, in the summer

Duke Foster is now their new bass player.


The 8th annual Indie Awards were handed out on March 8.

Local songstress Kathleen Edwards (left) won for best Folk Artist.

Fred Eaglesmith was also nominated for the award.

Daddy Long Legs won for Best Blues Artist


Hamilton Blues Legend Rita Chiarelli recently sent out a message to her fans. In it, she mentions her thoughts about 2008 and her plans for the future (including working on new album).

The full message from Rita:

Hello folks,

I’m writing to you from a hotel room in Vienna, Austria...every once in a while I like to share with you some great events...

First ..Let me say that 2008 was a “very good year”....2 nominations for ‘uptown goes downtown’ and another award for ‘cuore...the Italian sessions’..Some very cool gigs...2 tours of Europe....

2009 is looking even better....great festivals coming this summer, to some of these I’ll be bringing my seven piece band... I call it”the big blues band”...

3 nights with the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony...

A return to Thunder Bay for a concert with the Thunder Bay symphony...
For all upcoming concerts please check out:

And...hey, I have finally booked studio time to record a new all original album....more on this later....

But getting back to where I am sitting at the two days I will perform an acoustic blues concert behind “the historic walls of Mozart’s house”!! This is part of ‘spring time blues in Vienna’..

Now I figure there has got to be some great inspiration at Amadeus’ house...where he wrote many great operas...(’le nozze di Figaro’)...and where he died....

So there you have update will come when I get back to Canada...oh, I’m having some footage if I don’t look too tired, bloated, homesick, weary, I‘ll have it posted...

‘til soon....Rita

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Sunday, March 8, 2009

New Tewlips CD an Incredible Ecclectic Mix

Local band, The Tewlips, have released their self-tiled, debut CD. The collection has a great mix of rock, folk, singer/songwriter and some pop sensibilities.

The disc was unleashed to the world at a party at the Hamilton Place Studio Theatre on Sat, March 7, 2009. Lucky attendees were offered a free beginner music lesson with every ticket.

This unique band's members range in age from 16 to 31. Singer/guitarist, Alex Kadet told View Magazine that "We find that age is irrelevant in music".

Click here to hear samples.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

New Rick and the Krickets CD: Right as Rain

Rick and the Krickets, featuring Rick Prinsthal of the Deacons, have released a new CD called Right as Rain.

The collection includes covers of Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress, I Saw Her Standing There, Gimmie Gimmie Good Lovin', Sunshine Superman, originals and more.

The CD is available at their shows, please see the event calendar for details.

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