Friday, July 24, 2009

News Roundup (DeKeyzer, Strongman, Acoustics)

The video podcast site, Talkin' Blues recently great posted footage of Harmonica Shah's band (which includes local guitar master Jack deKeyzer) recording "Cryin' Won't Help Me Now". Jack can be seen rocking out to the amazing tune.

Click here to view or click here

Talkin' Blues has an amazing collection of interviews/performances from Paul Reddick, Colin Linden, Carlos Del Junco, Julian Fauth, Mel Brown, Bill Bourne, Fathead, Harry Manx, Watermelon Slim, Billy Boy Arnold.

You can also get DVD's of Mel Brown and Mel Brown

Links: Jack de KeyzerMore Jack De Keyzer Stories


In a recent e-mail newsletter, Hamilton Bluesman Steve Strongman announced that his most recent CD, Blues in Color was the only Canadian disc to enter Roots Music Report's Top 20 list for the week of July 10.

Steve Strongman has been having a good year. He opened for Buddy Guy a while back and was recently the surprise opening act for legend Joe Cocker.

Links: Steve StrongmanMore Steve Strongman stories


Congratulations to local instrumental folk/roots group, the Acoustics, who were recently nominated for a few, well-deserved international awards.

From their blog entry:

It is with great pride and joy to share the news that The Acoustics have just been nominated for a JPF Music Award for World Album of the year 2009, for our CD, Forever and a Day

JPF (Just Plain Folks Music Organization) is a community of over 51,500 Songwriters, Recording Artists and Music Industry Professionals — and host to the world's largest independent music awards

The Acoustics, the only Canadian artists to be nominated in this category. Not bad, eh!!!

Hoping for the best!

Ciao for now


NEW! Update from their Myspace blog: Unfortunately we did not win the award for World Album of the year. However for what it’s worth we came in 2nd place! Second out of ten nominees is not bad.

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