Thursday, July 29, 2010

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

New Brad Soucie CD + CD Release Party

Local Singer/Songwriter Brad Soucie released his sensational, self-titled, debut CD EP on July 25, 2010 at the Coach and Lantern in Ancaster.

The five songs on the disc showcase his astonishing acoustic guitar work and outstanding gruff voice. The songwriting is superb as well.

Many of the tunes have incredible hooks (Travelin' Woman, People, Johnny 18) and softer elements too (Go On, Wakin' Up).

The CD is available at his wonderful live shows.

Below are live performances from his CD Release party. The first is a song off the new disc.

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Click here for more video from this show.

Click here for Brad's site.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Our Final Performer of the Week: Harrison Kennedy

To finish up our series of Performers of the Week, we have decided to end it off with a legend, Harrison Kennedy.

This local bluesman started his musical career with the million-selling pop/soul group, the Chairmen of the Board in the late 60s. Harrison was with the band when they recorded their huge hit, Give Me Just a Little More Time.

When he went solo, Harrison changed his style from soul to blues. There's still a major element of soul in his music but now it's mixed in with Harrison's amazing country blues sound.

He released his first solo CD, Sweet Taste in 2003 and now has 3 other discs as well, including the recent smash, One Dog Barking.

His wonderful work has been nominated for Junos, Maple Blues Awards, and Hamilton Music Awards (he has won an HMA).

Links: His Site - Stream One of His Concerts From the CBC Site - More Harrison Kennedy Stories

A message from the blogger:

Originally, the Performer of the Week series was started as a way to showcase artists that hadn't had much exposure on the blog.

Since then, the amount of live performance videos have increased and the number of artists getting noticed has gotten bigger as well.

I have decided to concentrate more on the live performances from now on.

Click here to check out all our past Performers of the Week

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Wright-Patterson Refugees @ This Ain't Hollywood (July 13, 2010)

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Singer/Guitarist Albert Barubek took a solo turn as well.

Later on, he was joined by Greg Brisco.

Links: Wright-Patterson Refugees Facebook Page


This was part of a larger charity event celebrating the 25th anniversary of Live Aid. Click here for some footage of Ginger St. James from this event as well.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Ginger St. James @ This Ain't Hollywood (July 13, 2010)

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Later on, Ginger was joined by Greg Brisco on keys.

This was part of a larger charity event celebrating the 25th anniversary of Live Aid. Click here for footage from the same event.

Link: Ginger's Site - More Ginger St. James Stories

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Mike Almas Band @ Stonewalls (July 10, 2010)

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Mike Almas (left) is joined by 905 Band members Sonnie Bernardi (drums/vocals on Flip, Flop, Fly) and Dave Johns (bass)

Links: More Mike Almas stories - CD Review and two more videos from this show

Monday, July 12, 2010

Performer of the Week: Dave Pomfret

Hamilton singer/songwriter Dave Pomfret has been performing some great music for years. In the mid-eighties he fronted the Munday Nuns with Mike Trebilcock (Killjoys). This incredible band won the Q107 Homegrown Contest in 1988.

A while back, Dave released his first solo CD, No Rush. He was joined by Trebilcock, Mary Simon, Aaron Goldstein and many others.

His personal music is an amalgam of folk, roots, rock and pop. Dave has a flair for catchy hooks and softer moments as well.

Currently, he runs a weekly Thursday night jam session at Rebel's Rock and plays in the area quite a bit. He's definitely worth checking out if you get a chance.

Links: Main Site - More Dave Pomfret Stories

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Local Videos (Chris Chambers, Burnin' Ethyl, Ginger, Rodeo Kings, Alfie Smith)

Links: Chris Chambers - More Chris Chambers Stories

Facebook video: Alfie Smith: Alone and Forsaken

New Mike Almas CD: I Can't Stop

Local Bluesman Mike Almas' latest CD, I Can't Stop is now available for fans of quality no-frills blues rock.

This disc will have you swingin', dancin', and boogyin' like there's no tomorrow. There's a definite good time vibe here on tunes like Blue to the Bone, Lookin 4 Love, Devil's Gate and the instrumental Swamp Stomp. A few quieter soulful moments are also on tap (Why, My Father's Horn)

Mike's skillful guitar playing is showcased throughout the recording as is the incredible work of legendary drummer Jack Pedler (Teenage Head) and talented basist Neil Nickafor.

CDs can be purchased at Mike's shows and at Picks and Sticks on Locke.

Below are two recent live performances of songs from the CD featuring 905 Band members Sonnie Bernardi (drums) and Dave Johns (bass) at Stonewalls on July 10, 2010. Click here for more videos from this show. Click here if you can't see the videos.

Click here for more Mike Almas stories

Monday, July 5, 2010

Performer of the Week: Snow-Heel Slim

Hamilton's Snow-Heel Slim is definitely unique. With his incredible band, the Boogie Infection, he plays rockabilly and blues but with more of a raw/almost punk edge. If you're looking for something different, you should check him out.

Slim's also the guitar player for Ginger St. James' band, the Grinders.

There isn't much about Slim online but he let's his music do the talking.

Links: Boogie Infection MySpace - Snow-Heel Slim MySpace - Reverbnation - YouTube - More Snow-Heel Slim Stories

Friday, July 2, 2010