Thursday, October 27, 2011

Strongman, Kennedy, Chiarelli and de Keyzer Among 2011 Maple Blues Award Nominess

Congratulations to all of the local talent that was nominated for the Maple Blues Awards. Hamilton Blues legend, Harrison Kennedy and hometown girl, Rita Chiarelli (who won the lifetime achievement trophy last year) received 3 nods each. Also Jack de Keyzer and Steve Strongman are up for best guitarist.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on January 16, 2012 at Koerner Hall in Toronto.

Good luck!

Below is a list of the nominees:

Entertainer Of The Year
  • Jim Byrnes
  • Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne
  • Matt Andersen
  • MonkeyJunk
  • Shakura S'Aida
Electric Act Of The Year
  • Bill Johnson
  • David Gogo
  • Keith Hallett & Garrett Mason
  • MonkeyJunk
  • Rita Chiarelli
Acoustic Act Of The Year
Male Vocalist Of The Year
  • Harrison Kennedy
  • Jim Byrnes
  • John Mays (Fathead)
  • Matt Andersen
  • Steve Marriner (MonkeyJunk)
Female Vocalist Of The Year
  • Rita Chiarelli
  • Robin Bank$
  • Shakura S'Aida
  • Suzie Vinnick
  • Treasa Levasseur
New Artist Or Group Of The Year
  • The 24th Street Wailers
  • Douglas Watson R&B Revue
  • Kat Danser
  • Sabrina Weeks & Swing Cat Bounce
  • Tim Vaughn
Recording Of The Year
  • Suzie Vinnick - Me 'n' Mabel
  • Rita Chiarelli - Music From The Big House
  • Bill Johnson - Still Blue
  • Harry Manx & Kevin Breit - Strictly Whatever
  • MonkeyJunk - To Behold
Blues With A Feeling Award (Lifetime Achievement)
  • Alec Fraser
  • Danny Brooks
  • Ellen McIlwaine
  • Joe Murphy
  • Ken Whiteley
  • Michael Fonfara
  • Paul James
  • Stephen Barry
  • Tom Lavin
B.B. King International Artist Of The Year
  • Bettye LaVette
  • Duke Robillard
  • Greg Allman
  • JJ Grey & Mofro
  • Tedeschi Trucks Band
Guitar Player Of The Year
Harmonica Player Of The Year
  • Carlos del Junco
  • David "Hurricane" Hoerl (The Twisters)
  • David Rotundo
  • Roly Platt
  • Steve Marriner (MonkeyJunk)
Piano/Keyboard Player Of The Year
  • Curley Bridges
  • David Vest
  • John Lee Sanders
  • Julian Fauth
  • Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne
Horn Player Of The Year
  • Al Lerman (Fathead)
  • Chris Murphy
  • Chris Whiteley
  • Pat Carey (Downchild)
  • Neil Braithwaite (Blackburn)
Drummer Of The Year
  • Al Cross (Jerome Godboo)
  • Bucky Berger (Fathead)
  • Geoff Arsenault (Morgan Davis)
  • Matt Sobb (MonkeyJunk)
  • Vince Maccarone (Johnny Max)
Bassist Of The Year
  • Alan Duffy (Jack de Keyzer)
  • Alec Fraser (Fraser/Daley)
  • Gary Kendall (Downchild)
  • Keith Picot (The Twisters)
  • Omar Tunnoch (Fathead)
Songwriter Of The Year
  • Bill Johnson
  • Diteodoro/Marriner/Sobb (MonkeyJunk)
  • Harrison Kennedy
  • Harry Manx
  • Suzie Vinnick

Friday, October 21, 2011

James Anthony Band Release Canadian Jam Tracks

James Anthony and his band (Garth Vogan, Dave Russell, Mike Doyle and Ian McCallister) recorded Canadian Jam Tracks, Volume 1.
These backing tracks are a great way for novice and expert musicians to practice their skills on their own. They already have the rhythm, all you have to supply is the leads. Whether you want some boogie, slow blues, soul, funk, country or more - this has what you need!

This collection also doubles as an excellent instrumental album for the non-musician. It will get you moving and shaking.

You can download these great tracks on iTunes.

Check out the song sample below.

Links: James Anthony, More James Anthony Stories


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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Corey Lueck & Smoke Wagon Blues Band YouTube Videos

All videos courtesy of HarpDogLueck's You Tube page

Above two videos with the James Anthony Band

Links: Smoke Wagon Blues Band, More Smoke Wagon Blues Band Stories


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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New Kirby EP: Into the Dark

Local singer/songwriter Kirby has unleashed a new EP, Into the Dark and it's a great, folk-pop recording with catchy hooks and emotional vocals. On top of that, Kirby's wonderful lyrics are mixed in with a modern, artistic, musical flair.

He's aided by a number of talented musicians such as Mike Scime, Ken Thor Corke, Max Wray, Graham Peaceful and more.

Not only is this an incredible EP but Kirby is also offering it as a free download for the fall of 2011. You better get it before it's too late!

Below are live videos of songs from the EP.

Links: Kirby, More Kirby Stories


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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Jack de Keyzer and Garth Vogan Play on Latest Chris Murphy CD: Hotwired

London Ontario's Chris Murphy blows a mean sax and can sing up a storm. For his latest solo CD, Hotwired, he decided to bring in some extra big guns to add to the fun.

Waterdown's Garth Vogan slaps the bass throughout the CD. Also, local guitar legend Jack de Keyzer lends guitar solos to two songs: Something Else and Hold it Right There. As if that weren't enough, Teddy Leonard of Fathead plays guitar and Lance Anderson (who also produces) joins them on keys.

With all that amazing talent, you can't help but come out with a rockin' disc. Jazzy, swingin' instrumentals are joined by blues rockers and boogie woogie workouts. This is one feel-good disc!

The album is available at his live shows and as a download on iTunes, cdbaby and eMusic

Below is a live performance of a song from the CD.

Links: Chris Murphy, More Chris Murphy Stories, Jack de Keyzer, Garth Vogan


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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Hilarious YouTube Videos (Chris Cracknell, Cam Hoffman, Wanda Sykes, Cheech and Chong, Weird Al

Warning, many of these videos have foul language and topics

Above video courtesy of GhastlyH

Cameron is a former member of the Deacons band and also a part of the Steel City Lingerie Troupe

Above 2 videos courtesy of Hamilton Blues Lovers

Above video courtesy of TK848

Above video courtesy of PirateDayCare

Friday, October 7, 2011

New Dave Gould CD: Truck for Sale

If anyone has seen his live solo shows, they know that Dave Gould has an air of energetic fun about him. What would you expect from a man who occasionally drums on a toilet (and does it well)?. This liveliness is definitely evident in his latest CD, Truck for Sale.Dave manages to create light-hearted roots country/folk music while maintaining a high degree of musicianship. These aren't "joke" songs but witty, sometimes strange, interesting, catchy numbers. The guitar and vocal work are superb. There's even a bit of an edgy, alternative vibe at play here.
His co-conspirators on this unique project include Steve Didemus, Chris Cracknell, Gerry Gregg, Tanya Amyote, and Stephen Fuller.

The disc is available at his live shows and is available on iTunes and eMusic.

Below is a song from his CD.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Bo Basiuk and Michael Hogg@Pheasant Plucker (September 27, 2011)

Click here if you can't see the videos.

This was part of the Hamilton Folk Club

More footage from the folk club to come . . .

Bonus video of the duo at Hoggfest 2010

Click here for more Bo Basiuk stories

Monday, October 3, 2011

Debut Tuba4 CD: To the Head (+ Videos)

If you love your music on the jazzy side but want a little extra kick to it, Tuba4's debut CD, To the Head is for you. Together, they create a sound that blends lounge, funk, swing, and much more.

Tuba4 is a trio consisting of music veterans, Bruce Tournay (vocals, keys), Jay Burr (tuba), and Danny Lockwood (drums). The disc also has special appearances by local guitarists Mark LaForme and Mike Daley.

Highlights include the extra funky Suck it Up and Overbite (Girl in the Corner) as well as a killer version of Little Richard's Tutti Frutti.

The CD is available at their live shows (including a weekly Monday night gig at Cat N Fiddle)

Below are a few peromances from their CD release party at the Cat N Fiddle on September 26, 2011.

Click here for Tuba4's YouTube page


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