Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Local Musicians on Saturday Night Blues Top 10 of 2012 List

CBC's Saturday Night Blues recently published their Top 10 Canadian Blues albums of 2012.  A few talented area performers were featured.

Brantford singer Chuck Jackson's Cup of Joe (which also features Hamilton's Jesse O'Brien on keys) came in at number 7.  At number 9, there's local bluesman Steve Strongman's A Natural Fact (Jesse on keys for a few tracks here as well).  Hamilton's Harrison Kennedy also had a role (some vocals and harmonica work) in Shakura S'Aida's Time..., which reached number 4.

Here's their complete list

1. Julian Fauth: Treating A Stranger Right
2. The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer: Checked Past
3. Peter Karp and Sue Foley: Beyond the Crossroads
4. Shakura S'Aida: Time...
5. David Vest: East Meets Vest
6. Jack Semple: In the Blue Light
7. Chuck Jackson's Big Bad Blues Band: A Cup of Joe
8. The 24th Street Wailers: Unshakeable
9. Steve Strongman: A Natural Fact
10. Danny Marks: A Friend in the Blues

Links: Chuck Jackson, More Downchild Stories, Jesse O'Brien, More Jesse O'Brien Stories, Shakura S'Aida, More Shakura S'Aida Stories, Harrison Kennedy, More Harrison Kennedy Stories

Links: Steve Strongman, More Steve Strongman stories, Video courtesy of LyttleGoGo


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Friday, December 14, 2012

Harrison Kennedy Nominated for Blues Music Award

This year, veteran Hamilton bluesman, Harrison Kennedy,  has received nominations locally (Hamilton Music Awards) and nationally (Maple Blues Awards & the Junos).  Now, the international blues community has bestowed a nomination for the talented singer/songwriter.  He's in the running for Best Acoustic Artist at the Blues Music Awards (put on by the Blues Foundation).  Harrison will have some stuff competition against the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Doug MacLeod, Eric Bibb, and Paul Rishell in this category. The awards will be handed out on May 8th in Memphis, TN.  We wish him lots of luck!  Hamilton already knows that he's a world-class artist.

Below is a video of Harrison Kennedy, courtesy of Electro-Fi Records

Links: Harrison Kennedy, More Harrison Kennedy Stories

Complete list of nominations.
Acoustic Album
  • Billy Boy Arnold Sings Big Bill Broonzy - Billy Boy Arnold
  • Blues on Solid Ground - John Primer
  • Deeper In The Well - Eric Bibb
  • Not Alone - Ann Rabson w/ Bob Margolin
  • Talking Guitar - Paul Rishell
Acoustic Artist
  • Carolina Chocolate Drops
  • Doug MacLeod
  • Eric Bibb
  • Harrison Kennedy
  • Paul Rishell
  • And Still I Rise - Heritage Blues Orchestra
  • Double Dynamite - The Mannish Boys
  • Show of Strength - Michael Burks
  • Son of the Seventh Son - Mud Morganfield
  • Stronger For It - Janiva Magness
  • Curtis Salgado
  • Janiva Magness
  • Joe Louis Walker
  • John Nemeth
  • Rick Estrin
  • Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials
  • Phantom Blues Band
  • Rick Estrin & the Nightcats
  • Tedeschi Trucks Band
  • The Mannish Boys

Best New Artist Debut
  • 24 Hour Blues - Charles "CD" Davis
  • They Call Me Big Llou - Big LLou Johnson
  • Turning On the Naughty - Paula Harris
  • Uphill From Anywhere - Brad Hatfield
  • Wanna Feel Somethin' - Mary Bridget Davies
Contemporary Blues Album
  • Blak & Blu - Gary Clark, Jr.
  • Blues Live - John Nemeth
  • Candy Store Kid - Ian Siegal & The Mississippi Mudbloods
  • Hellfire - Joe Louis Walker
  • Show of Strength - Michael Burks
  • Stronger For It - Janiva Magness
Contemporary Blues Female Artist
  • Bettye LaVette
  • Janiva Magness
  • Shakura S'Aida
  • Shemekia Copeland
  • Susan Tedeschi
Contemporary Blues Male Artist
  • Gary Clark, Jr.
  • Joe Louis Walker
  • Michael Burks
  • Robert Cray
  • Tab Benoit
  • Blackbird Music/55 Arts Club - The Lucky Peterson Band feat.Tamara Peterson Live at the 55 Arts Club Berlin
  • Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art/Broke & Hungrey Records - We Juke Up in Here: Mississippi's Juke Joint Culture at the Crossroads
  • Delta Groove Records - That's My Thing: Elvin Bishop Live In Concert
  • Eagle Rock Entertainment - Muddy Waters & Rolling Stones, Live at Checkerboard Lounge
  • J & R Adventures - Beacon Theatre - Joe Bonamassa Live From New York
  • Derek Trucks
  • Joe Bonamassa
  • Joe Louis Walker
  • Kid Andersen
  • Michael Burks
  • Bill Stuve
  • Bob Stroger
  • Patrick Rynn
  • Richard Cousins
  • Scot Sutherland
  • Willie J. Campbell
  • Cedric Burnside
  • Cody Dickinson
  • Jimi Bott
  • Kenny Smith
  • Tony Braunagel
  • Billy Boy Arnold
  • Bob Corritore
  • John Nemeth
  • Kim Wilson
  • Mark Hummel
  • Rick Estrin
  • Al Basile
  • Big James Montgomery
  • Eddie Shaw
  • Sax Gordon
  • Terry Hanck
Traditional Blues Female
  • Diunna Greenleaf
  • Jewel Brown
  • Maria Muldaur
  • Ruthie Foster
  • Tracy Nelson
Piano Player
  • Barrelhouse Chuck
  • Chuck Leavell
  • David Maxwell
  • Deanna Bogart
  • Mike Finnigan
  • Victor Wainwright
Rock Blues Album
  • Blues For The Modern Daze - Walter Trout
  • Driving Towards The Daylight - Joe Bonamassa
  • Everybody's Talkin' - Tedeschi Trucks Band
  • Here I Am - Nick Moss
  • Royal Southern Brotherhood - Royal Southern Brotherhood
  • "I Wont Cry" written by Janiva Magness & Dave Darling - Stronger For It (Janiva Magness)
  • "Lemon Pie" written by John Hahn & Oliver Wood - 33 1/3 (Shemekia Copeland)
  • "She Didn't Cut Me Loose" written by Curtis Salgado, Marlon McClain & Dave Duncan - Soul Shot (Curtis Salgado)
  • "The Devil Ain't Got No Music" written by Matthew Skoller - The Devil Ain't Got No Music (Lurrie Bell)
  • "Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey" written by Sam McClain & Pat Herlehy - Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey) (Mighty Sam McClain)
Soul Blues Album
  • Blues Heart - Dorothy Moore
  • Soul Live - John Nemeth
  • Soul Shot - Curtis Salgado
  • Soul Survivor - Johnny Rawls
  • Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey) - Mighty Sam McClain
Soul Blues Female Artist
  • Barbara Carr
  • Denise LaSalle
  • Dorothy Moore
  • Irma Thomas
  • Sista' Monica
Soul Blues Male Artist
  • Bobby Rush
  • Curtis Salgado
  • John Nemeth
  • Johnny Rawls
  • Mighty Sam McClain
Traditional Blues Album
  • And Still I Rise - Heritage Blues Orchestra
  • Double Dynamite - The Mannish Boys
  • Milton Hopkins with Jewel Brown - Milton Hopkins with Jewel Brown
  • Son of the Seventh Son - Mud Morganfield
  • Spider Eating Preacher - Eddie C. Campbell
Traditional Blues Male Artist
  • Bob Margolin
  • John Primer
  • Lil' Ed
  • Magic Slim
  • Mud Morganfield

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

New Mike Allen CD: Big Money Meltdown

Acoustic blues doesn't get any better than local bluesman "Guitar Case" Mike Allen's recent CD,  Big Money Meltown

The disc boasts a fabulous, crisp, clear guitar sound, top notch harmonica work and Mike's great, laid-back vocals. 

There's a marvelous mix of 7 original tunes and 8 traditional numbers (including Take This Hammer, In My Time of Dying, Midnight Special, more).

Whether new or old, each song has a warm, organic, homey feel.

The CD can be purchased through his live shows and cdBaby.  You can also download it at cdBaby, iTunes, and eMusic.

Below is the title track from the disc.

Blast From the Past: Mike Allen@Winking Judge

Links: Mike AllenMore Mike Allen Stories


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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Episodes of Ensemble Music TV Show on YouTube

Ensemble is a music-based TV show on Cable 14 Hamilton that features four singer/songwriters per episode.

The show runs on Saturdays at 10pm and Sundays at 9pm.  There is a new episode each month or so.  You can also watch the program online with their live feed if you are a Cogeco, Shaw, or Source Cable subscriber.

Recently, many of the episodes were placed on Cable 14's YouTube page.

Here's what they have so far . . .

Episode 1: Duane Rutter, Cindy Dell, Brennagh Burns, Les Smith (Trickbag)

 Episode 2: Dan Medakovic, Tiny Bill Cody, Kim Koren, Paul Langille

Episode 3: J.P. Riemens, Sue Sweetman (Barn Katz), Joe Clark, Steve Strongman

Episode 4: Steve Sinnicks, Melissa Bel, Mike Todd, Mo' Kauffey

We will be posting more episodes as they become available. . .


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Monday, December 10, 2012

Harrison Kennedy on Santa's Got Mojo 2 CD

Electro-Fi's latest Christmas compilation, Santa's Got Mojo 2 has many of the top blues acts in Canada layin' out some fantastic festive funkiness.

Hamilton's own blues legend, Harrison Kennedy, offers up Hot Cider Cinnamon, a soulful, haunting, beautiful Christmas song about holiday memories.

Harrison's joined by Fathead (they have 2 tracks on the disc), Chris Whiteley, Shakura S'aida, Julian Fauth, Fruteland Jackson, Morgan Davis and many more with their own wonderful, original songs.  No sappy, dull carols in the lot.  This CD is filled with soul, swing and funk.

To cap things off is an amazing bonus track with the late, great Mel Brown and the Homewreckers playing the classic Merry Christmas Baby.

You can purchase the CD at the Electro-Fi site or download it through iTunes or eMusic.

Below are a few videos of tracks from the CD

Links: Shakura S'Aida, More Shakura S'Aida Stories,  Video courtesy of the Electro-Fi

Links: Morgan Davis, Video courtesy of Calm Tom 6

Blast from the Past: Harrison Kennedy and Others@Hometown Christmas

Links: Harrison Kennedy, More Harrison Kennedy Stories


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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

James Anthony Band and Wendell Ferguson@Black Swan (November 17, 2012)

James Anthony (guitar, left - vocals on Every Day I Got the Blues and Your Mind is on Vacation), Gary Taylor (drums, vocals on Harvest Moon), Wendell Ferguson (guitar, centre), Bill Speers (keys on all except Spooky, vocals on Messin' with the Kid), Brent Bailey (of Rocket 88s)(keys & vocals on Spooky)

More Neil Young covers/stories

More BB King covers/stories

Click here for Wendell Ferguson's portion of the show

Blast from the Past: James Anthony and Others@Burlington Ribfest

Links: James Anthony, More James Anthony Stories


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Friday, November 23, 2012

Larry Coad Passes

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of local singer/songwriter Larry Coad.

He passed away on November 21, 2012 at the age of 66.

Our condolences go out to his friends and family.  He will be missed.

The Royal Botanical Gardens will host a  celebration of his life on December 10, 2012 (12-3 p.m)

Click here for his obituary from the Spectator

Below are a few videos from a recent benefit in his honour. Courtesy of Garry Asselstine

Colin Butler's site

Harold MacIntyre's Site

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

New James Anthony Band CD: Live in the Barrel

The James Anthony Band has always had killer live performances.  Now thanks to their latest CD, Live in the Barrel, amazing highlights from those shows are now available.

James struts his stuff on some of his coolest songs such as Hound Dog Blues, Down With the Blues, Doin' Days and many others.The veteran guitarist and singer is in excellent form here.

The energy is also high when the band covers classics such as Born under a Bad Sign, Use Me, and Little Wing.

Throw in a couple of  wicked instrumental numbers and the CD becomes a wonderful showcase for what the band has to offer.

We're told there are a limited amount of copies so get yours soon at one of James' live shows.

Below is a video of one of the tracks from the CD.

Blast from the Past: Review of James' CD: On the Edge

Links: James Anthony, More James Anthony Stories


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Monday, November 19, 2012

Hamilton Music Award Winners

Congratulations to all the winners from the 2012 Hamilton Music AwardsIt was an amazing showcase of  all the wonderful talent we have in the city.

The big winner was Terra Lightfoot, who received three well-deserved awards (Female Artist, Female Vocalist, Alt-Country Album).  Blues veteran Harrison Kennedy walked away with two (Male Vocalist, Blues Album) as did Tomi Swick (Pop Recording, Video) and Luke Doucet (Adult Alternative Recording w Whitehorse, Best Guitarist)

The ceremonies were held November 15-18, 2012 at the McIntyre Theatre in Mohawk College.

Click here for the article from the Spectator, which includes the complete winner list.

Click here for video coverage from CHCH.

Here's Tomi Swick's video of the year, December Sky, courtesy of Tomi's YouTube Page


Below are highlights of the winners list.
  • Female Artist of the Year -Terra Lightfoot
  • Male Artist of the Year -Lee Reed
  • Local Group of the Year by the Peoples Choice -Hey Brother
  • New Artist/Group of the Year - Missy Bauman
  • Roots Recording of the Year - Ben Caplan and  the Casual Smokers – In The Time Of The Great Remembering
  • Alternative/Indie Rock Recording of the Year - CA Smith – Someone You Love
  • Folk/Traditional Recording of the YearS.G SinnicksThe Last Irishman In Corktown
  • Rock Recording of the Year - Arkells – Michigan Left
  • Adult Alternative Recording of the Year Whitehorse – The Fate Of The World Depends On This Kiss
  • Blues Recording of the Year Harrison KennedyShame The Devil
  • Alt/Country Recording of the Year - Terra Lightfoot – Terra Lightfoot
  • Pop Recording of the Year -  Tomi SwickTomi Swick
  • ArcelorMittal Dofasco Artist Lifetime Achievement Award Crowbar and Gordie Tapp (Hee Haw)
  • Songwriter of the Year - Arkells
  • Female Vocalist of the Year - Terra Lightfoot
  • Male Vocalist of the Year -  Harrison Kennedy
  • Canadian Recording of the Year by Peoples Choice (Sales over 10,000 units) - Monster Truck, The Brown EP
  • Record of the Year -  The Rest – Seesaw

From the Industry Awards

More from the Hamilton Music Awards

Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners


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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Rob Szabo Wins Canadian Folk Music Award for Strongman CD

Toronto musician Rob Szabo won a 2012 Canadian Folk Music Award for his production work on Hamilton performer Steve Strongman's incredible acoustic CD A Natural Fact.


Local artists Whitehorse and  Ben Caplan were nominated but, unfortunately, didn't receive any awards.

The kudos were handed out on Saturday, November 17 in St. John's NB.

Click here for a complete list of nominations.

Below is a video of Rob playing with Steve, courtesy of Smyleseh

Links: Rob Szabo, More Rob Szabo Stories

Here's a full list of the winners:
  • Traditional Album of the Year -Metis Fiddler Quartet - Northwest Voyage Nord Ouest
  • Contemporary Album of the Year -The Deep Dark Woods - The Place I Left Behind
  • Children’s Album of the Year - Henri Godon - Chansons pour toutes sortes d'enfants
  • Traditional Singer of the Year - Lenka Lichtenberg
  • Contemporary Singer of the Year - Rose Cousins
  • Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year - Trent Freeman
  • Instrumental Group of the Year - The Fretless
  • English Songwriter of the Year - Catherine MacLellan
  • French Songwriter of the Year - Mes Aïeux
  • Vocal Group of the Year -The Once
  • Ensemble of the Year -The Fretless
  • Solo Artist of the Year - Michael Jerome Browne
  • World Group of the Year - Sultans of String
  • New/Emerging Artist of the Year -Pharis & Jason Romero
  • Producer of the Year - Rob Szabo - A Natural Fact (Steve Strongman)
  • Pushing the Boundaries - Sagapool
  • Young Performer of the Year - Lucas Chaisson
Blast from the Past: The 2011 CFMA Winners

More of our CFMA Stories


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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Hamilton Son Ben Caplan Wins Best Entertainer at Novia Scotia Music Awards

Hamilton-born Ben Caplan made his birth city proud by winning the Entertainer of the Year honours at the Novia Scotia Music Awards.  This was the only award voted on by the public.  The singer/songwriter was also nominated in 6 other categories: Male Artist Recording, Digital Artist, Recording, New Artist, and Songwriter.

To top things off,  Ben also knocked 'em dead with a live performance at the Awards Gala on Sunday November 11. 

This was all on the strength of his wonderful latest release in the time of great remembering (with the Casual Smokers).

Ben's immense pride was evident on his blog post: "What an amazing time to come home to Nova Scotia! I received the best welcome imaginable at Nova Scotia Music Week, and I’m extremely honoured and thankful to everyone who voted for me for Entertainer of the Year — I have some of the best fans and supporters a musician could ask for! I’m beside myself with joy and gratitude, so thank you and cheers to you all!"


Below are a few video from the CD, courtesy of AudioBloodMedia

Links: Ben Caplan, More Ben Caplan Stories


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