Thursday, December 18, 2014

News Roundup (Cindy Dell, Treasa Levasseur, Magik Company, Dwayne LaForme)


Please note: There won't be another News Roundup until January 1, 2015.



Blasts From the Past 


Friday, December 19
Saturday, December 20
Monday, December 22
Sunday, December 28
Monday, December 29
Tuesday, December 30
Wednesday, December 31
Thursday, January 1

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

12 Videos of Christmas: 1-4

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Links: Bryan RasonMore Elvis Covers/Stories, Video above courtesy of Bryan Rason

Links: Killin' Time Band, More Killin' Time StoriesVideo above courtesy of Killin' Time

Links: Tony Sciara, Video above courtesy of PaulDuncanBently

Links: Jacob MoonMore Jacob Moon Stories, Trevor DickVideo above courtesy of Jacob Moon

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Katherine Wheatley, Tannis Slimmon and Jude Vadala Team Up For An Angelic Holiday CD

Boreal is an amazing, trio that wield some heavenly harmonies to celebrate the season.  Their debut is an  angelic holiday CD, Winter's Welcome.  Each one is a world-class artist in her own right but together, they create something spectacular.

Composed of Guelph's Tannis Slimmon and Jude Vadala with Katherine Wheatley from Toronto, these ladies can really create a sense of warmth and wonder.  Listening to these tracks will bring out the magic of the season in anyone.

Filled mainly with sensational, original tracks, this CD also has a few classics such as Carol of the Bells, I'll Be Home for Christmas and Silent Night.  Whether old or new, these songs have a radience that will raise your spirits.

This wonderful trio doesn't play often so you may want to pick up a copy of the disc at their online store or download it through cdbaby.

Video above courtesy of Philip Bast

Blast from the Past: Katherine Wheatley and Others at a Private Show

Links: BorealMore Christmas PostsMore CD Releases

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Local Stars on Top Country's Best 50 Songs of 2014 List! Vote for Your Faves! have chosen their favourite 50 Songs of 2014 and they want you to chose the top 3!  Local country superstars from Burlington (Tebey), St. Catharines (Tim Hicks) and Guelph (The Reklaws) are just some of the picks.

Help our area artists out by clicking here and commenting on their post

Wake Me Up - Tebey ft. Emerson Drive

Links: TebeyMore Tebey Stories, Video above courtesy of Tebey

Here Comes The Thunder – Tim Hicks

Links: Tim HicksMore Tim Hicks StoriesVideo above courtesy of Tim Hicks

Seeing Stars – The Reklaws

Links: The ReklawsMore Reklaws StoriesVideo above courtesy of the Reklaws

3-2-1 – Brett Kissel
Alive – Madeline Merlo
American Kids – Kenny Chesney
Another Man’s Gold – Dean Brody
Bartender – Lady Antebellum
Beachin’ – Jake Owen
Burnin’ It Down – Jason Aldean
Cheap Wine and Cigarettes – Jess Moskaluke
Cop Car – Keith Urban
County Line – High Valley
Dirt – Florida Georgia Line
Drunk Heart – One More Girl
Drunk On A Plane – Dierks Bentley
Dust – Eli Young Band
Fallin’ Over You – Chad Brownlee
Forever Summer – Paul Brandt
Friends of Mine – Jason Blaine
Girl In A Country Song – Maddie and Tae
Gravy – The Stellas
I Only Smoke When I Drink – Small Town Pistols
If She Wants This Town – Autumn Hill
If You Ask Me To – MacKenzie Porter
Leave The Night On – Sam Hunt
Like A Cowboy – Randy Houser
Lookin’ For That Girl – Tim McGraw
Mud – The Road Hammers
Never Didn’t Love You – Bobby Wills
Pass It Around – Deric Ruttan
Perfect Storm – Brad Paisley
Play It Again – Luke Bryan
Quarterback – Kira Isabella
Rock and Roll Again – Blackberry Smoke
Run – Blackjack BillyThe Road Hammers and Doc Walker
Shut Me Up – Lindsay Ell
Slow Rollin’ – Dallas Smith
Some Songs – Terri Clark
Somethin’ Bad – Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood
Something In The Water – Carrie Underwood
Take It On Back – Chase Bryant
Talladega – Eric Church
That’s How I Like It – Doc Walker
The Promise – Sturgill Simpson
Up All Night – Jon Pardi
Whatever She’s Got – David Nail
Where A Farm Used To Be – Gord Bamford
Whiskey In My Water – Tyler Farr
Yeah – Joe Nichols

Blast from the Past: Local Artists Nominated for Top Country Awards

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

2014 Canadian Folk Music Award Winners

Unfortunately, no local musicians won a 10th Annual Canadian Folk Award. The kudos were handed out in Ottawa at the end of November. Matt Andersen whose current album, Weightless features co-writes from Hamilton's Tom Wilson and Niagara's Suzie Vinnick got the nod for Contemporary Singer of the Year.

Here's a full list of winners
Blast from the Past: The 2013 Winners

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Oakville's Neil MacNaughton Takes Listeners on Wonderful, Wild Ride

Travelling the borderline between Classic Rock and Folk, Pieces of the Trip, the latest CD from Oakville's Neil MacNaughton, will take you on a wonderful, wild ride.  You won't be sorry you took this amazing musical outing.

There's the semi-spacey opening track, Wide Open Spaces, folky guitar/harmonica combos and onward to the funky, jazzy trombones scattered throughout.  Each stop has something astounding to offer.

Joining Neil (who does vocals, acoustic guitar and many other instruments) on this magnificent journey is James MacKay (guitar), Luke Dante (guitar, banjitar), Paul Dante (bass), Dave Toms (drums) as well as vocalists Jessica Jacklin and Lisa Seiler.

Head on down to one of Neil's incredible live shows to pickup this CD or order it through his website.

Video above courtesy of Neil MacNaughton

Videos above courtesy of Music Mayhem and More

Links: Neil MacNaughtonMore CD Releases

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

News Roundup (Hell Bent Rockers, D'Eve Archer, Joe Hocaluk)



Blasts From the Past 


Friday, December 12
Saturday, December 13
Sunday, December 14
Tuesday, December 16
Wednesday, December 17

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hamilton Bluesman A.K. McLeod Forges Fiery New CD

If loud, mighty guitars are your thing, you MUST check out A.K. McLeod's latest disc, Spiritual Fire. The Hamilton Bluesman and his crew (G. Modesto on bass and drummer Darrin Jamieson) have forged quite a fiery collection of potent grooves!

Spiritual Fire features high-octane covers of Blues classics (Willie Dixon's I Ain't Superstitious, St. James Infirmary, The Thrill is Gone, and Born Under a Bad Sign) and explosive, dynamic originals.  These guys really put the power in power trio as the three of them burst and blaze through every tune.

Contact A.K. through his website or go to one of his killer live shows to get a copy of this CD.  Then crank it to 11 and enjoy!

Links: A.K. McLeodMore CD ReleasesVideos above courtesy of A.K. McLeod

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

New Blue Rodeo Christmas CD Will Rock Your Stockings

Canadian country rock superstars Blue Rodeo (now with Hamilton's Colin Cripps on guitar) have released a remarkable new holiday album, A Merrie Christmas to You (released through Warner Music Canada).  This isn't your usual bland collection of sappy yuletide tunes - these are emotional songs about the happiness and heartbreak of the season.  The energy level will also rock your stockings off!

There's rootsy versions of classics like O Come All Ye Faithful and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.  Then the guys cover great winter tunes from Gordon Lightfoot, Big Star, The Band, Paul Simon and Merle Haggard. The main highlights are the two original tracks: the emotional Glad to be Alive and the amazing Home to You This Christmas.

You can pick up the CD at many brick and mortar stores and online shops or you can order it through the Blue Rodeo online store or download using iTunes.

Videos above courtesy of BurritoDLX

Blast from the Past: Blue Rodeo CD - In Our Nature

Links: Blue RodeoMore Blue Rodeo StoriesMore Christmas PostsMore CD Releases

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

News Roundup (Curley Bridges, Barbershop Podcast Anniversary, Rebecca Miller, Cartoons)

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Blasts From the Past 

Thursday, December 4
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Saturday, December 6
Sunday, December 7
Tuesday, December 9
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Hamilton's Dinner Belles Create a Lush Americana Sound with Latest CD

Hamilton's Dinner Belles are purveyors of the finest Americana around.  With their sophomore album, The River and the Willow (their first through Sonic Unyon) they continue to hammer out some incredible rootsy twang.

The band features some of the best local musician's around, such as Scott Bell, Brandon BlissTerra LightfootBrad Germain, Jonathan Ely Cass, Melanie Pothier and Greg Brisco.  They team up to create an organic sounding, spirited country folk of the highest order. Sweet harmonies and a myriad of instruments (xylophone, trombone, bells and more) create a beautiful lush sound that just sinks rights in to your soul.

You can get an LP, CD or download at the Sonic Unyon online store.  This superb album can also be downloaded through iTunes.

Video above courtesy of the Dinner Belles

Above two videos courtesy of StellaBlu447

Blast from the Past: The Dinner Belles' Debut CD

Links: Dinner BellesMore Dinner Belles stories More Releases

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