Saturday, January 30, 2016

GOOD LUCK! Hamilton-Born Ben Caplan Earns 3 East Coast Music Award Nominations

The East Coast Music Awards will have little Steeltown colour this year. Hamilton-Born Easterner Ben Caplan is in the running for three categories: Album, Folk Recording and Song.

Hopefully, he'll be bringing home som hardware at the ECMA gala on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at the Centre 200 in Sydney, NS.  GOOD LUCK BEN!

Links: Ben CaplanMore Ben Caplan StoriesVideo above courtesy of Ben Caplan

Indie Rockers Hey Rosetta! lead with seven nominations. Folk singer/songwriter Jenn Grant earned six.


Click here for the winners

Here are some of the nomination highlights:

Folk Recording
Blues Recording
Roots/Traditional Group Recording
Country Recording
Gospel Recording
Jazz Recording 
Rock Recording 
Group Recording of the Year
The Bucky Adams Memorial Award
Rising Star Recording
Solo Recording
Traditional Instrumental Recording 
Fans' Choice Entertainer
Fans' Choice Video

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

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The Adventures of Trebleclef, the Hamilton Blues Lovers Monkey

Trebleclef visited Niagara Falls, Ontario and checked out Mike Saracino at the Spyce Lounge.

Click here for more photos from his visit!

Michael Saracino & Guest Spyce Lounge Niagara Falls #NFallsOnMusic #NiagOnMusic #hblvideos
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Grit and Dirt Just Ooze from The Vaudevillian's New Album

The Vaudevillian may be originally from Kitchener but are now Hamilton-based.  The group's music is a perfect match for the former Steeltown as grit and dirt just ooze from these songs. This is as no-nonsense and raw as it gets.

The latest offering, Barton Street Blues is filled with references to Hammertown and is sung with abandon. Featuring an old-timey sound that will transport you back in time, the disc also possesses a powerful, punk-like attitude.

Vaudevillian mainstays Brendan J Stephens (vocals/multiple instruments) and Willow Walker (vocals/washboard/banjo) are joined by Guy Johnson (bass), Minnie Heart of the Ever Lovin' Jug Band (fiddle), Danny Edmonds of Harlan Pepper (vocals/banjo/Producer), Mimi Shaw (vocals) and Aaron on sax.

You can pick up this CD at their live shows or download it via Bandcamp.

Blast from the Past: Vaudevillian CD - Salty Dog

Links: The VaudevillianMore Vaudevillian StoriesVideo above courtesy of the VaudevillianMore Releases

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

CONGRATS! Hamilton's Laura Cole Wins Best Female Artist in RockWired Reader's Poll

Hamilton songstress, Laura Cole has won Best Female Artist in the  Rockwired Reader's Poll.  She received an impressive 50% of all the category votes in the international contest hosted by the popular online music magazine.

Links: Laura ColeMore Laura Cole StoriesVideo above courtesy of Stokratka

Brantford singer/songwriter Logan Staats earned 2nd place in Best Male Artist.  John Taglieri from New Jersey won the poll.

Links: Logan StaatsMore Logan Staats Stories,, Video above courtesy of Logan Staats

Here is the complete list of winners

Video above courtesy of John Taglieri


Click here for the full list of winners and nominees

Blast from the Past: Laura Wins Best Female Artist in View Magazine's Readers Poll

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Hamilton's Nate of Earth Crafts Full, Textured and Beautiful EP

Hamilton's Nate of Earth  (A former member of Dead End Sessionshas crafted a wonderful acoustic alt-folk solo debut EP, First Contact.  He combines traditional and ethereal sounds to create an amazing recording.

Thanks to his multi-instrumental skills and compelling voice, Nate imbues the 5-song EP with a full, textured feel.  Beautiful, thoughtful  lyrics add to the disc's artistic atmosphere.

You can pick up a physical copies of the EP by contacting him or going to his incredible live shows.  It's also available for download at Nate's Bandcamp page.

Blast from the Past: Nate on Barber Shop Podcast

Links: Nate of EarthMore Nate of Earth StoriesVideo above courtesy of Nate of EarthMore Releases

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

GOOD LUCK! Area Musicians Up For 2016 Music Express Awards! VOTE FOR THEM NOW!

Canadian Music Website will be dishing out their own awards soon and a few area musicians have been nominated.  Readers can also can also vote for their faves by clicking here. Deadline is Feb 16, 2016.

St. Catharines Country singer Tim Hicks might soon be adding more to his big award collection since he's up for Top Country Album (5:01) and Top Country Artist.  Also from the same city, alt-folk sensation City and Colour is up for Top Record Album (Pop/Rock) and Top Male Vocalist (Dallas Green)

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

Links: City and ColourMore City and Colour StoriesVideo above courtesy of Jini Bailey

Hammertown rockers, Arkells have a chance to win Top Live Act (Small Venue). Burlington's Walk Off the Earth is also in the running for Top Record Album (Pop/Rock).  Hard rockin' Burlington boys Finger Eleven were given the nod for the Back In The Spotlight award.  Canadian superstars Blue Rodeo (now featuring Hamilton boy Colin Cripps on guitar) are nominated for Top Canadian Group and Top Live Act (Arena/Concert Hall)

Links: Blue RodeoMore Blue Rodeo StoriesTerra LightfootMore Terra Lightfoot StoriesVideo above courtesy of James Kalyn


Here is the complete list of nominees

Top Record Album (Pop/Rock)
Top Record Album (Country)
Top Male Vocalist
Top Canadian Group
Top Live Act (Arena/Concert Hall)
Top Live Act (Small Venue)
Back In The Spotlight
Top Female Vocalist
Top Single
Emerging Artist
Top Record Album (R and B)

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

News Roundup (Glenn Frey, Alfie Smith, Dave Rave, Michael Shotton)

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Incredible New Best of Compilation from Hamilton's Jacob Moon!

20 years and a number of albums later, Hamilton singer/songwriter Jacob Moon has created quite an impressive body of work.  To celebrate two decades of  incredible art, he's released 20 Years: The Best of Jacob Moon.

This wonderful recording features 14 of his best-loved songs along with two previously unreleased tracks (Love of Mine and Ribbon of Darkness).  The new tunes are a remarkable addition to his musical legacy.

The CD is an amazing time-capsule of a phenomenal artist who'll hopefully bless us with many more years of outstanding performances.

CDs are available through his live shows and cdbaby.  You can also download it through cdbaby and iTunes or join his Partner Program to get all of Jacob's recordings!

Blast from the Past: Jacob Moon CD - Fascination

Links: Jacob MoonMore Jacob Moon StoriesMore CD Releases, Videos above courtesy of Jacob Moon

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

CONGRATS! Canada's Best Celebrated at Maple Blues Awards

The Best of Canadian Blues was on display for all to hear at  the Koerner Hall in Toronto on Monday, January 18, 2016. The 19th Annual Maple Blues Awards gala celebrated the immense talent this country has to offer.

Tom Bona of Kitchener band Soulstack and Toronto's Raoul and the Big Time  won the Drummer of the Year award.  Cambridge Bluesman Conor Gains received the coveted  $1000 Cobalt Prize for his song Leave it on the Line.

Links: Raoul and the Big Time, More R&TBT Stories,  Video above courtesy of RapChop2

Links: Conor GainsMore Conor Gains StoriesVideo above courtesy of mYears100

The big winner of the night was Montreal's Steve Hill who took home 3 awards (Entertainer, Electric Act, Guitarist).  Blackie and the Rodeo Kings member Colin Linden earned two (Producer, Songwriter) as well.

Links: Steve Hill, More Steve Hill StoriesVideo above courtesy of T-Bar


Here's a complete list of winners:
Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

CONGRATS! Stingray Music's Best Blues Albums of 2015 Packed with Local Artists

Canadian digital audio service, Stingray Music (formerly Galaxie) included quite a number of area acts in their Best Blues Album list for 2015.

Albums by Hamiltonians Andre Bisson and Steve Strongman reached numbers 53 and 112 respectively.

Links: Andre BissonMore Andre Bisson storiesVideo above courtesy of Sheila Donovan

Links: Steve StrongmanMore Steve Strongman storiesVideo above courtesy of Stingray Music

That's not all from Hammertown though: a number of recordings featuring work by Steve Strongman (w Roly Platt), Harrison Kennedy (w Eric Bibb), Tom Wilson (writing w Matt Anderson) and Jack de Keyzer (w Harmonica Shah) made the cut as well.  Mark Crissinger's Blues Expression, which was recorded in Hamilton, won the 88th spot.

Niagara's Suzie Vinnick co-wrote with Matt Anderson for his Weightless album (#115) and Oakville boy Jordan John teamed up with Roly Platt for the Inside Out CD 

Here is the top ten list with the local performers shown below.
  1. Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar: Send The Nightingale
  2. Michael Jerome Browne: Sliding Delta
  3. Rick Fines: Driving Home
  4. Blackburn: Brothers In This World
  5. Roly Platt: Inside Out (ft Hamilton's Steve Strongman and Oakville's Jordan John)
  6. Bernard Allison: In The Mix
  7. Brad Hatfield: For A Change
  8. Lee Palmer: Like Elway
  9. Steve Earle: Terraplane
  10. Rob Paparozzi and The Ed Palermo Big Band: Electric Butter
27. Eric Bibb: Blues People (ft Hamilton's Harrison Kennedy)
88, Mark Crissinger: Blues Expression (Recorded in Hamilton)
115. Matt Andersen: Weightless (Songs co-written by Hamilton's Tom Wilson and Niagara's Suzie Vinnick)
129. Harmonica Shah: If You Live To Get Old, You Will Understand (ft Hamilton's Jack de Keyzer)

Blast from the Past: Bisson, Strongman and de Keyzer Win Hammer Blues Awards

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

News Roundup (David Bowie Passes, Remembering Chris Shaver, Headframe, Toadhouse)

Remembering Chris Shaver

We recently found out about the passing of Hamilton music supporter, Chris Shaver.  He passed away on December 30, 2015. Our condolences to his family and friends. Click here for his obituary.

A word from Lou, our blogger: "I first knew Chris as a co-worker.  We used to have great conversations when we worked nights together.  It was wonderful reconnecting with him through our mutual love of the local music scene.  I'll miss you buddy!





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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

CONGRATS! Whitehorse and Daniel Romano on The Americana Music Association's Top Albums of 2015 List!

It may be called Americana but there are many talented Canadians creating unique, beautiful music in the genre.  The Americana Music Association recently revealed their Top 100 albums list for 2015 (based on airplay) and four Canuck artists earned spots on it.

Two of them are also local.  Hamilton folk-rock duo Whitehorse took 59th place with Welland artist Daniel Romano following at number 72.  Other Canadians include Winnipeg band The Bros. Landreth (51) and Whitney Rose (94) from Toronto.

Links: WhitehorseMore Whitehorse StoriesVideo above courtesy of TheVergeOnline

Links: Daniel RomanoMore Daniel Romano Stories, Video above courtesy of New West Records

Here is the top ten with all the Canadians listed below
  1. Jason Isbell: Something More Than Free
  2. JD McPherson: Let The Good Times Roll
  3. Brandi Carlile: The Firewatcher's Daughter
  4. Alabama Shakes: Sound & Color
  5. Steve Earle and The Dukes: Terraplane
  6. Ray Wylie Hubbard: The Ruffian's Misfortune
  7. Kacey Musgraves: Pageant Material
  8. Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell: The Traveling Kind
  9. Chris Stapleton: Traveller
  10. Mavericks: Mono
51. The Bros. Landreth: Let It Lie
59. Whitehorse: Leave No Bridge Unburned
72. Daniel Romano: If I've Only One Time Askin'
94. Whitney Rose: Heartbreaker Of The Year

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

CONGRATS! Guelph's Trevor Dick Band Earns 2 Global Music Awards

On December 2015, the world music community has recognized Guelph group the Trevor Dick Band with two Global Music Awards (Best Album, Best Band).  They competed with many other performers from around the world.

Links: Trevor Dick Band, More Trevor Dick StoriesVideo above courtesy of the Trevor Dick Band

According to the awards website, the GMA's "...are on a quest to find the world's best new music and to honor and promote the artists. Global Music Awards is a showcase for original music, unique voices and emerging artists. Musicians who win Global Music Awards are in select group of the world’s most talented artists."

Canadians who earned a Silver Medal for Outstanding Achievement  include Toronto artists Bill McBirnie and Daniela Nardi, Alberta's Johnny Summers and Roger Scannura,

Video above courtesy of Natia Kutaladze

Video above courtesy of Steve Thamer

Bronze Medals also went to two Canadians: Javier Asencio and Marc Beaudin.


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Sunday, January 10, 2016

CONGRATS! St. Catharines Country Boy Tim Hicks on Best of 2015 Lists

At about this time, there are usually tons of Year's Best Lists coming out.  The Canadian Country Music community is no exception and St. Catharines Country Boy Tim Hicks has graced quite a few of them.  The talented singer/songwriter's been racking up the accolades lately and now he's got even more to celebrate.

Canadian website, unveiled their year end lists and Tim's on two of them (Albums and Singles).



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Thursday, January 7, 2016

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The Adventures of Trebleclef, the Hamilton Blues Lovers Monkey

Our little monkey was very busy late last year, here's a quick rundown:

rocked out to Wicked Grin at Jet Hall in Hamilton

Wicked Grin (and the audience) play Just Your Fool at The Jet Hall #HamOnt #HamOntMusic
Posted by Hamilton B. Lous on Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Links: Wicked GrinMore Wicked Grin StoriesVideo above courtesy of Hamilton B. Lous, More Videos: Video 2Dan Doiron w Wicked Grin


He made a visit to Westfield Heritage Village in Rockton


Trebleclef returned to the Jet Hall to check out Blues Time (featuring Frank Cosentino)

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Blues Time cover Voodoo Child at Jet Hall #HamOnt #HamOntMusic Frank Cosentino, Alishan Hagopian, Davin Goudie
Posted by Hamilton B. Lous on Friday, January 1, 2016

Links: Frank CosentinoMore Frank Cosentino StoriesVideo above courtesy of Hamilton B. LousMore Jimi Hendrix Covers/Stories, Bonus Video (Blues Time Goes Unplugged)


He also bumped into Frank again that night at the Trickbag show at Buddy's!

Check out our video of Frank performing with Trickbag

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