Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Hank Jones 100th Birthday

Today (July 31, 2018) would have been American Jazz pianist Hank Jones' 100th birthday! He played with, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker, Frank SinatraArtie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Diana Krall, and more

Biography highlights (courtesy of Wikipedia)

Video above courtesy of All That Jazz Don Kaart

Video above courtesy of dgbailey777

Video above courtesy of stevenl671

Links: Hank JonesMore 100th Birthdays

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Happy Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day! Videos by Dave Gould, Jay Linden, Lotus Wight)

Every July 31, we celebrate Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day.

Here are a few local artists performing with uncommon instruments.

Links: Dave GouldMore Dave Gould StoriesVideo above courtesy of Shotgun Jilly

Links: Jay LindenMore Jay Linden StoriesVideo above courtesy of Jay Linden- Topic

Links: Lotus Wight, More Lotus Wight Stories, , Video above courtesy of The Knox Farm Series

Click here for more Uncommon Instrument Videos

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

News Roundup (Denielle Bassels, Polaris Short List, Duane Rutter, Cootes Paradise)

Beatles Related Cartoon


    Hamilton Spectator Stories

    Adventure of Trebleclef, the Music-Loving Monkey

    Trebleclef had a fun time seeing Cootes Paradise @ the Corktown.

    Links: Cootes ParadiseMore Cootes Paradise StoriesVideo above courtesy of Hamilton B. Lous

    Duane Rutter did an amazing job of opening the show!

    Links: Duane RutterMore Duane Rutter StoriesVideo above courtesy of Hamilton B. Lous

    Click here for photos from this event!


    He also went to the Shakers at This Ain't Hollywood. It was a blast!

    Click here for photos from this event!

    Wednesday, July 25, 2018

    Hamilton's Rocket & the Renegades Debut Will Hook You In Immediately

    If ya got a hankering for music with some teeth to it, look no further than Born in the Hammer, the debut album from Hamilton's Rocket and the Renegades. These are some nasty, punky, rockabilly rhythms right here.  It'll hook you in immediately.

    Rocket (aka Robin Magder-Pierce) has a voice that makes its presence known right from the start. There's emotion and power that'll hit ya hard! The impressive lyrical storytelling will keep you coming back for repeated listens.

    The renegades boast such luminaries as Rick Prinsthal (Paperboys, Deacons, Krickets, 3D's) on guitar/vocals, 57 Trevy (Burnin' Ethyl) on bass/vocals and Claude DesRoches (Shakers, Swampbusters) on drums. Also popping in on the album are Mike Williams (bass) and Rick Andrew of the Shakers (backup vocals).

    To get the CD in your hot little hands, you can contact rocket through her website or by showing up to one of her unforgettable live shows.

    Video above courtesy of Robin Magder-Pierce

    Video above courtesy of Rick Prinsthal

    Blast from the Past: Rocket on Barber Shop Podcast

    Links: Rocket and the Renegades, More Rocket StoriesMore Releases 

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    Tuesday, July 24, 2018

    Wainfleets' Suzie Vinnick is Electrified on New Album

    Shake the Love Around, the latest album from Wainfleet's Suzie Vinnick, finds our heroine with a more electrified but still rootsy sound. While the quieter, beautiful numbers are here, Suzie and her cohorts prove they can unleash some unabashed, bluesy rock if the need arises.

    You'll find some gospel, funk, folk, soul and more gracing this amazing album. The lady's voice and incredible storytelling permeate the recording with power and emotion. Her guitar and bass work also stand out.

    She has enlisted quite a contingent of stunning musicians. The main core of the band includes Gary Craig (drums), Mark Lalama (multi-instrumental, producer, co-writer) and Johnny Johnson (sax). Guests include Colin Linden (guitar) and Kevin Breit (guitar) as well as background vocals by Dean McTaggart and David Leask (who also co-write). Steve Strongman, Matt Andersen, and Treasa Levasseur offer up their writing skills as well.

    You can pick up a copy of the CD at her astonishing live shows or via her online shop, iTunes or emusic.

    Blast From the Past: Suzie Vinnick Live at the RBG

    Links: Suzie VinnickMore Suzie Vinnick Stories, Videos above courtesy of Suzie Vinnick-TopicMore Releases

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    Friday, July 20, 2018

    Cindy Walker's 100th Birthday

    Today (Friday, July 20, 2018) would have been American country songwriter and performer Cindy Walker's 100th birthday.

    Biography highlights (courtesy of Wikipedia)

    Here are some videos from the lady herself.

    Links: Cindy Walker, Videos above courtesy of mrblindfreddy9999More 100th Birthdays

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    Wednesday, July 18, 2018

    Nelson Mandela's 100th Birthday! Videos by Mandela, The Specials, Johnny Clegg, Santana

    Today (July 18, 2018) would have been Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday.

    In honour of this great man, here are a few videos about the legendary activist and statesman:

    Links: The Specials, Video above courtesy of The Specials

    Links: Johnny Clegg, Video above courtesy of tenshu50

    Links: Santana, More Santana Stories, Video above courtesy of JP CN

    And now a speech from the man himself

    Links: Nelson MandelaVideo above courtesy of Mars DanielsMore 100th Birthdays

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    Tuesday, July 17, 2018

    Videos from the Shakers

    Dave and Rick were on CHCH a while back to promote the show. here's the video:

    Links: More CHCH VideosVideo above courtesy of CHCH

    Here are a few classic video from this legendary group.

    Links:  ShakersMore Shakers Stories, Videos above courtesy of Luis PPA!

    Blast from the Past: the Complete Shakers CD Review

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    Monday, July 16, 2018

    GOOD LUCK! Local Canadian Country Music Award Nominees!

    The 2018 Canadian Country Music Award nominations were unveiled recently and a number of local luminaries have been given the nod. Here's hoping a few of them will be taking home the hardware on September 9, 2018. The icing on the cake is that this year, the incredible event will be hosted by Hamilton!

    Hammertown's own Chris Altmann is up for Steel Guitar Player of the Year. Peter Walker, the music director's for Hamilton's CHKX-FM was nominated for Music Director of the Year (Large Market).

    Links: New Rebel WesternersChris AltmannMore Chris Altmann StoriesVideo above courtesy of Vesna Trkulja-Stevens

    In the neighbouring city of Burlington, hometown boy Tebey is in the running for Record Producer of the Year for the work on his own album, Love a Girl.

    Links: TebeyMore Tebey StoriesVideo above courtesy of Tebey

    Down the road apiece, there's St. Catharines country superstar Tim Hicks, who's up for the Fans' Choice Award. Gavin Michael Booth, the director of his video Slide Over is nominated for Video Director of the Year. The group behind his Loud single is in the running for Creative Team of the Year.

    Links: Tim HicksMore Tim Hicks StoriesVideo above courtesy of TimHicksVEVO

    Other area nominees include Cambridge drummer Rich DaSilva (Drummer of the Year), two members of Waterloo's Western Swing AuthorityShane Guse (Special Instrument Player of the Year) Paul Chapman (Guitar Player of the Year) plus Barrytone Studios from St. Clements, ON (Recording Studio of the Year)

    Links: Mac Shepherd, Rich DaSilva, More Rich DaSilva Stories, Video above courtesy of Rich DaSilva

    Here's the complete list of nominees.

    Steel Guitar Player
    Music Director (Large Market)
    Fans' Choice Award
    Creative Team
    Video Director
    Special Instrument Player
    Guitar Player
    Recording Studio
    Interactive Artist 
    Bass Player
    Fiddle Player
      Keyboard Player
      Music Director (Medium/Small Market)
      Booking Agency
      Country Club
      Country Festival, Fair or Exhibition
      Country Music Program or Special
      Management Company
        Links: Canadian Country Music AssociationMore CCMA Stories

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        Saturday, July 14, 2018

        News Roundup (Vaudevillian, Frankie and Jimmy, Jack de Keyzer, Mark McNeil, More)


        Adventure of Trebleclef, the Music-Loving Monkey

        Trebleclef checked out Adam Ostrosser's weekly Carrigan Arms (Burlington) gig. That week, his guest was the always amazing Matty Simpson.

        Click here for more photos from the event


        Our little monkey also went to fist Music at Fieldcote show of the year. It kick off with the fabulous Mark McNeil backed by Trickbag, Lester Smith and Cottonwood Brass. It was incredible!

        Links: Mark McNeilMore Mark McNeil StoriesTrickbagMore Trickbag Stories, Les SmithMore Les Smith StoriesVideo above courtesy of Hamilton B. Lous

        Click here for more photos from the event

        Wednesday, July 11, 2018

        Wonderful Lunch Concerts at Gore Park This Summer (Includes Videos)

        Need a lunch time pick me up? Well, Gore Park in Hamilton is hosting lunch time concerts from 12-2pm from Tuesday to Friday this summer. Check out the schedule above!

        Here are a few videos from upcoming performers:

        Links: Big John and the Night Trippers, Video above courtesy of Big John and the Night Trippers

        Links: Joe's Garage Band, Video above courtesy of Andy H

        Links: Quails in the NestMore Quails in the Nest StoriesVideo above courtesy of Quails in the Nest - Topic

        Links: William Mukuna, Video above courtesy of MohawkTV247

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        Monday, July 9, 2018

        Love Hate City by Hamilton's Nathan Fleet is Unpredictable and Eclectic

        You name it and Hamilton's Nathan Fleet has most likely thrown it into his latest album, Love Hate City. He forges amazing sounds with bits of punk, classic rock, soul, funk, blues and everything in between. It's an unpredicatble surprise in each and every song. Driven by incredible guitar work, wonderful vocals and more, its eclectic nature will make it worth your while.

        Love Hate City is an album about his hometown, the Hammer. You can feel the soul of the former steel city oozing out of each track.

        You can get copies of this explosive CD at his great live shows or through his online shop. It's also available via iTunes and cdbaby.

        Links: Nathan Fleet, More Nathan Fleet Stories, Videos above courtesy of Nathan Fleet, More Releases

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        Wednesday, July 4, 2018

        Videos: Legendary Hamilton Bands @ It's Your Festival 2018 (Shakers, Crowbar, Teenage Head, Junkhouse)

        The 2018 It's Your Festival boasted a number of legendary Hamilton bands for the Canada Day weekend.  Luckily a few people took some footage and we'd like to showcase it here.

        We couldn't find anything from Crowbar so if anyone knows of any videos, please email us at blueshamilton@gmail.com and we'll add it to this page.

        Links: ShakersMore Shakers Stories, More footage from this showVideo above courtesy of TetsuOmega

        Links: CrowbarMore Crowbar StoriesVideo above courtesy of Hamilton Blues Lovers

        Links: Teenage HeadMore Teenage Head StoriesVideo above courtesy of Hamilton B. Lous

        Links: JunkhouseMore Junkhouse StoriesVideo above courtesy of Hamilton B. Lous

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