Tuesday, January 29, 2019

CONGRATS! Hamilton's Steve Strongman Is Triumphant at the Memphis Blues Challenge

Hamilton is beaming with pride thank to local Bluesman Steve Strongman. He brought home the Best Guitar (Solo or Duo) award at the International Blues Challenge on January 26, 2019.

He posted the following on his Facebook page:
Congratulations to Jon Chain for winning solo/duo at #IBC2019 !
I’m so proud and honoured to win the best guitarist award for solo/duo.
What an amazing week and incredible ride ! Thank you all for the love and support !
Here's what the his sponsor, Grand River Blues Society had to say:
Representing The Grand River Blues Society, Mr. Steve Strongman our first finalist in over 10 years is awarded the winner of the "Guitar Player Award" in the Solo/Duo category at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis last night. Steve is the now the proud owner of the 2019 IBC Memphis Cigar Box Guitar number "445" that was designed by craftsman and frontman of the GHOST TOWN BLUES BAND,  Mr. Matt Isbell. CONGRATULATIONS to our proudly Canadian uber talented guitar wizard himself and one helluva of a great friend STEVE STRONGMAN !!!

Links: Steve StrongmanMore Steve Strongman StoriesVideos above courtesy of Don C

He was joined by Canadian East Coast duo, Theresa Malenfant and Scott Medford who won second place in the solo/group category.

Links: Theresa Malenfant, Video above courtesy of So Co/Southern Comfort Band

Here's a complete list of winners:

Memphis Cigar Box Guitar: Steve Strongman (Grand River Blues Society)


Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners

Links: International Blues ChallengeMore IBC Stories

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Wonderful Weekly Brantford Matinee Series Helps our Soldiers (Videos by Dylan Wickens, Tim Gibbons, Mark Crissinger, Jack de Keyzer)

Now you can enjoy some incredible, rockin' Blues and help our brave soldiers at the same time.

Every Sunday from 2-5pm at the Brantford Gunners Club, the Howitzer Blues Band will be joined by a special guest to rock the place. The cost is only $5. Money raised goes to help veterans with PTSD or are homeless.

Here are the upcoming guests.

January 27: Dylan Wickens

Links: Dylan WickensMore Dylan Wickens Stories, Video above courtesy of Lighthouse Blues Festival

February 3: Tim Gibbons

Links: Tim GibbonsMore Tim Gibbons StoriesVideo above courtesy of Vesna Trkulja-Stevens

February 10: Mark Crissinger

Links: Mark CrissingerMore Mark Crissinger StoriesVideo above courtesy of Keith cyr

This series will continue so check our calendar for more amazing guests.

There will also be a special fundrasier ft the Jack de Keyzer Band on February 17 at 8pm at the same place for only $20)

Links: Jack de KeyzerMore Jack de Keyzer StoriesVideo above courtesy of Jack de Keyzer

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Arkells on CBC's First Play Live

A total of 11 live videos from Hamilton' rocker the Arkells were posted on the CBC Music YouTube page as part of their First Play Live series

Here a guide below along with some of the actual videos.
Blast from the Past: Arkells on CBC's q

Links: ArkellsMore Arkells StoriesMore CBC Videos, Videos above courtesy of CBC Music

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Steeltown's Own Dave Rave Creates a Wild Ride with 'Adventureland'

When you get yourself a copy of Adventureland, the latest infectious effort by Hamilton music legend, Dave Rave, buckle up for a very wile ride. It's a roller coaster that'll keep you thrilled from beginning to end.

Jam-packed with the melodic, catchy pop rock that Dave's best known for, this ferocious recording captures the rambunctious, boundless energy he always displays on stage. From punky rhythmic workouts to softer tunes, Dave and the gang'll guide you through this unforgettable jaunt.

His main partners on this trip are the three members of Steeltown stalwarts Freedom Train. FT bassist and vocalist Carl Jennings also does a great job with producing the album.

Many other talented guests lend their flair to the project, including:
This incredible album has yet to be officially released but it will be available at Dave's CD Release Party on Tuesday, January 15 at the Casbah. Please check this page later on and we'll have links for online purchasing.

Blast from the Past: Review of Dave Rave's Ashtray Makeup Album

Links: Dave RaveMore Dave Rave StoriesFreedom TrainMore Freedom Train StoriesVideo above courtesy of Hamilton Blues LoversMore Releases

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

GOOD LUCK! Hamilton's Harrison Kennedy Nominated for 2019 Blues Music Award

Hamilton Blues Legend Harrison Kennedy is once again up for Blues Music Awards this year (the only Canadian nominated).  He's in the running for Acoustic Artist of the Year.  Hopefully, he'll be bringing home the hardware at the May 9, 2019 ceremony in Memphis.

Links: Harrison KennedyMore Harrison Kennedy StoriesVideo above courtesy of Harrison Kennedy - Topic

Harison is joined by fellow Canadian Sue Foley, who's up for the Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female) and Single of the Year for her song The Ice Queen.

Links: Sue Foley, More Sue Foley Stories, Video above courtesy of Don's Tunes


Here's a complete list of nominees. Canadians are bolded.

Acoustic Artist
Acoustic Album
Album of the Year
Band of the Year
Best Emerging Artist Album
Blues Rock Album
Contemporary Blues Album
Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Instrumentalist - Guitar
Instrumentalist - Harmonica
Instrumentalist - Horn
Instrumentalist - Vocalist
Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
Soul Blues Album
Soul Blues Female Artist

Sunday, January 6, 2019

1st News Roundup of 2019 (Tim Hicks, Jeremy Fisher, Whitehorse, Tom Wilson, Melissa Bel, more)

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            Tuesday, January 1, 2019

            2018: Year in Review

            2018 was an eventful year for the Hamilton Blues Lovers. We turned 10 years old and had an incredible celebration to commemorate it. This was also a mixed year for the music industry.

            Local musicians who passed: 
            Canadian musicians who passed (highlights):
            International musicians who passed (highlights):
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            1. Ronnie Lodge Passes
            2. Founding Downchild Bassist Milne Passes
            3. Angela McKay Passes
            4. Mike Northcott Passes
            5. Fraser Loveman Passes
            Other Highlights of the Year
            Our Top 3 Reviews