Thursday, July 28, 2022

Steve Strongman Rocks on Dynamic Horojo Trio Debut Album

Hamilton's Steve Strongman recently added his stamp to an already impressive debut from the dynamic supergroup, Horojo TrioSet the Record (released through Waterdown's Stony Plain Records) is a muscular recording featuring top Bluesman in peak form.

The group features three powerhouses: Jeff Rogers on vocals/keys, JW Jones on guitar and Jamie Holmes on drums. Steve Strongman adds his backup vocals and incredible production skills to two of the tracks (A Little Goes A Long Way & Hard As I Can) while also adding acoustic guitar to A Little Goes A Long Way

The album can be purchased through Stony Plain's Bandcamp Page

Video above courtesy of HOROJO Trio - Topic

Video above courtesy of Folk Roots and Blues

Links: Horojo TrioMore Horojo Trio StoriesSteve StrongmanMore Steve Strongman Stories

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022

GOOD LUCK! Local Blues Blast Awards Nominees! PLEASE VOTE!

Blues Blast Magazine recently unveiled the nominees for their 2022 awards and a few local acts are in the running. People are encouraged to click here to vote. Deadline is August 19th, 2022. 

Below is a complete list of nominees. Local artists are bolded.

New Artist Debut Album

Electric Guitarist 

Female Blues Artist


Traditional Blues Album

Acoustic Blues Album

  • Eric Bibb - Dear America
  • Corey Harris - The Insurrection Blues
  • Hector Anchondo - Let Loose Those Chains
  • Catfish Keith - Land of the Sky
  • Big Creek Slim & Rodrigo Mantovani- Stone In My Heart
  • Tas Cru - Broke Down Busted Up

Acoustic Guitarist

  • Doug MacLeod
  • Eric Bibb
  • Guy Davis
  • Hector Anchondo
  • Catfish Keith
  • Corey Harris


  • Bob Stroger
  • Rodrigo Mantovani
  • Danielle Nicole
  • Willie J. Campbell
  • Scot Sutherland
  • Jerry Jemmott

Blues Band

  • The Love Light Orchestra
  • Tommy Castro & The Painkillers
  • Altered Five Blues Band
  • Wee Willie Walker & Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra
  • Kilborn Alley Blues Band

Contemporary Blues Album

  • Christone "Kingfish" Ingram - 662
  • Anthony Geraci - Blues Called My Name
  • Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters - Mercy Me
  • Tommy Castro - A Bluesman Came To Town
  • Altered Five Blues Band - Holler If You Hear Me
  • Carolyn Wonderland - Tempting Fate
  • Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames - Nightwalk


  • Bob Corritore
  • Jason Ricci
  • Dennis Gruenling
  • Kim Wilson
  • Billy Branch
  • Pierre Lacocque

Historical/Vintage Recording

  • Mark Hummel Presents East Bay Blues Vaults 1976-1988
  • Paul Oscher - Rough Stuff
  • Lowell Fulson with Jeff Dale & The Blue Wave Band - Lowell Fulson Live!
  • Big Jack Johnson - Stripped Down in Memphis
  • Bob Corritore & Friends - Down Home Blues Revue
  • Dave Specter - Six String Soul


  • Jimmy Carpenter
  • Vanessa Collier
  • Marc Franklin
  • Vince Salerno
  • Doug Woolverton
  • Terry Hanck

Live Blues Recording

  • Rodd Bland and the Members Only Band - Live on Beale Street
  • Hurricane Ruth - Hurricane Ruth Live at 3rd and Lindsley
  • The BC Combo - The Garage Sessions
  • Ann Peebles and The Hi Rhythm Section - Live In Memphis
  • Peer Gynt - Live In Hell
  • The James Harman Band - Sparks Flying Live In 1992

Male Blues Artist

  • Sugaray Rayford
  • John Németh
  • Eric Gales
  • Tommy Castro
  • Christone "Kingfish" Ingram
  • Tinsley Ellis


  • Derrick D'Mar Martin
  • Tom Hambridge
  • Tony Braunagel
  • Kenny Smith
  • Alan Arber
  • June Core
  • Cedric Burnside


  • Tom Hambridge
  • Kid Andersen
  • Tony Braunagel
  • Mike Zito
  • Jim Gaines
  • Eric Corne

Rising Star Award

  • Gabe Stillman
  • Ben Levin
  • Jose Ramirez
  • Memphissippi Sounds
  • Robbin Kapsalis and Vintage#18
  • Kat Riggins

Rock Blues Album

  • Tinsley Ellis - Devil May Care
  • Beth Hart - A Tribute To Led Zeppelin
  • Eric Gales - Crown
  • Levee Town - Trying to Keep my Head Above Water
  • Big Al & the Heavyweights - Love One Another
  • Chickenbone Slim - Serve It To Me Hot

Slide Guitarist 

  • Sonny Landreth
  • Derek Trucks
  • Gabe Stillman
  • Dave Weld
  • Michael van Merwyk
  • Catfish Keith

Soul Blues Album

  • Sugaray Rayford - In Too Deep
  • The Love Light Orchestra - Leave The Light On
  • Wee Willie Walker & Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra - Not In My Lifetime
  • Trudy Lynn - Golden Girl
  • Zac Harmon - Long As I Got My Guitar
  • Robbin Kapsalis and Vintage#18 - Soul Shaker


  • John Németh
  • Sugaray Rayford
  • Diunna Greenleaf
  • Beth Hart
  • Vanesse Thomas

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Monday, July 18, 2022

CONGRATS! Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne, Artist Signed to Waterdown's Stony Plain Records, Wins Living Blues Award

The 29th Annual Living Blues Awards were announced recently and Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, an artist signed to Waterdown's Stony Plain Records won.

Part 1: Critics' Poll

Album Awards


Part 1: Readers' Poll

Saturday, July 9, 2022

July 2022 Episode of 'Sold on Hamilton with Judy Marsales' featuring Astrid Hepner

On July 9, 2022 CHML 900AM in Hamilton aired another fabulous episode of the 'Sold On Hamilton with Judy Marsales' radio show.

This wonderful show is generally broadcast on the first Saturday on the month between 11am and 12pm. It is hosted by Judy Marsales, owner of Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd (a proud HBL sponsor) and an amazing local music supporter. The program showcases the best and brightest citizens of the Hammer, including many musicians. Judy also discusses the Hamilton housing market.

The July 9, 2022 show featured Astrid Hepner of Hamilton Music Collective, Keith Green (Mastermind Data Corporation) and real estate broker, Lisa Blunt from Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd.

Links: Astrid Hepner, More Astrid Hepner StoriesShow above courtesy of Global NewsSold on HamiltonMore 'Sold on Hamilton' Stories

Video above courtesy of Hamilton Music Collective

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