Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Celebrating Black History Month! Videos by Harrison Kennedy, Garnetta Cromwell, Messenjah

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

Historical Bits

Links: Garnetta and DagroovmastersMore Garnetta and Da Groovmasters StoriesVideo above courtesy of GARNETTA CROMWELL - Topic

Historical Bits

  • Started her musical journey in Montreal
  • Overcame a hearing impairment as a child
  • Later moved to Ontario 
  • Joined Toronto reggae band, Sweet Sensation in the 90's
  • Has a Human Rights Case Study based on her years-long landmark racial discrimination trial: Cromwell vs Leon Furniture Inc.
  • Garnetta got involved in Olympic Weightlifting and won a gold medal and set an Ontario record in 2018. She later won two medals in the Pan-Am Games and then set a Canadian record.
  • Released her first album Time to Shine in 2023.

Links: Messenjah, Video above courtesy of tionb01

Historical Bits

  • Formed in 1980 in Kitchener
  • First Canadian reggae band signed to a major label (Warner Music Canada)
  • Release first album in 1982: Rock You High.
  • In 1988, appeared in and were on the soundtrack for the movie Cocktail
  • Won a Juno Award for Best Reggae Recording in 1989

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Monday, January 29, 2024

2024 Blues Music Award Nominees Including Local & Canadian Artists

The Blues Music Awards will be handed out at a ceremony in Memphis on May 9, 2024

Below is a complete list of nominees. Canadian Artists are bolded. 

* signed to Waterdown's Stony Plain Records

Instrumentalist - Pinetop Perkins Piano Player

Contemporary Blues Album

Acoustic Artist

  • Eric Bibb*
  • Keb’ Mo’
  • Catfish Keith
  • Doug MacLeod
  • Kevin Burt

Instrumentalist - Guitar

  • Sue Foley (Ottawa)*
  • Christoffer “Kid” Andersen
  • Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
  • Derek Trucks
  • Laura Chavez

Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female Artist)

  • Sue Foley (Ottawa)*
  • Diunna Greenleaf
  • Rhiannon Giddens
  • Shaun Murphy
  • Teeny Tucker

Traditional Blues Album

  • Savoy, Taj Mahal*
  • Nothing But Time, Monster Mike Welch
  • Get Your Back Into It!, Nick Moss Band Featuring Dennis Gruenling
  • Oscar's Motel, The Cash Box Kings

Album of the Year

  • SoulFunkn'BLUES, Blackburn Brothers (Toronto)
  • Live In London, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram
  • Soul Side of Sipp, Mr. Sipp (Castro Coleman)
  • Get Your Back Into It!, Nick Moss Band Featuring Dennis Gruenling

Song of the Year

  • “Bobby's Blues” performed by the Blackburn Brothers (Toronto), written by Brooke Blackburn
  • “Horns Below Her Halo” performed by Selwyn Birchwood, written by Selwyn Birchwood
  • “Midnight Heat” performed by Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, written by Tom Hambridge & Richard Fleming
  • “The Bait In the Snare” performed by Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling, written by Nick Moss
  • “What Kind Of Fool” performed by Ruthie Foster, written by Ruthie Foster, Hadden Sayers & Scottie Miller

Soul Blues Album

  • SoulFunkn'BLUES, Blackburn Brothers (Toronto)
  • Stuff I've Been Through, Alabama Mike
  • All My Love For You, Bobby Rush
  • Walking Heart Attack, Johnny Rawls
  • Soul Side of Sipp, Mr. Sipp (Castro Coleman)


Acoustic Album

  • Wild Ox Moan, Catfish Keith
  • Raw Blues 1, Doug MacLeod
  • Sticks & Strings, EG Kight
  • Ridin' the Blinds, Hudspeth & Taylor
  • Ghost Hymns, William Lee Ellis

B.B. King Entertainer

  • Beth Hart
  • Bobby Rush
  • Lil’ Ed Williams
  • Mr. Sipp (Castro Coleman)
  • Vanessa Collier

Band of the Year

  • Larkin Poe
  • Nick Moss Band
  • Selwyn Birchwood Band
  • Southern Avenue
  • Tedeschi Trucks Band

Best Emerging Artist Album

  • When the Levee Breaks: The Music of Memphis Minnie, Candice Ivory
  • The Right Man, D.K. Harrell
  • Up Next, Mathias Lattin
  • Everybody's Buddy, Nic Clark
  • Tony Holiday, Tony Holiday

Blues Rock Album

  • POWER, Ana Popovic
  • Writing On The Wall, Coco Montoya
  • Blues Deluxe Vol. 2, Joe Bonamassa
  • Blood Brothers, Mike Zito/ Albert Castiglia
  • What Key Is Trouble In?, Nick Schnebelen

Blues Rock Artist

  • Anna Popovic
  • Joe Bonamassa
  • Kenny Wayne Shepard
  • Mike Zito
  • Warren Haynes

Contemporary Blues Female Artist

  • Carolyn Wonderland
  • Danielle Nicole
  • Janiva Magness
  • Teresa James
  • Vanessa Collier

Contemporary Blues Male Artist

  • Chris Cain
  • Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
  • Marquise Knox
  • Mr. Sipp (Castro Coleman)
  • Selwyn Birchwood

Instrumentalist - Bass

  • Bob Stroger
  • Larry Fulcher
  • Michael “Mudcat” Ward
  • Rodrigo Mantovani
  • Willie Weeks

Instrumentalist - Drums

  • Derrick D’Mar Martin
  • June Core
  • Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith
  • Tom Hambridge
  • Tony Braunagel

Instrumentalist - Harmonica

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

Instrumentalist - Horn

  • Deanna Bogart
  • Jimmy Carpenter
  • Mark Kaz Kazanoff
  • Trombone Shorty
  • Vanessa Collier

Instrumentalist - Vocals

  • Billy Price
  • Diunna Greenleaf
  • John Nemeth
  • Ruthie Foster
  • Shemekia Copeland

Soul Blues Female Artist

  • Annika Chambers
  • Kat Riggins
  • Terri Odabi
  • Thornetta Davis
  • Trudy Lynn

Soul Blues Male Artist

  • Alabama Mike
  • Billy Price
  • John Nemeth
  • Johnny Rawls
  • William Bell

Traditional Blues Male Artist

  • Billy Branch
  • Cedric Burnside
  • John Primer
  • Jontavious Willis
  • Nick Moss

Sunday, January 28, 2024

World Automobile Day! Videos by Teenage Head, Fred Eaglesmith, Dave Rave

Links: Teenage HeadMore Teenage Head StoriesVideo above courtesy of Teenage Head - Topic

Links: Fred EaglesmithMore Fred Eaglesmith StoriesVideo above courtesy of Fred Eaglesmith - Topic

Links: Dave RaveMore Dave Rave StoriesVideo above courtesy of Dave Rave & the Governors - Topic

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Please Support Local Charities

From their website: Arts After School Kids (AASK) is a Unique Free not for profit charitable organization that offers an arts based program that develops self esteem and confidence and sparkling potential in youth 11-14 in our community.

The Hamilton Blues Lovers (HBL) want to showcase a deserving local charity every week.  HBL is not affiliated with these charities nor does it fund raise for them.

Saturday, January 27, 2024

National Kazoo Day! Videos by Joel Parisien, Sheesham & Lotus, Pink Floyd

Links: Newworldson,  Joel ParisienMore Joel Parisien StoriesVideo above courtesy of Wes Yarber

Links: Sheesham & LotusMore Sheesham and Lotus Stories Video above courtesy of Saskia Tomkins

Links: Pink Floyd, More Pink Floyd Stories/CoversVideo above courtesy of Pink Floyd

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Robbie Robertson Nominated for an Oscar!

The late, legendary musician Robbie Robertson (from Six-Nations) was recently nominated for an Academy Award (aka Oscar) for his score on  Martin Scorsese's Killers of the Flower Moon.

Links: Robbie RobertsonMore Robbie Robertson StoriesVideo above courtesy of Release - Topic

Other Canadian nominees include:

The 96th Academy Awards ceremony will be televised on March 10 at 7pm through ABC.

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Monday, January 22, 2024

2024 International Blues Challenge Winners

Unfortunately, no Canadian artists won at the 2024 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. 

Glenn Marais and the Mojo Train  (who represented the Grand River Blues Society in the band category) were semi-finalists.

Here's a complete list of winners. 

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Sunday, January 21, 2024

Support Local Charities

From their website: Food for Life holds a unique niche among Canadian food relief charities in that we focus on redistributing fresh, nutritious food as opposed to traditional food bank fare such as canned goods. Our clients tell us that they are often not able to afford fresh food and that having access to this healthy food allows them to focus on obtaining other life essentials as they work towards no longer relying on our services.

The Hamilton Blues Lovers (HBL) want to showcase a deserving local charity every week.  HBL is not affiliated with these charities nor does it fund raise for them.

Sunday, January 14, 2024

Please Support Local Charities

Please Support Local Charities

From their website: Hamilton Food Share's purpose is to increase our community's capacity to reduce hunger. We do this by supplying much needed food supplies and short-term storage to food banks and hot meal programs. Additionally, our organization establishes community partnerships, donor relations and fundraising activities that support our food recovery operation.

The Hamilton Blues Lovers (HBL) want to showcase a deserving local charity every week.  HBL is not affiliated with these charities nor does it fund raise for them.

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Slim Harpo's 100th Birthday including Local Covers (Jack de Keyzer, Tim Gibbons, Frankie & Jimmy)

Today (January 11, 2024) would have been American Blues Legend Slim Harpo's 100th birthday.

Biography highlights (from Wikipedia)

  • January 11, 1924: Born James Isaac Moore in in Lobdell, Louisiana
  • First performed under the name of Harmonica Slim but had to change it due to a similarly named musician. 
  • Played with his brother-in-law Lightnin' Slim
  • 1957: Started recording career with first single: I'm a King Bee / I Got Love if You Want It (Excello Records)
  • Ran a trucking business while performing.
  • January 31, 1970: Passed away
Here's a trio of local covers:

Links: Tim GibbonsMore Tim Gibbons StoriesVideo above courtesy of Tim Gibbons

Links: Frankie and JimmyMore Frankie and Jimmy StoriesVideo above courtesy of Frankie Jimmy

And a video from the man himself!

Links: Slim Harpo, More Slim Harpo Stories/CoversVideo above courtesy of Slim Harpo - TopicMore 100th birthdays

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Sunday, January 7, 2024

Please Support Local Charities

Please Support Local Charities

From their website: We have been broadcasting over fifty radio shows weekly playing music by independent artists and have grown into a global community hub. We have been the voice of the artist to tens of thousands of listeners who tune in on a daily/weekly basis, bringing music to them that cannot be found on mainstream platforms.

The Hamilton Blues Lovers (HBL) want to showcase a deserving local charity every week.  HBL is not affiliated with these charities nor does it fund raise for them.

Monday, January 1, 2024

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Niagara's Dave Curry Passes

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Niagara musician Dave Curry on December 30, 2023. He was a founding member of the Mighty Mighty Duck Blues Band and played with many other musicians in the area. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

Social Media Reaction

His wife Denise

My life is forever changed.  Yesterday I lost my Best Friend & The Love of My Life to a heart attack. This year we celebrated 50 Years Together. Dave was getting ready to due what he loved to do on a Saturday afternoon: play music with The Mighty Duck Blues Band Gary, Jimmy, Lorraine & Frank on sound. He suddenly had severe chest pains I immediately called 911 for an ambulance & within an hour or so he was gone.  Music was Dave's life he was a kind & amazing man, husband, friend & musician who loved playing his tele. I will always remember his kind smile & loving heart.  I never said goodbye Dave because you will always be by my side.   Your loving wife, Denise.

Gary Kendall (Mighty Duck Blues Band, Downchild

Today we lost Dave Curry, the leader and founder of The Mighty Duck Blues Band.  I met Dave over 20 years ago playing with Mojo Willie & Bluesafire at Arizona's in Thorold ON.  At first he was the guy who sat in with the band every week. Before long he was the lead guitar player and on the payroll. 
When that band fizzled Dave and his wife/life partner Denise accepted an offer from The Golden Pheasant (The Duck) in St. Catharines ON to set up a Saturday afternoon blues series.  The plan was to feature a house band with special guests.  Dave got the first gig, named the band and along with Denise made sure we always had a venue to play in.  Eventually that led us to Jo Blos Rock & Wok, the current home base.  He didn`t care about touring  or even playing other gigs, his passion was The Mighty Duck Blues Band, the special guests and a good house gig.
Dave Curry was a really good musician, a really good guitar player and a good friend. Being a good friend was one of his many talents.  When the band first started half the audience was made up of personal friends of Denise and Dave.  We never had to build a crowd, they brought it. 
Jim, Lorraine, Francis and I are going to miss him terribly.  We`re in a state of shock and will do what we can to rally around Denise, from day one, she`s been the band`s guiding light.  When the time is right we`ll organize a musical tribute to Dave Curry.  For now we`ll have to get used to him not taking his seat stage right, strapping on the Tele, flashing the smile and letting us know he was ready to play.  Sail on brother, see you on the other side..

Jim Casson (Mighty Duck Blues BandDownchild

Today we lost one of the best people I know.  An amazing musician, a great friend, a kind and generous soul and a loving husband to Denise.  The Mighty Ducks are gutted.  I will long for those sly looks that we would share when someone else on stage made a mistake and we both knew it, those pregnant pauses before counting off the opening song while he was wiping his guitar neck or sticking his pick on his finger, the starting the solo in the third bar because his head was down and didn’t realize it was his turn, the candies at the end of the gig.  But most of all, his joy when we played together.  I think it’s been more than 20 years that we’ve been playing together on Saturday afternoons.  

I will always see you when I look to my right.  

Sleep well, Dave.  We love you.

Below is the final song he played with the Mighty Duck Blues Band

Links: The Mighty Duck Blues BandMore MDBB StoriesDawn Tyler WatsonMore DTW StoriesVideo above courtesy of Jim Meyers

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