Duane Rutter & Friends

Duane Rutter is one of our favorite people here at BOXO Studio, his absolute inability to be phony had is smitten from the first note.
Born and raised on the North Shore of Lake Erie, the road had been anything but even since he was the kid your mom warned you about.
Slugging it out in saloons and writing his hits and missives led to a deal with Busted Flat Records and a serious buzz in the resurgent Americana music landscape.
Sold out shows and feature performances brought 2014 to the brink of greatness, 2015 will surely kick the door wide open for Duane Rutter.
Mid December mirth and melodies ring throughout this prime episode as Duane is joined by friends and stand outs Michael Hickey (bass), Andrew Aldridge (guitar) JB Reed (vox), Steve Wood (pedal steel) and Nick Burson (drums), to bring glorious life to a few songs from his upcoming album “Crazy Things”.
You just can’t beat these kind of people and this golden performance, a coming together of kindred spirits on a rather magical night at Barber Shop Podcast.

http://crafthaus.ca/

 

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Cindy Dell

On a chilly December night in The Hammer, the warmth and comfort afforded by our guests made for a most beautiful visit.
Hailing from the south-lands of the Niagara peninsula, Cindy Dell grew up surrounded by music and the structure it provides when building something. As the child of two music teachers, there was never a lack of either instrument or instruction and the many hours of practice soon turned a talented ear into a well versed and capable musician. Transitioning to the guitar from violin in her teens, Cindy Dell set out on her personal journey that covered many styles and miles over the years.
Small, intimate venues that welcomed intimate stories of revelation and redemption gave way to bold swipes of early 80’s colour, seeing the chanteuse transform into a member of a major label act, sharp angles and patterns reflecting her life during these heady days. ┬áMajor league labels, producers and tours served to educate and enlighten, the lessons not lost or wasted on her as she transformed over subsequent years and records.
Stopping by Barber Shop Podcast with her guitar and sweet voice, Cindy Dell brings with her a virtual murderers row of sweet musical assassins, each one a star in their own right. Featuring the sweet harmonies of Sue Leonard and Brennagh Burns, the sultry guitar of Andrew Aldridge, long time friend Duane Rutter on bass, and Tom Wells playing the drums, Cindy Dell has thrown together a group of excellent and empathetic players to breathe life into her songs in three dimensions.
Truly one of the special shows, the love and community on display here makes the place come alive, the passion and execution displayed a perfect backdrop to the story that is Cindy Dell.

 

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The HellBent Rockers

Growing up punk in The Hammer usually means a path to Gene Vincent and Robert Gordon via Teenage Head and The Forgotten Rebels. Brothers Nicoloff were no different, both David and Craig sworn to a love of rockabilly and the great hip-twisting music from that era of 1953-1959.
Forming a number of groups, it was the heady days of the late 80’s and early 90’s that have birth to their first bona fide outfit, The Shock Rockets. It was during this time that fellow Elvis disciple Billy Thornberry and The Crawl Daddy’s caught Dave’s eye and a mutual respect was formed.
Fast forward to 2010 and the fires rekindled a desire to form an authentic slice of Americana for today’s music fans. Placing the prerequisite Kijiji ad for a singer and picker who MUST like rockabilly, who answered but Thornberry himself, also ready for another kick at the can, the draw of the stage and rhythm too strong to ignore.
Stopping by on the 106th consecutive Wednesday, the boys and drummer Linda (Lulu) Demoo braved a technical train wreck to deliver a shit-load of bum shaking music, a few tall tales and another killer episode of Barber Shop Podcast.

 

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2 Year Anniversary Show

Growing up can be tough, but the results and the rewards of sticking to the program are always self evident.
The love that we make here at Barber Shop Podcast is always equal to the love we take every week, and for two years, our love of the wonderful music and musicians in and around Hamilton has been broadcast worldwide in high definition and high fidelity. Shaky and uncertain legs became strong and steady as the shows piled up, the technical aspects of the production maturing step by step with the human element, creating what is now regarded as the industry standard for this format, garnering notice and followers along the way.
To celebrate, we threw the doors open and stocked the fridge with cold ones on a chilly November night, adding snacks to bait the trap. It wasn’t long before we had a house full of talent, and the joint was rocking into the wee hours.
This 2 part episode has some great performances, some good synergy and a few hiccups….like any decent party would. Past guests got reacquainted, some new folk got a chance to show their skills, and the minutes turned to hours in a flash.
Spinning on the player is the very special, very limited edition of Exile On King Street, the BOXO Studio live recording of the 1972 Rolling Stones classic album Exile On Main Street, performed by an all-star Hamilton cast. Saturday the latest, greatest and very last edition goes at This Ain’t Hollywood Saturday November 29, and we are proud parents for sure.
Blessed are those who have the kind of friends we have. The deck is stacked, despite some jokers in the mix – but that’s all part of the game we love.
Big thanks to our supporters and friends – we know who you are.

 

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Brian Griffith Tribute

Sometimes the good lord takes our best souls and Brian Griffith was one of our brightest lights. Taken far too young at age 60, Brian was a member of the storied Washington family, his musical lineage and fertile environment served to spark the flame of Hamilton’s greatest guitarist and most beloved son.
As talented and versatile as Brian Griffith was with an instrument, his manner and authenticity were the traits for which he shall be remembered by. Master of every style, King among men, Brian Griffith will be deeply missed by all those who knew him – and by many who will never get to hear him play.
We give pause and play a few things for our friends that feature Brian’s chops, but it’s his smile that you will never forget.
We sure won’t.

 

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Boogie Infection

An authentic slice of real down home cooking courtesy Boogie Infection is the order of the day around here.
From teens who got both punk music and each other, the trio of Dam, Slop Buckett and Snow Heel Slim now make a staccato ms mouldier of the Mississippi Delta variety, courtesy of a pilgrimage to the birth place of all modern music. Simple, bold, honest and strong, the groove is pure energy and the message timeless in today’s plastic-wrapped world.
Moving and shaking on a November night, we have a laugh or two and a whole mess of songs from the Boogie Infection, raise a glass and thank god for little miracles.

 

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The Jesse Elliot Band

Sometimes a little birdie says there’s someone good on the scene we should feature. In this case, 4 different birdies I’ve flocked with for years told me I needed to see this 28 year old Guelph transplant Jesse Eliott at one of Hamilton’s talent soaked open mic’s.
From the back of the room I believed him, and his commitment met his talent with a force rarely seen, pure commitment, original and excellent.
The old barber didn’t get the lead chair by sitting on his laurels, and beating the bush for the next great thing is part of what we do here.
This – is why we do it.
Jesse Eliott with John LaBassiste, Timothy Kulakowski and the savory Nick Burson flesh out the frenetic beauty of the next great thing out of Hamilton.
Fresh, real – you gotta hear it to believe it. Barber Shop Podcast

 

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The Dinner Belles

Rarely will you find a diverse unit of seven musicians gelling into not only a singular unit, but an original, traditional gift of stunning beauty and vivid images. Born but a few short years ago, the septet of Tara Lightfoot, Brad Germain, Scott Bell, Brandon Bliss, Greg Briscoe, Jonathan Ely Cass and Melanie Pothier somehow merged their individual chops into something that is rather remarkable in the present music environment. Call it Americana, roots, traditional, folk or country, what you get is something passionate, evocative and soul-grabbing from moment one. Music lovers of any age can love what the band delivers and once bitten, they get under your skin and stay.
Fresh of their CD release party for their sophomore release The River and the Willow, five of the dinner Belles stopped by on a chilly late October night to tell their tales and share a drink and a laugh.
Another great show, just the way you like it – from Barber Shop Podcast

 

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VARGA – Episode 100

What better way to celebrate 100 episodes of great music than to crush it with Hamilton metal icons VARGA.
After 23 years together, the sheer intensity, passion and musicality of Joe Varga, Dan Fila, Sean Williamson and Adam Alex makes one truly understand master level attainment.
Showcasing tunes from their double release ENTER THE METAL and RETURN OF THE METAL and midway through their Ontario Invasion 2014 tour, the boys treat the neighbors and the world to some rare Maiden and Sabbath, and the awesome heavy metal thunder of VARGA – on this very special episode of Barber Shop Podcast.

 

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Century Club

Sometimes the seed of an idea grows into a mighty oak – other times it just gets wedged in your gums causing residual pain and regret.
Almost two years ago Barber Shop Podcast launched as a long-form interview/live performance show and in that time we have been witness to a lot of talent and beauty. Not this episode.
One week shy of our epic 100th episode, we host four of our favorite beer loving guests to engage in the ancient rite of consuming 100 shots of beer in 100 minutes – The Century Club.
It takes a certain type of individual to allow themselves to go from sober to messy in such a short time, and an even more “special” individual to allow it to be documented and displayed for all to see.
No one said it was going to be easy, and for sure this one is a bit rough in spots. Seven guys, 70 beers, 100 minutes…. What can go wrong?
Never boring, always dangerous, celebrate #99 with us and join us for something a little different.

 

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