Paul Anthony & CASH

Johnny Cash is without a doubt the cornerstone of popular music and if you don’t agree you can go fuck yourself.
Ok, let me rephrase that. If you don’t realize that only one man made both Elvis and The Beatles sit pretty you are the valedictorian for Stupid U.
Paul Anthony has been dedicated to bringing the life and music of Johnny Cash to the unwashed for three years, bringing the creases and lines of an honest outlaw to life with both lore and legitimate musicality. Sounding like a legend is hard, but when you manage to record The Man in Black’s songs in his cabin with his band – there’s something here to behold.
Playing Johnny’s hits live and from the CD Classic Johnny Cash, Paul Anthony delivers the real deal with guitarist Steve Petrie and Kurk Bernard in studio with the stories and music of many genres and many generations.
You gotta love Johnny Cash
Or else….


The Zilis

Low and behold, the three of them give life to the thought that rock is not dead, life blood flows, and there is more to the picture than meets the eye. The Zilis are a power pop trio that oozes TH&B sensibilities while managing to tickle the chin of the fickle listening audience. Stepped in the Hamilton tradition of smart, brutal fun, this trio of Sean Royle, Zander Lamonthe and Justin Bozzo have managed the near-impossible feat of bringing home the bacon in a tight, evocative package whole maintaining a strict code of emotional conduct. Not lost on these lads is the urgent need to stay relevant in the topsy- turvey world of independent music with constant aural stimulation and some sweet videos that convey the true essence of this outfit.

It’s hard not to like it, it’s harder to forget it, lost as you are in the swirling mix of colors. Three against the world, understood by few but loved by many – The Zilis are something to behold. Spinning tales, videos and a cut from their most recent offering, Sketches II, the lads of The Zilis give you a damn good reason to believe the future of rock n roll is in very good hands indeed.


Drew Leith

Keeping bit real is never a problem here at the shop, the silk and grit of real, original, Canadian music. This part of this great land contains a number of storied counties, each bearing the fruit of it’s native soil.

Drew Leith was nurtured as a child on the good music and joy a kitchen party can evoke. Waterloo County and the hotspots of London, Cambridge, Kitchener have always been a mixture of the well heeled and the rural blanket that warms their cold hearts. Writing and playing their own histories, Drew Leith and his songs came to call on his brother Ryan’s band, and with the choice of drummer Daryl Ralph and then Scott Chandler on banjo/harp, Drew Leith & the Foundation was born. Part folk, southern rock and country, it’s immediately likeable, music of the people. Never shooing too high or low, the smart lyrics and infectious hooks preaches from the pulpit with all the might of a bayou preacher.
Hamilton has been kind to Drew and tonight is no different. Playing four live numbers with Scott, we hear four cuts from their first CD and some pre releases from the upcoming offering, With You – out later this year.
Add to that their new video, a lot of cheer and smart, lively banter, and you’ve got yet another great episode of Barber Shop Podcast.



The Monarch Project

Ambition without intent is a wasted dream, talent without drive is a lost opportunity. Capturing the echoes and ghosts of musicality and message in a tight, evocative yet unique form, The Monarch Project are at once familiar, message driven and sharp with a reserved swagger that belies a true blue pearl in the making.
You saw them back in episode #66, green and eager, acoustically succinct with a steady verve and a band of brothers right out of Central Casting. Soon bonds were formed and the boys came to BOXO Studio in the spring of 2014 to record two songs “How Far Can You Go” and the title track, “Troubled Mind”.
Released on vinyl as per their custom, the 7″ record gets a world debut tonight, along with six, yes six, live numbers, full on. Promoting their record release party on Feb.7, the boys strap on and step up big time to show you why they’re someone to keep your eye and ears on.
Check out this very special episode of Barber Shop Podcast as we showcase another treasure that’s right at your fingertips.





Jessica Blake

It’s not often we get the combination of talent and beauty of a Jessica Blake around here, and when the storied chanteuse arrived with her friend and bandmate Genny DeMerchant to perform a few of her songs we were pretty happy about that indeed. Picking up the singing and dancing bug early on, the support of her parents helped to pave the way for Jessica to begin the long, slippery road of singer songwriter. Practicing and performing, learning her instrument and fine tuning the stunning vocals gave rise to the package for which she is known for today. Years of standing firm and staying true to her faith and passions, the small venues and piqued interests turned to center stage and rave reviews by the time she was ready to drop her CD “So Close”, a rather convoluted 9 years in the making. Full of stellar musicianship and lyrical play, the entire spectrum of her ascension to the here and now is on display on this great record, but it is that voice, that golden voice that will make you stop what you’re doing.

Adding to the mix, we debut her contribution to the BOXO Studio collective collaboration, Shameless Subversion in this episode, a beauty of a song titled “Falling” that is as pure and honest as any that we’ve recorded here.
Another one in the books, in the bank, for the ages – on Barber Shop Podcast.



Pearly Jenkins

Pearly Jenkins is been around for a long time, and he’s learned his lessons well. Long ago before the age of the computer, he was hacking his way through the taverns and smoky venues of the storied city. From the rockabilly past, to the country roots that he embodies today, probably Jenkins is the real deal. After having carried so much weight for so long, he knows what he has to do when he has to do it and thank goodness for that. Teaming up with the legendary producer Glen Marshall, he is put together a collection of songs that hark to the dark evocative country of the Bakersfield sound, parchment vignettes of love and loss, and triumph over tragedy. Fires stoked in the rockabilly and rhinestone clubs stayed true to the forlorn and forgotten songs that soak the fabric of the the small Lake Erie towns that shine like the lingering coals in the fading light. Never gone, not forgotten, the legacy of this man stands today in the testimony of music and memories that ring ever true today.



Brandon P. General

We’ve had some good luck fishing the flats south of the Hammer, and the little hotbed of Caledonia has seen international attention from the likes of King sized exports to King Biscuit Boy.
London born Brandon P. General made the most of his hick town reality and begun crafting personal interpretations of the classic vinyl and wood-to-steel authenticity of his earliest influences. Running hard and true, the kid threw together a few outfits and appearances in some cracker bands until settling neatly down into the pilots seat of “My Flying Machine”, the entity that embodies the vision of, and delivered the goods of Brandon’s newest EP  “Happiness Is A Learned Behaviour” that is offered free and shared tonight. It’s been a long road but the perfect time for General to take the reigns and do his own thing.

Has two new records coming out this year “Wood & Steel” and “Aww Shucks”, sure to be winners.

Either way it’s money – hard cash money, every week at Barber Shop Podcast


Dave Pomfret

Stoney Creek in the 80’s had a lot of musical credibility with the great young acts that were making waves in and around that Hamilton burb, growing roots that support some heavy branches even today.
Hooking up with friend Gene Champagne, Dave Pomfret founded the Monday Nuns as a hybrid of the power pop punk and hard rock camps they each subscribed to respectively. Adding Erkki Raid on bass and guitar of Mike Trebilcock, the boys tore it up good, the core becoming The Kiljoys after Dave’s departure in the 90’s
Almost twenty years pass, and whole still writing and playing at home, Dave Pomfret was very much absent from the stage and studio, the potential slowly winding the coil of expression.
2009 saw the time, effort and resources necessary to record and release No Rush, Dave’s first full length CD of original music, no shortage of talent or attention evident in the textures of a truly fine work.
Coming in on the coldest of nights, Dave brings acoustic and electric love as well as a brand new song to the studio. Showcasing chops and feeling, Dave brings the heartbreak in the first person perspective with three or four live songs, a couple tracks from his CD and a sneak peak of his work from the upcoming BOXO Studio compilation record on which he is featured.
A great guy with a great gift – on Barber Shop Podcast



Lo-Fi – New Years Eve Special

God knows we love a party here at Barber Shop Podcast, that’s why he’s kinda mad at us.

2014 was a great year here at BOXO Studio and our hearts soar at the prospect of kicking it’s ass out the door with the naughty knights of narcissistic nomenclature, Lo-fi.  When it came time to choose the band that kinda says it all – there was no other choice.  Demonstrating sublime chops and straight-razor delivery, these guys leave no doubt that they take not being serious verrry seriously. In the time Todd, Lips, Vinnie and Ken (and the drummer who didn’t show for either show – and therefore is dead to us and will not be named) have had Lo-fi churning out music, their countless shows and three CD’s have marked them as a huge throbbing force to be reckoned with.

Not much more to say, it’s all here in this special New Year’s Eve edition of Barber Shop Podcast.


Bob Bryden

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, people were singing, even the mouse.
History, tradition and reverence reign this time of year, and who better to bring the message of peace, love and good will better than someone who has been square in the centre of it all in the 50 years since he first performed for an audience. In the period since, Bob Bryden has seen the rise and fall of many, but through it all, has remained resolute and relevant in this unforgiving and unpredictable business. Nobody would have guessed all those years ago that Bob would be front and centre in Hamilton music history, but after accepting the position of manager for Star Records in town, he was hands on and very aware of just what kind of magic is born from these gritty streets.
Witness to the youth revolution of the 60’s, Bob Bryden embodies the storyteller and troubadour that served as a generation’s conscious, crafting songs with the intent and message that hungry ears and open minds crave.
Bringing his guitar, extensive catalogue,some classic vinyl and stories this Christmas Eve, Bob Bryden plays cuts from his newest recording Yorkville Days, performs some of his songs live, and reminds us all just what the spirit of the season is all about.
Merry Christmas from your friends at Barber Shop Podcast.