George C.W. Douglas‏

To play music you must love music, and some have love affairs long before they ever begin that journey in earnest. George C.W. Douglas always knew music held a special place, a certain station in life. Growing up the sounds were an intoxicant that soon led to the life that led to the long, strange trip that has led him to here. Listening and watching all the arena rock greats of the era, only the names that spilled from commercial radio were on tap – some pretty great ones mind you, yet the knowledge and comfort songwriters had on him took root and started George Douglas on his path as a bona fide singer-songwriter. It was the seminal debut album by Blackie and the Rodeo Kings in tribute to the great Wille P. Bennett that really shook his foundation to the point where he began to see the true calling and Zeitgeist of the art form, a slew of troubadours and six string heroes that make the real good stuff in spades. It was when he decided to stop forgetting the memorable moments and live a sober life in the moment that his passion and calling came into focus. Taking with him the lessons of a life well lived, Douglas started writing, playing and believing in himself as the real deal.
Lo and behold, he has arrived. Stopping by BOXO Studio on this fine evening, George C.W. Douglas brings the super-talented Matty Simpson along to okay live and a few tracks from his Brock Zeman produced “Songs From The Big Muddy”
to share the magic of a mission accomplished.
Great fun, easy peasy,.. On Barber Shop Podcast.



Hailee Rose

Sometimes being at the right place at the right time is far far more than circumstance. To arrive at a destination, one must set a course and go for it.
Hailee Rose is one of those rare birds, adorned with vibrant plumage and possessing a voice that cuts through the noise, the silence and the generations. Born into a creative and supportive family, Hailee had a knack for the dramatic, singing and playing every imaginary part with absolute conviction. Never scared to put it all out there, she and her mom went to countless auditions and cattle-calls from a very tender age. Possessing vitality and confidence, her faith in the arts – and herself – never wained despite the continual rejections and promises of tomorrow offered as consolation. When the day came that the casting director for the Mirvish production of The Lion King said yes, she was ready. In a classic case of happenstance, one night a certain Dave Rave was in the audience and took note of the remarkable talent and presence displayed by the young Hailee Rose, not realizing that their paths would cross in a profound way one day.
Fast forward to 2014 and a local producer and music man Dave Beatty launched a workshop at his QED studios wherein musicians who had never been in a functioning band could get together and work out the myriad of elements necessary to play a concise set of music, together, in a supportive environment. Hailee Tose knew she could sing, thought she could write, and wanted to go. Within moments, those who were there saw and heard for themselves just how remarkable this girl was and word soon filtered out to none other than Dave Rave that this was a talent to be reckoned with. On the third session, Dave was in attendance and a believer. Working with someone like Dave Rave brought with it a truly remarkable set of credentials and contacts. Within a short time, they were writing and soon joined Carl Jennings to record a three song CD titled Everything’s Going to be Alright.
Writing sessions in New York, touring England, playing the Cavern Club in Liverpool, all thrust her into the spotlight – a place she was always destined to be.
Joining her and Dave in the studio this fine night, Dan Willer, Dave Bayley and legendary drummer Bucky Berger have a blast telling their tale and performing both the original and classic music with magnificent ease – the stuff of legend – in the making.
It’s all good… So good… On Barber Shop Podcast.



the human race

Sometimes the right head sits in the chair at Barber Shop Podcast at the right time to change things up and keep in style. Adam Carter grew up surrounded by great music thanks to a substantial and tasty record collection and steady support and encouragement within the town of a Lynden on the outskirts of Hamilton.
The discovery of an unloved guitar and the burning ambition to learn his chops saw a quick progression of ability and confidence. The early internet gift of on line guitar archives and easy-to-understand tablature notation meant Carter could learn a bucket full of songs – and learned to write his own as well.
Recruiting like minded high school chums and firming a band – the seriousness was balanced with all the youthful exuberance and honest hubris necessary to actually believe a life in music was not only possible, but likely.
Currently, Carter is indeed deep in the life investment that music requires as not only the music manager of Homegrown Hamilton but also the driving force in the human race, a recording act that can be a sprawling stage of interwoven creation or like tonight, just one man, a guitar, a looper pedal and the beautiful truth.
the human race – Adam Carter on this special episode of Barber Shop Podcast


The Shakers

You can’t get more Hamilton than The Shakers, four guys from West Hamilton who turned heads and turned up the volume in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Forged from the very best of Hamilton stock, cousins Dave (Rave) and Claude Deroches made music in the family tradition, locking down the familial groove and patterns that laid a solid cornerstone. Hooking up with Ric (The Mayor) Andrew in the mid seventies, Dave and Ric immediately recognized the synergy and harmonies that emerged, blending the country, blues and early rock n roll with the emerging aggressive and oh-so-danceable style that they and fellow Steel Town stalwarts Teenage Head owned so completely. Guitar slinger Tim Gibbons, all too aware of the talent and verve displayed by this burgeoning group, gladly assumed the guitar duties that Gordie Lewis had subbed in for and voila!, the greatest flash bang of the decade was born. Scoring multiple radio charts and packing houses across the land, The Shakers burned hot and bright for half a decade, eventually going their separate ways, each a force in the music business for years to come.
This fine night we are blessed with the glorious return of The Shakers, gearing up for a couple of big reunion shows in Hamilton and Toronto.
Loose, light and full of warm memories, we were all in a very good place indeed.
A very good night indeed – at Barber Shop Podcast.



The Dundas Oddfellows Hall‏

Never before in 136 weeks have Ryan, Gary, and Kevin left the confines of BOXO Studio…. Not till this week anyway.
It’s Wednesday July 1 and that means Canada day round here.
This night was a Wednesday two weeks prior wherein we captured some area songwriters bringing forth songs in the most beautiful but vulnerable stage. Hamilton nightclubs are regular haunts for top notch songwriters but the venue and location of the ancient mason’s lodge brings with it a great mystique and provenance that bars can’t buy.
Attempting to film as the fly on the wall, we basically crashed the monthly event hosted by Jay Burr and Danny Medakovic with the unknown as our only assurance.
Faith it is, and faith it shall be.
Happy Birthday Canada from Barber Shop Podcast.


The Castor Troys

The Castor Troys are a driving punk rock / hard rock 4-piece out of Hamilton/Burlington, Ontario, Canada.  Accessible, melodic, catchy, yet uncompromising. Peddlers of true stories and truer fiction.

Formed in 2009, The Castor Troys mix storyteller lyrics and a relentless sound that nevertheless comes from careful crafting.

With decades of experience under their collective belt, The Castor Troys draw influences from all different styles of rock and blues. Influences of Social Distortion, the Headstones, Bad Religion and the Offspring are definitely present here, but the scope of the sound goes well beyond those confines.  With most members being multi-instrumentalists and song-writers, there’s always a wealth of creativity to draw on. The band has played stages such as the CBC Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, Sound of Music Festival, Burly Calling, PouzzaFest, and Canada’s Largest Ribfest.  Members have shared the stage with many well-known bands including Finger Eleven, the Headstones, the Hanson Brothers (of puck-rock fame, not the mmmbop kids…) Theory of a Deadman, Propaghandi, The Marble Index, The Planet Smashers, LimbLifter, The Reason, Guttermouth, illScarlett and Silverstein, among others.

The Castor Troys are

Aaron Walsh – vocals
Chris Ledroit – guitar, vocals
Matthew Bowker – bass, vocals
Nick Fowler – drums


Ghosts of Memphis

Brothers are not always blood, but what runs through the veins of Trevor Howard and Gerry Finn is as strong as the steel city they make their music in. Both men were busy with their own direction, Trev the fabulous lady killer in pink with the golden soul and Gerry the slick sideman and singer, both doing enough to grab the attention of the other.
When invitations turned to jams and jams turned to sessions, the foundation and structure of Ghosts of Memphis began to rise with a certain reserved grandeur.
Recording their debut CD, Devil in the Details in 2013, the boys made a big impact in showcases and festivals with their tight, evocative brand of heartbreak roots rock. Hard to pidgin hole but do easy to love, both Howard and Finn have made a case for themselves as the troubadours of pain and redemption, champions of the tender moment.
If you love a good story, good friends and great music then you will adore this very special episode of Barber Shop Podcast.



Theirs is a sound to Hamilton that you know when you hear it. Long considered a hotbed of great music, this city has history on display on a regular basis in one musical form or another. One of the great pieces of Hamilton history is TRICKBAG, the devil spawn kids that were drawn to our greatest blues ambassador of all time, Richard Newell aka King Biscuit Boy. Hooking up with all the greats, learning about all the legends, the nucleus of TRICKBAG was constantly orbiting the core of blues with a feeling. Twenty five years later, TRICKBAG is still writing, recording and performing their particular brand of music, paying homage and giving respect to the bedrock of modern music.
We ventured out to Bay City Music Hall on a beautiful Saturday evening to record some of the 13th annual King Biscuit Boy “Blues with a Feeling” show and we play four live recordings featuring TRICKBAG with a few special gusts along for the ride.  Add to that four in-studio gems, and you start to get a feeling that this show is going to rock, roll, swing and bounce all night long.
Cuz that’s what we do –
At Barber Shop Podcast.


Leonard Burns and Dell

Leonard Burns and Dell are no strangers to these walls, having played with, and alongside, many of the greats from these here parts. What they are however, are The Perfect Strangers, a trio who all write and sing some of the most beautiful music around. Fresh off the release of their debut CD, the girls bring guitar whisperer Andrew Aldridge along to Barber Shop Podcast and they certain did not disappoint. Despite some under-weatherness and in the last quarter of the episode losing the video feed for a minute, it still manages to capture the unique majesty of this trio.
Warm, funny and oh-so-real, Leonard Burns and Dell show just why they are the such a bright light in a dazing night sky.


The Acoustics

The Acoustics have something very special going on, something that is at once familiar and new, traditional and contemporary in roots music today. Framed with the seasoned bones of Al Spoto’s accordion chops, the addition of nephew Enzo Spoto brought the grace and insight of the singer songwriter to the fore along with the beautifully layered refrains of Uncle Al’s wonderful phrasing. Adding both Bonnie Bell on violin and the strong sweet pipes of Ally Jed was a no brainier as they add all the colours of the rainbow tonight (sans bass and drums) to what is a stunning portrait of roots-based Canadiana.
Something always good cooking at Barber Shop Podcast, something good indeed.