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.




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.



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.  Major 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.



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.



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.