Famous Framus

Working in the factories and fields is a sure way to accumulate the stuff required to fuel music of a fertile mind. Famous Framus was just little Mike when he was forever changed by a large scary man pouring out his heart during one of his parents late night kitchen parties. Knowing then and there that his calling would somehow involve the power and the glory of performance, the truth of music and the beauty if the truth.
Shift work and fatherhood took him to task, their toll high on the artist in relief. Taking his cue from his down time, learning to read and write music in tablature form led to the great awakening that comes from producing original music. Songs poured from him, self taught and stylistically unique, Famous Framus took the name of an old ill-gotten church guitar and started playing the devils music on it.
Teaming up with drummer Dave Gould and harp player and singer M.M. LeBlanc to turn his tunes into rip roaring, foot stomping Mississippi punk folk that is all Hamilton.
Kevin and Ryan are very glad to have not only such a great artist on hand but also an aficionado of the medium, talk radio and podcast platforms. We are pleased to say he’s a fan – and the feeling is mutual.
Join us as Famous Framus plays live, shares his story, ins we get to enjoy a cut from each of his three full length albums – 2006’s Eight Ball, 2008’s Down By Desire, and 2011’s On Mortal Love.
It’s all good – at Barber Shop Podcast




Tia McGraff

The fact that a Southern Ontario country girl and a Muncie Indiana former rock guitar slinger would meet up in Nashville and make beautiful progressive roots music makes perfect sense. Both Tia McGraff and Tommy Parham have long histories of writing and playing with some of the best. Anywhere. Sold to a life of depth and description, these two formed a partnership and a union eight years ago and make the most beautiful of music.

Stopping by on a cool spring night, Tia and Tommy play live, spin a few tales, and a few tunes from her 6th album, 2013’s Break These Chains, recorded in Ottawa at Cardavae Studio and mastered by the incomparable Nick Balgona.

Get to know Tia McGraff and get in touch with what real songwriting, real emotion, and a higher calling sounds like on this episode of Barber Shop Podcast





Chelsea Crites

Hamilton is music country – and country music is a big part of Hamilton.  Chelsea Crites looks like the kind of country singer you see atop the heap in America, picture perfect and dressed for the part. You’d be forgiven for thinking it all smoke and mirrors but this firebrand walks the walk with confidence and style. Rising through the ranks at a very young age, singing competitions and talent contests introduced her to the hard realities of disappointment punctuated by ever increasing moments of success and reaffirmation. Professional at 13, Chelsea Crites demonstrated the work ethic and wise choices fostered by her supportive parents. Playing many shows in many different venues, the teenage sensation began to build the kind of buzz that makes both newcomers and jaded critics take notice.
Working with some top flight writers Such as Beau Fuller and Mike Nash as well as contributing her own songs, the process of recording her first professional full length album began in Nashville at John Willis’s Willis Soundz in 2011. Surely the music contained inside will set the stage for what is sure to be a remarkable career.
Stopping by Barber Shop Podcast on a spring evening. Chelsea and keyboardist Josh Kuehnel relax and tell us in words and music about their world. Something special every week on Barber Shop Podcast







Rae Billing and the Unpayables

Kindred spirit Rae Billing began her music career late after the loss of a treasured sole. Writing the arrangements and turns of phrase that danced in her head , learning to play and leaning hard into a new, some would say, dangerous, direction.
Rae continued to pour her heart into it, bringing the naked truth foreword through progressive years and three albums. Catching the ear of bass ace Michael Hickey at a West Town open stage, the two played many shows as a duet before snagging choice time keeper Nick Burson and  session guru/guitar player Michael Birthelmer to form the band that puts all the pieces together.
Settling in at Birthelmer’s Pine Street Studio in Hamilton, Billing and company set about crafting a superlative effort, textured and rich with ballads and stories of love, loss, truth and justice. When completed, Walls and Fences bore witness to a testament worthy of this city, as good as anything out there.
Live, in-studio, Alt-Country goodness is the special of the day at Barber Shop Podcast with Rae Billing and the Unpayables.