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.
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.
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.
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