‘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 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.
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.
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.