Paul Anthony & CASH

Johnny Cash is without a doubt the cornerstone of popular music and if you don’t agree you can go fuck yourself.
Ok, let me rephrase that. If you don’t realize that only one man made both Elvis and The Beatles sit pretty you are the valedictorian for Stupid U.
Paul Anthony has been dedicated to bringing the life and music of Johnny Cash to the unwashed for three years, bringing the creases and lines of an honest outlaw to life with both lore and legitimate musicality. Sounding like a legend is hard, but when you manage to record The Man in Black’s songs in his cabin with his band – there’s something here to behold.
Playing Johnny’s hits live and from the CD Classic Johnny Cash, Paul Anthony delivers the real deal with guitarist Steve Petrie and Kurk Bernard in studio with the stories and music of many genres and many generations.
You gotta love Johnny Cash
Or else….


The Zilis

Low and behold, the three of them give life to the thought that rock is not dead, life blood flows, and there is more to the picture than meets the eye. The Zilis are a power pop trio that oozes TH&B sensibilities while managing to tickle the chin of the fickle listening audience. Stepped in the Hamilton tradition of smart, brutal fun, this trio of Sean Royle, Zander Lamonthe and Justin Bozzo have managed the near-impossible feat of bringing home the bacon in a tight, evocative package whole maintaining a strict code of emotional conduct. Not lost on these lads is the urgent need to stay relevant in the topsy- turvey world of independent music with constant aural stimulation and some sweet videos that convey the true essence of this outfit.

It’s hard not to like it, it’s harder to forget it, lost as you are in the swirling mix of colors. Three against the world, understood by few but loved by many – The Zilis are something to behold. Spinning tales, videos and a cut from their most recent offering, Sketches II, the lads of The Zilis give you a damn good reason to believe the future of rock n roll is in very good hands indeed.


Drew Leith

Keeping bit real is never a problem here at the shop, the silk and grit of real, original, Canadian music. This part of this great land contains a number of storied counties, each bearing the fruit of it’s native soil.

Drew Leith was nurtured as a child on the good music and joy a kitchen party can evoke. Waterloo County and the hotspots of London, Cambridge, Kitchener have always been a mixture of the well heeled and the rural blanket that warms their cold hearts. Writing and playing their own histories, Drew Leith and his songs came to call on his brother Ryan’s band, and with the choice of drummer Daryl Ralph and then Scott Chandler on banjo/harp, Drew Leith & the Foundation was born. Part folk, southern rock and country, it’s immediately likeable, music of the people. Never shooing too high or low, the smart lyrics and infectious hooks preaches from the pulpit with all the might of a bayou preacher.
Hamilton has been kind to Drew and tonight is no different. Playing four live numbers with Scott, we hear four cuts from their first CD and some pre releases from the upcoming offering, With You – out later this year.
Add to that their new video, a lot of cheer and smart, lively banter, and you’ve got yet another great episode of Barber Shop Podcast.



The Monarch Project

Ambition without intent is a wasted dream, talent without drive is a lost opportunity. Capturing the echoes and ghosts of musicality and message in a tight, evocative yet unique form, The Monarch Project are at once familiar, message driven and sharp with a reserved swagger that belies a true blue pearl in the making.
You saw them back in episode #66, green and eager, acoustically succinct with a steady verve and a band of brothers right out of Central Casting. Soon bonds were formed and the boys came to BOXO Studio in the spring of 2014 to record two songs “How Far Can You Go” and the title track, “Troubled Mind”.
Released on vinyl as per their custom, the 7″ record gets a world debut tonight, along with six, yes six, live numbers, full on. Promoting their record release party on Feb.7, the boys strap on and step up big time to show you why they’re someone to keep your eye and ears on.
Check out this very special episode of Barber Shop Podcast as we showcase another treasure that’s right at your fingertips.