Nate Waldes carries with him the quiet desperate rage of the poet and seeker, perhaps a bit too smart for his own good. When you can see and interpret, channel and reflect with such precision, life can be a bitter pill if you let it. Vision and delivery in one tight package, the wood toned roots Waldes displays are earnest and hard won. Writing early and often, his use of the familiar and paradox reflects well on the new generation of Hamilton singer-songwriters. Steeped in the vinyl tea and inspired by a kindred spirit, his love of music became a natural extension of his soul, deep and reflective.
Stoping by on a brilliant autumn evening, Nate Waldes brings with him his soon-to-be released 5 song CD NATE OF EARTH and a few new ones he shares live. Full of great hooks and reason, his music transcends the bedroom folk rock genre it serves so well with every bitter-sweet note. Without these reminders in every generation of songwriter, the road to enlightenment would not be so clearly lit. Praise be the writer and poet in us all as we roll another fat episode of Barber Shop Podcast.
Blues, and Hamilton blues in particular has had its roots in this fertile ground since there were iron horses and steel driving men.
The tree that bears so much fruit in the way of all modern music, is based in the call and response of the cotton fields and the deep meaning that those refrains evoke in everyone who listens and identifies with.
Ian Andrews is still a pretty young cat, but make no mistake about it, he knows his way around a fretboard and the struggle at hand. Slick, handsome and full of life, Ian Andrews manages to do what so few aspiring Bluesman can do – carve a very personal niche in what is a homogeneous form of music.
Never one to shy away from the spotlight, Ian paid his dues like every great one – and it’s evident the investment is paying off. Writing original music and embodying it with the howls and yelps every bit as real as WC himself, believing the story and storyteller as sage as any before. Original young blues – verve and passion, and what a band on hand this night. Greg Briscoe is very funky on keys and gets to jam out with Justine “The Bass Machine” Fischer and Matt Burns on the drums in what gas to be one of the most rip roaringestness nights ever at Barber Shop Podcast.
We show off a few pre-release tracks from Ian’s upcoming album and capture four very solid live numbers where the pedal is definitely meeting metal.
Another great night- at Barber Shop Podcast
Well, it was bound to happen. Hamilton’s most well heeled (he walks a lot) musician made his way to BOXO Studio after so many years away from these sacred walls.
Known as ‘Busker Al”, Albert Barubek has been playing music forever, playing for change and the occasional fiver, and been front and centre in some of the coolest bands in this town in the past 25 years.
Never afraid to speak his mind, piss off a few people and drop a few jaws, his musical acumen is only matched by his steely resolve. Always the optimist, Al brings a grace to an often graceless city with a daily dose of music. His repertoire is substantial and his voice carries this night across the years as we spin some Captain Easy from 2003’s The 4:20 Conspiracy and remember stuff we had all forgotten for awhile.
The “Shwa” has given us many gifts musical and otherwise, our gritty little sister on the eastern jowls of Hogtown. Where once only the Bob Brydens and Lou Molinaros of the world were fit to call The Hammer home, usually after a spell in The Big Smoke to draw the best of them from a deep creative well.
Wayne Petti was just such a dude, steeped in the 90’s guitar slouch of Pavement, Dinosaur Jr. and Metallica. It was only after listening to the true greats of depression era to ’52 country music where the pre-alt-country-phase-shifted sound that merged became Cuff The Duke. Cuff was to many the harbinger for a whole new take on some very solid roots. Starting strong and staying busy, Petti and company made quite a name for themselves quickly and in the process, forged the experience and contacts into something solid indeed.
Post Cuff The Duke, Petti kept current and found vehicles for his music that performed to spec, allowing each incarnation a u owe space to breathe. The Astro Men followed and served him well until it became time to pick up and make the move to the Western Jowl of Toronto, our fine city of Hamilton Ontario.
It’s great when a win-win sounds so good and the now Hamilton based Petti has put together another epic record, this one with Hamilton roots and players. Making music and history with the new record “Right Arm” by the group known as Grey Lands.
We love it when there’s good music and great insight on the show, and this Wayne Petti guy has got it in spades.
He’ll do quite well I’m sure.