Making it in this business means playing the part. If you’re a singer-songwriter, that part is equal parts history and geography. Hailing from Colorado and being an actual child of the 50’s and 60’s meant Mo’ Kauffey was front and centre for all of the seminal moments in American music with a million dollar view. Prone to thought and concept, his connection to music grew with his writing prowess and the rough-neck stylings of a dungaree minstrel were worked like so much slurry as to reveal the gold nuggets within.
Truth in music is an essential ingredient and that recipe proved to be a hit with the good people and bad actors that caught a whiff.
Canada was a million miles away until a fair lady and a desire to explore the unknown brought him to our parts some years back and he settled into the rich tri-city music scene, making friends and good impressions pretty well wherever he went.
On this chilly late January night he brings the band and message to Barber Shop Podcast with a few tales and a few songs for our listening pleasure. Relaxed and insightful, the unique mix of blues, country and folk is a great soundtrack to another sweet episode of Barber Shop Podcast.
Beat boxers are a dime a dozen, and no punk ass kid is going to invade these hallowed halls with conspicuous attitude and questionable talent. Good thing we never have to deal with that kind of shit here in Hamilton because we have one of the very best mouth masters around. Hachey The MouthPEACE was as conspicuous and as incorrigible as youd expect coming up with too much going on upstairs and not enough downstairs. Ahead of the curve and unafraid of the pitfalls, the attention seeking lad broke ground with the innovative and intoxicating ability to lay beats and mimic the world of music he heard in his head. Bringing forth the efforts and desire, the early forays in the world of live performance led to meetings and opportunities that continue to bear fruit for this sharp eyed bastard, a good lad in a shitty world speaking truths amidst the shit. Blessed with the ability, schooled by life and absolutely fearless, Hachey makes music on the fly, and on this January night we have one of the best meetings of the mind that have taken place ever – from nothing to something fine in a split second. Give it up for one of our special children on this episode of Barber Shop Podcast.
It takes all kinds to make music and make a difference in this world, the young and the old, the weak and the strong, the meek and the brave. Taking hold of an idea and an ideal, wrapping one’s history and desires tightly in hand is the call of duty for every artist and Terry and Eva Graves are no different. These seminal members of the folk group Headframe were attracted to each others aura in their youth, the passions of the time rekindled some twenty-odd years later after life had their way with both of them. What once was there was again in spades, a pair of real adventurers who took up together and strove to make a difference in their new/old life together. Politics make strange bedfellows and there’s nothing better to set the mood than music. Dylan, Young, Guthrie, are all names that hark to the message. Song and dance men in a suit of enlightenment, people like Terry and Eva shared their love of music and used the many hours of isolation to connect in tune. Writing and creating melodies that speak of love, life, power and greed, dirty politics and big business takes righteous indignation and subtle insight in equal measure, creating a rich palate of folk music that is so very Canadian and yet still somehow world music.
Headframe is the musical love child that sprang forth and the five members have produced the material to make a point and make a difference. Terry and Eva dropped by to sing a few of their tunes and share some stories with the Barber and everyone had smiles and a good feeling was all around.
Nice and easy – on Barber Shop Podcast.
Brantford Rockers Ruby’s Revenge have the formula of originality, character and moxy to actually make a legitimate stab at a life in music in this cold, hard world. Blessed with both natural and technological gifts, Jenna and Justin share a very real spark and ground while remaining humbly fierce in their intent and delivery. Full on lipstick winks and wry smiles make the groove of their sound both respective and respectful to the genres that gave birth to their sound. The Smiths, Pixies and old school rock provides some of the texture and strength while the shy and tender bits make the whole thing so very accessible. The release of their CD allowed Ruby’s Revenge the opportunity to paint their own portrait with great precision and feel, making for a wonderful record that truly captures the feel and intent of the band with the mix of power, passion and playfulness.
What you see isn’t always what you get – sometimes it is. In the case of the little band that could, named for a wee dog’s mission, the trials and bumps are all part of the journey. And what a journey it is.