Trout Lily

Brent Barber has the name and Joan Krygsman has the beauty and together they give voice to Trout Lily. Evoking the whimsical and channeling the purest of streams, this twosome make music the old fashioned way, Never one to shy away from a challenge, the two are nonetheless, shy folks at heart. The almost cryptic manner in which an empath draws energy and imagery provides both the texture and perspective of the arrangement but also many times the voices and energies in the echosphere that make progression a bit perilous or tedious. Sharing the emotional and musical workload provides the work bench on which Trout Lily have begun to craft their own history and in time, their own legacy. Some things come easier than others in this life, and when you get the pleasure of hanging out with a couple of grounded and interesting folks who can spin a tune or two – well, that’s the making of another great night at BOXO Studio on Barber Shop Podcast.

Shjaane Glover

The sweetest thing about doing this show is being constantly and continually reminded of just how much great unheard and unheralded music lies lost in the noise, real and soulful offerings to an oft disinterested and disillusioned audience. Generationally wise, Shjaane Glover lies in the sweet spot of difference makers – he of parents who support excellence in art as well as all life’s endevours as parents are apt to do. Being fostered in an enviornment such as this saw the young lad start the process of turning the coveted guitar into a melody maker – a dreamscaper and the ticket to ride into his twenties. Stylistically, the kid has it down, a legitimate and nuanced blend of so many golden-era singer-songwriters while forging a sound he can legitimately call his own. He writes with an aplomb and maturity that allows for the listener to buy in whole heatedly either solo or with the most excellent rock outfit JASCO of which he is a member – without too much up in the air or on the fence. Having friends and making the rounds, it wasn’t long before Glover was gigging, recording and now….promoting. Dropping by on a warm summer Wednesday in the great city of Hamilton, Shjaane Glover (Pronounced Shane) took full advantage of the coveted Barber Shop Podcast “Ghetto Pass” we provide out-of-towners, and we welcomed a young man, his guitar, his music and his story – as real and unique as the last one – on Barber Shop Podcast.

Purple Helmet

Music – especially in this town – is as eclectic as the cats and kittens that have plied their music up and down the sometimes seedy streets, a mix as thick as the thieves that they walk among. Some are giants that still cast shadows, and some are like these guys, zoned in and hot in the scene they themselves were helping refine, followed by the inevitable breakup and scattering after the strain and thin gruel becomes too much to continue. Some of the stuff that has survived in WAV files and scratched CD’s has aged well, and some, like these guys, are a stark reminder of the cultural icons that would be hauled down and smashed in the streets of today’s Orwellian Fuckland of rules. Loud, fast and fun, these rude, crude arch-types of the Dice Clay era posses what can only be described as pure legitimacy of illegitimacy – dig? Either way, the writing was on the wall, and seeing as producer Ryan had a longstanding friendship and working relationship with the band – we asked them in on the condition that they surrender their electric instruments and full stage drum kits and stacks of amps at the door to perform in a softer, gentler fashion to better suit the soft and mushy times we live in. Here they are – the real deal off the bottom of the deck , dirty and disrespectfully disgusting – PURPLE HELMET on Barber Shop Podcast.

Chris Mercer

You learn to trust the little bird who tells you about a new talent – especially if it’s a big little bird. Rarely, if ever, does one of the many street musicians who dot this land get the chance to show up here, but not one, but two trusted cohorts in the business made mention of this kid Chris Mercer, a unicorn in a big menagerie of the same ol’ same old. When a late cancellation happened, I asked him if he wanted the spot and he g jumped at the chance and jumped on a bus from his current place in Niagara Falls. His story is a good one, his songs are both sweet and introspective as well as dangerous in a sly fashion. Keeping a positive, grateful attitude, his often bumpy path has provided the perspective his fertile mind can weave into gold given the chance – and a chance is all you really need if you’re good enough. Broke, woke and bespoke – that in a nutshell in Chris Mercer and you get to see and hear for yourself right here on Barber Shop Podcast.

The Handsome Devils

Country music – the real kind that stirs of echoes close to home, is a bit of a rarity these days, certainly on the local scene. While it is true that country music has grown in popularity, the addition of pedal steel or the fusion of pop and rap into the hayseed represents a segment that is not represented in the music of The Handsome Devils – they possessing the legit Nashville and Bakersfield sound that hold true to the great heroes of Country Music. Great songwriting is always the first order, and having a husband-and-wife team reading each-others lines holds weight as the word play and musicality swirl together at the county social. I could tell you all about them but it seems that in this day and age it might be best to just push play and hear for yourself just how good this group out of Hamilton is, they’re real as the day is long and they brought their A game to Boxo Studio in the summer of 2017 and told us their story in words and music. Here it is, on Barber Shop Podcast.