Dennis Grasley is quite possibly the best damn sax player you have ever heard. Better known as Sonny Del Rio, “Gramps” Grasley has been the go-to sax man for literally half a century. From the sock hops to the nightclubs of 1950’s Hamilton, Sonny has brought his own style to dozens of recordings and scores of performances over the years. Not one to stay still for long, the boundless energy that the music has bestowed upon him makes Sonny Del Rio not only a local hero, but also a real honest-to-goodness legend.
Tune in to episode #32 as Kevin and Ryan get a chance to hang out with the saxiest man, hands down, Sonny Del Rio.
Steve Foster grew up in the thick of it, and it shows. A neighbourhood child to those early rock icons, Steve had the likes of Teenage Head, The Shakers, Tim Gibbons, Dave Rave all in the hood. Gigging early and often, he has managed to work with pretty well everyone one way or another. Guitar slinger,singer, songwriter, producer, engineer, all in a day’s work for him, a Hamilton boy through and through.
Join us as we look at the work of Steve Foster and his contributions to such great acts as Crawlin Kingsnakes, Stoked, Simply Saucer – and much more from Barber Shop Podcast
Pretty Archie hails from the fertile grounds of Cape Breton, these boys have the kind of cool ease and earnest music that makes them a Canadian Classic. Brian Cathcart, Matt McNeil, Colin Gillis and Redmond McDougall have the kind of chemistry that makes feet tap and taps fill glasses.
From the get-go this quartet have blended tradition and originality to create an infectious sound with a heart of gold.
Together for just over a year, the boys have come by the Barber Shop to play and sing sweet harmonies as well as letting us hear some tracks from their new CD Steel City – recorded at Grant Avenue Studios in Hamilton. Tireless work and fierce friendships shine thru as we get to hang with the lads in Pretty Archie – at Barber Shop Podcast
There are many sides to the music business and Steven Dall has been on pretty well all of them. From the mercurial Water Can formed during his halcyon days at Carleton University in Ottawa, to his present role as Nashville songwriter, he has paid his dues and learned his lessons well.
If you’ve ever wondered how a germ of an idea forms into a finished, recorded, published song, this is a good one to hunker down to. Steve is not only an accomplished musician but he’s also one hell of a funny, interesting, smart, cynical, sarcastic sweetheart of an individual. Join us as we are privileged to have Steven Dall looking and sounding so damn good – at the Barber Shop Podcast
It’s not often when a lady stops by the barber shop for a visit, but when so blessed, the place lights up with class and confidence. Multiple media artist Lynne “Buckshot” Bebee has had a place in the hearts and minds of music lovers thru her evolution in this genre from the early days of the Sapphire Fly Band to the acclaimed Poisoned Aeros, The Evelyn Dycks and now to her present ensemble Buckshot Bebee and the Secret Boyfriends. To be sure, she has put up – and shut them up.
Hot off the presses we’re pleased to play a couple of tracks from her new release Merchants Of Youth and catch a couple live numbers along with stories and memories and laughs galore.
Take a bit if time to get to know a great piece of Hamilton music history past and present.
If there is a brand of rock and roll that’s as strong as a Chevy and as slick as a fresh jar of Dax jumping to real rock n roll. If you’ve ever wondered what the fuck happened after Teenage Head and the Shakers, I got a 25 year story of straight up Hamilton rock roll that still thrives today.
Picture the dance floor heaving with inked ladies and every Joe as the infectious groove incites a coil of energy that leaves the crowd wanting more. And more, and more.
Check out this awesome time talking and drinking and laughing and listening to over 90 minutes of some of the greatest guys who ever rocked this town so good, for so long.
Style is timeless, for in time the truly classic reappear on the horizon. Given time, the songs that spoke to generations will once again be heard and influence the next generation.
Sebastian Paige and the Virginia Wolves are about a year into a journey that will take them on a journey both real and metaphysical. Formed from an East Mountain high school scene, the VW have managed to play homage to the classics with a reverence and style that belies their musical chops. Music school and mischief gave the boys an excuse to bring to life some truly great tunes with a unique turn, not owning it but certainly branding if.
Sit down and see how the talent in Hamilton treats some of the tunes that made magic moments. Truly a great treat with live banter and acoustic renditions mixed with some very cool recordings of Sebastian Paige and the Virginia Wolves
Looking good and sounding incredible, Hamilton’s Blacken’d Red is a certified, hard core, full on rock n roll sensation. Serious as fuck about having a good time, this band has been turning heads since its inception. A rebirth of sorts when Iggy hooked up with Brian, Jack and Dave, Blacken’d Red has been grabbing huge respect and accolades as perhaps the last, and first great LA rock sound to hybrid itself with this meaty music market.
There are lessons to be learned at The Barber Shop and all it takes is for you to come in and sit down while the conversation and music flow with Iggy and Brian in studio.
It’s a great time with two of our ambassadors of rock talking it up at BOXO Studio as Kevin and Ryan get cracking with the boys from Blacken’d Red.
Hell or high water, SPIN DIZZY is sure to be there. If Hamilton rock includes the balls-to-the-walls styling a of KISS, Pretty Boy Floyd, Poison and the Crüe, then SPIN DIZZY is Hamilton as it gets. The 4some of Tyson Meloche, Eric Famous, P.J. and Mitch Payment make up one of the Hammer’s most gritty rock n roll entities.
Make no mistake about it, these guys work hard at the job of rock, and tell a story of who, when, and why the rubber hit the road in this storied outfit.
Sit back, relax and soak in the SPIN DIZZY story on episode #23 of Barber Shop Podcast.
Alex MacDougall, or LX as he’s often known, is a musician’s musician with 40 some odd years playing alongside some of the truly great artists to come out of Hamilton and from the very earliest of days, Alex has honed his chops on the kind of guitar licks that could melt a lollipop. Both a world class guitar player and engineer/producer, he is someone who has traded licks and cut records with the likes of Harrison Kennedy, King Biscuit Boy, Kelly Jay and Crowbar as well as many many others too numerous to mention.
This episode of Kevin’s Barber Shop Podcast plays 16 tracks featuring the work of Alex MacDougall with gems from a long career including Harrison Kennedy and the Rocking Hurricanes, Blackwood Point, True Spirit with Ray Marerick, Trailblazers, LX solo work as well as some brand-new-never-been-played-on-air material from his present powerhouse outfit, Groove Corporation.
It’s a history, a legacy.
Sit down, take your spot and listen in as Kevin has a good two hours with one of the major players in town, Alex MacDougall.