Burnin` Ethyl

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.

Ladies and Gentlemen,
Burnin’ Ethyl



Sebastian Paige & the Virginia Wolves, Kevin Barber, Ryan Cannon

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




Blacken`d Red, Kevin Barber, Ryan Cannon

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.




Spin Dizzy, Kevin Barber, Ryan Cannon

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, Kevin Barber, Ryan Cannon

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.





Vaporizer recording

Episode 21 of Barber Shop Podcast finds the Alec Baldwin of the show Mike Holler along with guitar slinger and fellow Hamilton soldier Craig Gory take the next step in our relationship with The VAPORIZER – recording a demo. There are 1,000 ways to record a song, and this is not one of them. Well, unless you’re us that is. Two weeks ago a few nuggets were born from a writing session two weeks earlier and one was chosen to record online  live for all to see. It’s a relaxed night at BOXO Studio as Kevin, Ryan, Mike and Craig take the bare bones of a tune and multiple-track it old school. Shits and giggles ensue as an anthem to a obelisk of group worship, The VAPORIZER. It takes balls and talent to pull this kind of shit off and you’re about to be chin deep in both on part 2 of our version of the birth of a song.

Now sit down.


Kevin Barber, Ryan Cannon

Shit happens. And she a shit is what you make it, Scheduled guest Steve Foster was struck down but Kev and Ryan are more than willing to step up to the plate with an impromptu show for the ages. 

2003 was a year of fire and fury, perhaps the last great year of in your face, balls to the wall, bar rock n roll on a regular basis. Smoking and snorting and drinking and screwing was the order of the day and the boys were there to set the fuse. Listen in as Ryan and Kevin tell the Captain Easy story like you were there. 

Cuz you are there.


Craig Gory, Mike Holler, Mike Rittenhouse, Kevin Barber, Ryan Cannon

Well…. It could have been worse, much worse.

The idea was to try out the new uploading speed with a video podcast streamed live to You Tube. To risk a band’s reputation with untried technology would be risky – but not as risky as what we decided to try to pull off on Barber Shop Podcast Episode  19. Why not put three musicians, the two of us, and a whole lotta booze in one room and try to create something from scratch. None of these guys have ever sat down with each other before now, and the task of setting up and sitting down was one we relished.

Join us as Mike Holler, Craig Gory and Mike Rittenhouse see if there is any truth to the story that songs are just waiting there to be written.  The boys talk about what makes a good song then try to actually risk tragedy by mixing music and alcohol in a mission to see what the hell happens when universes collide.
It could have been much worse..


Part 1


Part 2



Dave Rave, Kevin Barber, Ryan Cannon

No look at Hamilton rock n roll can be complete without taking a long hard look at Mr. Dave DeRoches, aka, Dave Rave.  The Raver has been singing and playing since he was a child, and when a 15 yr. old Frankie Kerr (Venom) asked him to jam in high school, a career that spans 40 years began in earnest.  A founding member of The Shakers, Dave’s involvement in the Hamilton punk/power pop scene included a long relationship playing with Teenage Head and then launched him to New York City to become a force that grew in chops and influence. Working relationships with Coyote Shivers and Lauren Agnelli began projects that still bear fruit today.

Dave is home in Hamilton for a bit and he’s here at Kevin’s Barber Shop to play some history, new and old, live and recorded. Tickled pink to be hanging out with one if the truly great ones.

Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Dave Rave!



Steve Negus, Kevin Barber, Ryan Cannon

Fifty years as a top-flite drummer will bestow upon you all the wisdom and chops required to make yourself a name in the Canadian landscape of musical legends. In the case of Steve Negus, playing relentlessly in the Toronto club scene in the 70’s with bands like Shelter, proved just the education needed to answer the call to sit behind the kit for the group Pockets, soon to change their name to SAGA. Pioneering a brand of R&B infused prog rock, SAGA was a Canadian phenomenon into the 80’s and retains a huge following with their seminal release Worlds Apart recently going platinum in the U.S. (1,000,000 copies).

A multiple gold record and Juno recipient, Steve Negus is also a Hamilton based producer and engineer who makes great recordings at Blue Room Studio where he works his craft to perfection – like he always has.

This show in smokin as we play three cuts from Steve’s solo album Dare to Dream, one from Jerry Johnson’s Barber’s Chair and a surprise slice of vinyl from Selina Martin.

Steve Negus is in the Barber Shop Podcast chair getting real with Ryan and Kevin. Don’t miss this one!