Friday, January 25, 2013



Duo Exaudi

An evening of virtuosic music for two guitars.
Sunday, February 3rd, 2013 at 7pm
Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, 126 James St. S.

Tickets available online at
or by calling (905) 528-4020.

Duo Exaudi

Guitar Hamilton is pleased to present Duo Exaudi featuring
Rene Izquierdo (Cuba) and Elina Chekan (Belarus).
The two guitarists are internationally acclaimed as solo artists and have come together
to form one of the guitar world's most exciting new duos.

Rene Izquierdo has toured throughout Cuba, Europe and North America as a
soloist and chamber musician.  He is the recipient of numerous awards including the
prestigious Joanne Falletta Competition prize.  Of his playing, Classical Guitar
Magazine wrote "His natural and instinctive interpretations are second to none:
his virtuoso technique allows him absolute command of the instrument giving him
the independence of subtle phrasing, dazzling speed, beautiful tonal control, everything."
Izquierdo is currently on faculty at the University of Milwaukee.

Elina Checkan performs regularly throughout the United States and abroad.
In addition to being a sought-after performer, she is known as a conductor and arranger.
Legendary composer Jorge Morel dedicated his piece "Campanas" to her.

The February 3rd program will feature a variety of stunning works for two guitars
that will showcase this duos technical mastery of the instrument and their sublime
interpretations.  The program includes works by Castelnuevo-Tedesco,
Debussy, Scarlatti, Bach, Brahms and Sor.

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Saturday, January 12, 2013


Press Release - Blues Women International
4 January 2013
It’s with great excitement that the first “Blues Women International” project will be underway in 2 weeks.  International, seasoned and new women blues singers, songwriters and musicians will join forces with an all-female backup band in Clarksdale, Mississippi, the birthplace of the blues, to record all original previously unreleased material, which will be included in a CD compilation this coming spring.
This is the first project pulled together by a newly formed group of blues lovers and blues women to further promote women in blues in an international arena, including:
The Spotlight: Julia Magness, Shaun Booker, Kelly Chappue, Diedra Ruff, Sunday Wilde (Canadian), Joni Buffalohead, Billie Feather, Cindy Maloney, Pat Pepin

The Band and Rhythmn Section: LaLa Craig, Heather Crosse, Pat Pepin, Carol Dierking, Billie Feather

We have the complete digital download compilation for $8.

We have the complete CD compilation for $12.
What a deal!!!

We are currently only 11% funded and need to be fully funded to receive any support.

It all takes place at the Hopson Commissary Plantation in Clarksdale, Mississippi, on January 28th and January 29th. This live recording will take place during the afternoon (3-9PM), with an open pro jam at 9PM both nights. The recording and jam is open to the public.
Each woman will be putting forth two original songs that will be included on the first project of the Blues Women International CD compilation and subsequently released later on this spring for sale and promoted to various music programmers. It is our hope that this compilation will help further along Int’l Women In Blues to increase their exposure to a worldwide listening audience, and to create further opportunities for these women for live performance opportunities, as well.
Blues Women International has brought together a variety of artists and musicians in an array of blues styles, including roots, acoustic traditional, modern Chicago blues style, zydeco and Memphis blues.  This will certainly create an interesting mix of where women in blues are today.
Blues Women International has also been promoting the new website at to create a worldwide database of women involved in the blues in a variety of aspects for upcoming projects in the coming year.
The goals of the newly formed Blues Women International include hosting an awards program, as well as bi-annually hosting showcase events and continuing to support and encourage women in the blues.
For more information about Blues Women International or to subscribe to their newsletter (it's free!), send an email to:

Till The Last Note...

Sunday Wilde and Lon Mickelson
Blues Women International


Saturday, January 05, 2013


Programmed and hosted by Honey Girl

1) Gena Perala (This Ain’t Pretty) – “Restless by Nature” (4:26)
2) Pat Moore (There Time’s Never Been Better) – “The Time’s Never Been Better” (4:17)
3) Anne McCue (Broken Promise Land) – “Motorcycle Dream” (4:27)
4) Dalannah Gail Bowen (Them Menz) – “Mean Man” (4:57)
5) Shakura S’Aida (Brown Sugar) – “Outskirts of Memphis” (5:07)
6) Chris Ayries (Momentum) – “Ain’t Yourbody’s Business” (4:12)

Happy New Year to all of you, and I'd like to send out birthday greetings to NL singer Phoebe Holloway, and Ottawa's Pete Beaudoin of Sherry Harding and the Heat and Freddy Carriere of Firebelly.
Local alternative rock band Vegas Lounge Lizard is gearing up to release its debut EP, and you can help them out by pre-ordering a copy of it.  The release date will be sometime in February, but the exact date will be determined by the number of pre-orders.  You can pay what you like, but the minimum fee is a measly five bucks.  You can listen to their music at and contact them via their Vegas Lounge Lizard Facebook page.  They also have a YouTube video that was recorded here at CHMR.

Another St. John’s alt- rock band, Waterfront Fire, formed from Apollo Rock and Owls in the Rafter, released a self-titled CD in 2012.  Comprised of guitarists Andrew Boyd, Ben Thistle, drummer Ryan Tobin, bass guitarist Brandon Young, and keyboardist Sean Jessome, the band is currently looking for a vocalist to replace Josh Cluett, who moved away in August.  You can check out Waterfront Fire on Soundcloud as well as Myspace.

Clarenville-based Jessa Rae Strong is a 17-year-old guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist who is looking to join or form a band.  I checked out her YouTube videos and, she really is quite good.  I’m sure she is looking at a good future in the music business, even as a solo act.

I’d like to belatedly congratulate the winners of the MusicNL/Statoil Christmas Songwriting Contest for young musicians across this province.  The first-place winner was 16-year-old Kat McLevey, for her song, “Winter Shows Me”, second place went to 18-year-old Brianna Gosse for “My Christmas Song for You”, and 19-year-old Pete Mills took third place for “Xmas Together”.

Terry Parsons, CHMR host of “Blind Lemon Blues”, “Cosmic Debris”, “Sunday Morning Hangover Cure” and “The Songwriters”, is celebrating his birthday tomorrow, January 6, so be sure to look him up on Facebook and send him a greeting.  Better yet, tune in to any and all of his long-running shows on this station, particularly this Monday, January 6, when he will announcing the Top 20 Canadian Blues Albums, as voted on by his listeners and tabulated by Terry.

California’s Val Starr & The Blues Rocket released its first CD in 2012, entitled Cool Ride, and it is available at all of the usual music download portals.  The band’s second CD, Blues Away, is in pre-production and will be available in the spring of 2013.

A used record store owner in Pittsburgh apparently bought a box of old attic-stored records for $50, only to discover that one of the vinyl ’78s was Robert Johnson’s 1936 Vocalian recording of “I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom”.  I thought that was an Elmore James tune, but whatever.  It’s quoted as being worth anywhere from $6,000-12,000.  Johnson, reputed to have sold his soul to the devil at a rural Mississippi crossroads, died in 1938 at the age of 27.

Steve Clark, who has replaced Geoff Goodhusband as the host of the 9OclockRock series, happening from 9-11 p.m., Thursdays, at The Levee, has posted the schedule of entertainers for the remaining weeks of Jan., as follows:  January 10 – Matthew Hare and The Rolling Kings; January 17 – Stephen Green & Adam Baxter; January 24 – Brad Jefford Trio and The Skylarks; and January 31 – Erin Simms and Magnetar.  Stay tuned for more tunes.

7) Claudette King (We’re Onto Something) – “Can I Walk You to Your Car” (3:40)
8) Anni Piper (Chasin’ Tail) – “Hideaway” (4:46)
9) Stacy Jones Band (Live and Untapped) – “Waitin’ on Love” (3:25)
10) Beth Duncan (Comes the Fall) – “Give Me the Simple Life” (2:58)
11) Tracy K (Old, New, Borrowed & Blues) – “Stop!  Wait a Minute!) (3:50)
12) Sue Foley (Queen Bee – The Antones Collection) – “Lightning Boogie” (1:46)



Programmed by D.D. Rocker/Misty Blue 1955

Muddy Waters (Hard Again) – “Blues Had a Baby and They Named It Rock and Roll” (Intro Clip)

1) Atlas B Salvesen (Smoke Signals) – “Faith Will Leave You” (3:34)
2) Ivo Soares (Ivo Soares) – “Last Song I Write About You” (3:19)
3) Mark Sepic (Blue Mantra) – “Sweet Forbidden Love” (2:09)
4) The Nylons (Skin Tight) – “They Just Can’t Stop It” (4:08)
5) David Vest (East Meets Vest) – “Wish Me Well” (4:22)
6) Stockholm Stoner (Stockholm Stoner) – “Broken Wing Angel” (4:11)
7) Ian Siegal (The Skinny) – “The Skinny” (4:51)

In Ottawa music news, Ian Boyd, of Compact Disc music store, advises that there will be new CDs/vinyl from The Fiftymen, The Hilotrons, Lynn Miles, and Riot Police, all before the end of March.
Toronto musician and radio show host Danny Marks is very pleased to have won for the 2012 “Best Electric Blues CD” vote by Wasser-Prawda music magazine in Germany for his latest release, A Good Friend in the Blues.
Toronto-based Blues Element's new album has been overly-delayed, partly due to a consignment deal that went sour.  Vocalist and co-songwriter Jamie Browning had decided to sell off her vintage costumes from her days as the frontwoman for Toronto punk band Daphne’s Purple Closet in order to finance the new Blues Element CD.  However, the consignment shop owner, Eva by name, is refusing to return any unsold garments and has not reimbursed Jamie for any of her items that were already purchased.  Buyer (and seller) beware – dishonest people are out there, everywhere.
Dylan Wickens & The Grand Naturals are also trying to finance the production of their newest CD, entitled Love & Lust.  They have a fundraising campaign on the go at  Depending on the amount of your donation, you could conceivably obtain an autographed copy of the CD, have your name listed on the album credits, be added to the guest list for any live performances by the band throughout 2013, have an intimate one-hour concert by the band at your home, and/or receive an autographed instrument that was used in the production of the CD.  For more information, visit
Brad Curtis of Vancouver’s Some X Six Band tells me that The Hoodoo Shake CD was picked by The Blues Underground as "Most Unique and Original Album Of The Year 2012” for the Editor’s Choice Award – well done, lads.
Debby White, owner of 99 Matrix Records and sweetTmusic in Nashville, TN, reports that her roster artists Keith Youngster, with his “Superman” single, and Van Preston, with her single, “My Heart Craves Him”, will both be featured in upcoming issues of Europe's Maverick Magazine and will be featured in the Covermount CD, to be released in Europe, this month and next.
If you’re a blues music junkie who enjoys taking in the festival circuit year-round, the 7th annual Boquete Jazz and Blues Festival takes place in Boquete, Panama, from Feb. 28 to Mar. 3, 2013.  The line-up of performers hasn’t been finalized yet, but on the bill so far are Chicago’s Tail Dragger (a.k.a. James Yancy Jones) and Bob Corritore, Panamanian saxophonist Carlos Ubarte, The Randy Oxford Band, out of Seattle, WA, The Rigoberto Coba of David, Chiriqui, Boquete, and his 18-piece big band, California’s Ron Hacker & The Hacksaws, Venezuelan Jazz Diva Maria Rivas & Band, the Royal J’s from New Orleans, and, of course, the one and only Boquete Blues Band B3.

8) The Blue Voodoo (Outside Looking In) – “Working Man’s Blues” (3:21)
9) The Vegetarians (The Vegetarians) – “U Deserve It” (4:28)
10) Ben Racine Band (One of a Kind) – “Early Times” (3:51)
11) Murderjetz (Tacit) – “Origin” (2:39)
12) Mark Bragg (Your Kiss) – “Carl Ray” (3:23)


Programmed and hosted by Honey Girl

1) Layah Jane (Brightness & Bravery) – “Lay Your Head” (2:47)
2) Layah Jane (Brightness & Bravery) – “Steppin’ Out” (3:34)
3) Andrea Lake (Bender) – “Something for the Pain” (3:56)
4) Andrea Lake (Bender) – “N.Y.C. Addiction” (4:27)
5) Sophie Milman (Make Someone Happy) – “Rocket Love” (4:34)
6) Joni Mitchell (Dreamland) – “Furry Sings the Blues” (5:06)
7) Natalia and Montuno (Moving North) – “Bad Daddy” (3:37)
8) Treasa Levasseur (w/MonkeyJunk) (Broad) – “Much Too Much” (3:22)
9) Francine & Friends (What Goes Around Comes Around) 
 – “What Goes Around Comes Around” (3:37)
10) Suzie Vinnick (Toronto Blues Now) – “Save Me for Later” (3:26)
11) Sue Foley (Young Girl Blues) – “But I Forgive You” (2:47)
12) Alannah Myles (Black Velvet) – “Trouble” (5:12)
13) The Jesse Greene Band (The Jesse Greene Band) – “No More Rock ‘n’ Roll” (3:41)


Programmed and hosted by D.D. Rocker/Misty Blue 1955

Muddy Waters (Hard Again) – “Blues Had a Baby and They Named It Rock and Roll” (Intro Clip)

1) Will Fournier & Friends (Live at the Hattery) – “Ripples” (4:43)
2) Tyson Carma Band (f. Randy Bachman) [indie mp3] – “Can’t You See” (4:05)
3) Soul Stack (Big Red) – “In My Time of Dying” (3:32)
4) Mud Dog (SUN) – “Mississippi” (3:36)
5) Paul Reddick (Wishbone) – “Photograph” (3:09)
6) The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer (Checkered Past) – “Nothing to Lose” (3:09)
7) Guitar Mikey and the Real Thing (Out of the Box) – “It’s a Sin” (3:48)
8) The Nylons (Skin Tight) – “Like Young” (3:33)
9) Terry Blankley (Money Talks) – “La Rue de Skid” (3:06)
10) Trickbag (Trickbag) – “Moose Legs Boogie” (2:46)
11) Right to Asylum [indie mp3] – “Mt. Etna” (3:28)
12) Sister Hyde (Sister Hyde) – “Isolate” (3:03)
13) Sebastian Bach (Kicking and Screaming) – “Kicking and Screaming” (3:18)
14) Waterbodies (The Evil We Know) – “How to Burn Bridges” (2:22)