Archive for August, 2009

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First Settlement

August 29, 2009

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Just a little note about the beginning of our little city.
    Chatham is located in the southwestern corner of Ontario lying between Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair just off the 401 highway.

   Chatham area was first settled back in 1793 when Sir. John Graves Simcoe the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada designated that the area at the forks of the river (now known as the Thames River and McGregors Creek) as a military post and the first family bought a piece of land.
There were only a few people living here when they had the Civil War of 1812, but by the year of 1851, the town had increased to 2000 people, and incorporated as a village, and in the year 1855 Chatham became a town.

   The town was first built up along the south shore of the river and creek, and the roads were of mud and almost impassible in the spring and fall, and after 1855 King St. the business district was paved with cobblestone, brought in from Pelee Island on Lake Erie. In 1869 the cobblestone was replaced with wood and asphalt, which Chatham was one of the first in Canada, to have this kind of road surfacing.

Original Post: http://www.angelfire.com/ca5/picturesofmyfamily/Chatham.html

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Rene Brosseau Nominated by CCMA

August 28, 2009

Name: Rene Brosseau
Instrument: Pedal Steel and slide guitar
Year: 2008
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario

* Nomination: Nominated by ‘Canadian Country Music Awards’ for “Steel Guitarist of the Year” (2008)
* He was a member of local favourites “The Melody Ramblers” from 1979 to 1995)

Rene has worked with many tribute acts including: Garth Brooks,
Shania Twain, Reba, Tim, Faith, Cher, Buddy Holly,
Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Rod Stewart, ZZ Top,
and The Blues Brothers.

Has performed at such venues as: Casino Windsor,
Windsor Slots, Sudbury Slots, Point Edward Casino,
Hiawatha Raceway (Sarnia), Motor City Casino (Detroit), Western Tour (Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Victoria, Niagara Falls, Timmins), Massachussets Fesivals,
Quebec Festivals, Montreal’s McGill Molsen Statdium,
and The CNE in Toronto.

Rene has been in opening acts for: The Road Hammers,
The Stampeders, Thomas Wade & Wayward, Duane Steel, Michele Wright, Jason McCoy, Doc Walker, Diane Chase,
and Blue Rodeo.

In the summer of 2007 Rene worked with Montreal’s country/rock act Desert Heat, who’s songs have had a lot of airplay on Canadian country radio in the past 2 years. Gigs consisted of fairs & festivals in the Ottawa to Montreal area, from being opening acts for Amanda Wilkinson, George Canyon & The Road Hammers to being the main act.

Note from Rene: I enjoy various styles of music from classic rock, blues,
and pop, to traditional and modern country, and these
sounds can be heard in my style of playing.

Click on the video below to watch Rene in action.

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Visit the Rainman’s Website:
http://clients.teksavvy.com/~rainman/

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7th Reign – Fallen Empires

August 28, 2009

Artist: 7th Reign
Home: Chatham Kent /Sarnia
CD Release: Fallen Empires
Year: 2009
Style: Power metal.
Local connection. Marios Panayiotis is from (and lives) in Chatham Kent.

Band is:
Brian Soulard – Vocals
Marios Panayiotis – Guitar
Adrian Robichaud – Bass
Jared Tomlinson – Keyboards
Johnny Roberts – Drums

Another Great Canadian Power Metal Band with light progressive elements, Featuring: former Eidolon vocalist, Brian Soulard. If your a fan of Megadeth or Fates Warning or Eidolon, this band may be your thing.

   This is the bands 2nd release, the bands first “self titled” Release was very nicely received by metal reviewers around the world and received many high praises. This album is quite a step up from their last, so we envision it doing quite well.

   The band 7 th REIGN was formed in January 2005 by Marios Panayiotis and Brian Soulard. (ex- EIDOLON vocalist) They started off with one goal, to form the kind of band that they would want to hear and see live. They were not worried about current trends or past influences but instead concentrated on creating good music that would cross many themes and styles but was built on the best form of music……METAL!!

Songs
01 Servants of the Lost
02 Unbeliever
03 7th Reign
04 Fallen Empires
05 Betrayed
06 The Other Side
07 Deliverance
08 Requiem for the Dead

Click video below to hear a few guitar solos from Marios on this record.

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Preview or buy the music here:

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/SeventhReign
http://www.7threign.com/

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Aaron Allen 2006

August 28, 2009

 

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Artist: Aaron Allen
Release: Self Titled
Year: 2006
Home: Chatham Kent
Resides: London Area

Aaron Allen, born August 1, 1981 in Chatham, Ontario, is a Canadian alt-country/blues/acoustic/rock singer-songwriter. Driven by influences such as Neil Young, Ryan Adams and Bob Dylan, Aaron’s approach to writing music starts from the power of his lyrics which are sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes straight up rock and roll but always true to his heart and honest. Aaron believes in making music that is timeless and continues to carve out his place in the music industry to ensure a long career in doing what he loves.
Tracks
1.White Lights
2.Why Try
3.A Girl
4.Saturday
5.I’m Gonna Miss Her
6.Time
7.Worth It
8.All I Need
9.She Walks
10.In the Morning
11.Hard Life

 

Links
http://aaronallenmusic.com/
http://www.myspace.com/aaronallenmusic

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Aaron Allen – A Place Called Hell 2009

August 27, 2009

Artist: Aaron Allen
Release: A Place Called Hell
Year: 2009
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario
Resides: London Area

Tracks:
1.No One Knows  2.A Place Called Hell  3.Anyone  4.Backbone  5.New Blues  6.Nashville  7.Moving On  8.Oh My Lord  9.Run  10.A Song For Her  11.Black Eye  12.I Woke Up Today  13.Woman So Fine  14.A Light’s Always On  15.You and Me

About:
Aaron Allen, born August 1, 1981 in Chatham, Ontario, is a Canadian alt-country/blues/acoustic/rock singer-songwriter. Driven by influences such as Neil Young, Ryan Adams and Bob Dylan, Aaron’s approach to writing music starts from the power of his lyrics which are sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes straight up rock and roll but always true to his heart and honest. Aaron believes in making music that is timeless and continues to carve out his place in the music industry to ensure a long career in doing what he loves.

Aaron’s greatly anticipated, third album entitled A Place Called Hell is now available. He will be touring solo in the spring/summer of 2009 . Although the Small City Saints (tSCS), featured in Aaron’s sophomore, self titled album, will not be by his side for this tour, his family and friends, which made up tSCS are still very much involved with the recording process, which had always been very important to Aaron. Throughout his albums Aaron’s brother Myles has held it down on the drums, his wife Aimee sang complimentary harmonies as well as piano, organ and bass guitar and engineer Andy Magoffin lent his skillful ear and many musical talents, including trumpet, bass, guitar and drums.

Aaron also continues to write for the Canadian late night talk show J.R. Diggs Man with a Van including writing the opening theme song Man with a Van and many other sketch songs and music bits. Dedicating an entire episode to Aaron, he got to showcase a live version of his rockabilly/blues song Moving On from his upcoming album as well as his first television interview.

Aaron’s album Aaron Allen & the Small City Saints landed a spot on CHRW’s Top 100 Albums of 2008 and received a nomination for CHRW’s Local Indie Album of the Year in 2008. His music continues to gain airplay on radio stations across Canada and has charted in cities Guelph, London, Quebec, Windsor and Calgary.

Hopes for his third album are to hit a higher level by signing to an appropriate label, making music videos and extending his tour to the United States. Aaron will always strive to continually build a strong foundation through his fans and hard work and to grow as a songwriter and musician.

 
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Links:
http://aaronallenmusic.com/
http://www.myspace.com/aaronallenmusic

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Julie Ross 2009

August 27, 2009

Artist: Julie Ross
Singer, Guitarist, and Song Writer
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario
Year: 2009

   You can see her live hosting ‘Open Mic Night’ every Tuesday at the Elephant’s Nest on King Street in Chatham. The instruments are supplied
 She is also performing at Big Shots with Linz every Friday through the summer.

Discography
A day in the life – 2004
Julie Ross Band – 2004
Middle Ground – 1999

CD’S Julie appears on
* Steve Shearer & The Erie Ramblers
* Ray Whaling  – Party Train
* Dave Lockbaum – David’s Ashes
* Mitch Robinson – Brother With A Record
* Sarah Hiltz -  The People Of Chatham Kent
* Mike Hazael – Unauthorized

Visit her below.
http://www.myspace.com/julesross
www.julieross.ca

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ROBIN BANKS – Live After Dark (2002)

August 26, 2009
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Band: ROBIN BANKS
Release: Live After Dark
Year: 2002
Genre: Blues: Electric Blues

Home: Chatham Kent Ontario
Resides: Texas U.S.A.

Notes: ROBIN BANK$ is one of the country’s most exciting and hardest working female Blues entertainers! Award winning and internationally renowned, this songstress has 3 CD’s to her credit and performs some 240 nights each year throguhout Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and the U.S.!

Tracks
Rompin’ After Dark 3:35 
My Daily Wish 7:56  
Rock This House 7:34 
I’m Walkin’ 5:08  
Built For Comfort 6:48   
The Whiskey Song 5:10 
Aint Nobody’s Business 6:01 
Hey Little Boy 4:52
Blue Bird 7:38  
Work It Out 5:11  
Whole Lotta Love

Preview or buy the CD here: CD Baby
More Links: http://www.myspace.com/missrobinbanks

 

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ROBIN BANKS – Honestly (2001)

August 26, 2009

Artist: ROBIN BANKS
CD Release: Honestly
Genre: Blues, Chicago Style
Year: 2001
Home Town: Chatham Kent Ontario
Resides: Texas

Tracks:
01 Don’t Ya Love Me Like That?
02 The Whiskey Song
03 Thinkin’ ‘Bout You
04 Work It Out
05 I’m In Love With Another Man
06 I Need A Lovin’ Man
07 Honestly
08 None ‘A Nothin’
09 My Kinda Lover
10 Hold On To My Baby Tonight
11 I’d Be Everything To You
12 Evil Things
13 Thunder And Lightnin’
14 I Say A Little Prayer

Note: ROBIN BANK$ is a blues singer/songwriter whose bittersweet voice and sassy, sultry performances have captivated audiences since the early 90s. Having been raised a mere 50 miles from Detroit, she instantly fell in love with Soul and Motown music. She studied jazz in college and in 1992 she formed The ROBIN BANK$ Blues Band and has since performed at clubs and festivals throughout much of the U.S. and Canada.

   Classic Electric Chicago/Texas Blues performed by the sultry and captivating Miss ROBIN BANK$. 14 new songs written, arranged and produced by ROBIN BANK$ featuring famed Blues recording artist “Sweet” Sam Myers, Hash Brown, Pat Boyack, Holland K. Smith, Randy McAllister and many more!

 
Buy or preview the album here:
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/robinbanks
http://www.amazon.com/Honestly-Robin-Banks/dp/B00006LIN0
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Robin Banks 2009

August 26, 2009

Artist: Robin Banks
Release: Christian Dozzler and Robin Banks
Title: Livin’ Life
Year: 2009

Resides: International
Home Town: Chatham Kent Ontario

Track List
1.COCKTAIL OR BEER                                     
2.LIVIN’ LIFE                                                      
3.WALKING                                                        
4.ROXANNE                                                        
5.SISTER                                                               
6.INTO THE LIGHT                                              
7.NO MORE                                                          
8.OUT OF THE BLUE                                           
9.LAST TIME I SAW TEXAS                               
10.IF YOU WANNA BE MY GAL                         
11.EVERYBODY LET’S DANCE                           
12.FOR PETE’S SAKE                                            
13.I JUST WANT MY LEGS AROUND YOU       
14.STORY OF THE BLUES         
                         
(songs  3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 written by Christian Dozzler, AKM
songs 1, 2, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 written by Robin Banks, SOCAN)
ROBIN BANK$ – vocals  on 1, 2, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13

Discography
Honestly
Live After Dark
Permanent Record


  ROBIN BANK$ IS A FEARLESS WOMAN OF MUSIC who abandoned the comforts of Canadian life to follow her artistic path. In 1999, after a brief flirtation with success in the Canadian, Detroit and Chicago Blues scenes.

   ROBIN BANK$ took a leap of faith and moved her career to Dallas Texas. There, she immersed herself in the rich Texas Blues tradition and was mentored by those artists who had initially inspired her, including the late “Sweet” Sam Myers, W.C. Handy Award winning Mississippi/Chicago Blues Artiste. Her close friend and teacher, Sam Myers, recorded 5 songs with ROBIN BANK$ on her internationally acclaimed and self produced, all original CD titled “Honestly”. She recorded a second CD while in Texas called “Live After Dark”. Miss Banks performed some 240 nights per year in and around Texas with the nation’s top Blues musicians including Fabulous Thunderbirds guitarists Johnny Moeller, Nick Curran and Kid Ramos, just to name a few.

   The South loved her as she toured throughout Texas, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Tennessee. In 2003 ROBIN BANK$ took her brand of Texas and Chicago style Blues to Europe where she performed throughout Belgium and Holland to music fans who appreciated her sound, style, sincerity, authenticity and dedication to this great African American art form. After the death of her mother in 2005, ROBIN BANK$ made another bold move and brought her career to the Caribbean island of Jamaica. She blended her seasoned collection of industry skills with the powerful music culture that exists in Jamaica and quickly became known as the “thee Blues singer in Jamaica” performing with legends like Earl “Chinna” Smith, former guitarist with Bob Marley and the Wailers. She took on the title of Jazz Band leader and Cabaret Singer and added Classic Soul, R&B and Reggae to her repertoire. She also developed and mentored young artists coming up through the Edna Manley College of the Performing Arts, teaching young singers about the magical vocal traditions of Blues and Jazz. The roots. She remained prolific touring, writing, recording and of course performing at some of the islands finest Resorts, Hotels and Festivals as well as the celebrated Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival in 2007. In 2008 she sang at the Jamaica Pegasus in Kingston for the Prime Minister of Jamaica, the honourable Bruce Golding. The Jamaican press loved her bold and sassy stage persona! “A real entertainer…” An accomplished and internationally renowned vocalist, band leader, songwriter and record producer with close to three decades of performance experience under her belt.

    Miss Banks began her career and her love affair with Jazz and Blues as a Jazz Vocal student at Humber College in Toronto in 1981. By 1992 she organized the debut incarnation of The ROBIN BANK$ Blues Band who won the Toronto Blues Society’s New Blues Talent Search in 1996. She went on to represent the Toronto Blues Society and compete at the International Blues Talent Competition in Memphis Tennessee. She would soon release her debut CD titled “Permanent Record”. In 1997 ROBIN BANK$ won the Stony Plain New Artist of the Year Award at the Toronto Blues Society’s Maple Blues Awards and in 1998 she was nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year at the Maple Blues Awards. ROBIN BANK$ also performed at the 10th Annual Women’s Blues Revue in Toronto as well as multiple appearances at the Harbourfront Jazz and Blues Festival, DuMaurier Jazz Festival, Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival, Dallas Blues Festival TX, Blind Lemon Jefferson Festival TX, Bluestock Festival TN, Tyler Blues Festival TX plus others, too many to mention. “Banks has independently built a career deeply rooted in the Blues and Jazz traditions” “ A powerhouse vocalist with awesome stage presence” “Banks is the real deal”

Below Video: 6-25-09 Robin swings in to Dallas

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 Visit her here: http://www.myspace.com/missrobinbanks

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Mount Zion (1990)

August 25, 2009
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Band: Mount Zion
Circa:  1990-1991
Home: Chatham Ontario
Style: Rock

Members (Left to right)
Dwane Stephens – Bass
Hewey Lavoy – Guitar
Terry Allen – Drums
Mike Houle – Vocals

  Hewey Lavoy (Lavoy may not be spelled right) went back to Quebec. The thing about Hewey was his huge pedal board with probably 20 individual pedals on it and a million cords. The band was full of solid players who would later move on to lend their talents in other bands performing on the live scene.

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The Night Crew 1971

August 24, 2009
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Band: The Night Crew
Year: Circa 1971
Home: Chatham, All over Ontario
Style: Hits of the time.

Members: (Clockwise L-R)
Dan Beaulieu – Guitar, Vocals
Christine P.
Marcel -
Wally (Walter) -

Notes: A band put together for touring Quebec and Ontario.
Dan Beaulieu eventually left the band  to make Chatham his home. There were plenty of good jobs (factory) to be found  in Chatham in the early 70’s. . The band changed its name to ‘The DanWallmur Trio’. The band broke up in Hamilton in Feb-March 1972.  Members were Dan, Walter, and Merle.

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The Night Crew (1970)

August 24, 2009
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Band: The Night Crew
Year: Circa 1970
Home: Chatham, Kapuskasing, and Hamilton Ontario
Style: Hits of the time.

Members: Clockwise (L-R)
Walter – Bass, Accordion
 Mike Denkers– Drums, Vocals
Dan Beaulieu – Guitar, Vocals
Notes: A band put together for touring Quebec and Ontario.

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The Melody Ramblers Celebrate 40 Years Of Music

August 24, 2009

Band: Melody Ramblers
Home Chatham Kent Ontario Canada
Year: 1993
Year Formed: 1953
Style: Country Music

Current Line-Up
Rene Brosseau – Steel Guitar, Vocals
Dan St. Pierre – Lead Guitar
Larry St. Pierre – Drums
‘Gene’ Eugene Beaulieu – Bass, Vocals
Wendy Jenkins – Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Mark Buckwheat – Vocals, Rhythm Guitar

  Who would have thought when Sherley St. Pierre and his wife Theresa formed a small country music band “The Melody Ramblers” in 1953, they started a country music tradition. Even though country music styles have changed over the years, the name “Melody Ramblers” has remained and still lives on after 40 years.
           Read the full story in the picture above………

Demo Kid note 2009: I heard much about this band growing up and it was nice to know that my uncle was in this band juring their 40th year celebration. Since then, I have been lucky to meet, play and record with members from this band recently. Growing up as a punk and metal kid, I would never be into this band musically, but as I grow up and appreciate music for music, I realize that this was one band that set the standards for the best around. A band with a local legend respected by generations.

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Wild Country (1980)

August 24, 2009
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Band: Wild Country
Year: Circa 1980
Home: Chatham Kent
Style: Country

Members (L-R)
Dan Beaulieu – Guitar, Vocals
Eugene Beaulieu – Bass
Mark – Drums

They were the house band at the Recess in Tilbury for a little while.

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Melody Ramblers (1981)

August 23, 2009

Band: Melody Ramblers
Year: 1981
Home: Chatham Kent Area
Style: Top 40 Country

Members (L-R)
Wendy Jenkins – Vocal
Dan St. Pierre – Guitar
Rene Brousseau – Bass
Larry St.Pierre – Drums
Brad Preston – Guitar, Vocals

Note: Wendy Jenkins joins the band to replace Michelle Wright. During the early eighties Charlie St. Denis would often join them on fiddle
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Melody Ramblers (1983)

August 23, 2009
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Band: Melody Ramblers
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario Area.
Year: 1983
Style: Top 40 country

Members (L-R)
Larry St. Pierre – Drums
Rene Brousseau – Pedal Steel
Weny Jenkins – Vocal
Brad Preston – Guitar, Vocals
Richard St.Denis – Bass
Dan St.Pierre – Guitar

Notes: Richard St. Denis joins the band on bass and Rene switches from bass to  pedal steel.
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Melody Ramblers (1980)

August 23, 2009
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Band: Melody Ramblers
Home: Chatham Kent Area
Year: 1980

Members (L-R)
Dan St.Pierre – Guitar
Larry St.Pierre – Drums
Brad Preston – Guitars – Vocals
Rene Brousseau – Bass

Notes: Michelle Wright just left the band to go on the road. The Melody Ramblers were one of the best, if not the best local band to see live. They had the sound, harmonies and the right song selection that made them a very popular band.

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The Western Swing Authority (2009)

August 23, 2009

Band: Western Swing Authority (The)
Year: 2009
Home: Ontario, Canada
Chatham Kent Connection : Drummer Charles St. Denis
Style: Western Swing

Note: Charles has played in many bands. In his early days of drumming, he played in M.C.M. and Company with Cassandra Vassik.

  In the classic style of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys and inspired by great bands like The Time Jumpers and Asleep at the Wheel…. The Western Swing Authority is a collaboration of studio and touring musicians who share a common love for western swing and have taken it upon themselves to create an opportunity to play it..

Band Members:
Shane Guse – Fiddle
Stacey Lee – Vocal
Paul Chapman – Guitar
Dan Howlett – Fiddle
Pee Wee Charles – Steel Guitar
Matt Lima – Bass
Charlie St. Denis – Drums

Since April 14th, the WSA plays every other Tuesday night from 8:30-11:00pm at the Commercial Tavern in Maryhill ON. Come out and hear some great music and have a great time. It’ll be the best five bucks you can spend on a Tuesday night!!

 

Their Website.

 

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A Step Further Into The Blues

August 22, 2009
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Band: A Step Further Into The Blues
Circa: 1994
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario Canada

Members (L-R)
Jacek Marzalek – Bass, Vocals
Jeff Mifflin – Guitar, Vocals
Ray Whaling – Guitar, Vocals
Brent Delyzer – Drums

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Presto, The Rush Tribute Band (1994)

August 22, 2009
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Band: Presto
Circa: 1994
Style: Rush Tribute Band
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario

Members: (L-R)
Andy Vangaelen – Guitar
Ron McLaughlin – Bass, Keyboards, Vocal
Barry Coleman – Drums

Notes: The legendary Aberdeen hotel in Chatham is where this went down in true rock and roll fashion. I was in a band with drummer Barry’s brother in 1990, and I enjoyed going to hang out at his house. In the basement was where his drums were set up. Barry would come down and play the drums by himself for an hour as we watched him work his magic. Allot of talent in this band and it was always a good time to see them play live at the Ab.

If any info/spelling of names are incorrect, feel free to leave a reply below.

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Pitts Family (Circa 1978)

August 22, 2009
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Band: Pitts Family
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario Canada
Circa: 1978

Members: (L-R)
Norman Pitts – Guitar, Vocals
? Pitts - Keyboards
Danielle Pitts – Drums
? Pitts - Bass

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Manpower (1984)

August 22, 2009
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Band: Manpower
Year: 1984
Genre: Danceable top 40 songs.
Formed: 1983
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario

Members:
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Rick Chrysler – Drums
(Rick) Richard Rankin – Guitar, Vocals
(Bottom L-R)
Tom Starks – Keyboards
Mark Wood – Bass, Keyboards, Vocals

Note: Starks and Rankin are formerly from ‘The Force’. Chrysler and Wood joined from their previous band ‘Hat Trick’.

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Manpower (1985)

August 22, 2009
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Band: Manpower
Year: 1985
Formed: 1983
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario

Members:
(Top L-R)
Rick Chrysler – Drums
Tom Starks – Keyboards
(Bottom L-R)
Mike Crone – Bass, Vocals
(Rick) Richard Rankin – Guitar, Vocals

Notes: Mike Crone becomes the new bass player. They play all the hits of the day and classic rock.

 

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Deborah Laurie and the Marble Heart Station Band

August 22, 2009


Band
: Deborah Laurie and the Marble Heart Station Band
Year: Circa 1982
Home: Chatham Kent Area

Members:
Deborah Laurie – Vocals
Tony Bandoni – Guitar
Frank – Drums
Dave Jeffrey – Bass and Vocals.

Update: This 2009 era video below,  shows us the natural and great guitar playing of Tony. The Twang Bastards covering a very cool Hellecasters instrumental.

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The Jubilaires Reunion in 2007

August 22, 2009

Band: The Jubilaires
Year: 2007
Home: Chatham Kent Area

Members:
Oscar Demers – Pedal Steel, Guitar
Ray Trahan – Drums
Ray Myers – Rhythm guitar, Vocal
Roland Myers – Bass, Vocal
Roland Lozon – Lead guitar, Fiddle

The group has a long and rich history in this community. The Jubilaires disbanded years ago with a new formation coming as the Jubilaires II. These pictures are from the induction of Oscar Demers into the Grande Pointe “Hall Of Fame” in 2007.

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Highwaze (1986)

August 22, 2009
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Band: Highwaze
Circa: 1986

Band Members
(Top) Brent Hunter – Bass, Vocals
(B Left) Dave Holland – Guitar, Vocals
(B Right) Rick Chrysler – Drums

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Crossfire (2004)

August 22, 2009
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Band: Crossfire
Year: 2004
Home: Chatham Kent Area

Members: (from L-R):
Joseph Benoit
Greg Sharpe
Gab Gagnon
Ray Trahan
Gail Trahan
Denise Benoit.

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Crossfire (1997)

August 21, 2009
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Band: Crossfire
Year: 1997
Home: Chatham Kent Area

Members
Back Row L-R
Greg Sharpe – Bass, Vocal
J.P. Marchand – Guitar, Vocal
Brian Curtis – Guitar, Vocal

Front Row L-R
Joseph Benoit - Keyboard, Vocal
Denice Benoit – Keyboard, Vocal
Gail Trahan – Vocal
Ray Trahan – drums

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Dan Knight and FrontLine (1987)

August 21, 2009
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Band: Dan Knight and FrontLine
Year: Circa 1987
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario

Members (L-R)
Don Cook – Guitars, Vocal
Sandy Moon – Drums, Vocals
Dan Knight – Bass, Vocals
Pat Garrod - Lighting Tech
Mike Delgety- Guitar

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Shaune Ann (2009)

August 20, 2009

Artist: Shaune Ann
CD Release: Does Anybody Really Care?”
Born: Chatham Kent Ontario Canada.
Year: 2009

Tracks
1. Warm Mix 2. Acoustic Mix 3. Radio Mix

Credits:
Written by: Shaune Ann Feuz
Vocals by: Shaune Ann
Produced and Arranged by: Tim Kobza
Drum Programmimg : Eric Valentine
Bass: J.V. Collier
Guitar: Tim Kobza
Keys/Organ: Brandon Coleman
Background Vocals: Denaime Jones
Photo by: Joshua Roy

Note:
   A musical journey that began 20 years ago and influenced by such divas as Ella Fitzgerald and Barbra Streisand, Shaune Ann Feuz knew her destiny belonged in music. She is a dynamic singer and performer with a voice that is powerful, sultry and velvety smooth. Shaune Ann’s unique blend of music unites the sounds of Contemporary/Pop with the cool undertones of Jazz. She developed her passion for Jazz while at Humber College in Toronto and has spent the past five years developing new material in anticipation of new album release due out later this year.
 
   Since moving to explore life outside of Canada in 1997, Shaune Ann has continued to expand her portfolio of original material by recording new songs and performing across the USA, Canada and internationally. She has performed in a myriad of languages including Ancient Egyptian, Hebrew, Italian, French, German, Spanish and English.

Success & Accolades

•”Let’s Talk About Love” written and performed for TV Movie called “Z3″ (Disney Channel) with Phil Marshall (Aired June 2004)
•”A Whole New Me” written with Phil Marshall and performed by Julie Regans for movie called ‘Revenge of the Middle Aged Woman” for CBS; achieved #1 in ratings for movie of the week on CBS for 2004.
•”Love Changes Everything” is an original song written & performed by Shaune Ann and featured in the ABC Family Network Movie-Of-The-Week special “I Want To Marry Ryan Banks” in January 2004.
•Contributed vocals to the Dreamworks Animated feature film “Sinbad” featuring the voices of Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones &Michelle Pheifer (Released July 2003)
•Finalist for the KLAC 570 AM “Fabulous Finds” 2003 Jazz Contest
•In 2002, provided background vocals for Enya’s performance on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show

•Performed the closing theme song for the final episode of Survivor II – The Outback
•2002 Re-release of her ballad “Come Morning” received regular airplay on the WAVE 94.7 FM and various other smooth Jazz stations in Canada.
•Ceasar’s Palace – July 4th, 2002 Weekend Celebration in Las Vegas, featured Big Band/Jazz singer.
•Semi-finalist in the 2001 USA Songwriters Competition for her original song “I Can’t Carry You”, she was invited to perform in a showcase in February 2002.
•In 2001, toured with Peter Fonda and Branscombe Richmond (Renegade) in Tahiti and Campo Grande, Brazil as a lead vocalist for the World Motor Cycle Tour representing Indian Motor Cycles.
•Winner of the 2000 Millennium Talent Search, a pilot TV show for USA Network.
•Finalist in the 1999 Lilith Fair Competition to tour with Sarah McLaughlin, sponsored by Star 98.7 FM, chosen for the Top 20 finalists out of 3,000 applicant submissions.

Visit her here: http://www.shauneann.com

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Shawn Daudlin CD (2009)

August 20, 2009
Artist: Shawn Daudlin
Release: Running On Empty
Year: 2009
Type: Pop
Born: Chatham Kent Ontario Canada
Resides: Toronto area.

Band:
Vocals: Shawn Daudlin
Keyboards: Alan Poaps
Guitar: Kim Ratcliffe, Dave Gray
Bass: Steve Lucas,
Drums: Al Cross

Tracks:
 01 Running On Empty
 02.  My Heart Beats For You
 03.  My Reflection In Your Eyes
 04.  Call On Me
 05.  Won’t Be Coming Back For More
 06.  The Ghost Of You
 07.  When All Is Said And Done (feat. Michele McErlean)
 08.  Just After Midnight
 09.  Good For You
 10.  Another One Of Your Goodbyes
 11.  One Day
 12.  My Heart Can’t Tell You No
 13.  Too High To Climb (feat. Toni Anderson)

Note from Shawn:
Finally, my sophomore cd is released and boy, have I learned a lot.  Alan Poaps and I put a good deal of energy into the writing and producing of these songs.  This collection easily spans the last eight years of my life.  The ups and downs.  There were moments during this process that I truly felt like I was ‘Running On Empty’.  Still present are the high energy pop songs you’d expect to find from a Shawn Daudlin recording.  What’s new, I feel, is the heart put into some of the more serious ballads.  The overall theme is still the highs and lows of love.  Someone once said that you write what you know.  I’m not sure anyone really truly knows about love, but God do I try.  ‘Running On Empty’ has something for the youthful listener and for the more mature music lover.  There are hints of  Motown, an old school sound.  To me…this is still Great Music.  I hope the listener thinks so to.

Demo Kid Note: I spent allot of time at Shawn’s house when I was a little kid since my father was in a band with his dad at the time. I don’t remember much from age 4-7, but I do know that watching them practice was my first time seeing a band. I remember clearly how vibrant his father was. He owned the room. He is a character like no other I have ever met in my life. I just found out today about Shawn’s music career and that I knew his dad. Very cool. Because of this, it does not surprise me one bit that Shawn has a passion for music and entertaining. He was born with it. Cheers Shawn.

 
Preview or buy the CD here:
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/daudlin3
http://www.myspace.com/shawndaudlin
http://www.shawndaudlin.com/
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Shawn Daudlin – Radio Release CD (2007)

August 20, 2009
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Artist: Shawn Daudlin
Release: Radio Release
Year: 2007
Type: Pop

Born: Chatham Kent Ontario Canada
Resides: Toronto area.

Tracks:
01. My Reflection In Your Eyes
02. Too High To Climb (feat. Toni Anderson)

 

Album Notes:

Apmar Music is excited to announce that two new songs are now available with the release of Shawn Daudlin’s promotional CD. Shawn’s upcoming full-length CD, which will include the two singles, will be released within the next few months.

The promotional release showcases two new tracks. ‘My Reflection in Your Eyes’ is a beautiful, acoustic driven ballad. Shawn sings about the loss of love and as we all know, love never leaves quickly, but like an unwelcome dinner guest, takes its time exiting. ‘My Reflection in Your Eyes’ recently received a honorable mention from the Billboard Songwriting Contest.

With tongue firmly held in cheek, Shawn and soul singer Toni Anderson proudly wave the break-up flag with ‘Too High To Climb’. This retro disco tune laughs in the face of a love that lasts forever. After all, some mountains are just too high to climb!

You can’t help but smile when you listen to the music of Shawn Daudlin. He is an artist whose musical influence draws upon the very roots of what music is today. From the first note sung, it is apparent that Shawn is a singer who loves what he does and has a distinct appreciation for music.

Together with Producer/Songwriter Alan Poaps (Apmar Music), Shawn has collaborated on many recording projects, writing lyrics and melodies to compliment the arrangements written by Alan. Some of Toronto’s finest players have worked with this duo. Talented musicians, who have toured with the likes of Bruce Cockburn, Holly Cole and Big Sugar, provide the riffs and grooves.

Shawn’s self-titled, debut recording, received regular airplay on radio in Germany, Denmark and Southwestern Ontario. Extensive internet promotion through radio and Pop Music fan sites have helped to create awareness of Shawn’s music and broaden his audience base.
Preview or buy the CD here:
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/daudlin2
http://www.shawndaudlin.com/
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Shawn Daudlin – S.T CD (2000)

August 20, 2009
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Artist: Shawn Daudlin
Release: Self Titled
Year: 2000
Type: Pop
Debut Full CD Release
Born: Chatham Kent Ontario Canada
Resides: Toronto area.

Tracks:
01. Don’t Let Go   02. Reachin’ Out For Love   03. One Way Ticket   04. Love Gone Wrong   05. Like an Angel   06. Borderline to Goodbye   07. Two Fools   08. Lost in Your Love   09. Cotcha Lookin’   10. Welcome to My Heart   11. When You Were Mine

Bio
  You can’t help but smile when you listen to the music of Shawn Daudlin. He is an artist whose musical influence spans decades. From the first note sung, it is apparent that Shawn is a singer who loves what he does and has a distinct appreciation for Pop music.

  Shawn was born in Chatham, Ontario. Having a musician/songwriter for a father, who was popular locally, Shawn grew up not only listening to but singing along with all styles of music. At a very early age he captured the attention of his Elementary School Music Teacher. Before long he was asked to sing a solo in the Christmas concert and became an active member in the school choir. Many changes marked Shawn’s early teenage years. His family relocated to the small town of Tilbury, Ontario and at 15, he was plunged into the “High School” experience. Frustrated by the fact that his new school had cancelled the music program the previous year, Shawn enrolled in Theatre Arts. Having had some acting experience in Community Theatre, he embraced this new found passion. His teacher, Lynn Fisher, worked with him extensively to improve his craft. Shawn’s hard work paid off with lead roles in many of the plays performed at his high school and eventually to winning an Outstanding Performance award in the Sears Drama Festival.

  Except for a few guest spots with his father’s band, Shawn’s singing would take a back seat. His love for acting was undisputed and brought him to the Music Theatre Program at Sheridan College in Oakville. Everyday for the next three years, Shawn acted, danced and sang in Music Theatre productions. It was during his college years that Shawn finally decided what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. Shawn wanted to be a Recording Artist. He wanted to SING! To do this successfully, he needed to retrace his steps and revisit his Pop roots.Together with Producer/Songwriter Alan Poaps, Shawn began to plan his first recording. His only writing experience being English class poetry and the odd short story, Shawn was hesitant to put the pen to paper and start writing himself songs. Convinced that if he didn’t do it nobody else would, Shawn began to write lyrics and melodies to compliment the arrangements written by Alan Poaps. This collaboration took off like wild fire! Two years and fifty songs later, Shawn and Alan had easily enough material for three CDs. One hurtle down, but there were many more to go. Not only did they have to decide which songs they were going to use to introduce themselves, they also had to consider the many expenses they were going to incur recording them.

  Temporarily putting the project on hold, Shawn and Alan took several jobs producing tracks for corporate functions, as well as creating three R&B shows for Ontario Place. The money earned from these enabled them to build their own 24 track digital recording studio, APMAR Music. The recording began. Alan was able to hire some of the best musicians in Toronto for the sessions. Talented players who have worked and toured with the likes of Bruce Cockburn, Holly Cole and Big Sugar, provided the riffs and grooves. Eager to see the release of his first recording, Shawn sang his heart out, worked diligently and waited….sometimes not so patiently. Not one to sit around and do nothing, Shawn also created the concept and design for the packaging. A team of many talents, Shawn and Alan kept their hands in all of the pots and are very proud of the end result. Shawn’s self-titled debut recording, is simply a dream realized. Joyous Pop music, often commenting on the various degrees of love and two powerful ballads, one incredibly spiritual and the other a sublime testimonial. These songs illustrate the many facets of Shawn’s voice. As his father would say, “THIS IS GOOD MUSIC!”

Preview or buy the CD below:
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/daudlin ,
http://www.cduniverse.com/search/xx/music/pid/7191197/a/Shawn+Daudlin.htm

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Dwane Stephens – Starts his own Bass Company. (2009)

August 17, 2009

Name: Dwane Stephens
Year: 2009
Home Town: Chatham Ontario Canada
Resides: Alberta Canada
Current Band: Ikons (Kiss Tribute Band)

   Dwane has left town years ago but is still a vibrant person in the music scene. He is currently playing ‘Gene Simmons’ in the Alberta based Kiss Tribute Band ‘Ikons’ but began playing here in Chatham in the legendary Aberdeen days. It was good to catch up with him by phone. Those of you who know him, here is what is up.

Dwane also builds his own bass guitars for his own company.

   Ward Bass began in 2005. After 20 years of involvement in music and playing numerous types and brands of basses, Dwane decided to design and build a custom bass on his own. After building his first bass, he decided to further his knowledge by taking a lutherie course with master builder Joe Kovacic of Lado Guitars in Lindsay Ontario.

   Now Dwane has designed and made numerous basses and guitars and offers a number of bass models as well as custom orders, based on customer specifications. All Ward basses come standard with EMG active or passive pickups, Aguilar preamps are available. Hardware and accessory options are endless on custom orders.

  Now located in Strathmore Alberta, Ward Bass has opened a new workshop ready to support local and international musicians.

The early days.
Some of the bands he has played for around Chatham include:
Mount Zion, Electric Voodoo, Robin Banks Band, Fat Doug and the Sinners, and Adam Minor of Sarnia.
He also played in a Pink Floyd tribute band and produced his own work under the name Carpedium.

 http://www.wardbass.com/

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NASHVILLE STORM & FORTY BELOW (2009)

August 6, 2009
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NASHVILLE STORM & FORTY BELOW
Type: Cover band
Home: Chatham Kent
Year: 2009

   Nashville Storm & Forty Below, performing a mix of new and old country, 50′s & 60′s music and classic rock.

Members:
Lead vocals / acoustic: Paul Larocque/Nashville Storm.
Lead Guitar/vocals: Chris Bird
Drums/vocals: Adam Danielski
Bass/vocals: Tammy Jones

Notes: Tammy has played with many different talents, such as Mark Lindsey, Rene’ Comeau, Tim Dee, Ken Ramsden, Frank Yankovitch, Greg Mankiss,Dale Revard,Chris Bird and Chuck Fitzgerald to name a few along with many known great drummers.
   Some of the bands she played with were Shenendoah,at the age of 18 which was her Mothers band, Kanyon, The Continentals, Marquis, Crooked River Band, Tempist, No Conditions,JRB TRIO,Slip n Out, 40 Below, and XSTATIC!!!
Catch them here:
http://www.myspace.com/nashvillestorm ,
http://www.nashvillestormnet.com/ ,

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Toast And Jam (2009)

August 4, 2009
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Band: Toast And Jam
Style: Duo / Cover Band.
Year: 2009  

   Mike and Mark (Toast And Jam) have been busy playing heavily in 2009 around Chatham, Windsor, and Port Stanley.

   Covers include the Beatles, C.C.R., Bryan Adams, Barenaked Ladies, Eagles and so much more. Pretty much everything you would want or expect to hear at a pub just off a beach area. Good times.

 Their link: http://www.toastandjam.ca/

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