Archive for December, 2009

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Dan Noordermeer 2008

December 14, 2009

Artist: Jeff Healey
Release: Mess of Blues
Year: 2008
Genre: Blues Rock
Chatham ConnectionGuitarist Dan Noordermeer is from Chatham.

May 2009: Jeff Healey’s “Mess of Blues” wins Rock Blues Album Of The Year at the 30th Annual Blues Awards in Memphis, TN THE BLUES FOUNDATION.

2009 JUNO AWARDS : “Mess of Blues” Nominated for “Blues Album Of The Year”

The band continues to perform and keeping Jeff’s music alive at festivals throughout the world.
Touring worldwide with Jeff Healey since 2002 Dave Murphy, Dan Nordermeer, Alec Fraser, & Al Webster recorded his final album in London England & Toronto Canada entitled “Mess of Blues”.

Tracks:
01. I’m Torn Down,  02. How Blue Can You Get  03. Sugar Sweet  04. Jambalaya  05. The Weight  06. Mess O’ Blues  07. It’s Only Money  08. Like A Hurricane  09. Sittin’ On Top Of The World 10. Shake, Ratte And Roll

About Dan: Guitarist extraordinaire Dan Noordermeer has also been performing in the “Dave Murphy Band” for almost a decade, and continues to dazzle audiences with his formidable talents. Originally from Chatham, Dan now resides in Hamilton. Dan is known for his Samson-like mane of hair and his wicked sense of humour. Unlikely as it seems, Dan was a full time country musician for many years before joining the band. But for those familiar with his playing it’s no surprise, since he has an uncanny ability to play every style of music with incredible authenticity, passion and virtuosity. www.davemurphyband.com

Notes: Mess of Blues contains ten cuts, all of them chosen by Healey from what he considered “audience favorites,” rather than his own or his fine band’s preferred tunes. Four of these were recorded in front of audiences at the Islington Academy in London and, appropriately enough, at Healey’s Roadhouse (his club) in Toronto. The other six were cut at Studio 92 in Canada by Norm Barker and Richard Uglow.

 

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Bob on Steel Guitar 1979

December 13, 2009

Anne Murray Album

Artist: Anne Murray
Release: New Kind of Feeling
Year: 1979
Genre: Country
Chatham ConnectionBob Lucier plays steel guitar on this album,  and many other Anne Murray albums. Bob is from Chatham-Kent (Grande Pointe).

Tracks: 1. Shadows In The Moonlight   2. You’ve Got What It Takes  3. I Just Fall In Love Again  4. Take This Heart  5. Yucatan Café  6. For No Reason At All  7. Rainin’ In My Heart  8. That’s Why I Love You  9. (He Can’t Help It If) He’s Not You 10. Heaven Is Here

About Anne Murray: Over the years, Anne’s recordings have seldom been off the charts. She has sold close to 50 million albums and has won countless awards. However, Anne Murray is more than just a Canadian icon. Her warm voice and well-loved songs have become woven into the fabric of our lives.

About Bob Lucier: Bobby Lucier has been a leader in steel guitar and is world renowned for his unique style and ability.  Bob was the resident Steel Player for “The Tommy Hunter Show” while it aired on the CBC television network from the mid ’70’s until its demise. He was also the first steel guitarist with the famous Johnny Burke and Eastwind.  Before that, he played in Bill Anderson’s “Po’ Boys band”, “Myers Brothers and the Jubilaires”, and a few others. Bob’s steel guitar playing is on many of Ann Murrays albums recorded through the years.

Buy or preview this release online here.

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Bob Lucier Steel Guitar 2002

December 13, 2009

Name: Bob Lucier
CD Release: Eleven Favorites
Circa: 2002
Genre: Country

Home: Chatham-Kent (Grande Pointe)
Resides: Toronto area

About Bob: Bobby Lucier has been a leader in steel guitar and is world renowned for his unique style and ability. Bob was the resident Steel Player for “The Tommy Hunter Show”  when it aired  on the CBC television network in Canada for many years.

Gordie Tapp From ‘Hee Haw’ Writes Liner Notes For CD   In 1952, when we started Main Street Jamboree, I became deeply engrossed in Country Music.
I heard my first steel guitar in the hands of Bobby Wingrove and Lloyd Banks. It rapidly became my favorite instrument. In 1969 I arrived in Nashville to begin Hee Haw and thought I’d gone to steel guitar heaven. I worked with such famous names as Curly Chalker, Buddy Emmons, Lloyd Green, John Hughey etc… When I talked to them about their instruments and abilities they told me there was a guy up in Canada who had equal ability. 
  I returned to Canada to guest on a well received Country TV show and met the young man they were talking about. If you ask Bobby Lucier for a sixteen bar turnaround he makes it sound like a symphony but not at the expense of your vocal presentation and the audience leaves thinking how great you are because of the intricate steel guitar background he provides.
  He features four string harmony melodies with just a touch of two of his favorites, Jimmy Day and Weldon Myrick, but it’s his own interpretations that makes him unique.
  A master steel guitar technician. A master of Cabinetry (his real income). I’m glad he’s presenting this new C.D.. May I introduce to you Bobby Lucier.
Enjoy!    Gordie Tapp

Tracks
1.
Pick Me Up (On Your Way Down) C. Walker
2. Fraulein (Lawton Williams)
3. Workin’ Man Blues (Merle Haggard)
4. I Fall To Pieces (H. Cochrane & H. Howard)
5. Fool Such As I (William Trader)
6. Magnum (Bob Lucier, SOCAN)
7. Pass Me By (Hillman Hall)
8. Blues For Felix (C. Byrd)
9. Alright I’ll Sign The Papers (M. Tillis)
10. My Special Angel (Jimmy Duncan)
11. Lonesome 77203 (Justin Tubb)

Engineered & Mixed by: Doug Deveaux
Cover photo: Brian Carnahan
Produced By : Bob Lucier & Mel Aucoin 
All Arrangements By: Bob Lucier

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Bob Lucier 1991

December 12, 2009

Northern Steel CD

Compilation CD: Northern Steel
Release: Northern Steel  1
Date: 1991
Genre: Country (Steel Guitar)

  Brilliant steel guitar player Bob Lucier, from Chatham-Kent (Grande Pointe),  leads off this CD produced by Bob Taillefer. The disc contains performances by some of Canada’s top steel guitarists.

Tracks:
1. Lonesome 77203 – Bob Lucier
2.
Honky Tonk Night Time Man – Dale Rivard, Andy Schick
3. Desperado – Steve Smith
4. All My Loving – Al Brisco
5. Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye – John Lacey
6. Raisin’ The Dickins – Rusty Walker
7. Kindly Keep It Country – Doug Johnson
8. Chasing Paul – Roy Thomson
9. I’d Rather Have You Fat And Happy – Al Bragg
10. Cry – Burke Carroll
11. One Smokey Rose – Bob Taillefer
12. Moonglow – Bob Wingrove
13. Silver Haired Daddy of Mine – Mike Holder
14. PC Blues – Paul Cockburn, Doug Johnson, Steve Smith
15. Hot Burrito #1 – Neil Flanz
16. Freddie the Freeloader – Bob Taillefer
17. Ghostbusters – Ed Ringwald (PeeWee Charles)
18. Canadian Farewell – Roy Thomson

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Bob Lucier Album Nerves of Steel

December 12, 2009

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Artist: Bob Lucier
Album: Nerves of Steel
Circa: 1976
Genre: Country
Instrument: Steel guitar
Home: Bob is from Chatham Ontario (Grande Pointe)

Note: Bobby Lucier has been a leader in steel guitar and is world renowned for his unique style and ability.  Bob was the resident Steel Player for “The Tommy Hunter Show” when it aired  on the CBC television network in Canada for many years.

This album contains original works and material by other artists.

1. HEY GOOD LOOKIN’ 
2. YOU AND ME B
3. CITY OF NEW ORLEANS
4. C’MON SON (Bob Lucier)
5. THE HOMECOMING
6. FLOWERS ON THE WALL
7. HAPPY WORLD (Bob Lucier)
8. THE WAY WE WERE
9. JAMAICAN STEEL
10. MY PLEASURE (Bob Lucier)
11. I CAN’T HELP IT
12. TOO HIGH Stevie Wonder

Click on the video below to play the album preview.

If video does not appear, watch it here.

* Bob also plays steel guitar this year on:
Jesse Winchester’s album “Let the Rough Side Drag”, 1976
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Bill Amesbury – Can You Feel It – Bill signed with Yorkville Records in 1973 and made  several singles in 1973-1974. After one non-charting single, the second – “Virginia (Touch Me Like You Do)” – went to #1 in Canada and did well in many countries. In 1999, it received a SOCAN Classic award for 100,000 radio plays. Bill’s success attracted Neil Bogart, who was starting up the Casablanca label. While KISS were the first signing, Bill Amesbury had the first record on the label, with the US issue of “Virginia.” This led to an album, “Jus’ A Taste Of The Kid” (1974). In 1976, Bill signed with Capitol and made one album, “Can You Feel It,” featuring the contributions of some of the finest session musicians in Canada. Bill had great success in England with his records on the Power Exchange label. His songs were discovered by other artists such as Long John Baldry, Natalie Cole and Mitch Ryder, who covered them on their albums. There were no further records by Bill Amesbury. He underwent sex-reassignment surgery and has been Barbara Amesbury for a quarter-century now. Barbara is a patron of the arts in Toronto, a filmmaker and social activist.

Visit Bob, or buy his music online here.
http://www.ambrec.com/boblucier/

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Shot Jackson and Bob Lucier 1974

December 12, 2009

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Artists: Shot Jackson and Bob Lucier
Release:  Straight Ahead (Instrumental Sho-Bro and Steel Guitar)
Circa: 1974
Genre: Country Instrumental Music

Home: Bob Lucier is from Chatham-Kent (Grande Pointe).

Members:
Bob Lucier – Steel Guitar
Shot Jackson – Dobro

Tracks:
1. THE FUNKY WABASH CANNONBALL
2. TAKE THESE CHAINS
3. THE TENNESSEE WALTZ
4. WE COULD
5. GREEN GREEN GRASS OF HOME
6. STRAIGHT AHEAD
7. COLD COLD HEART
8. SHE THINKS I STILL CARE
9. KENTUCKY WALTZ
10. LOVE IS NO EXCUSE

  Bobby Lucier has been a leader in steel guitar and is world renowned for his unique style and ability. 
Bob was the resident Steel Player for “The Tommy Hunter Show” from the mid 70’s until its demise.  The popular show aired on CBC in Canada. 
 Bob was also the first steel guitarist with the famous Johnny Burke and Eastwind, before that, he played in Bill Anderson’s “Po’ Boys band”, Myers Brothers and the Jubilaires, among a few others. He performed and recorded on several of Country Star Anne Murray’s releases. As a session player, Bob’s steel  playing  appears on a countless number of releases by various artists over the years.

  Shot Jackson (born Harold Jackson, September 4, 1920–January 24, 1991) was a country music guitarist best known for playing Dobro and pedal steel guitar. He also designed and manufactured guitars under the name Sho-Bud. He became known as the “King of the Dobro”.

Recordings: In 1974, Bob Lucier also played steel guitar on David Essig’s  debut album entitled “Redbird Country”.

Preview the album in the video below.

If video does not appear, watch it here.

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Nexus 1969

December 11, 2009

Band: Nexus
Year: 1969
Style: local original rock music and covers

Note: Popular local band of the time.

Members:
Mark Tremblay – Organ
Byron Stoehr – Bass
Raymond Violot – Vocals, Harmonica
Rick Chrysler – Drums
Tom Lockwood – Gibson Guitar

    Nexus is a very young band who writes their own music and performs songs by other artists including Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Jeff Beck, Hendrix, and more.
    The band chose not to write your typical popular commercial radio music, they enjoyed experimenting and creating jam sessions.
 Nexus did some original recording in a Toronto studio.

The members would go on to become some of the most highly respected and talented musicians from Chatham.
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