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Hamilton’s Barber Shop Podcast: 100 Episodes And Still Running

Kevin Barber

You’ve got to be making waves to be on the Barber Shop. If you don’t seriously have your feet wet from
working in the Hamilton music scene, there’s no reason why host Kevin Barber would have you on the show. You may not be famous, and if you’re not, Barber wants to help you toot your horn just a wee bit. If you’re awesome, then Barber wants to make sure you feel it, that you get to perform your stuff, and that you tell some stories.

And now, 100 episodes later, the Barber Shop has produced a unique video archive of Hamilton’s music-scene movers and shakers. Some shows reached back into the sixties and seventies era, revealing an astonishing number of key players who are still active in today’s music scene. Other shows tap into the present time by interviewing the latest up-and-comers. The common thread of value is always, “Tell us what music has meant to you; what is unique about making music in The Hammer; how has music healed you or brought you through life’s struggles when nothing else could?”

But the key difference that has made the Barber Shop palatable?


On Wednesday nights Kevin Barber surfs the waves of music and stories, astride his desk, steering with a can of beer in one hand and a microphone in the other. His guests are quickly disarmed by the casual tone and stories soon flow. But the music comes first.

Barber teamed up with his old band buddy Ryan Cannon almost two years ago. Starting with a desk, a microphone, a couple of cameras, a couch of questionable origins, a decent laptop and a hodgepodge of other sound equipment the duo quickly got into their production groove. The 70s style wood paneling was the backdrop for every shot. Dropping F-bombs soon became a feature of the show: “Hey Kevin, you need to stop swearing on the podcast,” someone says. “Yeah, you’re fucking right,” might be the reply.

Despite some minor window dressing, and a few attempts to polish certain parts of the show (they finally got rid of the old couch – it was freaking out the ladies) it has retained its essential gritty, informal character. Only one show dropped below the line of minimum standards in Barber’s opinion. It was episode 99, called The Century Club. Barber admits, “Sometimes the seed of an idea grows into a mighty oak – other times it just gets wedged in your gums causing residual pain and regret.” His advice for #99? Don’t watch it. But make no mistake, Cannon and Barber are out to produce a high quality product.

To see the latest show or any other shows, visit

Further Reading: VARGA Celebrates Episode 100 on the Barber Shop: Basement Full of Metal

Episode 103, November 13, 2014

At Hamilton’s Juno House With Surprise Guests “Bucket List”

A photo feature with photos by Bill Watson, courtesy of Hamilton Blues Society.
A.K. McLeod of the Hammer Blues Band
Photo: Bill Watson


A.K. McLeod, Big Johnny Blue of the Hammer Blues BandPhoto: Bill Watson


Bucket List “Blues Forged In The Hammer”Photo: Bill Watson


Ed Fletcher of the Hammer Blues BandPhoto: Bill Watson


The Hammer Blues Band, with Dave Dalgleish of Bucket ListPhoto: Bill Watson


John Godek of Bucket ListPhoto: Bill Watson


Sam DeRosa aka Sweet Sammy D of the Hammer Blues BandPhoto: Bill Watson
The Hammer Blues Band will host an open jam and Bucket List will be performing a set at the Hammer Bluesfest on November 1st. Tickets are on sale now for $25 day pass.
Photographer Bill Watson is on Twitter

Smoke Wagon Blues Band on the Barber Shop


You need a wide-angle lens to fit these dudes in one shot. Just sayin’.
“smoldering, sexy, cocksure blues…”
The Smoke Wagon Blues Band show can be seen on The Barber Shop Podcast.
Here’s the link:

Chelsea Crites Peforms and Discusses Songwriting, Peforming, and the Healing Power of Music Biz

Here’s an excerpt from the program:
KB: What word of advice or encouragement would you give to someone who is just starting out in the music business?
CC: My mom still tells me this. When you’re in the music industry, it’s something you have to work on every day. You have to treat it like a job. You have to think of stuff you can do to promote yourself, build your name and get your name out there. Decide who you want to be. Do you want to use your first and last name? Put yourself in the right place to meet the people who can help you. This is life, and you’re going to meet people who are fantastic, and you’ll also people who can’t help you so much, and may even hurt you. You’re going to have your ups and downs, but it’s going to turn out alright if you surround yourself with the right people. And, if things work out you’ve got to stay humble. You always have to keep being yourself.
Well said, Ms. Crites!


See the rest of the HUGE collection of Barber Shop 
video programs about Hamilton’s musicians at



Rae Billing and the Unpayables on The Barber Shop Podcast

The program was recorded at Boxo Studio on April 3, 2014.
Check out “To Keep” starting at 29:25…

I will try…
Keep my feet from walkin’
Keep the door from slammin’
Keep my heart from breakin’
Keep the anger waiting’
Keep the tears from flowin’
Keep old wounds from growin’
Keep from knowin’ too much
Keep myself from movin’ on again
Keep myself from movin’ on again

What a sweet vibe! Thanks Rae.

New Playlist: Hamilton Musician Videos On YouTube

Some of Hamilton’s Singer-Songwriter and Adult Contemporary/Indie Artists
View on YouTube

Philosofear LIVE at the Citadel: “Soon For You” Video Just Released

The video includes Mike Harshaw’s drum solo.