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(last edited January 21, 2016)
Well - you hear about this blog and that blog
- so I decided to start one of my own. I am going to go way back to the early
60's when I first started to play and tell you about my history in the biz,
good friends (and some not so good friends) that I met and worked with along
the way and just some observations. This will probably bore the hell out
of most but if you were around back then or at any time since then you may
find some things interesting - probably not though. I would love to hear
from any of my friends from across the years that I have met or worked with
- please let me know how you are doing - e-mail me ===>>> Lou DeAdder
It is quite amazing how things have changed in
the music business since the 60's. It is like everything else - you have
to constantly prove yourself - until the day you die or until you give up
- whichever comes first. I started to play in July, 1964 - I was 12 years
old at the time - almost the stone ages you say??? I always wanted to play
something when I was a kid - I remember bugging my parents to buy me a banjo,
guitar, drums - it was always something different. When I was in grade 7 I
walked down to the Sears warehouse in Rexdale every Saturday morning to look
at the instruments there. They had a little stage set up with mostly guitars
and drums on display. I decided that I really wanted a snare drum for passing
that year. My parents said okay but I had to wait til July to get it. When
the time came we went to Sears and lo and behold all the drums were gone
- they sold them all. They did, however, have lots of guitars left. So I
bought a geetar instead. It was a Beltone - an acoustic that actually played
more like a tree stump now that I think about it. After the third fret the
strings were about 3 inches off the fret board - seemed like it anyway. This
magnificent machine was obtained at the grand price of $21.95 after taxes.
My dad drove me around a few weeks later to see if we could find an instructional
book on guitar - ended up buying a Mel Bay book at Bus Lee Music on Jane
Street in the west end of Toronto. I was living in the big old white house
on the corner of Irwin and Islington in Rexdale at the time. That first guitar
ended up with a fellow guitar picker from Rexdale - Ian Young - can't recall why but I wonder
if he still has it? One thing I remember was just after buying the Beltone
my mum and I were sitting down trying to figure out how to tune the thing
- I would give almost anything to have a video of that!!
I worked from my Mel Bay book diligently and forever
it seemed. The very first person to show me anything on guitar was my cousin
Steve Rhynold. I had my guitar for
only three days when we went to Steve's house in Humber Summit for a visit.
He showed me some of an old standard tune called Long, Long Ago - I gotta
tell you - I was impressed with Steve. He had only been playing a little
while and never pursued it for long but for someone playing only three days
I had a guitar hero right off the bat.
was my mum's cousin and I learned quite a bit from Paul. A lot about chords
and chording - a few single note type stuff also. Paul showed me a bunch of
chords and eventually we worked on instrumental tunes like Wildwood Flower
- Wheels - Frankie and Johnny - Paul was a very good player and quite an impressive
country singer also. There was one instrumental tune that I always asked
him to show me but he said it was too hard for me at the time - never did
learn that tune. I had grown up listening to country - my parents and relatives
were all from Nova Scotia and country music was their thing - plain and simple.
My mum was from Canso and my dad from Kentville. I have fond memories of
going out on my grandfather's fishing boat (not a rowboat but a fishing rig)
when I was 6 years old - a great adventure. My first taste of seawater happened
around that time while swimming in the ocean - awful stuff!!
Most of my friends in grade 8 and beyond were also
players - we couldn't really play but we sure thought we could. The Beatles
came out when I was in grade 7 and the Rolling Stones in grade 8. There was
always a battle over which band was the best and all that but they were
different from each other and just blazing the way for all others to follow.
My buddies at that time were Tony Nijhuis,
Steve Simon, Mick Spillane, Dave Fraser, Terry Proctor and a few other names that
sorta escape me now. There were many bands in the beginning that weren't
really bands but we just got together cause we were major music fans. One
of the first real bands we had was called the Robe (Tony tells me it was
called R.B. Michaels and the Robe) - Tony, Dave, Terry, Mick and I plus a
singer that lived around the Yorkdale area - I believe his first name was
Ron. We played at the local high school a few times (Thistletown) and also
at this community centre in the subdivision behind Yorkdale - made $30.00
for the night for a 6 piece - not bad for a bunch of 16 year olds. We were
heavily into the Toronto R&B type of sound that was happening in Toronto
in the 60's. I remember seeing bands like the Five Roques (later as Mandala),
Roy Kenner and the Associates, Grant Smith and the Power, the Shays ( my
guitar buddies and I were huge Fred Keeler fans), Jon and Lee and the Checkmates
and a whole raft of other great bands from that era.
I have to take this opportunity to mention many
other musician friends that I knew and/or played with in the early days: Chris Yost, Wayne Buttery, Mike Kamino, Bob Kamino, Pete Mercer, John Gardiner,
John Panchyshyn, George Hurlbut, Kent Chilibeck, George Wolf, Don Skally,
Steve Cassini, Mark McGillen, Doug McCoy - I'll be adding to the
list as I go.
I left high school when I was 15. I wanted to get a
job so I could buy some better musical equipment. I started to play a lot
more and met up with some great players in the area. When I was about 17 I
joined a band with Tony Wansborough,
Marty Kolesnyk, Al Marnie and Jack Procher.
We were doing stuff like Steve Miller, Traffic, Crosby Stills and Nash,
Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin - it was then that I really got the
blues-rock bug. I think the band was a little more inclined to go the softer
rock side of things. This was the band that I played my first bar in. It
was at the Dardanella in Wasaga Beach - Tony wasn't singing in the band
at that point - we were backing this guy named David Jansen. We worked for
a few months then went our separate ways. There were other players in that
band - I recall Wayne Wilson (drummer
- Whisky Howl) rehearsing with us for a time. Many players use to
hang around the Y in those days. Mike Pickett
was one - don't think he remembers me though. There were many jams at the
Y in Thistletown which I was the main organizer - quite a few Toronto players
would show up - many I can't remember but I do recall Tony Flaim coming in a couple of times
and ripping the place apart - great voice. We played in the village in downtown
Toronto with this band a few times. One job was at a t-shirt store in the
backyard. Another time was on the second floor balcony of a restaurant -
the street was absolutely packed as always and I remember a police sergeant
coming up the stairs and telling us he was going to arrest us if we didn't
That same year (I was still 18) I formed a blues band
with Sy Potma (Manta Sound), Al Marnie (Chris DeBurgh) and Jack Procher (not sure what Jack did after
that) - Al was replaced by Don on bass - last name escapes me (have since
found out from Sy Potma that Don's last name was Steel). It was called the
Blueberry Hill band and we rehearsed every day of the week in the basement
of the Y in Thistletown. We played the village in downtown Toronto with
this band also - the Cafe El Patio and a few other joints. We did a lot
of original stuff in Blueberry Hill - a great little outfit - I was writing
quite a bit then and the tunes were more along the line of what I am writing
now to a certain extent - probably a little more blues oriented though.
The players left the band one at at time and I replaced them with others
and the band turned into more of a commercial unit. We did a lot of top
40 crap so we could get some work. We did a lot of traveling and basically
just got worn out doing so (I think this was around the time I started to
lose my musical soul so to speak - not writing anything and just playing
a lot of CRAP). My great friend Steve Simon
ended up playing bass in the band.
I met my lovely wife Gail while on the road with
Blueberry Hill. We were playing in Kapuskasing in Northern Ontario at the
time (yup - hit all the hot spots). She had just turned 17 two weeks before
that - I was 19 then. Gail and her friend Jane got on the train in New Liskeard
that Steve and I were riding - we were traveling home from the big
gig in Kap. Steve and I were quite the partakers of the alcohol beverage
in those days. We were sitting there in the car when these two girls walked
on. They were sitting on the other side of the car just down a bit. Steve
and I were drinking Southern Comfort straight from the bottle but we had
this bottle of Derby 4 Aces wine that we kept for emergency situations (just
horrible stuff). I said to Steve "let's get these two teenyboppers over here
and give them our bottle of Derby 4 Aces" (we kept the good stuff for ourselves).
Steve says "Sure" - so I went over and invited these two young ladies to
sit with us - Jane was only 15 I believe. Well - Gail drank the whole bottle
of Derby gut rot - wow - I couldn't believe it - we've been together ever
since (she doesn't drink - just wanted to meet me - cool!!!).
My brother Dave hitched all the way to Timmins when
we were playing at the Mattawa Hotel with Blueberry Hill - we left just before
he arrived - bummer - we didn't know he was coming!! I have to say that
brother Dave and sister-in-law Chich have been Gail and my best friends
since way back. We have pretty well spent every New Years together - didn't
matter where I was playing - they were there. I remember doing New Years
in Elk Lake one year - go to New Liskeard and make a left. My van broke down
in North Bay on the way home - alternator and starter - spent all of my new
years pay on that one.
Did a brief stint in a band called Music Box after
Blueberry Hill - George, Patty, Terry Elvins, Dave Kellington, Terry Stevens (great drummer), Steve Simon, Glen on drums also (before Terry) - can't
recall Glen's last name (I believe it was Brown) - he was the singer-frontman
for a well known Toronto band around that time. Steve, Glen and myself also
did a brief trio around that time - Glen was a great singer so we usually
went over well when we played.
Went from Music Box to a band called Brandy. I had
been playing full time since I was 18 and had the good fortune to audition
and join this band (20 at the time). The players were Wally Zwolinski (Brutus, Zwol etc), Bill Wade (later with Moxy), George Collins, Terry (bass - can't recall last name -
was replaced by Donny Underhill
who went on to play with Trooper), and a couple of horn dudes - Jim and Henry. Jim Monaco was the manager. Played a lot
of Chicago and so on and so on. Wally use to jump around the stage with
me on his shoulders while I was doing guitar solos - scared the hell
out of me. We played the Mad Mechanic in the west end of Toronto quite a
bit back then - fabulous times. My parents lived in Hockley Valley at the
time and we use to go to the Loretta Tavern for a few wobblys here and there.
One time we walked in and a table of people stood up and toasted Brandy -
wow - that was a great feeling!!!!
One of the major things that happened with Brandy was
when we were playing the Speakeasy - above the Blue Orchid - around Bathurst
and Bloor if I remember correctly. We played six nighters back then - almost
exclusively. Not much (if any) of that going on nowadays - it's basically
all one nighters in the clubs. Anyway - we finished the Friday night and
went home as usual. I went to the club a little early on the Saturday and
everything was closed down - lights were out and all that. Noone was around
so I went up the stairs and it was pitch black inside. I walked very slowly
across the length of the room til I reached the stage - the floor was crunching
beneath my feet. I couldn't believe my eyes - they had had a fire in the
early morning hours and our equipment was burned to a crisp. I had a double
stack of Marshalls - nothing left. The keyboard player had a B3 - it was
charred. I never left my guitar at the gig - ever - but I left it at the
Speakeasy that Friday night - I found it behind the stage where I left it.
All that was left was a little piece of charred wood about 8 inches wide.
We were playing in London that following Monday so we all met at Long and
McQuade that Monday morning and rented-purchased everything we needed to
keep going. We apparently needed to sue the owner of the club just to look
at his insurance policy - not sure if we received any monies from that afterwards.
We went our separate ways shortly after that. Brandy sort of mutated into
I started to take guitar lessons from the great Hank
Monis when I was 20 years old. This went off and on til I was 25. I learned
a lot from Hank - a fabulous player!!!
At some point around this time period I was in a band
called Air Castle - Terry Elvins,
Dave Kellington, Jim Harding and myself. We were together
I believe for about six months or so. Interesting thing I remember about
this band was when we were booked into a club in Wallaceburg - we had to
take back pop and beer bottles in order to get enough gas to make it to the
gig. When we arrived at the club the owner said he wasn't going to pay us
the agreed amount. Typical music biz shenanigans. A price was finally agreed
upon and we played there for the week - good thing because we had no money
at all - for food or for gas to get back home. I just received a call last
night (December 28, 2006) from one of our good friends from those days -
Paul Green. It was talking to Paul
that made me realize that I had neglected to write about the days with Air
Castle. We practiced (like so many bands did in those days) at an old rehearsal
hall at Sherbourne and King. Played at the old Carlin in Oshawa with this
band - two of the band members went into Toronto one day during the week
and were late for the gig on the Wednesday night due to a snow storm - the
owner docked us some money and said he gave us rooms so he fully expected
us to be there and playing on time - snow storm or not. I agreed with that
one. I think also this was the band that played a Friday and Saturday at
a club in Richmond Hill - the fee was $400.00 - not bad in those days. The
guy gave us a cheque and declared bankruptcy thereafter - played all weekend
for nothing. Some people are so sleazy!!!!
Next project I was involved in that worked pretty
good was a band in the Oshawa area called Whip (around 72) (there were many
short-lived bands and attempts at forming bands throughout the years). Players
were Mike Rogers, Steve Sporina, Finlay Smith and Pete Bailey. We were together for about
six months and booked through Barry Cobus. This was one of the last bands
that I had to actually back up a stripper on stage. Strippers were dancing
mostly to the jukebox after this. The first time we backed up a stripper
was with the Blueberry Hill band in Haileybury - in Northern Ontario. Our
agent at the time said we were going to be giving the stripper a ride with
us. She used the name Silver Doll on stage - we played 20 minutes and she
(danced???) for 20 minutes - every set!!! This went on for the whole
six nights we were there - what a grind. Another bout with a stripper was
in Hearst - also in Northern Ontario. Turns out she (he???) was not really
a she - we picked her? up in Kirkland Lake on our way to Hearst. She got
in the back seat of the car and said - I want to get one thing straight right
from the start - I use to be a guy - I have had two operations - one for
my genitals and one on my throat. Hey - it's the music business - you never
know what the hell you are going to run into. Well - turns out she/he had
one operation alright but it wasn't on the genitals. Said she/he took speed
pills to keep the guy down when dancing at night. Made more money on the
side as a prostitute than with dancing (they didn't take it all off in those
days). She had a boyfriend in North Bay and the pay phone was right outside
my door - many arguments and loud conversations through the night were
had with he/she and said boyfriend.
Whip was an interesting band. We played a lot of great
stuff including Steely Dan and the Allman Brothers. It was driven mostly
by Mike Rogers (the late and great) and myself
playing guitar - a lot of harmony guitar work - great stuff. Played the
Circle Electrique ( the Electric Circle) in the old part of Quebec City
for a week - it was very strange being somewhere that noone seemed to know
what you were saying - everyone spoke French only - twas an experience.
Auditioned for a band called Biggy Twiggy Band when
Whip met it's demise. Joined this unit in Toronto (around 73) although they
were from out west. They played basically Thunder Bay to Vancouver - back
and forth continually. They needed some new blood in the band and most were
from the Toronto area. Players were Skip
Pollard (singer and leader), Jimmy
Payne (played with many great players including King Curtis and Albert
Collins - Jimmy left us in December, 2006 - he will be missed), Nick Urech, and various horn players (the
late and great trumpet player Dennis Friesen
being one - also - Frances - Grant - Larry). This is where the mighty Leo Sullivan
and I met. Leo was only 19 and fresh out of high school. Leo plays sax in
The Lou DeAdder Band when we expand from a three piece.
There were many adventures to be had - played 6 nighters every week and
spent Sundays traveling from job to job. We recorded a 45 (remember those)
in a studio in Calgary - the A side was written by an American artist -
I wrote the music for the B side - Skip wrote the lyrics. The single made
it onto the charts in Calgary and Edmonton - somewhere around the 30 mark.
It was exciting. One thing that sticks out in my mind was when we were playing
the Landmark in Thunder Bay - the band van was repossessed and Gail and
I were elected to stay in Thunder Bay until it was released (Skip had to
pay his bills). We stayed with the next band until the following Friday
- slept on the couch in their room. We finally got the van back and drove
to Winnipeg the next day.
After a year with Biggy Twiggy Gail and I took
a bus from Calgary back to Toronto. I looked around forever it seems and joined
a band called Mother Nature. This was a disco band!!! As a full time player
you do what you have to do to survive - disco was the happening thing at
this point (around 75 or so). I replaced Steve Shelski on guitar who was attending
the music program at Humber College - Steve went on to play with numerous
bands including Coney Hatch and is currently with Robbie Lane. Players in
Mother Nature were drummer Joe Rigon
(currently with Robbie Lane), Meek
and Luba, Gary Dixon, Lynn Mulhall, Brigitte, and a couple of different bass
players - Louie Fortin and Brent
Eikhard. We did a tour of the east coast and played all over Southern
Ontario - wore some funny clothes and had a really good time. I have to mention
that with the Biggy Twiggy band we wore many strange outfits - Skip would
see something in a magazine or catalogue and send the picture to this woman
in Thunder Bay that made us all costumes - that's what they were - costumes
- not clothes. Another story from out west - we were playing a club in Edmonton
called the Firehall - Gordon Lightfoot
was sitting right in front of me one night and his roadie came backstage
after a set and said that Mr. Lightfoot would like to play drums with us.
Skip said "in an R&B band? No way" - well - I would have let him play
spoons with us if he wanted too - that was disappointing. Lightfoot was fairly
popular in the early to mid 70's. Anyway - back to Mother Nature - the band
changed it's name after awhile to Mason-Dixon Line and we carried on. Joe
left the band to play with his brother Jim in a band called Function (later
called Star City) and a young guy named Gary
Craig joined the band. Wow - what a player. Gary used to practice
in the hotel room for four hours every day. He eventually ended up in Ann
Murray's band and is probably top call for studio work in this country at
the moment. Gary played drums on our first disc "Lou D".
My next musical outing was a stint with Shirley Eikhard. I was 25 at this point
- around 1976. Players were Mike Hefernan
(went on to work with Gordon Lightfoot - still does I believe), Lonnie Glass on bass and Marv Kennerick
on drums. I met Shirley from working with her brother Brent in Mason-Dixon
Line. This lasted for 3 months - we did some interesting things during that
time. We traveled to Winnipeg in the dead of winter - took us 30 hours to
drive there. I slept for 18 hours upon arriving. During our 5 days in Winnipeg
we played every night at one of the local bars, played two afternoon concerts
at the local colleges and a concert at the local university. We also did
a TV show for CBC - we were guests on the Rick Neufeld show - great times. We also
played a concert at Convocation Hall in Toronto, did a 30 minute TV show
for Global called Caught in the Act - I remember Peter
Appleyard played with us and he was right in front of my amp. I apologized
to him if the guitar was too loud and he said it was exactly what was called
for for what we were doing - that made my day - a very professional gentleman.
I also remember drinking so much coffee waiting to record that show (10 cups??)
that I was actually shaking.
Shirley's record company did not want her to have
a band so that ended after three months - the whole band stayed together
and joined forces with a singer by the name of Chris Hall. We called the band 100 Proof.
Lonnie and Marv left the band shortly after that and Steve Sporina (my bud from Whip) joined
as our bass player and a drummer from Quebec who could barely speak any
English joined us - can't even remember his first name let alone his last.
We played a 6 nighter downstairs at the El Mocambo with this unit. Memorable
thing about that job was that the Rolling Stones had just finished playing
upstairs and Billy Preston's gear was on the stage downstairs when we got
there. This was in February of 1977. I remember that date well cause we recorded
the Tuesday night on a little shoebox tape recorder. Gail was pregnant with
our first youngster - Chris - at the time - and I wasn't making ANY money
at all (daughter Kim was born two years later).
It's funny how having a youngster and having to provide
can wake you up a tad. At this point I decided that music was not a really
great financial outlet for me. I decided to go back to school - be an accountant
or computer programmer or something like that (yikes!!!). We moved to Whitby
in 77 - been here ever since. I went to Durham College for three years (September,
1978) - seemed like bloody forever. I joined a band called Lockerbie in
Oshawa in January of 1978 - also did a very short stint as a guitar teacher
in Oshawa at the Music Lesson Place. Players in Lockerbie were Brian Twaites, Cam Kingelin, Orrin Baird, Brian McCarthy, Larry played trumpet for awhile, Gary Getz
replaced Cam on vocals for about 6 months then Cam returned, Mark Konaroski played drums at first then
Randy Begg (Wednesday) joined. Stan Kuzma was our sound guy with a few
that helped out over the years including Russ Gordon (bass player and country singer).
A few other players joined as we were about to dis-band - had a great time
Lockerbie broke up in January, 1981 and three of us
started a country band called Hickory Creek adding Gord Donnelly on bass. Myself, Cam, Brian
and Gord - now there was a combination. I remember saying to Brian McCarthy when he approached me with
the idea of starting a country band - I said something like "that'll be
the day!!!" We were together for a year and a half and played the area quite
a bit. I graduated from college during this time and was employed by the
Hudson Bay Company as a systems programmer - was hired in May of 1981 - this
job lasted for just over 6 years - I couldn't take it anymore. A memorable
job we did every Sunday with Hickory Creek was the Sports Station in Oshawa
- I think it was Station - not sure. It was sports something. Donna was the
lovely proprietor of this establishment - Cam and Donna were married a short
while after that and are together to this day.
Cam and I left Hickory Creek and started a duo
(around 1982 - called it Mellow Rock County). I picked up some bass pedals
which I played with my feet (what the hell was I thinking????) and along with
my guitar pickin' and Cambo on drums we had a unit. Cam did most of the lead
vocals and I sang a few tunes and did a bit of harmony. Cam left to play
with Shotgun after 5 months and I tracked down Dan Chaisson from the Oshawa area to play
in the duo. I started to do a lot more lead vocal stuff at that point -
Dan was a lead vocalist/drummer so we were in business. Dan currently has
a band called Kaos which has been together for something like 20 years now.
Dan and I did the duo thing for awhile and I decided that I wanted to try
my hand at doing a single (called myself Lou West - West being my middle
name) (again - what the hell was I thinking????).
Sitting on a stool, playing bass with my left foot,
drum machine in tow - I did a single for 12 years (worked through the Ron
Albert agency with agent Dave Blum)!!!!
After about 5 or 6 years I traded in the bass pedals and drum machine for
a midi system - this had a pretty good sound and all - I could actually stand
up and play some stuff. Some people are very strange to say the least - all
I ever really got were comments like "hey - that's cheating - using a computer."
There was the ever present comment that people used to throw at me "have
you ever thought of playing in a band" - they think because you are doing
a single that you can't or have never played in a band. I was playing at
a very small club in south Oshawa called My Sister's Place once (played there
many times actually). There was a guy at the bar one night that I was talking
to and he thought that players doing a single just couldn't play at all.
He says to me something like "There was a really great band a few years back
called Hickory Creek - man could those guys play - you ever see them???"
Well - when I told him I was the lead geetar picker in that band it didn't
phase him at all - I think he thought I was lying or something - incredible.
One thing of note during the single era was the release af a 45 - two original
tunes - received some airplay in Canada and was an incredible learning experience.
This was in the mid 80's time frame. Musicians on the 45 were Dan Chaisson and George Wilshire.
Lots of stories I could tell you about doing a single.
I did the single thing like I said for 12 years - on a full time basis for
the most part. I also did guitar lessons out of my home to supplement my
income. If you are a player reading this I can tell you from very personal
experience that if you think you are working hard in the music biz - you
ain't done anything until you've done a single - the hardest by far I have
ever worked while playing. I wanted to get out of the single thing for years.
If it wasn't my equipment breaking down it was my van. I snared a gig at
the Oshawa Senior Citizens Centre on a Wednesday afternoon. It was from 1
til 3 PM and was called the Peach Social. I was 44 years old - it was the
last job I did as a single - yup - the seniors did it to me. I couldn't take
it anymore. I taught guitar for quite some time after that.
There was a band that I played in off and on during
the single years - a trio called Level Crossing. Bill Hall on bass and Ron Hooper on drums. We played around
the area for about two years (a few jobs here and there) - it was a nice
diversion. I had to eventually go back to just doing a single - mostly for
The Martial Arts were always something I was interested
in. I started training in Karate in the early 80's and it always seemed
to keep my head together. As I started to move away from the single thing
the martial arts started to take over as my full time occupation with music
as a part time endeavor. I did not play live for 6 years after stopping
the single - I never wanted to see another stage again. It was turning 50
that opened my eyes up a bit. I decided that I better get moving and do something
if I was going to do anything at all in the music business. I met up with
long time buddy Randy Begg (from
the Lockerbie days) - Randy was playing in a blues band and I had decided
that I wanted to play what I had originally started to play way back - rockin'
blues. We are what we are - plain and simple. Randy and I along with Brett
Piekarz started a band called Start It Up in 2002 - we are still
together after 5 years. Randy left after two years - Franko Woodcock played drums with the
band for a few years and current drummer is Enrique
Loyola - the band is now called The Lou DeAdder Band.
We have recently released two CD's - "Lou D" in January, 2005 and "Slow Down" in April, 2006. Work is currently
being done on CD's three and four (CD number four will be an all instrumental
offering). The music is all original - as it should be. Am I a blues guitar
player? - I play some blues - am I a more rock-oriented player? - I play
a lot of stuff in that vein - how about the funky R&B stuff? - I play
that also - bottomline is I do a lot of things - have played a lot of styles
- it's really a fusion kind of thing - jazz flavours also - has to do with
the scale choices I make. Brett Piekarz and I spent a full year
working on "Lou D' - our first disc. It was released January 1, 2005 and
received quite a bit of airplay around the planet - about 150 stations worldwide
played tracks from it (still are). It wasn't just one tune - it was all the
tunes - stations played stuff according to their format (or what they liked).
The internet has opened up incredible promotional opportunities for the independent
CD number two - "Slow Down" - released April 19, 2006
- much better production wise and the playing is also much, much better
than the first disc. I'm talking mostly about my own playing - all players
are just fabulous on both CD's. We received more airplay in the U.S. with
this disc - a little less in Australia and Europe. Not a lot of play in
Canada for both discs!!! Bob Putignano
- DJ in the New York City area - became interested in Slow Down. He played
many tunes often on his Sounds of Blue program. Brett and I journeyed to
New Jersey to do a live radio interview with Bob in August, 2006 - had a
great time. We plan on going again when disc three is released. I have entered
Slow Down into the 2006/2007 Juno awards in the best blues album category
- the 5 nominees will be announced in February, 2007. All songs from the
disc are also entered into the International Songwriting Competition (Nashville)
in many categories - finalists will be announced again in February, 2007.
Any recognition at all will be fabulous.
A major, major shift in the band/players/members thing
since awhile back is the pickup/jobber type of situation. Can't believe
it actually. I go to see a band and half the members are different and just
filling in. I was away from the band thing for about 20 years - 2 years in
a duo - 12 years as a single and 6 years just teaching - much had changed
upon my return. Many players are in 4 or 5 bands and more. A lot of the CD's
being recorded nowadays have this very loose quality about them also. The
digital versus analog (disc vs tape) recording methods is another major area
of contention. I find it quite amusing also to hear so many so called self-proclaimed
aficionados out there whether it be blues - rock - or whatever!! Many of
these people are not players - have never been what I call "in the trenches"
and have not actually experienced even a fraction of what the players have
gone through in the music biz. They do, however, all have opinions on how
things should be done!! I guess my biggest surprise (or disappointment really)
is that anyone even listens to them at all.
Back to the internet as a promotional tool - this incredible
communications network was not available in the past. The world is basically
available to you at your fingertips. DJ's all over the planet have been
spinning tunes from our CD's - literally everywhere. It is quite an exciting
situation. My original material (that is all that we record - no covers)
is a bit of an eclectic mix of styles - I like to think of it as originality
(hey - that isn't blues - nope - you guys aren't a rock band - nope - not
that either) our band and music cannot be pigeonholed into just one style
- this is exactly what I strive for. I believe that traditional blues has
been changing quite a bit lately. The more eclectic approach is the direction
I think that music and bands will be taking in the future. It has been happening
for awhile now. Artists such as Robben Ford play a mix of blues, rock, R&B
and other styles to create an original offering of their music. Our musical
approach is much the same.
Lots of people out there that just talk and talk and
talk. I'm not sure why but maybe they are trying to show us how much they
know or it could be a bit of an insecurity thing. We finished band practice
last night and then went out for a couple of wobbly pops. We were sitting
there and this guy that runs a local club here in town comes in and sits down
with us. He starts talking about all the different acts he has and this person
and that person - we've all been in the music biz for a long time and also
live in the Whitby-Oshawa area - never heard of any of these people he was
talking about - all local players apparently. Drummer playing on suitcases
and such - couldn't make a lot of sense out of it. Many people continually
talk about how great this person is and how great that person is - they
would be much better off focusing on where they are rather than where they
would like to be. They would be much more centered as a result and could
then move forward toward the goals they would like to accomplish.
Seems to be the measure of success for a musician (in
some eyes) is how often you play. There really comes a time when you may
not want to play all the time - every week - all over the place. I.E.. I
played so many New Years gigs - every year - as a single - with bands - that
I just wanted to be able to enjoy the festivities rather than working all
the time. Playing clubs gets to be like a dog chasing it's tail. We still
play - the line up I have in the current band is really, really quite exceptional
- all very professional players. The main focus these last few years has
been in the writing and recording end of things. If you are a full time player
there is not much choice - you have to play when and wherever you can (and
with anyone that offers you a job - good or bad). Been there and done that
- now I get to zero in on what I want to do.
Just received an e-mail (February 1, 2007) from an old friend from back
in the 60's - Dave Templeton. Wow
- things I haven't thought about since way back - friends I use to have such
as Steve "Tex" Beesley (passed on in 2005), Bonnie Bray, and Bill Reid (passed
in 72 - a very young man). Talking about the problems we use to have in
the 60's with long hair and those that chased us around because they didn't
like it. Thistletown Collegiate - there were four in the whole school with
long hair - myself, Tim and Chris Mason and the 4th I can't recall
- maybe it was Dave or possibly Steve Simon. I remember Tim Mason being
a major Who fan - I didn't really like them that much til I seen them live
at the Rockpile down on Yonge Street - I was standing in front of Pete Townsend
- been a big fan ever since. Dave mentioned the old house on Irwin Road
- still standing I believe - memories, memories. Hanging out at the Y in
Thistletown and all those adventures in Yorkville!!! It was fabulous hearing
from you Dave.
Ahh - the power of the internet!! My good friend and major musical buddy
Jack Procher just contacted me (February
22, 2007). Jack and I go back way back to Blueberry Hill band days and before
that even. Jack was/is a fabulous jazz drummer. He tells me he has traveled
all over North America with several bands including Shirley Eikhard right
here from Toronto (I worked with Shirley also) and with a latin/funk outfit
called the Paul Christopher band out of Los Angeles to name just a few.
Jack started composing music for film and television around 1989 and has
been very successful in doing so ever since.
No luck on the Juno nomination thing - you never know about these things
until you try. No bites on the songwriting situation either. I plan on entering
the next two CD's into the Junos also. One for Instrumental album and possibly
one into the Blues category again. We shall see!!
About 5 years ago (2001 - 2002??) Gail and I were at a very short-lived
blues club here in Whitby called Roxy's. A trio called the Beat Heathens were
playing and the guitar picker had the same last name as me. I went up and
introduced myself to Wayne DeAdder and when he found out we had the
same last name I thought he was going to do a back flip over the drums.
Turns out that Wayne and I are related - not first cousins but cousins just
the same. We have kept in touch over the years - the Beat Heathens are still
going strong and Wayne also plays bass in the Jimmy Bowskill band - he's
a busy guy. If you get a chance to see either band then please do so - good
stuff all way round. I have adopted Wayne as my little bro' - all 6 feet
plus of him!! (posted February 28, 2007).
I have been e-mailing back and forth with Wally Zwolinski - haven't heard from Wally
since the Brandy days. Yikes - that would be about 35 years ago!!! Wally
was informed by a friend about my blog and he decided to contact me (March
9, 2007). It's great to see that he has been playing all these years and
continues to do so. He has a band called Naked Brunch that plays the Toronto
area here and there. I still remember quite well when Wally use to dance
around the stage with me on his shoulders while I was doing a solo - scared
the shit out of me but it was fun!!! Wally is one of those one of a kind
type of characters - go and check it out.
Gail and I went to see Wally's band "Naked Brunch" at the Bier Mkt in
Toronto last night (March 23, 2007). Wow - that place was smokin' - Wally
is still one hell of a front man - lots of range on the voice and versatile
- a major treat. It was like going through a time portal seeing Wally jumping
around and cavorting on stage. There was a certain amount of nostalgia happening
for Gail and I but Wally is really quite good - an entertainer - plain and
The music biz - what a wonderful thing!! We were booked into MacGregor's
Pub in Cobourg this Saturday (April 14, 2007). Brett and I went out there
this past Monday to drop off some posters and there was another band listed
on the board as playing there on the 14th. If you have been a player for
any length of time you will know that this kind of stuff is common in the
biz. We talked to the owner that night (Mr. MacGregor hisself) and he had
nothing concrete to say about anything. He was bobbin' and weavin' and not
coming up with any answers at all - said he would call us back the next day
(Tuesday, April 10). He did not call back and would not take our calls. It
is hard to understand why anyone would do this kind of stuff - how can you
run a business like this??? We had previously played there February 10, 2007
and booked the date to come back in on April 14 at that time - there was
no question as to who was booked first. If we had not found out about this
beforehand then both bands would have shown up for the gig - that
would have been a problem!! Anyway - players out there that stumble across
my blog can keep this in mind about MacGregor's Pub in Cobourg - also - any
patrons that might decide to attend the club for a drink or dinner may be
better served if they went to the Oasis about two or three doors away.
Received an e-mail (April 15, 2007) from another of my Thistletown Collegiate
friends from way back - Bonnie Bray.
Bonnie tells me she is involved in the following hobbies (in her own
words) - "I am a civil war re-enactor, an 1812 re-enactor and
lately I have been doing some runnin' with the buckskinners" - hmmm - interesting
stuff!! This blog has worked out exceptionally well - it is so fabulous
to hear from the friends I had back in the Thistletown days. Great to hear
from you Bonnie. You and Dave Templeton must come down and hear the band
soon - I would love to see you again.
Here's something I have been thinking about for awhile. When we released
our first CD "Lou D' back in January, 2005, I sent out quite a few copies
for promotion. I put the CD on CD Baby and Amazon.com and a few other online
establishments. Even before any copies were sold (and that was minimal at
best) there were copies of the CD showing up in places like Amazon.com for
sale as used copies. Huh!!!! What is the deal there??? You send a CD out
for promotion and it ends up for sale somewhere else? I was floored the first
time I seen that. The same thing has happened with our second CD "Slow Down."
CD's going out at the musician's expense so someone can make a few (very
few) dollars selling it at a discount. Sleeeeeeezy!!!
The beat goes on - received an e-mail from Lonnie Glass (April 27, 2007). Lonnie
was the bass player in Shirley Eikhard's band when I worked with her. He
has a ZZ Top tribute band called Tres Hombres in which he plays bass and
sings - they have been together since 1983 - traveling all over the countryside
- the U.S. - Europe - Canada - Russia and other places. Lonnie has also
been doing quite a bit of songwriting these past 5 or 6 years - has three
CD's to his credit and also does an acoustic act. He tells me that drummer
Marv Kennerick from Shirley's band moved to LA and ended up doing some Vegas
gigs with the likes of Cher. I remember we traveled to Winnipeg with Shirley
- in the dead of winter - I believe there were 6 of us - the band plus a
sound guy. Took us 30 hours to drive there. The 5 days we were there we
played a bar in town at night - did college and university concerts during
the day and also did a TV show for CBC - the Rick Neufeld show - then drove
all the way home. Lonnie reminded me of the journey back when - while I
was driving - the van started to fishtail - now that woke everyone up!!!
We also did a half hour TV show for Global called Caught in the Act - would
love to see those shows again. I remember Lonnie and I going to
the gym and working our asses off in the weight room - great memories.
Reviews, reviews, reviews - very interesting stuff. If you want to stir
up some interest in your recording projects then having people review your
tunes is a must. You have to, however, take the bad with the good and roll
with it. We have had some tremendous reviews for both of our CD's so far but
also some very detrimental ones. Well - we did ask for an opinion!! I very
much like the review of Slow Down by New York City area DJ Bob Putignano -
take a look.
Played Jack's Fillin' Station in Oshawa this past Saturday (July 7, 2007)
- we haven't played there for about three years. I was setting up the gear
and I looked around and my old bud Steve
Sporina was standing there - didn't recognize him right off. It was
fabulous talking and reminiscing with Steve - we go way back to our later
teen years - lots of history. Steve and I played in two bands - Whip and
100 Proof. I was also in a band with Steve before that (for a few weeks)
in Whitby with Doug McCoy, Walt Young and Brian Bremner. Steve is one of
those guys with an endless well of energy and holds onto an idea like a bulldog
(never gives up). I hope Steve gets it together some day soon - I think
the product would be very interesting.
Went to see Tres Hombres tonight (August 10, 2007). My old bud Lonnie Glass - wow - growls like a bear
on stage - I was impressed - Gail and I had a fabulous time. Got up and
did a few tunes with the band which I enjoyed a lot. There aren't too many
still playing from back in the 60's and 70's - not to any great extent anyway.
Lonnie is still giving it his all and it shows.
Received nominations for the 2007 Durham Region Music Awards for "Instrumental
Recording of the Year" and "Blues Recording of the Year." The awards show
was on Wednesday, Sept 19, 2007 here in Whitby. Didn't win but it was an
honour to be nominated. We will try again next year. Our new CD called "Altered
Reality (the instrumentals)" will be entered into the Instrumental Album
of the Year at the 2008 Junos which will be held in Calgary this time around.
Will be interesting to see what happens - exciting times.
Received an e-mail from Ken Williams
(around the third week of Sept, 2007 or so - can't recall the exact date).
Ken along with Don Peterson were the two responsible for running the Y in
Thistletown back in the 60's. I can't recall Ken and Don but it was great
to hear from Ken just the same. He ran across this blog while looking for
one of the regulars from the Y days - Sax player John Panchyshyn. He reminded
me of the fact that they had to brick up one of the basement windows at
the Y so our equipment wouldn't get stolen. Great times and fond memories
- thanks Ken!!
Wow - received an e-mail (November 11, 2007) from Noreen McCallum - a very good friend from
the Y days. Haven't seen Noreen since way back. She tells me that quite
a few from Rexdale still hang out from time to time - a bunch of Rowdy girls
from Rexdale get together on a yearly basis - watch out - could be trouble!!
Teenyboppers at heart. Gotta love the teenyboppers. Noreen has had her own
SignShop for the past 32 years - that's a little odd seeing as how she is
only 29 - not sure how she managed that?? Noreen has asked me not to call
the Y the YMCA but rather "the Y intersection coffee house." There you go
Noreen - hope that works for the Rexdale Y girls. A "Y" reunion would be
fabulous. I think we should get everybody together that we can - bring them
all out to the Whitby-Oshawa area in a few months when my band is planning
on doing a CD release party/concert. What do you think Noreen - would be
Just received an e-mail from John Gardiner
(February 6, 2008). John is a drummer friend from back in the Rexdale/Thistletown
days. What a blast!!! John and I played together in many bands and outings
- jam sessions - all that kind of stuff. He stumbled across this blog while
looking around the net for a few musician type guys that he came into contact
with over the years. An old retired guy now and living in Vancouver since
around 1980 - right John? Great to hear from you - please keep in touch.
Peter Pitoscia - drums!! Peter
contacted me around mid-April 2008 - we worked together in the Blueberry Hill
Band in the very early 70's - around 70 or 71. We also jammed quite a bit
during our teenage years. I had totally forgotten about that time with the
band. Peter also reminded me of our singer - we called him Rico but his real
name was Joe - can't recall the last name. A couple of things about that
time in the band makes me laugh just thinking about them. We were playing
the Kap Inn in Kapuskasing - it was Peter, Rico, Steve Simon and myself. Rico
had a toy gun in his room and the management somehow thought it was real.
They wanted to fire us and get us out of there. I had to go to the manager's
office and plead with them not to can us - I was the leader of the band and
finally convinced them to let us stay. Rico quit the band eventually and
we were booked into a club in Brantford. The three of us split the vocal
duties with Peter doing the majority - we made it through - a total bluff.
One thing that really sticks in my mind is that we had no money at all when
we arrived in Brantford - a friend of either Peter's or Steve's drove us
there. We had a dry loaf of bread for dinner that first night with water
- believe it or not. I had to go to the manager and ask for an advance on
our pay. There was an after hours club next door that wanted us to play
after we finished one night. We carted our gear over there and while we were
playing all of a sudden I couldn't hear any bass stuff at all. Steve was
lying on the stage in a fetal position - he was so drunk he just decided
to lay down on stage and take a nap - hilarious. Thanks for contacting me
Life sure has a way of taking control sometimes. My lovely wife and companion
of 37 years Gail passed away on Thursday, May 22, 2008 a few minutes after
8 PM. Gail was in the Ajax-Pickering hospital just into her 5th week. She
had been diagnosed with cancer - it was everywhere in her system and spreading
fast. The doctors told us there was no cure and that their main objective
was to get her pain under control for the best quality of life they could
give her. She will be greatly missed by her kids, grandkids, relatives and
friends. I will never forget you Gail and will always love you.
One very big surprise for me was seeing Mike Kamino at Gail's visitation.
I haven't seen Mike for over 30 years and although I wish the circumstances
were better it was really great to see him there. Mike is still playing
and recording CD's of his own material. Mike and Chris Yost have been good
friends since the old days and I have also been in contact with Chris via
e-mail - he has been living out in Vancouver for quite some time. I received
Chris' address from Al Marnie who is operating a bar/restaurant in Florida.
The person who initially gave me the contact info for some of these old friends
was Wayne Buttery - also at Gail's visitation.
We opened for Johnny Winter last night at Johnny B's in Whitby (July 4,
2008). Gail would have really enjoyed the show - she was there though in our
hearts and minds. It was fabulous playing in a concert setting - an all original
set - the band was smokin'. More of that coming up in the future for sure.
Watch for CD number 4 set to be released September 1, 2008 - it's gonna be
a good one. I also just found out yesterday that there is a fan club for
the Lou DeAdder band on facebook - check it out!
Many have asked me about the whereabouts of Tony Nijhuis - well - I finally tracked
him down (July 17, 2008). Tony sent me an e-mail from one of my CD Baby
pages. Tony was one of my very best friends back in our teen years in Rexdale.
He lives out in Campbell River, BC now on Vancouver Island and runs his
own landscaping business. Tony is going by the name of Anton and tells me
his real name is Antonius. Well - he reminded me of the time back in the
old days when we got into some wine one night and ended up getting busted
by the cops. Spent a few hours at the police station - around Jane and Sheppard
I believe - that scared the crap out of me. Thinking back though it was a
blast - ended up in court shortly after that - we had long hair and I think
I was wearing an army jacket that night. When I was in court I had my hair
clipped short and was wearing a suit - yikes. Great to hear from you Tony
- hopefully we can hook up at some point in the future.
One of my Blueberry Hill Band cohorts, Sy Potma, read this blog and contacted
me August 7, 2008. Sy was our singer in the band and also played harmonica.
He worked at Manta Sound in Toronto for many years until the business was
sold and now works out at Fanshawe College in London. We use to practice everyday
in the basement of the Y in Thistletown - quite a few original tunes - creative
stuff. We hardly ever played anywhere other than the Y but had a great time
with the music. One thing that comes to mind now that I think about it was
that Jack could play guitar and bass to a certain extent and wanted to get
out from behind the kit. Al Marnie was playing bass in the band at that point
and it was a battle between Al and I to see who would play drums in place
of Jack - didn't work out too good cause we both kind of stunk. Fabulous
hearing from you Sy.
It has been over a year since posting anything on the blog here (this
is November 21, 2009). We have been hard at it in the studio recording CD
number 5 - that is the actual name of the disc "Number 5." This is probably
the best line-up players we have had in the studio to date. The bed tracks
were recorded this past July, 2009 - myself, Brett and Gary Craig on Drums
- what a great player Gary is - we spent three days solid in the studio laying
the bed tracks down for all 9 songs - I am very happy with the outcome of
those sessions. At this point we are finishing the lead vocal tracks and
will be editing down all the guitar stuff which I recorded in August. Once
that is finished we can get Horns, Keyboards etc in and the disc will start
to take shape - exciting times! The CD will be ready during the first 6 months
of 2010 - these things can't be rushed - it will be ready when it's ready.
I have four songs written for CD 6 so far with a planned release date of
Mister Eclectic has been entered into the current Juno awards which will
take place in St. John's, NF in April 2010 - sure would be nice to receive
a nomination. I spent a week in St. John's this past July, 2009 - I ended
up writing a song called St. John's which I plan on recording for CD 6 -
a very interesting place.
I was a guest at Cheerleaders Sports Bar and Grill in Wasaga Beach on
Wednesday November 4 2009 - my good friend from way back in the Thisteltown
Y days Wayne Buttery was celebrating the one year anniversary of the jam
he has been hosting there with his band the Groove Project - great bunch
of individuals. The place was packed all night - a rare treat to play to
a full and very appreciative house.
We have almost finished (January 17 , 2010) the tracking (recording) for
CD number 5. Planned release date is now May 1, 2010. I am now working on
song number 6 for CD 6. We have our fingers and toes crossed for the upcoming
The Lou DeAdder Band played the Northumberland (Cobourg) Ribfest this
past August 22, 2010 - what a blast. We played as a 5 piece - guitar, bass,
drums, sax and trumpet - we are booked in again next year. We also played
at the 2nd anniversary of Wayne Buttery's jam in Wasaga Beach on October
20 - this we did as a trio - very nice playing to a packed house. It was
also my birthday - 29 and trying to hold on - what a great time!
We received many nominations in the latest music awards for the Durham
Region Music Society. Brett and I went to the awards show here in Whitby on
Wednesday October 27, 2010. We won the "Best Blues Recording" for 2010 -
I am very happy about that. I also have CD "Number 5" entered into the Grammy's,
Junos and IMA's (Independent Music Awards). A couple of songs have been entered
into the International Songwriting Competition out of Nashville - we shall
see how it all goes. Work continues on CD 6 - it will be finished in 2011
sometime. I have a CD project in the works called "Ballads." The plan is
to have 10 songs (I am in the process of writing song number 9) - 4 songs
will be included from our previous discs - "My Baby Blue" from "Lou D", "Believe"
and "Comin' Home" from "Slow Down" and "Share My Life" from "Mister Eclectic."
I have received many complements on our ballads over the years - this will
be a very interesting CD.
Time sure marches on - my last post was November 7, 2010 and here it is
February 1, 2014. The writing and recording continues - at last entry I was
working on CD 6 called Headlights which was released in 2011. I have also
released two more albums since then - "Ballads" in 2012 and "Riding A Bicycle"
in 2013. My next project called "Acoustic Pathways" is all written and I am
about to start recording it in a few weeks - planned release date April 15,
2014. "Riding A Bicycle" and "Acoustic Pathways" are both instrumental albums
featuring acoustic guitar only - quite a switch from the first 7 albums.
It is extremely tough to record a full album with only one instrument -
it has worked out well. The actual song "Riding A Bicycle" received an Honourable
Mention in the 2013 Mid Atlantic Song Contest out of Washington DC - I was
very happy about that. There have been many other instances where I have
placed as a finalist in various contests but the award of note was in placing
first - Instrumental category - in the 2012 Great American Song Contest for
song "Jazzy" off the "Number 5" album. As always I have also entered into
all the competitions and awards shows that I can - I have two entries in
the upcoming Junos - Ballads in the Adult Contemporary album and Riding A
Bicycle in the Instrumental category - nominations will be announced this
Tuesday Feb 4th.
"Acoustic Pathways" will be my 9th album since 2005 - all in all a very
expensive ride. I decided that I would try and receive some financial support
from some of the government programs available. First up I checked out Factor
- wow what a ride that is. I spent at least a week on the application and
decided that Factor wasn't really going to work for me - it seems that they
go for the more commercial and market driven projects rather than the artistic
approach. I then tried the Canada Council for the Arts - they have two deadline
dates each year and any expenses incurred before those dates for your project
will not be covered - the rep there that I was in contact with said that
if part of my project was completed before the deadline date then it would
be considered a partial project and would receive much less weight when being
decided which projects would receive a grant. Basically - if I had waited
another three months before recording then I could apply. The third option
was the Ontario Arts Council - it was the same idea with the deadline dates
as with the Canada Council for the Arts - they told me I was not eligible.
So... back to square one - looks like I am paying for the project as I have
always done. Some advice to those of you that are considering a government
grant - don't be too caught up with your album having to be completed by
a certain date - as long as you follow their dates it should be fine. Canada
Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council state that they are both more
artistically driven whereas Factor is more commercial and market driven.
Time to do a little reminiscing - Friday August 14, 2015. Sometimes it
seems like only a few days ago that my parents bought that first guitar
for me - a Beltone acoustic geetar for $21.95 - that was a lot of money back
in the early 60's. I was 12 then - I went on to a two pick-up Harmony electric
and a few other machines til I ended up with a 1966 Fender Telecaster - sold
that and bought a Les Paul which I played for many years til buying my 1968
Gibson 335 in 1972. Anyway - been thinking about the days in the village
- was hangin' out down there for years. I remember playing the Cafe El Patio
a few times (Blueberry Hill Band) - also in the backyard of Crazy David's
t-shirt store (I think that was the name) and most notably was playing on
the second floor balcony of a restaurant/bar on Yorkville Avenue (not sure
of the band's name for the Crazy David's gig or the restaurant on Yorkville
but we were backing up a singer named David Jansen who had a few singles
out at the time). The traffic became so congested on Yorkville Avenue that
a police seargeant came up the stairs and said he was going to arrest us
if we didn't stop playing - that sadly was the end of that gig.
The days at the Y in Thistletown were happening then also. I was just reading
about Whisky Howl and a few other bands from back then. I auditioned to
play guitar for Whisky Howl at that time - I believe it was to replace Peter
Boyko - it was a good audition but I was a little too messed up and more
into the rock/blues stuff rather than the straight ahead blues style of
Howl at that time - I am not sure but I think it was Dave Morrison that
joined the band then. We were playing and jamming constantly at the Y -
many Toronto players showed up - I remember Tony Flaim coming in and just
rippin' the place apart with that big voice of his - Wayne Wilson of Howl
played in our band for a short while also. Mike Pickett hung around the Y
quite a bit - great harp player - he joined Howl not long after that. I got
my head screwed on straight soon after and went on to play with horn band
Brandy - worked with Shirley Eikhard for a time - Blueberry Hill Band, 100
Proof, Mother Nature, Mason Dixon Line, Biggy Twiggy Band (based in Calgary),
Whip, Lockerbie, Start It Up and a raft of other bands - the times were good
- tons of work all over the place. I also auditioned for Martha and the Vandellas
upon my return from out west - it was at Kelly Jay's place in Ancaster I
believe. If I remember correctly I think it was Sax man Peter Mifsud who
lined that audition up for me. I did a duo for two years then on to playing
as a single for 12 years.
Now with 10 albums of all original music under my belt I am still going
strong and working on album 11. It is fabulous to still be in the game after
all this time. My tunes have been getting quite a bit of radio airplay around
the planet - quite an honour!!!
I have been meaning to write about this topic for quite some time now (January
21, 2016). Many place themselves way up on this high horse of theirs - way
way up there!!! It is quite incredible actually!! I guess they feel
that they have witnessed enough in the music biz and now they are lord ruler
over all that they see and hear. What a pile of crapola!!!!!! I just want
to say to all of those that have had bad reviews from those that feel they
have to give a review - don't take it to heart. You have to take it all in
and process the comments that you receive and move forward with a positive
attitude - but don't dwell on the negative - get what you can out of
them and move on. The fact about it all is that these people are basically
a-holes - no question - they are stagnant where they sit and will never move
forward! Once they reach the high horse stage it is game over.
Back to Lou DeAdder - Main
Original and Eclectic, (04/25/07)
comes guitarist Lou DeAdder, who's impressive Slow Down may
not be considered a true Blues recording, but it certainly has Blues roots
and a lot of tasty licks, too! This is DeAdder's second release, which follows
on the footsteps of his 2005 release LouD.
would be the appropriate word to describe DeAdder's all-original music, but
it all has soul and passion and stands out as one of the better self-produced
recordings I have heard in some time.
can rock out and blasts out with some very hot and creative guitar playing.
For example check out "Ain't Got Two Nickels," the title track "Slow Down,"
the explosive "Without You," and the appropriately-titled instrumental "The
Funky Strudel," which all show that DeAdder is reaching out to explore his
roots, yet his music sounds very new and contemporary. All in all there
are eight vocal tracks and two instrumentals. The music contained is a righteous
mix of rocking Blues, ballads, some good Funk and R&B tunes. I repeat,
this is not just a Blues album nor is it just a Rock album; it is much more
than that. DeAdder also surrounds himself with a good crew of supporting
musicians, most notably co-producer Brett Piekarz on rock-solid bass,
Franko Woodcock on drums, Leo Sullivan on all horns and arrangements,
John Marmora and Steve O'Connor on various keyboards, Steve
McDade on trumpet, and Doug Johnson on pedal steel, all of these
musicians stand tall in their accompaniment of DeAdder's often driving and
complex guitar playing.
In the conversations
I had with DeAdder it's no surprise that he looks up to the guitar playing
of Robben Ford and Albert Collins as his main influences.
See for yourself on Slow Down as he gets very unique sounds from
his guitar just like his heroes. DeAdder also told me he is working on his
next, not one, but two new CDs, so stay tuned as I suspect you will be hearing
a lot more strong and original music from Lou DeAdder.
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