The Groove Project
Hamilton’s Bucket List Band Blues Forged in ‘The Hammer’
Hamilton’s Bucket List Band is an exciting genrebusting horn band from Hamilton, Ontario. Eight veteran musicians bring a bucketload of experience and talent to the stage to entertain audiences everywhere. The Bucket List band performs a cross section of both original and cover tunes with blues, roots, R&B and classic rock flavours. Frontman John Staley’s gravelly baritone voice defines the overall sound, and horn arrangements by saxman John Godek and trombonist Carl Korody add lots of spice and nuance. Trumpeter Dave Baldry, drummer Glen Brown, keyboardist Dave Dalgleish, and guitarists Ralph Lefevre and Russ McAllister superbly complete the team.
The band’s first CD titled “Rumrunner” was released in June 2016 to a soldout show at The Brown Barrel. Recorded by Urmas Soomet at Flamborough’s Studio 13, it was captured in a “live off the floor” recording session. Three uniquely Hamilton original songs appear in the collection: “Rumrunner” telling the story of bootlegger Rocco Perri, “Black Widow” recounts the Evelyn Dick saga, and “Brant Inn Boogie” brings back the memories of the Brant Inn’s glorious dance hall days. Every tune has a danceable beat and a catchy hook.