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THE SHAFTMEN-2009-HERITAGE, ROCK N’ ROLL AND THE PAYCHEQUE BLUES

THANK YOU FRIENDS AND FANS..2009 HAS BEEN A YEAR OF COOL SHOWS AND GREAT MUSIC. WE HAD SOME BIG FUN!!!

MAKING our own mark as a band  has never been about reguritating the “hits of the day” If you do that for too long you may end up being a walking jukebox in constant reproduction. Make no mistake, you can still have a ton of fun, but I personally don’t think you move ahead as a musician.

From the first jam 5 years ago to now releasing 2 original CD’S, being part of  2 compilation cd’s, receiving daily national airplay, lots of youtube videos and  many gigs later our band is still writing, playing and recording new material. Our latest album PAYCHEQUE BLUES was a major step up in production, originality and learning. Recording and working head to head with a musician of JACK DE KEYZER’S calibre is a  labour of love.  If you don’t own a copy, you really should check it out, it rocks the blues big time.
We write a lot about our heritage and culture in the North. It has  everything to do with our sound. I truly believe what we are as musicians comes from our DNA and in a big part from  living our  lives in a mining town in Northern Ontario. Bob Seger’s Michigan, Bruce Springsteen’s New Jersey or Eminem’s Detroit all have a major impact on their music. The Shaftmen are no different.   

Mike Charette, John Savard, Gil Boissonneault,  and myself along with some piano from Bob Pell and of coures JACK played  every single note on the cd. Other than Jack’s role as a producer, Jamie Mongeon’s role as an engineer, and mine as the songwriter everyone played what they wanted. John Savard has moved on but he played a lot of great guitar, especially in the live context. John can play the blues, no doubt about it.

Recently PAUL COLAMECO sat in and joined us onstage as lead guitarist.  P.C.’s chops as most people know and witnessed first hand are extraordinary.  JOE DI MARCO has joined the band as our keyboard player, and he is already making an impact.  Other than a few suggestions sometimes to Joe because he has way less miles on him (lucky guy) everyone (including Joe)  play what they feel within the context of the song. THAT IS EXCITING

If  God is willing and with a little luck were going to have some more fun in 2010. “Can’t say why but I feel like walking the line, I’m trading in those gray skies for the sweet sunshine, I got the blues on the run, baby and  I’m feeling fine”

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