Bobby’s Blog

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Sunday February 10 2019

Our album “Into The Fog” has arrived!

Produced and engineered by Juno award winner John “Beetle” Bailey! John Bailey and Fog have crafted a top quality album of ten songs. Guest musicians include: Pat LaBarbara (saxophone), Roly Platt (harmonica), William Carn (trombone), Larry Bodner (saxophone), Meg Contini (backing vocals). We also hired famed musician/song writer Don Breithaupt to write and arrange our horn charts! Don is an Emmy award winner known for his work with Monkey House & The Breithaupt Brothers.

“Into The Fog” is available for download on CDBaby, Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play and most other major streaming services. Hard copies are available at Encore Records (Kitchener), Orange Monkey Music (Waterloo), Royal Cat Records (Guelph) or hit up any band member for a copy!

This album has some great grooves! With a four piece horn section, the tracks weave a lush tapestry of colour. These recordings give the listener a very refreshing sound! A nod to the genre’s pioneers.

Please keep checking here for updates as we move into the spring/summer festival season. We ask for your support as we get Fog Blues & Brass Band steady rollin’ into 2019. We can’t be a success without you THE FANS!! See ya out there at the shows, fans can also obtain a CD or T-Shirt! Remember… live music is best!

Saturday November 10th 2018

Hello everyone:

Into The Fog is now available for download on CD BABY for the very reasonable price of 9.99 You can get it (Here)
Fog had to release Digitally in order To apply to the JUNO’S We will still be releasing our Physical CD at a release Party if all goes well in the month of January and February!

Leave An E-Mail at foghardblues@gmail.com If you would like to be put on our pre-order list for a Copy

CD’s Ready for Dec 20

Digital & CD – Release Date: Fri, Nov 8th, 2018

Title: Into The Fog

Canadian Content: M-A-P-L

Digital Distributor: CD Baby

Physical Distributor: Independent

Album Credits:

Produced by: John ‘Beetle’ Bailey
Recorded by John ‘Beetle’ Bailey at Phase One Studios, Toronto, ON, assisted by Darren McGill and at The Drive Shed, New Hamburg, ON.
Additional Recording by Robi Banerji at the FOG Studio, Kitchener, ON
Mixed and Mastered by John ‘Beetle’ Bailey at The Drive Shed, New Hamburg, ON
Piano Technicans: Andrew Novosky at Phase One, and Paul Wall at The Drive Shed
Photography: Selina Bailey

FOG Blues & Brass Band is:
Hilliard Walter (Vocals), Al Hosack (Bass), Pat Furlong (Drums), Bobby Becker (Keys), Dan Jancar (Saxophones and Flute), Tim Palser (Guitar)

Guest Musicians:
Pat Labarbara (Tenor Saxophone)
William Carn (Trombone)
Larry Bodner (Alto Saxophone)
Roly Platt (Harmonica on ‘High Maintenance Love’)
Meg Contini – Background Vocals

Horn Arrangements By: Don Breithaupt

Thank’s to you and with your support we can keep FOG rolling and remember-LIVE MUSIC IS BEST!!!!!

Thurs July 12 2018

Hello FOG Lovers! Some amazing things have been happening! The recording of our CD has gone forward in leaps and bounds . We have received some fantastic and unique horn arrangements from our friend Don Breithaupt and we engaged some world class players for the horn section.

John Beetle Bailey and Don opted for a 3 saxophone and 1 trombone configuration. The tracks were recorded in one day at a studio which will remain nameless, it was a very unique atmosphere!

Larry Bodner played alto sax. Larry’s credits include playing with bands UB40, Lighthouse, Downchild Blues Band, Muddy Waters,Shakura S’aida,Betty Lavette and many more. Larry is active in the Canadian Jazz scene as well as teaches with a background from Humber College and North Texas State University. Larry is also, Dan Jancar’s (FOG’s Saxaphone player) teacher. This recording is the first for Dan to record with Larry!

On tenor sax, FOG had the distinct pleasure of the incomparable Pat Labarbera!
Pat has an extensive career playing most notably with The Buddy Rich Orchestra and Elvin Jones! Pat can be heard on a plethora of recordings from Stevie Wonder to Ella Fitzgerald  and many other famous artists! Pat is a world class player who also teaches jazz improv at Humber  College. This recording is the first for Hills (FOG’s Vocalist) to record with Uncle Pat!

On trombone we have the amazing William Carn. William also teaches at Humber and is one of the top trombonists in the country and has recorded and performed with Rob McConnell, Randy Brecker, Dave Binney and many more. William is a very sought after player who is very diverse in his approach to music.

FOG’s own Dan Jancar played baritone sax on the 10 song album and sounded and performed magnificently on the session and fit in the ensemble like a glove!

This project is many facetted with a few writers contributing to the material and it does take a village as the saying goes.

We have more live shows coming. On Saturday July 14th we are back at Churchill Arms in Waterloo to rock the house and August 25th we are at BOBBY O’BRIENS in Kitchener. Recent past shows include a couple in Guelph at Qball’s and Louie’s on Lewis Road . Thanks to Dawn Fairbanks for booking those shows and believing in us. FOG hopes to work with Dawn a lot more for future shows!!

FOG T-SHIRTS are available at the low price of 15 dollars (tax included) so if you would like one — contact us here on the site or go to our Facebook page FOG/PRODUCT SERVICE and we will hook you up!! We also have them available at our live shows too. So until next time– SUPPORT LIVE MUSIC AND KEEP COOL !!!

Fri May 25 2018

Its been too long since my last entry and a lot has happened !! We have a new guitar player Tim Palser and he brings the band to a new and higher level We thank Walter Horn and wish him the best in his future plans.

The CD is about 60% complete with 5 tracks of lead vocals and the other 5 to be done shortly! we also employed DON BREITHAUPT from MONKEY HOUSE to write and arrange our 4 part horn section charts. Don is a master at writing killer charts and has written for Sultans of String , Micah Barnes and many others we will eventually expand to a 9 piece ensemble with 3 saxes and a trombone so the resulting sound will be huge!! We are indeed blessed!

Some local shows are in the offing  in Waterloo and Guelph At the St Louis Bar and Grill in Waterloo and the Churchill Arms -Q Balls in Guelph is also happening in June .

We also have TSHIRTS available !! If you would like one they are 15 bucks each so if you would like one message us on this website or on FOG/ product service on Facebook!! Or message Hills Walt or Al Hosack and they will hook you up!!

Enjoy the fine weather and come out and see us “on the road” Live music is best!!

Thurs Dec 14 2017

Well we are going into the holidays with a bang and we have – with the help of engineer/producer/musician Robi Banerji (rolling Stones-Neil young and many others) setup our rehearsal space for recording our own music.
Look for us at the Churchill arms in Waterloo January 6th 2018 for another show and later in the month for the old timers hockey party at the Kitchener Auditorium Annex with our friends Broken Spoke and from Stratford the New Boys.we will be playing new material hot off the press – On behalf of everyone in FOG BLUES AND BRASS BAND MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A SAFE HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!!

Wed Nov 15th 2017

It’s been a long time since my last blog post here and I apologize for the delay. The band has been developing more material for the live shows and we are starting to get more shows booked.
We played some private parties and some club dates and had a blast developing a larger fan base locally and to you new fans-welcome to our site! We just did a show with Katmandu-the best seger tribute in Canada and FOG opened for them with fantastic revues! We also have some dates booked at the Churchill Arms club in waterloo and might be returning to Stratford for some dates in the new year.!January 16th 2018 we will be headlining a show for the old timers hockey party at the Kitchener Auditorium Annex lounge – what a party!!
We have recorded bed tracks at phase one recording studio in Toronto and the process will continue soon with John beetle Bailey at the helm .We are making this CD at our own pace Fog wants this album to be as good as it can be, quality takes time. So time will be used to.get the best product we can possibly get ! I will keep you posted on all news as it happens and remember-live music rules and thank you for helping us keep FOG ROLLING!!

Mon Mar 20th 2017

Well spring is just around the corner and we have exciting news!! FOG is wrapping up rehearsals with 8 original songs to be recorded in May for our first CD- we will be recording at the world famous PHASE ONE STUDIO in Toronto and at the controls will be renowned engineer / producer John beetle Bailey . There are 2 upcoming shows -April 15 at the Dominion house in Stratford Ontario for a return show -April 22nd we will be at the KW naval association hall in Waterloo for a fundraiser in support of the Velocity lacrosse team .This show is a dinner / show to raise money for expenses . I will fill you in on tickets and will post a link ….. We hope to see all of you for either one or both shows!! Hopefully the cd will be available by this summer so :stay tuned to the site right here for ongoing updates!! Live music is best and help us keep FOG ROLLING!!

Sun Jan 29th 2017

Well we are into 2017 with a bang! after We Performed at the old timers hockey party opening for rockers Everyday Hero in the Annex lounge at the Kitchener Auditorium. FOG would like to thank all you fans for your support and for helping us get closer to our goal of recording our CD. We have almost enough to fulfil our financial needs to go to a big studio in Toronto to begin the process!
We have some cool material and will be treated well in a style befitting the band. Utilizing songs from seasoned writers we are excited to get underway.
Out next show is April 15th for a return date at the Dominion house in Stratford, back by popular demand! l will keep you posted on any shows that come up between now and then, find dates here at the site so visit our site and keep your eyes on  the other social sites FOG IS ROLLING !!!WATCH FOR IT!!!Remember–live music is BEST!!!
Ps. We are open to shows of almost any kind! Even private parties so if you would like to book FOG send us a line here or contact any of the band members. We would love to come and party with you!

Mon Nov 28th 2016

After a very successful show at the Dominion House in Stratford last week, Fog is moving more and more toward our goal of recording our first CD of original material. Songs will be penned by the band and several co writing partners. It is with great pleasure that we announce that we have enlisted the talents of Bill Mononen, Guitarist, formerly of “Copperpenny”, “Your Favourite Thing” and “Yukon”. Bill along with Ron Hiller and Rich Wamil are best known for writing the Canadian and international hit, “Sittin on a Poor Man’s Throne”!  This song was made famous by Copperpenny and then a remake was done by the one and only Bobby “Blue” Bland!

Bill has a wealth of song ideas and we are thrilled to have him on board!! The CD will be engineered and co-produced by Hills’s good friend John “Beetle” Bailey. John has worked with Molly Johnson and won a Juno for engineering Molly’s CD “Rain”. The list goes on and on, Tom Cochrane, Olivia Newton John, Ian Thomas, and Monkey House to name a few. We are in good hands on the production side of things!  Fog is taking their time to make sure the product we release is of the best quality. We wouldn’t want to disappoint you – OUR FANS!!

The next show is January 14, 2017 at the Kitchener Auditorium – Annex in the lounge between the ice pads with rock band “Everyday Hero” and “The Matt Weidinger Band” . That show will be a blast! “Matt Weidinger” will play from 2:00 p.m. until approximately 4:30 p.m.. “Fog” will play from 5:00 p.m. to around 7:00 p.m. and “Every Day Hero” will finish the evening off.

Remember, LIVE MUSIC IS BEST and let’s keep the FOG  ROLLING!!  .

Monday October 24th 2016

Well here we are into the fall season and we just completed playing 2 shows in town-one at Cork Hall and another at Dallas club in kitchener both receiving great positive reviews ! An article written by Coral Andrews on the band and published in the waterloo region Record nightlife section was also fabulous for FOG ! These promotional avenues keep the band in the public eye and thank you Coral for being there for us and all the great talent in the area .we are still working on more original material and are getting closer to the studio every day so we should be there soon to get everything out so you can hear what we have been working on diligently. Our next live show will be at the DOMINION HOUSE in STRATFORD ONTARIO SATURDAY NOVEMBER 19TH -our first out of town show yet so look out Stratford -FOG will be rolling in at that time!! ; meanwhile our original song BACKWOODS is garnering yet more momentum on INDI.COM/FOG with over 1 million 756 thousand hits which is remarkable !! We are so proud of our material and strive to bring you fans a slightly different take on the blues and hope it is a refreshing change from the usual -remember LIVE MUSIC IS BEST and stay tuned !! Stay classy FOG FANS!!

Saturday September 3rd 2016

It’s been yet another great summer of blues music and festivals and we decided to not participate this year due to the fact that we are putting all our emphasis on getting our original material ready for recording It’s a time consuming process but we want to make sure the songs are of high quality Dan Jancar had a health scare but he is fast on the mend and will be back in the saxophone chair very soon. Our next live show will be at CORK HALL AT MCCABES PUB FRIDAY OCTOBER 7TH !! Tickets will be available soon from the usual outlets Encore records, The Orange Monkey, McCabe s Pub or from any band member so come on out and celebrate the beginning of Octoberfest with FOG !! -we will be showcasing some original songs and a live video shoot will be happening again so come on out and be a part of that as well you are more than welcome to record the show on your phones too .keep In touch with us here and please help build on the live music scene by coming to the live shows not just our shows but any show that’s happening in the area – LIVE MUSIC IS BEST !!

Monday March 21st 2016

Its been an interesting time since my last blog entry – some sad news – Mo Kauffey has lost his battle with cancer recently and the world has lost a great man and huge talent. RIP Mo–you will always be remembered.
Another local and well known musician Ralph “Chick” Shumilas had been fighting that dreaded scourge on humanity as well. He was a giant in the music community and is a terrible loss to countless friends he had. RIP Chick– which leads me to this—
In  honour of his wishes there will be a benefit held on APRIL 23 2016 at BOBBY O’BRIENS in Kitchener . There are 5 musical acts performing that night -Johnsons Creek will play at 7 till 7:45-Chuckee and the Crawdaddies from 8 till
8:45-then — FOG– from 9 till 9:45 –Jonas Kick from 10 till 10:45 and then to close the show Jo Panic  –11 till 11:45 or maybe beyond–
There will be no cover charge but a donation box will be available so you can pay what you feel and if you don’t then that is fine as well –no one will be turned away since this is a celebration of Chick’s life and a gathering of his family and friends in remembrance and reflection.
FOG is progressing nicely on our original CD recording project and at the benefit show we will be featuring some of our original songs playing some for the first time so have a listen and tell us what you think of them and don’t hesitate to comment on the site here – we want your feedback !!!

SEE YOU AT BOBBYS ON THE 23rd of APRIL !!! LIVE MUSIC IS BEST!!!!!

Sunday January 10th 2016

Another New Year is upon us and I hope everyone has a healthy Happy and Prosperous 2016.
FOG has now embarked on our journey to recording our first CD of original blues songs and we cannot be more stoked to begin this project.!! Of course we will be shopping around to play live venues to present our show to you fans but the goal is to get our original music which is essential to moving on to bigger and better venues down the road. We love to play OUR music for our fans and it seems with Facebook Reverbnation Fandalism and Youtube collectively, we have over 50 thousand views !! With that I want to THANK YOU FOG FANS for your ongoing support!!
HIlls had entered his original song “Backwoods” to Indi.com to a songwriters contest for original song and has garnered quite the buzz !!It seems that you like the song in a big way and we will bring more interesting and original material for your enjoyment . Please feel free to comment on what you see and hear from us and all comments ( good OR bad) will be much appreciated! We want you fans to be a part of this journey with us as we expand our horizons.
Lets keep FOG ROLLING–LIVE MUSIC RULES!!!

Saturday,December 19th 2015

Its been a while since my last entry but there has been lot going on with the band ! We performed our show at Cork Hall in Kitchener on November 7th to a very receptive crowd of FOG fans and from this show -which was recorded live-we posted 2 videos of our original material -the first song-“Backwoods ” and I must say –we are getting great views on Fandalism and Reverbnation . As of this post, we have received over 2100 views on Fandalism alone!! That translates to around 80 views per day –and on Reverbnation we have been in the top 5 for local blues–THANK YOU to all of you FOG fans and those who watched it who just enjoyed looking and listening to us!!
Our second original song “Steady Rolling Man” is following in the footsteps of “Backwoods” and is getting positive appeal as well!
On December 4th we did a show for the benefit of our blues brother Mo Kauffey who is struggling with stage 4 cancer.It was with three other blues acts at Van Gogh’s Ear in Guelph Ontario and it was a pleasure to donate our time and talent to Mo who had very little benefits to help in his fight. It was great exposure for us and we garnered some new FOG fans . We are now working on our first CD of original material and we will be recording for the next while.I will let you know how things are progressing as we travel along the path of becoming an original Blues band.!!
To all our fans and everyone out there-Have a Happy and safe Christmas and Holiday Season and may the New Year bring all of you Health Wealth and Happiness!! LIVE MUSIC RULES!!!!!!!!

Sunday,November 1 2015

Its been a while since my last entry, and for good reason-FOG has been rehearsing diligently for a show that we will be performing at Cork Hall Live in Kitchener on SATURDAY NOVEMBER 7th. We will be recording and videoing this show that night and this will be a great night! In the set will be 2 new originals we will be recording for an upcoming CD project.We are constantly striving to improve our sound and show and hope to break the scene wide open in the near future with our own brand of classic blues songs Since everyone knows our passion for promoting LIVE MUSIC we encourage all you fans to come out and give us your support -not just for FOG but live music generally–we love our fans and hope you all spread the word about FOG–HAVE A GREAT HALLOWEEN—

Sunday, August 15 2015

We just played our second gig at the Kitchener Bluesfest on Saturday August 8th in front of Try City Music and what a time we had!! Great to see some old friends and fans come out and support us at this venue!! Got some great compliments from people who enjoy our take on the Blues .!
We are still looking for the right trumpet player to add to our lineup .If anyone out there knows of a potential candidate please contact us on our website right here or on Facebook – FOG/product/service.
Hills unfortunately ended up with a case of strep throat and like the trooper that he is carried on through our set with the professionalism and perseverance that everyone knows Hills possesses! He is on the mend right now and  our next move is to prepare for recording our original material . We hope to begin recording in  the very near future. Please show your support by visiting this site–Watch our videos here, reverbnation or on our Youtube channel and help us put Kitchener and FOG on the musical map!!  remember– LIVE MUSIC IS BEST!!! help keep FOG rolling!!!

Tuesday, August 4 2015

Kitchener Blues fest is just about upon us and I have great news!! FOG will be performing LIVE on Saturday August 8th at 3 PM in front of Try City Music downtown Kitchener 97 King Street West. We will showcase our band and hope to see as many of you fans out as possible. Drop by – give us a look and listen -say HI!! Also – Hills and I will be on the radio on Sound FM – 100.3 FM – with Coral Andrews Wednesday August 5th between 5:30 and 6:30 PM to talk music and promote our Saturday show so please TUNE IN and come on out Saturday!!
We are still looking for a trumpet player to add to the mix – really need someone dedicated to the blues and if any fans know of someone who can fit our criteria please send any information along to us on this website – great opportunity for someone who loves to play great blues music to join FOG !!
Will be recording  and I will let you all know when the project gets wrapped up — we hope to have it underway soon. Live music is best!!!

Monday, June 22 2015

Bobby Becker here . I will be keeping all you fans updated as to everything that is happening with our band “FOG” BLUES and BRASS BAND. Since its’ inception in late 2014,all of us in the band have been individually and collectively putting all our musical expertise and experience to great use to bring you an interesting and strong group of seasoned and polished professional musicians some of whom many of you know from past groups from our local area.
Our goal is to bring you the fans an enjoyable and interesting change from the usual blues band who do nothing but standards and covers to one that performs not so usual material to original material written by the band.We will be in the recording studio very soon to lay down the tracks for our recording project–AND–we will be adding a trumpet player to accompany our sax man Dan Jancar to the band giving us that extra power and versatility. We are in the planning stages for live shows very soon and as everyone knows this takes a bit of time to do so–rest assured we are working diligently to get out there and perform for you -the public.!!Not since my days with YUKON have I been so excited to be in the company of some of the finest players from the area–KW has tremendous potential to showcase the many talented players and artists residing here. I will be updating this blog hopefully quite frequently –your comments and suggestions are very welcome and I encourage everyone to give us your opinions and suggestions—lets get the FOG ROLLING!!!

2 Responses to Bobby’s Blog

  1. Larry Becker says:

    Hi bro.. Didn’t know ya had a blog !! Very good …Looks like it’s all working for you and the band.. Great stuff..Keep the fans posted!! All the best !!!

  2. Bobby – see you’re still tickling those ivories after all these years. Remember when you played with us for a short stint in “Jimmy & the Rainbows” – well Jimmy and I moved to Florida in the late 70’s and have been here ever since. Your group sounds good – love that sound – always liked Downchild – remember we used to do “flip Flop & Fly. Still have my Gibson ES 335 that I got from your guitar player in Yukon – Ted something…..

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