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Tom Hammel 
pedal steel guitar, accordion, electric and acoustic guitars, ukulele


Tom's musical start was on the accordion at age 10, and he has been playing guitar and singing for decades. He took up the pedal steel guitar in 2008 after trying to emulate its sound on the electric guitar in an alt-country band he was playing in at the time. He has performed on pedal and lap steel guitars in country/rockabilly/roots bands Derbytown, The Palomars, The Neon Stars, Alex & The Airstreams, Mac Pontiac, Dan Challis, Jesse Waldman, Speeding West (Luca Benedetti) and The Ploughboys. Notable performances include appearances at Folk on the Rocks Festival (Yellowknife), Nashville Boogie (Nashville) and East Van Opry (Vancouver).

 

He regularly does sideman work on pedal steel guitar for other singer-songwriters and bands. His pedal steel playing can be heard on albums released by The Dovetails, The Neon Stars, Jesse Waldman, The Tired Sunday Choir, and Dan Challis. His production credits include studio albums released by Vancouver bands The Palomars (two albums) and Derbytown (one album).

 

Tom’s pedal steel guitar influences include Herb Remington (Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys), Speedy West (pioneer in country and swing music of the 40s and 50s), and Buddy Emmons (helped standardize the instrument in the 1960s and define its role in country music)


Paul lends his guitar mastery to this album on five of the tracks. The immediately recognizable sound of his distinctive guitar playing has led to him compiling a list of credits that would be the envy of anyone in the music business. Paul has shared the stage and lent his guitar mastery to some fine musicians over the years such as Jeff Beck, Jackob Dylan, Michael Kaeshammer, Albert Lee, James Burton, Brian Setzer, The Reverend Horton Heat, Neko Case, Jim Byrnes, The Sojourners, and Carolyn Mark.

 

When he’s not out with Cousin Harley, Boxcar Campfire or any of the many other projects he’s involved in, he can be found inspiring students at international guitar workshops, conducting master classes or teaching privately. His three critically acclaimed instructional DVDs have earned him the respect of the guitar world and have sent many a young picker on the path of musical development. He’s never shy to share his knowledge and love of music.

Alex Pangman 
Vocals


Alex Pangman is featured on the new album in the classic western swing song “It’s All Your Fault”. Hammel has been a big fan since her debut album ‘they say’ was released in 1999. Proudly known as ‘Canada’s Sweetheart of Swing’, her natural vocal abilities and deep appreciation for the classic jazz era have earned her a place in our nation’s heart. With pipes aplenty, Juno nominee Pangman possesses the requisite taste, talent and the historical knowledge of an avid record collector to breathe new life into the sturdy standards of the classic jazz era.

 

A superb song stylist with growing compositional chops, the gifted Toronto scenemaker has built a loyal fanbase amongst jazz listeners and dancers. She has performed with her band, The Alleycats in nightclubs and concert halls across Canada including three stellar showcases at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. She has also opened for Willie Nelson (a big Bob Wills fan) and recorded with Bucky Pizarelli.

 

Jeremy Holmes
Upright Bass

 

Jeremy is a bass player and songwriter who has recorded and played with such diverse artists as David Hidalgo, Jim Byrnes, Big Dave McLean, Joey (Sh*thead) Keithley of DOA, John Hammond, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Russell DeCarle, Roxanne Potvin, Colin James, Jill Barber, Kat Danser, Cousin Harley (Paul Pigat), Michael Kaeshammer, John Reischman, Aaron Pritchett, Christa Couture, CR Avery, Hannah Georgas, Matt Patershuk, Haram and Michael Buble. He has recorded, toured, and worked on many award-winning projects with Steve Dawson for over a decade. He has also worked with producers including Howard Redekopp (Teagan And Sara), Ryan Guldemond (Mother Mother), Jesse Zubot (Tanya Tagaq), John Raham (Frazey Ford), Chon (DOA) and Darryl Neudorf (Neko Case).

Photo: Anita van Weerden

James Badger
Drums

 

Sadly, we lost James suddenly in November, 2020. He was a true talent, friend and supporter of the arts in Vancouver, BC.  Specializing in roots-style music, he enjoyed playing old country, blues, rockabilly, New Orleans-style, R&B and old rock & roll. His nickname  was “Hollywood Jimmie” because he’s so NOT Hollywood. 

Performance and recording credits include: Juno-nominated James Buddy Rogers, Long John Baldry, Jimmy D Lane, Juno-winner Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, Harpdog Brown, Steve Kozak, JJ Lavallee, The Rocket Revellers, DerbyTown, Lonesome Sinners, Bill Hills & The Fabulous Aces plus many others.

Musicians added for live performances

Debra Peters
Accordion, vocals

Canadian Accordionist, piano player, singer, songwriter, performer Debra Peters and The Love Saints are based in Austin Texas USA. Debra is an original member of Vancouver’s Yo-Dells who performed at Expo 1986 in Vancouver. She is a dedicated music teacher, adjudicator, and promoter and has created three Accordion instructional DVDs sold worldwide.  Member of National Accordion Assn.(NAA) Accordion Teachers Guild International (ATG)

 Debra has produced and recorded 4 CD’s of her own songs on Love Saints Music. Performs with Accordion Orchestras USA & Canada.

Bill Waldron
Drums





Bill has been teaching and performing drums for over fifty years in the Vancouver and Victoria areas. He performed with local bands The Ploughboys, Debbie Bergeron and Norine Braun and the Mood Swing. He studied music with the University of Victoria Music School, the Victoria Conservatory of Music and the Vancouver College Jazz program. He has extensive background in military and pipe band drumming.  He has toured and competed throughout BC, Alberta, Yukon North West Territories, Washington, Oregon and California. 

Bill has taught numerous up and coming drummers at Tempo Trend Music Studios in Vancouver and at Drums Only in Vancouver. He has been involved with world wide drum/cymbal companies as an endorser and clinician

Photo: Anita van Weerden