10 years…

Tomorrow (Feb. 18) marks the 10-year anniversary of my first band’s first gig. Without getting too nostalgic, I remember it pretty clearly (and still have the pick I used that night kicking around somewhere). As silly as that band was (even though we thought we were gonna be huge, along with the rest of the local music scene), it really provided some valuable experience and paved the way for me to get where I am now. In that 10 years I’ve done some pretty cool things; I’ve played tons of shows, recorded a couple CDs, performed around the world and met some great and inspirational people along the way.

So I guess this is my way of saying thanks to those guys for letting me make music with them and for helping me to get where I’m going.

2012 Hamilton Music Award Nominations

Andre Bisson’s new CD Till the Real Thing Comes Along has received a bunch of nominations for the 2012 Hamilton Music Awards. Here is a list of related awards:

Blues Recording of the Year Andre Bisson Till the Real Thing Comes Along
Instrumental Recording of the Year Andre Bisson Till the Real Thing Comes Along
Recording Studio of the Year Boxcar Sound Recording Studio – Andre Bisson
Tour Manager of the Year Loretta Hale – Andre & the J-Tones
Keyboard Player of the Year Jesse O’Brien – Andre Bisson (and others)
Special Instrumentalist of the Year Darcy Hepner – Andre Bisson
Bassist of the Year Brad Cheeseman – Andre Bisson

This was a great recording to work on, so congrats Andre!

For more information on the 2012 HMAs, visit their website here.

UPDATE: Congrats to Jesse O’Brien for winning “Keyboard Player of the Year”!