Cool Fool, Blues Rockin' The Hammer

a lifetime spent living the Blues in Hamilton (The Hammer), Canada

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Representing the Best of Small Press
P.O. Box 3471, Stn. C. Voice: 905-545-5274
Hamilton ON L8H 7M1 E-mail: Attn: Trudi


Hot Hamilton’s Cool Blues Scene
It’s the early 1960s and two Hamilton teens, Doug Carter and Richard Newell (later known as King Biscuit Boy), with two other friends, form The Chessmen band after being bitten by the Blues bug. Success from playing local gigs somehow results in a “tour” in England and Germany. The rest, as they say, is history … but it’s a wild journey that Blues aficionados will enjoy reliving. Cool Fool: Blues Rockin’ In The Hammer is Doug Carter’s honest, funny and as-true-as-he-can-remember-it story of playing the Blues (and other musical styles) from the 1960s to 1980s. Published by Seraphim Editions ( ), this straight-shooting memoir brings to life the vibrant Hamilton and Buffalo music scenes of the times. It traces Carter’s love of music and the ups and downs of his musical career, along with the good, the bad and the sometimes ugly bits about performing live.
Carter says he wrote the book to expand on the back story of Hamilton’s most famous Blues harmonica virtuoso, Richard Newell, and “to celebrate the music and the musicians I made some great music with along the way.”

A book launch for Cool Fool will be held on Saturday August 14, 2010 at the Artword ArtBar (15 Colbourne Street, Hamilton), starting at 7:30 p.m. This event is free and is open to the public. There will be live music by Eddies Club Blues with Ron Copple, one of the original Chessmen. There will also be a short reading by the author.
Founded in 1995, Seraphim Editions publishes the works of established and emerging Canadian writers.

For more information about Cool Fool or the book launch, or to request a review copy (pdf format), please contact Trudi at
Bassist Doug Carter has been a Hamilton musician since he started gigging with The Chessmen at local high schools and clubs. For many years, he made a living playing music with such Blues notables as Morgan Davis, Teddy Leonard, Donny Walsh, Harrison Kennedy, and Mike Oddie, as well as rockers Tim Gibbons, Fraser Loveman,
Michael O’Brien and Tom Wilson. Doug has co-written songs with Richard Newell and guitarist Mike McMillan. He is also a visual artist who has exhibited throughout Southern Ontario, and from 1995 to 2004, he administered the non-profit Carnegie Art Gallery in Dundas, Ontario.

To arrange an interview with Doug Carter, please contact him at .

Written by Doug Carter

July 28, 2010 at 7:19 pm

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