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MP3 Shane Hamlyn - COUNTRY: Country Folk

Good honest lyrics with simple melodies that are easy to listen to.

9 MP3 Songs
COUNTRY: Country Folk, ROCK: Roots Rock

The following bio is a brief account of my musical journey so far.
I grew up listening to my father play old country songs for his friends. When I was around 12 years old I got him to show me a few chords and I started playing myself.

I got my first electric guitar when I was 13. It was a red Fender Strat'' (made in Korea). I learned a few rock songs and started learning how to play lead.

I played my first show with my father at the Bellevue Beach lounge. I was around 15 or 16 at the time.

Later I met up with James "Jimi" Anderson who had a set of drums, and we hit it off. We spent a lot of time jamming and later got his friend Paul Smith to join us on guitar and we played a couple of shows.

We called ourselves Travellin Band at first because my favorite song to play was the CCR song. Later we changed the name to Temper Tantrum.

Temper Tantrum had a funny way of practicing. We''d play badly and out of sinc for an hour or so. Then we''d all get upset, throw a temper tantrum and start practicing again. When we were upset we had a lot more focus. Our last show was on Halloween in 1992 at "the Dark Zone" in Norman''s Cove. We had some help from Alana Jones who played the bass parts on her keyboard.

When I finished high school I went to Dalhousie University to study music. I dropped out after two years but I learned a lot from the experience.

I spent a lot of my time alone, writing music.

In 2001 I auditioned for a talent show that was being held in South Carolina and I passed the audition. I went down and took third place in the talent category and got to play for about 2000 people in the final show of the competition. I also got to talk to some record company owners, and I got some great advice about the music industry.

On that trip I met up with a fellow singer/songwriter named Darrell Duke, who got second place. Darrell was also from Newfoundland and we made plans to start a band when we got back home.

We started "the Darrell Duke Band featuring Shane Hamlyn" and played at Bridey Malloys on George Street.

Later that same year I met up with Lloyd and Lucas Snow from Blaketown. Lloyd was a drummer who helped me play a show at Bellevue Beach with only a couple days notice.

Lucas was a singer and guitar player who first played bass guitar at a party for Scott Hefferen (who is in the army and was coming home from Afganistan).

We got Cain Thorne, a guitar player from Thornlea, to play guitar with us at that party. We also had some help from my sister Kim who sang backup on a lot of songs.

Later we used my sister''s log cabin as a jam space and I bought a generator to power the gear. We practiced for a while and played a show at Bellevue Beach later that year.

The band which we called "GENERATOR" was made up of:

Myself on vocals and guitar. Lucas Snow on vocals and guitar. Lloyd Snow on drums. Corey Branton on bass. Colin Thorne on keyboards. Kim Hamlyn on back-up vocals. Carrie-Lee Morgan on background vocals.

We had a great show that night. (a good story in itself, but one for another time)

I met up with John Slorach sometime among all this and we started recording music on his 8 track recorder. I liked the recorder so much that I bought it from him and used it over the next couple of years.

Back in July of 2006 John told me the 8 track wasn''t good enough to get the final recording I was after. We went to Music City in https://www.tradebit.comn''s and John bought a 24 track Tascam recorder for us to get the project off the ground.

We spent the whole summer on it and finshed the final mix in October.

I got MMS ATLANTIC to make 100 copies of my first cd and went door to door and sold them all.

Later I got 1000 copies pressed and put them in some stores and also dropped of a copy to everyone at the OZ FM/NTV/THE HERALD building in https://www.tradebit.comn''s.

I am now recording more music and working on my website.

Thank you for reading my story.

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