Barry Hazle

Host, The Shasta Serenade

Barry was a foundling in an old adobe in Southern California, adopted by nomadic Polish Gypsies, and lived with them until the age of 50. He has had no formal schooling, but learned to play the fiddle by the age of five. Throughout his early years, one could find him fiddling away in the foothills of Northern California tending his Lithuanian goats, making cheese and goat meat Kielbasa.  He was renowned for his sheepherder’s bread making.  He accidentally baked a rock into a particularly delicious loaf of bread, on which the chief of the gypsy clan broke a bicuspid. The clan seized his shepherd's cane and the Chief broke it in half tossing the parts to the ground. Barry was thus humiliated, and banished for life from the only family he had ever known. (Later, Barry sold the recipe for the Kielbasa to the NHL for a small fortune – they use it in the manufacturing of hockey pucks).

Heartbroken, and lost without his goats, he wandered the valleys and foothills for 25 years until an old radio DJ took pity on him and led him into the bowels of an ancient radio station. The DJ was tired of the gig and asked Barry to sit in for him for just a day showing Barry how to move the dials and which buttons to push.

The old DJ never returned – and Barry has been in the chair sliding levers and pushing buttons ever since.

Sadly, he does not remember how to escape.

This is the last Rock-a-Barry Weekend show folks – I’m now retired from the Shasta Serenade and The Rock-a-Barry Weekend Shows. Hope you enjoy the show crammed full of old rock n roll, R&B, country and pop music form the 40‘s into the 70’s. it has been a great deal of fun sharing my passion for Americana music over these many years. Remember, go out and see live music – it’s good for your health, and the health of the musicians too J. You can always see me at the Oaksong Society for the Preservation of Way Cool Music concerts in Redding, or the many other concerts and music festivals I attend each year. Until then, stay safe, and I’ll see you at the music.  

The Shasta Serenade

Jan 21, 2017

With only two Shasta Serenades left (including this show) I’m playing some of my favorite singers and songs. You will hear Patty Griffin, Cheryl Wheeler, Merle Haggard, Chris Stuart, The Belville Outfit, America, Berkley-Hart, Coty Hogue, Chuck McCabe, and, of course, Chuck Brodsky. From the newer releases we’ll hear John Craigie and his new single, “I am California,” Shawn Mullins, Teddy Thompson and Kelley Jones, Anna Tivel, Adrian & Meredith, and out of the UK, The Black Feathers. There are many more as I gear up to say goodbye on my last show January 28 - it’s the last weekend of the month and the last Rock-a-Barry Weekend show.


The Shasta Serenade

Jan 14, 2017

This week I play a few of my favorites: The Austin Lounge Lizards, Adrienne Young with Little Sadie, Audie Blaylock (Bluegrass), Alison Krauss from 1997, and The Acousticats from 1992. We have newer tunesmiths too: The Dustbowl Revival, John Craigie, who has a new album coming out late this month, The T-Sisters (at the Big Room January 29), John McCutcheon (Oaksong Music Society, January 14) and much more.

The Shasta Serenade

Jan 7, 2017

This week on the Shasta Serenade we have music from Mollie O’Brien and husband Rich Moore, The Ballroom Thieves, The Infamous Stringdusters (with Lee Ann Womack), the T-Sisters (Big Room January 29), John McCutcheon (Big Room January 11, and for the Oaksong Music Society at the Pilgrim January 14), Chuck Brodsky (Oaksong Music Society at the Pilgrim January 28). We also have Paper Bird, The Hello Strangers, Mandolin Orange. I also play from Bob Dylan’s Fallen Angels – his contribution to the American Songbook.  We also pay our tribute to Elvis Presley whose birthday is January 8; he would have turned 82. After this show, there are only three Serenades remaining before I retire. Please be careful out there, and stay dry. I’ll be back January 14 with a new Shasta Serenade which will include music from Booker T. Jones (Saturday, January 21 at Laxson).

The Shasta Serenade

Dec 24, 2016

This Christmas Eve the Shasta Serenade will be filled with Christmas music. We’ll be playing songs from Johnny Mathis, Brenda Lee, Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters, Johnny Cash, Elvis, and Bobby Helms. New music from Jimmy Buffett (seems he’s missing his two front teeth), Marty Stuart laments that even Santa gets the blues, and Chuck Brodsky got nothing on Christmas. Christmas Americana style from the Shasta Serenade.

The Shasta Serenade

Dec 17, 2016

This week on the Shasta Serenade we have an eclectic mix of secular and Christmas music, covering songs from Fats Domino, the Beach Boys, Parker Millsap and Sarah Jarosz. Music from a new duo based in Nashville, Adrian & Meredith and their album, “More Than a Little.”  We also play music from Colvin & Earle, Sierra Hull, Sam Bush, The Brothers Landreth, Dale Ann Bradley, just to name a few.

The Shasta Serenade

Dec 10, 2016

This week’s Shasta Serenade is continuing our mix of Americana and Holiday music. There is some great quartet singing from Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and Dan Tyminski sings Frosty the Snowman, and Roger Miller on Old Toy Trains. We also hear from Tim O’Brien, Anne & Pete Sibley, Jeff White, Merle Haggard, Pat Green and many more. 

The Shasta Serenade

Dec 3, 2016

This week’s Shasta Serenade is a mix of the older and the new music from folks like John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, The Eagles, and even Jim Croce. I also mixed in The Cactus Blossoms, Bronwynne Brent, Coty Hogue, Kelly McRae and many more. As always, two hours of a very eclectic mix of Americana.  

The Shasta Serenade

Nov 26, 2016

This week’s Shasta Serenade is a special holiday weekend version playing the American Songbook. The list includes songs from George & Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Dorothy Fields, Jerome Kern, Hoagy Carmichael, Oscar Hammerstein II, Irving Berlin and other great songwriters of the early to mid-twentieth century. And we feature great interpretations of those songs by Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Linda Ronstadt, Rod Stewart, Diana Krall, Willie Nelson, and of course, Frank Sinatra. Join us for two hours of the American Songbook on the Shasta Serenade. 

The Shasta Serenade

Nov 19, 2016

This week on the Shasta Serenade I return after a month-long hiatus with a new show full of Americana Music. This week we’ll hear music from John Prine, Mandolin Orange, Shawn Mullins, Kelley McRae and many more. In a nod to the great creative career of Leonard Cohen I’ll play John Fullbright’s live version of “Hallelujah.” Plus, we have the concert calendar for this week during hour 2.