11 January 2017

#571 :: Happy New Year Blues Mix (11 Jan 2017)

The Blues Room #571
Wednesday 11 Jan 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

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1. Chris O - Broke and Hungry
2. Juke Rockets - Summertime
3. Etta James - I'd Rather Go Blind
4. The Rolling Stones - Blue And Lonesome
5. David Bowie - The Jean Genie 
6. The Fabulous Thunderbirds - Smooth
7. Dennis Gruenling - Ready Or Not
8. Moondog's Blues - Whats The Deal
9. Gary Primich - House Rockin' Party
10 Rich Delgrosso & Jonn Del Toro Richardson - Summertime Is Here
11. Tedeschi Trucks Band - Crying Over You
12. Jimmy Reed - My Baby Told Me

10 January 2017

Blues Music Award 2017 Nominees Have Been Announced

The Blues Music Awards event brings together Blues performers, industry representatives, and fans from all over the world to celebrate the best in Blues recordings and performances from the previous year. The BMAs are generally recognized as the highest honor given to blues musicians and are awarded by vote of Blues Foundation members.

Blues Music Awards ceremony to be held May 11, 2017 in Memphis.

The Blues Foundation is pleased to announce the nominations for its annual Blues Music Awards, which the international organization will present on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. Universally recognized as the highest accolade afforded blues musicians, The Blues Music Awards upholds its rich cultural tradition by honoring the past year’s superior achievements in blues performance, songwriting, and recording. This annual ceremony represents the premier event for blues professionals, musicians, and fans around the globe.

Sugar Ray Norcia, individually, and collectively with his band, The Bluetones, received the most nominations with seven, including B.B. King Entertainer Award, Best Song, Best Album and Best Band. The total reaches ten with the inclusion of his Bluetones bandmates Monster Mike Welch (Instrumentalist-Guitar), Michael “Mudcat” Ward (Instrumentalist-Bass) and Anthony Geraci (Pinetop Perkins Piano Player). Chicago-based guitarist Toronzo Cannon garnered four nominations and he faces off against Norcia in both the Best Song and Best Album categories. Best Album probably ranks as the most competitive category, with Norcia and Cannon battling Bobby Rush, Kenny Neal, William Bell and the Nick Moss Band, who all have three nominations.

Several nominees will be defending their titles won at last year’s Blues Music Awards. Instrumentalist-Harmonica winner Kim Wilson is one of this year’s nominees, and Cedric Burnside might again claim the Instrumentalist-Drums crown. Shemekia Copeland and Bettye LaVette also return to the categories they won last year (Contemporary Blues Female Artist and Soul Blues Female Artist, respectively), while 2016’s Acoustic Artist winner, Doug MacLeod, is one of this year’s contenders too.

The Awards also honor the next generation of blues performers with the Best Emerging Artist Album category. In fact, two Emerging Artist nominees also are contenders for a second award. Detroit native Thornetta Davis’s “I Gotta Sang the Blues” is up for Best Song, while Terrie Odabi is competing against the likes of Bettye LaVette and Mavis Staples to be named Soul Blues Female Artist.

A ballot will soon be sent to all Blues Foundation members, as they have the privilege of deciding which nominees will actually take home a Blues Music Award in May. Anyone interested in casting a vote to decide this year’s winners may receive a ballot by joining or renewing their membership with The Blues Foundation at any time up to February 28, 2017.

The Blues Music Awards ceremony annually proves to be one of the year’s best shows. Not only does almost every nominee attend, but they also perform, creating a lineup featuring the best of the best in blues all in one evening.

Major funding is provided by ArtsMemphis and the Tennessee Arts Commission. The 38th Blues Music Awards are also sponsored by BMI, GET and I-55 Productions, Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and Sony/Legacy.

38th Blues Music Award Nominees

Acoustic Album
Doug MacLeod – Live in Europe
Eric Bibb – The Happiest Man in the World
Fiona Boyes – Professin’ the Blues
Jimmy “Duck” Holmes – Live at Briggs Farm
John Long – Stand Your Ground
Luther Dickinson – Blues and Ballads (A Folksinger’s Songbook) Vol I and II

Acoustic Artist
Doug MacLeod
Eric Bibb
Fiona Boyes
Jimmy “Duck” Holmes
Luther Dickinson

Bobby Rush – Porcupine Meat
Kenny Neal – Bloodline
Nick Moss Band – From the Root to the Fruit
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones – Seeing is Believing
Toronzo Cannon – The Chicago Way
William Bell – This Is Where I Live

Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue
Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials
Nick Moss Band
Sugar Ray and the Bluetones
Tedeschi Trucks Band

B.B. King Entertainer
Joe Bonamassa
John Nemeth
Lil’ Ed Williams
Sugar Ray Norcia
Sugaray Rayford

Best Emerging Artist Album
Corey Dennison Band – Corey Dennison Band
Guy King – Truth
Jonn Del Toro Richardson – Tengo Blues
Terrie Odabi – My Blue Soul
Thornetta Davis – Honest Woman

Contemporary Blues Album
Al Basile – Mid Century Modern
Kenny Neal – Bloodline
Nick Moss Band – From the Root to the Fruit
The Record Company – Give It Back To You
Toronzo Cannon – The Chicago Way

Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Alexis P Suter
Ana Popovic
Janiva Magness
Shemekia Copeland
Susan Tedeschi

Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Albert Castiglia
Kenny Neal
Mike Zito
Sugaray Rayford
Toronzo Cannon

Historical Album
Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, A Music Man Like Nobody Ever Saw, Bear Family Records
B.B. King, More B.B. King: Here’s One You Haven’t Heard, Ace Records
Bobby Rush, Chicken Heads: A 50-Year History of Bobby Rush, Omnivore Recordings
Michael Burks, I’m A Bluesman, Iron Man Records
Pinetop Perkins & Jimmy Rogers, Genuine Blues Legends, Elrob Records

Biscuit Miller
Bob Stroger
Michael “Mudcat” Ward
Patrick Rynn
R W Grigsby

Cedric Burnside
Jimi Bott
June Core
Tom Hambridge
Tony Braunagel

Bob Margolin
Joe Bonamassa
Kid Andersen
Monster Mike Welch
Ronnie Earl

Dennis Gruenling
Jason Ricci
Kim Wilson
Mark Hummel
Sugar Ray Norcia

Al Basile
Nancy Wright
Sax Gordon Beadle
Terry Hanck
Vanessa Collier

Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female Artist)
Annika Chambers
Diunna Greenleaf
Inetta Visor
Shaun Murphy
Trudy Lynn

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
Anthony Geraci
Barrelhouse Chuck
Henry Gray
Jim Pugh
Victor Wainwright

Rock Blues Album
Albert Castiglia – Big Dog
Mike Zito – Keep Coming Back
Moreland & Arbuckle – Promised Land or Bust
Tedeschi Trucks Band – Let Me Get By
Walter Trout – Alive in Amsterdam

“Blues Immigrant” written by Matthew Skoller & Vincent Bucher and performed by Matthew Skoller on Blues Immigrant
“I Gotta Sang The Blues” written and performed by Thornetta Davis on Honest Woman
“Seeing Is Believing” written by Ray Norcia and performed by Sugar Ray & The Bluetones on Seeing Is Believing
“Walk A Mile In My Blues” written by David Duncan, Curtis Salgado & Mike Finigan and performed by Curtis Salgado on The Beautiful Lowdown
“Walk it Off” written and performed by Toronzo Cannon on The Chicago Way

Soul Blues Album
Bobby Rush – Porcupine Meat
Curtis Salgado – The Beautiful Lowdown
Johnny Rawls – Tiger in a Cage
Wee Willie Walker – Live! Notodden Blues Festival
William Bell – This Is Where I Live

Soul Blues Female Artist
Bettye Lavette
Lara Price
Mavis Staples
Terrie Odabi
Vaneese Thomas

Soul Blues Male Artist
Bobby Rush
Curtis Salgado
Johnny Rawls
Wee Willie Walker
William Bell

Traditional Blues Album
Big Jon Atkinson & Bob Corritore – House Party at Big Jon’s
Bob Margolin – My Road
Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue – Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue
Lurrie Bell – Can’t Shake This Feeling
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones – Seeing is Believing

Traditional Blues Male Artist
Bob Margolin
John Primer
Lil’ Ed Williams
Lurrie Bell
Sugar Ray Norcia

4 January 2017

#570 :: Hour Of Blues Power with Darcy Perry (4 Jan 2017)

The Blues Room #570
Wednesday 4 January 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

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Happy New Year everybody! Darcy Perry welcomes in 2017 with this first episode of The Blues Room. We thank you for all your support, for all your music submissions, and for your appreciation of good blues! Enjoy!

1. Moreland & Arbuckle - When The Lights Are Burning Low
2. Torozo Cannon - Bad Contract
3. Curtis Salgado - Hard to Feel the Same About Love
4. Darren Watson - I Still Feel the Same
5. Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials - Giving Up On Your Love
6. Sleepy John Estes - Black Mattie Blues
7. James Blood Ulmer - Survivors of the Hurricane
8. Mavis Staples - On My Way
9. Otis Taylor - Mexican Cowboy
10. Joe Bonamassa - Dirt Pocket
11. Bettye LaVette - Talking Old Soldiers
12. Bogus Ben Covington - Adam and Eve in The Garden
13. Jimi Hendrix - Bold As Love

2 January 2017

#569 :: Koko Taylor - Live At The Chicago Blues Festival 1994

The Blues Room #569
Wednesday 28 December 2016
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

Before her roar was silenced in 2009, the Queen of the Blues reigned over the annual Chicago Blues Festival weekend. In 1994, she had arrived with a new album, Force of Nature, and been honored by the Chicago City mayor as well as being awarded with the W.C. Handy Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year. Koko Taylor was also about to open her own club in Chicago, but she put time aside to headline the last night. As with all of her performances, it's a jubilant and powerful Taylor that stands at the mic spreading an education and joy to others. God save the Queen of the Blues!

Koko Taylor - Live At The Chicago Blues Festival 1994

1. Introduction
2. Something I Can't Let Go
3. Mother Nature
4. Don't Put Your Hands On Me
5. I'm A Woman (Mannish Boy)
6. Bad Case Of Loving You
7. Hound Dog
8. Wang Dang Doodle
9. Big Boss Man
10. I'm A Queen Bee

21 December 2016

#568 :: Another Belly Fulla Blues With Fatt Max

The Blues Room #568
Wednesday 21 December 2016
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0
LIVE stream: http://tunein.com/radio/The-Blues-Room-p446677/
Another Belly Fulla Blues from Fatt Max, his last show for 2016. He'll be back in 2017 with a bigger and better batch of blues for you so keep it locked. Be sure to enter the competition on our Facebook page to win a copy of 'Chasin That Blues Music' and download link of great blues tracks. 
Merry Christmas and happy holidays everybody!

She Got Kick – Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite 
John Lee Hooker – Dimples 
James Cotton – Cottonmouth Man 
The Hoax – Let It Shine 
John Long – Mop, Bucket & Broom 
Chuxx Morris – Track 12 
Taj Mahal – Leaving Trunk 
Solomon Burke – None Of Us Are Free 
Cris Jacobs – Turn Into Gold 
Bruce Katz Band – All Torn Up 
Sawbuck – Top Topham 
Albert Castiglia – Let The Big Dog Eat 
Luther Allison – Will It Ever Change 
John Long – One Earth Many Colours

15 December 2016

#567 :: Christmas Time Blues

The Blues Room #567
Wednesday 14 December 2016
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0
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There ain't no Snoopy's Christmas here. Just pure blues from the 1920s through to 2016. 
Merry Christmas everybody, and may you have a blessed new years / holiday period. The first 9 tracks were inspired by Jeff Harris' radio show, Big Road Blues. Please check it out!

1. Sugar Chile Robinson - Christmas Boogie
2. Julie Lee & Her Boyfriends - Christmas Spirit
3. Boll Weevil - Christmas Time Blues
4. Bertha 'Chippie' Hill - Christmas Man Blues
5. Kansas City Kitty - Christmas Mornin' Blues
6. Sonny Boy Williamson I - Christmas Morning Blues
7. Sonny Boy Williamson II - Sonny Boy's Christmas Blues
8. Little Esther & Mel Walker With Johnny Otis - Faraway Christmas Blues
9. Amos Milburn - Let's Make Christmas Merry, Baby
10. Sonny Rhodes - Texas Christmas
11. Little Charlie & The Nightcats - It's Christmas Time Again (Spend, Spend, Spend)
12. Alabama Red - Goin' Home For Christmas
13. Koko Taylor - Merry, Merry Christmas
14. Joe Bonamassa - Christmas Boogie (One Little Kiss)
15. Charles Brown - Christmas Comes But Once a Year

#566 :: An Hour Of Blue Power With Darcy Perry

The Blues Room #566
Wednesday 7 December 2016
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0
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Darcy Perry lays down another hour of blues power!

1. B.B. King - Please Come Home for Christmas
2. Darren Watson - Planet Key
3. Johnny Winter and Jason Ricci - My Babe
4. John Butler Trio - Zebra
5. K.T. Tunstall - Black Horse and the Cherry Tree
6. Darcy Perry and Nate Taiapa - Blues Man
7. Koko Taylor- Jump for Joy
8. Taj Mahal - Oh Lord, Things Are Getting Crazy Up Here
9. Jon Spenser Blues Explosion - Calvin
10. Midge Marsden - Carry My Blues Away
11. Darcy Perry Band - Soul Of A Man
12. Chris Thomas King - Wanna Die With A Smile On My Face

30 November 2016

#565 :: Nate's Hot Picks From 2016

The Blues Room #565
Wednesday 30 November 2016
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0
LIVE stream: http://tunein.com/radio/The-Blues-Room-p446677/

Some of Nate's hot picks from music released in 2016. Enjoy.

Fantastic Negrito - Last Days Of Oakland (Intro) & Working Poor
Santana - Blues Magic
Mavis Staples - MLK Song
John Long - Stand Your Ground
Dennis Gruenling - If You Wanna Rock (You Gotta Have That Roll)
Bonnie Raitt - Unintended Consequence Of Love
Trickbag With Friends Vol. 2 - She's A Killer (Feat. Kim Wilson & Kid Ramos)
Lino Muoio - Bald Man's Stomp (feat. Mario Donatone)
Fiona Boyes - Love Me All The Way
Tedeschi Trucks Band - Let Me Get By
Jane Lee Hooker - Mean Town Blues (Johnny Winter)
Seasick Steve - Walkin' Blues
Kenny Neal - Thank You B.B. King

23 November 2016

#564 :: LIVE Blues Recording :: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

The Blues Room #564
Wednesday 23 November 2016
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0
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Sharon Lafaye Jones (May 4, 1956 – November 18, 2016) was an American soul and funk singer. She was the lead singer of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, a soul and funk band based in Brooklyn, New York. Jones experienced breakthrough success relatively late in life, releasing her first record when she was 40 years old. In 2014, Jones was nominated for her first Grammy, in the category Best R&B Album, for Give the People What They Want. Among Jones' influences are James Brown, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Thom Bell, Otis Redding, Ike & Tina Turner, Marva Whitney and everyone from Motown. In addition, Jones also cites more recently known artists, such as Michael Jackson, Prince, Erykah Badu and BeyoncĂ©. It was announced on June 3, 2013, that Jones had been diagnosed with bile duct cancer and underwent surgery, which forced her to postpone the release of the group's fifth album, Give the People What They Want. The diagnosis was later changed to stage II pancreatic cancer, for which Jones had surgery on her liver and underwent chemotherapy. The chemotherapy caused hair loss, and for a time she performed bald, refusing to wear wigs.

During the screening of her documentary at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, Jones revealed that her cancer had returned, and that she would be undergoing chemotherapy again. She suffered a stroke whilst watching the 2016 United States presidential election results, blaming Donald Trump, and suffered another stroke the day after the election.

Jones suffered a stroke on election night 2016 and after a second stroke days later died on November 18, 2016 in Cooperstown, New York, aged 60. According to bandmate Gabriel Roth, "She told the people that were [at the hospital] that Trump gave her the stroke. ... She was blaming Trump for the whole thing." 

Some artists shine brighter than their contempories. Sharon Jones was one of those artists. This is a tribute to one of the finest soul-sisters this side of originators. We miss you already Sharon. Thank you for sharing your soul with us.

Live recordings used for this episode come from Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings Live on KEXP & Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Tiny Desk Concert.

100 Days, 100 Nights
People Don't Get What They Deserve
Slow Down, Love
Natural Born Lover
Every Beat Of My Heart
Road Of Broken Hearted Men
These Tears
Stranger To My Happiness
Silent Night
8 Days Of Hanukkah
Big Bulbs
I'm Still Here

16 November 2016

#563 :: Another Belly Fulla Blues With Fatt Max

The Blues Room #563
Wednesday 16 November 2016
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

Fatt Max brings us another great selection of blues tracks, so kick back, relax and turn this one up. This episode of dedicated to all those effected by the New Zealand earthquakes this week. 
You brave, wonderful people, we keep you in our hearts and prayers. 
Donate to those effected by the quakes here.

Colin James – Boogie Funk 
JJ Grey – 99 Shades of Crazy 
R L Burnside – Boogie Chillin’ 
Buddy Guy & Gary Clarke Junior – Blues Don’t Care 
Ben Harper & Charlie Musslewhite – She Got Kick 
Sammy Hagar & Taj Mahal – Winding Down 
Shane Spiel’s Snake Oil Band – Judy Got A Boogie 
Son Seals – Cotton Pickin’ Blues 
W-O-M-A-N – Eta James 
Koko Taylor – Never Trust A Man 
Liz Mandeville – Bad Blues Habit 
Cris Jacobs – Shine Your Weary Light 
Frank Bang & The Cook County Chiefs – Till The Day I Die 
Buddy Guy – Meet Me In Chicago 
Jimmy Reed – You Got Me Dizzy