26 April 2017

#586 :: LIVE Blues Recording Wednesday :: RIP Chuck Berry

The Blues Room #586
Wednesday 26 April 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0


A tribute to the late great KING OF ROCK AND ROLL, Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry aka CHUCK BERRY (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017). 


1. Chuck Berry - Maybellene
2. Chuck Berry - Thirty Days
3. Chuck Berry - No Money Down
4. Chuck Berry with the Steve Miller Blues Band - Fillmore Auditorium Introduction - June 27, 1967
5. Rockin' At The Fillmore (instrumental)
6. Everyday I Have The Blues
7. Driftin' Blues
8. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man
9. Chuck Berry - Lanchester Arts Festival Introduction - February 3, 1972
10. Roll Over Beethoven
11. Nadine
12. Sweet Little Sixteen
13. Reelin' And Rockin'
14. Johnny B. Goode

BIOGRAPHY
Chuck Berry’s music has transcended generations. He earns respect to this day because he is truly an entertainer. Berry, also known as “The Father of Rock & Roll,” gained success by watching the audience’s reaction and playing accordingly, putting his listeners’ amusement above all else. For this reason, tunes like “Johnny B. Goode,” “Maybellene” and “Memphis” have become anthems to an integrated American youth and popular culture. Berry is a musical icon who established rock and roll as a musical form and brought the worlds of black and white together in song.

Born in St. Louis on October 18, 1926 Berry had many influences on his life that shaped his musical style. He emulated the smooth vocal clarity of his idol, Nat King Cole, while playing blues songs from bands like Muddy Waters. For his first stage performance, Berry chose to sing a Jay McShann song called “Confessin’ the Blues.” It was at his high school’s student musical performance, when the blues was well-liked but not considered appropriate for such an event. He got a thunderous applause for his daring choice, and from then on, Berry had to be onstage.

GUITAR LESSONS
Berry took up the guitar after that, inspired by his partner in the school production. He found that if he learned rhythm changes and blues chords, he could play most of the popular songs on the radio at the time. His friend, Ira Harris, showed him techniques on the guitar that would become the foundation of Berry’s original sound. Then in 1952, he began playing guitar and singing in a club band whose song list ranged from blues to ballads to calypso to country. Berry was becoming an accomplished showman, incorporating gestures and facial expressions to go with the lyrics.

It was in 1953 that Chuck Berry joined the Sir John’s Trio (eventually renamed the Chuck Berry Combo), which played the popular Cosmopolitan Club in St. Louis. Country-western music was big at the time, so Berry decided to use some of the riffs and create his own unique hillbilly sound. The black audience thought he was crazy at first, but couldn’t resist trying to dance along with it. Since country was popular with white people, they began to come to the shows, and the audience was at some points almost 40 percent white. Berry’s stage show antics were getting attention, but the other band members did their parts as well. In his own words: “I would slur my strings to make a passage that Johnnie (Johnson) could not produce with piano keys but the answer would be so close that he would get a tremendous ovation. His answer would sound similar to some that Jerry Lee Lewis’s fingers later began to flay.”

SOME GOOD ADVICE
Later in 1955, Berry went on a road trip to Chicago, where he chanced upon a club where his idol, Muddy Waters, was performing. He arrived late and only heard the last song, but when it was over he got the attention of Waters and asked him who to see about making a record. Waters replied, “Yeah, Leonard Chess. Yeah, Chess Records over on Forty-seventh and Cottage.” Berry went there on Monday and discovered it was a blues label where greats like Howlin’ Wolf and Bo Diddley recorded. He didn’t have any tapes to show, but Chess was willing to listen if he brought some back from St. Louis. So Berry went home and recorded some originals, including the would-be “Maybellene,” then called “Ida May,” and drove back to Chicago later that week to audition. Much to Berry’s surprise, it was that hillbilly number that caught Chess’ attention. Berry was signed to Chess Records and in the summer of 1955, “Maybellene” reached #5 on the Pop Charts and #1 on the R&B Charts. Through Chuck Berry, Chess Records moved from the R&B genre into the mainstream and Berry himself was on his way to stardom.

THE REST IS HISTORY
Berry continued his success with such hits as “Brown-Eyed Man,” “Too Much Monkey Business,” “Memphis,” “Roll Over, Beethoven!” and “Johnny B. Goode.” “Johnny B. Goode” is Berry’s masterpiece, as it brought together all the elements of Berry’s unique musical sound. It cemented his place in rock history and led to fame in the 1950s. His popularity garnered him television and movie appearances and he toured frequently.

Berry’s incredible success is due to his ability to articulate the concerns and attitudes of his audience in his music. At the height of his success, Berry was a 30-year-old black man singing to a mostly white, teenage audience. Dubbed the “Eternal Teenager,” Chuck Berry’s knowledge of the pop market made it possible for him to break color barriers and play to an integrated audience.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Berry’s music was the inspiration for such groups as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Berry had a number of comeback recordings and in 1972 had the first and only #1 Pop Chart hit of his career with “My Ding-A-Ling. 1986 fittingly saw him inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the very first inductee in history. As a tribute to his pervasiveness in the realm of rock, a clip of “Johnny B. Goode” was chosen played in the Voyager I spacecraft, proving Chuck Berry and his rock legacy are truly out of this world.

Listen to a new single from Chuck's new album 
due for release on June 16, 2017.

24 April 2017

Bluesfest 2017 Wrap Up & 2018 Pre-Early Bird Tickets On Sale NOW!



The 28th Annual Bluesfest Byron Bay, which only just finished a week ago has been a huge success, with over 105,000 attendees enjoying the incredible music on offer, the beautiful weather and happy vibe around the festival. The festival hosted 85 bands with a total of 670 artists who gave 185 outstanding performances across the weekend. Wow!

Check out how Peter Noble, the Festival Director feels about Bluesfest 2017 further down, what some of the artists had to say and take a look at the amazing daily video clips. They're really well done. Roll on 2018!


Bluesfest Festival Director, Peter Noble OAM comments on this year's event:

I think everybody that came this year will tell you that this has been one of the great Bluesfests, and in my opinion certainly within our top 3. I will always be asked who are my favourite artists and who are the great success stories in terms of artists playing for the first time, there are almost too many to mention.

From Laura Mvula, Nikki Hill and Melody Angel to Mary J. Blige and the incomparable Eric Gales there is a never ending list and if you were actually here at Bluesfest you would know what I'm talking about. The emerging artists are now known artists, the returning artists have cemented their careers even more strongly and every single legend shone.

However in the end the biggest stars in the sky at Bluesfest were our audience, they are simply astonishingly wonderful. And all our team who work so hard to put this show on I'm sure would say we did it for you, and you do it for us.



Our last Bluesfest only finished a week ago and we have had an abundance of phone calls/emails as to when the Pre- Early Bird Tickets are going on sale for 2018, so here we are dear friends, giving you the opportunity to purchase your 5 Day Festival Ticket or Buddy Pack at a bargain price for a very short time only.

Bluesfest will be earlier in 2018 with the long Bluesfest Easter weekend starting on Thursday 29th of March to Monday 2nd of April.

Bluesfest daily wrap up videos








19 April 2017

#585 :: Belly Fulla Birthday Blues with Fatt Max (19 April 2017)

The Blues Room #585
Wednesday 19 April 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

Fatt Max celebrates with a Belly Fulla Birthday Blues. Turn this one up!!

The Who – Out In The Street 
Muddy Waters – Louisiana Blues 
Fats Domino – Aint That A Shame 
The Jam – Slow Down 
The Rolling Stones – Tumblin’ Dice 
John Lee Hooker – Dimples 
Seasick Steve – I Started Out With Nothing 
Snooks Eaglin – Careless Love 
John Long – Stand Your Ground 
Dr John – Let The Good Times Roll 
Taj Mahal – Statesboro’ Blues 
Howlin’ Wolf – Smokestack Lightning 
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis – Going Up The Country 
Rev Peyton’s Big Damn Band – We Deserve A Happy Ending 
Chuck Berry – Johnny B Goode 
The Kokomo Kings – I Can’t Go Home Looking Like This 
Mo Al Jaz & Friends – It Aint Right 
Dexter Shaw & The Wolftones – She Likes Her Bottle Gin

13 April 2017

#584 :: God Don't Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson (12 April 2017)

The Blues Room #584
Wednesday 12 April 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

One of the most underrated gospel-blues musicians is Blind Willie Johnson. People will let you know about Robert Johnson before they let you know about Blind Willie Johnson. Blind Willie Johnson was recording 10 years before RJ. That aside, you're not going to hear performances by BWJ here, you're going to hear outstanding versions by some of the most accomplished musicians on the circuit today. The songs are from the album, God Don't Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson (Alligator Records). It earned Grammy Award nominations for Best Roots Gospel Album and Best American Roots Performance for Blind Boys of Alabama recording of Mother's Children Have a Hard Time. The compilation was produced by Jeffrey Gaskill of Burning Rose Productions and was funded via a Kickstarter project that featured cigar box guitars made of wood from Willie Johnson's 1920's/30's Marlin, TX home that he shared with wife Willie B Harris. Enough chit chat. 
Turn this one up. Enjoy.

1 Tom Waits - The Soul of a Man
2 Lucinda Williams - It’s Nobody’s Fault But Mine 
3 Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi - Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning 
4 Cowboy Junkies - Jesus is Coming Soon 
5 The Blind Boys Of Alabama - Mother’s Children Have a Hard Time 
6 SinĂ©ad O'Connor - Trouble Will Soon Be Over 
7 Luther Dickinson featuring The Rising Star Fife & Drum Band - Bye and Bye I’m Going to See the King 
8 Lucinda Williams - God Don't Never Change 
9 Tom Waits - John The Revelator 
10 Maria McKee - Let Your Light Shine on Me 
11 Rickie Lee Jones - Dark Was the Night-Cold Was the Ground

8 April 2017

#583 :: Hour Of Blues Power With Darcy Perry (5 April 2017)

The Blues Room #583
Wednesday 5 April 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0
LIVE stream: http://tunein.com/radio/The-Blues-Room-p446677/

Another hour of blues power with Darcy Perry. 
Every first Wednesday of the month Darcy will spin the platter 
that matter, rain, hail or shine. Enjoy!

1. Doyle Bramhall & Smokestack - So You Want It To Rain
2. John Lee Hooker with the Groundhogs - It's Raining Here
3. Buddy Guy - It Feels Like Rain
4. Santana - Stormy
5. Silas Hogan - Dark Clouds Rollin'
6. Jimi Hendrix - One Rainy Wish
7. Louis Armstrong - Didn't It Rain
8. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Couldn't Stand The Weather
9. Midge Marsden - Waiting For Rain
10. B.B. King - Rainin' All The Time
11. Darcy Perry Band - Heavy Rain
12. Eric Bibb - Buckets Of Rain
13. The Doors - Riders On The Storm

29 March 2017

#582 :: Carlos Santana With Special Guests The Doobie Brothers Tour NZ & Aus :: April 2017

The Blues Room #582
Wednesday 15 March 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

SPECIAL INTERVIEW WITH SANTANA & THE DOOBIE BROTHERS.

Playlist
Santana - Black Magic Woman
The Doobie Brothers - Listen To tHe Music
Santana - She's Not There
The Doobie Brothers - Black Water
Santana - Oye Como Va
The Doobie Brothers - China Groove
Santana feat. Rob Thomas - Smooth
The Doobie Brothers - Long Train Running
Santana feat. Chad Kroeger - Into The Night
 
SANTANA LIVE IN CONCERT WITH 
SPECIAL GUESTS THE DOOBIE BROTHERS - APRIL 2017

Legendary guitar virtuoso, multi Grammy Award winner and a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, CARLOS SANTANA, and his band SANTANA, are coming to New Zealand on his Transmogrify Tour to play one Auckland show on Tuesday 18th April at the Vector Arena. Tickets are on sale Tuesday 29th November at 12 noon local time.

SANTANA last toured New Zealand in 2013, playing Auckland with The Steve Miller Band in what one reviewer described as an ‘exceptional’ double bill. Delivered with a level of passion and soul equal to the legendary sonic charge of his guitar, SANTANA returns to our shores performing songs from over four decades of his career including hits and songs of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

This time around, the mighty DOOBIE BROTHERS will join Santana as Special Guests, adding to both artist’s already announced appearances on the mammoth bill for the 28th Annual Bluesfest in Byron Bay.

In addition to playing Auckland with Carlos Santana, THE DOOBIE BROTHERS will be takin’ it to the streets of Wellington, playing their own one-off show at the TSB Bank Arena on Thursday 20th April. A global enduring favourite of the 1970’s, The Doobie Brothers combine a touch of blues, and plenty of soul and rock ‘n roll to create their nostalgic Californian rock sound. Their celebrated back catalogue of music includes hits like ‘Listen To The Music’, ‘Long Train Runnin’, ‘What A Fool Believes’ and so many more.

The passion infused, melodic sound of CARLOS SANTANA’s guitar is one of the world's best-known musical signatures. For more than four decades - from Santana's earliest days as a groundbreaking Afro-Latin-blues-rock fusion outfit in San Francisco - Carlos has been the visionary force behind artistry that transcends musical genres and generational, cultural and geographical boundaries.

From Woodstock to the Hollywood Bowl and everywhere in between, CARLOS SANTANA is one of the most prolific and influential guitarists of all time. In a career spanning more than forty years, Santana has sold in excess of 100 million records and reached more than 100 million fans at concerts across the globe, with no less than ten Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards to his name. 1999’s Supernatural album saw Santana chalk up a record-tying nine Grammy’s for a single project, including awards for Album of the Year and Record of the Year for ‘Smooth’. Among many other honours, Rolling Stone has cited Carlos Santana as #15 on their list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.

April 2016 heralded the release of SANTANA’s 24th studio album, Santana IV, featuring sixteen all-new tracks and claiming a No.5 Billboard Top 200 debut. Fans were thrilled to have the original late-1960’s lineup featured on the record, the same band that performed at Woodstock; Carlos Santana (guitar, vocals), Gregg Rolie (keyboards, lead vocals), Neal Schon (guitar, vocals), Michael Carabello (percussion) and Michael Shrieve (drums).

THE DOOBIE BROTHERS’ legacy has been built not just on hit records, but also on an unrivalled commitment to musical integrity and a steadfast allegiance to their enthusiastic fan base. The band’s ability to evolve in a constantly changing industry and connections to generations of listening audiences is a testament to their craft. With founding members Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons, and 30 year-plus veteran John McFee, The Doobies will be performing as a seven-piece band including Bill Payne, Ed Toth, John Cowan and Marc Russo.

THE DOOBIE BROTHERS were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004, have won four Grammy Awards and sold more than 48 million records worldwide (including three multi-platinum, seven platinum and fourteen gold albums). Their 1976 Best of the Doobies has sold more than 12 million copies, earning rare RIAA Diamond status. Their No.1 gold certified singles ‘Black Water’ (1974) and ‘What A Fool Believes’ (1979) lead a catalogue of hits that includes ‘Listen To The Music’, ‘Jesus Is Just All Right’, ‘Rockin’ Down The Highway’, ‘Long Train Runnin’, ‘China Grove’, ‘Take Me In Your Arms’, ‘Takin’ It To The Streets’, ‘Minute By Minute’, ‘You Belong To Me’ and ‘The Doctor’. In all, The Doobies have tallied five Top 10 singles and sixteen Top 40 hits.

SANTANA will touch down in New Zealand with Special Guests THE DOOBIE BROTHERS straight off the back of a multi-year residency at the famous House of Blues in Las Vegas. He will be set to ignite stages across the country once again, with a style that fuses Latin rock, blues, soul and jazz, transcending time and the limits of genre typecasting.

SANTANA will play one show at Auckland’s Vector Arena, Saturday 15th April 
with The Doobie Brothers as special guests.

THE DOOBIE BROTHERS will play a standalone show at 
Wellington’s TSB Bank Arena on Thursday 20th April.

AUCKLAND
Tuesday 18th April – Vector Arena (All Ages)
*With Special Guests The Doobie Brothers
www.ticketmaster.co.nz or 0800 111 999

WELLINGTON
*DOOBIE BROTHERS ONLY
Thursday 20th April – TSB Bank Arena (All Ages)
www.ticketek.co.nz or 0800 TICKETEK (0800 842 538)

For more information go to:

22 March 2017

#581 :: LIVE Blues Recording Wednesday :: James Cotton (RIP), Johnny Winter, Muddy Waters (22 March 2017)

The Blues Room #581
Wednesday 22 March 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

This episode is dedicated to the late James Henry Cotton aka Mr Superharp (July 1, 1935 – March 16, 2017). Not only was Cotton one of the greatest sidemen of Muddy Waters, but Cotton was a master in his own right as band leader of his own blues band. This episode features a fantastic LIVE recording of Johnny Winter, Muddy Waters, and James Cotton on tour promoting Waters' 1977 album, Hard Again. 

It was at a time when Johnny Winter had only recently recovered from past addictions and blues giant Muddy Waters was facing a decline in his career brought on by illness as well as the 1975 collapse of Chess Records. Steve Paul of Blue Sky brought both musicians together. The results of his investment soon paid off and Winter's childhood dream of playing alongside his hero Muddy Waters came to fruition on the album Hard Again in 1977. Hard Again had a raw, expressive feel and hearkened back to Waters Chess Records days, and the outstanding musicianship and intimate exuberance exceeded all expectations earning Waters a Grammy. 

The Hard Again tour combined the respected powerhouse of Waters, Winter, and James Cotton with musicians from the Hard Again sessions. Although this particular collaboration was short-lived, it has provided blues fans a rare opportunity to indulge in the work of three hugely important musical figures whose respect for each other is evidently unflinching. Two live albums, Muddy "Mississippi" Waters Live and Breakin It Up, Breakin It Down, have allowed a glimpse of the concerts from 1977 and '78, but this Boston performance has never previously seen the light of day. Echoes proudly presents the entire WBCN-FM broadcast of a performance at the Boston Music Hall on February 26, 1977, digitally remastered. Thank you James Cotton, thank you Johnny Winter, and thank you Muddy Waters. You are BLUES. Nuff said. Enjoy.

Personnel
Muddy Waters: Vocals & Guitar
Johnny Winter: Vocals & Guitar
James Cotton: Vocals & Harmonica
Bob Margolin: Guitar
Pinetop Perkins: Piano
Charles Calmese: Bass
Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith: Drums

Playlist
Hideaway
Rocket 88
Instrumental
Mama Talk To Your Daughter
Mannish Boy
WBCN DJ Talks And Interviews Pinetop Perkins
You Don't Have To Go
Got My Mojo Working
WBCN DJ Interview With Johnny Winter, Muddy Waters & James Cotton
The James Cotton Blues Band - One More Mile

15 March 2017

#580 :: Another Belly Fulla Blues with Fatt Max (15 March 2017)

The Blues Room #580
Wednesday 15 March 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

Another belly fulla blues with Fatt Max!!!

Colin James - Going Down 
Biscuit Miller - She Like To Boogie 
Son Lewis - Steady Rolling Man 
Sean Chambers - Cut Off My Right 
Arm Vannesa Colllier - 2 Parts Sugar 1 Part Lime 
Samantha Fish - Crow Jane 
Peter Karp - Thats How I Like It 
Thorbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado - Change My Game 
John Lee Hooker - Drugstore Woman 
Tiny Legs Tim - Had To Admit 
Geoff Aitchison - Im Gonna Ride 
Buddy Guy - Poison Ivy 
Big Bill Morgansfield - Help Someone 
Cris Jacobs - Delivery Man 
Rolling Stones - Just Like I Treat You 
B B KIng - Why I Sing The Blues

13 March 2017

#579 :: Keep Your Hand Out Of My Pocket (8 March 2017)

The Blues Room #579
Wednesday 8 March 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

Chris O & Derek Phillips - Tell Me Baby
Big Daddy Wilson with Ruthie Foster - Give Me One Reason
Ruth Wyand - Blame Yourself Blues
Jimmy Bowskill and Carlos Del Junco - Heavens Where You'll Dwell
Christopher Bell - Smokestack Lightning
Dave Fields - My Mamas Got The Blues
Trickbag With Friends Vol. 2 - Keep Your Hand Out Of My Pocket (Feat. Kim Wilson & Kid Ramos)
John Mayall - Goin' Away Baby
Eddie Taylor - Find My Baby
Royal Southern Brotherhood - I Wonder Why
Thorbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado - Holler 'n Moan
Hannah Williams & The Affirmations - Tame In The Water

8 March 2017

#578 :: Hour Of Blues Power With Darcy Perry (1 March 2017)

The Blues Room #578
Wednesday 1 March 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

Darcy Perry presents another fine hour of blues pow, Pow, POWER! Enjoy!

1. Son Lewis - Rocket 88
2. Samantha Fish - Hurt's All Gone
3. Big Bill Morganfield - Bloodstains On The Wall
4. Thorbjorn Risager - Maybe Its Alright
5. Watermelon Slim & the Workers - Judge Harsh Blues
6. Vanessa Collier - Poisoned the Well
7. Sean Chambers - Bullfrog Blues
8. Jerry Lee Lewis - Railroad to Heaven
9. John Mayall - Cards On The Table
10. Geoff Achison - Working My Way Back Home
11. John Ginty feat. Aster Phoenyx - Lucky 13
12. Kate Meehan - Soul Shake
13. B.B King - See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
14. Aretha Franklin - Today I Sing the Blues