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.

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

Rocket 88
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

22 February 2017

#577 :: LIVE Blues Recording Wednesday :: Mick Fleetwood Blues Band LIVE At Belly Up (22 Feb 2017)

The Blues Room #577
Wednesday 22 February 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

Mick Fleetwood, the iconic co-founder of Fleetwood Mac, is celebrating his blues heritage with The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, featuring Rick Vito on guitar. As well as their own material, the band pays tribute to the original Fleetwood Mac, the blues band that started it all in 1967. Bringing together four stellar Blues and Rock musicians, Mick Fleetwood presents Live at The Belly Up, a 2-hour live album featuring 17 tracks. Because of time we'll only play about half the tracks from the live album, I suggest you go purchase the album and enjoy the rest of the concert, it really is fantastic.
The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band - Looking For Somebody
The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band - Fleetwood Boogie
The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band - Oh Well
The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band - Red Hot Gal
The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band - Rollin' Man Meets The Voodoo Woman
The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band - Love That Burns
The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band - Eyesight To The Blind
The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band - Black Magic Woman

15 February 2017

#576 :: Another Belly Fulla Blues With Fatt Max (15 February 2017)

The Blues Room #576
Wednesday 15 February 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

Tune in for another Belly Fulla Blues with Fatt Max. Plenty of good rockin' tunes, some new, some old, but all of them great!

Popa Chubby – Going Downtown 
Mike Zito – Crazy Legs 
Peter Karp – Y’all Be Looking 
Anders Osborne – Let It Go 
Big Bill Morganfield – Help The Bear 
Dave Fields – That’s Alright 
John Ginty – Lucky 13 
Taj Mahal – She Caught The Katy 
Joe Louis Walker – Too Drunk To Drive Drunk 
Lloyd Spiegel – This Is Hip 
Willie Nelson – I’m Mad 
The Alexis P Suter Band – Don’t Ya Tell 
Lowell Fulson – Do Me Right 
Muddy Waters – Got My Mojo Working 
Cris Jacobs – Shine Your Weary Light 
Little Walter – Juke 

10 February 2017

#575 :: Nominees for Best Acoustic Album & Artist :: Blues Music Awards 2017

The Blues Room #575
Wednesday 8 February 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

Acoustic blues music nominees for the 2017 Blues Music Awards. Plus some other award nominees.

1 Fiona Boyes - Love Changing Blues
2 Luther Dickinson - How I Wish My Train Would Come
3 Jimmy 'Duck' Holmes - Early In The Morning
4 Eric Bibb & North Country Far - The Happiest Man In The World
5 Doug MacLeod - Home Cookin (Unreleased Live Track)
6 John Long - No Flowers for Me
7 Toronzo Cannon - Walk It Off
8 Jonn Del Toro Richardson - Get Me Back To Texas
9 Curtis Salgado - Walk A Mile In My Blues
10 Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue - Pepper Mama
11 Thornetta Davis - I Need A Whole Lotta Lovin' (To Satisfy Me)
12 Matthew Skoller - Organ Mouth

#574 :: Hour Of Blues Power With Darcy Perry (1 February 2017)

The Blues Room #574
Wednesday 1 February 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

Darcy Perry presents a (part) hour of blues power!

1. Cobi - Prophet Story
2. The Delta Saints - Sometimes I Worry
3. Jonah Tolchin - Thousand Mike Night
4. Kaleo - No Good
5. Kingsborough - Low Down
6. Glen Hansard - A Season On The Line
7. Shovels & Rope - I Know
8. Ray LaMontagne - Part One - Hey, No Pressure
9. Great Peacock - Let You Go
10. Piers Faccini - Bring Down The Wall
11. Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals - Call It What It Is
12. Crowder - Run Devil Run

27 January 2017

#573 :: The Musical Mojo Of Dr. John Celebrating Mac And His Music

The Blues Room #573
25 January 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

This is LIVE Recording Wednesday on The Blues Room and in this episode we feature The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music

1. Right Place Wrong Time by Dr. John & Bruce Springsteen
2. Please Send Me Someone To Love by Dr. John, Aaron Neville & Charles Neville
3. Junko Partner by George Porter Jr. & Zigaboo Modeliste
4. Since I Fell For You by Irma Thomas
5. Stack-A-Lee by Tab Benoit
6. Life by Allen Toussaint
7. Familiar Reality by Widespread Panic & Dirty Dozen Brass Band
8. Lay My Burden Down by Mavis Staples
9. New Orleans by John Fogerty
10. Such A Night by Dr. John & Sarah Morrow
11. Big Chief by Big Chief Monk Boudreaux

"It was very moving to have all these people paying tribute to me, but I just treated it like it was another show," Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and six-time GRAMMY®-winner Dr. John says of The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music. 

Released on October 14, 2016 via Concord Records the expansive live tribute set, created and produced by Keith Wortman, CEO of Blackbird Presents, is a powerful testament to the far-ranging influence and indomitable musical spirit of the iconic New Orleans singer/pianist/guitarist. Encompassing a two-CD, Blu-ray and DVD package along with a stand-alone two-CD version, The Musical Mojo of Dr. John captures a star-studded concert at New Orleans' Saenger Theatre, with Dr. John joined by a stunningly diverse assortment of notable guest artists, who perform 22 songs written, recorded and/or popularized by Dr. John during his prolific six-decade career, honoring his large and still-growing musical legacy.

The performers include Bruce Springsteen, who duets with Dr. John on the 1973 smash "Right Place Wrong Time"; Jason Isbell, who delivers a heartfelt "Blow Wind Blow"; John Fogerty, who performs the raucous Crescent City anthem "New Orleans"; Mavis Staples, who brings gospel fervor to "Lay My Burden Down"; Widespread Panic, who lend musical muscle to "Familiar Reality"; and Ryan Bingham, who delivers a haunting "Back by the River."

Fittingly, The Musical Mojo of Dr. John also features memorable performances by several New Orleans legends, including Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Terence Blanchard, John Boutté, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, George Porter Jr. and Zigaboo Modeliste of the Meters, and Aaron, Charles and Cyril Neville. Bassist Don Was served as the project's musical director, leading an all-star house band that also included Allman Brothers Band/Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell, renowned NOLA pianist John Gros, Funky Meters guitarist Brian Stoltz and journeyman drummer Kenny Aronoff, as well as Dr. John's longstanding musical compatriot, trombonist Sarah Morrow.

The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music, 
produced by Blackbird Presents, released via Concord Records on October 14, 2016.

19 January 2017

#572 :: Another Bellyfulla Blues with Fatt Max (18 Jan 2017)

The Blues Room #572
Wednesday 18 Jan 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

Taj Mahal – Statesboro Blues 
Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown – Gates Salty Blues 
Guitar Slim – The Things That I Used To Do 
The Who – Please Please Please 
Albert King – Searching For A Woman 
Swamp Thing – Hot Potato 
Nate & Darcy – Blues Man 
Snooks Eagling – Careless Love 
Sonny Boy Williams – Don’t Start Me Talking 
Colin James – Lonesome 
Keb Mo – Am I Wrong 
Albert Castliga – When The Devil Makes His Deals 
Eddie ‘Cleanhead’ Vinson – Cleanhead Blues 
Jeff Healey – River Of No Return 
Lloyd Spiegal – This Is Hip