11 January 2018

#623 :: Best Of 2017 (10 January 2018)

Happy New Year!
Nate's picks for best 2017 releases, with a little help from his *friends.

Larkin Poe (Peach) - Preachin Blues *James Ormsby
Egidio Juke Ingala & The Jacknives (Switcharoo) - Money Takin' Mama
Otis Taylor (Fantasizing About Being Black) - Twelve String Mile
Tedeschi Trucks Band (Live From The Fox Oakland) - Crying Over You
North Mississippi All Stars (Prayer For Peace) - Miss Maybelle
Big Daddy Wilson (Neckbone Stew) - Neckbone Stew *Stephan Gilberg
Robert Finley (Goin' Platinum!) - Three Jumpers
John Mayall (Blues from Laurel Canyon) - 2401 *Phil Grey
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats (Groovin' In Greaseland) - The Blues Ain’t Going Nowhere *Kevin Johnson
Chris Cain (Chris Cain) - Sittin' And Wonderin'

This episode first aired on FreeFM89.0 in New Zealand.
The Blues Room is sponsored by Hamilton Blues Society.

4 January 2018

#622 :: Hour of Blues Power with Darcy Perry (3 January 2018)

Darcy Perry welcomes in the new year with another hour of blues power. Happy New Year everybody! This mix is something else, turn it up!

The Record Company - Off The Ground
Black Pistol Fire - Hipster Shakes
Gary Clark Jr. - Catfish Blues (Live)
Derek Trucks Band - Crow Jane
Marcia Ball - Watermelon Time
Marc Broussard - Yes We Can, Can
Snooks Eaglin - Funky Malaguena
Albert King - That's What The Blues Is All About
Mavis Staples - Have A Little Faith
Southern Avenue - Love Me Right
Eddie Boyd - The Cannonball
Robert Randolph & The Family Band - Find A Way

This episode first aired on FreeFM89.0 in New Zealand.

#621 :: LIVE Recording Wednesday :: Tedeschi Trucks Band LIVE from Fox Oakland (27 Dec 2017)

One of my favorite Live recordings released in 2017 was by the Tedeschi Trucks Band called 
Live from Fox Oakland.

Live from the Fox Oakland is the second live album from American rock ensemble Tedeschi Trucks Band. Released on March 17, 2017 through Fantasy Records in both audio and video, the work was recorded on the second night of a two day September 2016 show in California.

Live from the Fox Oakland was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album.

Featured Tracks
01 - Don't Know What It Means
02 - Keep On Growing
03 - Bird On The Wire
04 - Within You, Without You
05 - Leavin' Trunk
06 - I Pity The Fool
07 - Let Me Get By

This episode first aired on FreeFM89.0 in New Zealand.

23 December 2017

#620 :: Belly Fulla Blues with Fatt Max (20 Dec 2017)

Fatt Max brings you another Belly Fulla Blues featuring his top picks from 2017.

Taj Mahal – Leaving Trunk 
Sweet Pea Atkinson – Last Two Dollars 
Ultrasound – Dirty Habits 
The Mighty Duck Blues Band – You’re Driving Me Crazy 
Albert Castiglia – Where The Devil Makes His Deals 
John Ginty & Astor Phoenix – Lucky 13 
Peter Karp – That’s How I Like It 
Vika Bull – Roll 
John Long – Stand Your Ground 
Sean Chambers – Be Careful With A Fool 
Biscuit Miller – Down To The Mississippi 
Dave Keller – 2am Talks 
Big Daddy Wilson – Peanut Butter Pie 
Jimmy Anderson – Baby Lets Burn 
John Long – One Earth Many Colours

This episode first aired on FreeFM89.0 in New Zealand.

14 December 2017

#619 :: Music from Bette Smith, Robert Finley, Darren Watson, Cecil Barfield and more

New tunes, old tunes, groove tunes, soulful tunes, blues tunes. Enjoy!

Harry Manx - Long Black Veil
Baba Sissoko feat Corey Harris - Dhe Dhe Dhe 
Don Bryant - A Nickel and a Nail
Robert Finley - Three Jumpers
Bette Smith - Shackle Chain
Walter Trout - Mayall's Piano Boogie
John Primer & Bob Corritore - Harmonica Boogaloo
Sam Frazier Jr - Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms
Darren Watson - Come On In My Kitchen (free download) 
Cecil Barfield - Root_Blues
Sugaray Rayford feat The Italian Royal Family - Keep Moving

This episode first aired on FreeFM89.0 in New Zealand, on Weds 13 Dec 2017.

11 December 2017

#618 :: Darcy Perry's Hour Of Blues Power :: Midge Marsden Spotlight (6 Dec 2017)

Keith Douglas "Midge" Marsden MNZM (born 1945) is a New Zealand blues and R&B guitarist, harmonica-player, and singer with a musical career spanning four decades. Marsden was born and brought up in New Plymouth, Taranaki, the son of Les and Elaine Marsden. His musical education started on the piano, and included singing in church, though his first musical love was rock and roll. As a teenager he took guitar lessons from a New Plymouth musician called Leo Davies, who also owned a recording studio in the town, and went on to further lessons with another musician, Johnny Williams.

Marsden's career spans four decades, and during that time he has played thousands of concerts in New Zealand and introduced several generations of New Zealanders to the blues. He was voted New Zealand Entertainer of the Year in 1990, and his 1991 album Burning Rain later went gold.

Marsden has toured the USA four times, and each time he has played with and befriended artists such as Little Willy Foster, Bobby Mack, Ronnie Taylor, and Australian Dave Boyle. He has encouraged all these artists to tour New Zealand, and thus broadened New Zealanders' appreciation of blues music. Marsden was a student at the University of Mississippi in 1996, from where he graduated with a Diploma in Southern Studies, and more recently he has tutored at Waikato Institute of Technology in "Bluesology".

In 2006 Marsden was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to music.

Marsden was a friend of Stevie Ray Vaughan; upon living in Texas at various times he would stay at Vaughan's house for months on end. He toured with Vaughan a few times, playing harmonica and recorded a Europa petrol advert with Vaughan in 1987 (pictured above). 

Here in this episode, Darcy Perry pays tribute to Midge Marsden. Enjoy!

1. Midge Marsden - Little Ray
2. Midge Marsden - Struck Down by the Blues
3. Midge Marsden - I Wanna Be Loved
4. Midge Marsden with The Rodger Fox Big Band - Grit’s Ain’t Groceries
5. Midge Marsden with The Rodger Fox Big Band - Running Blues
6. Midge Marsden - Burning Rain
7. Midge Marsden with The Rodger Fox Big Band - Caledonia 
8. Midge Marsden with Bullfrog Rata - Feel So Good
9. Midge Marsden with Bullfrog Rata - Pride and Joy
10. Midge Marsden - Waiting For Rain
11. Midge Marsden - Kokomo 
12. Midge Marsden - Travellin’ On
13. Midge Marsden with Stevie Ray Vaughan - Europa TV Ad “Travellin’ On”

This episode first aired on FreeFM89.0 in New Zealand.

The Midge Marsden Collection is a 28-track career retrospective, spanning 50 years in music from one of New Zealand's most revered musical entertainers and journeymen of the rhythm & blues.

For any Midge Marsden fan or music enthusiast, the double jewel case package includes a 12-page glossy booklet with track by track notes and accompanying photographs.

Track Listing:
Baby Please Don't Go
O Fat Daddy
Everything's Gonna Be Alright
Believe It's Over
Slow Walk, Jive Talk
Carry My Blues Away
I Wanna Be With You
Texas Blues
Another Man Done Gone
You're Gonna Need Me
Boogie Thing
Mystery Train
Travellin’ On (Europa Ad)
Burning Rain
Little Ray
Struck Down By The Blues
Daylight Robbery
Travellin' On
Thru The Southern Moonlight
Trust My Baby
Sea Cruise
Move Up To The Country
Happy Birthday Blues
Smoke! Smoke! Smoke!
I'll Drown In My Own Tears
Down To The Bone
Growing Out Of The Blues

29 November 2017

#617 :: 29 November 2017

Plenty of scorchers in this mix. Enjoy!

1 Freddie King -Boogie Funk
2 Gov't Mule - Trane
3 JD McPherson - Bloodhound Rock
4 Kim Wilson - Learn To Treat Me Right
5 Nico Wayne Toussaint - Cotton Crop Blues
6 Fat Domino - I Hear You Knocking
7 Benny & the Fly-By-Niters - Pork Chops
8 Downchild - Something I've Done
9 Bobby Rush - I Don't Want Nobody Hanging Around
10 Milligan Vaughan Project - Leave My Girl Alone
11 Rolling Stones - Blue And Lonesome
12 Li'l Chuck the One Man Skiffle Machine - All that glitters (is not gold)
13 Mike Garner - Your Biscuits Are Big Enough For Me
14 Albert Castiglia - Unhappy House Of Blues
15 Samantha Fish - Nearer To You

This episode of The Blues Room first aired on FreeFM89.0 in New Zealand.

23 November 2017

#616 :: LIVE Recording Wednesday :: Little Freddie King & Jimmy Vaughan Trio (2 Nov 2017)

LIVE Blues recording Wednesday (4th Wednesday every month), featuring two recordings. The first is Little Freddie King, LIVE at d.b.a Music Club in New Orleans, and the second is Jimmy Vaughan Trio, LIVE at C-Boys in Texas. Enjoy

Little Freddie King - Hobo Blues
Little Freddie King - Tough Frog To Swallow
Little Freddie King - Wang Dang Doodle
Jimmie Vaughan Trio - You Can't Sit Down
Jimmie Vaughan Trio - Hey! Baby
Jimmie Vaughan Trio - Can't Buy Me Love
Jimmie Vaughan Trio - Saint James Infirmary
Jimmie Vaughan Trio - Come On Rock Little Girl
Jimmie Vaughan Trio - Dirty Work At The Crossroads
Jimmie Vaughan Trio - Frame For The Blues
Jimmie Vaughan Trio - Cleo's Mood

This episode of The Blues Room first aired on FreeFM89.0 in New Zealand.

16 November 2017

#615 :: Another Belly Fulla Blues with Fatt Max (15 November 2017)

Fatt Max mixes it up again. The old with the new, what a winning recipe. It's blues time again. Enjoy! 

John Pagano Band – Aint Gonna Lose You 
Kilborn Alley Blues – Night Creeper 
Bobby Kyle – Driftwood 
Dave Keys – Strange Things Happening 
Downchild – Mailbox Money 
Milligan Vaughn Project – Dangerous Eyes 
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Travellin’ Band 
Big Daddy Wilson – Cookies Gonna Kill Me 
Rev Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Mamas Fried Potatoes 
Greaseland All Stars – Howlin For My Darling 
Chris Cain – Back On Top 
Bruce Katz Band – You Got It 
Peter Parcek – Pat Hare 
Fats Domino – Aint That A Shame 
John Mayals Bluesbreakers – Steppin’ Out
John Lee Hooker – Crawling Kingsnake

This episode of The Blues Room first aired on FreeFM89.0 in New Zealand.

9 November 2017

#614 :: Tribute To Howling Wolf feat. Greaseland All-Stars (8 November 2017)

My good blues lovin' friend, Kevin Johnson, of Proud Papa Promotions & Publicity, used to work for Delmark Records in Chicago. Kevin now has his own independent radio promotions and press/publicity/PR company, concentrating on real deal blues! When he sent me a copy of 'Howlin' At Greaseland' (West Tone Records) I knew I'd be in for a good hit of solid blues. And I was right! 

Howlin' At Greaseland is tribute to the legend Howlin' Wolf (Chester Arthur Burnett June 10, 1910 – January 10, 1976). Wolf is blues, there's no doubt about it. Several of his songs, including Smokestack Lightnin', Killing Floor and Spoonful, have become blues and blues rock standards the world over. On this album of 14 tracks, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and recording engineer, Kid Anderson, brings together some of the most accomplished musicians this side of Wolf's life, to recreate and cover some of Wolf's most outstanding songs. It's not that Howlin' At Greaseland is trying to outdo or better Wolf's genius, rather it's paying homage to a true blues legend that I'm sure all the artists involved love and admire. 

Produced by Andersen at Greaseland Studios, Howlin' At Greaseland features many great artists such as Rick Estrin, Johnny Cat, Tail Dragger, Rockin’ Johnny Burgin, Jim Pugh, Henry Gray (played piano for Wolf), Terry Hanck, Ali Kumar and many more. 

There's some good banter and stories in between songs thanks to Anderson for keeping the tapes rollin. I just think the whole album is brilliant. It captures today's prmier West Coast and Chicago players very well. I highly recommend you pick yourself up a copy soon! I spin a few songs I like from Howlin' At Greaseland plus some other massive tracks that also pay tribute to the legend, Howlin' Wolf. Ahhhh whooooo, whooooo (*in the accent of Howlin' Wolf). Enjoy!

1 Barrelhouse Chuck & Kim Wilson's Blues AllStars - Three Hundred Pounds Of Joy
2 James Blood Ulmer - Evil
3 Eric Clapton & Wynton Marsalis - Forty-Four
4 Bill Sims Jr. - Back Door Man
5 Greaseland AllStars - Smokestack Lighnin'
7 Greaseland AllStars - Howlin' For My Darling
8 Greaseland AllStars - Worried Life Blues
9 Greaseland AllStars - Spoonful
10 Johnny Winter with Paul Nelson - Killing Floor 
11 Michael Powers - I Ain't Superstitious
12 Satan & Adam - Little Red Rooster
16 Howlin' Wolf - Sittin' On Top Of The World

This episode of The Blues Room was first aired on FreeFM89.0 in New Zealand