21 June 2017

#594 :: Another Belly Fulla Blues With Fatt Max (21 June 2017)

The Blues Room #594
Wednesday 21 June 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

Swamp Thing – Last Fair Deal 
Emma King – Devil City 
Cris Jacobs – Jack The Whistle & The Hammer 
T Rex – Mambo Sun 
Keb Mo – That’s Alright 
Sean Chambers – Be Careful With A Fool 
Big Walter Horton- Have A Good Time 
Magic Sam – I Have The Same Old Blues 
John Mayall Bluesbreakers – Little Girl 
Eric Clapton – I Aint Got You 
Eric Clapton – Before You Accuse Me
T Model Ford – Sugar Farm 
Taj Mahal – Bank Robbery 
Gary Moore – Since I Met You Baby 
Buddy Guy & Gary Clark Jnr – Blues Don’t Care 
Johnny Winter – Shake Your Tail Feather

15 June 2017

#593 :: Claude Hay Interview / NZ Tour (14 June 2017)

The Blues Room #593
Wednesday 14 June 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0


Nate interviews Claude Hay about his NZ tour. 
Thu 15 Jun 2017 RAUMATI SOCIAL CLUB, Raumati South, New Zealand 
Fri 16 Jun 2017 Whanganui Musicians Club, Whanganui, New Zealand 
Sat 17 Jun 2017 Uxbridge Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand 
Sun 18 Jun 2017 Butlers Reef, New Plymouth, New Zealand


Seasick Steve - Down On The Farm
Eric Bibb and North Country Far - I'll Farm For You
Claude Hay - Roller Coaster
Claude Hay - Hold You Up
Claude Hay - Forget About Me
Claude Hay - Winner
Tami Neilson - Loco Mama
Ronnie Shellist feat. Gerry Hundt - Shoes
Chuck Berry - Lady B. Goode
Gina Sicilia - He Called Me Baby
Homesick James - Farmer's Blues


8 June 2017

#592 :: Another Hour Of Blues Power With Darcy Perry (7 June 2017)

The Blues Room #592
Wednesday 7 June 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0
1. Johnny Winter with Dr. John - Blue Monday
2. Chris Cain - Better Not Look Down
3. Eric Bibb - In My Father's House
4. Joss Stone - The Chokin' Kind
5. Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)
6. Rick Estrin and The Nightcats - Callin' All Fools
7. Kim Wilson - My Buddy Buddy Friends
8. Doyle Bramhall II - Soul Shaker
9. We Shall Overcome
10. Steady Rollin' Blues
11. Woody Guthrie - This Land Is Your Land
12. Selwyn Birchwood - Don't Call No Ambulance

1 June 2017

#591 :: CONMEN Live in The Blues Room (31 May 2017)

The Blues Room #591
Wednesday 31 May 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

The 6-piece Conmen produce a solid blues sound reminiscent of 1940/50/60's blues artists and bands. The style of music could be described as earthy, basic blues from US Delta and Chicago artists, whilst also heavily influenced by British bands and their hits of the 60s and 70s. Here they perform live to air on The Blues Room for New Zealand Month 2017.


1. The Sugar Daddyz - Dreams
2. Conmen - Hambone 
3. Conmen - Leave You No More 
4. Conmen - Down By The Bayou 
5. Conmen - Smokestack Lightening 
6. Conmen - Tastes Like Chicken 
7. Conmen - Devil Women 
8. Li'l Chuck (The One Man Skiffle Machine) - Whiskey and Ginger 
9. Groovexpress - Ukrainian Doll
10. Conmen - Congo Square 
11. Conmen - St James Infirmary Blues 
12. Conmen - River Hip Mama

28 May 2017

#590 :: Al's Angels LIVE in The Blues Room (24 May 2017)

The Blues Room #590
Wednesday 24 May 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

To celebrate New Zealand Music Month we welcome Al's Angels 
into the studio to perform live to air. This band comprises of Al Ward on bass / vocals, Al Furston on rhythm guitar / vocals, Alex Dean on drums and Morris Taylor on lead guitar. All members are frequent participants of the local blues jams hosted by Hamilton Blues Society

1. Mike Garner - Blues Singer
2. Al's Angels - Late Night Blues
3. Al's Angels - Northbound
4. Al's Angels - Down by the river
5. Al's Angels - Going Back To Georgia
6. Al's Angels - Devil in distress
7. Al's Angels - Rocking My Blues Away
8. Darren Watson - WTLIF
9. Al's Angels - Son Of A Gun
10. Al's Angels - Talk To My Baby

17 May 2017

#589 :: Jelly Roll King (17 May 2017)

The Blues Room #589
Wednesday 17 May 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

Fatt Max lays it down for you again with another Bellyfulla Blues. Enjoy.

Sonny Landreth – Walking Blues 
Frank Frost – Jelly Roll King 
Dr Feelgood – I Can Tell 
Mike Vernon – Just A Little Bit 
Beg Mac – Rough Dried Woman 
Vika Bull – Roll 
Snooky Pryor – Judgement Day 
Royal Southern Brotherhood – The Big Greasy 
Laurence Jones – Touch Your Moonlight 
Darcy Perry Band – I’m Just Trying To Live 
Rev Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Devils Look Like Angels 
Greg Coulson – End Of The Line 
Joanne Shaw Taylor – Tied And Bound 
Vika Bull – (I Just Wanna) Make Love To You 
Peter Karp – Alabama Town

11 May 2017

#588 :: Only In The Blues (10 May 2017)

The Blues Room #588
Wednesday 10 May 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0


A blues mix with a some great classics, great female vocalists, great harmonica players, and some great artists from New Zealand. Enjoy!

1 Muddy Waters - Mad Love (I Want You To Love Me)
2 Bonnie Raitt - Love Me Like A Man
3 Midge Marsden - Move Up To Country
4 Hammond Gamble - Whistlin' The Blues In The Rain
6 John Hammond - Spider And The Fly
7 B.B. King - Mean Ole' World
8 Li'l Chuck The One Man Skiffle Machine - I call on Jimmy Reed
9 Victor Puertas & The Mellow Tones - Sugar Coated Love
10 Matthew Skoller - Only In The Blues
11 Fatt Max - Clear Blues
12 Tony Joe White - Polk Salad Annie
13  Izo Fitzroy - Skyline
14 Vika Bull - Sunday
15 Saturday Nite Fish Fry feat. Shakura S’Aida - Ain't I Talkin' To You Baby

4 May 2017

#587 :: 10 Year Anniversary of Harmonica Masters Of New Zealand Album Release

The Blues Room #587
Wednesday 3 May 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0
LIVE stream: http://tunein.com/radio/The-Blues-Room-p446677/

Darcy Perry plays tunes from the Harmonica Masters of New Zealand album 
and celebrates it's 10th year anniversary. 

1. Peri Grant - Pushing it Uphill
2. Aaron Carpenter - Sunshower
3. Mike Garner - Leaving Blues
4. Graham Clark & Grant Bullot - Kidney's Gone to Hell
5. Erna Ferry - A Little Kissing
6. Bullfrog Rata - Next Town
7. Derek 'Haggis' Maguiness - Life is a Beautiful Thing 
8. Craig Bracken - Want My Money Back
9. Shayn Wills - Only One
10. Brian Glamuzina - Big Time Baby
11. Brendan Power - The Real Blues Real
12. Darcy Perry & Nate Taiapa - Blues Man

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