28 December 2009

The Blues Room #208 Blues with a Feeling: Songs of Little Walter, Part 2

The Blues Room #208 Blues with a Feeling: Songs of Little Walter, Part 2 - 6 Jan 2010

Part two of Little Walter songs .... things get cooking here!

1. Little Arthur Duncan - Can't Stand It No More
2. Dennis Gruenling with Steve Guyger - You're Sweet
3. Wallace Coleman - Everybody Needs Somebody
4. Rod Piazza and the MFBQ - Hate To See You Go / Shake Your Hips
5. Mr Conrad - I'm Your Business Man
6. Little Arthur Duncan - Blues with a Feeling
7. John Hammond - Just Your Fool
8. Dennis Gruenling with Gina Fox - If You Were Mine
9. Dennis Gruenling - One of these Mornings
10. Billy Branch and Kenny Neal - I Just Keep Lovin Her
11. Charlie Musselwhite - Just a Feeling
12. Rod Piazza and the MFBQ - Sad Hours

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The Blues Room #207 Blues with a Feeling: Songs of Little Walter, Part 1

The Blues Room #207 Blues with a Feeling: Songs of Little Walter, part one - 30 Dec 09.

Little Walter, born Marion Walter Jacobs (May 1, 1930 – February 15, 1968), was an American blues harmonica player whose revolutionary technique has earned him comparisons to Charlie Parker and Jimi Hendrix for its innovation and impact on succeeding generations. His virtuosity and musical innovations fundamentally altered many listeners' expectations of what was possible on blues harmonica. Little Walter's body of work earned him a spot in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008, making him the only artist ever to be inducted specifically for his work as a harmonica player.

His legacy has been enormous: he is widely credited by blues historians as the artist primarily responsible for establishing the standard vocabulary for modern blues and blues rock harmonica players. His influence can be heard in varying degrees in virtually every modern blues harp player who came along in his wake, from blues greats such as Junior Wells, James Cotton, George "Harmonica" Smith, Carey Bell, and Big Walter Horton, through modern-day masters Kim Wilson, Rod Piazza, William Clarke, and Charlie Musselwhite, in addition to blues-rock crossover artists such as Paul Butterfield and John Popper of Blues Traveler.

In this episode I feature music from of my favorite artists and bands that pay tribute to the music of the harmonica genius, Little Walter. Stay tuned for part two!

1. Dennis Gruenling - Hot Shot
2. Sonny Boy Terry - Business Man
3. King Leo ans the Growling Dogs - It's Too Late Brother [NZ]
4. Bacon Fat - Up the Line
5. James T, Doc Span, and Dirk Dubois - Temperature
6. Paul Ubana Jones - Blues With a Feeling [NZ]
7. Dave Thomas and Wallace Coleman - You Better Watch Yourself
8. Dennis Gruenling with Kim Wilson - As Long As I Have You
9. Junior Wells - Juke
10. The Blues Blazers - I Got To Find My Baby
11. Blue Family - Mellow Down Easy
12. Jimmy Rogers with Carey Bell - Blues All Day Long
13. Billy Branch and Kenny Neal - My Babe
14. Rod Piazza - I Don't Play

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The Blues Room #206 Happy Christmas and Merry New Year Blues

The Blues Room#206 Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year

I bring 2009 to a close with another selection of Blues, a few Christmassy ones and a sterling performance from Christina Aguilera featuring Dr John to end the episode.

Merry Christmas everyone!

1. Little Jimmy with the Memphis Horns - Happy Christmas Tears
2. Otis Taylor - Walk Right In
3. Muddy Waters - Tiger in Your Tank
4. Buddy Guy talks about Blues in American Society
5. Billy Flynn - Blues Drive
6. Deanna Bogart - OK I'll Play the Blues For You
7. Eric Lindell - Josephine
8.Luther Guitar Junior - Merry Christmas Baby
9. Billy Branch and Sugar Ray Norcia - Route 66
10. Gary Primich - Hardwood Floor
11. Lowell Fulson - Lonesome Christmas
12. Howling Wolf - Can't Stay Here
13. Chuck Berry - Bio
14. Christina Aguilera with Dr. John - Merry Christmas Baby

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19 December 2009

THE BLUES ROOM# 205 More Cool Christmas Blues

The Blues Room #205

Fraser joins Nate in the Blues Room again for some more tasty Christmas blues and some LIVE jamming. Go check out the Hamilton Blues Society jam night pics, up now at
1. Ruff Ruffin - Xmas Baby
2. Todd Wolf - Merry Christmas Baby
3. Peter Green Splinter Group - Stop Breaking Down
4. Joe Bonamssa - Walking Blues
5. Charles Brown - Santa's Blues
6. Little Charlie and the Night Cats - Weekend Off
7. The Aces - Take A Little Walk With Me
8. Jimmy Vaughan - Extra Jimmies
9. Ray Charles - Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
10. LIVE Jam - Fraser and Nate
11. Mighty Blues Kings - All I Ask For Christmas
12. Susan Tedeschi - The Feeling Music Brings
13. Peter Green - Albatross
14. Cream - Stormy Monday


Blues Legend John Mayall touring New Zealand April 2010

The blues doesn't get much more exciting than this! John Mayall is of course a pioneering English blues singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. His musical career spans over fifty years, but the most notable episode in it occurred during the late '60s, when he was the founder of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers.

As a gifted talent-scout, Mayall has been influential in the careers of many instrumentalists, including Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Peter Green, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Mick Taylor, and Don "Sugarcane" Harris.

John was born in 1933 in the small village of Macclesfield near Manchester (as was Ian Curtis of Joy Division). This skinny English lad grew up listening to his father's jazz record collection and felt drawn to the blues. In the late '60s John moved to London where he turned professional and went under the name John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. He soon met his soulmate in Eric Clapton, and this historic union culminated in the first hit album for the Bluesbreakers, 'Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton' (1966), and resulted in worldwide legendary status. In 1969, with his popularity blossoming in the USA, John released his classic acoustic live album 'The Turning Point'. Over the years, John has released several albums that have set new standards in rock blues, namely 'Behind The Iron Curtain', 'Chicago Line', 'A Sense Of Place' and the Grammy-nominated 'Wake Up Call'.

2009 saw the release of John's 57th album, 'Tough', and, as for the man himself, the father of six and the grandfather of six, John Mayall, at 75, hopes to keep the blues alive for many more years to come.


Tickets On Sale Monday 21st December

Thurs 15th April


The Civic Theatre

Tickets from The Edge

Fri 16th April


Napier Municipal Theatre

Tickets from Ticketdirect

Sat 17th April

Palmerston North

The Regent on Broadway

Tickets from Ticketdirect

Sun 18th April

New Plymouth

TSB Theatre

Tickets from Ticketek

Mon 19th April


The Saint James Theatre

Tickets from Ticketek

Wed 21st April


The Regent Theatre

Tickets from Ticketdirect

Thurs 22nd April


The Trafalgar Centre

Tickets from Ticketek

Fri 23rd April


The James Hay Theatre

Tickets from Ticketek

Sat 24th April


The Founders Theatre

Tickets from Ticketek

All media enquires to – Lisa Paris at The Label mailto:?lisa@thelabel.co.nz

09 631 5086 / 0274 318 459

12 December 2009

The Blues Room #204 JP Blues Band and some Christmas Cheer

The Blues Room #204 JP Blues Band and some Christmas Cheer - 9 Dec 09

JPBlues started playing guitar at the age of 8 and was quickly taken under the wing of legendary bluesman Sam "Bluzman" Taylor. At age 11 he was playing large festivals throughout the country, opening for such artists as Derek Trucks, Johnny Winter, Robin Trower, Joe Bonamassa among others. The list of artists that JP Blues have performed with is just as impressive, Michael Falzarano(Hot Tuna), Chris Beard, Debbie Davies, Pete Sears(Jefferson Starship), Buddy Cage(New Riders) and so many more. With all this experience under his belt JP Blues has put together a powerful blues trio consisting of industry veteran Drummer Pat Adkins (Gary U.S. Bonds, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, BB King) and bassist John Young. With JPBlues searing, soulful blues guitar backed by the solid rhythm section of Bassist John Young and Veteran touring/session drummer Pat Adkins the JPBlues Band combines a unique mixture of youth and experience that results in music that breaks new ground but is firmly rooted in the blues.

JP Blues Band

1. BB King - Christmas Celebration
2. John Mayer - Crossroads
3. Mark Kerr and Roxy Perry - Box Full Of Lonesome
4. JP Blues Band - Some Kind of Hurricane
5. John Mayall and the Blues Breakers feat. Paul Butterfield - Little By Little
6. Sonny Boy Williamson 2 - Santa Claus
7. JP Blues Band - Only A Fool
8. Sean Costello - Your Love Is Amazing
9. Darcy Perry Band - Night and Day [NZ]
10. JP Blues Band - Lost in the Sauce
11. Topsy Chapman and Lars Edegran - The Christmas Blues

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Four fantastic reasons to buy your BluesFest tickets now - Merry Christmas from Bluesfest!

Here are 4 fantastic reasons to grab your BluesFest tickets now:

1. Bluesfest tickets make the best Christmas presents and they are
hassle free!! No need to go out into the Christmas shopping madness!

2. A limited number of 5 Day discounted tickets are still available

We want you to get the full experience!!

5 day Festival pass: $399 – save $40 off full price

5 Day Blues Buddy Package: $1,162 – save $70 off full price

3. The Blues Buddy package is selling fast and is our hottest seller
this year. It gives you and your buddy the complete 5 day Festival &
camping experience at a reduced cost. You will be camping right next
door where the musical adventure takes place. The perfect place to
stay for Bluesfest.

Take note: Buddy Packages are rolling out the door. Be quick and save.

4. Purchase your ticket before Monday 21st of December and go in the
draw to win this amazing prize - a dream come true for Christmas.

"Golden Bluesfest experience":

5 nights' accommodation over Easter at Peppers Salt Resort & Spa
Kingscliff for 2 people in a double/twin room

2 x VIP Festival upgrades

This prize is valued at $2,000

We will announce the winner on our website on Tuesday 22nd of December.

Message to all our Bluesfest friends:

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We would also like to thank you for your ongoing support. Our Festival
would not be possible without you. So everyone here at Bluesfest would
like to take this moment to say thank you and to send our best wishes
to you. May your new year be filled with all the success and happiness
you deserve.


Peace and Joy from your Bluesfest team

5 December 2009

THE BLUES ROOM#203 Sitting On Top Of The World - 02 DEC 09

The Blues Room#203 SITTING ON TOP OF THE WORLD - 02 DEC 09

1. Buddy Guy - I Found Happiness
2. Joe Bonamassa - No Slack
3. John Mayall and the Blues Breakers - Hideaway
4. Kitty Daisy and Lewis - I Got My Mojo Working
5. Peter Green - Crying Won't Bring You Back
6. Smiling Jack Smith - The Blues Comes Back Again
7. Charles 'Big Daddy' Stallings - Going Down South
8. The Blues Experience with Cash McCall - Gypsy Woman
9. Jeremey Spencer - Dr. J
10. Taj Mahal - Sitting On Top Of The World
11. Fiona Boyes with Steady Rollin Bob Margolin and Kaz Kazanoff - Run Here

Another electrifying artist announce for Bluesfest!

Electrifying second announcement for Bluesfest 21st celebration!

Playing Schedule online + One Day tickets now on sale

November 29th 2009 - The second major round of artists to perform at the 21st Anniversary Bluesfest has today been announced! Australia's most awarded and internationally renowned festival officially will be held at its permanent new home – at the Tyagarah Tea Tree farm just off the Pacific Highway, 12 minutes north of Byron Bay. The Easter weekend dates for your diary are Thursday April 1 through to Monday April 5, 2010!
Festival goers should also note that the new and updated playing schedule is now online, and one day tickets are now also on sale – just visit http://www.bluesfest.com.au/ to see it all. This announcement marks the first time so many artists (over 50) have been unveiled this early, along with the playing schedule – giving fans more time than ever to plan their Easter holidays.
The second Bluesfest announcement for 2010 includes:
The Fray, John Butler Trio, Jools Holland & His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, Taj Mahal, John Mayall Matisyahu, Angus & Julia Stone, 10cc, Bebel Gilberto, Rodriguez, Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Ross Wilson's Five Decades Of Cool, The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker, Josh White Jr, Patty Larkin and The Greencards.
The new names join the major artists announced in October which included:
Crowded House, Buddy Guy, Roger Hodgson from Supertramp, Gipsy Kings, Orquesta
Buena Vista Social Club®, Jeff Beck, Lyle Lovett, RocKwiz, Jimmy Barnes Plays the Rhythm & the Blues, Jessica Mauboy, The Swell Season, Newton Faulkner, Dr John & the Lower 911, Bèla Fleck's African Project Featuring Oumou Sangarè & band, Blue King Brown, Al Di Meola World Sinfonia, Gogol Bordello, Fat Freddy's Drop, Joe Bonamassa, Peter Green & friends, The Flatlanders, Avett Brothers, Justin Townes Earle, Renee Geyer, Colin Hay Band, Old Crow Medicine Show, Lil Band o' Gold, Brian Auger's Oblivion Express, AND Robert Gordon & the Gang They Couldn't Hang - featuring Chris Spedding (Roxy Music), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), and Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats).
As well as joining those in the very special November Jack Johnson announcement:
Jack Johnson, Donavon Frankenreiter, Ozomatli, Galactic, A.L.O (Animal Liberation Orchestra), Matt Costa, Zee Avi, and Neil Halstead.
Phew, how is that for a line up with major 21st party WOW factor?!?
Festival director Peter Noble said, "You can't have your 21st birthday party without having a line-up that is on par with your best ever bill – and we're overjoyed with how this one has come together! Our most loyal fans talk about 2004 and 2008 in hushed, reverent tones, and I think 2010 is right there or even better.
"Also without a doubt – this is our best BLUES bill ever now that we have the legends Taj Mahal and John Mayall joining the stunning Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck, Peter Green and Joe Bonamassa – my goodness!
"To delve into today's announcement: The wonderful John Mayall hasn't joined us since the second ever Bluesfest back in 1991! Taj Mahal is a Byron favourite that gets busier and busier every year, so who knows when we'll see him again? The Fray has had a #3 Australian chart album in 2009, and are massive with their cross-generational appeal and great songwriting. 10cc I saw 2 years ago and they blew everyone away as such a creative art-rock band, and I'm excited to say will precede Roger Hodgson from Supertramp as part of our classic rock show on the Sunday night! Rodriguez was a huge hit in 2007, and he's coming back to do his remarkable thing again we're excited to say. The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker are just unmissable live – a dazzling blend of old-school soul and 21st century funk. Folks, it's true – we can't wait for Easter to come!"
More room for camping in the Heart of Bluesfest!
Remember – Bluesfest 2009 was held at Belongil Fields and accommodated 1,800 campers. Bluesfest 2010 looks forward to welcoming patrons on its own land – and will accommodate approximately 6,500 campers! The very spacious and natural environment is right next to the festival grounds and will include a general store, showers and toilets.
The festival itself will feature more space, more music, more stalls, and more areas to chill out, but is all about keeping in the Bluesfest tradition, which is about creating an environmentally sound, peaceful, relaxed and happy home for everyone. Regular shuttle buses will be included to and from the festival into Byron Bay, Mullumbimby and surrounding towns.
More awards for Bluesfest
Yes our Bluesfest 21st event will be a MASSIVE party – but it will also be a RESPONSIBLE one. September 2009 again saw Bluesfest recognised as an international winner in The Greener Festival awards. This was for an impressive three years in a row, more than any other Australian festival - and a tribute to the event's ongoing and long-term commitment to environmental sustainability.

Bluesfest was also the first music festival to be nominated for a prestigious Australian Events Award. Bluesfest was nominated for the Best Cultural or Arts Event alongside the Sydney Festival 2009 and Adelaide Fringe 2009. The award eventually went to the 16th Biennale of Sydney. Bluesfest was also recently nominated as the Best Overseas Festival in the UK Festival Awards!

Unlike any other Australian event, Bluesfest has twice had the honour of being nominated as Best International Music Festival by US concert bible "Pollstar" in 2005 and 2006 alongside world renowned events such as Britain's Glastonbury and Switzerland's Montreux Jazz Festival. And closer to home, Bluesfest has twice won the prestigious Helpmann Award for Best Contemporary Music Festival in Australia, also in 2005 and 2006.
Tickets can be purchased by: Phoning the Bluesfest office on 02 6685 8310
or visiting the website at http://www.bluesfest.com.au/
Media information:
Gaynor Crawford 0409 250 510 gaynor@gaynorcrawford.com