28 December 2010

The Blues Room#258 Drop Down Mama, It's the Holidays

The Blues Room presents ...
Episode 258, 29 Dec 2010

This episode is a little different from the rest and it marks 5 years of The Blues Room to air from Community Radio Hamilton.

I've left the playlist out from this post so I can see how many songs you recognize : ) You won't hear me on this episode, instead you'll hear a bunch of great blues tunes from around the globe.

If you're feeling lucky, email me the name of at least 3 song titles and the artist(s) performing them and you'll go in the draw to win some Blues CDs. Name as many of the tunes as you can and win a bonus Blues CD. Put your mailing address in the email too, I'll email the winner. Here's my email address: thebluesroom(@)gmail.com (remove the brackets).

Good luck!


Updated: 11/01/2011
We have a winner!!! Thanks to all who emailed me, here's the playlist:

Here's the full playlist:
1. Big Joe Louis with John Primer - I've Got To Be More Selective
2. Barry Ryan - Rock and Roll Radio
3. Champion Jack Dupree - Hometown New Orleans
4. Charlie Musselwhite - Sonny Panye Special
5. Ed Rome - Bounce of the Ounce
6. Eric Bibb - One Soul to Save
7. George Thorogood and the Destroyers - Drop Down Mama
8. Joe Bonamassa, Lee Ritenour, & Robert Cray - Give Me One Reason
9. Joe Vicino and the Smokedaddys - Shine
10. Laurie Morvan Band - Where Are the Girls with Guitars
11. Louisiana Red and Little Victor's Juke Joint - Roamin Stranger
12. Mitch Kashmar and Pontiax - Lip Service
13. Paul Oscher and Steve Guyer - What Have I Done
14. Sugar Blue - Don't Start Me Talking
15. James Bolden - Friday is My Holiday
16. The Shuffletones with Ronnie Shellist

The Blues Room#257 A Taste Of Upcoming BluesFest 2011

The Blues Room presents ...
A Taste of Upcoming BluesFest 2011
Episode 257, 22 Dec 2010

Hope you enjoy this spotlight on BluesFest bands from the 2011 lineup, it's looking soooo good! I'd love to be there but will be supporting New Zealand's inaugural GrassRoots festival which features some to the artists from Bluesfest such as BB King, Bren Harper and Elvis Costello.

1. Los Lobos - The Fat Man
2. Derek Trucks Band - Sweet Inspiration
3. Susan Tedeschi - Till I Found You
4. BB King and Irma Thomas - We're Gonna Make It
5. BB King and Buddy Guy - Stay Around
6. Aaron Neville - Tell It Like It Is
7. Eric Bibb - With My Maker I Am One
8. Irma Thomas and Marcia Ball - I Just Can't Get New Orleans Off My Mind
9. Buckwheat Zydeco ft Trombone Shorty - Don't Leave Me
10. Ruthie Foster - Dues Paid In Full
11. Tony Joe White - Even Trolls Love Rock n Roll
12. Jethro Tull - Cat's Squirrel


17 December 2010

The Blues Room#256 Cool Me Down With Blues

The Blues Room presents ...
Cool Me Down With Blues
Episode 256, 15 December 2010
This week I found a Bo Diddley record in a second hand shop and bought it for $1 !!!
I loved seeing Bo perform at BluesFest in 2007, he was a highlight of the fest for me and playing a tune of his record to start this episode was a highlight for the show for me.
Hey yeah, I play an unlikely tune to end the show by Toots and the Maytals, a very bluesy one of his latest album. Toots and the Maytals are a featured band at BluesFest Byron Bay in 2011, I so wish they would come to GrassRoots Festival in New Zealand over Easter 2011, that's where I'll be. Enjoy.
1. Bo Diddley - My Babe
2. Buddy Guy - Skanky
3. Albert Castiglia - Do You Love Me
4. Jimmy Bowskill - Link Into Your Chain
5. Pat Ramsey and the Blues Disciples - Too Many Drivers (LIVE)
6. Jerry Lee Lewis and Ron Wood - Mean Old Man
7. Bob Corritore and Friends - That's All Right
8. Boo Boo Davis - Keep Your Car Locked
9. Mavis Staples - We're Gonna Make It
10. Catherine Russell - Put Me Down Easy
11. SRV - Little Wing
12. Darren Watson - Saint Hilda's Faithless Boy [NZ]
13. Harry Big Daddy Hypolite - Someday
14. Toots and the Maytals - Good Woman

10 December 2010

The Blues Room 255 Darren Watson: Is He Saint Hilda's Faithless Boy?

The Blues Room presents ...
Darren Watson
Saint Hilda's Faithless Boy
Episode 255, 8 December 2010
Darren Watson's new album has to be one of the best contempory blues albums of 2010! Without a doubt! Love it! He joins me to talk all about it in this episode and we get a taste of what it sounds like. Enjoy.

1. Darren Watson - She Got It All
2. Buddy Guy - Skanky
3. Eric Bibb - A Good Woman
4. Darren Watson - Here in my Arms
5. Darren Watson - Be Careful With a Fool
Interview with Darren Watson
6. Darren Watson - He Don't Love You
7. Darren Watson - Can't Get Enough Of You
8. Darren Watson - WTLIF
9. Kitty Daisy and Lewis - (Baby) Hold Me Tight
10. George Thorogood and the Destroyers - Howling For My Baby


8 December 2010


Chugg Entertainment today announces that, in alignment with the wealth of talent visiting Australia for the Easter blues season, New Zealand’s Puhinui Peninsula will also become a melodious playground as the first ever GrassRoots event kicks off for two days on Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th April, 2011 at the stunning Puhinui Reserve.

The two-day festival will bring together some of the world’s most renowned artists as well as a raft of local acts across a multitude of genres whilst still having its core ethos firmly grounded in blues and roots based music. Over thirty artists on two stages over the two days will launch GrassRoots – The New Zealand Blues and Roots All Music Festival 2011.

GrassRoots proudly brings to you a string of international artists who will be making their one-off exclusive performance in New Zealand over these two very special days. First artists to be announced include BB King (USA), Elvis Costello & The Imposters (USA), Ben Harper and Relentless7 (USA), Rodrigo Y Gabriela (Mexico), Eric Bibb (USA), Paul Ubana Jones (NZ), Ruthie Foster (USA), Cairo Knife Fight (NZ), Ticket (NZ), Don McGlashan (NZ), Sola Rosa (NZ) with many more local and international artists to be announced before the end of January.

Not only will festival patrons be afforded the opportunity to experience some of the world’s most dynamic and diverse performers, but there will also be camping and parking available for the full weekend and when respite is required one can enjoy a wide range of culinary delights from the plethora of food and beverage stalls, the NZ food and wines hall as well as a selection of fully licensed bars on site. The festival will also host a wide variety of arts & crafts in the market village.

For those who like the finer things in life there will be VIP ticket packages available for purchase which not only include exclusive parking and camping, but also full access to the VIP facilities which offer a full panoramic view of the main-stage as well as upmarket amenities and a fully licensed bar and dining area.

Set across 200 hectares of lush rural landscape, Puhinui Reserve occupies the southern portion of the Puhinui Peninsula, forming a major component of the Gateway Heritage area of Manukau with its considerable historic, conservation and cultural amenity value. The reserve forms part of the extensive Matukuturua volcanic field and is linked with pre-European settlements centred around Wiri Mountain and Matukuturua (McLaughlins Mountain). Whilst in idyllic surroundings offering pleasures of both rural countryside and views of Manukau Harbour, the site is also boundaried by the Auckland International Airport and SW motorway, offering Aucklanders, all visitors and those travelling in from the South an easily accessible venue site.

GrassRoots upholds a firm belief in sustainability and commitment to the beautiful environment in which it will take place and therefore will undertake a comprehensive waste management and recycling plan as well as various green initiatives to ensure a long and fruitful tenure in Puhinui Reserve.

GrassRoots is bringing the music to New Zealand for Easter.

Do not miss your chance to say that you were there first.

Ticket options include Single day, 2-Day, VIP & camping with limited Early Buy offer.

For more info go to http://www.grassrootsfestival.co.nz/


Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th April

Tickets available from:
http://www.grassrootsfestival.co.nz/ and http://www.ticketek.co.nz/ or phone 09 377 8899

For media enquiries please contact Nancy Blackler – blackoutis@xtra.co.nz ph 0272 425 318

3 December 2010

The Blues Room#254 When Love Comes To Town

The Blues Room presents ...
This Is Why I have The Blues
Episode 254, 01 December 2010

1. Darrem Watson feat. Terry Casey - WTLIF
2. Daisy Kitty and Lewis - Track Two
3. Jeffery Wright - I'm A Man
4. Mos Def - Maybellene
5. Rockie Charles - Before I Find The Right Girl for Me
6. Angie Stone, Keb Mo & Sam Moore - Wang Dang Doodle
7. BB King, Jonny Lang, Keb Mo and Lee Ritenour, & Vince Gill - Why I Sing The Blues
8. U2 feat. BB King - When Love Comes To Town
9. BB King and Joe Louis Walker - T Bone Shuffle (LIVE)
10. Soul 7 feat Kim Wilson - Juke
11. Little Walter - Last Night
12. Beyonce - At Last
13. Buddy Guy - Skanky


27 November 2010

The Blues Room#253 Gary Peters - Unemployment Blues (NZ)

The Blues Room presents ...
Gary Peters Inetrview about Unemployment Blues
Episode#253, 24 Nov 2010

Gary Peters joins me in the studio to chat about his new album Unemployment Blues. Recorded at Whangaparoa Studio by Dennis Hickey, the album shows a side of New Zealand not too often heard due to the amount of mainstream 'stuff' we get bombarded with. I liked how Gary mentioned that every song is about real people, real siuations and preformed by real good people. I also give you a taste of Buddy Guy's new album - Living Proof.
Here's a link to the youtube clip that Gary mentions in the interview. Warning: Gary has been given some man boobs. LOL! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BzTztfcB0s

1. BB King - 74 Years Young
2. Gary Peters - Crows Nest Bar and Grill
3. Gary Peters - Unemployment Blues
4. Gary Peters - Retaruke Blues
5. Gary Peters - Rain Don't Come Around No More
6. Buddy Guy - Thank Me Someday
7. Buddy Guy - On The Road
8. Buddy Guy feat. BB King - Stay Around A Little Longer
9. Darren Watson - Love Is An Ocean


24 November 2010

The Blues Room#252 Blues Time With Chess Records

Photo credit: http://www.nickcresswell.com/chicago.html

The Blues Room presents ...
Blues Time With Chess Records
Episode 252, 17 November 2010


1. Sunnyland Slim - She Ain't Nowhere
2. Muddy Waters - You're Gonna Miss Me
3. Robert Nighthawk - Black Angel Blues (Sweet Black Angel)
4. Shoeshine Johnny (Johnny Shines) - So Glad I Found You
5. John Lee Hooker - Walkin' The Boogie
6. Joe Williams - Everyday I Have The Blues
7. Elmore James - She Just Won't Do Right (Dust My Broom)
8. Washboard Sam - Diggin' My Potatoes
9. Little Walter - Tell Me Mama
10. Bo Diddley - Who Do You Love
11. Willie Dixon - 29 Ways
12. J.B. Lenoir - Don't Touch My head
13. TV Slim - Flat Foot Sam
14. Jimmy McCtacklin - Everybody Rock (New Orleans Beat)
15. Eddie Bo - Oh Oh
16. Sugarpie DeSanto - I Want To Know
17. Howling Wolf - Howlin' For My Darlin'
18. Etta James - At Last
19. Little Milton - So Mean To Me
20. Buddy Guy - Stone Crazy
21. Buster Brown - Crawlin' King Snake
22. Tommy Tucker - I'm Shorty
23. Koko Taylor - Love You Like A Woman
24. Hound Dog Taylor - Sitting Home Alone


20 November 2010

The Blues Room#251 Lil Ian Goodsman - Early Blues

Photo credit: earlyblues.com

The Blues Room presents ...
Interview with Lil Ian Goodsman
Episode 251, 10 November 2010

Nate is joined by Fraser and Tony of the Hamilton Blues Society on this episode
and then later Nate interviews Lil Ian Goodsman.

1. Dan Penn - Memphis Woman and Chicken
2. Jimmy Rogers - Trouble No More
3. Eric Clapton - If I Had Possesion Over Judgement Day
4. Lil Ian Goodsman - Preaching Blues
5. Lil Ian Goodsman - Play With Your Poodle
6. Lil Ian Goodsman - Cypress Grove
((( Lil Ian Goodsman )))
7. Pink Champange - ?


The Blues Room#250 Jelly Roll Blues with Hot Tamales

The Blues Room presents ...
Jelly Roll Blues With Hot Tamales
Episode 250, 3 November 2010

1. Joe Bonamassa - Jelly Roll
2. Blues company and the Fabulous BC Horns - Things won't be the same
3. Meena - Nothing Left
4. The Red Devils - Cross Your Heart
5. The Homemade Jamz Blues Band - King Snake
6. Charlie Musselwhite - Cook County Blues
7. Meena - Try Me
8. The Hollywood Blue Flames - Rambler and a Rollin Stone
9. Lil Ian Goodsman - They're Red Hot
10. Jimmy Bowskill - Broke Down Engine
11. Albert King - Blues Before Sunrise


30 October 2010

The Blues Room#249 Blues Go Away

The Blues Room presents ...
Blues Go Away
Episode 249, 27 October 2010

1. Blues Company and the Fabulous BC Horns - Blues Go Away
2. Gary Peters - Unemployment Blues [NZ]
3. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Running Man's Bible
4. Lil Ian Goodsman - Gambling Man
5. Lil Ian Goodsman - Country Boy
6. Pink Champagne - Love Me Like a Man
7. Steve Baker - Session Shuffle
8. Junior Wells and the Aces - Feelin Good
9. Junior Wells and the Aces - Man Downstairs
10. Boo Boo Davis - Drew Mississippi
11. Joe Bonamassa - Long Distance Call
12. Steve Baker - Straight Harp Shuffle
13. Walter Horton - Little Walter's Boogie
14. Blues Company and the Fabulous BC Horns - Blues in a Bottle


26 October 2010

The Blues Room#248 Blues Keep Me Sane

The Blues Room presents ...
Blues Keep Me Sane
Episode 248, 20 October 2010

A few musical morsals arrive in The Blues Room this week. Ruf Record releases by Dani Wilde, Shakura S'aida, Meena and Jimmy Bowskill. Other new arrivals include one from JP Blues (?) and Junior Wells and the Aces (Delmark Records). Enjoy!

1. Whispering Smith - Storm in Texas aka Texas Flood
2. Dave Specter - See See Rider
3. Dani Wilde - Shine
4. Shakura S'aida - Mr Right
5. Meena - Put Your Hands Out Of My Pocket
6. Dave Specter - Slick Pick
7. Jimmy Bowskill - Three O'Clock in the Morning
8. JP Blues - Poor Little Rich Girl
9. JP Blues - I Will Not Go Quietly
10. Lil Ian Goodsman - Change My Luck Blues
11. Junior Wells and the Aces - Junior's Woop

18 October 2010

The Blues Room#247 Keepin' It Real!

R&B legend Solomon Burke, considered by many to be the greatest soul singer of his generation, passed away on Sunday morning, October 10, 2010 of natural causes. Burke was 70 years old and en route from Los Angeles to Amsterdam for a sold out performance.

Signing with Atlantic Records in 1960, Burke recorded a string of Top Ten R&B chart hits, and helped write the book for modern soul with hit songs like "Cry To Me," "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love," "If You Need Me," and "Tonight's The Night."

Burke released his latest album, Nothing's Impossible, in early 2010. Recorded in Memphis with the legendary producer Willie Mitchell (known for his work with Al Green), the album won Burke universal critical acclaim. The patriarch of a large extended family, Burke is survived by 21 children, 90 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren. His enormous personality and talent will be missed by family, friends, and fans worldwide. (By Reverend Keith A. Gordon, Blues Guide)
The Blues Room presents ...
Keepin' It Real
Episode 247, 13 October 2010

1. Bob Corritore - 1815 West Roosevelt
2. Charlie Musselwhite - The Well
3. Solomon Burke - I'm Leaving on that Late Late Train
4. JP Blues - Love Her With a Feeling
5. The Shuffletones - Walk Around the Block
6. Little Milton - If Walls Could Talk
7. Muddy Waters - Going Down To Msain Street
8. Barry Charles and Haggis Maguiness - Hoochi Coochie Coo [NZ]
9. Pink champagne - Call It Stormy Monday [NZ]
10. Zakiya Hooker - Keeping It Real
11. Billy Flynn - Blues Drive
12. Darren Watson - A Desperate Man [NZ]


12 October 2010

Symphonicity: The Critically-Acclaimed World Tour comes to NZ


Symphonicity: The Critically-Acclaimed World Tour
Extends To Australia and New Zealand

Sting Performing his Greatest Hits, Re-imagined for Symphonic Arrangement
Conducted by Steven Mercurio

Performances Confirmed in Perth, Barossa Valley, Melbourne, Sydney, Hunter Valley, Brisbane and Christchurch.

LIVE NATION is pleased to announce that STING will extend his critically-acclaimed world tour, Symphonicity, to Australia and New Zealand in January and February, 2011.

The Australian tour will begin January 22 in Perth (Sandalford Estate) followed by performances in the Barossa Valley and Melbourne (Music Bowl), with an additional two-night engagement at the renowned Sydney Opera House. The tour will also make stops at the Hope Estate Winery in Hunter Valley and the Brisbane River Stage before continuing to New Zealand, where Sting will perform at the CBS Canterbury Arena in Christchurch, before concluding at the already sold-out Mission Estate Winery, on February 12 in Napier Valley.

Following sold-out performances throughout North America and Europe, Symphonicity finds Sting performing his greatest hits, re-imagined for symphonic arrangement, conducted by Maestro Steven Mercurio (Pavarotti, Bocelli). For this portion of the tour, Symphonicity will feature the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Perth, Barossa Valley and Melbourne, the Sydney Symphony in Sydney, Brisbane and Hunter Valley, with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra performing in Christchurch and Napier, NZ.

Sting will also be joined by a group of accomplished musicians, comprised of Dominic Miller (Sting’s longtime guitarist), Rhani Krija (Sting’s longtime multi-genre percussionist), David Cossin (a multi-percussion specialist in new and experimental music and featured member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars), Jo Lawry (Australian vocalist) and Ira Coleman (bassist).

“I am looking forward to performing in Australia and New Zealand, having a whole new palate of musical colors to work with and reinventing the songs that have been the staples of my live shows for over thirty years,” says Sting.

Drawing from a diverse and illustrious career that has produced numerous multi-platinum albums, a staggering list of number one songs, countless accolades and worldwide record sales of nearly 100 million, Sting’s most celebrated songs have been re-interpreted with brand new orchestrations arranged by Jorge Calandrelli, David Hartley, Michel Legrand, Rob Mathes, Vince Mendoza, Steven Mercurio, Bill Ross, Robert Sadin, and Nicola Tescari.

Selections, created especially for this tour, will include fan-favorites such as The Police hits “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”, “Roxanne”, “Next To You” and “Every Breath You Take,” to notable songs from Sting’s enduring solo career – “Englishman In New York,” “Fragile,” “Russians,” “If I Ever Lose My Faith In You,” “Fields Of Gold,” and “Desert Rose.”

To accompany Sting’s celebrated world tour, Deutsche Grammophon/CherryTree Records, recently announced a live CD/DVD package, Live in Berlin, featuring the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, conducted by Steven Mercurio, available internationally on November 26, 2010. This exclusive collection features previously unreleased material and many of his greatest hits, such as “Roxanne,” “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” “King Of Pain,” “Fields Of Gold,” and more, all re-imagined for symphonic arrangement. Featuring special guest Branford Marsalis on select tracks, this live concert experience is quintessential Symphonicity!

Deutsche Grammophon/CherryTree Records also released a companion studio album, Symphonicities, to critical acclaim. Highlights include fan-favorites culled from The Police songbook such as “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”, “Roxanne” and “Next To You,” as well as songs from Sting’s solo career including “Englishman In New York,” “I Burn for You,” “Why Should I Cry for You” and “She’s Too Good For Me,” among many others.

Sting’s first venture into the classical realm began with the success of his #1 album Songs from the Labyrinth, a lute-based interpretation of the music of 16th century composer John Dowland, released in 2006 on Deutsche Grammophon. After completing the enormously successful Police reunion world tour, Sting returned to pursue his passion for combining musical genres with his most recent release If On A Winter’s Night... which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s classical chart.

Prior to starting his solo career, Sting was the principal songwriter, lead singer and bassist of the rock band The Police. As a solo musician and member of The Police, Sting has received 16 Grammy Awards, two Brits, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, three Oscar nominations, Billboard Magazine’s Century Award, and MusiCares 2004 Person of the Year. He is also a member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

“We are thrilled to be a part of bringing this exciting and unique tour with Sting to the world,” said Arthur Fogel (CEO/ Chairman Live Nation global Touring). “The arrangements, combined with Sting’s brilliant songwriting and musicianship, will no doubt result in a magical evening of music.”

The world tour is promoted by Live Nation and produced by RZO Entertainment, Inc. in association with Universal Music Classical Management & Productions.


Saturday 22 – Sandalford Estate, Swan Valley. Presented by Zaccaria Events Present
Tickets from Ticketek: www.ticketek.com.au or 132 849

Wednesday 26 –Barossa Under The Stars, Barossa Valley
Tickets from Venuetix: www.venuetix.com.au or 8225 8888

Friday 28 – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne
Tickets from Ticketmaster: www.ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100
The Arts Centre: www.theartscentre.com.au or 1300 182 183

Monday 31 – Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall
Tickets from Ticketmaster: www.ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100
Sydney Opera House: www.sydneyoperahouse.com or 02 9250 7777

Tuesday 1 – Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall
Tickets from Ticketmaster: www.ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100
Sydney Opera House: www.sydneyoperahouse.com or 02 9250 7777

Saturday 5 – Hope Estate Winery, Hunter Valley
Tickets from Ticketmaster: www.ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100
Hope Estate: www.hopeestate.com.au or 1800 777 444

Monday 7 – Brisbane River Stage, Brisbane
Tickets from Ticketmaseter: www.ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100

Thursday 10 – CBS Canterbury Arena, Christchurch
Tickets from Ticketek: www.ticketek.co.nz or 0800 TICKETEK

Saturday 12 - The Mission Winery – New Zealand – SOLD OUT!

Tickets for the Swan Valley performance will go on sale on Thursday, October 21st with the remaining Australian and New Zealand dates on sale from Friday, October 22nd.
All ticketing information available at www.livenation.com.au.


For official press materials, high-resolution photos & more, visit: www.sting.com/PR

For media information please contact:
Revolutions Per Minute PR
Nicole Hart - nicole@revolutions.com.au or +61 418 324 312

Christchurch media enquiries: Neil Cox
neilcox@bigdeal.co.nz or 021 933440






“IN A WORD, INCREDIBLE.” -Cal Coast News


“THIS TOUR IS ONE TO WATCH!” - Bloomberg News


About Live Nation
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In 2009, Live Nation sold 140 million tickets, promoted 21,000 concerts, partnered with 850 sponsors and averaged 25 million unique monthly users of its e-commerce sites. For additional information, visit http://www.livenation.com/investors.

9 October 2010

The Blues Room# 246 Puttin some Funk in Your Blues

Charles Big Daddy Stallings

The Blues Room presents ...
Episode 246, 6 September

Charles 'Big Daddy' Stallings
Blues Party
Tai Jeria Record Company / Synquesse Music

Third album by Charles 'Big Daddy' Stallings 'Blues Party' lives up to its name without a doubt! Born in Columbia, South Carolina, and getting raised on a farm in Hobbsville, North Carolina, Big Daddy was honing his guitar playing and vocals from an early age by first learning Big Boss Man by Jimmy Reed. He has since released outstanding albums of 'good time blues with a twist' and shared the stage with The Holmes Brothers, Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Mark Hummel and Candye Kane to name a few.

Blues Party brings elements of funk, soul, and blues together with some latin influences, plenty of tasty horn sections including fine Mississippi saxaphone, and a whole lotta heart. Big Daddy’s vocals are excellent, husky at times and at other times as smooth as silk. There’s obvious influences from some of the greats like BB King, James Brown, and Muddy Waters here but what I like most is Big Daddy’s own personality and great sense of humour that shines through on songs like Old Folks, and Doggone Shame. Blues Party gets 4 out of 5 thumbs up from me. Good time blues with a twist!

Nate Taiapa, The Blues Room Radio Show Host, NZ

1. Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee - I'm a Stranger Here
2. Lee Sankey - Tribute to Sonny and Paul
3. The Mannish Boys feta. Kid Ramos
4. Big Mojo Elem - Special Kind of Love
5. Charles 'Big Daddy' Stallings - Doggone Shame
6. Eric Lindell - Raw Doggin
7. Tommy Castro feat. Coco Montoya - A Good Fool is Hard to Find
8. The Mannish Boys - These Kind of Blues
9. Mitch Kashmar and the Pontiax - My Kind of Woman
10. Dojo Cuts - Grand Carnival
11. Johnny Winter - Sugar Coated Love
12. Charles 'Big Daddy' Stallings - Blues in your Funk
13. Lil Ian Goodsman - Crossroads Blues
14. Michael Powers - It's a Bloody Life
15. BluesTime - Pontiac Blues

2 October 2010

The Blues Room#245 Groovin' with Harmonica Hotshots

Photo: Taken about 1999. Sefton and Oakley, my sons with my harps.
I like how Oakley copied my way of cupping the harp. Like father like son, nice.

The Blues Room presents ...
Groovin' with Harmonica Hotshots
Episode 245, 29 September

New and very tasty tunes from some modern Harmonica Hotshots in this episode for ya!
From Alligator Records we have Charlie Musselwhite struttin' some fine blues off his new album The Well.
And from Delta Groove Music we bring you new tunes from Mitch Kashmar and the Pontiax
along with Bob Corritore and his friends.


1. Charlie Musselwhite - Dig the Pain
2. Mitch Kashmar and the Pontiax with William Clarke- Horn of Plenty
3. Mitch Kashmar and the Pontiax - The Petroleum Blues
4. Mitch Kashmar and the Pontiax - Let it all fall dead
5. Charlie Musselwhite - Clarksdale Getaway
6. Bob Corritore feat. Koko Taylor - what Kind of Man is This?
7. Bob Corritore feat. Big Pete Pearson - Tin Pan Alley
8. Bo Corritore feat. Little Milton - 6 Bits in your Dollar
9. The Shuffle Tones feat. Ronnie Shellist on Harmonica
10. The Mannish Boys feat. Johnny Dyer - The Same Thing
11. The Mannish Boys feat. Randy Chorkoff - I'm Ready (Tribute to Lester Butler)
12. The Mannish Boys - Reet Petite and Gone


30 September 2010

The Blues Room#244 The Desotos Return to Hamilton

The Blues Room Presents ...
The DeSotos Return to Hamilton
Epiosde 244, 22 September 2010

In this episode I catch up with Stuart the bass player for the Desotos band.
They play Biddy Mulligans on 30th September.

1. The DeSotos - The Spirit [NZ]
2. Lil Ian Goodsman - Falling Down Blues [NZ]
3. Lil Ian Goodsman - Boogie for Blind Boy Fuller [NZ]
4. Justin Townes Earle - Working for the MTA
5. The DeSotos - Sat on a Mountain [NZ]
6. Hammond Gamble - It's Been Too Long [NZ]
7. Darren Watson - Love is an Ocean [NZ]
8. Cephas and Wiggins - Catfish Blues
9. Doc Charlie - Mailman Blues


23 September 2010

The Blues Room#243 Shake Em On Down South

The Blues Room presents ...
Shake Em Down South
Episode 243, 15 September 2010

Christchurch in the South Island of New Zealand was hit by one of the biggest earthquakes New Zealand has ever experienced. This episode is played with those effected in mind. May you stay strong, stay focused and rebuild one day at a time. Shake em on down!

1. RL Burnside - Shake Em On Down
2. Doctor Ross - Shake Em On Down
3. Paul Butterfiled Band - Shake Your Money Maker
4. Rod Piazza and the Migthy Flyers Band - Hate to see you go / Shake your hips
5. Bill Thomas - Shake down
6. Sam Cooke - Shake
7. Maceo Parker - Shake everything you got
8. Jimmy Barnes - Shake, Rattle and Roll
9. SRV and Double Trouble - Shake For Me


15 September 2010

Blues September Showdown, Viligrad Winery featuring Darcy Perry

Blue September Showdown! Vilagrad Winery 2010. A fundraiser organised by blues guitarist Darcy Perry, who gathered an impressive lineup of blues and roots musicians all donating their time to raise awareness for prostate cancer. It was a full house with guests all painting their faces blue for the evening in support of the cause.

Blue September is the annual awareness campaign launched by the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand to draw attention to prostate cancer in New Zealand - one of the biggest killers of New Zealand men. It is estimated that at least half of the 600 annual deaths from prostate cancer could have been prevented had the cancer been diagnosed and treated early enough.

Spokesperson for Blue September, Darcy Perry, said, "Men are dying quietly in New Zealand. Cancer took the lives of both my dad and my father in-law. Men need to start taking action, talking to their doctors and taking better care of their health." Mr Perry said that he hoped if anything was to come out of the evening, it would be that it would result in a man somewhere having his life saved through early detection.

The line-up for the evening was diverse, from solo acoustic acts to lively electric blues bands, with every person appearing on stage painting their face blue to support prostate cancer awareness. Artists included Darcy Perry, Regan, Pete Fountain, Ashley Knox, Rachel Hope, Faith Miru, The Flaming Mudcats, The Gunsmiths, Andre Ngapo, Three's A Crowd, and Nate Taiapa.

For more information on Blue September, visit www.blueseptember.org

8 September 2010

The Blues Room# 242 B-Side Band - interview with Paul

The Blues Room presents ...

B-Side Band Interview

Episode 242, 8 Sept 2010

Paul - harmonica sax player and vocalist for B-Side Band - joins Nate on air to chat about the band's amped up, raunchy, rockabilly sounding CD out now on cdbaby.com called 'Down Under & Blues'.

1. Darcy Perry Band - Soul a Man [NZ]
2. Dave Specter - The Funky Hunky
3. B-Side Band - Shame Shame Shame
Interview with Paul of B-Side Band
4. Dave Specter - See see Rider
5. Dave Specter - Azulado
6. B-Side Band - Yeah, You Don't Know [NZ]
7. B-Side Band - Medley: Jesus on the Mainline & Bad Boy [NZ]
8. B-Side Band - 21st Century Blues [NZ]
9. Walter Trout feat Deacon Jones - After hours
10. Jahstafai - LIVE in Studio [NZ]
11. Regan Perry - Wiser [NZ]
12. Darcy Perry Band feat Simen Blueskeys Taylor - Get the Hell OPutta My Face [NZ]
13. Albert Castiglia - Going Upstairs
14. Craig Bracken - I Want My Money Back [NZ]

4 September 2010

The Blues Room# 241 Darcy Perry gives Lowdown on Blues September Showdown

The Blues Room presents ...
Darcy Perry gives the Lowdown
on Blue September Showdown
Episode 241, 01 September 2010

Darcy Perry joins Nate in this episode to talk all about the Blue September Showdown on 18th September at Viligrad Winery. Things are shaping up and I for one know it's going to be a wonderful evening of fine food and drink and great NZ music. For more details about Blue September and the Prostate Cancer Foundation NZ please visit their website: click here.

1. Simen Bluekeys Taylor - Diamond Ring
2. Dave Specter - Stick to the hip
Darcy Perry Interview with music
3. Arsen Shomakhov - Joker
4. Arsen Shomakhov - On the move
5. Arsen Shomakhov Swingy
6. Albert Collins - Frosty
7. Bacon Fat - Juicy Harmonica
8. Pete Fountain - Heavy Tonight [NZ]
9. John Juke Logan - Love me like that
10. Todd Rundgren - Kind Hearted Woman
11. T-Bone Walker - Papa Ain't Salty
12. Big Joe Louis - Treat Your Daddy Right
13. Dave Specter - Octavate'n
14. Katy Soljak - Georgia [NZ]
15. Haggis - Gee Baby [NZ]
16. Bill Sims and Mark Lavoie - Goin Uptown
17. Dave Specter - Wash Out


28 August 2010

The Desotos Tour

Blue September Showdown - September 11, 2010

The Blues Room# 240 Rocking Pheumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu

The Blues Room presents ...
Rocking Pheumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu
Episode 240, 25 August 2010

I thought the title of the Jimmy Barnes song I play in this episode kinda sums up how I've been lately, I'm so glad Spring is peeping its head through the Winter cold!!! This simply means Summer is on its way! In this episode I begin sharing more details about the
Blue September Showdown concert coming up on Sept 11 featuring
Darcy Perry and a whole host of other wonderful musicians who
will help raise awareness and funds for the NZ Prostate Cancer Foundation.
Plus, I spin some new additions to the Blues Room collection.
WOW! Episode 240, can you believe it!?

1. Albert Casligia - Mojo 305
2. Blind Lemon Pledge - Sugar Rush
3. Muddy Waters - Mudcat
4. Jimmy Barnes - Rocking Pheumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu
5. Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers - Jefferson Jerico Blues
6. Zakiya Hooker - Crossroads
7. Bacon Fat - Juicy Harmonica
8. Sugar Ray and the Blue Tones - Mouth on Fire
9 Louisiana Red - Vivienne
10. Jason Ricci and the New Blood - Shake Your Hips
11. Little Walter - Quarter to Twelve
12. Darcy Perry Band - Blues is a Healer
13. Joe Louis Walker - Tell Me Why
14. Eddie C. Campbell - It's So Easy


21 August 2010

The Blues Room#239 Ruf Records Music - Where Blues Crosses Over

The Blues Room presents ...
RUF RECORDS part two
Episode 239, 18 August 2010

Ruf Records is a label in Germany hosted by Thomas Ruf.
It provides us with so much great music! Please go check them out. Ruf records is distributed in New Zealand by Simon at Yellow Eye Ltd.

1. Jeff Healey - I think I love you too much
2. Coco Montoya - I want it all back
3. Omar Dykes feat. Jimmy Vaughan - Big Town Playboy
4. Oli Brown - Take a look back
5. Meena - Just as I am
6. Candye Kane - Goodbye my heart
7. Shakura S'aida - Gonna tell my baby
8. Erja Lyytinen - Crows at your door
9. Louisiana Red and Little Victor's Juke Joint - Sweet Leg Girl
10. Sue Foley - Sugar
11. Walter Trout feat. James Harman - A Busy Man


14 August 2010

The Blues Room#238 Oli Brown (Ruf Records) Interview

The Blues Room presents ...
Episode 238, 11 Aug 2010
Oli Brown is a really nice guy, young, talented and spoken highly of by his peers and respected fellow musicians. I caught up with him while he was here in NZ for Gtaranaki Guitar Festival. He is also coming to Biddy Mulligans on Monday 16th Aug, 8pm, so don't miss him. We NEVER egt Ruf Recording Artists in Hamilton!!!! So make the most of it.

1. Oli Brown - Evil Soul
2. Luther Allison - Living in the House of Blues
3. Carolynn Wonderland - Walk On
4. Shakura S'aida - Missing the Good and the Bad
5. Oli Brown - Stone Cold (Roxanne)
6. Oli Brown - Real Good Time
7. Oli Brown - Fever
8. Oli Brown - I Can Make Your Day
9. Oli Brown Interview - Love's Gone Cold
10. Oli Brown - Makes Me Wonder
11. Big Daddy Wilson - Love is the Key


13 August 2010

Oli Brown (Ruf Records) will play Biddy Mulligans, Hamilton

Due to unprecedented demand Oli Brown, the young guitarist that Mojo Magazine described as “The hottest young pistol in British blues”, has announced two further special performances following his gigs at Gtaranaki 2010. They are:
The Ruby Lounge
14 Bond St, Wellington
15th August at 9:00pm

Biddy Mulligan’s Back Bar
742 Victoria St
16th August at 8:00pm

Barely out of his teens, Oli Brown is being hailed as the great white hope of British blues, with glowing reviews for his live and recorded work. Uncut magazine describes his guitar-
playing as a cross between Rory Gallagher and Steve Cropper.

Since 2007 the Oli Brown Band has playing up and down the UK. A major highlight for 2007 was recording a live session for BBC Radio 2 for the Paul Jones Blues Show which was
transmitted 14 May 2007. Other notable events that year included supporting acts like Walter Trout, Aynsley Lister, Devon Allman and Ian Parker, as well as performances for
various local radio stations.

2008 was exciting and extremely busy: In January Oli signed to Ruf Records and went to Germany to record his first Ruf Records album, titled Open Road, released that June to great reviews.

In February 2008, whilst in America, The Oli Brown Band were invited to record at the legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis, by John Fry himself (Ardent Studios have been involved with the recording of albums by artists such as REM, The White Stripes, Led Zeppelin, Isaac Hayes, ZZ Top… the list goes on and on). Oli and the band recorded a couple of tracks and then performed a live session for "The Ardent Sessions". The hits on the website for The Oli
Brown Band set exceeded 1.4 million in three weeks.

Oli went back to the States in August 2008, where he performed with Blinddog Smokin, Sherman Robertson, Miss Blues, Billy Branch - and did his own Oli Brown set too!
The Oli Brown Band secured support slots in 2008 with artist such as Jon Cleary, Johnny Winter, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Robben Ford, Walter Trout and Devon Allman, as well as having Oli Brown Band headline gigs. All of the gigs saw them playing in larger venues and increasing their rapidly growing fan base.

Early 2009 saw Oli perform as a member of the legendary Blues Caravan Tour of Europe, an annual event put on by Ruf Records which visits many countries including Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Norway, Lithuania and Poland. 2009 was also when The Oli Brown Band carried out their first major UK tour. This was the Open Road Tour, presented by HMV in association with Rhino Agency and was a great success.

The rest of 2009 had the band performing at various festivals both in and out of the UK and ended, following requests from fans, with a further UK tour.
The eagerly awaited follow up to Oli Brown's critically acclaimed debut Open Road is Heads I win, Tails You Lose and features that unique Oli Brown sound; clean guitar, great riffs and a vocal honed by two years of touring that squeezes every emotion from the lyrics. This album was produced by the legendary Mike Vernon (Fleetwood Mac,
Eric Clapton, Ten Years After), who was keen to come out of retirement to work with the talented Oli after hearing his debut CD. With the blues baton now firmly grasped in Oli's hands, he's just completed his biggest gig yet with two appearances at Glastonbury on 25 and 26 June 2010.
His appearances at one of the world's biggest music festivals cements his place as a rising star and comes in the middle of a hectic 2010 for Oli, who lives at home with his dad and manager Graham, mum Sue and sister Charlotte, 23.
Oli is available for interviews and both his albums can be provided for review.
For further details, please contact us:
Yellow Eye Ltd Ph: (03) 4739426 Fax: (03) 4739700 Email: sieye@xtra.co.nz

7 August 2010

The Blues Room# 237 An Evening For Emma Orange

The Blues Room presents ...
An Evening For Emma Orange
Episode 237, 04 August 2010

Emma Orange struggles daily with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy - a pain condition which Emma describes as the worst pain imaginable, its like a fire in her body that never goes out. I get the priviledge of interviewing her and her dad, Julian, in this episode. There is a specail charity gig happening in Hamilton on Saturday 7th August, 2010 put together by Hamilton's Blues, Jazz and Acoustic music clubs to help raise funds for Emma to travel to USA and Mexico to have treatment for this disease. To support Emma, please visit http://ihelpedemmaorange.webs.com/

1. The Homemade Jamz Blues Band - Hard Headed Woman
2. Nasty Ned - Can't Be Satisfied
3. Janiva Magness - Bitter Pill
4. Erick Hovey - Soda Pop Girl
(((Interview with Jullian and Emma Orange)))
5. Johnny Stash - Long Black Train [NZ]
6. The Garage Swing Band - Lover Boy [NZ]
7. The Blues Buffet - Pastry [NZ]
8. Little Johnny Christian - New Life
9. Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames - Burnin' Love


Emma free-loading behind her Dad (Emma has not been able to pedal a bike since 2002)

Photo credit

5 August 2010

The Blues Room#236 The Garage Swing Band - An Interview with Nigel Spiers

The Blues Room presents ...
The Garage Swing Band
An interview with Nigel Spiers
Episode 236, 28 July 2010

This episode features great music from The Garage Swing Band from Christchurch, NZ . I talk with Nigel Spiers, frontman of the band and webhost of http://www.bluesandviews.com/. I also play some great Australian blues too, some of it sent to me by good friends Carmen and Gerry Blain of Cracking Toast Management. Thanks for stopping by!

1. The Garage Swing Band - Chuggin [NZ]
2. The Garage Swing Band - How We Used To Be [NZ]
3. The Garage Swing Band - Tragedy [NZ]
4. Susan de Jong w/ Nigel Spiers - Set Me Free [NZ]
5. Brain Harley Solo - How We Used To Be [NZ]
6. Dr. Charlie - Ballard of John Mayall
7. Stevie Paige - That's Soul
8. Bluesville Station - Ride My Way Home
9. Cleveland Blues and the Red Eye Junction - The Teller Man


24 July 2010

The Blues Room#235 Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute featuring Tony Painting

The Blues Room presents ...
Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute featuring Tony Painting
Episode 235, 21 July 2010

1. Tony Painting with Band of Gypsies - You Ain't Gonna Fool Me Again
2. SRV - Mary Had A Little Lamb
3. Bonnie Raitt - Pride and Joy
4. Band of Gypsys - Baby Wants to Boogie
5. SRV - Hideaway
6. SRV - Couldn't Stand the Weather
7. SRV with BB King, Albert King, Phil Collins, and Paul Butterfield - The Sky Is Crying
8. SRV - Texas Flood
9. Eric Clapton - SRV Shuffle


The Blues Room#234 Tribute to Ian McCook and interview with Matt Bentley (new sponsor)

The Blues Room presents ...
A Tribute to Ian 'Cookie' McCook
and interview with new sponsor of The Blues Room, Soul Studio's Matt Bentley
Episode 234, 14 July 2010

1. BB King - Everyday I have the Blues
2. Eric Clapton - Everyday I have the Blues
3. Gary Moore - Walking to My Baby
4. Steely Dan - Black Cow
5. Stevie Ray Vaughan - Things that I used to Do
6. George Thorogood - Bad to the Bone
7. Gary Moore - Pretty Woman
8. Gary Moore - All Your Love
9. Nitin Sawhney - Dead Man
10. Cream - Sunshine of Your Love
11. Cream - Crossroads


10 July 2010

The Blues Room#233 Roomful of Blues

The Blues Room presents ...
Roomful of Blues
Episode 233, 7 July 2010

I received the first album by Roomful of Blues as re released by Hyena Records from Southbound Distribution the other day and immediately I knew I had a episode that even I would love to re listen too, I'm on my third listening. Enjoy!!

1. Roomful of Blues - That's my Life
2. Roomful of Blues - Duke's Blues
3. Roomful of Blues - Straight Jacquet
4. Roomful of Blues - Up Jumped the Devil
5. Roomful of Blues - Big Mamou
6. Roomful of Blues - I Would Be Sinner
7. Doug James - Dog Ate My Reed
8. Sugar Ray and the Bluenotes - (I'm gonna break into) Folsom Prison
9. Ronnie Earl and Duke Robillard - West Side Shuffle
10. Roomful of Blues - Texas Flood
11. Roomful of Blues - Stormy Monday
12. Roomful of Blues - Take It Like A Man
13.Roomful of Blues - Honey Hush

3 July 2010

The Blues Room 232 Rockinitis

The Blues Room presents ...
Episode 232, 30 June 2010

1. Guy Davis - Hoochie Coochie Man
2. Kenny Neal and Billy Branch - Don't start me talking
3. Billy Boy Arnold - Rockinitis
4. Joe Bonamassa - Stop!
5. Duke Robillard - Cookin
6. Lynwood Slim - All night long
7. The Hollywood Blue Flames - Music Man
8. Duke Robillard - No Way Out
9. North Mississippi Allstars - Drop Down Mama
10. Jeremy Spencer - Bitter Lemon
11. Duke Robillard - Sunday Morning
12. Jimmy Rogers - Trouble No More

29 June 2010

The Blues Room#231 Name That Blues Guitarist

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The Blues Room presents ...
Episode 231, 23 June 2010

1. The Hollywood Fats Band - Read About My Baby
2. Joe Bonamassa - Walking Blues
3. Omar Kent Dykes with James Cotton - I Can't Judge Nobody
4. John Lee Hooker - This Is Hip
5. Tail Dragger - Ohh Baby Hold Me
6. Marcia Ball - Where do You Go?
7. Electrofied - Bad Case of the Blues
8. Bob Corritore - Coal Black Mare
9. Joe Bonamassa - Jelly Roll
10. Lowell Fulsom - Reconsider Baby


24 June 2010

The Blues Room#230 A box Full of Joe Bonamassa Blues

Photo credit: Dean Fardell

The Blues Room presents ...
Episode 230, 16 June 2010

Thanks to Pip at Southbound Distribution for the box full of Joe Bonamassa blues!

1. Joe Bonamassa - You Upset Me Baby
2. Joe Bonamassa - No Slack
3. Joe Bonamassa - Your Funeral and My Trial
4. Joe Bonamassa - Black Night
5. Joe Bonamassa - So, it's like that
6. Joe Bonamassa - The Ballard of John Henry
7. Guy Davis - Sweetheart Like You
8. Joe Bonamassa - Long Distance Blues
9. Joe Bonamassa - Pack it Up
10. Joe Bonamassa - A New Day Yesterday
11. Joe Bonamassa - Reconsider Baby


The Blues Room (NZ)
Category Finalist for New Zealand Radio Awards 2010, 2008
(Category: Best Music show on Access Radio)

15 June 2010

The Blues Room#229 Rocket 88

The Blues Room presents ...
Episode 229, 9 June 2010

1. James Cotton - Rocket 88
2. Willie King - Peg Leg Woman
3. Little Walter - Fast Boogie
4. Rosco Gordon - Just a little bit
5. Matt Murphy - The Blues Don't Bother me
6. Magic Dick and Jay Geils (Bluestime) - Pontiac Blues
7. Kid Andersen - Stompin' with the Kid
8. Ike Turner - Hey Hey
9. Five Blazers - Chicago Boogie
10. Speckled Red - Pinetop's Boogie Woogie
11. Buddy Reed - Rialto Rock
12. Roy Gains and Clarence Hollimon - Full Gain
13. Muddy Waters - Tom Cat
14. Ike and Tina Turner - Mojo Queen
15. The JBs w/ James Brown - To My Brother
16. Jackie Brenston - Rocket 88
17. Memphis Minnie - Me and My Chauffeur
18. Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats - My Real Gone Rocket
19. Frank Frost - Frank's Boogie


The Blues Room#228 Scratch My Back

The Blues Room presents ...
Episode 228, 2 June 2010

1. Smokin Joe Kubek and Bnois King - Must Be Karma
2. Mike Zito - Slow It Down
3. Tommy Keys - Big Joe The Boogie Man
4. Rick Estrin and the Nightcats - You Can't Come Back
5. Long-Ge - Playing Mahjong
6. Samuel L Jackson and Kenny Brown - Just Like a Bird without as Feather
7. Amar Sundy - Ouallache
8. Jessie Mae Hemphill - Standing in my doorway crying
9. Slim Harpo - Scratch My Back
10. Jerry Portnoy - Runnin with the Blues
11. Eddie Cotton - Here to Testify


24 May 2010

The Blues Room#226 Johnny Stash Band LIVE in the Studio

The Blues Room presents ...
Johnny Stash Band LIVE
Episode 226, 19 May 2010

I love having this local Hamilton band 'Johnny Stash' in the studio with me. They fill the whole place with not only their own good looking selves but with good sounding tunes! They have a new album out now called "Rum, Rockabilly and the Stash" so go get ya self a copy.
The sound quality of the download is not always the best but I'm sure you'll get an idea of just how much this band can rock when they start to roll!

1. Johnny Stash - Fool She Can Bear [NZ]
2. Johnny Stash - No Excuse [NZ]
3. Johnny Stash - Back of the Line [NZ]
4. Johnny Cash - Man Comes Round
5. Johnny Stash - Long Black Train [NZ]
6. Johnny Stash - Wellington [NZ]
7. Johnny Stash - Do or Don't [NZ]
8. Jimmy Reed - Bright Lights, Big City
9. Johnny Stash - Cut Me Some Slack [NZ]
10. Johnny Stash - Te Rapa Straight [NZ]
11. Johnny Stash - Love Has a Way [NZ]


20 May 2010

The Blues Room#225 More NZ Music for NZ Music Month 2010

The Blues Room presents ...
More NZ Music for NZ Music Month 2010
Epsiode#225, 12 May 2010

1.Mike Garner and Paul Garner - Tellin' You 'Bout It [NZ]
2. Stringbean - Ride (BluesLeaf Records)
3. Johnny Charles - Metro City (BluesLeaf Records)
4. Kokomo - Highway 61 Revisited [NZ]
5. Pink Champagne - Stray Cat Strut [NZ]
6. Johnny Croot - Big Time Lover [NZ]
7. Darcy Perry Band - Phoenix [NZ]
8. Midge Marsden and Bullfrog Rata - Diggin [NZ]
9. Hammond Gamble - It's My Own Fault [NZ]
10. Darren Watson - Love Ain't No Game [NZ]
11. Brown Sugar - Pride and Joy [NZ]


13 May 2010

The Blues Room # 224

The Blues Room presents ...
NZ Music Month, Wk1 - Interview with David Shearer (Sponsor)
Episode#224, 5 May 2010

Shearers Music Works

1. Hansome Giants - I'm Ready [NZ]
2. The Bar Fly - The Blues [NZ]
3. Mike Garner - Death Letter Blues [NZ]
4. Riverhead Slide - Riverhead Slidin Blues [NZ]
5. Moondog Blues - Out Of Air [NZ]
6. Tony Martin and Heather Honey - Steam Roller Blues [NZ]
7. Blue Smoke - Rock Me Baby [NZ]
8. B Side Band - Sittin In The Rain [NZ]
9. Hot Club Sandwich - I Don't Recognise This Neighbourhood [NZ]
10. King Leo and the Growling Dogs - Baby Don't Wanna [NZ]
11. Shades of Blues - Lucillie [NZ]
12. Windy City Struuglers - Someday Baby [NZ]

2 May 2010

The Blues Room# 223 Delta Goove Music PLUS Alligator Records

The Blues Room presents ...
Delta Groove Music PLUS Alligator Records
Episode # 223, 28 April 2010

Download epsisode #223

Delta Groove Productions is a labor of love, and culmination of a lifelong obsession with blues and roots music on the part of celebrated producer and successful entrepreneur Rand Chortkoff. Each project is undertaken with the idea that quality speaks for itself, so the utmost care is given to every detail, from A&R to production to packaging to promotion - but first and foremost, the performances. Delta Groove is all about the music. Without great performers and great performances, nothing else matters.

The creative force behind the music arm of Delta Groove Productions is Randy Chortkoff, a veteran producer of blues and roots recordings and a talented musician in his own right. Beginning in the 1980s, Chortkoff first honed his studio skills working with his own band, The Dirt Cheap Blues Band (which also featured future blues heavy-hitters Debbie Davies and Alex Shultz) before taking the plunge into independent record production by recording blues legend Billy Boy Arnold. These master tapes were leased by the world's largest independent blues label, the prestigious Alligator Records, and were released as Arnold's highly acclaimed 'comeback' release "Back Where I Belong" in the early 1990s.

Over the next several years Chortkoff produced his own sessions featuring a number of prominent blues artists, including the late King Ernest, powerhouse vocalist Finis Tasby, and others, leasing them to major blues labels in the US and in Europe. Finally deciding to reap the fruits of his own labors, Chortkoff has created the Delta Groove Productions record label.

In a relatively short period of time, Delta Groove has already made a BIG splash in the roots and blues music industry, with world-wide radio airplay, glowing reviews in both the specialist and general press, and this year has garnered an impressive 9 Blues Music Awards nominations, the equivalent of a Grammy in the blues music world. Delta Groove Productions has quickly earned a well-deserved reputation as the leader in roots and blues music, and the best is yet to come.

Back in 1971, Bruce Iglauer, a 23-year-old blues fan, used his meager savings to record and produce his favorite band, Hound Dog Taylor & the HouseRockers. Following his heart, he quit his day job with Delmark Records and began promoting Hound Dog Taylor and his new record company full-time. Over 30 years later, that company, Alligator Records, is home to some of the world's premier blues and roots rock talent and is regarded by fans and the media alike as the top contemporary blues record label in the world.

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The Blues Room #222 John Mayall Talks about British Blues Beginings

The Blues Room presents ...
More John Mayall snippets - Birth of British Blues
Epiosde#222, 14 April 2010

1. Nasty Ned - Lonely Loaded Pistol
2. Johnny Charles - The King Shuffle
3. Mike Morgan and the The Crawl feat. Lee McBee - Big D Shuffle
4. Tommy Keys - The Hadacol Bounce
5. Campion Jack Dupree - Junkers Blues
6. Lurie Bell - Reconsider Baby
7. Willie Kent - Something New
8. Snooks Eaglin with Sam Myers and Anson Funderburgh - Boombastic
Interview Snippets with John Mayall (Thanks to YearOfTheBlues.com)
a. Jeff Healey and the Jazz Wizards feat. Chris Barber - Buggle Call Rag
b. Alex Korner - Everything She Needs
c. Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson, Meade Lux Lewis - Boogie Woogie Prayer
d. Howling Wolf - Cadilac Daddy
e. Big Bill Broonzy - Big Bill Blues
f. Big Bill Broonzy - Its a Low Down Dirty Shame
g. Yardbirds - Jeff's Blues
h. John Mayall's Bluesbreakers - Someday After a While
i. John Mayall's Bluesbreakers - All Your Love
j. Otis Rush - It's My Own Fault Baby
9. Rod Piazza with Rick LA Holmes - The Floater

The Blues Room#221 The Blues Room Interview With John Mayall

The Blues Room presents ...
The Blues Room Interview With John Mayall
Episode#221, 07 April 2010

1. Dr John - Dream Warrior
2. Paul Ubana Jones - Freight Train (NZ)
3. Fredie King with Eric Clapton - Sugar Mama
4. Albert King - Cold Women with Warm Hearts
5. BB King - The Thrill is Gone
John Maydon interviews John Mayall
6. Otis Rush - All My Love
7. Albert Ammons, Pete John and Meade Lux Lewis - Boogie Woogie Prayer
8. Howling Wolf - The Back Door Wolf
9. John Mayall's Bluesbreakers - Steppin Out
10. John Mayall - Tough Times Ahead
11. Jimi Hendrix - Red House Blues
12. John Mayall - How Far Down

The Blues Room#220 Right Place, Wrong Time

The Blues Room presents ...
Right Place, Wrong Time
Episode#220, 31 March 2010
1. Buddy Guy - Mary had a little lamb
2. Taj Mahal - Queen Bee
3. Dr John - Right Place, Wrong Time
4. Paul Ubana Jones - High Rollin Man
5. Harmonica Playboy and the Midnight Movers - Instrumental
6. William Clarke - Trying to Stretch My Money
7. John Mayall and the BluesBreakers - All My Love
8. Otis Rush - It's My Own Fault
9. Omar Kent Dykes feat. James Cotton - Big Town Playboy
10. John Mayall - An Eye for an Eye
11. Dr John feat. Eric Clapton - Stripped Away

28 January 2010

The Blues Room # 210 Marchwood Blues Pinic

The Blues Room #210 Marchwood Blues Picnic 20JAN10

1. Billy Ebbling and the Late for Dinner Band - It's Your Own Damn Fault

2. Mike Garner featuring Jan Preston - Leaving Blues All Around the World [NZ]

Interview with Peter Archer of Marchwood Blues Picnic

3. Brilleaux - LIVE - Hoochie Coochie Man [NZ]

4. Brilleaux - This Ain't Rock n Roll [NZ]

5. Dutch Tilders - I'm a Blues Man

6. Dutch Tilders - Nobody Knows You

7. Big Brother and the Holding Company - Turtle Blues

8. Lavern Baker - Empty Bed Blues

18 January 2010

Win tickets to Marchwood Blues Picnic on The Blues room

Hey Blues lovers,
Peter and Carol, hosts of the popular Marchwood Blues Picnic, think its about time you experienced New Zealand's biggest little Festival of Blues music with them

They have kindly given The Blues Room some tickets for lucky listeners to WIN. Tune in this Wednesday 20th and next Wednesday 27th on AM1206 or FM106.7 or online at Community Radio Hamilton for your chance to WIN, 9pm.

The 2010 festival is going to be bigger and better than ever with some of New Zealand's greatest blues performers.

Set against the backdrop of the gorgeous Bay of Plenty scenery, the Blues Picnic is blues heaven for music connoisseurs. Both performers and audience love the relaxed atmosphere as much as the great music. Peter and Carol say 'come along and join us on the green for the blues!' You'll be crazy to miss this!

Fancy a trip to the Mississippi Delta? How about Chicago or New Orleans? Save yourself the airfare and buy a ticket to Marchwood instead. Blues Picnic tickets are only $35. You’ll go a long way to beat that. For all the info about tickets and the Marchwood Blues Picnic please visit here http://www.bluespicnic.com/index.html