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