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