27 May 2011

The Blues Room #279

The Blues Room presents ...
Its Winter, Light my Fire
Episode 279, 25 May 2011

1. Westbound Train - What You Need
2. Kitty Daisy and Lewis - Mean Son of a Gun
3. William Clarke - My Wife Got Mad
4. The Matthew Skoller Blues Band - Handful of People
5. Willie Dixon feat. Sugar Blue - Don't Mess With the Messer
6. The Blues Buffet - Hey Bartender [NZ]
7. The Doors - Light My Fire
8. Shirley Bassey - Light My Fire
9. Big Maybelle - Say It Isn't So
10. Harpdog Brown and Graham Guest - Flip, Flop, Fly
11. Robert Herndon Project - Born Under a Bad Sign
12. Hound Dog Taylor - Sitting Home Alone


21 May 2011

The Blues Room 278

The Blues Room presents ...
Nina Loves Shirley Bassey
Episode 278, 18 May 2011

Well whatta know! My good friend Nina tunes into The Blues Room for the first time and request a tune from me and I can't deliver!! Nina, I'll have some Shirley Basssey next week!!! : )

1. Louisiana Red and Little Victor's Juke Joint - Don't Miss That Train
2. Jefferey Wright and Bill Simms Jr - Country Blues
3. Nate and Chris Thompson - A Boogie [NZ]
4. Sonia Bullot - Malted Milk [NZ]
5. Oli Brown- No Diggity
6. The Doobie Brothers - My Baby
7. Lucinda Williams - Honey Chile
8. Carolyn Wonderland - Trouble in the City
9. Sonia Bullot - All Blues [NZ]
10. Solomon Burke - Can't Nobody Love You
11. The Thomas Oliver Band - Baby I'll Play [NZ]
12. Jimi Hendrix - Hound Dog Blues
13. Led Zeppelin - I Can't Quit You Baby


15 May 2011

American Blues legend to headline Rotorua Blues Festival

Los Angeles Blues legend Doug MacLeod will headline the Rotorua Blues Festival in June this year (1-6 June 2011).

Doug is the patron of the Bay of Plenty Blues Club and will perform exclusively in Rotorua during this trip, giving the city a fantastic chance to attract local, domestic and Australian visitors.
This year’s festival will also feature musicians from across New Zealand and Australia. The event, which has been running since 2006, coincides with the annual Targa Car rally in Rotorua and the usual ‘Targa Streat Party’ will be held during the popular ‘Show n Shine’ on Saturday 4th June, which showcases the rally cars.

A number of bars and restaurants within Rotorua’s CBD will be host to a variety of Blues acts for people to enjoy throughout the four days. All are within walking distance of each other and entry to these venues is free.

Included in the six-day long music programme will be a special concert on Saturday night 4th June at the Novotel Rotorua Lakeside, featuring festival headliner Doug MacLeod. This is a rare opportunity to see one of the world’s greatest blues masters, and will be MacLeod’s only formal concert on his tour ‘down under’.

Acknowledged as a torchbearer of the acoustic blues, Doug MacLeod is one of the last remaining bluesmen who learned from the old masters. He is highly respected for his superb songwriting, and several of his songs have been covered by many artistes including Albert King, Albert Collins and Coco Montoya.

MacLeod is also a great storyteller, who enthralls his audience with the tales that have inspired his songs. He is renowned for his finger-picking and bottleneck guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals and wit, which combine to produce an unforgettable live performance. In the words of Delta Blues legend, Honeyboy Edwards, “Doug MacLeod, now there’s a man that can really play the blues.”

A feature of the festival will be an exclusive Songwriting workshop on Sunday 5th June with Doug MacLeod. Places will be limited and are expected to fill quickly.
The ‘Youth Guitar Workshop & Competition’, is open to entrants aged between 12 and 20, it is again expected to be hotly contested by a number of aspiring young players. “It is an opportunity for the stars of tomorrow to show us what they can do today”, says Sally Garner, Festival Organiser. The workshop and competition will run across the weekend at the Novotel Rotorua Lakeside, and feature a master class with Doug MacLeod.
The popular ‘Blues Cruise’ will run on Sunday 5th June, on board Rotorua’s own paddle-steamer The Lakeland Queen, which is modeled on the Mississippi river boats. Ticket price includes nibbles and a glass of wine on boarding.
Full details will be published on the festival website http://www.bopblues.com/bluesfest

For more information contact:
Sally Garner, Festival Organiser
Tel: 027 2738881
Email: info@bopblues.com

The Blues Room 278

The Blues Room presents ...
Tell The Devil I'm Gone
Episode 278, 11 May 2011

1. Micheal Powers - Can't Quit You Baby
2. *Ben Prestage - Tell the Devil I'm gone
3. Ben Prestage - See What My Buddy Done
4. RL Burnside - Old Black Mattie
5. Carlos Del Junco - Heaven's Where You Dwell
6. The Hollywood Blue Flames - Music Man
7. Mitch Kashmar and the Pontiax - Walking Downtown
8. Angie Stone, Keb' Mo', Sam Moore - Wang Dang Doodle
9. Katie Webster - I'm Still Leaving You
10. The De Sotos - Greedy Man [NZ]
11. The Shuffletones with Ronnie Shellist Instrumental


*For more details about Ben Prestage and his album "One Crow Murder" please visit:

10 May 2011

The Blues Room # 276

The Blues Room present ...
Bluesin' with Peter - NZ Music Month
Episode 276, 4 May 2011

Peter joins me again for another episode of The Blues Room and this time he's brought me some of his favorite NZ blues seen as its the begining of NZ Music month, nice selection Peter if I can say so myself!!

If you're reading this, have you listened to the podcast yet? Go ahead and then see if you know the answer to the question I pose and see if you can win the album by John Mayall called, Tough. First to reply to this post with the correct answer wins!

1. Simen Bluekeys Taylor - Diamond Ring [NZ]
2. John Mayall - Tough Times Ahead
3. Darcy Perry and Nate Taiapa - Blues Man [NZ]
4. Eric Clapton - I'm Tore Down
5. Lynne Campbell - Don't Wait Up [NZ]
6. The Hipshooters - Mary Had a Little Lamb [NZ]
7. Midge Marsden - Travellin' On [NZ]
8. RL Burnside - Goin Down South
9. ZZ Top - La Grange