28 July 2012

The Blues Room #340 This Ain't No Blues Headache!

Listening to blues, thats what we like to do on The Blues Room, right? Can I get an AMEN?!
Stay tuned for an interview with Ronnie Shellist in about two weeks! A great harmonica player/teacher from Denver. Oh, and remember to change your radio dial to 89.0FM if you're in the mighty Waikato, we make the switch over on 1 August. I'll reveal our new station name then!! Exciting stuff!

Episode 340, 25 July 2012
1. The Mannish Boys - Born Under A Bad Sign
2. Ronnie Shellist - Eyesight To The Blind
3. Darcy Perry Band - Night And Day [NZ]
4. Walter Trout - The Sky Is Fallin' Down
5. Larry Miller - Road Runner
6. Tail Dragger & Bob Corritore - So Ezee
7. Gary Primich - Comments / Been Around The World / My Back Scratcher
8. Joe Louis Walker - I Won't Do That
9. Pinetop Perkins - 4 O'Clock In The Morning

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Community Radio Hamilton is changing its name and frequency. What will this mean for fans of The Blues Room?

In April 2011 the 89FM (Hamilton, NZ) licence expired, and sat unused while the Ministry for Culture and Heritage developed new allocation criteria. In October 2011 the Ministry announced that Community Radio Hamilton was the successful applicant [see Waikato Times coverage].

The frequency has had a number of users in its 25 year history. Initially it hosted University of Waikato student station Radio Contact, who renamed themselves Contact 89FM and started broadcasting on FM in 1986. In 1997, for reasons relating to student politics, the frequency licence was leased to other operators, and over the last several years has been on sold to a number of other operators - including The Generator, Backbeat FM and Rush FM. None of these stations have really delivered on the conditions of the licence, which described simply were to provide a radio station primarily for the use, development and entertainment of tertiary students.
The Waikato Students Union [WSU] attempted to get the frequency back from recent operator Backbeat FM, but this was unsuccessful and most recently the “ownership” changed again, passing to the operators of Rush FM.

What will this change from FM106.7 and AM1206 over to 89.0FM mean for listeners of the LIVE broadcast of The Blues Room on Wednesday nights? Nothing except a better reception and wider coverage. Listeners just need to change to 89.0FM to get the show from 1st August 2012. Thats all. Simple and sweet!

I can't tell you what the new name will be yet, but I will on The Blues Room come 1 August!!!

26 July 2012

The Blues Room # 339 Lynwood Slim and The Igor Prado Band

When Brazilian blues masters mix with a West Coast blues master the results are fantastic! This album by Lynwood Slim and the Igor Prado Band is a great buy. Head over the Delta Groove Productions and check out more about this and many other great bands. In the mean time enjoy a sampling of great tunes from the aforementioned plus fine covers of 'Walk Right In' and 'Easy Baby' in this episode.

Episode 339, 18 July 2012

1. Billy Boy Arnold - Just A Dream
2. Charlie Musselwhite - Azul Para Amparo
3. Taj Mahal - Good Morning Miss Brown
4. Otis Taylor - Walk Right In
5. Joe Louis Walker - I'm On To You
6. Fiona Boyes, Mookie Brill & Rich Delgrosso - Easy Baby
7. Shoeshine Johnny - So Glad I Found You
8. Lynwood Slim and The Igor Prado Band - Shake It Baby
9. Lynwood Slim and The Igor Prado Band - My Hat's On The Side Of My Head
10. Lynwood Slim and The Igor Prado Band - Little Girl
11. Lynwood Slim and the Igor Prado Band - Show Me The Way

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Two continents collide as California native Lynwood Slim teams up with the premier jump blues outfit from Brazil, the Igor Prado Band, for a surprisingly tasteful and swingin' set of music featuring the smoldering guitar acrobatics of left-handed, upside-down guitarist Igor Prado. The result is a tantalizing cocktail blend of American roots music hand-shaken and served straight up that's guaranteed to go down smooth!

LYNWOOD SLIM: Armed with an impressive catalog of iconic recordings, Slim's own uniquely cool blues meets jazz approach has landed him international acclaim and endeared him to an audience around the globe with a devout affection for California Blues. His mastery of blues harmonica - both the "little harp" and the more difficult chromatic - is second to none. He is also one of the finest blues vocalists of his generation. His first hand experience and apprenticeship under veteran blues masters such as multi-instrumentalist Leonard "Baby Doo" Caston and harmonica giant Big Walter Horton has served him well as he has mastered the subtleties of tone and phrasing, and developed his own distinctive voice in the blues.

IGOR PRADO BAND: The Igor Prado Band has been quietly but steadily gaining their reputation as the foremost authority and leading practitioners of 1940-50s style Chicago/Jump Blues. Based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the band (all of whom are still in their twenties) is comprised of two brothers; Igor Prado on guitar and Yuri Prado on drums, bassist Rodrigo Mantovani and saxophonist Denilson Martins. The Igor Prado Band has become an increasingly popular and in demand unit for supporting many of today's blues elite while touring South America. They have backed such highly esteemed artists as Eddie C. Campbell, Steve Guyger, James Wheeler, Phil Guy, Mud Morganfield (eldest son of Muddy Waters), R.J. Mischo, Gary Smith, Mark Hummel, Mitch Kashmar and Rick Estrin.

13 July 2012

The Blues Room # 338 New From Oli Brown

I had the pleasure of interviewing Oli Brown last year when Simon Vare of Yellow Eye Music Ltd brought him through Hamilton, NZ. What a pleasant young man and an extremely talented musician. I received a few new tunes from Simon to play for you on this episode of The Blues Room, hope you like them. Let me know what you think!!


Episode 338, 11 July 2012

1. Buddy Guy - Living Proof
2. Darren Watson - A Desperate Man [NZ]
3. Joe Louis Walker - Ride All Night
4. Anders Osborne - When Will I See You Again
5. Pete Fountain featuring Jeremy - Save Me
6. Oli Brown - All We Had To Give
7. Oli Brown - Solid Ground
8. Oli Brown - Like A Feather
9. Shakura S'aida - Mr Right
10. Louisiana Red and Little Victor's Juke Joint - Alabama Train
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9 July 2012

The Blues Room # 337 Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials

Slide guitar master and Alligator Records band are featured on this episode, including some interveiw material of Lil' Ed talking about himself, his band and their music. This Chicago blues band have been together well over 20 years!!! WOW! That beats many Hollywood marriages!

For more about Lil' Ed and Alligator Records (and for some FREE downloads) visit: http://www.alligator.com/

Episode 337, 4 July 2012
1. Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials - Jump Right In
2. Hound Dog Taylor and The Houserockers - Give Me Back My Wig
3. Ana Popovic - Slideshow
4. Joe Bonamassa - So, Its Like That
5. Michelle Simpson - Bad Luck Happens In Threes
6. Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials - Life Is A Journey
7. Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials - If You Change Your Mind
8. Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials - No Fast Food
9. Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials - Weatherman
10. Muddy Waters - Long Distance Call
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