26 December 2013

Merry Christmas Blues (#414)

Episode 414, 25 December 2013

Merry Christmas everyone!

1. James Brown - Let's Make Christmas Mean Something This Year
2. The Blues Buffet - Cold Turkey For Christmas [NZ]
3. Sonny Boy Williamson - Christmas Morning Blues
4. Paul Oscher - Christmas-Blues
5. Gary U.S. Bonds - Christmas is a Phone Call Away
6. Karise Eden - Merry Christmas Baby
7. Albert King - Santa Clause Wants Some Lovin'
8. Jimmy Reed - Christmas Present Blues
9. Martin Mull with The Sondra Baskin Glee Club - Santafly
10. BB King - What A Christmas, To Have The Blues
11. Freddie King - I Hear Jingle Bells
12. Jimmy Jones & Versatiles - Christmas Is A Drag (Without You Baby)
13. J.D. McDonald - Boogaloo Santa Claus
14. The Brian Setzer Orchestra - Jingle Bells
15. Jimi Hocking - Christmas Bluesbreaker
16. Nancy Lee - Xmas Commercial Blues
17. Dizzy Gillespie - Unicorn

20 December 2013

Counting Down Best Blues Of 2013 (#413)

The Blue Room # 413, 18 December 2013

Hey everyone, heres my countdown of my favorite blues tunes/releases of 2013. Its been a great year and with all the awesome blues releases throughout 2013 it wasn't an easy task selecting only a few tunes for this playlist. 

I want to thank all the many people who contributed in some way to The Blues Room this year, especially FreeFM 89.0, all the music distributors and bands for sending me their music and Darcy Perry who has joined us for a monthly Hour Of Blues Power on the first Wednesday of every month - his next show will be on New Years Day so tune in! Most of all I want to thank you, the blues fans, for taking an interest in the blues and what I'm trying to do here.

Next week is a Christmas special filled with funk 'n soul, and plenty of juicy blues surprises for you!. Enjoy!

1. Sugar Ray Norcia - My Babe
2. Jumping Cats - Keep On Loving Me Baby
3. Corey Harris - Lynch Blues
4. Big Bill Morganfield - Son Of The Blues
5. Nikki Hill - I Know
6. Darcy Perry - Eleven Long Years
7. Booker T. Jones feat. Gary Clarke Jr - Austin Blues Idea
8. Duke Robillard Band - Groovin' Slow
9. Tedeschi Trucks Band - Sweet and Low
10. Charlie Musselwhite - Christo Redemptor
11. G. Love - Back To Boston
12. Trickbag (with James Harman) - Come Back

13 December 2013

Hamilton Blues Society Spotlight with Tony Hunt (#412)

Episode 412, 11 December 2013

Tony Hunt of Hamilton Blues Society joins me in the studio for some Blues talk. Hes tells us whats coming up for the Blues Society. Next week I'll have more from 2013 releases. Enjoy! 

1. Buddy Guy - I Could Die Happy 
2. The Robert Cray Band with BB King, Eric Clapton & Jimmy Vaughan - Everyday I Have The Blues 
3. Candye Kane feat. Laura Chavez - I Wanted You To Walk Right Thru The Door 
4. The James Hunter Six - Minute By Minute 
5. Nikki Hill and Deke Dickerson with The Bo-Keys - Lovey Dovey 
6. Booker T Jones feat. Ted Jones - Father Son Blues 
7. Johnny Winter - Blues 
8. Blind John Davis - Everyday I Have The Blues 
9. Muddy Waters - Hoochie Coochie Man 
10. The Mississippi Allstars - Snake Drive

5 December 2013

Another Hour of Blues Power with Darcy Perry (#411)

Episode # 411, 4 December 2013

Darcy Perry delivered an Hour of Blues Power this week that was well worth the wait. He debut selection last month on The Blues Room had me wanting more so his selection this month certainly hit the spot. From that fine Louisiana drenched 'Blues Music' by G Love, to the soulful gospel blues of Gail Page right on through to the remarkable Duke Ellington. Classic stuff! 

Darcy will present his very own selection of blues each 1st Wednesday the month so be sure to keep it locked to The Blues Room.

1. G Love and Special Sauce - Blues Music
2. Bobby Blue Bland - Farther On Up The Road
3. Junior Wells - Give Me One Reason
4. Gail Page - Through The Fire
5. Pink Floyd - More Blues
6. Swamp Thing - Genesis [NZ]
7. Eric Bibb - I Heard The Angels Sing
8. Hound Dog Taylor - Roll Your Money Maker
9. Ian Moss - Poor Boy
10. Buddy Guy - Key Don't Fit
11. Duke Ellington - Black Butterfly
12. Swamp Thing - Voodoo Doll [NZ]
13. BB King - Woke Up This Morning (My Babys Gone)

29 November 2013

V is for Violence Free Blues and Swamp Thing Interviews (#410)

The Blues Room, Episode # 410

This episode is a double banger! First of all we continue with the ABCs of the Blues series we've been doing this year. We're up to the letter V and V is for Violence free blues! I take the liberty of plugging the White Ribbon Day campaign (Nov 25th), a campaign against men's violence towards women and children.

Then we switch gears and I interview two guys who have joined to form Swamp Thing. Michael Barker (drums/ percussion/ vocals), a long-time member of The John Butler Trio and touring drummer with Kiwi legends Split Enz, and Grant Haua, a Tauranga singer-songwriter guitar great with the most amazing vocals. You may have seen them perform on New Zealand's Got Talent. These two unique musicians share a wealth of experience to craft blues- flavoured music with a deep groove and soulful spook. A must see in Hamilton next Thursday at Diggers. See you there! Up next week is Darcy Perry for another Hour of Blues Power. Enjoy!

1. Swamp Thing - Swamp Thing [NZ]
2. Chris Duarte Group - Violence
3. Swamp Thing - Come With Me [NZ]
4. The John Butler Trio - Good Excuse
5. Grant Haua - On My Tail [NZ]
6. Ma Rainey - Sweet Rough Man
7. Bessie Smith - Outside Of That
8. Jimi Hendrix Experience - Hey Joe
9. The Leaves - Hey Joe
10. Robert Randolph presents Slide Brothers - It Hurts Me Too
11. Raoul & The Big Time - Just Keep Lovin' Her

22 November 2013

Swamp Thing play Diggers, Hamilton on 5 Dec - FREE GIG!

U is for UNPLUGGED BLUES [#409]

The Blues Room, Episode 409, 20 November 2013

Its all about unplugged blues in this episode, uncut, acoustic, bare bones blues!!! Enjoy.

1. Buddy Guy and Junior Wells - Baby What You Want Me To Do/Thats Alright
2. James Cotton - Down At My Buryin'
3. Lee Sankey - Acoustic Slow Blues
4. Larry Carlton & Robben Ford - NM Blues 08
5. Paul Rishell - I'm Gonna Jump And Shout
6. Charlie Musselwhite - Run here Mama
7. Lil' Ian Goodsman - Separation Anxiety [NZ]
8. Gerry Hundt - Broke Down
9. Heritage Blues Orchestra - Chilly Jordon
10. Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women - Sloppy Drunk

14 November 2013

T is for TEXAS Blues [#408]

Episode 408, 13 November 2013

T is for TEXAS blues ... at least one hour of it! 
I sense more episodes dedicated to Texas blues coming up in 2014 so watch this space!

1. Fenton Robinson - Texas Flood
2. Albert Collins, Robert Cray and Johnny Copeland - T-Bone Shuffle
3. Gary Primich - Dallas Texas
4. Omar and the Howlers - Lone Star Blues
5. Stevie Ray Vaughn - Crossfire
6. Lightnin' Hopkins - Mojo Hand
Tribute to Lightnin' Hopkins - LH, Jimmy Vaughn, BB King
7. Lightnin' Hopkins - Lightnin's Gone Again
8. Freddie King - Texas Flyer
Janis Joplin audio (1969)
9. Ledbelly - Blind Lemon
10. Clarence Gatemouth Brown - Gate Walks to Board
11. The Fabulous Thunderbirds - Lovin Time

8 November 2013

NEW!! Darcy Perry's Hour Of Blues Power [#407]

Episode 407, 6 November 2013

Darcy Perry starts his 'Hour Of Blues Power' in The Blues Room this week. He gets straight into things and keeps the blues flow going till the very end, you're gonna like this guys selections. Hear them every first Weds of each month.

1. Jon Spenser Blues Explosion - Calvin
2. Simen Aanerud - American Nights
3. Sugar Pie De Santo - Hello, San Francisco, Part 1
4. Lightening Red & EZ Love - Change Is Gonna Come
5. Watermelon Slim and the Workers - Wheel Man
6. Fiona Boyes - Good Lord Made You So
7. Shayn Wills and the Swamp Diggers - Rich Man [NZ]
8. Bullfrog Rata - All I Need [NZ]
9. James Cotton and Joe Bonamassa - Cottonmouth Man
10. Max MacDonald - Love The Blues [NZ]
11. Blind Boys Of Alabama - Down By The Riverside
12. Mojo Webb - Weep and Moan
13. The Flaming Mudcats - I Hate To lose You [NZ]

Darcy Perry is one of New Zealand's most loved and respected blues artists. He is also a songwriter, producer and band leader. An entertainer with a deep understanding of the blues, he’s shared the stage with some of the world’s best and it shows, both in his rich guitar tone and electrifying stage presence. Darcy Perry is renowned for his live shows, performing with passion, intensity and a ferocious band.

“Blues music from the heart is what I do best. That’s my calling. I’m saved, sanctified, holy ghost filled and fire baptized.” Darcy Perry

1 November 2013

S is for SCARY blues! [#406]

Episode 406, 30 October 2013

Its the night before Halloween! Thank goodness I have two guests in the studio with me for this one, this is scary stuff! Jade from Hamilton's Jukebox Diner joins me to talk all about the Haunted Dinner at the Diner and All Hallows Eve after party this Friday night. And Darcy Perry sits in to learn the ropes as hes hosting a monthly episode of The Blues Room starting next week and continuing each first Weds of every month, so don't miss it!

1. Lee Rocker - Black Cat Bone
2. The Ghastly Ones - Diabolos Theme 
3. Eddie Turner - Miracles and Demons
4. Joe Bonamassa - Burning Hell
5. Jeff Beck - I Put A Spell On You
6. Swamp Thing - Voodoo Doll [NZ]
7. Darcy Perry Band - Reaper Man [NZ]
8. Buddy Guy - Whiskey Ghost
9. Little Freddie King - Mixed Bucket of Blood
10. R.L Burnside - Nightmare Blues
11. Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings - Spooky

Byron Bay Bluesfest Playing Schedule for 2014 is available online

Typically, Fridays have ALWAYS had a super line-up but just look at 2014's playing schedule, everyday is musical heaven! Get the original pdf copy of this playing schedule at www.showticketsecure.com 
And check out http://www.bluesfest.com.au/ to stay up to date with Bluesfest!

25 October 2013

R is for Robert's Songs [#405]

Episode 405, 23 October 2013
Download link for this episode: 405

R is for Robert's songs. We all know at least one Robert Johnson songs but no doubt have many favorites. And there will always be one of his songs covered at a blues jam somewhere around the world. So heres a tribute to Robert Johnson, a collection of well covered songs by some great bands. Enjoy!

1. Carlos del Junco - Heaven's Where You'll Dwell
2. Joe Bonamassa - Walking Blues
3. Albert Castiglia & Graham Wood Drout - Sweet Home Chicago
4. Eric Clapton with Wynton Marsalis -Forty-Four
5. Luther Allison - Sweet Home Chicago
6. The Juke Joint Pimps - Dust My Broom
7. Left Lane Cruiser & James Leg - Ramblin On My Mind
8. Carey Bell and Robert Lockwood Junior - I'm A Steady Rollin' Man
9. Eddie Taylor Jr. - Stop Breakin Down
10. Paul Black And The Flip Kings - Dead Shrimp Blues
11. John Hammond - Phonograph Blues
12. Peri Kohu with Nate Taiapa - Walking Blues

19 October 2013

Q is for Queens of Blues and Rockabilly [#404]

Episode 404, 16 October 2013
Download link for this episode: 404

This week I feature music by *some* of the QUEENS of blues and Rockabilly. And my special guests are Michelle aka Miss Tittletattle and Big Si who talk all about the Atomic Market/Festival thats happening this weekend at The Jukebox Diner/Classic Car Museum in Hamilton, NZ. Enjoy!

1. Kitty Daisy and Lewis - I'm Going Back
2. Wanda Jackson - Baby Loves Him
3. Sparkle Moore - Rock-A-Bop
4. Candye Kane - Coming Out Swinging
5. Tedeschi Trucks Band - Part Of Me
6. Etta James - W-O-M-A-N
7. Ann Cole - I Got My Mojo Working
8. Rose Maddox - Wild Wild Young Men
9. Big Maybelle - Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
10. Big Mama Thornton - Hound Dog

13 October 2013

P is for Piano Blues [#403]

Photo credit: Karen Pulfer Focht - Mose Vinson performs on Beale Street

Episode 403, 9 October 2013
Download link for this episode: 403

My blues collection would not be complete without piano blues. Nuff said. Enjoy.

1. Otis Span - The Blues Never Die
2. Professor Longhair - in The Wee Wee hours
3. Henry Gray with Kid Ramos - Henry's Houserocker
4. Kate Meehan and Skip Landy - Pocket Full Of Blues
5. Jay McShann with Maria Muldaur - Confessin' The Blues
6. Dr John - Wang Dang Doodle
7. Dr John - Such a Night
8. Ray Charles - Mess Around
9. Pinetop Perkins - Pinetops Blues
10. Rod Pizza with Honey Piazza - Get Wise
11. Skip James - All Night Long
12. Tommy Keys - Chicken Shack
13. Big Joe Duskin - You're Gonna Miss Me (Part 2)

4 October 2013

O is for Orchestras [#402]

Episode 402, 2 October 2013

This episode is brought to you by the letter O ... O is for Orchestra, blues orchestras! Its another episode in my 'ABCs of the Blues' series. I worked out that I could get the whole alphabet/ABCs series in this side of Christmas so heres goes! OK, so the first track isn't an orchestra, far from it, but the band does start with O and I heard the song this week and loved it so thats why you're getting a taste of it here. The orchestra I focus in on is a Grammy nominated Heritage Blues Orchestra. I think they'd be perfect for any blues festival (like Bluesfest in Byron Bay) or even the most intimate hall. 
Next week its music brought to you by the letter P ... P is for PIANO blues!

1. The Oblivions - Do The Milkshake
2. BB King and His Orchestra - I Gotta Move Outta This Neighborhood
3. Duke Jenkins And His Orchestra - Shake It!
4. Lowell Fulson & His Orchestra - Chuck With The Boys
5. Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown His Guitar & Orchestra - Atomic Energy
6. King Perry Orchestra - Let 'Em Roll Blues
7. Heritage Blues Orchestra - Clarkesdale Moan
8. Heritage Blues Orchestra - Don't Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down
9. Heritage Blues Orchestra - Chilly Jordan
10. Heritage Blues Orchestra - Catfish Blues
11. Brian Setzer Orchestra - Fishnet Stockings

Download link for this episode: 402

28 September 2013

Big Si & Ms Tittle Tattle in the Studio : Red Hot Rockabilly Tease-O-Rama [#401]

Altitude Nightclub will be come alive in a flurry of glitter, leopard print and undulating hips on Saturday 28th September. Bombshell Burlesque and The Rock n Roll Circus are teaming up to bring you a fiery show that is sure to set your loins ablaze – Red Hot Rockabilly Tease-O-Rama as part of the Hamilton Fringe Festival 2013!

Ms Tittle Tattle & Big Si (what a gorgeous couple!)
Featuring some of the North Island’s finest burlesque beauties, rising stars, live music and a sultry songstress, this is a night you won’t forget. Join us as we transform Altitude into a 1950’s frolic pad. Be mesmerized as the burlesque entertainers serve up some delightful performances to the legendary live band The Recliner Rockers supported by The Southern Diplomats and let your feet do the talking as you dance the night away to the infectious sounds of DJ Briggsy.

The Southern Diplomats

This is going to be an action packed, vivacious show. Be sure to drag out your best rockabilly outfits and get carried away by the Rock n Roll era!

Bi Si (Simon Crowfoot) and Ms Tittle Tattle (Michelle Parish - event organizer) join me in the studio to talk all about Red Hot Rockabilly Teas-O-Rama and they select some fine rockabilly music for the playlist too! Enjoy!

Episode #401, 26 September 2013
1. The Paladins - Going To The city
2. JD McPherson - Dime For Nickles
3. Curtis Gordon - Draggin'
4. The Collins Kids - Whistle Bait
5. Joe Clay - Ducktails
6. Ronnie Dawson - Rockin Bones
7. Ray Harris - Come On Little Mama
8. Johnny Burnette - Train Kept A Rocking
9. Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys - I Can't Believe I'm Saying This
10. Ray Hall - Three Alley Cats
11. Lew Williams - Cat Talk
12. Curtis Gordon - Mobile Alabama

Download link for this episode: 401

Gef Fitzi of The Recliner Rockers

20 September 2013

The Blues Room Reaches Its 400th Episode!

Episode 400, 18 September 2013

About 8 years ago I started The Blues Room with a passion to help keep the blues alive. 400 episodes later I still have the passion and I can say the blues most certainly is alive and well in Hamilton, New Zealand. Hosting a weekly radio show (or in my case 2 weekly shows!) comes with its challenges but it also has its rewards. Its been a mission getting myself organized and up into the Free FM studio by 8.45pm each Wednesday but to have someone text or phone the studio to ask, 'wow, who's that you're playing?' or to have someone let me know they appreciate turning on the radio to hear blues music has made it all worthwhile. 

I've met some truly awesome people along this journey, too many to thank all at once here but I couldn't have done it without them. Free FM 89.0 has been excellent in allowing me to broadcast my show, Phil Grey the manager has given me full support as have his team of staff. Many local musicians and overseas acts have provided their support and music, some have paid a visit to The Blues Room whether in person or via the phone by way of an interview, like Thomas Oliver in this episode. Darcy Perry has believed in me and been a blues mentor along the way. To all the blues lovers and listeners who have kept me going week in week out to bring you a weekly serving of fresh, cool blues, I just want to say thank you, thank you very very much!!
Heres to another 400 episodes!

1. JD McPhearson - I Can't Complain
2. Tab Benoit - Matchbox Blues
3. Taj Mahal - Built For Comfort
4. Buddy Guy - I Came Up Hard
5. Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite - She Got Kick
6. Big Morganfield - Moneys Getting Cheaper
7. The Hillbilly Moon Explosion
8. Thomas Oliver - Coming Back To Life [NZ]
9. Thomas Oliver - The Moment [NZ]
10. Thomas Oliver - Jurassic Park Theme [NZ]
11. Thomas Oliver - Let It Not Be Lost [NZ]
12. Darcy Perry - Blues On Broadbeach [NZ]
13. Walter Trout - Pain In The Streets

Download link for this episode: 400!!

Free Download From Dave Riley and Bob Corritore (VizzTone Music)


Dave Riley and Bob Corritore
Hush Your Fuss!
VizzTone Music 

This is contemporary juke-joint blues, performed by modern masters. The "Mississippi meets Chicago" blues partnership of singer/guitarist Dave Riley and award-winning Chicago blues harmonica player Bob Corritore have toured extensively in the USA, Europe and South America. HUSH YOUR FUSS!, their third CD together, is a real down-home blues throw-down, featuring rootsy, old-school storytelling blues that puts you in rural Mississippi by way of Chicago, all in the well-honed style of Dave Riley and Bob Corritore.

14 September 2013

N is for NEW 2013 Releases [#399]

I get many CDs and tunes posted or emailed to me and I appreciate them all! Theres some fine blues being played by both the famous and the unknown and I just wanted to acknowledge some of the rock-blues tunes sent to me recently, so here tis! 
Next week is our 400th episode and I have a big blues package for someone to win so stay tuned!!

The Blues Room, Episode 399, 11 September 2013

1. Mark Cook - One Step Closer
2. Gary US Bonds - Thats My Story
3. Tommy Keys - Life Is Too Short
4. JP Blues - Keep On Walking
5. Todd Wolfe Band - Locket Full Of Blues
6. The Kendall Wall Band - Just One More Time
7. Boz Scaggs - You Got Me Cryin
8. Mister S - Strangers Grave [NZ]
10. Buddy Guy - Too Dam Bad

Download link for this episode: 399

5 September 2013

Darcy Perry: Blue September 2013 [#398]

My good friend Darcy Perry is in the studio with me to talk about Blue September - a prostate cancer awareness campaign - and about his new album called, Eleven Long Years. Darcy is releasing his entire back catalogue, including two previously unreleased live albums along with his new album thats been five years in the making. Albums will be available for pre-sale from August 23. The release date is Friday, September 6, with digital download/streaming on iTunes, Amazon, Amplifier, Deezer, Google Play, Rdio and Spotify. All proceeds from album sales go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Darcy has lost a father-in-law, a friend, and grandfather to cancer.

“It’s about getting the message out there that it’s OK to go to the doctor. Prostate cancer kills more than 550 men in New Zealand every year. Thousands more are diagnosed – many of them far too late. By going and getting a check-up from the age of 40, you are not only taking responsibility for your own health, you are also ensuring we have communities with more dads, sons, brothers and grandfathers.”

The show starts with an appropriate tune by Muddy Water's son, Mud Morganfield called Health. The message Mud delivers in this song has so much relevance for men today. Listen up! Plus we hear some NEW! tunes off Darcy's newest album, Eleven Long Years. Enjoy!

Episode 398, 4 September 2013

1. Mud Morganfield - Health
2. Fathead - first class Riff Raff
3. Darcy Perry - Walk In The Sun ...NEW!
4. Darcy Perry - We're Going To Get There ...NEW!
5. Darcy Perry - Thursday Blues ...NEW!
6. Darcy Perry - Shine On ...NEW!
7. John Mayer - Call Me The Breeze
8. Darcy Perry - Blues For Earl ...NEW!

Download link for this episode: 398

29 August 2013

Bert Deivert: Blues Mandolin Goes Folky Old-Time [#397]

Episode 397, 28 August 2013

Talk about a lucky run of interviews! I have learnt so much from my interviews with some of the world's top blues mandolin players over the last few weeks. Here I get to talk to Bert Deivert, another modern mandolin master playing blues and roots music, while he enjoys his morning coffee in Sweden. An award winning artist and world traveler Bert is one of the only 5 or so modern blues mandolin players who has released an album featuring blues mandolin. I hope you enjoy the interview and mix of fine tunes. 

But wait! Theres more! 

Bert informs me that Billy Flynn is also playing blues mandolin and has released a blues mandolin album. Watch this space!

1. Memphis Gold - Biscuit Boogie
2. Bert Deivert - Kid Man Blues
3. Bert Deivert - Lula
4. Bert Deivert - Nongharn Blues
5. Bert Deivert - Rob and Steal
6. Billy Flynn - Mandolin Special
7. Big Walter Horton with Johnny Young - She Left Me With A Mule To Ride
8. Memphis Gold - How You Gonna Play The Blues

Download link for this episode: 397

Red Hot Rockabilly Tease-O-Rama

Shimmy Shakedown at the Jukebox Diner

Put your dancing shoes on and get on down to the Jukebox Diner for Shimmy Shakedown.

With a free drink on entry, live music from the Southern Diplomats and titillating performances by Hamilton's finest Burlesque Queens, this is a night not to be missed!

Ms Tittle Tattle - This number one classic burlesque beauty is full of vixen va-va-voom and vintage style. With one bump and grind Ms TT will have you wooing for more.

Rosina Lee - The little Rose of Glamilton brings 15 years of dance experience to the stage. From Carousel Cabaret to NZ historic burlesque venues she indulges in whimsy to sultry siren given her indulgences.

Honey L’Amour - Honey L'Amour has been performing in the burlesque and cabaret scene for over 5 years. She sings, she dances and she currently holds the title of Miss Pin Up New Zealand!

The Southern Diplomats - Featuring Legendary Psychobilly bassist, Simon Crowfoot (Torment, Demented are Go..), guitarist Sam Kimber-Bell (Dick Dynamite and the Doppelgangers), and Verne Bigwood (Molly Gun) on Drums, The Southern Diplomats are the newest rockin' band in New Zealand.

Playing genuine 1950's style raw, high energy Rockabilly, get ready and make sure you've got a good pair of dancing shoes.

The members of the Southern Diplomats have years and years of experience in bands under their belt, that have toured extensively in New Zealand, Australia and Europe, sold tens of thousands of albums and played at major psychobilly festivals worldwide.

Grab a free drink on entry and enjoy $6 drink specials until late. 
Check our menu out on our website, burgers and snacks will be available.

Limited door sales on the evening from 7.00pm.
Where: Jukebox Diner, 11 Railside Place, Frankton, Hamilton
Restrictions: All Ages Licensed
Phone Sales: 0800 BUY TIX (289 849)

22 August 2013

Rich DelGrosso: Modern Mandolin Master [#396]

Episode 396, 21 August 2013

I'll never forget hearing the sound of Rich DelGrosso's blues mandolin at Byron Bay's Bluesfest in 2007. This was the first time I had heard someone playing live blues mandolin. I had heard it on record before, Johnny Young was the very first, but I had never heard it played live at a concert. As I stood in awe listening to Rich DelGrosso, Mookie Brill and Fiona Boyes' performance at Bluesfest that year I never dreamed I'd have Rich as a special guest on The Blues Room. Nor did I realize that I'd never see another performance featuring blues mandolin as good as that.

Rich is such a wonderful guy whose full of musical experience and talent. Here I interview him from his home in Houston, Texas. What a privilege for me! Please check him out at http://www.mandolinblues.com/ and be sure to see him perform if you ever get the chance. I guarantee you will not be disappointed. Enjoy.

1. Yank Rachell - Early In The Morning
2. Rich Delgrosso and Jonn Del Toro Richardson - Baby Please
3. Rich Delgrosso and Jonn Del Toro Richardson - A Gig Is A Gig
4. Rich DelGrosso, Mookie Brill and Fiona Boyes - Live from Bluesville - Hard To Live With
5. Rich Delgrosso and Jonn Del Toro Richardson - Good Rockin' Johnny

Download link for this episode: 396

19 August 2013

More Mandolin Blues with Gerry Hundt [#395]

Episode 395, 14 August 2013

I first heard about Gerry Hundt through Ronnie Shellist when I interviewed Ronnie about his blues harmonica projects and new album in episode#342 . Gerry had performed mandolin on a few of Ronnie songs and one of them became my immediate favorite, its called Shoes (hear a sample).

Here Gerry talks about his career as a musician and about his passion for the blues mandolin. I never realized just how much of a role the mandolin has played in blues music. I'm glad Gerry accepted my invitation to be interviewed live to air, it made the time about 4.30am for Gerry! Gerry's musical talents don't just stop at mandolin, hes a multi-instrumentalist and can play guitar, harmonica, bass, piano, drums, lap-steel just to name a few. 

Next week I'll be interviewing another great mandolin player, Rich Delgrosso, and asking him all about his experiences with the blues mandolin. In the meantime, enjoy this episode, featuring Gerry Hundt.

1. Gerry Hundt - Ready to Go
2. Ronnie Shellist with Gerry Hundt - Eyesight to The Blind
3. Gerry Hundt - End of the Day Blues 
4. Gerry Hundt - The Union Meetin' 
5. Gerry Hundt - Bad Water 
6. Bert Deivert with Memphis Gold - Goin' Down South 
7. Otis Taylor - Black's Mandolin Boogie 

Download link for this episode: 395

9 August 2013

M is for Mandolin Blues with Guest Jimi Hocking [#394]

The Blues Room #394, 7 August 2013

Muddy Waters came to mind first when I wondered what I might present in this episode. Then almost instantly I thought of the mandolin and how much I love Johnny Young's Southside Band recordings. So here tis' ... the first of three episodes brought to you by the letter M. M is is BLUES MANDOLIN. My guest tonight is Jimi Hocking of Victoria Australia. A multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist who recently came out here to New Zealand, so bummed that I missed him! Aw well, next time for sure. I'll have Rich Del Grosso, six times nominee for Blues Music Awards: Best Instrumentalist-Mandolin(2006-2012), and winner of the 2009 acoustic album of the year award for "Live From Bluesville", on a show soon too so be sure to come back for that! Enjoy!

1. Ed Rome - Ounce Of The Bounce (Mandolin Version)
2. Jimi Hocking - Yank It Up FREE DOWNLOAD
3. Interview with Jimi Hocking, Victoria Melbourne, Australia
4. Jimi Hocking - Little Black Cat
5. Fiona Boyes, Mookie Brill, and Rich Delgrosso - Get Your Nose Outta My Bizness!
6. Yank Rachell tells about his buying his first mandolin with a family pig
7. Yank Rachell - Diving Duck
8. Johnny Young's Southside Band - Stealin' Back
9. Ry Cooder - Viola Blues

Download link for this episode: 394

1 August 2013

L is for LIVE Blues Recordings [#393]

Having a blues band playing live in the studio for this episode would have been perfect, but we'll have to take a rain-check on that just now. In the mean time heres some live blues recordings that would have been just magic for those lucky enough to witness them. L is for Liive Blues! Enjoy!

Episode 393, 31 July 2013

1. Roomful Of Blues - Just Keep On Rocking
2. Big Kitty - Flip Flop Fly
3. Big Jay McNeely - Honky Tonk
4. Etta James with Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson - Please Send Me Someone To Love
5. Trickbag with Lynwood Slim and West Weston - Thats All Right
6. Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters - The Big Train
7. Mitch Kashmar - Evil Man
8. Junior Wells and the Aces - Look On Yonders Wall
9. Gary Moore and Albert King - Stormy Monday

Download link for this episode: 393

25 July 2013

K is for the KINGS of the Blues [#392]

K is for the KINGS of the Blues! The three kings most often spoken about include Albert King, BB King, and Freddie King. However, I'd like to add a few more Blues Kings of noteworthy success: Earl King and King Curtis. It was so cool seeing Albert King inducted into the Rock n Roll hall of fame by John Mayer earlier this year (May 2013). He so deserves to be there. I hope you enjoy this royal lineup of Blues Kings!

Episode 392, 24 July 2013

1. The Hollywood Fats Band - Hideaway
2. Albert King - I'll Play The Blues For You
3. John Mayer inducts Albert King into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, 2013
4. Albert King - Blues Power
5. Buddy Guy with BB King - Stay Around A Little Longer
6. BB King - My Love Is Down
7. Freddie King - Have You Ever Loved A Woman
8. King Curtis - Hideaway
9. Jimi Hendrix - Come On (Part 1)
10. Earl King - Come On (Parts 1 and 2)

Download link for this episode: 392

18 July 2013

J is for Jump Blues featuring Big Si of The Southern Diplomats

Episode 391, 17 July 2013

Simon Crowfoot aka Big Si (bassist/singer/song writer) of The Southern Diplomats joins Nate in the studio tonight to talk all about his band playing at the upcoming Dinner at the Jukebox Diner this Saturday 20th July. If you're in or around Hamilton city this Saturday you won't want to miss this first-time event. Plus you can get half price entry into the Classics Car Museum too. For more details please visit the Diner's facebook page. Big Si and Nate spin loads of good music including jump blues, rockabilly, swing and blues through-out the episode. See you at the Jukebox diner on Saturday!

1. Joe Houston - Flying Home
2. Jackie Brenston - Rocket 88
3. Wynonie Harris - Mr Blues Is Coming To Town
4. Big Joe Turner - Doggin The Blues (Low Dog Blues)
5. Wynonie Harris - Good Rockin Tonight
6. Cal Davis - San Quentin Bait
7. Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers - Walk Right In, Walk Right Out
8. Cash Box Kings - Oscar S Jump
9. Candye Kane feat Laura Chavez - Coming Out Swingin'
10. Magic Dick & Jay Geils - The Jumpin Blues
11. Mr Sad Head - Butcher Boy
12. Big Kitty - Trying To Forget You

Download link for this episode: 391

13 July 2013

I is for Instrumentals [#390]

Episode 390, 10 July 2013

We who love the blues will know good blues instrumentals when we hear them, and whats more, we never forget them either! Theres something about a good blues instrumental that makes it stand out above the rest. The really good ones have you humming along! Well heres some blues instrumentals that you may have heard of or not have heard of, hope you like them. Let us know what your favourite blues instrumentals are? Post your comments below. Enjoy!

1. James Cotton - Hucklebuck
2. Robert Randolph Presents The Slide Brothers - Wade in the water
3. Bob Brozman and Schnapka - Calcutta Blues
4. Pinetop Perkins - Relaxin'
5. Charles Brown - Driftin' Blues
6. Little Walter - Quarter To Twelve
7. Charles 'Big Daddy' Stallings feat. Steve Levine and Anthony 'Swamp Dog' Clark - Levine Boogie
8. Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters - Blues for Hubert Sumlin
9. Del Thomas - NZ Blues
10. William Clarke & The Night Owls with Zach Zunis - 7-11 Cocktail
11. Booker T. Jones Feat. Ted Jones - Father Son Blues
12. Trickbag - Hot and Heavy

Download link for this episode: 390

5 July 2013

More Harmonica Scorchers! [#390]

Episode 390, 3 July 2013

Theres no way in hell or heaven that I can do justice to the world of blues harmonica in a couple of hour episodes of blues radio but hopefully you enjoy this small selection of more scorching harmonica tunes. more to come in future show but let's more on from here with the ABC's of Blues series, next up we have the letter I ... I is for Instrumentals! Oh yeah, and thats my two sons in the picture above, with MY harmonicas I might add, haha!

1. James Cotton - Bonnie Blues
2. RJ Mischo - Not Your Good Man
3. The Flaming Mudcats (harp: Craig Bracken) - Big City Mama [NZ]
4. Hot Club Sandwich (harp: Neil Billington) - I Like It Like That [NZ]
5. King Leo and the Growling Dogs - Down The Nui [NZ]
6. Brendon Power - Onion Blues [NZ]
7. Ronnie Shellist - Shoes
8. Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones (harp: Dennis Gruenling) - Bella's Boogie
9. Rob Paparozzi - Peg O Heart
10. Rob Paparozzi - Peg
11. Big Walter Horton and Charlie Musselwhite - Rockin' My Boogie
12. The Red Devils (harp: lester Butler) - Quarter To Twelve 
13. Brownie McGhee with Sugar Blue - Blues Had A Baby

Download link for this episode: 390

28 June 2013

H is for Harmonica Scorchers! [#389]

I started The Blues Room over 7 years ago to bring you episodes like this one! I need to play more Harmonica Scorchers! Anyways, heres a setlist of mainly modern harmonica masters to get you all excited about either picking up a harmonica or continuing to play one. Thanks to David Barrett for pointing out some of these players, I hadn't heard of a Jim Liban before - more from him coming in future shows! I'll let the experts strut their stuff. Enjoy!

Episode 389, 27 June 2013

1. Mark Hummel - Harp Shuffle
2. Buddy Guy and Junior Wells - Give Me My Coat and Shoes
3. Brandon Santini - Been So Blue
4. Rick Estrin - Don't Boss Me
5. Bob Corritore - 1815 West Roosevelt
6. Satan and Adam - I'm a Girl Watcher
7. Gary Smith - Minor Mambo
8. Jim Liban - All Corned Up
9. Jerry McCain - Honky Tonk
10. Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers - The Bounce
11. Paul deLay - Jimmy Jones
12. Curtis Salgado - El Gado Rumba Azul

Download link for this episode: 389

20 June 2013

H is for More Harmonica Masterclass with David Barrett [#387]

Episode 387, 19 June 2013
Heres part two of my interview with David Barrett (harmonicamasterclass.com, schooloftheblues.com, blueshramonica.com). I've had great feedback regarding part one, and some much appreciated feedback while part two was going to air so thank you to everyone whos shown support for what I'm doing here. For me its a labour of love - I love what I'm doing and I'm doing what I love. Anyways, enough small talk, heres the questions and songs played for this episode. And big ups to Mark who answered last week's question correctly, he wins the new CD by Rick Estrin and the Nightcats, 'One Wrong Turn.' 

Question: You have rubbed shoulders with and had opportunity to play harmonica with some of the greatest modern harmonica players like Charlie Musselwhite, Lee Oskar, Rod Piazza and Kim Wilson and with great blues musicians like Jr. Watson, Rusty Zinn, Nick Moss and John Garcia, just to name a few. What have been some highlights for you meeting and performing with many of these great artists? What valuable lessons have you learnt from your experiences with these artists? 

As a teacher and instructor of blues harmonica, what seems to be the most common mistake or aspect about your students learning that keeps reoccurring? 

In your opinion, what bugs you most about harmonica players in live band situations, whats the biggest weakness or mistake harmonica players seem to make when playing with bands? 

In short, what makes you unhappy about harmonica players? 
1. Mitch Kashmar & Pontiax with William Clarke- Horn of Plenty
2. William Clarke - Goin Steady

Q: Musical ruts are where things don’t seem to flow or where the passion seems faint and most musicians find themselves in one every now and again, what advice can you give to those in musical ruts? 
What has worked best for you when trying to get out of a musical rut? 
3. Little Walter - Rocker

Q:  How has your harmonica playing changed over the years? 
4. Flávio Guimaraes with Peter Madcat - Muddys's Ukelele

Q: What would be your greatest strength when playing harmonica, and what would be the thing you’d most like to improve? 
5. David Barrett - LeftOvers

Q: I remember hearing Jerry Portnoy saying, in reference to those seeking the best amps and mics for harmonica playing, ‘rubbish in, rubbish out.’ Would you agree? 
How important is practicing and mastering your instrument? 
And how important is having the best equipment i.e. amp & mic? 
6. Muddy Waters/Jerry Portnoy - Jerry Portnoy's Boogie

9. Which living person do you most admire? 
Flávio Guimaraes with Joe Filisko - Joe's Reggae

Q: What do you enjoy doing the most when you are not performing, teaching or working on your music? 
If music was denied you, your other career choice would be . . . ? 
Thank you David, in closing, if you could have one super power what would it be and why?
10. David Barrett and John Garcia - Don't Fight It
11. George Harmonica Smith - Blowing The blues
12. William Clarke and the Night Owls - Hittin' Heavy
13. Mitch Kashmar and the Pontiax - Petroleum Blues

Download link for this episode: 387

13 June 2013

H is for Harmonica Masterclass with David Barrett [#386]

Episode 386, 12 June 2013
I interview David Barrett, one of my favorite harmonica teacher/performers in this ABCs of the Blues episode. A Grammy nominated blues harmonica player (for his work on John Lee Hooker Jr.’s album All Odds Against Me), this California Bay Area resident is also President of Harmonica Masterclass Company (harmonicamasterclass.com), Founder / Director of School Of The Blues (schooloftheblues.com), author of many instructional publications and CDs and band member and performer. He also has the website blueshramonica.com

I've listed the questions I put to David along with the music you'll hear mixed into the interview. Please check back to thebluesroom.blogspot.com for part two of this interview. Enjoy!

Question: Hi David, can you please introduce yourself and tell us just who ‘David Barrett’ is and where you’re from and tell about the first piece of music which really affected you?
1. David Barrett - Lick Train
2. Joe Seneca feat. Frank Frost & John Juke Logan on harmonicas - Willie Brown Blues (Crossroads soundtrack)

Q: Can you please tell us how your musical career began and how blues harmonica became a part of your life? You might like to share how certain individuals influenced you musically. I understand legend Gary Smith took you under his wing early on!! When I tell people I play blues harp they either mention Sonny Terry or Little Walter, some will even say, ‘oh cool, I love Bob Dylan!’ Tell us what style blues do you play on harmonica?
3. Mark Hummel introduces Gary Smith / Gary Smith - She's So Fine
4. Marion Jacobs aka Little Walter - Juke

Q: Can you briefly describe some of the other styles in context to yours so listeners can get an idea of the distinct differences, e.g. Country vs Chicago.
5. Memphis Jug Band - Cocaine Habit Blues
6. John Lee Williamson aka Sonny Boy Williamson 1 - Good Morning Little School Girl

‘On This Day In Blues History’ by PW Fenton.

7. Little Walter - You Better Watch Yourself
8. James Cotton - Cotton Crop Blues
9. Paul Butterfield Blues Band - All These Blues
10. William Clarke - Pinocchio Blues
11. Carlos Del Junco - Doodle It

Q: David you’re involved in many projects and have been from an early age. I’m not even sure where to begin or which to ask you about first, but would you mind telling us a bit about each of them? Please feel free to talk about any other projects or roles you have going on and in any order. To begin this section, listeners will hear David playing a song called, ‘Big Boys Jam’. Its from David’s instructional book and CD called ‘Building Harmonica Technique’ which is out on Mel Bay.
12. David Barrett - Big Boys Jam
13. David Barrett - Serious Fun
14. David Barrett - Chicago Style

Download link for this episode: 386

6 June 2013

G is for (Blues) Guitarists from New Zealand [#385]

Photo Credit: Thomas Oliver Band 

Episode 385, 5 June 2013
Featured in this episode are blues guitarists from New Zealand. One hour is hardly enough time to showcase all the many great guitarists we have in NZ - we even went over our blues-hour by 20 minutes to bring you this selection! 

If you know of any other great NZ blues guitarists that I can feature in the next episode of 'Blues Guitarist of New Zealand' then please let me know! Enjoy!

1. Brilleaux - This Ain't Rock n Roll
2. Peri Kohu's Blues Busters - Queen Street Shuffle
3. Paul Garner Band - Hoochie Coochie Man
4. River Rockers - The Thrill Is Gone
5. Swamp Thing - Hot Potato
6. The Thomas Oliver Band - Baby I'll Play
7. Mike Brosnan - Slide Action
8. Chris Thompson - Let The Four Winds Blow
9. Mike Garner - When I Was A Boy
10. Blues Buffet - Blues Is My Business
11. Darcy Perry Band - Phoenix
12. The Flaming Mudcats - Double Ds
13. Darren Watson - A Desperate Man
14. Billy TK Jnr and The Groove shakers - Blues Benediction

Download link for this episode: 385

5 June 2013

New addition: On This Day In Blues History

Nate has found a really cool website and project by PW Fenton out of  the USA. Its called Bluesland and it features 'On This Day In Blues History'. Basically, PW Fenton prepares daily audio snippets which feature something significant from the world of blues, he adds music, interesting facts and its always fresh and interesting to listen to. P-Dub, as he's also known, has kindly agreed to give Nate the corresponding audio for each night The Blues Room goes to air. Now you'll hear during each Blues Room episode a really cool 'On This Day In Blues History' snippet. Thanks P-Dub!!

30 May 2013

Trevor Reeki Talks Blues With Nate [#384]

Episode 384, 29 May 2013

1. Bob Brozman - Pony Blues
2. Buddy Guy - Key Don't Fit
3. Jimi Hendrix - Red House
Interview with Trevor Reeki
4. Paul Butterfield Blues Band - Piney Brown Blues
5. Paul Ubana Jones - Blues With A Feeling [NZ]
6. Midge Marsden - Travellin' On [NZ]
7. John Mayall - Train to My Heart
8. Mike Brosman - She's Funny That Way [NZ]

Download link for this episode: 384

Trevor Reeki's list of who hes interviewed on his Radio New Zealand's National Radio show called Access All Areas over the past years is really impressive. Hes interviewed artists from the punk to funk, and rock to roll genres and so many in between. And when I asked him for an interview on this, my last show for New Zealand Music Month 2013, he accepted without hesitation. 
I guess you could say this is an 'interview with an interviewer.'

Those interviewed by Trevor include Buddy Guy, John Mayall, Bob Brozman, Gary Atkinson of Document Records, and Jack Holzman of Elektra Records just to name a few. Check out the rest of his interviews at the link above for a pleasant surprise, I'm sure you'll see many interesting artists you're familiar with and many you'll learn about for the first time. Enjoy!