28 February 2013

The Blues Room # 371 Ruf Records Presents Girls With Guitars In New Zealand

In this episode I interview Thomas Ruf of Ruf Records and Danielle Schnebelen of Girls With Guitars. They are in New Zealand for the first time touring North Island venues. Thanks to Simon of Yellow Eye Music for linking me with these great people. And to Danielle, I am so sorry for pronouncing your surname so wrongly each time!!!! Heres some details about Girls With Guitars:

During the past two years, the popular "Girls with Guitars" tour presented by German Blues label Ruf Records has opened the eyes and turned the heads of music fans all over North America and Europe.

Now it's time for these talented women to bring their high-powered act to the Southern hemisphere.

In 2013 the dynamic trio of Samantha Fish, Danielle Schnebelen and Joanne Shaw Taylor will perform in New Zealand for the first time ever.

Samantha Fish is a Kansas City native, and has anchored the live show since 2011. Her performances have surpassed all the pre-tour hype surrounding this rising star of the blues, whose debut album Runaway triumphed in the Best New Artist Debut category at the 2012 Blues Music Awards in Memphis. Just 23 years old, Fish sings and plays with astounding maturity. She made that clear on Runaway, a convincing blend of blues, boogie, rock and country released in 2011.

Danielle Schnebelen has a voice to raise the hairs on the back of your neck, this left-handed bass player (one-third of Trampled Under Foot – winners of the International Blues Challenge in 2008) is along with Samantha Fish, part of Kansas City's thriving blues scene. Schnebelen received a nomination as Best Bassist at last year's BMAs and has already shared the stage with such luminaries as Koko Taylor, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and the Tedeschi-Trucks Band.

Joanne Shaw Taylor is a hard-edged British blues guitar player extraordinaire, debuted on the international scene in 2009 and has released three critically acclaimed CDs. She now resides in Texas and it was there that she perfected her brand of spirited, hard rocking blues on the recently released Almost Always Never. "I started playing little clubs in the UK when I was 14 or 15. But the sound of this album is a better representation of what I always wanted to be as an artist," says Taylor, who recently played lead guitar for Annie Lennox at the Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II. The album, her third for Ruf, has solidified her standing as the shooting star of modern blues.

Episode 371, 27 February 2013
1. Luther Allison - You're Gonna Need Me
2. Oli Brown - Stone Cold (Roxanne)
3. Joanne Shaw Taylor - World On Fire
4. Candye Kane - Club Of The Foolish Heart
5. Bob Bronzman - Devil's Slide
6. Shakura S'Aida - Chasing The Sun
7. Walter Trout with Popa Chubby & Jimmy Thackeray - Who Knows
8. Girls with Guitars - Down in the Swamp
9. Samantha Fish - Feelin' Alright

Download link for this episode: 371

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