26 April 2013

Watermelon Slim Tours NZ - Hear his interview with Nate

Watermelon Slim in touring New Zealand and will be calling into Hamilton city on Saturday 27 April and will play at Diggers Bar from 3pm. You will not want to miss this guy! His brand of home-down blues is something reminiscent of the early blues, field hollas and rawness of someone who knows the blues. This guy knows the blues. A Vietnam veteran, truck driver, sawmiller, collection agent, funeral officiator, political activist, the guitar-slinging, harmonica playing Slim doesn't just sing the blues; he's lived them. Nuff said!

I catch up with Watermelon Slim on this episode and chat a while with him about his life thus far and what we might hear from him when he comes to town.

Can I also add here that Slim's NZ tour has all been made possible with the help and support from Dunedin based music distributor, Simon Vare of Yellow Eye Music Ltd.

Check out Slim's NZ tour page on Facebook for photos etc.

Episode 379, 24 April 2013
1. Watermelon Slim - Got My Will Made Out
2. Watermelon Slim & Super Chikan - You Might Know
3. Watermelon Slim & The Workers - I've Got A Toothache
4. Watermelon Slim - Skinny Women And Fat Cigars
5. Watermelon Slim - The Last Blues
6. Watermelon Slim - 300 Miles
7. Watermelon Slim & The Workers - Newspaper Reporter

Download link for this episode: 379

19 April 2013

TBR#378 D is for DIXON

William James ”Willie“ Dixon (July 1, 1915 – January 29, 1992)

When I say the name Willie Dixon what do you think of? Chances are you know who Willie Dixon is or was for the world of Blues, especially Chicago blues. And chances are you know of at least one of his songs if not more, and if you are a performing musician if highly likely you have performed a song written by Willie Dixon. D is for Dixon, Willie Dixon and this episode of the ABCs of Blues pays a wee tribute to him and his awesome contribution to the world of blues. Enjoy!

See what Willie Dixon's grandson is up to these days: http://www.dixonlandingmusic.com/

Episode 378, 17 April 2013
1. Robert Nighthawk - Black Angel Blues (Sweet Black Angel)
2. Chuck Berry - Brown Eyed Handsome Man
3. The Big Three Trio - I Ain't Gonna Be Your Monkey Man
4. The Big Three Trio - If The Sea Was Whiskey
5. Big Walter Horton - Have A Good Time
6. Kenny Neal and Billy Branch - My Babe
7. The Doors - Back Door Man
8. Muddy Waters - You Need Love
9. Taj Mahal - Built For Comfort
10. Michael Powers - I Ain't Superstitious
11. Gary Moore - Evil
12. Robin Trower - Little Red Rooster
13. Red Devils - I'm Ready
14. The Blues Experience with Cash Mc Call - Bring It On Home

Download link for this episode: 378

11 April 2013

TBR#377 C is for CLAPTON

Heres another installment into our ABCs of the Blues series. This time its blues, British blues, brought to you by the letter C and by the guitars of Eric Clapton

Clapton ranked second in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" behind Jimi Hendrix and fourth in Gibson's Top 50 Guitarists of All Time.

Episode 377, 10 April 2013
1. The Yardbirds - Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
2. The Yardbirds - Smokestack Lightening
3. Cream - Strange Brew
4. Cream - Born Under A Bad Sign
5. Blind Faith - Sleeping In The Ground
6. Eric Clapton with Jimmy Page - Dragging My Tail
7. Jimmy Rogers with Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton - Boom Boom
8. Eric Clapton with BB King - Three O'Clock Blues
9. Wynton Marsalis with Eric Clapton - Forty-Four
10. Eric Clapton - Still Got The Blues
11. Eric Clapton - Goodnight Irene
12. Eric Clapton - Your One And Only Man
13. Bonnie Raitt - Ain't Gonna Let You Go
14. Watermelon Slim - Blue Freightliner 

Download link for this episode: 377

4 April 2013

The Blues Room # 376 B is for ... BIG Blues!

Heres another episode for the 'ABCs of the Blues' series that I started a few episodes ago. We're up to the letter B and tonight its all about artists who took on the name 'BIG' as part of their stage name. Have you ever wondered what your blues name might be? Check the chart below for a bit of blues humor!

Episode 376, 3 April 2013
1 The Big Three Trio - Big 3 Stomp
2 Big Daddy Charles Stallings - James
3 Big Pete - I'm A Business Man (Feat. Paul Oscher)
4 Big Memphis Ma Rainey - Baby, No No
5 Big George Jackson (miX&dorp) - Beggin Ain't For Me
6 Big Pete Pearson - Possum Up a Tree
7 Big D - Well You Know
8 Big Joe Louis & His Blues Kings - She Was All the World to Me
9 Big Joe Williams - Baby please don't go
10 Big Walter Horton - We All Got to Go (Sometime)
11 Big Jack Johnson - Hummin' Blues
12 Big Daddy Wilson - If You Were Mine
13 Big Jay McNeely - Roadhouse Boogie - Let It Roll
14 Big Maybelle - It's A Man's Man's World
15 Big Mojo Elem - Special Kind of Love
16 Big Ed & His Combo (Eddie Burns) - Biscuit Baking Woman

Download link for this episode: 376 

The Blues Room # 375 Bluesfest Special (2 of 2)

Episode 375, 27 March 2013
1. Led Zeppelin - I Can't Quit You Baby 
2. Wanda Jackson - Candyman 
3. The Blind Boys of Alabama feat Charlie Musselwhite - I Had Trouble 
4. Tedeschi Trucks Band - Love Was Something Else To Say 
5. Trombone Shorty - Mrs. Orleans 
6. Fred Wesley and The New JB's - Funky Music Is My Style 
7. Matt Andersen - Have You Got The Blues 
8. Wilco - Hummingbird 
9. Counting Crows - Mr. Jones 
10. Rufus Wainwright - Hallelujah 
11. Allen Toussaint - You Don't Know Me 
12. Karise Eden - Hound Dog 
13. Zac Brown Band - Chicken Fried 
14. Taj Mahal - Corinna 
15. JD McPherson - Wolf Teeth 

Download link for this episode: 375