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