26 December 2014

The Blues Room (465)

The Blues Room, 17 December 2014
Episode #465

Merry Christmas everybody!!

1. The Brian Setzer Orchestra - Santa Claus Is Back In Town
2. Warren Hayens Band - Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday
3. Jimi Hocking - Christmas Bluesbreaker
4. Tampa Red - Christmas and New Year Blues
5. B.B. King - What A Christmas To Have The Blues
6. Freddie King - Christmas Tears
7. Mark Hummel - Thank You Santa
8. Jimmy Reed - Christmas Present Blues
9. Karise Eden - Merry Christmas Baby
10. Canned Heat feat. Eric Clapton & John Popper - Christmas Blues
11. Sonny Boy Williamson - Christmas Morning Blues
12. Keb Mo - Jingle Bell Jamboree
13. James Brown - Santa Claus Is Definitely Here To Stay

18 December 2014

The Blues Room (464)

The Blues Room, 17 December 2014
Episode #464

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from The Blues Room.
Thanks for your support this year, for tuning in and for downloading the podcast.
Thanks to everyone who helped make The Blues Room what it is, we couldn't have done it alone.
Heres some more hot scorchers released in 2014, enjoy!

1. The Mannish Boys - The Blues Has Made Me Whole
2. Marcia Ball - Clean My House
3. Ruthie Foster - Let Me Know
4. Vintage Trouble - Blues Hand Me Down
5. Albert Castiglia - Have You No Shame
6. Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson - My Dog Can't Bark
7. Stringbean - Mean Old Rooster
8. Fathead - I Don't Want To Leave The Party
9. Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers - Neighbor, Neighbor
10. Booker T & The MGs - Merry Christmas, Baby
11. Lucky Peterson - The Son Of A Bluesman
12. Bob Corritore - Patato Stomp One
13. Dr. John - Gut Bucket Blues

11 December 2014

The Blues Room (463)

The Blues Room, 10 December 2014
Episode #463

Some tunes that hit the spot with me this year. 
2014 has been a good year, which blues did you enjoy?

1. Joe Bonamassa - Lonesome Christmas
2. Jim Liban and Jim Patterson Trio - Cottonweed
3. The Duke Robillard Band - Blues Beyond The Call Of Duty
4. Simen Aanerud - A Little Kissing
5. JD McPherson - Bossy
6. Blu Acid - A Lie
7. Luther Dickinson - Mojo, Mojo
8. John Nemeth - Three Times A Fool
9. Eddie Cotton - A Women's Love
10. Darren Watson - Thought I'd Seen It All
11. Eric Clapton feat. John Mayer - Magnolia

4 December 2014

The Blues Room (462) :: Another Hour Of Blues Power With Darcy Perry

The Blues Room, 3 December 2014
Episode #462

Darcy Perry needs applauding. He did this whole show by himself without me by his side as I typically am each time he goes live to air - I was in the neighboring studio prerecording an interview for another show. Considering how tricky it can be to do live to air phone interviews, Darcy pulled it off brilliantly. Well done Super Blues Man! That picture above of Darcy was taken at his live to air performance with his band, hear the full episode here

Kokomo is made up of six musicians, stalwarts of New Zealand's Bay Of Plenty music scene, and each individually accomplished. They have just released their tenth studio album called Bigger Than Brando. Influenced by classic artists such as Bob Dylan and Guy Clark, as well as a host of legendary bluesmen, band leader, Derek Jacombs, wrote all ten songs. His songwriting crosses boundaries to create an unusal New Zealand brand of bluesy alt country.

Darcy Perry catches up with Derek in this episode of The Blues Room to talk all about the new album and Kokomo's show this Friday 5th December at Hamilton's Nivara Lounge.

1. Ella Fitzgerald - Good Morning Blues
2. Chuck Berry - How You're Changed
3. Kokomo - Waiting For A Sunny Day
Interview with Derek Jacombs
4. Kokomo - (No One Was) Bigger Than Brando
5. Jimi Hendrix - Bleeding Heart
6. Coco Montoya - Beyond The Blues
7. Guitar Shorty - Sonic Boom
8. Etta James - You Shook Me
9. Junior Wells - Little By Little
10. BB King - She Don't Move Me No More

27 November 2014

The Blues Room #461 :: Darcy Perry Band LIVE Performance For White Ribbon Day

The Blues Room, 526 November 2014
Episode 461

What a privilege it was to have the Darcy Perry Band performing live in The Blues Room in support of White Ribbon Day – an international campaign that takes a stand against men’s violence towards women and children. I am honored to know and associate with such good men. Watch out people, we're about to get Bluesified!

1. Big Boss Man
2. Messin' With The Kid
3. You Don't Love Me
4. Hey Joe
5. My Babe
6. I Shall Be Released
7. Seventh Son
8. Don't You Lie To Me
9. It Hurts Me Too 

6 November 2014

The Blues Room #458 :: Another Hour Of Blues Power With Darcy Perry

The Blues Room, 5 November 2014
Episode #458

First of all, I'd like to thank the fans and friends of The Blues Room for their support during the challenges of last month. Much time was spent with or worrying about my father who is stabilizing in the spinal unit in Middlemore, Auckland. We hope to get Dad home by Christmas to begin his long hard road of recovery. If you're quick you can download previous episodes of The Blues Room I've missed putting up here from http://www.freefm.org.nz/free-fm-on-demand by searching for The Blues Room

In this episode Darcy Perry rejoins us for what might be his first year anniversary of live-to-air shows on The Blues Room. Darcy will be back at the end of this month with his full band for a very special live-to-air performance in support of the White Ribbon Day campaign to end men's violence towards women and children. 

1. Muddy Waters - Forty Days & Forty Nights
2. R.L. Burnside - Got Messed Up
3. Koko Taylor - Hittin' On Me
4. Jeff Beck - Dirty Mind
5. The Band - The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
6. Fun Lovin' Criminals - Korean Bodega
7. The Animals - Talking About You
8. Sugar Pie DeSanto - Git Back
9. Ray Charles - Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I)
10. Willie Dixon - Twenty-Nine Ways To My Baby's Door
11. White Stripes - Rag & Bone
12. Willie Dixon - Tail Dragger
13. Eric Bibb - Forgiveness Is Gold
14. James Brown - I've Got To Change
15. Terence Trent D'Arby - Who's Lovin' Who
16. Ledbelly - Rock Island Line

4 October 2014

The Blues Room # 453 :: Another Hour Of Blues Power With Darcy Perry - John Williams Interview

The Blues Room, 1 October 2014
Episode #453

This week in The Blues Room Darcy Perry interviews blues rocker John Williams. Beginning his career at an early age in New Zealand, John made his mark here and in Australia with Larry's Rebels, The Rebels and King Harvest. He has also been the guitarist for The Platters, Roy Orbison and John Rowles, as well as touring with The Yardbirds, Tom Jones, Eric Burdon, The Walker Bros, Roy Orbison, The Animals, The Easybeats and the one and only Jimmy Page. John Williams is the only guitarist ever to fill in live on stage for the guitar legend.

Currently playing with his bands Double Shot of Blues and Retro Boys, Williams is known for his jaw-dropping guitar licks, scorching slide-guitar and rocking powerhouse style of blues.

Darcy plays some tracks from John's latest CD/DVD, 12 Bars of Live Blues. Darcy gave away a free copy on air, congratulations Will Adams!

1. Down By The Riverside - Sister Rosetta Tharpe
2. Talk About The Blues - Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
3. Love Bandit - Pee Wee Crayton
4. Red House - John Williams & Double Shot Blues Band
5. Spike Driver Blues - Mississippi John Hurt
Interview with John Williams
6. Highway 31 - John Williams Double Shot Blues Band
7. Move On Up A Little Higher - Mahalia Jackson
8. Heartbreak Road - Bill Withers

27 September 2014

The Blues Room # 452 :: Hallelujah I Love Her So

The Blues Room, 24 September 2014
Episode #452

Happy Birthday Ray Charles - 'The Genius', 'Father of Soul''
(September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004).

1. The Flaming Mudcats - Blue Nun [NZ]
2. Simen Aanerud - Bluekeys Boogie
3. Jimmy Barnes - Hallelujah I Love Her So
4. Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson - I Love The Life I Live, I Live The Life I Love
5. Fathead - I Don't Want To Leave The Party
6. Henry Carpaneto feat. Bryan Lee - Rock Me Baby
7. ZZ Top - Jesus Just Left Chicago
8. Iko-Iko - Ghost Of Mississippi
9. Big Mama Thornton - I Smell A Rat
10. Screamin' Jay Hawkins - I Put A Spell On You
11. Dinah Washington - Big, Long, Slidin' Thing
12. The Black Keys - Gotta Get Away

20 September 2014

The Blues Room #451 :: A Tribute To Muddy Waters From His Son

The Blues Room, 17 September 2014
Episode #451

One of Muddy Waters son's, Mud Morganfield, has teamed up with harmonica legend, Kim Wilson to pay tribute to Muddy Waters - Mud's father! The result is a superb 14 track album of some of Muddy's great tunes. I spin a few tracks from the album here and finish with a very cool modern remix of Mannish Boy. I always wonder what could have been with some of these vintage artists had they lived long enough to collaborate with some of today's modern beat masters. One can only wonder.

Hear an interview with Mud and Kim at NPR.
Visit Severn Records for more about For Pops: A Tribute To Muddy Waters 

1. BB King & Joe Bonamassa - Night Life 
2. Johnny Winter, Muddy Waters, James Cotton - I Done Got Over It
3. Muddy Water & The Rolling Stones - Next Time You See Her
4. B.B. King - 3 O'Clock Blues
5. Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson - Still A Fool
6. Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson - Nineteen Years Old
7. Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson - Trouble No More
8. Muddy Waters - Mannish Boy (Ruckus Roboticus Remix)

Joe Bonamassa Rocked Auckland Town Hall

Credit: Joe Bonamassa (12 Sept 14, Auckland, NZ)
Joe Bonamassa came to play a concert in the Auckland town hall last Friday, it was his first time in New Zealand and I have to say - he rocked!!!! He opened with an acoustic set then rocked it out electric. The place was packed, the sound was loud, and the night was magic! 

I wasn't going to go (being a music lover one has to pick and choose which concerts to go to as it can get pretty expensive) but when a friend offered me a ride I jumped to the opportunity. I'm glad I did! When I got to the venue I needed to purchase my ticket so I left my place in line (I could hear Joe starting up his acoustic set!!) and literally ran to the ticket sales booth. I presenting my credit card and said I needed to purchase a ticket. A sales person asked me if I was there to buy a ticket or pick up a ticket. I said to buy a ticket. She held up a ticket that some one didn't need as their friend had not been able to make it last minute, and she asked if I'd like the ticket, for free! Well hell yeah, YES PLEASE! I thanked them and went in to the concert. The door person looked at my ticket and excitedly said, 'you got the free ticket!' She told me that the person who gave up the ticket would be sitting on my right. 

What a pleasure it was to meet Wayne Alexander of Dunedin, Unfortunately I had no cash to give him in return for the ticket but posting him some blues-rock CDs might be a small way to say 'thank you'! I'm so glad I went to see Joe Bonamassa!!!! Heres a highlight clip I took, not only was Joe's guitar and singing tops, his drummer and percussionist were boss!!!

11 September 2014

The Blues Room #450 :: Joe Bonamassa For The First Time In New Zealand

The Blues Room, 10 September 2014
Episode #450

Joe Bonamassa plays Auckland's Town Hall on Friday 12th September, it will be his first performance in New Zealand. He'll open with an acoustic set then rock it out and get all electrified! I borrow an interview of Joe and his friend Matt Abramovitz from Joe's radio/podcast website: http://thepickupradio.com/ for this episode. I would have loved to have interviewed Joe on the show, but hes a busy guy. Hope you don't mind me using your interview, Joe! Joe talks all about his early experiences as an opening act. Theres a part two on his site too so be sure to check it out here

Get tickets for Joe's New Zealand and Australian shows at the following places:

1. Joe Bonamassa - Slow Train
2. Joe Bonamassa - Mountain Time
Joe Bonamassa (with Matt Abramovitz) talks about being an 'Opening Act'
3. BB. King - The Thrill Is Gone
4. Buddy Guy - Stone Crazy
5. Humble Pie - I'm Ready
6. George Thorogood - Who Do You Love
7. Jethro Tull - A New Day Yesterday
8. Joe Bonamassa - I Know Where I Belong
9. Joe Bonamassa - The Ballard Of John Henry
10. Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa - Someday After A While (You'll Be Sorry)

4 September 2014

The Blues Room #449 :: Another Hour Of Blues Power With Darcy Perry

The Blues Room, 03 September 2014
Episode #449

Darcy Perry selects another great sample of blues from around the world and over the spans of time. Darcy is a strong advocate for Blue September, the annual Prostate Cancer Foundation's national awareness campaign. 

Every year around 600 men die in New Zealand of prostate cancer. That is more than 600 fathers, sons, brothers, grandfathers - gone! This happens because men don’t know how dangerous the disease is, they don’t talk to their doctor about it, they simply don’t do anything about it. This has to stop. Prostate cancer can be prevented if detected early enough.

That’s why Blue September is about getting the word out about prostate cancer. If you buy a blue ribbon, paint your face blue, donate money to the Prostate Cancer Foundation or even tell people, you will be directly helping to lower the death rate and reduce the suffering from this disease.

Find out more about Blue September: http://blueseptember.org.nz/

1. Sonny Boy Williamson and the Yardbirds - 23 Hours Too Long
2. Junior Wells - Use Me
3. Elvis Presley - Long Tall Sally
4. Fleetwood Mac - Rattlesnake Snake Snake
5. Bo Diddley - You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover
6. George Thorogood - I Drink Alone
7. Aretha Franklin - Drinking Again
8. Joe Bonamassa - Different Shades Of Blue
9. Johnny Winter with Joe Bonamassa - Sweet Sixteen
10. Keb Mo - Hand It Over
11. Johnny Cash - The Wreck Of '79

30 August 2014

The Blues Room #448 :: Shaun Kirk NZ Tour (RIP SRV)

The Blues Room, 27 August 2014
Episode #448

Shaun Kirk joins me on air from Australia. Hes coming out here to New Zealand again next week. We hope it warms up a bit for your Shaun! 

RIP Stevie Ray Vaughan aka SRV - (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) - a legend, a guitar hero, a true blue Texan powerhouse!

1. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Cold Shot
2. Joe Bonamassa - Different Shades of Blue
3. Shaun Kirk - Stitches
4. Shaun Kirk - Give To The Needy
5. Shaun Kirk - Two Hands On The Wheel
6. Nick Charles and Doc Span - I'm A Stranger
7. Alexis P Suter Band - Shake Your Hips
8. The Flaming Mudcats - Why'd You Break My Heart
Bonus Track - Happy Birthday Van Morrison - Healing Game

I didn't have time to include the SRV track I mentioned in the show so here the youtube clip of it.

21 August 2014

The Blues Room #447 :: Tony Kaye & Murray Loveridge In Studio

The Blues Room, 20 August 2014
Episode #447

Joining me in the studio for this episode is Tony Kaye and Murray (Dusty) Loveridge of The Blues Buffet (and 3rd from left in pic above) for a chat about The Blues Buffet's new upcoming album. We sample a few new tracks off the the album and enjoy a few older, classic blues tracks while we're at it. Enjoy! 

1. Mud Morganfield and Kim Wilson - Gone To Main Street
2. The Blues Buffet - YoYo Mac
3. John Lee Hooker and ZZ Top - Boom Boom Boom
4. The Blues Buffet - You S A
5. Robin Trower - Little Red Rooster
6. Johnny Winter - Good Morning Little School Girl
7. Tony Kaye and Nate Taiapa - Key To The Highway
8. Karise Eden - I'd Rather Go Blind

14 August 2014

The Blues Room #446 :: Ed Rome (UK) Interview

The Blues Room, 13 August 2014
Episode #446

The very talented Ed Rome chats to The Blues Room from the UK. Hes just recently released a great ska and reggae album but he can also lay down some great blues too. Enjoy!
1. Bob Dylan - Spirit On The Water
2. Eric Clapton - Willie And The Hand Jive
3. Stevie Wonder (with Marvin Gaye on drums!) - I Call It Pretty Music, 
But The Old People Call It The Blues (Part1)
4. John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers - Hideaway
Ed Rome Interview :: http://www.edrome.co.uk/
5. Ed Rome - Somethin' Extra
6. Rory Gallagher with Peter Green - Leavin' Town Blues
7. Eric Clapton feat. John Mayer - Magnolia

7 August 2014

Win Tickets To Bob Dylan's Hamilton Concert

For The Blues Room fans - because you rock! I have a double pass for Bob Dylan's SUNDAY 10th AUGUST concert at Claudelands Arena, Brooklyn Rd, Hamilton, NZ. You can have them if you post the best fact about Bob Dylan - just be prepared to back up your fact with a reference! 

Sound simple and easy? Great! I like simple and easy. 

(Post as many times/facts as you like, entrants must be members of The Blues Room group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thebluesroom/). 

The Blues Room # 445 :: Another Hour Of Blues Power With Darcy Perry

The Blues Room, 6 August 2014
Episode # 445

The 'one and only' Darcy Perry presents Another Hour Of Blues Power! Enjoy!

1. Buddy Guy - Got My Eye On You
2. Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women - Middle Aged Blues Boogie
3. Rick Estrin & The Nightcats - Callin' All Fools
4. Otis Redding - Try A Little Tenderness
5. Chris Thomas King - If It Ain't One Thang, Its Two
6. Doyle Bramhall II - Problem Child
7. Jimmy Cliff - Many Rivers To Cross
8. George Thorogood - La Grange
9. Cream - Crossroad (LIVE)
10. Robert Cray - Labour Of Love
11. Jimmy Reed - Honest I Do
12. Eric Bibb - Angel

24 July 2014

The Blues Room #443 :: Johnny Winter Dies At 70

The Blues Room, 23 July 2014
Episode # 443

The great blues-rock guitarist/singer, Johnny Winter has died at the age of 70 (February 23, 1944 - July 16, 2014). This episode is dedicated to him and his music. As well, Murray Wills, Hamilton Blues Society's new President, joins me on air to introduce himself and to inform us about whats coming up.

1. Johnny Winter & Derek Trucks - Dust My Broom
2. Johnny Winter - Bad Luck And Trouble
3. Gary Moore - Parisiene Walkways
4. Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper feat. Johnny Winter - It's My Own Fault Baby
5. Muddy Waters Band with Johnny Winter - Walkin' Thru the Park
6. Sonny Terry, Johnny Winter, Willie Dixon - I Got My Eyes On You

17 July 2014

The Blues Room # 442 :: 2014 Blues Blast Music Awards Nominees

The Blues Room, 16 July 2014
Episode # 442

In early May, a group of Blues music industry professionals including music critics, journalists, festival promoters, music venue managers, producers, musicians and other Blues music industry professionals nominated the best in Blues music in twelve categories. 

Voting Is Open To The Public - Voting to determine the winners begins July 15, 2014 and continues until September 15, 2014 on http://www.BluesBlastMagazine.com. Voting is free and open to anyone who is a Blues Blast Magazine subscriber. You do not have to be a current subscriber to vote! You are automatically signed up as part of the voting process on their website if you are not currently a subscriber. Blues Blast Magazine subscriptions are FREE!

2014 Blues Blast Music Awards Ceremonies - The 2014 Blues Blast Music Awards ceremonies will be held at The Fluid Events Center in Champaign, Illinois on October 23rd, 2014. The awards ceremony will feature music by the artists nominated. Tickets for the event will go on sale in mid August at http://www.BluesBlastMagazine.com.

Heres a sample of some of the nominees, Enjoy!

1. Ed Rome - No One Listen
2. Buddy Guy - I Could Die Happy
3. Albert Castiglia - No Shame
4. James Harman - Crazy Mixed Up World
5. The Mannish Boys - Blues For Micheal Bloomfield
6. The Mannish Boys feat. Candye Kane - I Idolize You
7. The Mannish Boys feat. Sugaray Rayford -Everythings Alright
8. Adrianna Marie and Her Groovecutters - I Won't Sell My Love
9. Brandon Santini - What You Doing To Me
10. John Hiatt - Face Of God

10 July 2014

The Blues Room # 441 :: Another Hour Of Blues Power With Darcy Perry

The Blues Room, 9 July 2014
Episode # 441

Great to have Darcy Perry back in the studio with us for Another Hour Of Blues Power! Enjoy.

1. Taj Mahal - Stagger Lee
2. Bex Marshall - Hot Headed Man
3. Booker T & The MGs - Behave Yourself
4. Jeff Beck feat. Imogen Heap - Rollin' & Tumblin'
5. Brenda Boykin - Whistlin' Woman
6. The Rolling Stones - Back of My Hand
7. Walter Horton - I'm In Love With You Baby (Walter's Blues)
8. Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee - Amen
9. Wilko Johnson - Down By The Waterside
10. Stevie Ray Vaughan with Johnny Copeland - Tin Pan Alley
11. Henrik Freischlader - The Blues

3 July 2014

The Blues Room # 440 :: Give The People What They Deserve

The Blues Room, 2 July 2014
Episode # 440

Unfortunately Darcy Perry couldn't be in the studio tonight due to unforeseen circumstances, we wish Darcy and his family all the best and look forward to having him back on air next week/episode. Heres some new music, some Glastonbury spotlights, and 10 musical shots to keep you warm this winter, in NZ that is, its so cold! Enjoy!

1. Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers - Colored Salt
2. Dave Specter - New West Side Stroll
3. Grant Green - Cantaloupe Woman
4. The Mar-Keys - Sit Still
5. Kitty, Daisy & Lewis - What Quid?
6. Jack White - I'm Shakin'
7. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings - Give The People What They Deserve
8. Jake Bugg - Simple As This
9. Bob Dylan - Tangled Up In Blue
10. BB King - Sweet Little Angel

29 June 2014

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The Blues Room # 439 :: Long & Live

The Blues Room, 25 June 2014
Episode # 439

Which artist from this episode's playlist is pictured above in the blues picnic photo? 
Comment below to go in the draw to win a blues CD

1. Muddy Waters and The Rolling Stones - Baby Please Don't Go
2. Booker T. Jones - Green Onions 
3. Mitch Kashmar - Dirty Deal 
4. RL Burnside - Goin' Down Slow 
5. North Mississippi Allstars - Jumper On The Line 
6. Freddie King - Have You Ever Loved A Woman

19 June 2014

The Blues Room # 438 :: Born In The City

The Blues Room, 18 June 2014
Episode # 438

1. Walter Trout - Born in the City
2. Deak Harp - If You're Ever In Clarksdale
3. Albert Castiglia - Put Some Stank On It
4. Thorbjorn Risager - Too Many Roads
5. Joe Bonamassa - When She Dances
6. Piney Brown & Eddie Mack - Piney Brown Boogie
7. Big Jay McNeely - I'm Shakin'
8. Calvin Owens - Lick Or Split
9. Jimmy Witherspoon with the Duke Robbilard Band - Stormy Monday Blues
10. Lynwood Slim & The Igor Prado Band - Show Me The Way

15 June 2014

The Blues Room # 437 : : Blues Overdose

The Blues Room, 11 June 2014
Episode # 437

Blues Blast Magazine has a monthly feature called the “Blues Overdose” issue with 5 or 6 free downloadable tracks from various artists to help promote their releases.

This is their answer to the print magazine’s free CD samplers given away when you buy a subscription. Difference is they are going to give them away for 30 days as free downloads to their magazine subscribers. (Their magazine is free too!)

A month after publication date they take the track down so no one can download it after that and artists retain all rights to the track. This will help introduce more fans to the new CD to generate more sales.

So bottom line, if you have an original track off your new album that you own the publishing rights on, submit it for consideration in their monthly Blues Overdose issue.

The Blues Overdose issue will be the last issue of each month so the next one will be the last Thursday of this month. They need you to select the track and send it to them in mp3 format at least a week before to be included. They also need the cover art and 2 paragraphs of text promoting the CD/song that you want to include on the download page. Here is a link to a sample expired Blues OD page for an example of what we are looking for: http://www.bluesblastmagazine.com/blues-od-sample/
You can send the tracks, cover art and information to info@bluesblastmagazine.com.
Please contact info@BluesBlastMagazine.com or at 309 267-4425 if you would like more information.
Songs marked with a * in the playlist below are from the May 2014 Blues Blast Overdose issue. 
Subscribe now - its FREE!

We start this episode with a brand new track off a brand new album by a wonderful collaboration between Bob Stroger and Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith, both legends in their own right. Their new album, Keepin' It Together is available now at http://beedyeyes.com/bob-stroger-and-kenny-beedy-eyes-smith-new-cd-keepin-it-together-2014/

1. Bob Stroger and Kenny 'Beedy' Eyes Smith - Born In Missouri
2. *David Vest - Freight Train Rollin'
3. *John McVey - Thief
4. Hat Fitz and Cara - Friday Night
5. Bob Stroger and Kenny 'Beedy' Eyes Smith with Jerry Portnoy - What Cha Say
6. *Gaetano Letizia - The Devil Is A Nice Guy
7. *Billy Pierce & Friends - Take Me Back to the Delta
8. *Planet Full Of Blues - Big Mouth
9. *The Reverend Shawn Amos - (The Girl Is) Heavy
10.* Oz Noy - Blue Ball Blues

5 June 2014

Another Hour Of Blues Power With Darcy Perry (#436)

The Blues Room, 4 June 2014
Episode # 436

Darcy Perry is in The Blues Room for another Hour Of Blues Power! Enjoy.

1. Rick Estrin & The Night Cats - Broke And Lonesome
2. The Animals - Boom Boom
3. Ry Cooder and Terry Evans - Down In Mississippi
4. Ray Charles - I Got A Woman
5. Bo Diddley - You Can't Judge A Book By Its Covers
6. Bernard Allison - Step Down
7. Golden Gate Quartet - Wade In The Water
8. Howlin' Wolf (London Sessions) - Wang Dang Doodle
9. BB King - Watch Yourself
10. Bob Dylan - Slow Train
11. Sonny Boy Williamson - Help Me
12. Lightin' Hopkins - I'm Begging You
13. Bill Withers - Grandma's Hands
14. Dizzy Gillespie - When Its Sleeply Time Down South
15. Hank Williams - I'm So Lonely I Could Cry

Shufflin' The Blues (#435)

The Blues Room, 28 May 2014
Episode # 435
Alternative links: Download or Play Episode

Neil Ransfield of Hamilton Blues Society joins Nate on The Blues Room this week.

1. T-Bone Walker - Shufflin' The Blues
2. Clarence Gatemouth Brown - Sometimes I Slip
3. Maria Muldaur - Lay Baby Lay (Lay Lady Lay)
4. Joe Bonamassa - Reconsider Baby
5. Dennis Gruenling with Gina Fox - If You Were Mine
6. Bernard Allison - Another Ride To the City
7. Mitch Kashmar - Nickles and Dimes
8. Big Sandy and His Fly Rite Boys - I'm Saying This To You

23 May 2014

FREE DOWNLOAD: Saint Hilda's Faithless Boy by Darren Watson

Darren Watson is calling out for support to finish his new album . . . 

Please visit www.pledgeme.co.nz/2080, make a pledge in NZ dollars and select one of the awesome rewards. 

In the meantime you can download Darren's last album for as little as FREE

Enjoy. And please spread the word. 

Prestigious US magazine Blues Revue says: 
"New Zealand's Darren Watson has crafted a beautiful album in Saint Hilda's Faithless Boy (Red Rocks Records), a set of backward-looking (but by no means retro) blues recorded with a bracing, contemporary sonic treatment. Watson pops his guitar strings like Johnny 'Guitar' Watson on She Got It All, mines soulful, Robert Cray territory on Love Is An Ocean, and channels Howlin' Wolf in full, stomping intensity on A Desperate Man. Dig the swampy roots-rocker He Don't Love You, the serpentine The Bitter Suite, and the acoustic slide reading of My Love Will Never Die - leagues from Otis Rush's original stylistically, right there emotionally. Watson's hearty vocal approach sounds utterly honest. The supporting cast is superb." 

"Saint Hilda's Faithless Boy gets better each time I listen to it." 
- Bill Mitchell, Blues Bytes, USA 

"This is world class. We are lucky to have him. More people should know that." 
- Simon Sweetman, Dominion Post 

"A strong, and long overdue album." 
- Graeme Reid, elsewhere.co.nz

"...the quality of his songwriting and the easy assertiveness of the performances convince." 
- Gary Steel, Metro
Credits: released 01 November 2010 
Produced by Darren Watson with Tim Farrant. 
Recorded by Tim Farrant and Troy Kelly at STL Audio, Wellington, New Zealand. 
Mastered by Dave Greenberg at Sonopod Mastering, Florida, USA. 

All songs written and arranged by Darren Watson.

Michelle 'EvilGal' Willson (#434)

The Blues Room, 14 May 2014
Episode # 434

Michelle 'EvilGal' Willson is a powerhouse force of nature, what more can I say. Highly influenced by the blues women who matter - Dinah Washington, Ruth Brown and Etta James - this Boston gal does them proud on her live recording at Scullers Jazz Club called, 'Fortune Cookie'. Check out some of my favourite tunes from her album in this episode and be sure to visit her website to find out all about her and where you can get a copy of her album: http://www.evilgal.com/music

1. The Alibis - Since I fell for You [NZ]
2. Fingerprint - Don't Let The Blues Get A hold Of You [NZ]
3. Darren Watson - Can't Get Enough Of You [NZ]
4. Michelle 'EvilGal' Willson - Relax Max
5. Michelle 'EvilGal' Willson - Fortune Cookie
6. Michelle 'EvilGal' Willson - I Would If I Could
7. Michelle 'EvilGal' Willson - The Music Is The Magic
8. Michelle 'EvilGal' Willson - Fat Daddy
9. Michelle 'EvilGal' Willson - Hallelujah, I Love Him So
10. Michelle 'EvilGal' Willson - New New Blowtop blues
11. Michelle 'EvilGal' Willson - Racehorse

10 May 2014

Another Hour Of Blues Power With Darcy Perry (#433)

The Blues Room, 7 May 2014

Episode # 433

Heres a great way to kick off New Zealand Music Month! Darcy Perry serves up an hour of New Zealand blues and he catches up with blues/gospel singer, sister Jacqui, about her musical journey from Mississippi to Chicago and beyond. PLUS a special live-to-air first time performance of a new song by Darcy Perry with yours truly accompanying him on harmonica. Enjoy!

Check out new projects by these great New Zealand blues artists:

1. Shayn 'Hurricane' Willis - Muffins
2. Cool Disposition - Teenage Letter
3. Tura 'Bullfrog' Rata and the Undergators - The Hunt
4. Gahu - Shell Money
5. Midge Marsden - Struck Down By The Blues
6. Mike Garner - I'm Gonna Start Drinking Again
7. Kokomo - Travel All Over The World
Sister Jacqui Interview
8. Paul Ubana Jones - Daddy Don't Live Here Anymore
9. Flaming Mudcats - Easy To Please

8 May 2014

Joe Bonamassa Announces First Ever New Zealand Show

Bonamassa Will Open for Bonamassa! – NZ Show Will Feature Both Full Acoustic and Full Electric Sets 

Town Hall, Auckland, New Zealand, September 12th 2014 : Guitar Hero Joe Bonamassa will perform his first ever New Zealand Show. Tickets on sale Monday May 5th & 6th for fan presales and general public sales from May 7th. Tickets from Ticketmaster.

The show will offer two entirely new and exciting band line-ups with Bonamassa essentially opening for himself. The first set will feature Bonamassa alongside the acoustic band from his #1 Billboard acoustic CD/DVD An Acoustic Evening At The Vienna Opera House playing an assortment of rare, vintage, organic and “oddball” instruments alongside performers Gerry O’Connor, Mats Wester, and Lenny Castro. Together they will run through an hour of the signature acoustic performance from Bonamassa’s Vienna show, treating the audience to a gorgeously textured unplugged experience. Bonamassa will then shift into electric mode for the second half of the show featuring his regular touring band: Carmine Rojas (bass), Tal Bergman (drums), and new touring keyboardist (and fellow Black Country Communion member) Derek Sherinian. Recent kudos for Bonamassa include his very first Grammy nomination for Best Blues Album, his twelfth #1 Billboard Blues Album (more than any other artist), and his DVD Joe Bonamassa: Live At The Royal Albert Hall, featuring Eric Clapton joining him onstage, earning platinum status.

Bonamassa has a full catalogue of albums that have blown away New Zealand fans for years “You and Me”, The Ballad Of Joe Henry”,Had to Cry Today”, “Driving Towards Daylight”, “Live The Royal Albert Hall” and “Dust Bowl” are a few of his solo albums. Projects with Beth Hart “Don’t Explain” and “SeeSaw” and “Live in Amsterdam” have added another dimension to his music as have his Black Country Communion albums ( Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham,Derek Sherinan).

This year he will also be working on a much-anticipated new solo studio album featuring all-new, all-original material. Joe is currently playing a few select tracks from this new album Live on Tour.

“Joe is unquestionably among our greatest living guitarists, destined to be counted among the greatest of all-time.”The Orange County Register

“The New King of Blues” Guitarist Magazine

“Right now, there’s no better Blues-rock artist than Bonamassa” gibson.com

“Bonamassa is a bold talent.” Billboard

“Wicked guitar thrills.” Mike Joyce, Washington Post

“This kid deserves to be in the same class with Stevie Ray F*&cking Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Beck.” Rock guitarist Ted Nugent after a recent jam with Joe for VH-1’s Supergroup

1 May 2014

Happy Birthday Marion Walter Jacobs AKA Little Walter (#432)

Little Walter, 1967 (photo credit)

The Blues Room, 30 April 2014
Episode # 432

Without a doubt Little Walter is the world's undisputed heavyweight of blues harmonica, period. He's had more novices and advanced professionals envying his harmonica playing since he caused the price of harmonicas to double in price after he recorded that great instrumental, Juke, back in 1952. 

In this episode we pay tribute to Little Walter and wish him a Happy Birthday, he would have turned 84 years old on 1 May 2014 (if he hadn't been fighting!) Here you'll hear some modern masters interpreting some great tunes by Little Walter. We just keep lovin' him!

1. Little Walter - Juke
2. Little Walter - Sad Hours
3. Little Walter - Tell Me Mama
4. Muddy Waters with Little Walter - All Night Long (Alternate Take)
5. Jim Liban Blues Combo - Mean Old World
6. Magic Dick - Can't Hold Out Much Longer
7. Billy Boy Arnold - You're So Fine
8. Rod Piazza - Oh Baby
9. George Harmonica Smith - You Better Watch Yourself
10. Ronnie Shellist - Last Night
11. Sugar Ray Norcia - My Babe
12. Dennis Gruenling - Roller Coaster
13. Red Devils (Lester Butler) - Quarter to Twelve

24 April 2014

I Put A Spell On You (#431)

The Blues Room, 23 April 2014
Episode # 431

Friends are telling me of the wonderful times they had at Byron Bay Bluesfest 2014. I've seen photos of the 5-day musical festival and have started reading online reviews, some of the best are at the Bluesfest message broad, and from what I can gather Peter Noble and his marvelous crew have done it again and delivered yet another outstanding festival. Well done Bluesfest, I'll see you in 2015! Pictured above is a photo of Jeff Beck and Joss Stone when they collaborated to perform, I Put A Spell On You, at Bluesfest 2014.

1. William Clarke - Easter Bunny Boogie
2. Cash Box Kings - Tom Cat Blues
3. Mannish Boys - Bricks In My Pillow
4. The Kingmakers - Oh Glory
5. Kokomo - Travel All Over The World [NZ] << FREE DOWNLOAD
6. Omar Dykes and Gary Primich -  Down In Mississippi
7. Big Jay McNeely - Rock Candy
8. Jimmy Smith - Back At The Chicken Shack
9. The Bo Keys feat. Calvin Newborn & John Williams - Back At The Chicken Shack
10. Booker T. Jones feat. Gary Clarke Jr. - Austin City Blues
11. Jeff Beck feat. Joss Stone - I Put A Spell On You
12. The Fabulous Thunderbirds - Lonely Highway