27 December 2015

#517 :: Merry Christmas Blues

The Blues Room, 23 December 2015
Episode #517

Merry Christmas everybody. Please be safe, have loads of fun and enjoy your family and friends these holidays. And if you have to work through the holidays, don't despair, download some Blues Room podcasts to keep you company. Enjoy!

1. Clarence Gatemouth Brown - Christmas
2. Shemekia Copeland - Stay A Little Longer Santa
3. Paul Oscher - Christmas Blues
4. William Clarke - Please Let Me Be Your Santa Claus
5. Shakura S'aida - Be My Santa Claus
6. Kenya Templeton - Good Morning Blues
7. Sharon Jones & The Daptones - 8 Days(of Hanukkah)
8. Sam Sweetsinger Bell - Happy Birthday Jesus
9. The Heavenly Gospel Singers - When Was Jesus Born
10. Charles Bradley - Every Day Is Christmas
11. Don Smith - Black Christmas
12. The Harlem Children's Chorus - Black Christmas
13. Otis Redding - Merry Christmas, Baby

(By the way, the stunning photo used for this episode is of Ogden, Utah, where my son is living for the next two years while he serves a two year mission for the LDS church. Beautiful to say the least) #pixlr

23 December 2015


Photo credit: Jan Persson
The Blues Room, 16 December 2015
Episode #516

1. John Lee Hooker - Blues For Christmas
2. Otis Spann - Otis Rides Again
3. Sonny Boy Williamson II - Sonny Boy's Christmas Blues
4. James Harman - The Clock Is Tickin'
5. Charlie Musselwhite - 300 Miles To Go
6. David Barrett & Aki Kumar - Playin' It Forward
7. Sharon Jones and The Daptones feat. Charles Bradley - World Of Love
8. North Mississippi Allstars feat Anders Osborne - Many Wise Men
9. King Leo - Back It Off
10. Buddy Guy - Crying Out Of One Eye
11. Credirc Burnside Project - Born With It
12. Mississippi Fred McDowell - Lord, I'm Going Down South 


The Blues Room, 9 December 2015
Episode #515

1. Carey Bell - Christmas Train
2. Mattie Phifer - Please Call Daddy
3. Terry Leonino - Meet Me Where They Play the Blues
4. Big Nancy - Bring It On Home (To Me)
5. Rainbreakers - Blood Not Brass
6. Eliza Weals - Detroit Drive
7. Joe Louis Walker - Young Girl Blues
8. Bo Diddley - Before You Accuse Me
9. Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley
10. Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials
11. The Holmes Brothers - Back Door Santa
12. Keb' Mo' - Shopping On Christmas Eve
13. Taj Mahal - Johnny Too Bad

#514 :: Darcy Perry's Hour Of Blues Power

The Blues Room, 2 December 2015
Episode #514

1. Led Zeppelin - When The Levee Breaks
2. Johnny 'Guitar' Watson - Too Tired
3. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band - My Feet Can't Fail Me Now
4. Count Basie - Good Time Blues
5. Funky Blues Messiahs - If God Don't Getcha The Devil Will
6. The Black Keys - Ten Cent Pistol
7. Imelda May - Big Bad Handsome Man
8. The Allman Brothers - Its Not My Cross To Bear
9. Etta James - Somethings Got A Hold On Me
10. Deep Purple - Soldier of Fortune
11. Darcy Perry - Wish I Was In Heaven
12. Darcy Perry - Dust My Broom
13. The Staple Singers - Respect Yourself

7 December 2015

#513 :: Is It Really A Man's World? (White Ribbon Day Blues)

The Blues Room, 25 November 2015
Episode #513

Theres an old adage, 'a happy wife is a happy life.' Well I don't know about you men who've tuned in, but that plays true for me. Heres an episode with a message, 'men need to take responsibility for stopping their violence and abuse towards women and children'. Simple. Enjoy the music.

If you're in NZ and need any sort of support as either a victim or perpetrator of Domestic violence, please contact http://www.nnsvs.org.nz/ or https://www.womensrefuge.org.nz/ or check this link for international contacts http://www.nnsvs.org.nz/links

1. Govt. Mule - It's A Man's Man's Man's World
2. Jack J Hutchinson Band - Loving Man
3. Fiona Boyes - Easy Baby
4. Jai Malano - So Good To My Baby
5. Kitty, Daisy, & Lewis - Ain't Always Better Your Way
6. Big Sandy & The Fly-Rite Trio - Hold Me
7. Ebony Jo-Ann - Send Me Someone To Love
8. Karise Eden - It's A Man's World
9. Missy Andersen - No Regrets
10. Freddie King - She's a Burglar 
11. The Flaming Mudcats - Why'd You Break My Heart
12. Little Milton - We're Gonna Make It
13. Robert Johnson - Kind Hearted Woman
14. Fleetwood Mac - Songbird

19 November 2015

#512 :: Neil Ransfield Selects Vinyl

The Blues Room, 18 November 2015
Episode #512

A previous president of the Hamilton Blues Society, a singer, harmonica player and local Hamilton guy, Neil Ransfield, joins me in The Blues Room with some of his vinyl collection to select this episode's playlist. Neil also runs the Okoroire Blues Festival, the next one is on 27th February 2016 at Okoroire Hotel. 

1. Fleetwood Mac - Stop Messin' Round
2. Johnny Winter - Tried Of Trying
3. The Fabulous Thunderbirds - It Takes A Big Man To Cry
4. John Lee Hooker feat. Los Lobos - Think twice Before You Go
5. Pinetop Perkins - Caledonia
6. The Fabulous Thunderbirds - She's Tuff
7. Little Walter - My Babe
8. BB King - Woke Up This Morning
9. Beyonce - At Last

13 November 2015


The Blues Room, 11 November 2015
Episode #511

There seems to be a humming noise during this episode. Do you hear it, or is it just me?

1. Freddie King - Have You Ever Loved A Woman
2. Albert Collins - I've Got A Mind To Travel
3. Charlie Musselwhite - My Kinda Gal
4. William Clarke - A Good Girl Is Hard To Find
5. Willie Dixon - Good Understanding
6. Roy Buchanan - Roys Bulz
7. Blind Boys Of Alabama feat. Toots Hibbert - Perfect Peace

10 November 2015


The Blues Room, 4 November 2015
Episode #510

Darcy Perry brings it again and kicks off November with  great mix.

1. Walter Trout - Almost Gone
2. Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Didn't It Rain
3. Leon Russell - New York State Of Mind
4. Jimmy Hendrix - The Wind Cries Mary
5. Tampa Red - Its Hurts Me Too
6. Magic Dick - Whammer Jammer
7. Guitar Shorty - It Ain't The Fall that Kills You
8. Aretha Franklin with Duane Allman - The Weight
9. Jethro Tull - Locomotive Breath 
10. Cream - Strange Brew
11. Canned Heat - On the Road Again
12. Wilson Picket - Midnight Hour
13. Spencer Davis Group - Keep On Running

2 November 2015

New Blues Release From Ronnie Shellist and Friends:: "hangover blues vol.1"

On his last trip out to Chicago, Ronnie Shellist not only got to play some fabulous shows with some amazing players, but he recorded some live songs in Gerry Hundt's home studio. This release, "hangover blues, vol. 1", truly captures the spirit of traditional, yet modern, fresh blues. Of the album, Jerry says:

"I am very proud of the tunes. There are 8 tracks in all, 5 of which all four of us played on, and 3 acoustic tracks with just Gerry Hundt and I. The guys on this recording, are the same fellas that I worked with on all of the shows back in March 2015". 

This release has Gerry Hundt on vocals, guitar, bass, Andy Duncanson (from Kilborn Alley) on vocals/guitar/bass, Ed Kobek on drums. and yours truly on harmonica. I am very pleased to share this with all of you! Hope you enjoy.

30 October 2015

#509 :: Halloween Spooktacular (with interviews)

The Blues Room, 28 October 2015
Episode #509

Theres so much happening this weekend it hard to hold back the excitement. We've just had Ladies Sing Da Blues at Diggers on Thursday night. This Saturday Hopetoun Beown return to Nivara Lounge, and then The Mighty All Black WILL BEAT AUSTRALIA's WALLABIES AND BRING HOME THE RUGBY WORLD CUP 2015. Thats all. Oh and to get you in a spooktacular mood for Halloween this weekend, here are some eerie tunes mixed around my interviews with Murray Wills of Hamilton Blues Society and Nick Atkinson of Hopetoun Brown. Enjoy.

1. Ana Popovic - Hoodoo Woman
2. Lavern Baker - Voodoo Voodoo
3. Victoria Spivey - Blood Thirsty Blues
4. Buddy Guy - The Devil's Daughter
5. Hopetoun Brown - Knitted Into My Bones
6. Hopetoun Brown - Road Runner Rocks
7. Screamin' Jay Hawkins - I Put A Spell On You
8. Screamin' Jay Hawkins - I Hear Voices
9. Tom Waits - Whats He Building In There
10. Howlin' Wolf - Evil
11. Bo Diddley - Bo Meets The Monster
12. Lonnie Johnson & Elmer Snowden - Haunted House

24 October 2015

Ladies Sing The Blues (29 Oct 2015)

Hopetoun Brown Return To H-Town (31 Oct 2015)


The Blues Room, 21 October 2015
Episode #508

Next week I'll have two guest interviews with Murray of Hamilton Blues Society and Nick of Hopetoun Brown so come back and tune in. Until then, enjoy this episode of The Blues Room which features new music from various artists around the world.

1. Jai Malano - Hound Dog
2. Pepe MacarrĂ³n & Allfreedom - Baby You Gotta Change Your Mind
3. JJ Appleton, Tim Lefebvre and Jason Ricci - Nobodys Fault 
4. Hopetoun Brown - Burning Fuse 
5. Mike Butler - Wadie Green
6. Todd Wolfe Band - Hoodoo River - Long Road Back
7. Gary Smith, David Barrett & Aki Kumar - Up All Night With The Blues
8. James Harman - Yo' Family (Don't Like Me)
9. Two-Tone Steiny & The Cadillacs feat Kid Andersen - Bring That Little Thing
10. Madrid Blues Ghetto - Let Me Love You Baby
11. Fiona Boyes - Walking Round Money
12. Janiva Magness - Mountain
13. Lucky Peterson - You Lucky Dog

16 October 2015

#507 :: Shake 'Em Up

The Blues Room, 14 October 2015
Episode #507

Funky Blues from between 1967 - 1978.
For more Funky Blues visit ACE Records.

1. Shake 'Em Up - Slim Green
2. It Took A Long Time - Finis Tasby
3. Bad Understanding - Al King
4. Mellow Together - Lowell Fulson
5. Country Girl - The Johnny Otis Show
6. That's What Love Will Make You Do - Little Milton
7. Your Love Is Good Enough For Me - Icewater Slim
8. Playing On Me - Albert King
9. You Shattered My Dreams - Smokey Wilson
10. The Whole World's Down On You - Larry Davis
11. Cloudy Day - Finis Tasby
12. I'm Not The Best - Buddy Guy
13. Eli's Pork Chop - Little Sonny
15. Gimme Some Of Your Lovin' - Arthur Adams
16. Good Feeling - Freddy Robinson
17. Tough Competition - Ray Agee

10 October 2015

#506 :: Darcy Perry's Hour Of Blues Power

The Blues Room, 7 October 2015
Episode #506

Darcy Perry returns to the studio for another Hour of Blues Power. Enjoy!

1. I Ain't Superstitious - Jeff Beck 
2. It's Your Thing - The Isley Brothers
3. Walking The Backstreets And Crying - Little Milton
4. I'd Rather Go Blind - Etta James
5. Hello Dolly - Louis Armstrong 
6. Put The Pot On - Kokomo Taylor
7.The Hunter - Albert King
8. Take It Easy Baby - Pinetop Perkins
9. Third Degree - Johnny Winter
10. Hold On I'm Coming - Sam & Dave
11. Piece of My Heart - Erma Franklin
12. How Many More Years - Howlin' Wolf
13. Bad To The Bone - George Thorogood And The Destroyers
Bonus Track.

3 October 2015

#505 :: Li'l Chuck - The One Man Skiffle Machine

The Blues Room, 30 September 2015
Episode #505
Download link: right click and 'save as'

I catch up with one man band, David Mitchellthorpe (AKA) Li'l Chuck The One Man Skiffle Machine, DG Mitchellthorpe, The Harmonica Guy, Davey Backyard. Originally from the UK, David came to live in Christchurch NZ in 2003 - the first song I play in this episode of The Blues Room is about the earthquakes of Chirchurch, 2011 and it features on David's new album, Blues In Full Swing.

David is a one man band, 12 year veteran of The Black Velvet Band, harmonica tutor, session harmonica player, guitarist, bar room singer, vocalist, songwriter, manager, jingle writer and general all rounder. He loves Blues, Rock, Country, Folk, Irish, Hill Billy, Western Swing, Jazz, Metal and much more. Check him out online at http://www.backyardmusic.co.nz/

1. Li'l Chuck The One Man Skiffle Machine; - My House Is Falling Down
2. Bert Deivert & Copperhead Run - Baby Please Don't Go
3. Pokey LaFarge - Something In The Water
4. Li'l Chuck The One Man Skiffle Machine - An Ode To The Blues Great Jimmy Reed
5. Li'l Chuck The One Man Skiffle Machine - Delia Jane
6. Li'l Chuck The One Man Skiffle Machine - Love Train
7. Howling Wolf - Everybody's In The Mood
8. Koko Taylor - Don't Mess With the Messer
9. Memphis Jug Band - On The Road Again
10. Muddy Waters - I Can't Be Satisfied
11. Son House - Death Letter Blues

Footage of Big Daddy Wilson with Steve Gilles

Some footage of Big Daddy Wilson with Steve Gilles performing at the Nivara Lounge here in Hamilton, New Zealand, 23 September, 2015.

17 September 2015

#503 :: King Leo / Lloyd Spiegel Interviews

The Blues Room, 16 September 2015
Episode #503

Not one but TWO great blues-men feature on this week's episode of The Blues Room. Leo LaDell aka King Leo originally from Virginia, USA now residing in Dunedin, and Lloyd Spiegel hailing from Melbourne, Australia. Both representing the blues splendidly, and each with a different story to tell. Please go check out King Leo's new album, 'Rivival' at https://kingleonz.bandcamp.com/releases and come and see Lloyd Spiegel perform at Nivara Lounge tonight! Enjoy!

1. Fiona Boyes - Mama's Sanctified Amp
2. King Leo - Leave Me Behind
3. King Leo - You Were Taught
Leo LaDell aka King Leo Interview
4. King Leo - Got To Have It
5. King Leo - Break The Habit
Lloyd Spiegel Interview 
6. Lloyd Spiegel - Walk On
7. Lloyd Spiegel - Louisiana Blues
8. Lloyd Spiegel - Lucille
9. Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry

10 September 2015

#502 Big Daddy Wilson's NZ Tour / Interview

The Blues Room, 9 September 2015
Episode #502

Big Daddy Wilson is in New Zealand for a 21-show tour up and down and across New Zealand. He's been on TV One's Good Morning Show, he's been on The Blues Room with me, and now hes coming to a venue near YOU! Don't miss him!

Check Big Daddy Wilson's NZ 2015 tour dates here: 

1. Big Daddy Wilson - Bullfrog
2. Lloyd Spiegel - Louisiana Blues
Interview with Big Daddy Wilson
3. Big Daddy Wilson - She Loves Me
4. Big Daddy Wilson - New Zealand/Aotearoa
5. King Leo - Peanut Slab
6. Johnny Shines - Hey Ba-Ba-Re-Bop
7. Rico & The Rudies - Blues
8. Buddy Guy feat. Kim Wilson - Too Late

6 September 2015

#501 :: Another Hour of Darcy Perry's Blues Power

The Blues Room, 2 September 2015
Episode #501

Darcy Perry hosts The Blues Room each first Wednesday of every month. I'm usually in the studio with him. However, on this occasion I had troubles with my vehicle and couldn't make it in on time so Darcy took the reins and carried on by himself. I reckon he did an awesome job! Unfortunately, the phone lines weren't connecting and we missed our opportunity to talk with Lloyd Spiegel. So we apologize to all the listeners waiting for Lloyd to come on air. We will try one last time next week to get Lloyd on air, and then we'll look forward to seeing him in person in Hamilton at the Nivara Lounge on 17th September, 2015. Meanwhile, heres another great playlist from Darcy, that song by Black Stone Cherry was playing on my radio as I drove into the studio in heavy rain! Enjoy.

For Lloyd Spiegel's NZ tour dates please check his website: http://www.lloydspiegel.com/

1. Robert Cray - Move a Mountain 
2. Bruce Ruffin - Rain
3. Tony Joe White - Drifter
4. Michael Jackson - My Girl
5. Otis Redding - Try a Little Tenderness 
6. Junior Wells & Buddy Guy - Ten Years Ago
7. Watermelon Slim - Got Love if You Want It
8. Bex Marshall - Bad Bad Girl 
9. Black Stone Cherry - Tired of the Rain
10. Bill Withers - Use Me
11. Eric Bibb - Michael, Row the Boat Ashore
12. Lloyd Spiegel - Statesboro Blues
13. Albert Collins, Johnny Copeland, Robert Cray - Black Cat Bone

28 August 2015

#500 :: Ten Years Of The Blues Room

The Blues Room, 26 August 2015
Episode #500

Well here it is Bluesville! Episode 500! Its only taken about 10 years to get here but here we are and what a great time we've had along the way. Joining me in The Blues Room for the 500th episode were The Swamp Dogz featuring John Maydon (gtr, vocs), Mark Kneebone (bass, bk-vocs), Paul Alderton (drums, bk-vocs), & Clara Lange (viol in, vocs) were our backing band. We had special guests Darcy Perry and Max Mac Donald join us too, and Kev from the Eastside was my right hand man on the DJ duties. We played classic blues vinyl courtesy of Ivan of Nivara Lounge and extended our one hour show to two hours. 

We set up the band in the foyer of the station and broadcast the show live to air, you'll see this in some of the video clips included here. We had Derek Jacombs and Graham Clark call in congratulations and others sent in prerecorded congratulations from around the globe.  

I'd just like to take this opportunity to thank Free FM's manager, Phil Grey, for all hes done to support The Blues Room over the years, hes been so generous and accommodating and we couldn't have gotten here without him. All the staff at Free FM for all their support and hard work. To all the guests who have come into the studio or on air from around the globe, thank you! To all our sponsors, especially, The Hamilton Blues Society, all those artists, bands, record companies, music distributors, music promoters, friends, and my family (especially my wife), I thank you all. To the fans of 'The Blues' who tune in each week or who get the podcast, thank you so much for your support and encouragement. And last, but not least, my co-presenter on The Blues Room, Darcy Perry, who has been like a mentor and inspiration from the beginning. Thanks bro! 

Heres to another 500 episodes. Enjoy!

1. John Lee Hooker - Boogie Chillun
2. Yank Rachell - Diving Duck
3. Howling Wolf - Chocolate Drop
4. The Swamp Dogs with Darcy Perry and Max MacDonald - Tore Down
5. The Swamp Dogs with Darcy Perry and Max MacDonald - Love Me Two Times
6. The Swamp Dogs with Darcy Perry and Max MacDonald - Lazy Blues
7. The Swamp Dogs with Darcy Perry and Max MacDonald - Proud and Humble

8. Jimmy Reed - I Love You Baby
9. Koko Taylor - Wang Dang Doodle
10. The Swamp Dogs with Darcy Perry - Wait On Time

11. The Swamp Dogs with Nate Taiapa - Scratch My Back
12. The Swamp Dogs with Darcy Perry and Max MacDonald - Bullfrog Blues
13. Buddy Guy - Come Back Muddy (Dedicated To Muddy Waters)
14. Kokomo - Home Of The Blues
15. Lloyd Spiegel - This Is Hip
16. B.B. King - Sweet Little Angel
17. North Mississippi Allstars - Jumper On The Line
18. Etta James - I Just wanna Make Love To You
19. Big Mama Thornton - Hound Dog
20. Willie Dixon & Memphis Slim - 4 O'Clock Boogie
21. John Lee Hooker & Bonnie Raitt - I'm In The Mood
22. Memphis Gold - How You Gonna Play The Blues
23. Jimmy Rogers - Walking By Myself

20 August 2015

Satan and Adam :: A Documentary That Needs Your Help

Award-winning director V. Scott Balcerek has been filming Sterling Magee and Adam Gussow since 1995. His documentary, "Satan and Adam," is due for release in 2015. Please help them reach their goal. For more information, go to:


For Adam's website, which has much more about Satan and Adam, including concert footage, go to:

#499 Laura Collins Interview

The Blues Room, 19 August 2015
Episode #499

Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band play Hamilton's Nivara Lounge tonight (20th August), they'll be delivering their back porch blend of acoustic blues.

You can expect to hear a little BB, a little Koko, some Muddy Waters and many more with soulful vocals, sweet guitar solos, honky tonk style piano, warm upright bass and percussive drums.

The Back Porch Boys are all journeymen who have played many juke joints in their time. One of those talents is Wayne Mason, a well-known Kiwi songwriter in his other life, also one hell of a stonkin’ boogie blues piano player. So look out for 'Mad Professor' style wild solos with a wonderful sense of abandon. John O'Connor on guitar has worked with many of New Zealand’s well-known musicians and is considered one of New Zealand’s guitar legends. He has played and recorded with many well known artists including the NZSO, Kiri Te Kanawa, Mark Williams, Ron Goodwin, BB King, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley. In the engine room George Barris (long time NZ player, of early fame in the band 'Highway') on mellow upright bass and Pete Cogswell on Back Porch Drums.

In this episode we interview Laura and spin a few of her awesome tracks plus some tracks from Ann Cole, Bonnie Raitt, Lloyd Spiegel, King Leo, Luke Burnsright, C.W. Stoneking and more!! Enjoy!

1. Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band - Crazy Love 
2. Ann Cole - Got My Mojo Working
3. Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band - Wade In The Water 
4. Bonnie Raitt & Habib Koite - Back Around
5. Lloyd Spiegel - Mississippi Sun
6. Big Joe Turner - Lipstick, Powder and Paint
7. Ligthnin' Hopkins - Got To Move Your Baby
8. King Leo - Prisoner 
9. Luke Burnsright - Pallet On Your Floor
10. C.W. Stoneking - She's A Bread Baker

Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band at Nivara Lounge

Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band, 
Thursday 20th August, Nivara Lounge, Hamilton, 
show starts 8.00pm, $20 on the door.

Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band are heading to the Nivara Lounge in Hamilton on Thursday 20th August ready to 'rock the joint'. Laura Collins, known for her soulful vocal delivery, on-stage energy and emphasis on entertainment says “I’m all about putting on a show. I’m lucky enough to be playing with some men who are huge talents, they've all played many a juke joint in their time".

One of those talents is Wayne Mason, a well-known Kiwi songwriter in his other life, also one hell of a stonkin’ boogie blues piano player. So look out for 'Mad Professor' style wild solos with a wonderful sense of abandon. John O'Connor on guitar has worked with many of New Zealand’s well-known musicians and is considered one of New Zealand’s guitar legends. He has played and recorded with many well known artists including the NZSO, Kiri Te Kanawa, Mark Williams, Ron Goodwin, BB King, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley.

In the engine room George Barris (long time NZ player, of early fame in the band 'Highway') on mellow upright bass and Pete Cogswell on Back Porch Drums.

Laura says having a more acoustic rhythm section allows the band to stay at an easy volume “It doesn’t need to be loud to groove, this is a vocals led band and I’m all about finding the heart of the song. We’re about keeping it mellow, easy on the ears, but we’ll still make you want to dance. I'm ready to celebrate Summer and I'm bringing my favourite bluesmen and I know they will make the house jump."

You can expect a little Etta James, some Bonnie Raitt, some Muddy Waters and many more favourites, a whole lot of cheek, some fine playing and a good old southern time on the back porch.

Quote from Review from Manawatu Standard June 2nd, 2014
"The Back Porch Band had a great feel about it ranging from solidly funky to gloriously gospel, their backing vocals superbly supporting this sassy songstress. With each number given a highly original blues sound, this band fairly rocked the joint..."

15 August 2015


The Blues Room, 12 August 2015
Episode #498

Sonny Boy Williamson 2 stays in my top five all time harmonica players list. Heres a tribute to him from many seasoned players/musicians, the list could be a hell of a lot longer but this is a good start ... part 2 & 3 in the making now. Enjoy!

1. Lloyd Spiegel - Stateboro Blues
2. Big Daddy Wilson - Baby Don't Like
3. Laura Collin and the Back Porch Blues Band - Hound Dog
4. Paul Orta & The Kingpins - Checkin' Up On My Baby
5. Red Devils - Cross My Heart
6. James Cotton - Dealin' With The Devil
7. The Allman Brothers Band - One Way Out
8. Sugar Ray & The Bluetones - Ninety Nine
9. Little Charlie & The Night Cats - Too Close Together
10. New York Dolls - Don't Start Me Talkin'
11. Jonny Lang - Good Morning Little School Girl
12. Muddy Waters - Nine Below Zero
13. Buddy Guy & Junior Wells - My Younger Days
14. John Hammond - Your Funeral and My Trial
15. B.B. King - Eyesight To The Blind
16. Howlin' Wolf - Decoration Day
17. Sonny Boy Williamson II - Fattening Frogs For Snakes

8 August 2015


The Blues Room, 5 August 2015
Episode #497

Darcy Perry returns for another hour of blues power. 

1. Elvin Bishop - Can’t Even Do Wrong Right
2. Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee - Sitting On Top Of The World 
3. The Staple Singers - Sit Down Servant
4. Double Shot Blues Band - Red House 
5. Rick Estrin & The Nightcats - New Old Lady 
6. Mississippi John Hurt - Stack O’Lee 
7. Jarekus Singleton - I Refuse To Lose
8. Lonnie Johnson - Another Night To Cry 
9. Uber Station - Rock Candy Funk Party (feat. Joe Bonamassa) 
10. Selwyn Birchwood - Don’t Call No Ambulance 
11. The Kentucky Head Hunters - Superman Blues
12. Pink Floyd - Bike

31 July 2015

International Blues Music Day :: 1st August 2015

To celebrate, promote and preserve the rich legacy, tradition and future of the great American art form and international language known as Blues Music.

#496 :: Happy 79th Birthday Buddy Guy

The Blues Room, 29 July 2015
Episode #496

Happy 79th Birthday Buddy Guy!!

1. Buddy Guy - First Time I Heard The Blues
2. Buddy Guy - DJ Play My Blues
3. Buddy Guy with Robert Randolph & Quinn Sullivan - Damn Right, I've Got the Blues
4. Mike Bloomfield - Eyesight to the Blind
5. Junior Kimbrough - I Gotta Try You Girl
6. North Mississippi Allstars and Anders Osbourne - Brush Up Against You
7. The Flaming Mudcats - Double Ds
8. Tedeschi Trucks - Band Sweet and Low
9. Janiva Magness - Twice As Strong

23 July 2015

#495 :: Acoustic Goodness

The Blues Room, 22 July 2015
Episode #495

Acoustic cuts of music goodness on this episode. Check out those Suitcase Brothers ... WOW!

1. Johnny Winter - Evil On My Mind
2. Gerry Hundt - Make Me A Pallet
3. Cephas & Wiggins - Trouble In Mind
4. Big Daddy Wilson - Mississippi John
5. John Jackson - Railroad Bill
6. Champion Jack Dupree - Driving Me Mad
7. James Cotton with Dave Maxwell - Worried Life Blues
8. Koko Taylor with Keb' Mo' - Man Next Door
9. Cotton Roots - They're Red Hot
10. The Suitcase Brothers - Preaching Blues (Up Jumped The Devil​)​ 
11. The Suitcase Brothers - Talk to Your Daughter (Live at The Daytona Blues Festival, 2014)

16 July 2015

#494 :: Interview with John Thomson of Holly & The Bluebenders

The Blues Room, 15 July 2015
Episode #494

I catch up with John Thomson of Holly & The Bluebenders prior to them coming to Hamilton's Nivara Lounge this Saturday 18th July. Door sales at only $10 is worth a night out in the Tron!

1. John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers - Sitting In The Rain
2. Charlie Musselwhite - I Ain't Lying
3. Holly & The Bluebenders - Leave Me Alone
4. Holly & The Bluebenders - When A Woman's Had Enough
5. Norah Jones - Bessie Smith
6. Janis Joplin - Turtle Blues
7. Gary Smith, David Barrett, & Aki Kumar - It Takes Three
8. Jack Broadbent - On The Road Again

9 July 2015


The Blues Room, 8 July 2015
Episode #493

Happy birthday to one of the coolest cats around. The man that reminded us that, 'it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing!' The late great Louis Jordan (July 8, 1908 – February 4, 1975). Plus some classics from Buddy Guy, Big Mama Thornton, James Cotton, J.B. Hutto and Otis Span. Some NZ blues from Mike Garner, Kokomo and Darren Watson and some new blues from a tribute project by John Primer and friends, and The Betty Fox Band. Enjoy!

1. Buddy Guy - (You Give Me) Fever
2. Big Mama Thornton - Ball And Chain
3. James Cotton - Cotton Crop Blues
4. J.B. Hutto & His Hawks - Too Much Alcohol
5. Mike Garner - Cool Town Woman
6. Kokomo - I'll Do Anything
7. Darren Watson - Slow Cooker
8. Louis Jordan - I Want You To Be My Baby
9. Otis Span - Blues Is A Botheration
10. John Primer feat. Shemekia Copeland - Got My Mojo Working
11. The Betty Fox Band - Solid Ground

4 July 2015

#492 :: Darcy Perry Performs Live On Air

The Blues Room, 1 July 2015
Episode #492

Darcy Perry presents his monthly Hour Of Blues Power on The Blues Room this week. 
He treats us to some live blues on air as well as his eclectic mix of blues and beyond. He mentions the International Blues Day event being hosted in Auckland, stay tuned for more details.

1. Eric Bibb - In My Father's House
2. BB King - Everyday I Have The Blues
3. The Eagles - Witchy Woman
4. Darren Watson - Love Ain't No Game
5. Michael Burks - Cross Eyed Woman
6. Bobby Blue Bland - Yield Not to Temptation 
7. Jeff Healey - While My Guitar Gently Weeps 
8. Bob Dylan - You Gotta Serve Somebody
9. Leon Bridges - Coming Home
10. Dizzy Gillespie - Mama's Blues (Mrs Dizzy's Blues)
11. Darcy Perry & Nate Taiapa - You Gotta Believe 
12. Fleetwood Mac - Albatross

25 June 2015

#491 :: Darren Watson Interview

The Blues Room, 24 June 2015
Episode #491

Darren Watson (pictured right) phones in to The Blues Room in this episode to talk about his Shoot Up Your Televisions NZ tour with Matt Langley which kicks off Friday 26th June. I'll be catching them at Nivara Lounge in Hamilton. Get tickets here. You won't be disappointed! 

1. Darren Watson - I Wanna Be With You 
2. Thee Rum Coves - Baby Please
3. Darcy Perry - Eleven Long Years
4. Darren Watson - Planet Key
5. Darren Watson - I Got Your Office Right Here
6. Albert King - Breaking Up Somebody's Home
7. Rufus Thomas - The Breakdown (Part 1)
8. The Meters - Stop That Train
9. Darren Watson - Hungarian Rhapsody For A Kiwi Fulla

21 June 2015

Darren Watson (blues) and Matt Langley (alt-folk/country) start their 'Shoot Your Television' tour.

Real Deal Productions are pleased to announce the winter tour of 2015 for lovers of great roots music!

Wellington blues musician Darren Watson and Dunedin alt-folk/country troubadour Matt Langley are teaming up to encourage people to 'shoot their televisions', get their thumbs off their iPhones, and check out some of New Zealand's finest original music LIVE in concert this winter.

Darren Watson and Matt Langley's Shoot Your Television Winter Tour will visit towns and cities across New Zealand from late June to mid July playing bars, cafes, halls, and house concerts.

You can book at Eventfinder simply by clicking on the show you wish to attend below.

Darren has brought us great songs about New Zealand's current Prime Minster, John Keys.

18 June 2015

#490 :: Interview with Nick Atkinson of Hopetoun Brown (Supergroove)

The Blues Room, 17 June 2015
Episode #490

Nick Atkinson of Hopetoun Brown is our guest on The Blues Room tonight. Together with Tim Stewart these guys were (and still are) the horn section for Supergroove, that catchy funky arty band of the 90s who brought us hits like Can't Get Enough and Sitting Inside My Head.

Hopetoun Brown are on tour and roll into Hamilton this Friday 19 June. Bring your instrument of choice down to the Nivara Lounge on Friday night and be prepared to join in on the bluesy songs at the end of their sets and YOU GET IN FOR FREE!

1. Lightnin' Hopkins - The Howling Wolf
2. Supergroove - Can't Ger Enough
3. Hopetoun Brown - Demanding Blues Free Download
4. Hopetoun Brown - Knitted Into My Bones Free Download
5. Nigel Spiers - The Thrill Is Gone
6. Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble - Shake For Me
7. Taj Mahal - Built For Comfort
8. Howlin' Wolf - Chocolate Drop
9. Howlin' Wolf - Sitting On Top Of The World

Hopetoun Brown Are Coming To Town

By day they're the Supergroove horn section. 
By night they stalk the streets, their antique wind instruments shrieking wildly.

Often playing without amplification the pair measure each bar like a lumberjack aims his axe. Nick Atkinson's big clarinet supports Tim Stewart's heavy trumpet tone, a sound hefty enough to bend a bough. Boots stomp and the crowd hollers as Stewart's powerful voice soulfully bellows out hits like Demanding Blues and Road Runner Rocks. Join the pair on tour through out New Zealand during June/July 2015.

If you've ever seen Supergroove perform you may have noticed the bouncing horn section of Tim Stewart and Nick Atkinson. The pair have recently formed a band called Hopetoun Brown which revolves around Tim's big soulful voice coupled to the deep tones of Nick's bass clarinet.

Back in their school days Nick and Tim fell in love with the unique sounds of New Orleans after seeing The Dirty Dozen Brass Band march down Queen Street. "It was the rhythms that drew you in" reflects Tim who goes on at length about the large amounts of stone-cold funk pouring from the assorted horns that fateful day. Since then they've worked on their chops sharpening their skills on that classic Southern repertoire, but late last year something happened that changed their sound. Tim started to sing that Big Easy classic Saint James Infirmary. When the bass clarinet picked out the bass-line Hopetoun Brown was born. "There's such a natural balance between Tim's voice and sound of the low clarinet" says Nick. "They're very complementary, almost complete."
Since then they've been gigging around central Auckland haunts like the Portland Public House, Golden Dawn, The Wine Cellar and the Leigh Sawmill where they were able to do an extra late session out by the briar recently. "Once we got stomping there was gravel flying everywhere" says Tim gleefully.