30 November 2018

#669 :: LIVE Blues Wednesday (28 November 2018)

This episode is a full one. Starting out with tracks by Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, live at Newport Folk fest, 1968. Then some new releases from two NZ artists, Darren Watson, and Ghost That Walks - great artists to see live. Bluefest Byron Bay have revealed another lineup of artists so there's some tracks by three of those artists, Norah Jones, Imelda May and Fantastic Negrito. Then three in a row from the Flaming Mudcats. These guys will be performing LIVE to air next Wednesday 5th December, along with Fatt Max and Darcy Perry so be sure to tune it! And to end this episode we have two tracks from the incredible Melvin Sparks. Enjoy!

Buddy Guy & Junior Wells Blues Band - Introduction (Live at Newport Folk Festival, 1968)
Buddy Guy & Junior Wells Blues Band - One Room Country Shack (Live at Newport Folk Festival, 1968)
Buddy Guy & Junior Wells Blues Band - Checkin' On My Baby (Live at Newport Folk Festival, 1968)
Darren Watson - Hallelujah Rich Man's War (2017 Demo)
Ghost Who Walks - Dreaming About Listening
Norah Jones - Wintertime
Imelda May - Johnny's Got A Boom Boom
Fantastic Negrito - In the Pines
The Flaming Mucats - Moving To the Country
The Flaming Mucats - Show Me Some Love
The Flaming Mucats - Sneaking Around
Melvin Sparks - Miss Riverside (Live At Nectar's)
Melvin Sparks - Cranberry Sunshine (Live At Nectar's)

#668 :: Another Belly Fulla Blues with Fatt Max (21 November 2018)

Fatt Max never fails to satisfy us with his selection of blues. 
Try this one on for size. From go to whoa, this one's a scorcher! Enjoy.

Sean Chambers – Welcome To My Blues 
Jimmy Vaughn – Motor Head Baby 
John Lee Hooker – Dimples 
Ron Spencer Band – Fine Fine Woman 
Mike Zito, Nanja Sky & Bernard Allison – Rocket 88 
Detonics – Route 101 
Hymn For Her – Human Condition 
Henry Gray – I’m A Lucky Lucky Man 
Jimmy Anderson – Baby Let’s Burn E
ldridge Holmes – The Sooner You Realize 
Reloaded – I Pray For You 
Popa Chubby – Cry Till It’s A Dull Ache 
Buddy Guy – All That Makes Me Happy 
Colin James – I Will Remain 
Myles Goodwin Band – Good Man In A Bad Place

17 November 2018

#667 :: Rhythm Bomb Records & Koko Mojo Records Mix (14 Nov 2018)

Rhythm Bomb Records (RBR) is known internationally as one of the most innovative brands in "Rockin Roots" music. After over a decade in the music business, they are known for their passion for quality 1950s style music and their close connection with the rockin szene. 

Rhythm Bomb Records was founded 2003 in Hamburg, Germany and very soon after that established its first vintage recording studio in Berlin, Germany.

Quickly developing a fan base in the rockin szene, the label became synonymous for authentic Rockabilly music. Rhythm Bomb Records rapidly grew into an internationally known brand and opened subsidiaries in London and Los Angeles.

Most recently, they have developed from a traditional record company to a music marketing and promotion agency.

They also have another side, Koko Mojo Records, it's called, "the dark side of Rhythm Bomb Records. The approach of Koko Mojo Records is very simple: to release danceable 1950s Blues/Rhythm & Blues music on vinyl! Its compiled by DJs and their main goal is to make you dance!

Here's an ALL-MUSIC episode featuring some sizzling tracks from very hip bands on the szene, and then some *classics from the groovers and shakers from yesteryears.

The Red Hot Serenaders - Me & My Cauffeur Blues
Andi's Blues Orchester - Statesboro Blues
Gone Hepsville - Show Me That You Can Rock
The Nut Jumpers - Blow Your Top
Nico Duportals Rhythm Dudes feat. Jai Milano - Rocket Girl
The Hoodoo Tones - Do It For The Road
The Railbones - If You Want My Love
Shakedown Tim & The Rhythm Revue - Icepick's Shakedown Th'owdown
Rob Ryan Roadshow - Got My Mojo Working
Shaun Young and The Texas Blue Dots - Baby Stop Your Jivin Me
Dusty Dave & The Heart Attacks - Love-Hate
SaraLee - 1-2-3 He's Mine
Ruzz Guitar's Blues Revue - Mine All Mine
*Jackie Brenston - Trouble Up The Road 
*Juke Boy Bonner - Well Baby 
*Lazy Lester - I Hear You Knockin' 
*David Dean's Combo - Double Freeze
*Big Amos - Move With You Baby
*Van Walker - The Crawl
*Sonny Boy Williams - Another Half A Pint 

9 November 2018

#666 :: Darcy Perry's Last Hour Of Blues Power (7 November 2018)

This is my last Hour of Blues Power. I would like to thank my good friend Nate Taiapa for inviting me as a guest DJ on the Blues Room and everyone in the FreeFM community for tuning in over the past few years to an eclectic mix of blues music, old and new, from around the world. It really has been a special time. On December 5th I will be performing live in the studio to “raise the roof off the sucker” with Nate and some old friends, Mark “Fatt Max” Hill, Craig Bracken and his band The Mudcats.

1. Tama Renata – Once Were Warriors Theme
2. Swamp Thing – Can’t Eat
3. Eddie Vedder – Guaranteed
4. Chuck Berry – No Particular Place to Go
5. Chubby Checker – Let’s Twist Again
6. Matt Andersen – Going Down
7. Susan Tedeschi – Back to the River
8. Quinn Sullivan – Something for Me
9. Billy TK Jnr & The Grooove Shakers – Flyin’ Kiwi Shuffle (Waitara Shuffle)
10. Mike Garner – Brownsville Blues
11. Gary Moore – Still Got the Blues
12. Johnny Cash – God’s Gonna Cut You Down
13. Phillip Sayce Group – You Can Run But You Can’t Hide

In memory of Tama Renata (Herbs, NZ Music Hall of Fame 2012) who died 4th November 2018. Arohanui to the Renata whanau.

3 November 2018

#665 :: The Blues Room Halloween Spooktacular (31 October 2018)

The Blues is full of mystery and evil, voodoo and hoodoo. Here's some for this year's Blues Room Halloween Spooktacular. Beware, it's close to midnight, something evil's lurking from the dark.

Buddy Guy - The Devil's Daughter
Joe Louis Walker - Witchcraft
Bert Deivert & Copperhead Run - Death Letter
Joe Bonamassa - Evil (Is Going On)
Johnny Young & Big Walter - Sleeping With The Devil
Doug MacLeod - Ghost
Lonnie Johnson & Elmer Snowden - Haunted House
Mick Kolassa - Walkin' (Dead) Blues
Mighty Mo Rodgers - Unmarked Grave
Mighty Mo Rodgers - Run Brother Run
Brandon Santini - Evil Woman
Screamin' Jay Hawkins, I Put a Spell on You

#664 :: LIVE Blues Recording feat: Blues Caravan artists Bernard Allison, Vanja Sky & Mike Zito

"This was no ordinary club tour. This was the Blues Caravan 2018. If you’ve followed Ruf’s rolling revue since it started life in 2005, you’ll already know that these shows are must-see events, throwing together three stellar artists on one bill – then letting the chemistry do the rest.

"Traditionally, the Blues Caravan lineup has showcased the label’s breaking talent – from Aynsley Lister to Samantha Fish – and given fans a chance to catch the blues titans of tomorrow before they go ‘boom’. But in 2018, it’s time to mix things up. On this year’s Blues Caravan, you’ll not only find one young gun with a dazzling career ahead of her, but also two heavyweights with a sky-high reputation. Let’s welcome them to the stage… 

This CD / DVD release revives a unique Blues Caravan! A unique live piece to experience the Blues Caravan of 2018 again and again!

The accompanying DVD was recorded on 27.01.2018 at Café Hahn in Koblenz!

Ruf’s tireless dedication to the blues means it hunts far beyond the US and UK for its new signings – and the label has struck gold with Croatian gunslinger Vanja Sky. Channelling the fire and flair of Rory Gallagher, Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan, this 23-year-old hot-tip has already broken out in her home country and bordering Balkan States. On this CD / DVD she presents songs from her first studio album "Bad Penny". Vanja says, „I’m very excited to play on the Blues Caravan 2018,” she says, “and looking forward to meeting a lot of new people and sharing my music with them. My shows are filled with great energy and I always give everything when I’m on stage. I’m gonna play songs from my debut album, and also some cover songs – so people can definitely expect some great music and fun.”

Some surnames command instant respect on the blues scene. As the son of the mighty Luther Allison – the late Chicago blues titan who was Ruf’s first signing back in 1994 – Bernard Allison has added to the family legend and carved out his own mythology as a world-class songwriter and performer. For this year’s Blues Caravan, he’ll be drawing on an acclaimed back catalogue that includes 1997’s US debut Keepin’ The Blues Alive and 2000’s classic Born With The Blues, and slipping between genres as only a master can. “My show is all about sharing my musical talent and presenting different styles like blues, rock and funk. There’ll be lots of energy, because I feed off of my fans and love interacting with them on and off stage. You can expect a fun time – the Allison way!” says Bernard.

If you’re remotely serious about modern blues, you’ll have followed the twists and turns of Mike Zito’s fascinating career. The Missouri-born bandleader overcame his crippling early addictions to become one of modern America’s sharpest songwriters, and few artists have written with such stark eloquence as he did on 2011’s Greyhound album. In 2012, Mike threw us a curveball, lining up alongside Devon Allman and Cyril Neville as a key member of Royal Southern Brotherhood – and went on to stay with the supergroup for two critically feted albums. But the call of his own muse was too strong, and in 2014, Mike burst straight back into his solo career with Keep Coming Back and Make Blues Not War. “I have long wanted to join the Blues Caravan and run away, so I’m excited,” he says. “My shows are energetic and passionate: I try hard to give everything I’ve got and make every note count. You can expect rocking blues guitar, with a dose of soul vocals, and a mix of my best songs.”

To purchase Blues Caravan 2018 please visit the RUF Records Store.

Playlist for this podcast:
Mike Zito, Vanja Sky & Bernard Allison - Low Down And Dirty
Vanja Sky - Do You Wanna
Vanja Sky - Married Man
Mike Zito - Wasted Time
Mike Zito - Make Blues Not War
Bernard Allison - In The Open (Instr.)
Bernard Allison - Rocket 88 
Mike Zito, Vanja Sky & Bernard Allison - The Way Love Was Meant To Be
Mike Zito, Vanja Sky & Bernard Allison - Serious (As A Heart Attack)