26 September 2019

#711 : Final Show with LIVE Jam (25 Sept 2019)

After 13 years of bringing you a weekly Blues Room show each Wednesday evening on Free FM, year in and year out, 52 weeks a year, with no holiday breaks (or holiday pay lol) we bring this labor of love - or as my father would say, 'community service' - to an end. I wish to thank you ALL for your wonderful support, your friendship, and your generosity shown me over the years. I couldn't have done it on my own. To bring it all to a close I invited a few excellent local musicians up into the studio to jam live to air and that's exactly what they did. And we even had birthday cake to celebrate my birthday! Thanks guys! I dedicate this episode to the memory of my musical mentor, my Dad (Bardia Pine Taiapa), and to our blues brother, Max McDonald.

Be sure to tune in to The Blues Machine with Mark 'Fatt Max' Hill each Wednesday on Free FM.

This is Nate signing off, thanks guys, that is in deed a wrap!

18 September 2019

#710 :: Belly Fulla Blues With Fatt Max (18 Sept 2019)

The final episode of Belly Fulla Blues with Fatt Max. We thank Mark 'Fatt Max' Hill for all his support and great shows he's hosted. He takes over from October with his own show called, The Blues Machine. We have our final episode of The Blues Room next week and it'll be a LIVE to air blues jam with a special appearance of Fatt Max plus many seasoned blues musicians from in and around Kirikiriroa so come back!

1. The Allman Brothers Band – Wasted Words 
2. T Bone Walker – I Gat A Break Baby 
3. Shaw Davis & The Black Ties – Tales From The West 
4. Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry – John Henry 
5. Muddy Waters – Rollin’ & Tumblin’ 
6. Chris Armour Quartet – Kira 
7. Peter Parcek – Things Fall Apart 
8. Darcy Perry Band – I don’t Need You No More 
9. Damon Fowler – Running Out Of Time 
10. Joe Bonamassa – Bridge To Better Days 
11. Popa Chubby – Dirty Diesel 
12. Ruzz Guitars Blues Review – Mine All Mine 
13. Guitar Shorty – I’m Gonna Leave You 
14. John Mayall – Nobody Told Me

14 September 2019

#709 :: Acoustically Blue (11 Sept 2019)

Mostly acoustic blues in this episode. Be sure to enter the draw to win a copy of Greg Copeland's new CD. And be sure to catch him on tour around New Zealand during Oct-Nov 2019. And stay locked to The Blues Room for the final episode of Belly Fulla Blues. From October Fatt Max will be hosting The Blues Machine on FreeFM, 10pm NZ time so be sure to tune in. 

1 Greg Copeland - Brown-Eyed Handsome Man
2 Gerry Hundt (Acoustic) - Make Me a Pallet
3 Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee - Better Day
4 Big Bill Broonzy - Tell Me Who
5 Darren Watson - Every Morning
6 Darcy Perry & Craig Bracken - Walk in the Sun
7 Mike Garner - You Gonna Wreck My Life
8 Lightnin Hopkins - Last Night
9 Mississippi Fred McDowell - Shake 'Em on Down
10 David Honeyboy Edwards - Big Fat Mama
11 Li'l Chuck The One Man Skiffle Machine - I Call On Jimmy Reed
12 Sugar Blue - Another Man Done Gone
13 Fiona Boyes, Mookie Brill, and Rick del Grosso - Early In The Morning
14 Duke Robillard with Jerry Portnoy - Left Handed

8 September 2019

#708 :: Songs That Influenced The Rolling Stones (4 Sept 2019)

Its a celebration of the songs that influenced the Rolling Stones and 
Fatt Max is Diggin' Deeper to find those songs. Enjoy!

1. Howlin’ Wolf – Little Red Rooster 
2. Buddy Holly – Not Fade Away 
3. Blind Boy Fuller – Get Your Ya Ya’s Out 
4. Muddy Waters – Just Make Love To Me 
5. Robert Wilkins – That’s No Way To Get Along 
6. Barrett Strong – Money 
7. Joe Williams – Confessin’ The Blues 
8. Robert Johnson – Stop Breaking Down Blues 
9. Lead Belly – Midnight Special 
10. Big Mama Thornton – Hound Dog 
11. Jackie Brenston – Rocket 88 
12. B B King – Every Day I have The Blues 
13. Elmore James – It Hurts Me Too 
14. Little Walter – Key To The Highway 
15. Fats Domino – Blue Monday 
16. John Lee Hooker – I’m In The Mood 
17. Wilbert Harrison – Kansas City 
18. Little Richard – Good Golly Miss Molly 
19. Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown – Okie Doki Stomp 
20. Muddy Waters – Rollin’ Stone 
21. Little Walter – Just Your Fool 

31 August 2019

#707 :: The Blues Done Made Me Drunk (28 Aug 2019)

"I see no whiskey but the blues done made me drunk." ~ Johnny Young

Blues is a tonic for whatever ails you. 
I could play the blues and then not be blue anymore. ~ B. B. King

Corey Harris - Moosemilk Blues
Johnny Young's South Side Blues Band - Kid Man Blues
Billy Boy Arnold - Whiskey, Beer And Reefer
Buddy Guy - Whiskey, Beer & Wine
Pinetop Perkins - Just Keep On Drinking
Jimmy Rodgers - Sloppy Drunk
Bob Margolin - Brown Liquor
The Flaming Mudcats - Drinking My Life Away
George Thorogood & the Destroyers - One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
Robert Garret - Quit My Drinkin 
J Geils Band - Serves You Right To Suffer

22 August 2019

#706 :: Another Belly Fulla Blues With Fatt Max (21 August 2019)

This week: Fatt Max serves up another great selection of modern blues with some old gems in the mix to help keep the blues alive. From the Roots of the Blues to the Fruits of the Blues

1. Billy Price – Working On Your Chain Gang 
2. Bobby Rush – Good Stuff 
3. Heather Newman – She Sure Looks A Lot Like Me 
4. Laura Collins & The Back Porch Blues Band 
5. Laura Collins & The Back Porch Blues Band 
6. Texas Storm – White Room 
7. Texas Storm – Cheap Sunglasses 
8. Bonita & The Blues Shacks – Hottest Wings In Town 
9. Misty Blues – Mountain Blu 
10. Shady Frank – Crossroads 
11. Sugar Queen & The Straight Blues Band – Give Sugar 
12. Michael Lee – Go your own way 
13. Vanya Sky – Hard Working Woman 
14. Muddy Waters – Hoochie Coochie Man 
15. Albert King – Born Under A Bad Sign 
16. Muddy Waters – Got My Mojo Working

17 August 2019

#705 :: More Tunes From the 88s (14 August 2019)

More tunes from the 88s.

1 The Blues & Boogie Kings w/ Mitch Kashmar - Route 66
2 Maria Muldaur with Doc John piano - Don't You Feel My Leg
3 Milt Buckner - Red Red Wine
4 Taj Mahal - Built For Comfort
5 Jan Preston - The Boogie Gal
6 Oscar Peterson - C Jam Blues
7 Muddy Waters w/ Otis Spann, Mike Bloomfield & Paul Butterfield - Blow Wind blow
8 Henry Gray - That Ain't Right
9 Champion Jack Dupree - When I'm Drinkin'
10 Art Neville (Tribute To Fats Domino) - Please Don't Leave Me
11 Van Morrison - Worried Blues / Rollin' And Tumblin'
12 Otis Spann - It Must Have Been The Devil

8 August 2019

#704 :: Digging Deeper with Fatt Max (7 August 2019)

Fatt Max explores a set of really old jug, kazoo and cowbell type traditional old school blues 
from a collection called, 'Good Time Blues.' 

1. Mississippi Jook Band – Hittin’ The Bottle 
2. Mississippi Jook Band – Skippy Whippy 
3. Memphis Jug Band – Mary Anna Cutoff 
4. Memphis Jug Band – Gator Wobble 
5. Memphis Jug Band – Mistreated Washboard Blues 
6. Charlie Burse – Baby You Win 
7. Charlie Burse – Oil It Up And Go 
8. Georgia Browns – Tampa Strut 
9. Georgia Cotton Pickers – Diddle Da Diddle 
10. Georgia Cotton Pickers – She’s Coming Back Day 
11. Big Joe And His Washboard Band - If You Take Me Back 
12. Big Joe And His Washboard Band - I’m Through With You 
13. Big Joe And His Washboard Band - When You Said Goodbye 
14. Big Joe And His Washboard Band - I Love You Baby 
15. Buddy Moss – Struggle Buddie 
16. Buddy Moss – I’m Sittin’ Here Tonight 
17. Mississippi Jook Band – Dangerous Woman 
18. Mississippi Jook Band – Barbeque Bust 
19. Peter Chatman – Digging My Potatoes 

3 August 2019

#703 :: Interview with Australia's Queen of Boogie Woogie, Jan Preston (31 Aug 2019)

I interview the lovely, the talented, the real deal JAN PRESTON on air The Blues Room. 

NZ Tour - Aug, 2019
In her show '88 Pianos i have known', pianist extraordinaire JAN PRESTON, together with her band, shares with us her passion for pianos. Projected images combine with unforgettable biographical stories, original songs and piano trio music, which will move you from tears to laughter. Underpinned by Jan’s thrilling virtuosity (together with her trio) audiences will be tapping and clapping, and may leave never looking at a piano in quite the same way again! Check @thebluesroomnz on FB for NZ tour details or http://www.janpreston.com/event-directory/

Coup D'etat – Doctor I Like Your Medicine
Jan Preston - Wild Women
Jan Preston - Gold Coast Boogie
Jan Preston - Blues and the Boogie
Walter Trout with John Mayall - Mayall's Piano Boogie
Theophilius Beckford - Easy Snapping
Booker T and the MGs – Green Onions
Anthony Geraci feat Willie J. Laws - Baptized In the River Yazoo
Victor Wainwright - Boogie Depression
Pinetop Perkins - Murmur Low
Jimmy Smith feat George Benson - I'll Drink to That

27 July 2019

#702 :: LIVE Recording Wednesday :: Robert Johnson Covered By Blues Greats (24 July 2019)

More than 100 years ago, a child was born in Mississippi – a dirt-poor, African-American who would grow up, learn to sing and play the blues, and eventually achieve worldwide renown. In the decades after his death, he has become known as the King of the Delta Blues Singers, his music expanding in influence to the point that rock stars of the greatest magnitude – the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, the Allman Brothers – all sing his praise and have recorded his songs. Here's an hour of live recordings of great artists covering Robert Johnson songs. From the Roots of the Blues to the Fruits of the Blues.

1 Eddie Taylor - Kind Hearted Woman
2 Lloyd Spiegel - Love in Vain
3 Jose Luis Pardo & The Mojo Workers - Stones In My Passway
4 Leo 'Bud' Welch - Dust My Broom
5 Peter Green Splinter Group - Steady Rollin' Man
6 John Hammond and John Lee Hooker - Come On In My Kitchen
7 Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Hubert Sumlin & Jimmie Vaughan - Sweet Home Chicago
8 Son House - Interview
9 Son House - Terraplane Blues
10 Paul Butterfield's Better Days - Walkin' Blues
11 Johnny Shines - They're Red Hot (Hot Tamales)
12 Charlie Beale feat. Robert Johnson - Stop Breakin' Down Blues 

18 July 2019

#701 :: Another Belly Fulla Blues With Fatt Max (17 July 2019)

Fatt Max with another killer selection. Enjoy!

1. Brandon Santini – Don’t come around here 
2. Big Bill Morganfield – Bloodstains On The Wall 
3. Taj Mahal – Checking Up On My Baby 
4. Shane Speal & The Snakes – Hard Times & Cigarettes (From The Album Stay Primal 
5. Shaw Davis & The Black Ties – Fire Inside 
6. Seasick Steve – That’s All 
7. Sugar Pie Di Santo – Hello San Francisco 
8. Katie Knipp – Santa Cruz Blues (from 2018 album take it with you) 
9. Liz Mandeville – Bad Blues Habit (from album the stars motel) 
10. Myles Goodwyn – Last Time I’ll Ever Sing The Blues 
11. Rev Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Cant Pay The Bill 
12. Tiny Legs Tim – Victory 
13. Snooky Pryor – Judgement Day 
14. Guitar Shorty – Im Gonna Leave You 
15. A C Reed & Bonnie Rait – Shes Fine

11 July 2019

#700 :: These Women Know The Blues (10 July 2019)

New, hot blues (and beyond) from women on the blues scene today. Enjoy!

1 Tanika Charles - Tell Me Something
2 Tedeschi Trucks Band - Signs, High Times
3 Joanne Shaw Taylor -The Best Thing
4 Ivy Ford - Time To Shine
5 Gaye Adegbalola - The Griot & Liearrhea
7 Ina Forsman - Get Mine
8 Bonita & The Blues Shacks - Momma's Goin' Dancin'
9 Mary & Amanda Gordon - Lord, I’m in Your Hand
10 Rosie Flores - Love Don't Love Nobody
11 Nancy Wright - I Don't Want No Man (Live)
12 Katarina Pejak -Turtle Blues
13 Heather Newman - She Sure Looks A Lot Like Me
14 Cherry Divine - Rockabilly Chick

7 July 2019

#699 :: Digging Deeper with Fatt Max :: Country Blues (3 July 2019)

Fatt Max is Diggin' Deeper into the blues archives with this episode of early country-blues gems by Henry Thomas, Jaybird Coleman, Kokomo Arnold and Ramblin’ Thomas... just to name a few.

1. Henry Thomas – Fishing Blues 
2. Willie Thomas – Never Drive A Stranger From Your Door 
3. Clifford Gibson – Don’t Put That Thing On Me 
4. Papa Charlie Jackson – The Cats Got The Measles 
5. George Torey – Lonesome Man Blues 
6. Memphis Jug Band – This Will Bring You Back 
7. Hambone Willie Newbern - Roll and Tumble Blues 
8. Otto Virgial - Little Girl In Rome 
9. Blind Joe Reynolds - Married Man Blues 
10. Bobby Grant – Lonesome Atlanta Blues 
11. William Moore - Ragtime Millionaire 
12. Jaybird Coleman – Man Trouble Blues 
13. King Solomon Hill – My Buddy Blind Papa Lemon 
14. Kokomo Arnold – Old Original Kokomo Blues 
15. Tom Dickson – Labor Blues 
16. Texas Alexander – Section Gang Blues 
17. Ramblin’ Thomas – Poor Boy Blues 

29 June 2019

#698 :: LIVE Recording Wednesday :: Kai Strauss & The Electric Blues All Stars (26 June 2019)

This show is jammed packed with awesome artists starting out with Ruth Wyand who plans a return to NZ soon. Check out what's she's doing with her one woman show here. And my co-host, Fatt Max aka Dr Jellybone, gets acoustic for us, check out his latest new release on bandcamp, it's FREE! Flaming Mudcats are in the mix, their new new album, 'Cut Loose', is doing well. And to end the show a new track from Watermelon Slim, going out to my sister Sarah as she starts starts her Dry July. You got this Sarah! 

In this episode we feature music from Kai Strauss & The Electric Blues All-Stars, a band consisting of European blues musicians. Although this band grow up in Germany, they are equally as authentic sounding as their American musical counterparts and heroes. Strauss has earned a solid place in the hearts of the blues community over the past 25 years. 

"Even as a teenager, I was infected by the music of Buddy Guy, BB King or Jimmie Vaughan," says the guitarist and singer, who is now considered in the European scene as one of the big names, according to the magazine Bluesnews.

Four German Blues Awards (including Best Guitarist 2018, Best Band 2016), TV appearances, music magazine covers and concerts in more than 20 countries are notable benchmarks in Strauss' career.

Please check out Kai Strauss & The Electric Blues All-Stars's 'Live In Concert' album, it gets 5 out of 5 stars from me. Nate Taiapa (The Blues Room)

Ruth Wyand - Better Off Alone
Dr Jellybone Slim (Jellybone Blues) - Angry Rain
The Flaming Mudcats - Easy to Please
Kai Strauss & The Electric Blues All Stars (Live In Concert)
Gotta Let You Go
Ain't Gonna Ramble No More
Get The Ball Rolling
Highway Blues
Let Me Love You Baby
Shades Of Earl (Tribute To Ronnie Earl & Earl Hooker)
Watermelon Slim - Too Much Alcohol

22 June 2019

#697 :: Another Belly Fulla Blues with Fatt Max (19 June 2019)

Fatt Max brings together another excellent mix of blues roots, and blues fruits, throws them all in the same pot and serves it all up. Hmmmm, very tasty! Enjoy.

1. Jeremiah Johnson – Straitjacket 
2. Lightnin’ Hopkins & Sonny Terry – Got To Move Your Baby 
3. Mike Zito – Redbird
4. Milligan Vaughn Project – Driving You 
5. Rolling Stones – I Gotta Go 
6. Lil Chuck The One Man Skiffle Machine – Whiskey & Ginger 
7. John Ginty & Aster Pheonyx – Mr Blues 
8. Swamp Thing – How Long 
9. The Bennett Brothers – Walk With The Devil 
10. Tiny Legs Tim – Second Round 
11. Billy Boy Arnold – I Ain't Got You 
12. Rick Estrin & The Night Cats – Calling All Fools 
13. Slim Harpo – I’m A King Bee 
14. Albert King – Travelling to California 
15. Skip Easterling – Hoochie Coochie Man 

18 June 2019

#696 :: Dr. John Tribute (12 June 2019)

Malcolm John Rebennack Jr. (November 20, 1941 – June 6, 2019) aka Dr. John, Rock N Roll Hall of Fame inductee, 6 time Grammy winner, songwriter, composer, producer and performer, created a unique blend of music which carried his hometown New Orleans at its heart, as it was always in his heart.

Dr. John Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya
Dr. John with Rickie Lee Jones - Makin' Whoopee!
Johnny Winter with Dr John - Walking On Gilded Splinters
Dr. John - Right Place, Wrong Time
Dr. John - Memories Of Professor Longhair
Dr. John - Wade In The Water
Dr. John - Desitively Bonnaroo
Dr. John - Revolution
Dr. John - Mama Roux
Dr. John with Preservation Hall Jazz Band - Winin' Boy Blues
The Rolling Stones with Dr. John - Let It Loose

6 June 2019

#695 :: Digging Deeper with Fatt Max - The Juke Joints (5 June 2019)

Fatt Max celebrates the Juke Joint music of the 1920s. Enjoy!

1. Fats Waller – All That Meat and No Potatoes 
2. Lil Green – Romance In The Dark 
3. Peetie Wheatstraw – Gangster’s Blues 
4. Blind Joe Fuller – Good Feeling Blues 
5. Georgia White – Mama Knows What Pappa Wants 
6. Big Bill Bronzy – Shine On Shine On 
7. Jay McShann – Vine Street Boogie 
8. Big Bill Bronzy – When I Been Drinking 
9. Sonny Boy Williamson – War Time Blues 
10. Jazz Gillum – Key To The Highway 
11. Art Tatum – Battery Bounce 
12. Sister Rosetta Tharpe – There Is Something Within Me 
13. Georgia White – Come Around To My House 
14. Sonny Boy Williamson – I Been Dealing With The Devil 
15. Big Bill Bronzy – Rocking Chair Blues 
16. Peetie Wheatstraw – Look Out For Yourself 
17. Tommy McLennan – Whiskey Head 
18. Ollie Shepherd – Cool Kind Papa

2 June 2019

#694 :: Tryin' To Make A Living - 2019 Releases (29 May 2019)

A musical mix of 2019 releases. 

1 Colin Linden & Luther Dickinson w/ The Tennessee Valentines feat. Rachael Davis - Careless Love
2 Bob Corritore feat. Sugaray Rayford & Junior Watson - Trying To Make A Living
3 Christone 'Kingfish' Ingram feat. Buddy Guy - Fresh Out 
4 Gary Clark Jr. - Dirty Dishes Blues
5 Albert Castiglia - Too Much Seconal
6 Alexis Evans - It's Not Wrong
7 Joanne Shaw Taylor - I'm Only Lonely
8 Dr Jellybone Slim - Jellybone Boogie
9 Jimmie Vaughan - No One To Talk To (But The Blues)
10 Mary Lane - Leave That Wine Alone
11 Tedeschi Trucks Band - Signs, High Times
12 The Duke Robillard Band - Yes We Can
13 Brandon Santini - Drive You Off My Mind
14 Blues Etilicos - 3.000

22 May 2019

#693 :: Another Belly Fulla Blues with Fatt Max (15 May 2019)

Blues at it's best, with Fatt Max. Here's another Belly Fulla of Blues! Enjoy! 

1. Seasick Steve – Dog House Boogie 
2. The Bennet Brothers – Hold On Tight 
3. Tas Cru – Fool For The Blues 
4. Mary Lane (Travellin Woman) – Some People Say Im Crazy 
5. Sugaray Rayford (Somebody Save Me) – I’ll Kill For You Honey 
6. Brandon Santini (The Longshot) – Heartbreaker
7. James & The 407 Bug – Scary Cat Eye Blues – Cigar Box Blues 
8. Belinda Gent – On the Edge – Cigar Box Blues 
9. Midnite Johnny – Betcha By Now 
10. John Mayall – Nobody Told Me 
11. Anthony Rosano & The Conqueroos - Proud of my Sins
12. Shaw Davies & The Black Ties – Take My Hand 
13. Jimmy Reed – You Got Me Dizzy 
14. Credence Clearwater Revival – Before You Accuse Me

10 May 2019

#692 :: She's Got Her Mojo Working (8 May 2019)

These blues woman certainly have their mojo working! Much respect to all the women making music, and all the mother's making their house a home. Happy Mother's Day!

1 Ally Venable - Love Struck Baby
2 Big Nancy - Bring It On Home (To Me)
3 Ann Cole with the Suburbans & Orchestra - Got My Mojo Working
4 Jane Lee Hooker - Mannish Boy
5 Marcia Ball - Get You a Woman
6 Pauline Rogers - I'm Just A Woman
7 Mavis Staples - Love and Trust
8 Ruthie Foster - My Kinda Lover
9 Janiva Magness - I Need A Man
10 Casey Hensley feat. Laura Chavez - Hot! Hot! Hot!
11 Candi Staton - Close To You
12 Gina Sicilia - He Called Me Baby
13 Shemekia Copeland - Wrapped Up In Love Again
14 Dee's Honeytones - Treat Me Like A Queen
15 Latasha Lee & The BlackTies - Win her heart
16 Karise Eden - I'd Rather Go Blind
17 Michelle Evil Gal Wilson

2 May 2019

#691 :: Diggin' Deeper with Fatt Max (1 May 2019)

Fatt Max brings another episode of legendary blues from the 1920s-1930s. Enjoy.

1. Blind Lemon Jefferson – One Dime Blues 
2. Blind Lemon Jefferson – Beggin’ Back 
3. Blind Lemon Jefferson – Rambler Blues 
4. John Lee Williams – Better Cut That Out 
5. Brownie McGhee – Be Good To Me 
6. Blind Boy Fuller & Sonny Terry – Harmonica & Washboard Breakdown 
7. Bukka White – Fixin’ to Die Blues 
8. Ishman Boogwey – Trouble Hearted Blues 
9. Skip James – I’m So Glad 
10. Bo Carter – My Pencil Wont Write No More 
11. Robert Johnson – Love In Vain 
12. Blind Boy Fuller – Good Feeling Blues 
13. Lonnie Johnson – Life Saver Blues 
14. Otto Virgial – Little Girl In Rome 
15. Henry Thomas – Fishing Blues 
16. Texas Alexander – Texas Gang Blues 
17. Freddie Spruell – Lets Go Riding 
18. Luter Huff – 1951 Blues 

26 April 2019

#690 :: LIVE Recording Wednesday :: Tommy Castro & The Painkillers (24 April 2019)

Whether he’s squeezing out the deepest blues or playing the funkiest soul grooves, legendary blues and soul giant Tommy Castro knows how to ignite a crowd. Over the course of his still-unfolding career, the guitarist, vocalist and songwriter has released 15 albums ranging from horn-fueled soul and R&B to piping hot blues to fiery rock ‘n’ roll. He’s performed all over the world, earning countless fans with his legendary, sweat-drenched, exhilarating live shows. Castro’s band, The Painkillers—bassist Randy McDonald, drummer Bowen Brown  and keyboardist Michael Emerson—have now been playing together over four years. After hundreds of live shows, they have coalesced into one of the telepathically tightest units Castro has ever assembled, making them one of the most in-demand live roots music acts performing today. Billboard says the band plays “irresistible contemporary blues-rock” with “street-level grit and soul.”

With the group seemingly hitting new heights with every performance, Castro knew the time was right to answer his fans’ demands for a live album. Killin’ It–Live captures the band at the peak of their creative and improvisational powers, and features one unforgettable, unpredictable performance after another. “This is the best band we’ve ever had,” says Castro. We really got something going on beyond just being good musicians. Every song we play live now has that right feel—all the dynamics. It allows us to jam out more on stage. Killin’ It–Live is what you hear when you see us live.”

Featuring songs from throughout Castro’s career, Killin’ It–Live was produced by Castro and engineer/songwriter Ron Alan Cohen and recorded at venues in Texas, New York, Michigan and California during 2018. The album includes eight Castro originals spanning his entire career and two Castro-ized covers, each showing a slightly different side of his multifaceted musical personality. From fan favorites She Wanted To Give It To Me and Make It Back To Memphis to newer classics like Lose Lose and Two Hearts to Taj Mahal’s arrangement of Sleepy John Estes’ Leaving Trunk (a song Castro has never recorded before but has been playing live for years), Killin’ It–Live is a nonstop, spirited mix of blues, rock and soul, with rollicking, hypnotic grooves fueled by Castro’s animated, fervent vocals.

1. Make It Back To Memphis
2. Can't Keep A Good Man Down 
3. Leaving Trunk 
4. Lose Lose 
5. Calling San Francisco 
6. Shakin' The Hard Times Loose 
7. Anytime Soon 
8. She Wanted To Give It To Me 
9. Two Hearts
10. Them Changes

20 April 2019

#689 :: Another Belly Fulla Blues with Fatt Max (17 April 2019)

Fatt Max delivers another action packed episode of Belly Fulla Blues. He also includes an interview with Big T and The Dirty Tones who had their album release party last month. Enjoy!

1. John Lee Hooker – Boom Boom 
2. Darcy Perry Band – Just Can’t Help It 
3. Led Zeppelin – You Shook Me 
4. Swamp Thing – Bumping & Grinding 
5. T Bone Walker – 2 Bones and a Pick 
6. Big Daddy Wilson – Deep In My Soul 
7. Big T & The Dirty Tones – C’Mon 
8. Big T & The Dirty Tones – Wasp 
9. Lil Chuck The One Man Skiffle Machine – Whiskey and Ginger 
10. T Model Ford – The Duke 
11. Otis Spann – Got My Mojo Workin’ 
12. Koko Taylor – Never Trust A Man 
13. Eddy Clearwater – Sugar Baby 
14. Katie Henry – Roll Away 
15. Anthony Rosano & The Conqueroos - Bound to You 

11 April 2019

#688 :: Right By My Side Blues Mix (10 April 2019)

No waffle, just an hour of great modern blues.

1 Blues Etilicos - Bulldog
2 Kate Lush Band - Good Good Love
3 Brandon Santini - Evil (Is Going On)
4 Netto Rockfeller feat. Kid Andersen, June Core, Jim Pugh & Whitney Shay - Troubles, Troubles 
5 Rosie Flores - Drive Drive Drive
6 Ray Allen - Girl Crazy
7 Bonita & The Blues Shacks - Southern Girl Northern Boy
8 Raphael Wressnig - One Mo' Time
9 Li'l Chuck The One Man Skiffle Machine - Right By My Side*
10 Stef Paglia - Mistery Heaven
11 Tomiko Dixon - I'm Ready
2 Big Daddy Wilson with Laura Chavez_Deep In My Soul
13 Sugaray Rayford-Somebody Save Me
14 Kai Strauss - This Game Ain't Worth Playing No More

*Artist Spotlight - Li'l Chuck The One Man Skiffle Machine
Li'l Chuck captures a vintage country blues sound you'd swear you were in a 1950's Juke Joint.
Hailing from the UK and currently living in Christchurch, New Zealand, David Thorpe aka Li'l Chuck has been playing music for more than 25 years. His new album, and his third release, 'MONO' features a blues focused, foot-stompin', upbeat array of 14 tracks all recorded in one day in the UK. Li'l Chuck lays down the harmonica, resonator guitar, vocals, kick drum and hi hat all by himself. He is in the truest sense a one man band. It's well worth checking out at: https://www.backyardmusic.co.nz/

7 April 2019

#687 :: Digging Deeper with Fatt Max (3 April 2019)

Fatt Max digs deep in this episode. So many legends here. Enjoy!

Son House - Walking Blues 
Son House - My Black Mama 
Son House - Delta Blues 
RL Burnside - Little Babe 
Charley Patton - Spoonful Blues 
Frank Stokes - Nehi Mama Blues 
William Harris - Bullfrog Blues 
Rube Lacy - Mississippi Jailhouse Groan 
Bo Carter - Corina Corina 
Muddy Waters - I Be’s Troubled 
Blind Willie McTell - Stomp Down Rider 
Mississippi John Hurt - Blue Harvest Blues 
Blind Boy Fuller & Sonny Terry - Fox Chase 
John Williams - Welfare
Bukka White - Pinebluf Arkansas 
Robert Petway – Catfish Blues

30 March 2019

#686 :: LIVE Recording Wednesday :: Eric Bibb with Staffan Astner, Troubadour Live (2011) (27 March 2019)

A logical follow-up to the highly acclaimed Live a Fip album, this is another exploration of the very best of Eric Bibb’s repertoire. The superb blend of Staffan Astner’s fascinating electric guitar work with Eric’s delicate acoustic licks, the piano of guest Glenn Scott and soulful vocals of gospel trio PSALM4 (Paris Renita, AndrĂ© De Lange & Scott), all contribute to the making of a true musical gem.

Purchase it from EricBibb.com

1. Katalin's Introduction
2. The Cape
3. Introducing Staffan Astner
4. New Home
5. Troubadour
6. Shavin' Talk
7. Walkin' Blues Again
8. Tell Riley
9. Connected
10. New World Comin' Through
11. Thanks For The Joy
12. For You
13. People Get Ready - Get Onboard

22 March 2019

#685 :: Another Belly Fulla Blues With Fatt Max (20 March 2019)

1. Dr Feelgood - She's In The Middle 
2. T Model Ford – Everything’s Gonna Be Alright 
3. The Who - Daddy Rollin' Stone 
4. Katarina Pejak – Chasing Summer 
5. Ally Venable – Come And Take It 
6. Myles Goodwyn - Brand New Cardboard Belt 
7. John Mayall – The Hurt Inside 
8. Big T & The Dirty Tones – Rainbow 
9. Liz Mandeville – What Is The Truth 
10. Ron Spencer Band – Cold Outside 
11. Thorbjorn Risager – City Of Love 
2. Taj Mahal – Things Are Gonna Work Out Fine 
13. Eric Clapton – Blow Wind Blow 
14. Jon Zeeman – You’re Right I’m Wrong 
15. Cyril Neville – Blues Is The Truth 
16. Savoy Brown – Taste & Try Before You Buy