30 July 2011

The Blues Room #288

The Blues Room presnts ..
Music Maker Blues Revue
Episode 288, 27 July 2011

I remember seeing the Music Maker Blues Revue at Byron Bay Bluesfest and absolutely loved them. TRhe line up has changed since then but the fell, the soul and the downhome blues they played has not. One things for sure, if you don't feel what this band or what the Music Make Relief Fund are doing for a) Musician Sustenance - grants to meet basic life needs and emergency relief; b) Musical Development - grants and services for recipient artist professional development and career advancement, and c) Cultural Access - supports the preservation and proliferation of American musical traditions, then yes, you just may have a hole in your soul.

The music featured in this episode reaches a major landmark for MMRF and it occurred when they embarked on their most ambitious Music Maker Revue European tour to date. Seven MMBR artists, including Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen, Pat Wilder, Albert White, Eddie Tigner, Nashid Abdul, Dr. Burt, Ardie Dean and Alabama Slim, traveled across Europe, performing five shows a week for five weeks to spread their talent and dedication to music. Here's part one of a two part series featuring what I want to call 'Blues on a mission'. Be sure to check out the video clips below, the second one is a crack up! Enjoy


1. Watermelon Slim and Super Chikan - I don't wear no sunglasses
2. Thomas Oliver Band - Goin' Home
3. Music Maker Blues Revue feat. Pura Fe' - Borders
4. Music Maker Blues Revue feat. Pura Fe' - Summertime
5. Music Maker Blues Revue feat. Dr Burt - What Can An Old Man Do But
Sing The Blues
6. Music Maker Blues Revue feat. Eddie Tigner - Let the Good Times Roll
7. Music Maker Blues Revue feat. Eddie Tigner - (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66
8. Music Maker Blues Revue feat. Eddie Tgner - Going Down Slow
9. Michael Powers - I Ain't Superstitious
10. Fiona Boyes, Mookie Brill, & Rich Delgrosso - Get Your Nose Outta
My Bizness!


23 July 2011

The Blues Room # 287

The Blues Room presents ...
Episode 287, 20 July 2011

I found a real gem when I discovered 'Pickin' in High Cotton' by Memphis Gold recently. His music blew me away. Such a great delivery from him and his band, I'm still reeling today after playing his music on this episode of The Blues Room. Take a listen to this guy and you'll know why I still love the blues!! Plus you'll hear new tunes from James Cotton, Jimmie Vaughan, Grana' Louise, The Bo Keys, and Seasick Steve ... hmmm, who's new album shall I play next week?

1. Jimmie Vaughan - I Ain't Gonna Do It No More
2. Grana' Louise - Stagger Lee
3. The Bo Keys - Got To Get Back!
4. The Shuffle Tones with Ronnie Shellist
5. Memphis Gold - Pickin In High Cotton
6. Memphis Gold - Don't Take My Blues Away
7. Memphis Gold - Ice Cream Man
8. Memphis Gold - Homeless Blues
9. Memphis Gold - Back Po'ch Tennessee
10. Memphis Gold - How You Gonna Play the Blues
11. James Cotton - With The Quickness
12. Seasick Steve - You Can't Teach an Old Dog New Tricks
13. Lonnie Mack and Stevie Ray Vaughan - Double Whammy


15 July 2011

The Blues Room # 286

The Blues Room presents ...
Episode 286, 13 July 2011

New music from the sweet Samantha Gray in this episode. Born and raised in the working class town of, Ypsilanti, in southeast Michigan, Samantha Gray is a singer, songwriter and visual artist who began her creative journey at a very early age. Although she was raised in the mid-west, Samantha's father and maternal grandparents were from Tennessee. She really embraced her southern roots and has often said that she had the best of both worlds. Samantha was exposed to many different types of music, especially country music and the sounds of Motown.

Samantha's unique voice has been described as soulful, sultry and powerful. Also known for her vintage style and hip shaking performances, she really knows how to engage her audience. Melding the influences of Classic R&B, Blues and Rock'n'Roll, she combines all of these influences into her own brand of Blues and Roots music, which can be heard on her 2010 self-released debut album "Bad Girl Now."

Find out more about Samantha at http://samanthagray.net/

1. Albert Collins - I Ain't Drunk
2. William Clarke - Goin' Steady
3. Grana' Louise - Queen Bee
4. Janiva Magness - Slipped, Tripped, and Fell in Love
5. Carlos del Junco and the Blues Mongrels - Lil' Laptop
6. Samantha Gray - Rock This House
7. Samantha Gray - Memphis Groove
8. Samantha Gray - Nothing But The Blues
9. Samantha Gray - Rock Me Baby
10. Samantha Gray - East Side
11. James Blood Ulmer - Dimples
12. Memphis Gold - Biscuit Boogie


9 July 2011

The Blues Room # 285

The Blues Room presents ...
Human Instinct
Episode 285, 6 July 2011

Peter from Hamilton Blues Society joins me in the studio again to bring you some more outstanding blues, especially from his collection. Plus we call Maurice Greer of Human Instinct to catch up with him about the band and about the Hamilton show the following night at Biddy Mulligans. We also give away 5 double passes to the show - how cool is that!!

About Human Instinct
Incredibly, Human Instinct has been entertaining us over four decades. A band with a reputation for their explosive live performances and for the radical rock they have recorded on seven albums and nearly 30 singles. They have played alongside the giants of British rock and have been described by the music critics as legendary heavyweights of NZ rock.

Sensational lead vocalist and stand-up drummer Maurice Greer remains the heart of Human Instinct and he’s travelled a long road since the late 60s when he was propelled into the limelight as the “teenage wonder drummer”. Inevitably the line-up has changed with the times under his charismatic leadership and has been a vehicle for many of New Zealand’s top musicians.Human Instinct’s sound, a melting pot of heavy psychedelic and blues rock, is absolutely their own. They are characterized by a rock-solid rhythm section, led by Maurice - who with his hands and hair flying in every direction and playing with the verve of a 19 year old, smashes the regimented boundaries often encountered by drummers as he plays his enormous customized stand-up drum kit (including timpanies and gongs) - followed closely by fiery bass grooves and a roll call of ace guitarists. It’s an accomplishment strengthened by their recordings.

1. Buddy Guy - Guess What
2. Gary Moore - Someday Baby
3. The Nudge - Come Home
4. Human Instinct - Ashes and Matches
5. Human Instinct - Midnight Sun
6. Brandon Santini - You Ruined Poor Me
7. Gregg Allman - Just Another Rider
8. RB Stone - The Devils Satisfied
9. Robert Cray - Smoking Gun

2 July 2011

The Blues Room # 284

The Blues Room presents ...
New Music from Urshla George
Episode 284, 29 June 2011

I’m Drivin’ is the second release of blues/roots act Ursula George, of Providence, Rhode Island. It features a collection of female-penned blues tunes of the classic era, as well as a few surprise renditions of the later-day. Receiving particular attention is "You Need (a Whole Lotta) Love," a modern interpretation of the Willie Dixon tune later covered by Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin, now reimagined with a twist.

Lori Urso - Vocals; Rhythm, lead and slide guitar
Marty Richards - Drums, piano and percussion

About the players:
Singer/guitarist Lori Urso has been performing since the early age of seven. She discovered the blues in her teens, and since then her life has been a mission to support and promote blues music, and in particular the female songwriters of the Vaudeville and Classic Blues eras. Her first release - Ursula George, "Blue Basics" (Tommytiger 1999) - met with critical acclaim, and made the rotation of radio stations worldwide, including popular syndicated shows like Acoustic Café, and satellite radio.

Drummer Marty Richards is well known to the New England music scene. A Berklee grad, he began his jazz career with the Gary Burton Quintet, segued into blues, playing with many of the genres finest acts, including Duke Robillard, John Hammond, Kim Wilson and the Blues Brothers, and most recently has taken the drum chair for top rock acts including the J. Geils Band and the Joe Perry Project. He has appeared on more than 100 recordings, but this is the first recording of Marty on piano as well as drums.


Recommended if you like
Bonnie Raitt
Lucinda Williams
Sippie Wallace
Blues: Classic Female Blues
Folk: Folk-Rock

1. Samantha Gray - Bad Girl Now << Watch this space!!
2. Howling Wolf - Rocking The Blues
3. Sonny Landreth - Mojo Boogie
4. Blind Lemon Pledge feat. Tommy Johnson - Big Road Blues
5. Blues Company - Blues in a Bottle
6. Carlos del Junco - Mojo
7. Carlos del Junco - Slick
8. Alan Black feat. Buzz Thompson - I Love to Ramble
9. Gary Moore - Did You Ever Feel Lonely?
10. Ursula George - A Man For Every Day of the Week
11. Ursula George - Honest I Do
12. Ursula George - You Got To Know How
13. Ursula George - You Need (a Whole Lotta) Love