30 November 2012

The Blues Room # 358 Michigan Curve

I received a promo CD from a band I'd never heard of before, Michigan Curve. I have to say, it was the best presented and produced promo CD I have ever received and thats why I played the darn thing all the way through on this episode of The Blues Room!! Great tracks Michigan Curve; did I list them all correctly?
Episode 358, 28
1. Taj Mahal - Good Morning Miss Brown
2. The Mannish Boys - Carpet Bagger Blues
3. Louis Myers - Tribute To The Aces
4. Henry Gray - Everybody's Fishin'
5. Professor Longhair - In The Wee Wee Hours
6. Michigan Curve - Numptie Blues
7. Michigan Curve - Show Me A Sign
8. Michigan Curve - Driving In My Car
9. Michigan Curve - ?
10. Flavio Guimaraes with Peter Madcat - Muddy's Ukelele
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22 November 2012

The Blues Room 357 White Ribbon Day - Make A Stand Against Men's Violence Towards Women

Those who know me know that I am a supporter of the White Ribbon Day campaign. This episode highlights some WRD events happening here in New Zealand. 

 What are you doing to end violence towards women and children? 

 Episode 357, 21 November 2012 
1. Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee - Please Dog Your Woman 
2. Chris Daurte Group - Violence 
3. Mike Garner - Why A Woman Gets The Blues [NZ] 
4. Lil' Ian Goodsman - Keep Your Hands Off Her [NZ] 
5. Billy TK Junior Interview from Good Morning Show 
6. Billy TK Junior and the Groove Shakers - Love Me All Over [NZ] 
7. Billy TK Junior and the Groove Shakers - Which Way Is Up [NZ] 
8. Billy TK Junior and the Groove Shakers - 
9. Keb Mo - It Hurts Me Too 
10. Slim Harpo - Got Love If You Want It 
11. Memphis Gold - Homeless Blues 
12. Rich Delgrosso and John Toro Richardson - She's Sweet 

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16 November 2012

The Blues Room # 355 LIVE Blues Recordings

LIVE recordings of Blues for you in this episode with a couple of sweet new tunes to The Blues Room collection from Holly and the Bluebenders, thanks John!
1. SRV  and Double Trouble - In The Open
2. Dr. John - Cold Shot
3. Fiona Boyes with Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin - Run Here Mama
4. Holly and the Bluebenders [NZ]
5. Holly and the Bluebenders [NZ]
6. James Harman Band - Dance By Yourself
7. Muddy Waters Band - 19 years Old
8. Eddie Cotton - Funky Good Time
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10 November 2012

3rd Artist Announcement from Byron Bay's Bluesfest

Can it get any better? It just might! One more announcement to go, but check this 3rd announcement out. Thats one BIG line-up right there!

The Blues Room # 355 Double Happy

A double dose of BLUES BLUES! Enjoy Enjoy!
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Episode 355, 7 November 2012
1. James Cotton - Fire Down Under The Hill
2. James Cotton - Rocket 88
3. Joe Bonamassa - When the Fire Hits the Sea
4. Joe Bonamassa - Wild About You Baby
5. Jon Cleary - Popcorn Pop Pop
6. Mary Flower with Jon Cleary on piano - Raise The Devil
7. Junior Wells - The goat
8. Junior Wells and his Chicago Blues Band with Buddy Guy - Tobacco Road
9. Mavis Staples - a Dying Mans Plea
10. Mavis Staples - Last Train
11. Robert Cray Band - Fix This
12. Robert Cray Band - Smoking Gun (LIVE)
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The Blues Room # 354 Live It Up!

I really dig the new stuff from Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones with Dennis Gruenling on harmonica, awesome stuff. Support them when they come to your town to play, get out and see them, buy their CDs, and have a great time - Live It Up! 
Episode 354, 31 October 2012
1. *Duke Robillard - Jump The Blues For Ya
2. *Joan Armatrading - My Baby's Gone
3. Hubert Sumlin and Annie Raines - Rock Me Baby
4. Albert Cummings - Mannish Boy
5. *Chris Isaak - Live It Up
6. Brandon Santini - She's Sweet Like Honey
7. Doctor Ross - The Boogie Disease
8. Doug Demming and The Jewel Tones with Dennis Gruenling - Bella's Boogie
9. Doug Demming and The Jewel Tones with Dennis Gruenling - Think Hard
10. Doug Demming and The Jewel Tones with Dennis Gruenling - Lucky Charm
11. Doug Demming and The Jewel Tones with Dennis Gruenling - Whats It Gonna Take
*Featured artists at Bluesfest Byron Bay
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1 November 2012

The Blues room # 353 New Music From Paul Rishell

Episode 353, 24 October 2012
1. Shemekia Copeland - Mississippi Mud
2. Memphis Slim - You're The One
3. Memphis Slim with Buddy Guy - When Buddy Comes To Town
4. Shemekia Copeland - Ain't Gonna Be Your Tattoo
5. Robert Cray - Trouble And Pain
6. Pinetop Perkins - Sitting On Top Of The World
7. Andy Santana - Give The Dog A Bone
8. Rick Estrin - Fattening Frogs For Snakes
9. Paul Rishell and Annie Raines - Annie's Rocker
10. Paul Rishell - Big Road Blues
11. Paul Rishell - I'm Gonna Jump And Shout
12. Paul Rishell - Fannin' Street
13. Ruthie Foster - Welcome Home

The Blues Room # 352 Chill Out

Episode 352, 17 October 2012
1. John Lee Hooker feat. Carlos Santana -Chill Out (Things Gonna Change)
2. Clarence Gatemouth Brown - Got My Mojo Working
3. Eric Clapton and Wynton Marsalis - Joilet Bound
4. John Lee Williamson aka Sonny Boy Williamson 1 - Polly Put The Kettle On
5. Kitty, Daisy and Lewis - Polly Put The Kettle On
6. Ronnie Shellist feat. Gerry Hundt - Shoes
7. Rich del Grosso and John del Toro Richardson - Summertime Is Here
8. Rich del Grosso and John del Toro Richardson - Mandolin Man
9. Johnny Young's South Side Blues Band - Stealin' Back
10. Washboard Sam - Diggin' My Potatoes
11. Ole Sonny Boy - You Better Change
12. Joe Bonamassa, Lee Ritenour, Robert Cray - Give Me One Reason

12 October 2012

The Blues Room # 351

Episode 351, 10 October 2012

This is a continuation of 1950s blues from last week's episode. Like I said, its my most favorite era of blues. I'm going to dig out some real 1950s hot shots for you and spin them in coming weeks so stay tuned.

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1. BB King - She's Dynamite
2. Pete 'Guitar' Lewis - Louisiana Hop
3. Icky Renrut (Ike Turner) - Ho...Ho
4. John Lee Hooker - You've Taken My Woman
5. Elmore James and His Broomdusters - Coming Home
6. Rocky Thompson - Bull Corn Blues
7. Eddie Taylor - Don't Knock At My Door
8. Little Walter - Tell Me Mama
9. T-Bone Walker - Blues Is A Woman
10. Little Milton - Lookin' For My Baby
11. Sonny Boy Williamson 2 - Keep It To Yourself
12. Morris Pejoe - Screaming and Crying
13. Johnny 'Guitar' Watson - Three Hours Past Midnight
14. Jimmy Rogers - Chicago Bound
15. Howlin' Wolf - Mr Highway Man
16. Chuck Berry - Let It Rock
17. Muddy Waters - Standing Around Crying
18. Muddy Waters - Mad Love (I Want You To Love Me)

The Blues Room # 350

Episode 350, 3 October 2012

Mr Cool joins me in the sudio aka Tony Kaye for another episode. He represents the Hamilton Blues Society. I have made him an honorary lifetime member of The Blues Room : ) I got on this 1950s trip (again), its my favorite period of blues so I start spinning all this 50s stuff, stay tuned for more from the 50s.

1. Jimmy Nolen - Stollin' With Nolen
2. Bo Diddley - Pretty Thing 3. Guitar Slim & His Band - A Letter To My Girl Friend
4. Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Dirty Work At The Cross Roads
5. Peter Cincotti - St Louis Blues 6. Mahalia Jackson - When The Saints Go Marching In
7. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Pride and Joy
8. John Lee Hooker - Wobbling Baby
9. Otis Rush and His Band - Double Trouble
10. James Cotton feat. Pat Hare - Cotton Crop Blues
11. Jimmy Reed feat. Eddie Taylor - Ain't The Lovin You Baby
12. Johnny Guitar Watson - Space Guitar

1 October 2012

The Blues Room # 349 Interview With Paul Gurney of The DeSotos

Episode 349, 26 September 2012

I interview Paul Gurney (guitar, lead vocals) of The DeSotos band, they are coming to play Biddy Mulligan's in Hamilton on Sunday 30th September. Enjoy!

1. Bob Dylan - Early Roman Kings
 2. The DeSotos - Sat On A Mountain [NZ]
 3. Paul Gurney Talks About The DeSotos [NZ]
 4. Joe Louis Walker and Bonnie Raitt - Low Down Dirty Blues
 5. Koko Taylor - Don't Let Me Catch You With Your Drawers Down
 6. Tab Benoit, Debbie Davies, and Kenny Neal - Down In The Swamp
 7. Earl Hooker - Blues In D Minor
8. Otis Rush - All Your Love (I Miss Lovin')9
9. Muddy Waters with the Rolling Stones - You Don't Have To Go

27 September 2012

The Blues Room # 348

"Tin-eared critics have frequently damned him as a yuppie blues wannabe whose slickly soulful offerings bear scant resemblance to the real down-home item. In reality, Robert Cray is one of a precious few young blues-based artists with the talent and vision to successfully usher the idiom into the 21st century without resorting either to slavish imitation or simply playing rock while passing it off as blues. Just as importantly, his immensely popular records helped immeasurably to jump-start the contemporary blues boom that still holds sway to this day. Blessed with a soulful voice that sometimes recalls '60s-great O.V. Wright and a concise lead guitar approach that never wastes notes, Cray's rise to international fame was indeed a heartwarming one. For a guy whose 1980 debut album for Tomato, Who's Been Talkin', proved an instantaneous cutout, his ascendancy was amazingly swift -- in 1986 his breakthrough Strong Persuader album for Mercury (containing "Smoking Gun") won him a Grammy and shot his asking price for a night's work skyward.
"Robert Cray was born on August 1, 1953 in Columbus, Georgia. An Army brat who grew up all over the country before his folks settled in Tacoma, Washington, in 1968, Cray listened intently to soul and rock before becoming immersed in the blues (in particular, the icy Telecaster of Albert Collins, who played at Cray's high-school graduation). Cray formed his first band with longtime bassist Richard Cousins in 1974. They soon hooked up with Collins as his backup unit before breaking out on their own. The cinematic set caught a brief glimpse of Cray (even if they weren't aware of it) when he anonymously played the bassist of the frat party band Otis Day & the Knights in National Lampoon's Animal House. Cray's Tomato set, also featuring the harp of Curtis Salgado, was an excellent beginning, but it was the guitarist's 1983 set for HighTone, Bad Influence, that really showed just how full of talent Cray was. Another HighTone set, False Accusations, preceded the emergence of the Grammy-winning 1985 guitar summit meeting album Showdown! for Alligator, which found the relative newcomer more than holding his own alongside Collins and Texan Johnny Copeland. Strong Persuader made it two Grammys in two years and made Cray a familiar face even on video-driven MTV.
"Unlike too many of his peers, Cray continued to experiment within his two presiding genres, blues and soul, on sets for Mercury such as Midnight Stroll in 1990, I Was Warned in 1992, and Shame + A Sin in 1993. After switching to Rykodisc in the late '90s, Cray released Take Your Shoes Off in 1999 and Shoulda Been Home in 2001, proving that the "bluenatics" (as he amusedly labels his purist detractors) have nothing to fear and plenty to anticipate from this innovative, laudably accessible guitarist. Touring regularly with the likes of Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan, Cray stayed active in the studio as well, signing with Sanctuary Records and releasing Time Will Tell in 2003, Twenty in 2005, a pair of live albums, Live from Across the Pond in 2006 and Live at the BBC in 2008, and This Time, which was issued by Vanguard Records a year later. Cray released his third live album in four years, Cookin' in Mobile, in 2010. The material that comprised the album was taken from a single performance at the Saenger Theatre in Mobile, Alabama in February of that year. The Kevin Shirley-produced Nothin But Love, a solid outing featuring narrative songs that circle around the trials and tribulations of love, appeared in 2012. (taken from http://www.allmusic.com/artist/robert-cray-mn0000830425)
Episode 348, 19 September 2012
1. BB King with Robert Cray - Playing With My Friends
2. BB King with Eric Clapton - The Thrill Is Gone
3. Jimmy Vaughan, Robert Cray, BB King, Buddy Guy, Dr. John - Tick Tock
4. Robert Cray Band - Too Many Cooks
5. Robert Cray Band - Right Next Door (Because Of Me)
6. Robert Cray Band - When The Welfare Turns Its Back On You
7. Robert Cray Band - Won't Be Coming Home
8. Robert Cray Band - You Belong To Me
9. Robert Cray Band - Blues Get Off My Shoulder
10. Otis Rush - Its My Own Fault Baby

The Blues Room # 347

Clayton Doley is Australia's finest Hammond organist and is quickly gaining international recognition as one of the top new players on the world stage. His fierily bluesy virtuosity has earned him spots on on some of the worlds biggest festivals including Montreal International Jazz Festival, Byron Bay Blues Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival and Tremblant International Blues Festival to name a few. I give you a taste of what you can expect on Clayton's new album, 'Desparate Times,' on this episode. Enjoy!
Episode 347, 12 September 2012
1. Mud Morganfield - Loco Motor
2. Memphis Slim - Gotta Find My Baby
3. Booker T. Jones - Rent Party
4. Big Pete Pearson - Natural Ball
5. Champion Jack Dupree - Skit Skat
6. BB King and Bonnie Raitt - Baby I Love You
7. Lucinda Williams - Get Right With God
8. BB King with David Gilmore & Paul Carrack - Cryin' Won't Help You Babe
9. Clayton Doley - Crooked Crawl
10. Clayton Doley - Chicken Shack / How Blues Can You Get
11. Clayton Doley - Seveth Son

8 September 2012

Upcoming Auckland Events

Upcoming Auckland Events
Here are some dates for your diary...
Friday 7th September - Darren Watson; TheFlaming Mudcats - Village Music
Friday 7th September - Los Diablos -Dairy Flat Blues Club
Sunday 9th September - Blues in the Boat House -The Riverhead
Sunday 9th September - Tabasco Tom, Doc White andBroderick Smith - Dairy Flat Blues Club
Wednesday 12 September - Cluband Jam Night - The Winchester
Friday 14th September - The Gunsmiths -New Brew
Saturday 15th - Blue September Blues Show !!FREE!!
Sunday 16thSeptember - Blues Showcase - The Riverhead
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The Blues Room # 346 Heritage Blues Orchestra

The Blues Room 346, 5 Sept 2012
I can't remember how I discovered the heritage Blues orchestra but I'm so glad I did. This band is authentic sounding and has so many accomplished musicians in it that its well worth your interest. I start this episode with a new track sent to me featuring the late Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith (an ex-Muddy Waters Band drummer) with Roger 'Hurricane' Wilson. As it turns out, Willie's son, Kenny 'Beedy Eyes' smith is the drummer for Heritage Blues Orchestra!
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Click here for more info about Heritage Blues Orchestra and to get free download: http://www.heritagebluesorchestra.com/home.cfm
1. Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith - and Roger 'Hurricane' Wilson - Born In Arkansas
2. Paul Rishell - Big Road Blues
3. Robert Lockwood Jr and Carey Bell - I'm A Steady Rollin' Man
4. Heritage Blues Orchestra (HBO) - Clarkesdale Moan
5. HBO - C-Line Woman
6. HBO - Big Legged Woman
7. HBO - Catfish Blues
8. HBO - Go Down Hannah
9. HBO - Get Right Church
10. HBO - Hard Times

The Blues Room # 345 Mitch Kashmar LIVE AT LABATT

The Blues Room 345, 29 Aug 2012
I put together tracks from Mitch Kashmar's live performance at Labatt for this episode. Mitch is one of my favorite harmonica players. Mitch and Kim Wilson along with Rick Estrin are in my opinion the best at top end playing. Enjoy!
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Mitch Kashmar: vocals & harmonica
John Marx: guitar
Jimmy Calire: piano
Steve Nelson: bass
Tom Lackner: drums

“…Californian Kashmar bursts out…drawing intensity out of original material about women and drink as skillfully as anyone emoting through Marine Bands today.” – Downbeat

“Kashmar is a mighty, tuneful vocalist who also plays trainloads of wicked harp.”– Hittin’ The Note

“Few blues singers, songwriters, & harmonica blowers performing today can top Mitch Kashmar.” – Living Blues

On Friday, August 24, 2007, Mitch Kashmar was invited to perform at the 9th Annual Edmonton’s Labatt Blues Festival in Western Canada, and fortunately for blues fans everywhere, the event was captured for posterity in front of an enthusiastic crowd by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Joining Kashmar on his performances for this release are Pontiax drummer Tom Lackner, bassist Steve Nelson, pianist Jimmy Calire, and former William Clarke guitarist John Marx providing the perfect foil to Kashmar’s dynamic harp playing and emotive vocals. The live concert format allows Kashmar to really stretch out instrumentally and strut his stuff as he runs down a program featuring fan favorites off his two critically acclaimed Delta Groove releases and additional material including “Lollipop Mama,” a tribute to his old friend the late great William Clarke. “It’s the best stuff I’ve ever done!” says Kashmar, and we think you’ll whole-heartedly agree!

Executive Producer: Randy Chortkoff • Recorded live Friday, August 24, 2007 at the 9th Annual Edmonton's Labatt Blues Festival in Edmonton, Canada. Recording courtesy of the Canadian Broadcasting Company• Mastered by Robert Hadley • Mixed by Mitch Kashmar & glen nishida at Pacifica Studios - Los Angeles, CA • Creative Fulfillment President of Delta Groove Music: Robert Fitzpatrick • Artwork, Design & Photography by Joshua Temkin • Liner notes by Jeff Fleenor • Radio & Promotion by Kristal “Blue” McManigal • Retail by Jeff Fleenor • Delta Groove Business Affairs by Malcom Wiseman

31 August 2012

The Blues Room # 344 New Blues Arrivals

New to The Blues Room and hot off the press. Enjoy!

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Episode 344, 22 August 2012

1. Mark Cook - Sweet Sound Of Memphis
2. Mark Cook - Blues Shack
3. Mark Cook - Take It Or Leave It
4. Dave Fields - Addicted To your Love
5. Dave Fields - In The Night
6. Dave Fields with Joe Louis Walker - Doin' Hard Time
8. The Chris O'Leary Band - 377-9189
9. The Chris O'Leary Band - Pictures Of You

17 August 2012

The Blues Room # 343 Free Download: Blues Revue Sampler July 2012

I am subscribed to the Blues Revue email list and received a link to download their first free digital blues sampler for July 2012. I suggest you subscribe to them, go to their website for all the details and to download the whole sampler. In this episode you'll hear a sampling of the sampler. Enjoy.

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Episode # 343, 15 August 2012
1. Phantom Blues Band - Boogah Man
2. Dennis Gruenling feat. Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones - Rockin' All Day
3. Jake Eckert - Come Down To the Blues
4. Oli Brown - I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know
5. Anthony Gomes - One Last Time
6. Royal Southern Botherhood - New Horizons
7. JW Jones - Heartbreaker
8. Selwyn Birchwood - The Way You Wiggle
9. Lloyd Jones - Bend In The River
10. Lil' Ronnie And The Grand Dukes - Can't Buy Me Love
11. Lisa Mann - Kings Of Black Gold

10 August 2012

The Blues Room # 342 Ronnie Shellist Interview

“Ronnie is a mighty fine player and I ain’t lyin!”
– Charlie Musselwhite

“ Ronnie has a style on the harmonica all his own. This is his debut CD
that many people have been waiting for…you’re going to like it!“
– Kim Wilson

If you dig blues harmonica, great solid tunes, and something a little different to all the 'same old same old' stuff thats out there please check out what Ronnie Shellist is doing over at http://www.harmonica123.com/, http://www.ronnieshellist.com/, and at http://www.youtube.com/RonnieShellist. Ronnie has a new album out called 'til Then and I recommend you get yourself a copy. (Read this review)

I caught up with Ronnie to talk all about what hes done, what hes currently doing, and what hes about to do - subscribe to his newsletter via his website to stay informed!

Enjoy the interview and the music. This is Blues Harmonica!!

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Episode 342, 8 August 2012
1. Gary Primich - Satelite Rock
2. Ronnie Shellist - Knockin'
3. Gary Primich - School Of Hard Knocks
4. Kim Wilson - Smokin' Joint 96
5. William Clarke - Blowin' Like Hell
6. Soul 7 feat. Kim Wilson - Juke
7. BB King - Why I Sing The Blues
8. Jeremy Vasquez and Ronnie Shellist: The Shuffletones - Married To The Blues
9. Otis Span - It Must Have Been The Devil
10. Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee - Harmonica Hop
11. Norton Buffalo - Harmonica Mambo
12. Bacon Fat - Juicy Harmonica
13. Jeremy Vasquez and Ronnie Shellist: The Shuffletones - Walk Around The Block
14. Ronnie Shellist - 'til Then
15. Ronnie Shellist - One Day
16. Ronnie Shellist - Mook
17. Ronnie Shellist - Shoes
18. Ronnie Shellist - Found You
19. Ronnie Shellist - Eyesight To The Blind

7 August 2012

The Blues Room # 341 WE ARE NOW FREE!

This is The Blues Room's first episode on the new frequency, 89.0 (89 point Zero).
Our station has also changed its name to Free FM (it was Community Radio Hamilton).
Check out their new website: http://www.freefm.org.nz/

On this episode we have Tony Kaye of HBS in the studio with us again and we feature music from Juke Joint Jonny (a Blues Leaf recording artist), and Ash Grunwald who is touring NZ at present.

Episode 341, 1 August 2012
1. Tab Benoit - Fast and Free
2. Fried Bourbon - Nine Below Zero
3. Little Freddie King - Got Tha Blues On My Back
4. Juke Joint Jonny - Come On Up
5. Juke Joint Jonny - Going To Mississippi
6. Juke Joint Jonny - Juke Joint Boogie

7. Ash Grunwald - Nervous
8. Ash Grunwald - Ramblin' Man
9. Ash Grunwald - When You Need 'Em

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28 July 2012

The Blues Room #340 This Ain't No Blues Headache!

Listening to blues, thats what we like to do on The Blues Room, right? Can I get an AMEN?!
Stay tuned for an interview with Ronnie Shellist in about two weeks! A great harmonica player/teacher from Denver. Oh, and remember to change your radio dial to 89.0FM if you're in the mighty Waikato, we make the switch over on 1 August. I'll reveal our new station name then!! Exciting stuff!

Episode 340, 25 July 2012
1. The Mannish Boys - Born Under A Bad Sign
2. Ronnie Shellist - Eyesight To The Blind
3. Darcy Perry Band - Night And Day [NZ]
4. Walter Trout - The Sky Is Fallin' Down
5. Larry Miller - Road Runner
6. Tail Dragger & Bob Corritore - So Ezee
7. Gary Primich - Comments / Been Around The World / My Back Scratcher
8. Joe Louis Walker - I Won't Do That
9. Pinetop Perkins - 4 O'Clock In The Morning

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Community Radio Hamilton is changing its name and frequency. What will this mean for fans of The Blues Room?

In April 2011 the 89FM (Hamilton, NZ) licence expired, and sat unused while the Ministry for Culture and Heritage developed new allocation criteria. In October 2011 the Ministry announced that Community Radio Hamilton was the successful applicant [see Waikato Times coverage].

The frequency has had a number of users in its 25 year history. Initially it hosted University of Waikato student station Radio Contact, who renamed themselves Contact 89FM and started broadcasting on FM in 1986. In 1997, for reasons relating to student politics, the frequency licence was leased to other operators, and over the last several years has been on sold to a number of other operators - including The Generator, Backbeat FM and Rush FM. None of these stations have really delivered on the conditions of the licence, which described simply were to provide a radio station primarily for the use, development and entertainment of tertiary students.
The Waikato Students Union [WSU] attempted to get the frequency back from recent operator Backbeat FM, but this was unsuccessful and most recently the “ownership” changed again, passing to the operators of Rush FM.

What will this change from FM106.7 and AM1206 over to 89.0FM mean for listeners of the LIVE broadcast of The Blues Room on Wednesday nights? Nothing except a better reception and wider coverage. Listeners just need to change to 89.0FM to get the show from 1st August 2012. Thats all. Simple and sweet!

I can't tell you what the new name will be yet, but I will on The Blues Room come 1 August!!!

26 July 2012

The Blues Room # 339 Lynwood Slim and The Igor Prado Band

When Brazilian blues masters mix with a West Coast blues master the results are fantastic! This album by Lynwood Slim and the Igor Prado Band is a great buy. Head over the Delta Groove Productions and check out more about this and many other great bands. In the mean time enjoy a sampling of great tunes from the aforementioned plus fine covers of 'Walk Right In' and 'Easy Baby' in this episode.

Episode 339, 18 July 2012

1. Billy Boy Arnold - Just A Dream
2. Charlie Musselwhite - Azul Para Amparo
3. Taj Mahal - Good Morning Miss Brown
4. Otis Taylor - Walk Right In
5. Joe Louis Walker - I'm On To You
6. Fiona Boyes, Mookie Brill & Rich Delgrosso - Easy Baby
7. Shoeshine Johnny - So Glad I Found You
8. Lynwood Slim and The Igor Prado Band - Shake It Baby
9. Lynwood Slim and The Igor Prado Band - My Hat's On The Side Of My Head
10. Lynwood Slim and The Igor Prado Band - Little Girl
11. Lynwood Slim and the Igor Prado Band - Show Me The Way

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Two continents collide as California native Lynwood Slim teams up with the premier jump blues outfit from Brazil, the Igor Prado Band, for a surprisingly tasteful and swingin' set of music featuring the smoldering guitar acrobatics of left-handed, upside-down guitarist Igor Prado. The result is a tantalizing cocktail blend of American roots music hand-shaken and served straight up that's guaranteed to go down smooth!

LYNWOOD SLIM: Armed with an impressive catalog of iconic recordings, Slim's own uniquely cool blues meets jazz approach has landed him international acclaim and endeared him to an audience around the globe with a devout affection for California Blues. His mastery of blues harmonica - both the "little harp" and the more difficult chromatic - is second to none. He is also one of the finest blues vocalists of his generation. His first hand experience and apprenticeship under veteran blues masters such as multi-instrumentalist Leonard "Baby Doo" Caston and harmonica giant Big Walter Horton has served him well as he has mastered the subtleties of tone and phrasing, and developed his own distinctive voice in the blues.

IGOR PRADO BAND: The Igor Prado Band has been quietly but steadily gaining their reputation as the foremost authority and leading practitioners of 1940-50s style Chicago/Jump Blues. Based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the band (all of whom are still in their twenties) is comprised of two brothers; Igor Prado on guitar and Yuri Prado on drums, bassist Rodrigo Mantovani and saxophonist Denilson Martins. The Igor Prado Band has become an increasingly popular and in demand unit for supporting many of today's blues elite while touring South America. They have backed such highly esteemed artists as Eddie C. Campbell, Steve Guyger, James Wheeler, Phil Guy, Mud Morganfield (eldest son of Muddy Waters), R.J. Mischo, Gary Smith, Mark Hummel, Mitch Kashmar and Rick Estrin.

13 July 2012

The Blues Room # 338 New From Oli Brown

I had the pleasure of interviewing Oli Brown last year when Simon Vare of Yellow Eye Music Ltd brought him through Hamilton, NZ. What a pleasant young man and an extremely talented musician. I received a few new tunes from Simon to play for you on this episode of The Blues Room, hope you like them. Let me know what you think!!


Episode 338, 11 July 2012

1. Buddy Guy - Living Proof
2. Darren Watson - A Desperate Man [NZ]
3. Joe Louis Walker - Ride All Night
4. Anders Osborne - When Will I See You Again
5. Pete Fountain featuring Jeremy - Save Me
6. Oli Brown - All We Had To Give
7. Oli Brown - Solid Ground
8. Oli Brown - Like A Feather
9. Shakura S'aida - Mr Right
10. Louisiana Red and Little Victor's Juke Joint - Alabama Train
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9 July 2012

The Blues Room # 337 Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials

Slide guitar master and Alligator Records band are featured on this episode, including some interveiw material of Lil' Ed talking about himself, his band and their music. This Chicago blues band have been together well over 20 years!!! WOW! That beats many Hollywood marriages!

For more about Lil' Ed and Alligator Records (and for some FREE downloads) visit: http://www.alligator.com/

Episode 337, 4 July 2012
1. Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials - Jump Right In
2. Hound Dog Taylor and The Houserockers - Give Me Back My Wig
3. Ana Popovic - Slideshow
4. Joe Bonamassa - So, Its Like That
5. Michelle Simpson - Bad Luck Happens In Threes
6. Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials - Life Is A Journey
7. Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials - If You Change Your Mind
8. Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials - No Fast Food
9. Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials - Weatherman
10. Muddy Waters - Long Distance Call
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28 June 2012

The Blues Room # 336 New Blues From Albert Castiglia

New tunes from Albert Castiglia (pronounced "ka-STEEL-ya") in this epsiode for you blues guitar lovers. Albert's new album, out now on Blues Leaf Records, is called 'Living The Dream' and it stands up to both Albert's and Blues Leaf's high standard of quality blues. A wizard on guitar and equally magical on vocals, Albert doesn't hold back on this rockin' blues album. He can really rock it out when he wants and yet bring it all down and beautiful too. A brilliant album! Enjoy. 

Episode 336, 27 June 2012
1. Albert Castiglia - Freddie's Boogie (Instrumental)
2. Albert Castiglia - Hoo Doo Man Blues
3. Albert Castiglia and Graham Wood Drout - Ghosts of Mississippi
4. Albert Castiglia - Catfish
5. Albert Castiglia - Fat Cat (Instrumental)
6. Albert Castiglia - Livin' The Dream
7. Albert Castiglia - Public Enemy #9
8. Albert Castiglia - Lovin' Cup
9. Albert Castiglia - Walk The Back Streets
10. Joe Louis Walker and Bonnie Raitt - Low Down Dirty Blues
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Albert 'Springing the Blues 2003', Jacksonville Beach, Florida

22 June 2012

The Blues Room # 335 Gary Primich: Just A Little Bit More

The first time I heard Gary Primich CDs I knew this guy was gonna teach me alot about blues harmonica, and I was right! He never ceases to amaze me with his control, tone and creativity of blues harmonica playing. Although Gary has passed on already to that great jam in the sky, his legacy lives and his music is well worth seeking out, I kid you not, he was a modern master! I spotlight his playing and a new release from him on this episode. The new album is called 'Just A Little Bit More' and it features great accompaniment by Omar Kent Dykes (another great blues man!). All details about Gary and this new album can be found at http://www.garyprimich.com/. Enjoy!

Episode 335, 20 June 2012

1. Gary Primich - Dallas Texas
2. Norton Buffalo and the Knockouts - Hoodoo Roux
3. Carlos del Junco - Junko Partner
4. Little Charlie and the Nightcats - Too Close Together
5. Johnny Wright and Steve Rusin - I Was In St. Louis
6. Billy Boy Arnold - I Wish You Would
7. James Cotton - Thats All Right
8. Gary Primich - Caravan
9. Gary Primich - Indiana
10. Gary Primich - Satelite Rock
11. Gary Primich - House Rockin' Party
12. Gary Primich - One Room Country Shack
13. Gary Primich - Down In Mississippi
14. Bacon Fat - Juicy Harmonica
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15 June 2012

The Blues Room # 334

Nate is joined by president of Hamilton Blues Society, Tony Kaye, once again for another Blues mix. Enjoy! 

Episode 334, 13 June 2012

1. Magic Sam - All Of Your Love
2. Mike Garner - When I Was A Boy
3. Fenton Robinson - Texas Flood
4. The Jimmy Rogers All-Stars - Don't Start Me Talking
5. Freddie King - You've Got To Love Her With A Feeling
6. Howling Wolf - Leave Here Walking
7. Chris Isaak - My Baby Left Me
8.The Jimmy Rogers All-Stars - Worried Life Blues
9. Walter Trout - Money Rules The World
10. Blues Etilicos - Texas Frogs
11. Li'l Ronnie And The Grand Dukes - Rockin'

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8 June 2012

The Blues Room # 333 Little Wolf

Every now and again I get sent to me a real fine CD from somewhere in this big world of ours. A few weeks ago that didn't happen, oh no, I didn't get one fine CD I got TWO!!! Thought you should hear what I've just discovered. Firstly, LittleWolf featuring Kristi Bess Clanton and Steve Lott. A great blend of sophistication and raw blues energy. And secondly, the best of The Steve Lott Band - rockin' good blues thats sure to hit the spot! The opening acts are great on this episode too!!! Your moneys here people or you do have a hole in your soul!! : )

"Kristi Bess Clanton, announces her arrival—and impressively—on this sampler. A singing star since childhood in Texas, she has blossomed into a great slide-steel guitarist and songwriter for LittleWolf. Her voice is simply spectacular. She can handle anything from a traditional blues shout to a heartbreaking ballad with the ease of a true artist. Tough as overdue rent or smooth as 20 year old bourbon…she can kill you with one note.

"…Steve Lott is the other principal singer/writer/guitarist in LittleWolf. Having toured the world extensively and released two award winning albums in Australia in 1999 and 2001, he came home to Texas to work with Kay Kay Greenwade (Kay Kay and The Rays) and Johnny Rawls in 2004. In 2009, after returning home from yet another two year road trip to New Zealand and Australia, a chance meeting between Clanton and Lott sparked off what is now LittleWolf. A new band. "

Episode 333, 6 June 2012

1. Johnny Winter Mojo Boogie
2. Lonnie Mack with Stevie Ray Vaughn - Double Whammy
3. George Thorogood and the Destroyers - Willie Dixon's Gone
4. Carlos Del Junco and the Blues Mongrels - Mojo
5. The Reverendos - Route 66
6. Memphis Gold - Picking In High Cotton

7. Little Wolf - Gone By Morning
8. Little Wolf - The Low Water Crossing
9. Little Wolf - Twenty Lies Ago
10. The Steve Lotts Band - Money Don't Care
11. The Steve Lotts Band - Bad Information
12. The Steve Lotts Band - Tamborine Walk (HOT!)

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5 June 2012

The Blues Room # 332 Guest Interview with Brent Strathdee

I can't think of a better way to end New Zealand Music Month 2012 than to interview a new and upcoming blues hotshot homegrown in New Zealand!!! Introducing 'Mr S' aka Brent Strathdee. Brent shares all about his musical journey to date and about some of his projects. You can check out more of his music here: http://soundcloud.com/bridgemode_records. I also drop some great new tunes from Delta Groove Productions label by Nathan James and The Rhythm Scratchers!

Episode 332, 30 May 2012 

1. Bob Dylan - Its All Good
2. Eddie Tigner - Please Send Me Someone To Love
3. Mr S - Can't Be Satisfied [NZ] !HOT!
4. Interview with Brent Strathdee
5. Steve Earle - South Nashville Blues
6. Justin Townes Earle - One More Night In Brooklyn
7. Nathan James and The Rhythm Scratchers - Chosen Kind
8. Nathan James and The Rhythm Scratchers - Black Snakin' Jiver
9. Nathan James and The Rhythm Scratchers - Pretty Baby Don't Be Late
10. Nathan James and The Rhythm Scratchers - Blues Headache

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26 May 2012

The Blues Room # 331 More Harmonica Hotshots

Outstanding new harmonica driven blues from RJ Mischo here released on Delta Groove Productions, one of the best labels bringing us fantastic West Coast blues.
Episode 331, 23 May 2012
1. The Mannish Boys - California Blues
2. The Matthew Skoller Blues Band - Down At Your Buryin'
3. Little Charlie and the Nitecats - Too Close Together
4. Charlie Musselwhite - Take Me Back
5. Sugar Blue - Pontiac Blues
6. James Harman Band - Blues Walked In
7. Harpdog Brown and the Bloodhounds - How Come?
8. RJ Mischo - The Biscuit Is Back
9. RJ Mischo - All Over Again
10. RJ Mischo - Papa's S.T. Special
11. RJ Mischo - The Frozen Pickle
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18 May 2012

The Blues Room # 330 Soul Shot!!

Heres a real soul shot for you! From some great female Chess recording artists, through to some great soulful guitarists and on to wrap it up with some new soulful tunes from Curtis Salgado, he was the guy who was the inspiration behind John Belushi's creation of the Blues Brothers characters in the late 1970s.

Episode 330, 16 May 2012

1. Sugar Pie DeSanto - Soulful Dress
2. Darcy Perry Band - Soul Of A Man [NZ]
3. Ronnie Earl - I Am With You
4. Etta James - I Wish Someone Would Care
5. Mighty Sam McCain - All We Need Is Love
6. Dave Specter - Soul Serenade
7. Lil' Band O Gold with Robert Plant - It Keep Rainin'
8. Luther 'Guitar Junior' Johnson - Talkin' About Soul
9. Curtis Salgado - Baby, Let Me Take You In My Arms
10. Curtis Salgado - A Woman Or The Blues
11. Curtis Salgado - He Played His Harmonica
12. Ana Popovic - Soulful Dress
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FRIDAY 18 MAY 2012, 9.15pm
VUE BAR, Skycity, Hamilton.

Catch three bands made up of some of the finest local blues musicians.

Hamilton Riverrocker All Stars

Double Vision Blues

A unique night out... not to be missed!

11 May 2012

The Blues Room # 329

More blues, less chatter in this episode! Great guitar masters here, brilliant homegrown cover of Muddy Waters by Mr S, and three new tunes in a row by Walter Trout, rockin! 

Episode 329, 9 May 2012

1. Muddy Waters - You Need Love
2. Matt 'Guitar' Murphy - Whats Up With You Baby
3. Bonnie Raitt - Give It Up Or Let Me Go
4. Son House - Empire State Express
5. Lightnin' Hopkins - Mojo Hand
6. Mr S - Can't Be Satisfied [NZ]
7. Clarence Gatemouth Brown - Cross My Heart
8. Rory Gallagher - Should've Learnt My Lesson
9. Big Jack Johnson - Hummin' Blues
10. Walter Trout - The Sky Is Fallin' Down
11. Walter Trout - Blues For My Baby
12. Walter Trout - Blues For Modern Daze
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