27 September 2014

The Blues Room # 452 :: Hallelujah I Love Her So

The Blues Room, 24 September 2014
Episode #452

Happy Birthday Ray Charles - 'The Genius', 'Father of Soul''
(September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004).

1. The Flaming Mudcats - Blue Nun [NZ]
2. Simen Aanerud - Bluekeys Boogie
3. Jimmy Barnes - Hallelujah I Love Her So
4. Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson - I Love The Life I Live, I Live The Life I Love
5. Fathead - I Don't Want To Leave The Party
6. Henry Carpaneto feat. Bryan Lee - Rock Me Baby
7. ZZ Top - Jesus Just Left Chicago
8. Iko-Iko - Ghost Of Mississippi
9. Big Mama Thornton - I Smell A Rat
10. Screamin' Jay Hawkins - I Put A Spell On You
11. Dinah Washington - Big, Long, Slidin' Thing
12. The Black Keys - Gotta Get Away

20 September 2014

The Blues Room #451 :: A Tribute To Muddy Waters From His Son

The Blues Room, 17 September 2014
Episode #451

One of Muddy Waters son's, Mud Morganfield, has teamed up with harmonica legend, Kim Wilson to pay tribute to Muddy Waters - Mud's father! The result is a superb 14 track album of some of Muddy's great tunes. I spin a few tracks from the album here and finish with a very cool modern remix of Mannish Boy. I always wonder what could have been with some of these vintage artists had they lived long enough to collaborate with some of today's modern beat masters. One can only wonder.

Hear an interview with Mud and Kim at NPR.
Visit Severn Records for more about For Pops: A Tribute To Muddy Waters 

1. BB King & Joe Bonamassa - Night Life 
2. Johnny Winter, Muddy Waters, James Cotton - I Done Got Over It
3. Muddy Water & The Rolling Stones - Next Time You See Her
4. B.B. King - 3 O'Clock Blues
5. Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson - Still A Fool
6. Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson - Nineteen Years Old
7. Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson - Trouble No More
8. Muddy Waters - Mannish Boy (Ruckus Roboticus Remix)

Joe Bonamassa Rocked Auckland Town Hall

Credit: Joe Bonamassa (12 Sept 14, Auckland, NZ)
Joe Bonamassa came to play a concert in the Auckland town hall last Friday, it was his first time in New Zealand and I have to say - he rocked!!!! He opened with an acoustic set then rocked it out electric. The place was packed, the sound was loud, and the night was magic! 

I wasn't going to go (being a music lover one has to pick and choose which concerts to go to as it can get pretty expensive) but when a friend offered me a ride I jumped to the opportunity. I'm glad I did! When I got to the venue I needed to purchase my ticket so I left my place in line (I could hear Joe starting up his acoustic set!!) and literally ran to the ticket sales booth. I presenting my credit card and said I needed to purchase a ticket. A sales person asked me if I was there to buy a ticket or pick up a ticket. I said to buy a ticket. She held up a ticket that some one didn't need as their friend had not been able to make it last minute, and she asked if I'd like the ticket, for free! Well hell yeah, YES PLEASE! I thanked them and went in to the concert. The door person looked at my ticket and excitedly said, 'you got the free ticket!' She told me that the person who gave up the ticket would be sitting on my right. 

What a pleasure it was to meet Wayne Alexander of Dunedin, Unfortunately I had no cash to give him in return for the ticket but posting him some blues-rock CDs might be a small way to say 'thank you'! I'm so glad I went to see Joe Bonamassa!!!! Heres a highlight clip I took, not only was Joe's guitar and singing tops, his drummer and percussionist were boss!!!

11 September 2014

The Blues Room #450 :: Joe Bonamassa For The First Time In New Zealand

The Blues Room, 10 September 2014
Episode #450

Joe Bonamassa plays Auckland's Town Hall on Friday 12th September, it will be his first performance in New Zealand. He'll open with an acoustic set then rock it out and get all electrified! I borrow an interview of Joe and his friend Matt Abramovitz from Joe's radio/podcast website: http://thepickupradio.com/ for this episode. I would have loved to have interviewed Joe on the show, but hes a busy guy. Hope you don't mind me using your interview, Joe! Joe talks all about his early experiences as an opening act. Theres a part two on his site too so be sure to check it out here

Get tickets for Joe's New Zealand and Australian shows at the following places:

1. Joe Bonamassa - Slow Train
2. Joe Bonamassa - Mountain Time
Joe Bonamassa (with Matt Abramovitz) talks about being an 'Opening Act'
3. BB. King - The Thrill Is Gone
4. Buddy Guy - Stone Crazy
5. Humble Pie - I'm Ready
6. George Thorogood - Who Do You Love
7. Jethro Tull - A New Day Yesterday
8. Joe Bonamassa - I Know Where I Belong
9. Joe Bonamassa - The Ballard Of John Henry
10. Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa - Someday After A While (You'll Be Sorry)

4 September 2014

The Blues Room #449 :: Another Hour Of Blues Power With Darcy Perry

The Blues Room, 03 September 2014
Episode #449

Darcy Perry selects another great sample of blues from around the world and over the spans of time. Darcy is a strong advocate for Blue September, the annual Prostate Cancer Foundation's national awareness campaign. 

Every year around 600 men die in New Zealand of prostate cancer. That is more than 600 fathers, sons, brothers, grandfathers - gone! This happens because men don’t know how dangerous the disease is, they don’t talk to their doctor about it, they simply don’t do anything about it. This has to stop. Prostate cancer can be prevented if detected early enough.

That’s why Blue September is about getting the word out about prostate cancer. If you buy a blue ribbon, paint your face blue, donate money to the Prostate Cancer Foundation or even tell people, you will be directly helping to lower the death rate and reduce the suffering from this disease.

Find out more about Blue September: http://blueseptember.org.nz/

1. Sonny Boy Williamson and the Yardbirds - 23 Hours Too Long
2. Junior Wells - Use Me
3. Elvis Presley - Long Tall Sally
4. Fleetwood Mac - Rattlesnake Snake Snake
5. Bo Diddley - You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover
6. George Thorogood - I Drink Alone
7. Aretha Franklin - Drinking Again
8. Joe Bonamassa - Different Shades Of Blue
9. Johnny Winter with Joe Bonamassa - Sweet Sixteen
10. Keb Mo - Hand It Over
11. Johnny Cash - The Wreck Of '79