30 November 2016

#565 :: Nate's Hot Picks From 2016

The Blues Room #565
Wednesday 30 November 2016
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0
LIVE stream: http://tunein.com/radio/The-Blues-Room-p446677/

Some of Nate's hot picks from music released in 2016. Enjoy.

Fantastic Negrito - Last Days Of Oakland (Intro) & Working Poor
Santana - Blues Magic
Mavis Staples - MLK Song
John Long - Stand Your Ground
Dennis Gruenling - If You Wanna Rock (You Gotta Have That Roll)
Bonnie Raitt - Unintended Consequence Of Love
Trickbag With Friends Vol. 2 - She's A Killer (Feat. Kim Wilson & Kid Ramos)
Lino Muoio - Bald Man's Stomp (feat. Mario Donatone)
Fiona Boyes - Love Me All The Way
Tedeschi Trucks Band - Let Me Get By
Jane Lee Hooker - Mean Town Blues (Johnny Winter)
Seasick Steve - Walkin' Blues
Kenny Neal - Thank You B.B. King

23 November 2016

#564 :: LIVE Blues Recording :: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

The Blues Room #564
Wednesday 23 November 2016
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0
LIVE stream: http://tunein.com/radio/The-Blues-Room-p446677/

Sharon Lafaye Jones (May 4, 1956 – November 18, 2016) was an American soul and funk singer. She was the lead singer of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, a soul and funk band based in Brooklyn, New York. Jones experienced breakthrough success relatively late in life, releasing her first record when she was 40 years old. In 2014, Jones was nominated for her first Grammy, in the category Best R&B Album, for Give the People What They Want. Among Jones' influences are James Brown, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Thom Bell, Otis Redding, Ike & Tina Turner, Marva Whitney and everyone from Motown. In addition, Jones also cites more recently known artists, such as Michael Jackson, Prince, Erykah Badu and BeyoncĂ©. It was announced on June 3, 2013, that Jones had been diagnosed with bile duct cancer and underwent surgery, which forced her to postpone the release of the group's fifth album, Give the People What They Want. The diagnosis was later changed to stage II pancreatic cancer, for which Jones had surgery on her liver and underwent chemotherapy. The chemotherapy caused hair loss, and for a time she performed bald, refusing to wear wigs.


During the screening of her documentary at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, Jones revealed that her cancer had returned, and that she would be undergoing chemotherapy again. She suffered a stroke whilst watching the 2016 United States presidential election results, blaming Donald Trump, and suffered another stroke the day after the election.

Jones suffered a stroke on election night 2016 and after a second stroke days later died on November 18, 2016 in Cooperstown, New York, aged 60. According to bandmate Gabriel Roth, "She told the people that were [at the hospital] that Trump gave her the stroke. ... She was blaming Trump for the whole thing." 

Some artists shine brighter than their contempories. Sharon Jones was one of those artists. This is a tribute to one of the finest soul-sisters this side of originators. We miss you already Sharon. Thank you for sharing your soul with us.


Live recordings used for this episode come from Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings Live on KEXP & Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Tiny Desk Concert.

100 Days, 100 Nights
People Don't Get What They Deserve
Slow Down, Love
Natural Born Lover
Every Beat Of My Heart
Road Of Broken Hearted Men
These Tears
Stranger To My Happiness
Silent Night
8 Days Of Hanukkah
Big Bulbs
I'm Still Here


16 November 2016

#563 :: Another Belly Fulla Blues With Fatt Max

The Blues Room #563
Wednesday 16 November 2016
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

Fatt Max brings us another great selection of blues tracks, so kick back, relax and turn this one up. This episode of dedicated to all those effected by the New Zealand earthquakes this week. 
You brave, wonderful people, we keep you in our hearts and prayers. 
Donate to those effected by the quakes here.

Colin James – Boogie Funk 
JJ Grey – 99 Shades of Crazy 
R L Burnside – Boogie Chillin’ 
Buddy Guy & Gary Clarke Junior – Blues Don’t Care 
Ben Harper & Charlie Musslewhite – She Got Kick 
Sammy Hagar & Taj Mahal – Winding Down 
Shane Spiel’s Snake Oil Band – Judy Got A Boogie 
Son Seals – Cotton Pickin’ Blues 
W-O-M-A-N – Eta James 
Koko Taylor – Never Trust A Man 
Liz Mandeville – Bad Blues Habit 
Cris Jacobs – Shine Your Weary Light 
Frank Bang & The Cook County Chiefs – Till The Day I Die 
Buddy Guy – Meet Me In Chicago 
Jimmy Reed – You Got Me Dizzy 

9 November 2016

#562 :: Big Road Blues with Jeff Harris (Jookin' – Honkin' Sax From New York Pt. 1)

The Blues Room #562
Wednesday 9 November 2016
9pm-10pm, FreeFM89.0, Hamilton, NZ.

For many years Nate has been following a vintage blues radio show hosted by Jeff Harris called Big Road Blues. Jeff presents his 2-hour show each Sunday from 5 to 7 PM (EST) on WGMC Jazz90.1 (Rochester, NY) and it streams live on the web from http://www.jazz901.org/listen-live/. Jeff has kindly given permission for Big Road Blues to be re-run on The Blues Room each month, on the second Wednesday. This episode here is a classic example of what you'll hear from Jeff; superb tracks, great commentary, and a taste of classic and often rare and forgotten blues. As Jeff's shows are two hours long, Nate will post a link for listeners to check out the second half of his show. For archived shows of Big Road Blues please check out http://sundayblues.org/. So a big thank you goes out to Jeff and we look forward to sharing some of his outstanding shows on The Blues Room.


"Today's show is a part one of our look at some great New York based sax men who's honkin' sound was heard on hundreds of records in the 40's and 50's. This show is one of several sax based shows this year starting a few months ago with a two-part show of Chicago horn men , followed by two spotlighting some great L.A. Horn blowers. Illinois Jacquet is cited as the one who kicked off the era of honkin' sax in 1945 with his famous solo on "Flying Home" while working with Lionel Hampton's band. As Big Jay McNeely said of of the song, "every time we picked up our horns we were just elaborating on that, trying to make it bigger, wilder, give it more swing, more kick. If you want to know where rhythm and blues began, that's it brother." Today we spin some great honkin' sax records, some cut by the horn men themselves and others featuring their raucous playing behind some great blues singers, both well known and obscure. The records were issued on a myriad of small New York independent labels labels such as Atlas, Derby, Coral, Apollo, Groove, Fire/Fury, Savoy and bigger players such as King and Atlantic. Along the way we'll hear some exciting instrumentals and hear them back some terrific blues singers, both famous like Wynonie Harris, Big Joe Turner and Ruth Brown, to the obscure such as Eddie Mack, Mr. Bear and Edna McGriff. Among those featured today are legendary horn men such as Hal Singer and Freddie Mitchell who played on countless sessions as well as recording some exciting sides under their own names. Then there were sax men primarily know for their session work such as the prolific Sam “The Man” Taylor, Budd Johnson and Big Al Sears. There were the sax men who led their own bands and were stars in their own right such as Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Paul “Hucklebuck” Williams, Red Prysock, Earl Bostic and Bullmoose Jackson. Others heard today include the incendiary Noble “Thin Man” Watts, the rising star King Curtis, Willis “Gator” Jackson, Buddy Lucas, Frank Culley and others. On part two we'll spin more great tracks by theses sax men as well as hearing form others such as Sil Austin, Buddy Tate, Charlie Singleton and more. We'll provide some background on some of today's artists and fill in details about the rest next week." Read more at Jeff's site: Sunday Blues

Big Road Blues Show :: Jookin' – Honkin' Sax From New York Pt. 1
And check out Pt. 2 here

1. Hal Singer & Carl Davis - I Feel So Good
2. Hal Singer - Disc Jockey Boogie
3. Wynonie Harris w/ Frank Culley & Hal Singer - I Feel That Old Age Coming On
4. Ruth Brown w/ Freddie Mitchell - I Would If I Could
5. Eunice Davis & Freddie Mitchell Orchestra - Rock Little Daddy
6. Freddie Mitchell - Rockin' With Coop
7. Big Joe Turner w/ Sam Taylor - In The Evening
8. Bull Moose Jackson w/ Sam Taylor - Cherokee Boogie
9. Bull Moose Jackson w/ Red Prysiock - Big Ten Inch
10. Wynonie Harris w/ Red Prysiock - Down Boy Down
11. Red Prysock - Jump Red, Jump
12. Willis Jackson - Good To The Bone
13. Eddie Mack w/ Willis Jackson - Mercenary
14. Big Joe Turner w/ Al Sears - Ti - Ri – Lee
15. Nappy Brown w/ Big Al Sears - Well Well Well Baby
16. Big Al Sears - Marshall Plan 

#561 :: Another Hour Of Blues Power With Darcy Perry

The Blues Room #561
Wednesday 2 November 2016
9pm-10pm, FreeFM89.0, Hamilton, NZ.

1. Bobby 'Blue' Bland - I Wouldn't Treat a Dog
2. Cream - Crossroads (Live)
3. George Thorogood & the Destroyers - Bad to the Bone
4. Darren Watson - It'll Come to Ya'
5. Bob Dylan - Maggie's Farm
6. Cherry Poppin' Daddies - Dr. Bones
7. Henrik Freischlader - Nothin' to Lose
8. Jimmy Thackery & Tab Benoit - Strange Things Happen
9. Bo Diddley - Bring it to Jerome
10. G. Love & Special Sauce - This Ain't Living
11. Bex Marshall - Too Much Rock n' Roll
12. Hound Dog Taylor - Goodnight Boogie
13. Chris Rea - You Can Go Your Own Way
14. Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup - I Love You Baby

28 October 2016

#560 :: LIVE Blues Recording :: Robert Cray Band - 4 Nights of 40 Years Live

The Blues Room #560
Wednesday 5 October 2016
9pm-10pm, FreeFM89.0, Hamilton, NZ.

In this episode of LRW (LIVE Recording Wednesday) we feature the legendary Robert Cray Band. Over the past four decades, singer, guitarist and songwriter Robert Cray has entertained millions across the globe with his brand of rocking rootsy blues, soul-filled ballads and timeless R&B.

Now you experience this too from the comfort of your armchair (or mobile phone) through the album 4 Nights of 40 Years Live. Recorded over four nights at four different venues in Los Angeles, the album showcases the music that spans Cray’s four-decade career. The LP features Cray’s longtime bassist Richard Cousins, keyboardist Dover Weinberg (who was in Cray's first band) and drummer Les Falconer (O'Jays, Keb 'Mo), as well as vocalist Kim Wilson, harmonica player Lee Oskar, tenor saxophonist Trevor Lawrence, trumpeter Steve Madaio and saxophonist Tom Scott. Cray grew up listening to the gospel of the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, Bobby Bland's soul, Jimi Hendrix's rock guitar and the Beatles pop sounds.

His group went on to win five Grammy Awards, sell millions of records and sell out concert halls, festivals and large arenas around the world.

Four years ago, Cray was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. 

The first disc is billed as the “Main Feature.” Recorded last December at several L.A. rehearsal halls and venues, Cray’s current line up of bassist Richard Cousins, drummer Les Falconer and keyboardist Dover Weinberg are augmented by saxophonist Trevor Lawrence and trumpeter Steve Madio of Paul Butterfiedl and Stevie Wonder fame. Producer Steve Jordan adds percussion to give the band a full R&B flavor with extra bottom. From the opening track “I Shiver” it’s apparent that both Robert’s voice and guitar work are still as soulful as his fans have come to expect. Guest vocalist Kim Wilson turns in a fine performance on “Wrap It Up,” which was a huge hit for the Fabulous Thunderbirds in 1980s. However, the band stays closer to the 1968 Sam and Dave original, right down to the horn section. Lee Oskar also sits in on “Sitting on Top of the World.”

Disc 2 is the bonus disc and includes performances from the Dutch television show “Countdown” from 1987, and the Robert Cray Band’s set at the 1982 San Francisco Blues Festival. The band was touring behind the Strong Persuader release and this show contains music from that period. Peter Boe on keys and drummer David Olson were the rhythm section for this outing, with Cousins on bass, Some of the highlights are “Guess I Showed Her,” “Right Next Door,” “Smoking Gun” and “Still Around.” The 1982 tracks feature Warren Rand on alto and Mike Vannice on tenor and organ. “Too Many Cooks” and “T-Bone Shuffle” from the festival are great examples of what a 28-year-old Robert Cray could do with a Stratocaster even at that early age.

The DVD is a treat for any Robert Cray fan. There is lots of well put together biographical information as well as footage from the 1982 and 1987 shows interspersed throughout the disc, showing the band members discussing the trying times early in their careers. There are interviews with a lot of great musicians, including Buddy Guy, Keith Richards, Jimmie Vaughan, Bonnie Raitt and Eric Clapton. Of particular interest is producer Steve Jordan discussing how Keith Richards introduced him Robert Cray.

All in all 4 Nights of 40 Years is one giant Robert Cray love fest. In addition to the 3 discs there is a full color booklet with some great photos and even more information about Cray’s illustrious career. The package is a fun retrospective of one of contemporary blues’ most beloved artists and is a must own for all Robert Cray fans.


1. Lloyd Speigel - I Don't Need No Doctor
2. Robert Cray Band - I Shiver
3. Robert Cray Band - I'll Always Remember You
4. Robert Cray Band - Poor Johnny
5. Robert Cray Band - Won't Be Coming Home
6. Robert Cray Band - Your Good Thing Is About To End
7. Robert Cray Band - Sittin' On Top Of The World
8. Robert Cray Band - Bad Influence
9. Robert Cray Band - Right Next Door (Because Of Me)

20 October 2016

#559 :: Buggin' Blues

The Blues Room #559
Wednesday 5 October 2016
9pm-10pm, FreeFM89.0, Hamilton, NZ.

WIN the double CD set by Lloyd Spiegel, DOUBLE LIVE SET
Listen to this episode by Fatt Max for details. And be sure to get along to a performance by Lloyd while he's in NZ, details of his NZ tour here.

Colin James – Bug Road Blues 
Frank Bang & The Cook County Chiefs – Cant Go On This Way 
Dave Keller – Whats It Gonna Take 
Charlie Musselwhite – The Well 
Kitty Daisy & Lewis – Buggin’ Blues 
Lloyd Spiegel – Statesboro’ Blues 
Elmore James – Shake Your Money Maker 
Cris Jacobs – Bone Digger 
Cris Jacobs – Turn To Gold 
Lightning Hopkins & Sonny Terry – Lightning Strike
Lady A – Don’t Let Your Blues Become A Crime 
Mavis Staples – Take Us Back 
Luther Allison – Will It Ever Change 
BB King – Paying The Cost To The Blues 

13 October 2016

#558 :: Big Road Blues with Jeff Harris (Rockin & Jumpin' Honkin Sax from New York pt.2)

The Blues Room #558
Wednesday 12 October 2016
9pm-10pm, FreeFM89.0, Hamilton, NZ.

For many years Nate has been following a vintage blues radio show hosted by Jeff Harris called Big Road Blues. Jeff presents his 2-hour show each Sunday from 5 to 7 PM (EST) on WGMC Jazz90.1 (Rochester, NY) and it streams live on the web from http://www.jazz901.org/listen-live/. Jeff has kindly given permission for Big Road Blues to be re-run on The Blues Room each month, on the second Wednesday. This episode here is a classic example of what you'll hear from Jeff; superb tracks, great commentary, and a taste of classic and often rare and forgotten blues. As Jeff's shows are two hours long, Nate will post a link for listeners to check out the second half of his show. For archived shows of Big Road Blues please check out http://sundayblues.org/. So a big thank you goes out to Jeff and we look forward to sharing some of his outstanding shows on The Blues Room.


Today's show is part two of a look at some of the great New York based sax men who's honkin' sound was heard on hundreds of records in the 40's and 50's. This show is one of several sax based shows this year that Jeff has aired, starting a few months ago with one based in Chicago, followed by two spotlighting some great L.A. Horn blowers. Illinois Jacquet is cited as the one who kicked off the era of honkin' sax in 1945 with his famous solo on "Flying Home" while working with Lionel Hampton's band. As Big Jay McNeely said of of the songe, "every time we picked up our horns we were just elaborating on that, trying to make it bigger, wilder, give it more swing, more kick. If you want to know where rhythm and blues began, that's it brother." 

 Today Jeff spins some great honkin' sax records, some cut by the horn men themselves and others featuring their raucous playing behind some great blues singers, both well known and obscure. The records were issued on a myriad of small New York independent labels such as Atlas, Derby, Coral, Apollo, Groove, Savoy and bigger players such as King and Atlantic. Among those featured today are legendary horn men such as Hal Singr and Freddie Mitchell who played on countless sessions as well as recording some exciting sides under their own names. Then there were sax men primarily know for their session work such as the prolific Sam “The Man” Taylor, Budd Johnson and Big Al Sears. There were the sax men who lead their own band and were stars in their own right such as Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Paul “Hucklebuck” Williams, Red Prysock, Earl Bostic and Bullmoose Jackson. Others heard today include the incendiary Noble “Thin Man” Watts, the rising star King Curtis, Willis “Gator” Jackson, Buddy Lucas, Frank Culley, Sil Austin, Buddy Tate, Jesse Powell and others. Sil Austin once said, "exciting horn, honking horn, gutbucket horn is what kids wanted to hear, so I made sure I played more of that. They called it rock 'n' roll. And the records sold."

Big Road Blues Show :: Rockin' And Jumpin' – Honkin' Sax From New York Pt. 2

1. Buddy Lucas - Hustlin Family Blues
2. Buddy Lucas - Big Bertha
3. Wynonie Harris w/ Buddy Lucas - Triflin' Woman
4. Joseph "Google Eyes" August w/ Buddy Tate - Rock My Soul
5. Rene Hall w/ Buddy Tate - Blowin' Awhile
6. Wynonie Harris w/ Buddy Tate - Mr. Blues Is Coming To Town
7. Arbee Stidham w/ Hal Singer - Stidham Jumps
8. Hal Singer - Buttermilk And Beans
9. Fank Floorshow Culley - After Hours Session
10. Jimmy Rushing w/ Frank Culley - Lonesome Daddy Blues
11. Frank Floorshow Culley - Floorshow
12. Freddie Mitchell - Moondog Boogie
13. Honey Brown w/ Freddie Mitchel - Rockin' And Jumpin'
14. Bullmoose Walker w/ Sam Taylor - Big Fat Mamas Are Back In Style Again
15. Sam "The Man" Taylor - Oo-Wee
16. Champion Jack Dupree w/ Jesse Powell - Fifth Avenue Blues

7 October 2016

#557 :: Hour Of Blues Power With Darcy Perry

The Blues Room #557
Wednesday 5 October 2016
9pm-10pm, FreeFM89.0, Hamilton, NZ.

1. Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughan - Pride and Joy
2. Bob Dylan - Slow Train
3. The Holmes Brothers - Feed My Soul
4. Charlie Musselwhite - The Well
5. Lloyd Spiegal - Long Way From Heaven
6. Led Zeppelin - Achilles Last Stand 
7. Bill Withers - Use Me
8. Eric Clapton, Taj Mahal and Wynton Marsalis - Just a Closer Walk with Thee
9. Tommy Castro and the Painkillers - That's All I Got

30 September 2016

#556 :: LIVE Blues Recording :: Walter Trout - Alive In Amsterdam

The Blues Room #556
Wednesday 28 September 2016
9pm-10pm, FreeFM89.0,
http://player.wizz.co.nz/freefm89/,
Hamilton, NZ.

This month's live recording is two parts. First up we have live recordings by Lloyd Spiegel, he tours NZ in late October, early November 2016. More details here

Then the star of the show, blue-rock legend, Walter Trout lights up the stage in Amsterdam after some serious near-death experiences. Read more about Walter Trout's remarkable come back here. These performances are impassioned and electrifying. Enjoy!


1. Lloyd Spiegel - Blues, leave me alone
2. Lloyd Spiegel - I shall be released
3. Lloyd Spiegel - King with no crown
4. Walter Trout - Marie's Introduction (Live)
5. Walter Trout - Play The Guitar (Live)
6. Walter Trout - Help Me (Live)
7. Walter Trout - Say Goodbye To The Blues (Live)
8. Walter Trout - Rock Me Baby (Live)
9. Walter Trout - Serve Me Right To Suffer (Live)