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,
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)

21 September 2016

#555 :: Another Belly Fulla Blues With Fatt Max :: Boogie Chillun'

The Blues Room #555
Wednesday 21 September 2016
9pm-10pm, FreeFM89.0,
Hamilton, NZ.

Boom Boom Boom Boom! Here's Fatt Max with another episode to knock you right off 'a ya feet! Plus he has some good news about how you can win a signed Greg Copeland CD at the Hamilton gig this Friday 23rd. Greg Copeland & Steve Guitar Gilles NZ 2016 tour details here:  https://www.facebook.com/gregcopelandstevegilles/

1. James Cotton - Cottonmouth Man 
2. Bruce Katz Band - All Torn Up 
3. Tarheel Slim - Number Nine Train 
4. Top Topham - SawBuck 
5. Stewart Lindsey - Another Lie 
6. Big John Atkinson - Mad About It 
7. Howlin’ Wolf - My Peoples Gone 
8. Chuxx Morris - Dime Store Novelist 
9. Lil Ed - Hold That Train 
10. Selwyn Birchwood - Dont Call No Ambulance
11. Greg Copeland – Gimmie What You Got 
12. Liz Mandeville – What Do Blues Men Like 
13. Billy Boy Arnold – Aint Got You 
14. The Who – Daddy Rollin Stone 
15. Buddy Guy - Justifyin’ 
16. John Lee Hooker - Boogie Chillun'

Heres a sample of whats in store for you if you get along to one of the remaining Greg Copeland with Steve Guitar Gilles shows up and down New Zealand ...

15 September 2016

#554 :: Greg Copeland Interview / Big Road Blues - California Hop

The Blues Room #554
Wednesday 14 September 2016
9pm-10pm, FreeFM89.0,
Hamilton, NZ.

Greg Copeland has arrived in New Zealand and has an interview with Nate in this episode. Greg will tour NZ with Steve 'Guitar' Gilles from 16th Sept through to 9 October 2016. If you're attending the Auckland and Hamilton shows then take a listen to this episode for the code you'll need to win yourself a signed CD. See you in Hamilton guys!!

In the second half of the show we hear part of Jeff Harris's Big Road Blues Show 28/8/2016: California Hop – Honkin' Sax From L.A. Pt. 2. << Click this link to hear the whole show - its well worth it, Jeff has selected some smokin' sax tracks.

1. Greg Copeland - Makes A Man Wanna Change
2. Greg Copeland - Alberta
3. Ruf Blues Caravan feat Si Cranstoun, Big Daddy Wilson, Vanessa Collier, and Laura Chavez - Bring It Home To Me
4. Lloyd Spiegel - This Is Hip
5. Lionel Hampton w/ Illinois Jacquet - Flying Home
6. Duke Henderson w/ Wild Bill Moore - Boogie Man Blues
7. Big Jay McNeely - California Hop
8. Joe Liggins - The Honeydripper
9. Little Willie Jackson - There'll Be Some Changes Made
10. Joe Liggins - Little Joe's Boogie

9 September 2016

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

The Blues Room #553
Wednesday 7 September 2016
9pm-10pm, FreeFM89.0,
Hamilton, NZ.

1. Frank Bang and The Cook County Kings
2. Brenda Boykin - Big Fat Mama
3. The Joey Gilmore Band - A Little Love Always Makes It Better
4. Bruce Katz Band - You Got It
5. Big Walter Horton - Go Long Woman
6. Greg Copeland - Crossroads
7. Junior Wells & Buddy Guy - How Can One Woman Treat A Man So Mean
8. Billie Holiday - You Let Me Down
9. Jesse Dee - On My Mind, In My Heart
10. Liz Mandeville - What Could of Been
11. Anders Osborne - Lean On Me/Believe In You
12. Marcia Ball - We Fell Hard
13. Eric Bibb - Michael Row the Boat A Shore

31 August 2016

#552 :: Boss Blues Selections From DJ Definite

The Blues Room #552
Wednesday 31 August 2016
9pm-10pm, FreeFM89.0,
Hamilton, NZ.

We welcome DJ Definite to The Blues Room in this episode. He's from the far north and has kindly stopped by The Blues Room to select some mighty fine tunes, wouldn't you agree? 
His record label is Bridgemode Records and you can check out some of his creations at https://soundcloud.com/bridgemode_records.
How about you show him some love by sharing this mix around. We're excited that he has agreed to host another episode of The Blues Room before the years out. We're looking forward to it already! Be sure to subscribe to this blog, and follow us on facebook, @twitter, and mixcloud too.

1. Ike and Tina - Come Together
2. Ash Grunwald - The Demon In Me
3. Jerry Douglas feat. Eric Clapton - Something You Got
4. Outkast - Idlewild Blue
5. Keb Mo - Am I Wrong?
6. Cyndi Lauper feat. Allen Toussaint & BB King - Early In the Morning
7. Bill Withers - Grandma's Hands
8. Steve Earle - South Nashville Blues
9. Chris Marlowe - Stormy Monday Blues 
10. Ray Charles - Mess Around
11. Seasick Steve - 8 Ball
12. Gary Clark Jr - Bright Lights
13. Ramblin' Jack Elliot - Falling Down Blues
14. Sonny Boy Williamson - Nine Below Zero
15. The Funky North - Harp Man
16. Muddy Waters - Can't Get Satisfied
17. Rodriguez - Inner City Blues

27 August 2016

WIN Signed CDs :: Greg Copeland & Steve 'Guitar' Gilles NZ Tour 2016

Tune in to The Blues Room in September to find out how to win signed CDs of Greg Copeland.

19 shows all around New Zealand in 4 weeks, from Whangarei to Christchurch, this'll be a blast! Get your tickets now!!

Sep 16: The Old Stone Butterfactory, Whangarei, NZ
Sep 17: Leigh Sawmill Cafe, Leigh, NZ
Sep 18: The Boathouse at The Riverhead, Auckland, NZ
Sep 22: 4th Wall Theatre, New Plymouth, NZ
Sep 23: Nivara Lounge, Hamilton, NZ
Sep 24: Totara Street, Tauranga, NZ
Sep 25: Dome Room, Gisborne, NZ
Sep 28: East End Cafe, Wairoa, NZ
Sep 29: Cabana, Napier, NZ
Sep 30: St. Peters Hall, Wellington, NZ
Oct 01: Meow, Wellington, NZ
Oct 02: Dharma Bums Club, Wairau, NZ
Oct 05: Mussel Inn, Onekaka, NZ
Oct 06: The Playhouse Cafe and Theatre, Mapua, NZ
Oct 07: The Boathouse, Nelson, NZ
Oct 08: Wunderbar, Christchurch, NZ
Oct 09: Churchills, Christchurch, NZ

24 August 2016

#551 :: LIVE Blues Recording :: Big Pete - Live at Bluesnow!

The Blues Room #551
Wednesday 24 August 2016
9pm-10pm, FreeFM89.0,
Hamilton, NZ.

Dutch blues vocalist and harp master Pieter 'Big Pete' van der Pluijm may not be a familiar
name to American blues audiences, but he's already well-established in the Netherlands – his
native home base in North-West Europe. At 23, Pete was handpicked for a European memorial
tour to honor the music and memory of legendary harmonica player and vocalist Lester Butler
(the Red Devils and Thirteen), backed by several of Lester's original bandmates. The project
was met with great success and critical acclaim, so more tours and a CD by the Lester Butler
Tribute Band soon followed, securing Pete's arrival on the scene as one of the premier next
generation blues performers in the Benelux region. Since then, Big Pete has gone on to form
and record many other successful projects including his debut release "Bathroom Acoustics"
by The Strikes, a couple of CDs by the rockin' 50's Chicago blues outfit The Backbones, and
most recently, the more progressive and forward-thinking group M.O.C.T. (Men Of Considerable Taste).

Pete's growing reputation has also led to tours and performances backing many internationally
acclaimed blues artists including Alex Schultz, Mitch Kashmar, Monster Mike Welch, Hook Herrera,
Matt Schofield, and Ian Siegal. Pete's informal introduction to the U.S. market materialized
in March 2010 with his appearance on The Mannish Boys' 5th anniversary release "Shake For Me."
Pete closed out the album in style paying tribute to his hero Lester Butler on the storming
New Orleans romp "Way Down South," backed by Kid Ramos, Willie J. Campbell and Jimi Bott
along with special guest pianist Andy Kaulkin, who previously recorded with Lester Butler
on the classic album "Thirteen." Now Holland's best kept secret makes his official American
solo album debut with an incredible all-star recording lineup. This is guaranteed to
be an instant classic not to be missed by anyone who considers themselves a true blues lover!

1. Mean (Live)
2. Born To Die (Live)
3. Come On In This House (Live)
4. This Time No Lies (Live)
5. 6-45 (Live)
6. I've Got My Eyes On You (Live)
7. Ball And Chain (Live)