24 August 2016

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

The Blues Room #551
Wednesday 24 August 2016
9pm-10pm, FreeFM89.0,
http://player.wizz.co.nz/freefm89/,
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)

17 August 2016

#550 :: Another Belly Fulla Blues with Fatt Max (17 August 2016)

The Blues Room #550
Wednesday 17  August 2016
9pm-10pm, FreeFM89.0,
http://player.wizz.co.nz/freefm89/,
Hamilton, NZ.

Another great blues mix from Fatt Max. This is episode #550, wow! 50 more shows and we'll be celebrating our 600th episode of live to air blues and beyond. Help suggest ways we could celebrate. Go to our Facebook page or group and make suggestions!

1. John Mayer – Call Me The Breeze 
2. Taj Mahal – The Cuckoo 
3. Albert Castiglia – Easy Distance 
4. Frank Frost – Jelly Roll King 
5. Mudcats Blues Trio – Cant Stop Losing You 
6. Samantha Fish – Heartbreaker 
7. Big John Atkinson & Bob Corritore – She’s My Crazy Little Baby 
8. Big John Atkinson & Bob Corritore – Mississippi Plow Twelve 
9. John Long – One Earth, Many Colours 
10. John Long – Mop, Bucket and a Broom 
11. Albert Castiglia – Let The Big Dog Eat 
12. Darcy Perry & Craig Bracken – Peddlers Blues 
13. Sugar Pie De Santo – Hello San Francisco 
14. Stingray – Big Time Baby 
15. Seasick Steve - Cheap 

10 August 2016

#549 :: Big Road Blues with Jeff Harris (Robert Johnson)

The Blues Room #549
Wednesday 10 August 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.


Big Road Blues Show :: Can't You Hear That Wind Howl? – Robert Johnson's Blues

1. Big Jon Atkinson & Bob Corritore - Goin' Back to Tennessee
2. John Long - I Know His Blood Can Make Me Whole
3. Greg Copeland - Shes Gone
4. Leroy Carr - Mean Mistreater Mama
5. Robert Johnson - Kind Hearted Woman Blues
6. Elijah Wald - Robert Johnson Influences Interview
7. Kokomo Arnold Sissy Man Blues
8. Johnnie Temple Lead Pencil Blues 
9. Robert Johnson - I Believe I'll Dust My Broom
10. Calvin Frazier - I'm In The Highway, Man
11. Elmore James - Dust My Broom
12. Robert Lockwood - Dust My Broom
13. Larry Cohn - Robert Johnson Reissues & Box Set Interview
14. Kokomo Arnold Old Original Kokomo Blues

4 August 2016

#548 :: Darcy Perry's Hour Of Blues Power

The Blues Room #548
Wednesday 3 August 2016
9pm-10pm, FreeFM89.0,
Hamilton, NZ.

Watch out! Here's Darcy Perry once again with another great weekly serving of Blues you can use!

This episode is dedicated to Lightning Red
May 6, 1949 – July 6, 2016

Lightning Red (Wayne Bak) musical artist died July 6th at the age of 67 of heart problems and prostate cancer.

He was a blues artist who performed nationally and internationally touring England, Ireland, Switzerland, France, Scandinavia, Croatia, Germany, Holland, and Australia. He played electric guitar, was a song writer, sang and fronted his own band for 50 years.

He recorded 8 albums of original music. His entire life was shaped by an insatiable passion for the blues. It’s all he ever played. He is considered a great blues artist by many across the world.

Red and his wife came to Austin in 1977 from the Chicago area. After living out-of-state for 8 years, they returned back home to Austin in December 2015.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Deborah Vanko, a sister, Janice Brennan of Illinois, a sister Joan Bakalar and her daughter, Stacey of New Zealand.

1. Junior Wells - Give Me One Reason
2. Big Jon Atkinson & Bob Corritore - It Wasn't Easy
3. Buddy Guy & Tracy Chapman - Ain't No Sunshine 
4. Albert Castiglia - Let's Make Love In the Morning
5. Lightning Red - Lie No More
6. Ben Harper - Ground On Down
7. Lightning Red & EZ Love - Change Is Gonna Cum
8. Etta James - Stormy Monday Blues
9. Jeff Healey - See the Light
10. John Long - Things Can't Be Down Always
11. Tony Joe White - Who You Gonna Hoo Doo Now

Hosts of The Blues Room make cameo appearance on new promotional video for The Big Listen


In a new Free FM promo video produced for The Big Listen - a nationwide campaign promoting Community Access media across New Zealand - hosts of The Blue Room, Darcy Perry and Nate Taiapa make a cameo appearance at 1:24 mins and we get a glimpse into how things roll on air The Blues Room.

2 August 2016

Win 2 New Delta Groove Music CDs!!


Head over to our Facebook page to enter the draw to win these two new blues releases from Delta Groove Music. Then do yourself a favor and like Delta Groove Music to keep up to date with the leader in west coast roots & blues music and then like The Blues Room: from the roots to the fruits so you don't miss more giveaways like this!

27 July 2016

Greg Copeland & Steve Giles New Zealand Tour, 16/9 - 9/10/2016


Proudly announcing the Greg Copeland and Steve 'Guitar' Gilles New Zealand Tour 2016!!!
Starting 16 Sept 2016 in Whangarei and ending up in Christchurch on 9th October 2016. Keep it locked to The Blues Room as we have tickets to giveaway on air and we'll have Greg Copeland joining us on air for a interview on 14th September 2016.

#547 :: LIVE Blues Recording :: Crossroads Revisited with Eric Clapton

The Blues Room #547
Wednesday 27 July 2016 
9pm-10pm, FreeFM89.0
Hamilton, NZ.

Nearly four hours of live performances from Eric Clapton's acclaimed Crossroads Guitar Festival are coming to CD for the first time. This new 3 disc collection coming out now on Rhino will feature 41 tracks of landmark performances from all four Crossroads Guitar Festivals, which were held in 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013.

Founded in 2004 by the legendary guitarist, Eric Clapton, the Crossroads Guitar Festival has given fans an opportunity to witness truly historic performances by some of the world's greatest guitarists. While fans have been able to relive those magical moments thanks to a series of successful DVD and Blu-ray compilations, only a few of those performances have made their way to CD.

A veritable "Who's Who" of guitar music can be heard on this set, including Clapton, Jeff Beck, Gary Clark Jr., Robert Cray, Billy F Gibbons, Vince Gill, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, John Mayer, Carlos Santana, Joe Walsh, Ronnie Wood, and Jimmie Vaughn, just to name a few. Naturally, the all-star jams deliver some of the collection s most unforgettable moments.

Held every three years since 2004, the Crossroads Guitar Festival raises funds for the Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a treatment and education facility that Clapton founded in 1998 to help people suffering from chemical dependency.

Nate has selected some of his favorite performances from Crossroads festivals, including a tune by Taj Mahala nd Keb Mo which wasn't included on the 3 CD release. Enjoy!

1. Rock Me Baby – Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, B.B. King & Jimmie Vaughan [2004]
2. Drums Of Passion (Jingo) – Carlos Santana with Eric Clapton [2004]
3. Hell At Home – Sonny Landreth with Eric Clapton [2007]
4. Mas Y Mas – Los Lobos [2007]
5. Lay Down Sally – Vince Gill with Sheryl Crow, Keb’ Mo’, Albert Lee, James Burton & Earl Klugh [2010]
6. Five Long Years – Buddy Guy with Jonny Lang & Ronnie Wood [2010]
7. Born Under A Bad Sign – Booker T. with Steve Cropper, Keb’ Mo’, Blake Mills, Matt “Guitar” Murphy & Albert Lee [2013]
8. Please Come Home – Gary Clark Jr. [2013]
9. Diving Duck Blues - Taj Mahal and Keb Mo [2013]

20 July 2016

#546 :: Another Belly Fulla Blues With Fatt Max

The Blues Room #546
Wednesday 20 July 2016 
9pm-10pm, FreeFM89.0
Hamilton, NZ.

Fatt Max presents another great mix of blues PLUS he puts up for grabs another DVD and CD package to win by New Zealand band, Riverhead Slide. Check out this episode for details or head over to The Blue Room on Facebook to enter, see Yes Links to the right for our FB link.

1. Swamp Thing - Hand In A Hole 
2. Jimmy Rogers - That's All Right 
3. Roscoe Gordon - I'm Gonna Shake It 
4. John Lee Hooker - One Bourbon, One Scotch And One Beer 
5. Muddy Waters - Hoochie Coochie Man 
6. Son House - Death Letter Blues 
7. T Model Ford - The Duke 
8. Jon Zeeman - You're Right I'm Wrong 
9. Bo Diddley - Road Runner 
10. Magic Sam - All Your Love 
11. The Hoax - Let It Shine 
12. Doctor Ross - The Boogie Disease 
13. Albert King - Born Under A Bad Sign 
14. Clarence Gatemouth Brown - Frosty 
15. Taj Mahal - Mailbox Blues

14 July 2016

#545 :: Big Road Blues with Jeff Harris (Mix Show)


The Blues Room #545

Wednesday 13 July 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.

1. Washboard Sam - Diggin' My Potatoes 
2. Arbee Stidham - You'll Be Sorry 
3. Roosevelt Sykes - Fine and Brown 
4. Big Bill Broonzy - Tomorrow Black, Brown And White
5. Earl Hooker & Bobby Saxton - Dynamite 
6. Roosevelt Sykes - Honey Child 
7. Roosevelt Sykes - Feel like Blowing My Horn
8. Maggie Jones - Box Car Blues
9. Ora Brown - T. W. A. Blues 
10. Sharlie English - Tuba Lawdy Blues 
11. Elzadie Robinson - Love Crazy Blues
12. Three Dynamites - Dig These Dynamites 
13. Jimmy Nolen - Strollin' with Nolen I 
14. Ivory Joe Hunter - Old Gal, New Gal Blues 
15. Lyin' Joe Holley - Big Machine Blues 
16. Lyin' Joe Holley - Drinking Budweiser