13 September 2017

#606 :: Blues Weather (13 September 2017)

The Blues Room #606
Wednesday 13 September 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0



Our heart goes out to all affected by Hurricane Irma. 
Link to help the victims of Hurricane Irma.  

1 Ina Forsman, Layla Zoe, Tasha Taylor - Weatherman
2 Ebony JoAnn - Just Rain
3 Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers - Bad Weather Blues
4 Dave Bartholomew - Stormy Weather
5 Jimmie Vaughan - The Rains Came
6 Lonnie Johnson - Life Saver Blues
6 T-Bone Walker Call It Stormy Monday
7 Ruth Wyand - Been In The Storm So Long
8 Otis Taylor - Rain so Hard
9 Joshua Jacobson - Mind Blowin' Blues
10 Fathead - Blues Weather
11 JP Blues Band - Some Kind Of Hurricane
12 Albert Castiglia - Hurricane Blues
13 Paul Orta & The Kingpins - The Sky Is Crying

#605 :: Hour Of Blues Power with Darcy Perry

The Blues Room #605
Wednesday 6 September 2017
Left click this link to listen to episode #605



1. Albert King - I Wanna Get Funky
2. Big Daddy Wilson - Neckbone Stew
3. Big Walter Horton - Tin Pan Alley
4. Albert Collins - Iceman LIVE
5. Duane Allman & Aretha Franklin - The Weight
6. Otis Rush - I Can't Quit You Baby LIVE
7. Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Shall I Meet You Over Yonder
8. Buddy Guy - First Time I Met The Blues LIVE
9. Al Green - A Change Is Gonna Come LIVE
10. Big Mama Thornton - Ball And Chain LIVE
11. Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee - Jesus Gonna Make It Alright
12. Freddie King - Going Down
13. Johnny Shines & Snooky Prior - Trouble In Mind

31 August 2017

#604 :: Funderstruck (30 August 2017)

The Blues Room #604
Wednesday 30 August 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0 

Thornetta Davis - Honest Woman
Big Daddy Wilson - Cookies Gonna Kill Me
Ali Penney And The Money Makers - No No No
Hammond Gamble - Long Night Blues
Josh Durning - When I'm Sixty-Four
Chris Armour Quartet - Funderstruck
Paul Ubana Jones - I Need a Storm
Fiona Boyes - Can't Stay Here No More
Peter Karp - The Prophet
Samantha Fish - Chills & Fever
Sarah Spicer - Mr J
Etta James - That’s Alright
Joshua Jacobson - Twerkin' Lil' Mama
Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials - I’ll Cry Tomorrow

23 August 2017

#603 :: LIVE Recording Wednesday :: Albert King - Blues At Sunset (23 August 207)

The Blues Room #603
Wednesday 23 August 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0


Every fourth Wednesday we present a LIVE Blues Recording for your listening pleasure. Here's Albert King recorded live at two venues and on point at both. Enjoy!

Albert King - Match Box Blues
Albert King - Got To Be Some Changes Made
Albert King - I'll Play The Blues for You
Albert King - Killing Floor
Albert King - Angel Of Mercy
Albert King - Match Box Blues
Albert King - Watermelon Man
Albert King - Breaking Up Somebody's Home
Albert King - Call It Stormy Monday

16 August 2017

#602 :: Another Belly Fulla Blues With Fatt Max (16 August 2017)

The Blues Room #602
Wednesday 16 August 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

Geoff Achison – Make My Stand 
Yard Birds – Boom Boom 
BB King & Van Morrison – Early In The Morning 
John Pagano Band – 99 Problems 
Dave Keller – 2am Talks 
Andy T Band – Doin’ Hard Time 
Buddy Guy & Brad Whitford – Evil Twin 
Eric Clapton – Blow Wind 
Blow Big Bill Morganfield – When You Love Someone 
Popa Chubby – Dirty Diesel 
Rev Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Devils Look Like Angels 
Biscuit Miller – Use To Love Me 
Bnois King & Smoking Joe Kubek – Freezer Burn 
Lloyd Spiegel – Lucille

9 August 2017

#601 :: Highways, Automobiles, and Route 66 (9 August 2017)

The Blues Room #601
Wednesday 9 August 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0




Inspired by Free FM manager, Phil Grey's trip up Route 66, here's an hour of tunes about 
Highways, Automobiles, and Route 66.

Billy Branch & Sugar Ray Norcia - Route 66
The Modern Lovers - Roadrunner
ZZ Top - She Loves My Automobile
George Thorogood & the Destroyers - Highway 49
William Clarke - Going Down This Highway
Jumpin' Jack Bluni - Too Many Drivers
Lightnin' Hopkins - Ride in your New Automobile
Memphis Gold - Standin' By The Highway
Howlin' Wolf - Cadillac Daddy (Mr.HighwayMan)
Red Devils - Mr. Highway Man
Mississippi Fred McDowell - 61 Highway
North Mississippi All Stars - 61 Highway
Eric Clapton with BB King - Key to the Highway

3 August 2017

#600 :: Darcy Perry presents the 600th episode of The Blues Room (2 August 2017)

The Blues Room #600
Wednesday 2 August 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0



Darcy Perry brings us the 600th episode of The Blues Room. Wow, theres soooo many people to thank and we are grateful to you all. Here's to another 600 episodes! Keeping the blues alive, one NZ blues tune at a time, here in Hamilton, New Zealand. Thanks Free FM 89.0

1. Lil Chuck - I Call On Jimmy
2. Amund Maarud - Wild Child
3. Kokomo - Holed Up in Karamea
4. Craig Bracken (Flaming Mudcats) - Mudcat Boogie
5. Mike Zito - Make Blues Not War
6. Doc Span - Swamp Thing
7. Chris Armour Quartet - Conchos
8. Darren Watson - Be Careful with a Fool
9. Fatt Max - Grab Me Some Life
10. Mike Garner with Neil Billington - Mother In-law Blues
11. Haggis McGuinness - Life is a Beautiful Thing
12. Remarkable Beat Roosters - One Mo' Man
13. Ric Jaz - So What

26 July 2017

#599 :: LIVE Blues Recording Wednesday :: Sonny Landreth Live In Lafayette (26 July 2017)

The Blues Room #599
Wednesday 26 July 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0
Left click this link to listen to episode #599
Or right-click this link to download episode #599

LIVE Blues Recording Wednesday features music from the King of Slydeco, Sonny Landreth. Recorded live In Lafayette (2017).

Blues Attack
Hell At Home
Key To the Highway
The U.S.S. Zydecoldsmobile
True Blue
Brave New Girl
Soul Salvation
Walking Blues

19 July 2017

#598 :: Another Belly Fulla Blues With Fatt Max (9 July 2017)

The Blues Room #598
Wednesday 19 July 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0


The Flaming Mudcats – Heavy 
Biscuit Miller – Down At The Mississippi 
Cedric Davis – Keep On Snatching It Back 
The Graveltones – Running To You 
Sleepy John Estes – Brownsville Blues 
The Alexis P Suter Band – Another Place And Time 
James Luther Dickinson – Dixie Fried 
Shane Speal & His Snake Oil Band - Don’t Give Me None Of Yo’ Business 
Laurence Jones – Live It Up 
Albert Collins – Ice Pick 
Vaughn Brothers – Hard To Be 
Mike Zito – On The Road 
A C Reed & Bonnie Rait – She’s Fine 
Cyril Neville – Blues Is The Truth 
John Long – Suitcase Stomp 
B B King – Don’t Answer The Door

12 July 2017

#597 :: You Gotta Move (12 July 2017)

The Blues Room #597
Wednesday 12 July 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

1. Buster Benton and Carey Bell - Born with the Blues
2. Roy Gaines - A Hell of a Night
3. North Mississippi All Stars - You Got To Move
4. Little Bushman - Te Oranga
5. Darren Watson's New Acoustic LP - Pledge Me Project
6. Darren Watson - I Still Feel The Same
7. Mike Garner -The Way I Feel
8. Moses Walker and Ronnie Shellist - Come On In My Kitchen
9. Flavio Guimaraes & Netto Rockfeller - Times Is Getting Faster
10. Victor Puertas & The Mellow Tones - She's My Baby
11. Bo Diddley - Don't Know Where I've Been
12. John Mayer - Crossroads
13. Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo' - Diving Duck Blues
14. Big Bill Morganfield - I Don't Know Why
15. Paul Lamb & The Blues Burglars - Late One Evening

The Nukes hit Hamilton July 22 to release new album

The Nukes III album has spent six weeks on the NZ album chart top ten as well as being 
the number 1 independent NZ album of the week.

All their latest promo and show updates including those just gone can be found on their facebook page, lots going on https://www.facebook.com/thenukesukuleletrio.

Nukes on the go again and slowly covering this beautiful land with our uke tunes and new album NUKES III ....in some places we can even work in a pre show workshop session so for all you Hamiltonians here's a Saturday early evening opportunity

Workshop for ticket holders only from 5.30pm with show doors opening at 7.00pm. 
All ages welcome. Limited cash door sales: $25 adults $15 children under 16. Tickets online at The Meteor http://themeteor.co.nz/events/ or in person from Shearers Musicworks and Excite Music Academy. Pre sales include workshop and show deal for $30.

Swamp Thing tour North Island, starting at Raglan's Yot Club: July-August 2017


Swamp Thing’s energetic live performances are re-known for inspiring concert goers to dance and have fun while showcasing a wealth of musical experience and engaging their audience at all times.

Swamp Thing play every show like it is their last, making a sound that reaches far back into the musical DNA of roots music.

Catch Swamp Thing on their north island tour this July and August 2017.

6 July 2017

#596 :: Hour Of Blues Power With Darcy Perry (5 July 2017)

The Blues Room #596
Wednesday 5 July 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

1. Chris Cain - Trying To Forget It
2. Aretha Franklin - Trouble in Mind
3. Golden Earring - Radar Love
4. R.L. Burnside - Miss Maybelle
5. Ry Cooder - Down in Mississippi
6. Rory Block - Silver Wings
7. Albert Collins, Robert Cray & Johnny Copeland - Lion's Den
8. Shaken not Stirred - God Bless the Child
9. Slim Harpo - I Got Love If You Want It
10. The Nukes - Lemon Tree
11. The Blind Boys of Alabama - Many Rivers to Cross
12. Hound Dog Taylor - Roll Your Money Maker
13. Bo Diddley - Bring it To Jerome
14. Jimmy Reed - Shame, Shame, Shame

21 June 2017

#594 :: Another Belly Fulla Blues With Fatt Max (21 June 2017)

The Blues Room #594
Wednesday 21 June 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

Swamp Thing – Last Fair Deal 
Emma King – Devil City 
Cris Jacobs – Jack The Whistle & The Hammer 
T Rex – Mambo Sun 
Keb Mo – That’s Alright 
Sean Chambers – Be Careful With A Fool 
Big Walter Horton- Have A Good Time 
Magic Sam – I Have The Same Old Blues 
John Mayall Bluesbreakers – Little Girl 
Eric Clapton – I Aint Got You 
Eric Clapton – Before You Accuse Me
T Model Ford – Sugar Farm 
Taj Mahal – Bank Robbery 
Gary Moore – Since I Met You Baby 
Buddy Guy & Gary Clark Jnr – Blues Don’t Care 
Johnny Winter – Shake Your Tail Feather

15 June 2017

#593 :: Claude Hay Interview / NZ Tour (14 June 2017)

The Blues Room #593
Wednesday 14 June 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0


Nate interviews Claude Hay about his NZ tour. 
Thu 15 Jun 2017 RAUMATI SOCIAL CLUB, Raumati South, New Zealand 
Fri 16 Jun 2017 Whanganui Musicians Club, Whanganui, New Zealand 
Sat 17 Jun 2017 Uxbridge Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand 
Sun 18 Jun 2017 Butlers Reef, New Plymouth, New Zealand


Seasick Steve - Down On The Farm
Eric Bibb and North Country Far - I'll Farm For You
Claude Hay - Roller Coaster
Claude Hay - Hold You Up
Claude Hay - Forget About Me
Claude Hay - Winner
Tami Neilson - Loco Mama
Ronnie Shellist feat. Gerry Hundt - Shoes
Chuck Berry - Lady B. Goode
Gina Sicilia - He Called Me Baby
Homesick James - Farmer's Blues


8 June 2017

#592 :: Another Hour Of Blues Power With Darcy Perry (7 June 2017)

The Blues Room #592
Wednesday 7 June 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0
1. Johnny Winter with Dr. John - Blue Monday
2. Chris Cain - Better Not Look Down
3. Eric Bibb - In My Father's House
4. Joss Stone - The Chokin' Kind
5. Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)
6. Rick Estrin and The Nightcats - Callin' All Fools
7. Kim Wilson - My Buddy Buddy Friends
8. Doyle Bramhall II - Soul Shaker
9. We Shall Overcome
10. Steady Rollin' Blues
11. Woody Guthrie - This Land Is Your Land
12. Selwyn Birchwood - Don't Call No Ambulance

1 June 2017

#591 :: CONMEN Live in The Blues Room (31 May 2017)

The Blues Room #591
Wednesday 31 May 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

The 6-piece Conmen produce a solid blues sound reminiscent of 1940/50/60's blues artists and bands. The style of music could be described as earthy, basic blues from US Delta and Chicago artists, whilst also heavily influenced by British bands and their hits of the 60s and 70s. Here they perform live to air on The Blues Room for New Zealand Month 2017.


1. The Sugar Daddyz - Dreams
2. Conmen - Hambone 
3. Conmen - Leave You No More 
4. Conmen - Down By The Bayou 
5. Conmen - Smokestack Lightening 
6. Conmen - Tastes Like Chicken 
7. Conmen - Devil Women 
8. Li'l Chuck (The One Man Skiffle Machine) - Whiskey and Ginger 
9. Groovexpress - Ukrainian Doll
10. Conmen - Congo Square 
11. Conmen - St James Infirmary Blues 
12. Conmen - River Hip Mama

28 May 2017

#590 :: Al's Angels LIVE in The Blues Room (24 May 2017)

The Blues Room #590
Wednesday 24 May 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

To celebrate New Zealand Music Month we welcome Al's Angels 
into the studio to perform live to air. This band comprises of Al Ward on bass / vocals, Al Furston on rhythm guitar / vocals, Alex Dean on drums and Morris Taylor on lead guitar. All members are frequent participants of the local blues jams hosted by Hamilton Blues Society

1. Mike Garner - Blues Singer
2. Al's Angels - Late Night Blues
3. Al's Angels - Northbound
4. Al's Angels - Down by the river
5. Al's Angels - Going Back To Georgia
6. Al's Angels - Devil in distress
7. Al's Angels - Rocking My Blues Away
8. Darren Watson - WTLIF
9. Al's Angels - Son Of A Gun
10. Al's Angels - Talk To My Baby

17 May 2017

#589 :: Jelly Roll King (17 May 2017)

The Blues Room #589
Wednesday 17 May 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

Fatt Max lays it down for you again with another Bellyfulla Blues. Enjoy.

Sonny Landreth – Walking Blues 
Frank Frost – Jelly Roll King 
Dr Feelgood – I Can Tell 
Mike Vernon – Just A Little Bit 
Beg Mac – Rough Dried Woman 
Vika Bull – Roll 
Snooky Pryor – Judgement Day 
Royal Southern Brotherhood – The Big Greasy 
Laurence Jones – Touch Your Moonlight 
Darcy Perry Band – I’m Just Trying To Live 
Rev Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Devils Look Like Angels 
Greg Coulson – End Of The Line 
Joanne Shaw Taylor – Tied And Bound 
Vika Bull – (I Just Wanna) Make Love To You 
Peter Karp – Alabama Town

11 May 2017

#588 :: Only In The Blues (10 May 2017)

The Blues Room #588
Wednesday 10 May 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0


A blues mix with a some great classics, great female vocalists, great harmonica players, and some great artists from New Zealand. Enjoy!

1 Muddy Waters - Mad Love (I Want You To Love Me)
2 Bonnie Raitt - Love Me Like A Man
3 Midge Marsden - Move Up To Country
4 Hammond Gamble - Whistlin' The Blues In The Rain
6 John Hammond - Spider And The Fly
7 B.B. King - Mean Ole' World
8 Li'l Chuck The One Man Skiffle Machine - I call on Jimmy Reed
9 Victor Puertas & The Mellow Tones - Sugar Coated Love
10 Matthew Skoller - Only In The Blues
11 Fatt Max - Clear Blues
12 Tony Joe White - Polk Salad Annie
13  Izo Fitzroy - Skyline
14 Vika Bull - Sunday
15 Saturday Nite Fish Fry feat. Shakura S’Aida - Ain't I Talkin' To You Baby

4 May 2017

#587 :: 10 Year Anniversary of Harmonica Masters Of New Zealand Album Release

The Blues Room #587
Wednesday 3 May 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0
LIVE stream: http://tunein.com/radio/The-Blues-Room-p446677/

Darcy Perry plays tunes from the Harmonica Masters of New Zealand album 
and celebrates it's 10th year anniversary. 

1. Peri Grant - Pushing it Uphill
2. Aaron Carpenter - Sunshower
3. Mike Garner - Leaving Blues
4. Graham Clark & Grant Bullot - Kidney's Gone to Hell
5. Erna Ferry - A Little Kissing
6. Bullfrog Rata - Next Town
7. Derek 'Haggis' Maguiness - Life is a Beautiful Thing 
8. Craig Bracken - Want My Money Back
9. Shayn Wills - Only One
10. Brian Glamuzina - Big Time Baby
11. Brendan Power - The Real Blues Real
12. Darcy Perry & Nate Taiapa - Blues Man

26 April 2017

#586 :: LIVE Blues Recording Wednesday :: RIP Chuck Berry

The Blues Room #586
Wednesday 26 April 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0


A tribute to the late great KING OF ROCK AND ROLL, Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry aka CHUCK BERRY (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017). 


1. Chuck Berry - Maybellene
2. Chuck Berry - Thirty Days
3. Chuck Berry - No Money Down
4. Chuck Berry with the Steve Miller Blues Band - Fillmore Auditorium Introduction - June 27, 1967
5. Rockin' At The Fillmore (instrumental)
6. Everyday I Have The Blues
7. Driftin' Blues
8. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man
9. Chuck Berry - Lanchester Arts Festival Introduction - February 3, 1972
10. Roll Over Beethoven
11. Nadine
12. Sweet Little Sixteen
13. Reelin' And Rockin'
14. Johnny B. Goode

BIOGRAPHY
Chuck Berry’s music has transcended generations. He earns respect to this day because he is truly an entertainer. Berry, also known as “The Father of Rock & Roll,” gained success by watching the audience’s reaction and playing accordingly, putting his listeners’ amusement above all else. For this reason, tunes like “Johnny B. Goode,” “Maybellene” and “Memphis” have become anthems to an integrated American youth and popular culture. Berry is a musical icon who established rock and roll as a musical form and brought the worlds of black and white together in song.

Born in St. Louis on October 18, 1926 Berry had many influences on his life that shaped his musical style. He emulated the smooth vocal clarity of his idol, Nat King Cole, while playing blues songs from bands like Muddy Waters. For his first stage performance, Berry chose to sing a Jay McShann song called “Confessin’ the Blues.” It was at his high school’s student musical performance, when the blues was well-liked but not considered appropriate for such an event. He got a thunderous applause for his daring choice, and from then on, Berry had to be onstage.

GUITAR LESSONS
Berry took up the guitar after that, inspired by his partner in the school production. He found that if he learned rhythm changes and blues chords, he could play most of the popular songs on the radio at the time. His friend, Ira Harris, showed him techniques on the guitar that would become the foundation of Berry’s original sound. Then in 1952, he began playing guitar and singing in a club band whose song list ranged from blues to ballads to calypso to country. Berry was becoming an accomplished showman, incorporating gestures and facial expressions to go with the lyrics.

It was in 1953 that Chuck Berry joined the Sir John’s Trio (eventually renamed the Chuck Berry Combo), which played the popular Cosmopolitan Club in St. Louis. Country-western music was big at the time, so Berry decided to use some of the riffs and create his own unique hillbilly sound. The black audience thought he was crazy at first, but couldn’t resist trying to dance along with it. Since country was popular with white people, they began to come to the shows, and the audience was at some points almost 40 percent white. Berry’s stage show antics were getting attention, but the other band members did their parts as well. In his own words: “I would slur my strings to make a passage that Johnnie (Johnson) could not produce with piano keys but the answer would be so close that he would get a tremendous ovation. His answer would sound similar to some that Jerry Lee Lewis’s fingers later began to flay.”

SOME GOOD ADVICE
Later in 1955, Berry went on a road trip to Chicago, where he chanced upon a club where his idol, Muddy Waters, was performing. He arrived late and only heard the last song, but when it was over he got the attention of Waters and asked him who to see about making a record. Waters replied, “Yeah, Leonard Chess. Yeah, Chess Records over on Forty-seventh and Cottage.” Berry went there on Monday and discovered it was a blues label where greats like Howlin’ Wolf and Bo Diddley recorded. He didn’t have any tapes to show, but Chess was willing to listen if he brought some back from St. Louis. So Berry went home and recorded some originals, including the would-be “Maybellene,” then called “Ida May,” and drove back to Chicago later that week to audition. Much to Berry’s surprise, it was that hillbilly number that caught Chess’ attention. Berry was signed to Chess Records and in the summer of 1955, “Maybellene” reached #5 on the Pop Charts and #1 on the R&B Charts. Through Chuck Berry, Chess Records moved from the R&B genre into the mainstream and Berry himself was on his way to stardom.

THE REST IS HISTORY
Berry continued his success with such hits as “Brown-Eyed Man,” “Too Much Monkey Business,” “Memphis,” “Roll Over, Beethoven!” and “Johnny B. Goode.” “Johnny B. Goode” is Berry’s masterpiece, as it brought together all the elements of Berry’s unique musical sound. It cemented his place in rock history and led to fame in the 1950s. His popularity garnered him television and movie appearances and he toured frequently.

Berry’s incredible success is due to his ability to articulate the concerns and attitudes of his audience in his music. At the height of his success, Berry was a 30-year-old black man singing to a mostly white, teenage audience. Dubbed the “Eternal Teenager,” Chuck Berry’s knowledge of the pop market made it possible for him to break color barriers and play to an integrated audience.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Berry’s music was the inspiration for such groups as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Berry had a number of comeback recordings and in 1972 had the first and only #1 Pop Chart hit of his career with “My Ding-A-Ling. 1986 fittingly saw him inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the very first inductee in history. As a tribute to his pervasiveness in the realm of rock, a clip of “Johnny B. Goode” was chosen played in the Voyager I spacecraft, proving Chuck Berry and his rock legacy are truly out of this world.

Listen to a new single from Chuck's new album 
due for release on June 16, 2017.

24 April 2017

Bluesfest 2017 Wrap Up & 2018 Pre-Early Bird Tickets On Sale NOW!



The 28th Annual Bluesfest Byron Bay, which only just finished a week ago has been a huge success, with over 105,000 attendees enjoying the incredible music on offer, the beautiful weather and happy vibe around the festival. The festival hosted 85 bands with a total of 670 artists who gave 185 outstanding performances across the weekend. Wow!

Check out how Peter Noble, the Festival Director feels about Bluesfest 2017 further down, what some of the artists had to say and take a look at the amazing daily video clips. They're really well done. Roll on 2018!


Bluesfest Festival Director, Peter Noble OAM comments on this year's event:

I think everybody that came this year will tell you that this has been one of the great Bluesfests, and in my opinion certainly within our top 3. I will always be asked who are my favourite artists and who are the great success stories in terms of artists playing for the first time, there are almost too many to mention.

From Laura Mvula, Nikki Hill and Melody Angel to Mary J. Blige and the incomparable Eric Gales there is a never ending list and if you were actually here at Bluesfest you would know what I'm talking about. The emerging artists are now known artists, the returning artists have cemented their careers even more strongly and every single legend shone.

However in the end the biggest stars in the sky at Bluesfest were our audience, they are simply astonishingly wonderful. And all our team who work so hard to put this show on I'm sure would say we did it for you, and you do it for us.



Our last Bluesfest only finished a week ago and we have had an abundance of phone calls/emails as to when the Pre- Early Bird Tickets are going on sale for 2018, so here we are dear friends, giving you the opportunity to purchase your 5 Day Festival Ticket or Buddy Pack at a bargain price for a very short time only.

Bluesfest will be earlier in 2018 with the long Bluesfest Easter weekend starting on Thursday 29th of March to Monday 2nd of April.

Bluesfest daily wrap up videos








19 April 2017

#585 :: Belly Fulla Birthday Blues with Fatt Max (19 April 2017)

The Blues Room #585
Wednesday 19 April 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

Fatt Max celebrates with a Belly Fulla Birthday Blues. Turn this one up!!

The Who – Out In The Street 
Muddy Waters – Louisiana Blues 
Fats Domino – Aint That A Shame 
The Jam – Slow Down 
The Rolling Stones – Tumblin’ Dice 
John Lee Hooker – Dimples 
Seasick Steve – I Started Out With Nothing 
Snooks Eaglin – Careless Love 
John Long – Stand Your Ground 
Dr John – Let The Good Times Roll 
Taj Mahal – Statesboro’ Blues 
Howlin’ Wolf – Smokestack Lightning 
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis – Going Up The Country 
Rev Peyton’s Big Damn Band – We Deserve A Happy Ending 
Chuck Berry – Johnny B Goode 
The Kokomo Kings – I Can’t Go Home Looking Like This 
Mo Al Jaz & Friends – It Aint Right 
Dexter Shaw & The Wolftones – She Likes Her Bottle Gin

13 April 2017

#584 :: God Don't Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson (12 April 2017)

The Blues Room #584
Wednesday 12 April 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

One of the most underrated gospel-blues musicians is Blind Willie Johnson. People will let you know about Robert Johnson before they let you know about Blind Willie Johnson. Blind Willie Johnson was recording 10 years before RJ. That aside, you're not going to hear performances by BWJ here, you're going to hear outstanding versions by some of the most accomplished musicians on the circuit today. The songs are from the album, God Don't Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson (Alligator Records). It earned Grammy Award nominations for Best Roots Gospel Album and Best American Roots Performance for Blind Boys of Alabama recording of Mother's Children Have a Hard Time. The compilation was produced by Jeffrey Gaskill of Burning Rose Productions and was funded via a Kickstarter project that featured cigar box guitars made of wood from Willie Johnson's 1920's/30's Marlin, TX home that he shared with wife Willie B Harris. Enough chit chat. 
Turn this one up. Enjoy.

1 Tom Waits - The Soul of a Man
2 Lucinda Williams - It’s Nobody’s Fault But Mine 
3 Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi - Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning 
4 Cowboy Junkies - Jesus is Coming Soon 
5 The Blind Boys Of Alabama - Mother’s Children Have a Hard Time 
6 SinĂ©ad O'Connor - Trouble Will Soon Be Over 
7 Luther Dickinson featuring The Rising Star Fife & Drum Band - Bye and Bye I’m Going to See the King 
8 Lucinda Williams - God Don't Never Change 
9 Tom Waits - John The Revelator 
10 Maria McKee - Let Your Light Shine on Me 
11 Rickie Lee Jones - Dark Was the Night-Cold Was the Ground

8 April 2017

#583 :: Hour Of Blues Power With Darcy Perry (5 April 2017)

The Blues Room #583
Wednesday 5 April 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0
LIVE stream: http://tunein.com/radio/The-Blues-Room-p446677/

Another hour of blues power with Darcy Perry. 
Every first Wednesday of the month Darcy will spin the platter 
that matter, rain, hail or shine. Enjoy!

1. Doyle Bramhall & Smokestack - So You Want It To Rain
2. John Lee Hooker with the Groundhogs - It's Raining Here
3. Buddy Guy - It Feels Like Rain
4. Santana - Stormy
5. Silas Hogan - Dark Clouds Rollin'
6. Jimi Hendrix - One Rainy Wish
7. Louis Armstrong - Didn't It Rain
8. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Couldn't Stand The Weather
9. Midge Marsden - Waiting For Rain
10. B.B. King - Rainin' All The Time
11. Darcy Perry Band - Heavy Rain
12. Eric Bibb - Buckets Of Rain
13. The Doors - Riders On The Storm

29 March 2017

#582 :: Carlos Santana With Special Guests The Doobie Brothers Tour NZ & Aus :: April 2017

The Blues Room #582
Wednesday 15 March 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

SPECIAL INTERVIEW WITH SANTANA & THE DOOBIE BROTHERS.

Playlist
Santana - Black Magic Woman
The Doobie Brothers - Listen To tHe Music
Santana - She's Not There
The Doobie Brothers - Black Water
Santana - Oye Como Va
The Doobie Brothers - China Groove
Santana feat. Rob Thomas - Smooth
The Doobie Brothers - Long Train Running
Santana feat. Chad Kroeger - Into The Night
 
SANTANA LIVE IN CONCERT WITH 
SPECIAL GUESTS THE DOOBIE BROTHERS - APRIL 2017

Legendary guitar virtuoso, multi Grammy Award winner and a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, CARLOS SANTANA, and his band SANTANA, are coming to New Zealand on his Transmogrify Tour to play one Auckland show on Tuesday 18th April at the Vector Arena. Tickets are on sale Tuesday 29th November at 12 noon local time.

SANTANA last toured New Zealand in 2013, playing Auckland with The Steve Miller Band in what one reviewer described as an ‘exceptional’ double bill. Delivered with a level of passion and soul equal to the legendary sonic charge of his guitar, SANTANA returns to our shores performing songs from over four decades of his career including hits and songs of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

This time around, the mighty DOOBIE BROTHERS will join Santana as Special Guests, adding to both artist’s already announced appearances on the mammoth bill for the 28th Annual Bluesfest in Byron Bay.

In addition to playing Auckland with Carlos Santana, THE DOOBIE BROTHERS will be takin’ it to the streets of Wellington, playing their own one-off show at the TSB Bank Arena on Thursday 20th April. A global enduring favourite of the 1970’s, The Doobie Brothers combine a touch of blues, and plenty of soul and rock ‘n roll to create their nostalgic Californian rock sound. Their celebrated back catalogue of music includes hits like ‘Listen To The Music’, ‘Long Train Runnin’, ‘What A Fool Believes’ and so many more.

The passion infused, melodic sound of CARLOS SANTANA’s guitar is one of the world's best-known musical signatures. For more than four decades - from Santana's earliest days as a groundbreaking Afro-Latin-blues-rock fusion outfit in San Francisco - Carlos has been the visionary force behind artistry that transcends musical genres and generational, cultural and geographical boundaries.

From Woodstock to the Hollywood Bowl and everywhere in between, CARLOS SANTANA is one of the most prolific and influential guitarists of all time. In a career spanning more than forty years, Santana has sold in excess of 100 million records and reached more than 100 million fans at concerts across the globe, with no less than ten Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards to his name. 1999’s Supernatural album saw Santana chalk up a record-tying nine Grammy’s for a single project, including awards for Album of the Year and Record of the Year for ‘Smooth’. Among many other honours, Rolling Stone has cited Carlos Santana as #15 on their list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.

April 2016 heralded the release of SANTANA’s 24th studio album, Santana IV, featuring sixteen all-new tracks and claiming a No.5 Billboard Top 200 debut. Fans were thrilled to have the original late-1960’s lineup featured on the record, the same band that performed at Woodstock; Carlos Santana (guitar, vocals), Gregg Rolie (keyboards, lead vocals), Neal Schon (guitar, vocals), Michael Carabello (percussion) and Michael Shrieve (drums).

THE DOOBIE BROTHERS’ legacy has been built not just on hit records, but also on an unrivalled commitment to musical integrity and a steadfast allegiance to their enthusiastic fan base. The band’s ability to evolve in a constantly changing industry and connections to generations of listening audiences is a testament to their craft. With founding members Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons, and 30 year-plus veteran John McFee, The Doobies will be performing as a seven-piece band including Bill Payne, Ed Toth, John Cowan and Marc Russo.

THE DOOBIE BROTHERS were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004, have won four Grammy Awards and sold more than 48 million records worldwide (including three multi-platinum, seven platinum and fourteen gold albums). Their 1976 Best of the Doobies has sold more than 12 million copies, earning rare RIAA Diamond status. Their No.1 gold certified singles ‘Black Water’ (1974) and ‘What A Fool Believes’ (1979) lead a catalogue of hits that includes ‘Listen To The Music’, ‘Jesus Is Just All Right’, ‘Rockin’ Down The Highway’, ‘Long Train Runnin’, ‘China Grove’, ‘Take Me In Your Arms’, ‘Takin’ It To The Streets’, ‘Minute By Minute’, ‘You Belong To Me’ and ‘The Doctor’. In all, The Doobies have tallied five Top 10 singles and sixteen Top 40 hits.

SANTANA will touch down in New Zealand with Special Guests THE DOOBIE BROTHERS straight off the back of a multi-year residency at the famous House of Blues in Las Vegas. He will be set to ignite stages across the country once again, with a style that fuses Latin rock, blues, soul and jazz, transcending time and the limits of genre typecasting.

SANTANA will play one show at Auckland’s Vector Arena, Saturday 15th April 
with The Doobie Brothers as special guests.

THE DOOBIE BROTHERS will play a standalone show at 
Wellington’s TSB Bank Arena on Thursday 20th April.

AUCKLAND
Tuesday 18th April – Vector Arena (All Ages)
*With Special Guests The Doobie Brothers
www.ticketmaster.co.nz or 0800 111 999

WELLINGTON
*DOOBIE BROTHERS ONLY
Thursday 20th April – TSB Bank Arena (All Ages)
www.ticketek.co.nz or 0800 TICKETEK (0800 842 538)

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