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 Sinéad 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)

For more information go to:

22 March 2017

#581 :: LIVE Blues Recording Wednesday :: James Cotton (RIP), Johnny Winter, Muddy Waters (22 March 2017)

The Blues Room #581
Wednesday 22 March 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

This episode is dedicated to the late James Henry Cotton aka Mr Superharp (July 1, 1935 – March 16, 2017). Not only was Cotton one of the greatest sidemen of Muddy Waters, but Cotton was a master in his own right as band leader of his own blues band. This episode features a fantastic LIVE recording of Johnny Winter, Muddy Waters, and James Cotton on tour promoting Waters' 1977 album, Hard Again. 

It was at a time when Johnny Winter had only recently recovered from past addictions and blues giant Muddy Waters was facing a decline in his career brought on by illness as well as the 1975 collapse of Chess Records. Steve Paul of Blue Sky brought both musicians together. The results of his investment soon paid off and Winter's childhood dream of playing alongside his hero Muddy Waters came to fruition on the album Hard Again in 1977. Hard Again had a raw, expressive feel and hearkened back to Waters Chess Records days, and the outstanding musicianship and intimate exuberance exceeded all expectations earning Waters a Grammy. 

The Hard Again tour combined the respected powerhouse of Waters, Winter, and James Cotton with musicians from the Hard Again sessions. Although this particular collaboration was short-lived, it has provided blues fans a rare opportunity to indulge in the work of three hugely important musical figures whose respect for each other is evidently unflinching. Two live albums, Muddy "Mississippi" Waters Live and Breakin It Up, Breakin It Down, have allowed a glimpse of the concerts from 1977 and '78, but this Boston performance has never previously seen the light of day. Echoes proudly presents the entire WBCN-FM broadcast of a performance at the Boston Music Hall on February 26, 1977, digitally remastered. Thank you James Cotton, thank you Johnny Winter, and thank you Muddy Waters. You are BLUES. Nuff said. Enjoy.

Personnel
Muddy Waters: Vocals & Guitar
Johnny Winter: Vocals & Guitar
James Cotton: Vocals & Harmonica
Bob Margolin: Guitar
Pinetop Perkins: Piano
Charles Calmese: Bass
Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith: Drums

Playlist
Hideaway
Rocket 88
Instrumental
Mama Talk To Your Daughter
Mannish Boy
WBCN DJ Talks And Interviews Pinetop Perkins
You Don't Have To Go
Got My Mojo Working
WBCN DJ Interview With Johnny Winter, Muddy Waters & James Cotton
The James Cotton Blues Band - One More Mile

15 March 2017

#580 :: Another Belly Fulla Blues with Fatt Max (15 March 2017)

The Blues Room #580
Wednesday 15 March 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

Another belly fulla blues with Fatt Max!!!

Colin James - Going Down 
Biscuit Miller - She Like To Boogie 
Son Lewis - Steady Rolling Man 
Sean Chambers - Cut Off My Right 
Arm Vannesa Colllier - 2 Parts Sugar 1 Part Lime 
Samantha Fish - Crow Jane 
Peter Karp - Thats How I Like It 
Thorbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado - Change My Game 
John Lee Hooker - Drugstore Woman 
Tiny Legs Tim - Had To Admit 
Geoff Aitchison - Im Gonna Ride 
Buddy Guy - Poison Ivy 
Big Bill Morgansfield - Help Someone 
Cris Jacobs - Delivery Man 
Rolling Stones - Just Like I Treat You 
B B KIng - Why I Sing The Blues

13 March 2017

#579 :: Keep Your Hand Out Of My Pocket (8 March 2017)

The Blues Room #579
Wednesday 8 March 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

Chris O & Derek Phillips - Tell Me Baby
Big Daddy Wilson with Ruthie Foster - Give Me One Reason
Ruth Wyand - Blame Yourself Blues
Jimmy Bowskill and Carlos Del Junco - Heavens Where You'll Dwell
Christopher Bell - Smokestack Lightning
Dave Fields - My Mamas Got The Blues
Trickbag With Friends Vol. 2 - Keep Your Hand Out Of My Pocket (Feat. Kim Wilson & Kid Ramos)
John Mayall - Goin' Away Baby
Eddie Taylor - Find My Baby
Royal Southern Brotherhood - I Wonder Why
Thorbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado - Holler 'n Moan
Hannah Williams & The Affirmations - Tame In The Water

8 March 2017

#578 :: Hour Of Blues Power With Darcy Perry (1 March 2017)

The Blues Room #578
Wednesday 1 March 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

Darcy Perry presents another fine hour of blues pow, Pow, POWER! Enjoy!

1. Son Lewis - Rocket 88
2. Samantha Fish - Hurt's All Gone
3. Big Bill Morganfield - Bloodstains On The Wall
4. Thorbjorn Risager - Maybe Its Alright
5. Watermelon Slim & the Workers - Judge Harsh Blues
6. Vanessa Collier - Poisoned the Well
7. Sean Chambers - Bullfrog Blues
8. Jerry Lee Lewis - Railroad to Heaven
9. John Mayall - Cards On The Table
10. Geoff Achison - Working My Way Back Home
11. John Ginty feat. Aster Phoenyx - Lucky 13
12. Kate Meehan - Soul Shake
13. B.B King - See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
14. Aretha Franklin - Today I Sing the Blues

22 February 2017

#577 :: LIVE Blues Recording Wednesday :: Mick Fleetwood Blues Band LIVE At Belly Up (22 Feb 2017)

The Blues Room #577
Wednesday 22 February 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

Mick Fleetwood, the iconic co-founder of Fleetwood Mac, is celebrating his blues heritage with The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, featuring Rick Vito on guitar. As well as their own material, the band pays tribute to the original Fleetwood Mac, the blues band that started it all in 1967. Bringing together four stellar Blues and Rock musicians, Mick Fleetwood presents Live at The Belly Up, a 2-hour live album featuring 17 tracks. Because of time we'll only play about half the tracks from the live album, I suggest you go purchase the album and enjoy the rest of the concert, it really is fantastic.
The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band - Looking For Somebody
The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band - Fleetwood Boogie
The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band - Oh Well
The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band - Red Hot Gal
The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band - Rollin' Man Meets The Voodoo Woman
The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band - Love That Burns
The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band - Eyesight To The Blind
The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band - Black Magic Woman

15 February 2017

#576 :: Another Belly Fulla Blues With Fatt Max (15 February 2017)

The Blues Room #576
Wednesday 15 February 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0


Tune in for another Belly Fulla Blues with Fatt Max. Plenty of good rockin' tunes, some new, some old, but all of them great!

Popa Chubby – Going Downtown 
Mike Zito – Crazy Legs 
Peter Karp – Y’all Be Looking 
Anders Osborne – Let It Go 
Big Bill Morganfield – Help The Bear 
Dave Fields – That’s Alright 
John Ginty – Lucky 13 
Taj Mahal – She Caught The Katy 
Joe Louis Walker – Too Drunk To Drive Drunk 
Lloyd Spiegel – This Is Hip 
Willie Nelson – I’m Mad 
The Alexis P Suter Band – Don’t Ya Tell 
Lowell Fulson – Do Me Right 
Muddy Waters – Got My Mojo Working 
Cris Jacobs – Shine Your Weary Light 
Little Walter – Juke 

10 February 2017

#575 :: Nominees for Best Acoustic Album & Artist :: Blues Music Awards 2017


The Blues Room #575
Wednesday 8 February 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

Acoustic blues music nominees for the 2017 Blues Music Awards. Plus some other award nominees.

1 Fiona Boyes - Love Changing Blues
2 Luther Dickinson - How I Wish My Train Would Come
3 Jimmy 'Duck' Holmes - Early In The Morning
4 Eric Bibb & North Country Far - The Happiest Man In The World
5 Doug MacLeod - Home Cookin (Unreleased Live Track)
6 John Long - No Flowers for Me
7 Toronzo Cannon - Walk It Off
8 Jonn Del Toro Richardson - Get Me Back To Texas
9 Curtis Salgado - Walk A Mile In My Blues
10 Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue - Pepper Mama
11 Thornetta Davis - I Need A Whole Lotta Lovin' (To Satisfy Me)
12 Matthew Skoller - Organ Mouth

#574 :: Hour Of Blues Power With Darcy Perry (1 February 2017)

The Blues Room #574
Wednesday 1 February 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

Darcy Perry presents a (part) hour of blues power!

1. Cobi - Prophet Story
2. The Delta Saints - Sometimes I Worry
3. Jonah Tolchin - Thousand Mike Night
4. Kaleo - No Good
5. Kingsborough - Low Down
6. Glen Hansard - A Season On The Line
7. Shovels & Rope - I Know
8. Ray LaMontagne - Part One - Hey, No Pressure
9. Great Peacock - Let You Go
10. Piers Faccini - Bring Down The Wall
11. Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals - Call It What It Is
12. Crowder - Run Devil Run

27 January 2017

#573 :: The Musical Mojo Of Dr. John Celebrating Mac And His Music

The Blues Room #573
25 January 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

This is LIVE Recording Wednesday on The Blues Room and in this episode we feature The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music

1. Right Place Wrong Time by Dr. John & Bruce Springsteen
2. Please Send Me Someone To Love by Dr. John, Aaron Neville & Charles Neville
3. Junko Partner by George Porter Jr. & Zigaboo Modeliste
4. Since I Fell For You by Irma Thomas
5. Stack-A-Lee by Tab Benoit
6. Life by Allen Toussaint
7. Familiar Reality by Widespread Panic & Dirty Dozen Brass Band
8. Lay My Burden Down by Mavis Staples
9. New Orleans by John Fogerty
10. Such A Night by Dr. John & Sarah Morrow
11. Big Chief by Big Chief Monk Boudreaux

"It was very moving to have all these people paying tribute to me, but I just treated it like it was another show," Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and six-time GRAMMY®-winner Dr. John says of The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music. 

Released on October 14, 2016 via Concord Records the expansive live tribute set, created and produced by Keith Wortman, CEO of Blackbird Presents, is a powerful testament to the far-ranging influence and indomitable musical spirit of the iconic New Orleans singer/pianist/guitarist. Encompassing a two-CD, Blu-ray and DVD package along with a stand-alone two-CD version, The Musical Mojo of Dr. John captures a star-studded concert at New Orleans' Saenger Theatre, with Dr. John joined by a stunningly diverse assortment of notable guest artists, who perform 22 songs written, recorded and/or popularized by Dr. John during his prolific six-decade career, honoring his large and still-growing musical legacy.

The performers include Bruce Springsteen, who duets with Dr. John on the 1973 smash "Right Place Wrong Time"; Jason Isbell, who delivers a heartfelt "Blow Wind Blow"; John Fogerty, who performs the raucous Crescent City anthem "New Orleans"; Mavis Staples, who brings gospel fervor to "Lay My Burden Down"; Widespread Panic, who lend musical muscle to "Familiar Reality"; and Ryan Bingham, who delivers a haunting "Back by the River."

Fittingly, The Musical Mojo of Dr. John also features memorable performances by several New Orleans legends, including Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Terence Blanchard, John Boutté, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, George Porter Jr. and Zigaboo Modeliste of the Meters, and Aaron, Charles and Cyril Neville. Bassist Don Was served as the project's musical director, leading an all-star house band that also included Allman Brothers Band/Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell, renowned NOLA pianist John Gros, Funky Meters guitarist Brian Stoltz and journeyman drummer Kenny Aronoff, as well as Dr. John's longstanding musical compatriot, trombonist Sarah Morrow.

The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music, 
produced by Blackbird Presents, released via Concord Records on October 14, 2016.

19 January 2017

#572 :: Another Bellyfulla Blues with Fatt Max (18 Jan 2017)

The Blues Room #572
Wednesday 18 Jan 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

Taj Mahal – Statesboro Blues 
Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown – Gates Salty Blues 
Guitar Slim – The Things That I Used To Do 
The Who – Please Please Please 
Albert King – Searching For A Woman 
Swamp Thing – Hot Potato 
Nate & Darcy – Blues Man 
Snooks Eagling – Careless Love 
Sonny Boy Williams – Don’t Start Me Talking 
Colin James – Lonesome 
Keb Mo – Am I Wrong 
Albert Castliga – When The Devil Makes His Deals 
Eddie ‘Cleanhead’ Vinson – Cleanhead Blues 
Jeff Healey – River Of No Return 
Lloyd Spiegal – This Is Hip

11 January 2017

#571 :: Happy New Year Blues Mix (11 Jan 2017)


The Blues Room #571
Wednesday 11 Jan 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

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1. Chris O - Broke and Hungry
2. Juke Rockets - Summertime
3. Etta James - I'd Rather Go Blind
4. The Rolling Stones - Blue And Lonesome
5. David Bowie - The Jean Genie 
6. The Fabulous Thunderbirds - Smooth
7. Dennis Gruenling - Ready Or Not
8. Moondog's Blues - Whats The Deal
9. Gary Primich - House Rockin' Party
10 Rich Delgrosso & Jonn Del Toro Richardson - Summertime Is Here
11. Tedeschi Trucks Band - Crying Over You
12. Jimmy Reed - My Baby Told Me

10 January 2017

Blues Music Award 2017 Nominees Have Been Announced


The Blues Music Awards event brings together Blues performers, industry representatives, and fans from all over the world to celebrate the best in Blues recordings and performances from the previous year. The BMAs are generally recognized as the highest honor given to blues musicians and are awarded by vote of Blues Foundation members.


Blues Music Awards ceremony to be held May 11, 2017 in Memphis.

The Blues Foundation is pleased to announce the nominations for its annual Blues Music Awards, which the international organization will present on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. Universally recognized as the highest accolade afforded blues musicians, The Blues Music Awards upholds its rich cultural tradition by honoring the past year’s superior achievements in blues performance, songwriting, and recording. This annual ceremony represents the premier event for blues professionals, musicians, and fans around the globe.

Sugar Ray Norcia, individually, and collectively with his band, The Bluetones, received the most nominations with seven, including B.B. King Entertainer Award, Best Song, Best Album and Best Band. The total reaches ten with the inclusion of his Bluetones bandmates Monster Mike Welch (Instrumentalist-Guitar), Michael “Mudcat” Ward (Instrumentalist-Bass) and Anthony Geraci (Pinetop Perkins Piano Player). Chicago-based guitarist Toronzo Cannon garnered four nominations and he faces off against Norcia in both the Best Song and Best Album categories. Best Album probably ranks as the most competitive category, with Norcia and Cannon battling Bobby Rush, Kenny Neal, William Bell and the Nick Moss Band, who all have three nominations.

Several nominees will be defending their titles won at last year’s Blues Music Awards. Instrumentalist-Harmonica winner Kim Wilson is one of this year’s nominees, and Cedric Burnside might again claim the Instrumentalist-Drums crown. Shemekia Copeland and Bettye LaVette also return to the categories they won last year (Contemporary Blues Female Artist and Soul Blues Female Artist, respectively), while 2016’s Acoustic Artist winner, Doug MacLeod, is one of this year’s contenders too.

The Awards also honor the next generation of blues performers with the Best Emerging Artist Album category. In fact, two Emerging Artist nominees also are contenders for a second award. Detroit native Thornetta Davis’s “I Gotta Sang the Blues” is up for Best Song, while Terrie Odabi is competing against the likes of Bettye LaVette and Mavis Staples to be named Soul Blues Female Artist.

A ballot will soon be sent to all Blues Foundation members, as they have the privilege of deciding which nominees will actually take home a Blues Music Award in May. Anyone interested in casting a vote to decide this year’s winners may receive a ballot by joining or renewing their membership with The Blues Foundation at any time up to February 28, 2017.

The Blues Music Awards ceremony annually proves to be one of the year’s best shows. Not only does almost every nominee attend, but they also perform, creating a lineup featuring the best of the best in blues all in one evening.

Major funding is provided by ArtsMemphis and the Tennessee Arts Commission. The 38th Blues Music Awards are also sponsored by BMI, GET and I-55 Productions, Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and Sony/Legacy.

38th Blues Music Award Nominees

Acoustic Album
Doug MacLeod – Live in Europe
Eric Bibb – The Happiest Man in the World
Fiona Boyes – Professin’ the Blues
Jimmy “Duck” Holmes – Live at Briggs Farm
John Long – Stand Your Ground
Luther Dickinson – Blues and Ballads (A Folksinger’s Songbook) Vol I and II

Acoustic Artist
Doug MacLeod
Eric Bibb
Fiona Boyes
Jimmy “Duck” Holmes
Luther Dickinson

Album
Bobby Rush – Porcupine Meat
Kenny Neal – Bloodline
Nick Moss Band – From the Root to the Fruit
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones – Seeing is Believing
Toronzo Cannon – The Chicago Way
William Bell – This Is Where I Live

Band
Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue
Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials
Nick Moss Band
Sugar Ray and the Bluetones
Tedeschi Trucks Band

B.B. King Entertainer
Joe Bonamassa
John Nemeth
Lil’ Ed Williams
Sugar Ray Norcia
Sugaray Rayford

Best Emerging Artist Album
Corey Dennison Band – Corey Dennison Band
Guy King – Truth
Jonn Del Toro Richardson – Tengo Blues
Terrie Odabi – My Blue Soul
Thornetta Davis – Honest Woman

Contemporary Blues Album
Al Basile – Mid Century Modern
Kenny Neal – Bloodline
Nick Moss Band – From the Root to the Fruit
The Record Company – Give It Back To You
Toronzo Cannon – The Chicago Way

Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Alexis P Suter
Ana Popovic
Janiva Magness
Shemekia Copeland
Susan Tedeschi

Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Albert Castiglia
Kenny Neal
Mike Zito
Sugaray Rayford
Toronzo Cannon

Historical Album
Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, A Music Man Like Nobody Ever Saw, Bear Family Records
B.B. King, More B.B. King: Here’s One You Haven’t Heard, Ace Records
Bobby Rush, Chicken Heads: A 50-Year History of Bobby Rush, Omnivore Recordings
Michael Burks, I’m A Bluesman, Iron Man Records
Pinetop Perkins & Jimmy Rogers, Genuine Blues Legends, Elrob Records

Instrumentalist-Bass
Biscuit Miller
Bob Stroger
Michael “Mudcat” Ward
Patrick Rynn
R W Grigsby

Instrumentalist-Drums
Cedric Burnside
Jimi Bott
June Core
Tom Hambridge
Tony Braunagel

Instrumentalist-Guitar
Bob Margolin
Joe Bonamassa
Kid Andersen
Monster Mike Welch
Ronnie Earl

Instrumentalist-Harmonica
Dennis Gruenling
Jason Ricci
Kim Wilson
Mark Hummel
Sugar Ray Norcia

Instrumentalist-Horn
Al Basile
Nancy Wright
Sax Gordon Beadle
Terry Hanck
Vanessa Collier

Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female Artist)
Annika Chambers
Diunna Greenleaf
Inetta Visor
Shaun Murphy
Trudy Lynn

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
Anthony Geraci
Barrelhouse Chuck
Henry Gray
Jim Pugh
Victor Wainwright

Rock Blues Album
Albert Castiglia – Big Dog
Mike Zito – Keep Coming Back
Moreland & Arbuckle – Promised Land or Bust
Tedeschi Trucks Band – Let Me Get By
Walter Trout – Alive in Amsterdam

Song
“Blues Immigrant” written by Matthew Skoller & Vincent Bucher and performed by Matthew Skoller on Blues Immigrant
“I Gotta Sang The Blues” written and performed by Thornetta Davis on Honest Woman
“Seeing Is Believing” written by Ray Norcia and performed by Sugar Ray & The Bluetones on Seeing Is Believing
“Walk A Mile In My Blues” written by David Duncan, Curtis Salgado & Mike Finigan and performed by Curtis Salgado on The Beautiful Lowdown
“Walk it Off” written and performed by Toronzo Cannon on The Chicago Way

Soul Blues Album
Bobby Rush – Porcupine Meat
Curtis Salgado – The Beautiful Lowdown
Johnny Rawls – Tiger in a Cage
Wee Willie Walker – Live! Notodden Blues Festival
William Bell – This Is Where I Live

Soul Blues Female Artist
Bettye Lavette
Lara Price
Mavis Staples
Terrie Odabi
Vaneese Thomas

Soul Blues Male Artist
Bobby Rush
Curtis Salgado
Johnny Rawls
Wee Willie Walker
William Bell

Traditional Blues Album
Big Jon Atkinson & Bob Corritore – House Party at Big Jon’s
Bob Margolin – My Road
Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue – Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue
Lurrie Bell – Can’t Shake This Feeling
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones – Seeing is Believing

Traditional Blues Male Artist
Bob Margolin
John Primer
Lil’ Ed Williams
Lurrie Bell
Sugar Ray Norcia

4 January 2017

#570 :: Hour Of Blues Power with Darcy Perry (4 Jan 2017)

The Blues Room #570
Wednesday 4 January 2017
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

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Happy New Year everybody! Darcy Perry welcomes in 2017 with this first episode of The Blues Room. We thank you for all your support, for all your music submissions, and for your appreciation of good blues! Enjoy!

1. Moreland & Arbuckle - When The Lights Are Burning Low
2. Torozo Cannon - Bad Contract
3. Curtis Salgado - Hard to Feel the Same About Love
4. Darren Watson - I Still Feel the Same
5. Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials - Giving Up On Your Love
6. Sleepy John Estes - Black Mattie Blues
7. James Blood Ulmer - Survivors of the Hurricane
8. Mavis Staples - On My Way
9. Otis Taylor - Mexican Cowboy
10. Joe Bonamassa - Dirt Pocket
11. Bettye LaVette - Talking Old Soldiers
12. Bogus Ben Covington - Adam and Eve in The Garden
13. Jimi Hendrix - Bold As Love

2 January 2017

#569 :: Koko Taylor - Live At The Chicago Blues Festival 1994

The Blues Room #569
Wednesday 28 December 2016
9pm-10pm NZ time, FreeFM89.0

Before her roar was silenced in 2009, the Queen of the Blues reigned over the annual Chicago Blues Festival weekend. In 1994, she had arrived with a new album, Force of Nature, and been honored by the Chicago City mayor as well as being awarded with the W.C. Handy Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year. Koko Taylor was also about to open her own club in Chicago, but she put time aside to headline the last night. As with all of her performances, it's a jubilant and powerful Taylor that stands at the mic spreading an education and joy to others. God save the Queen of the Blues!

Koko Taylor - Live At The Chicago Blues Festival 1994

1. Introduction
2. Something I Can't Let Go
3. Mother Nature
4. Don't Put Your Hands On Me
5. I'm A Woman (Mannish Boy)
6. Bad Case Of Loving You
7. Hound Dog
8. Wang Dang Doodle
9. Big Boss Man
10. I'm A Queen Bee