Tuesday, 30 September 2014

The Blues Room + John Williams Interview

The Blues Room, 1 October 2014
Episode #453

This week in The Blues Room I interview blues rocker John Williams. Beginning his career at an early age in New Zealand, John made his mark here and in Australia with Larry's Rebels, The Rebels and King Harvest. He has also been the guitarist for The Platters, Roy Orbison and John Rowles, as well as touring with The Yardbirds, Tom Jones, Eric Burdon, The Walker Bros, Roy Orbison, The Animals, The Easybeats and the one and only Jimmy Page. John Williams is the only guitarist ever to fill in live on stage for the guitar legend.

Currently playing with his bands Double Shot of Blues and Retro Boys, Mr. Williams is known for his jaw-dropping guitar licks, scorching slide-guitar and rocking powerhouse style of blues.

I'll also be playing some tracks from his latest CD/DVD, 12 Bars of Live Blues. Tune in for an Hour of Blues Power and your chance to win a copy!

1. Down By The Riverside - Sister Rosetta Tharpe
2. Talk About The Blues - Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
3. Love Bandit - Pee Wee Crayton
4. Red House - John Williams & Double Shot Blues Band
5. Spike Driver Blues - Mississippi John Hurt

Interview with John Williams

6. Highway 31 - John Williams Double Shot Blues Band
7. Move On Up A Little Higher - Mahalia Jackson
8. Heartbreak Road - Bill Withers


Listen Live (9pm New Zealand time) here: http://player.wizz.co.nz/freefm89/

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Best of the Blues 2014

Blue September Fundraiser.
Best of the Blues
Auckland Blues Club
Blue September Event
Juice Bar
Parnell, Auckland
7pm, Thursday 25th September, 2014

Proudly presented by The Auckland Blues Club, this annual Blue September fundraiser is growing bigger and better every year. This year, the blues concert has been moved to a bigger venue, Juice Bar in Parnell, and will once again be MC'd by the one and only Frankie Stevens.

Due to popular demand, Frankie will also be performing on the night, along with Fatt Max & Dean 'Honey Boy' Morris, Recliner Rockers, Gary Harvey Trio, The William Brown Band, Stingray, Black Dog, The Flaming Mudcats and the Darcy Perry Band.

That's a great line-up of six blues bands so don't miss out, get in quick. Tickets are available at the door or you can pre-book by contacting Lesley Page.

Tickets are $15 each with all proceeds going to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Blues Evening at Smith & McKenzie

Blues Evening at Smith & McKenzie 
In support of Blue September 
Chartwell, Hamilton
6.30pm, Thursday 25th September, 2014

An evening of blues, entertainment and dinner, with Blue September ambassador Buck Shelford. Featuring the Darcy Perry Band with special guests Hannah Morgan, Petra Bennett and Jade Collins.
Speaker: Buck Shelford.

$55 per person or $400 per table. Includes a drink on arrival, buffet dinner and entertainment. Proceeds donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Contact Nic nic@smithandmckenzie.co.nz or 0212051671 to reserve your table.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Hour of Blues Power + The Blues Room

The Blues Room, 3 September 2014
Episode # 449

Join us for an Hour Of Blues Power on The Blues Room with Nate Taiapa! Joe Bonamassa is playing in New Zealand for the first time next week! We have his latest album to giveaway! Tune in to listen to the Different Shades of Blue and for your chance to win the new album.

There will also be an eclectic mix of blues from my dusty old box of CDs!

Every year around 600 men die in New Zealand of prostate cancer. That is more than 600 fathers, sons, brothers, grandfathers - gone! This happens because men don’t know how dangerous the disease is, they don’t talk to their doctor about it, they simply don’t do anything about it. This has to stop. Prostate cancer can be prevented if detected early enough.

That’s why Blue September is about getting the word out about prostate cancer. If you buy a blue ribbon, paint your face blue, donate money to the Prostate Cancer Foundation or even tell people, you will be directly helping to lower the death rate and reduce the suffering from this disease.
Find out more about Blue September: http://blueseptember.org.nz/

1. Sonny Boy Williamson and the Yardbirds - 23 Hours Too Long
2. Junior Wells - Use Me
3. Elvis Presley - Long Tall Sally
4. Fleetwood Mac - Rattlesnake Snake Snake
5. Bo Diddley - You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover
6. George Thorogood - I Drink Alone
7. Aretha Franklin - Drinking Again
8. Joe Bonamassa - Different Shades Of Blue
9. Johnny Winter with Joe Bonamassa - Sweet Sixteen
10. Keb Mo - Hand It Over
11. Johnny Cash - The Wreck Of '79

God bless you and have a great week!

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Blue September 2014 + Prostate Cancer Awareness

Blue September Ambassadors.
Blue September is the Prostate Cancer Foundation's national awareness campaign. I joined the team of ambassadors for Blue September in 2010, supporting the Prostate Cancer Foundation and helping raise awareness of the third most common cause of cancer death for men in New Zealand. My dad died at 55 of cancer, so I'm letting men know that they need to look after themselves.

It's about getting the message out there that it's okay to go to the doctor. Prostate cancer kills more than 600 men in New Zealand every year. Thousands more are diagnosed - many of them far too late. By going and getting a check-up from the age of 40, you are not only taking responsibility for your own health, you are also ensuring we have communities with more dads, sons, brothers and grandfathers.

Some sobering facts:
  • 3000 men are diagnosed each year with prostate cancer in NZ 
  • 600 die from metastatic/advanced prostate cancer each year in NZ 
  • Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer in NZ and the 3rd most common cause of cancer death in men 
  • 1 in 10 men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime 
  • Maori men are 72% more likely to die of prostate cancer once diagnosed than non-Maori men 
Early detection offers the best prospect of effective treatment and positive outcomes. Men should have their first PSA blood test check at age 40 to establish a baseline level for future monitoring. Men 50+ should have an annual PSA and DRE check with their GP.

The Streak and Marc Ellis.
How can you help support Blue September?

Wear a blue ribbon. Blue ribbons are available for purchase at sponsors’ retail outlets throughout New Zealand such as PlaceMakers, The Coffee Club, Cory’s Electrical, Auto Super Shoppes, Mad Butcher, Farmlands, Unichem and Life Pharmacies. Each ribbon is given in return for a gold coin donation.

Buy some fresh undies. To help raise funds PlaceMakers stores are selling the very popular Swanndri undies which cost $25, with $10 donated to the charity from every pair sold.

Attend an event. The calendar is filled with events planned by sponsors, community groups and other businesses. Look out for the PlaceMakers’ ‘superhero’ - Blue Streak- who will once again be ‘streaking’ the nation to help raise awareness and he may be at a number of these key events and across media channels.

On Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/blueseptembernz
On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Blue-September-New-Zealand/171386096256873
On the website: http://blueseptember.org.nz/

Thank you for supporting the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Blue September 2014.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Hour of Blues Power + The Blues Room

Happy Birthday Mr. Buddy Guy.
The Blues Room, 6 August 2014
Episode # 445
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Kicking off with some classic Buddy Guy (celebrating 78 years young last week), I present an Hour Of Blues Power on The Blues Room with Nate Taiapa!

1. Buddy Guy - Got My Eye On You
2. Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women - Middle Aged Blues Boogie
3. Rick Estrin & The Nightcats - Callin' All Fools
4. Otis Redding - Try A Little Tenderness
5. Chris Thomas King - If It Ain't One Thang, Its Two
6. Doyle Bramhall II - Problem Child
7. Jimmy Cliff - Many Rivers To Cross
8. George Thorogood - La Grange
9. Cream - Crossroad (LIVE)
10. Robert Cray - Labour Of Love
11. Jimmy Reed - Honest I Do
12. Eric Bibb - Angel

God bless you and have a great week!

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Hamilton Blues Society + 5th Blues Showcase

Attention blues lovers! This Thursday at Diggers, Hamilton Blues Society presents it's 5th Blues Showcase featuring 4 bands:

TK and Friends
The River Rockers

So get ya blues shoes on and head down to Diggers Bar this Thursday the 31st July from 7pm.

No cover charge (but donations are welcome).