Monday, 12 January 2015

Hour of Blues Power + The Blues Room

Joe Louis Walker.
The Blues Room, 7 January 2015
Episode #467
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The podcast is up for the first Hour of Blues Power in The Blues Room for 2015. Something old, something new. Something borrowed, something blue!

1. I'd Rather Go Blind - Notodden Blue Band (Live)
2. The Whale Has Swallowed Me - J.B. Lenoir
3. Ride All Night - Joe Louis Walker
4. Trouble and Pain - The Robert Cray Band
5. Believe In Yourself - Kenny Neal
6. Hook - Blues Traveller
7. T-Bone Blues - T-Bone Walker
8. Mo’ Better Blues - Branford Marsalis Quartet
9. Georgia Morning Dew - Johnny Adams
10. Still Got The Blues - Gary Moore
11. Reconsider Baby - Lowell Fulson
12. Death Letter Blues - Son House

Friday, 9 January 2015

Willie "Popsy" Dixon + Rest In Peace

Willie "Popsy" Dixon, left, with the Holmes Brothers.
Rest in peace Willie "Popsy" Dixon. I had the pleasure of making your acquaintance at a blues festival in Auckland a few years ago. I was immediately struck by your friendly, easy-going manner and grace. It was a big festival and your presence in the greenroom had a calming effect on me.

Your words of wisdom were greatly appreciated. I will never forget them. God bless you Popsy and your family in their time of mourning.

Willie "Popsy" Dixon, 1942 - 2015.
Official statement from Alligator records:


Willie "Popsy" Dixon, drummer and vocalist of the critically acclaimed soul/blues band The Holmes Brothers, died in Richmond, Virginia on Friday, January 9. He had recently been diagnosed with stage four bladder cancer. He was 72 years old.

Dixon, born in Virginia Beach, Virginia on July 26, 1942, was celebrated for his soaring, soulful multi-octave vocals and his driving, in-the-pocket drumming. He first met brothers Sherman and Wendell Holmes at a New York gig in 1967. Dixon sat in with the brothers and sang two songs. "After that second song," recalls Wendell, "Popsy was a brother." They played in a variety of Top 40 bar bands until 1979, when the three officially joined forces and formed The Holmes Brothers, which The New York Times described as "deeply soulful, uplifting and timeless." They toured the world, releasing 12 albums starting with 1990's In The Spirit on Rounder. Their most recent release is 2014's Brotherhood on Alligator.

Dixon first played the drums when he was seven. He told Blues On Stage, "My mom and dad took me to the store and told me to get anything I liked. There was this tiny red drum set, with a tiny little kick drum and snare...little cymbals. Now, that's what I wanted! By the next morning, the thing was in the trash can. I beat it all to death. But, I tell you what...I knew how to play after that. I just knew. I had the rhythm down pat and had timing too. Just that fast. I been playing ever since."

The Chicago Tribune described Dixon's voice as "otherworldly...a gift to the world of music." Living Blues said, "Popsy’s voice is a wonder...spontaneous and raw."

In September 2014, The Holmes Brothers were honored with a National Endowment For The Arts National Heritage Fellowship, the highest honor the United States bestows upon its folk and traditional artists.

Dixon is survived by daughter Desiree Berry and longtime partner Isobel Prideaux.

Funeral service information is pending. Interment will be at the Holmes' family plot in Saluda, Virginia.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Merry Christmas + Happy New Year

Photo credit: Nate Taiapa
That was a quick year! I continue to work with amazing people, inspiring me through their own enthusiasm and dedication.

Last week was the end of school and also music lessons, so I'm off to the beach with my family for some well deserved rest and relaxation.

Over the summer I am also working on new songs for release in 2015 with talented producer and musician, Ahmen Mahal.

My heartfelt thanks go out to everyone supporting the band, tuning into the blues room and coming out to see us play.

With the Blue September campaign getting a good deal of support (despite having to compete with the national election), I was invited by my good friend Nate Taiapa to help promote the White Ribbon appeal to end violence against women. Both worthy causes and I appreciate the help from the band and my manager Lesley in making a difference.

A special year for some of my students heading off to intermediate school. I know the effort you have put into your music will help you shine wherever you go. Congratulations also to those who won awards for excellence.

To all the young musicians from Lil Pumpkins, Montessori, Tamahere and Rukuhia schools, keep safe and have fun playing music during the holidays.

God bless you and your families. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and see you again in 2015!

Darcy Perry

Friday, 12 December 2014

Christmas At The Lake 2014 + Hannah Morgan

Christmas At The Lake
14th December 2014
5pm until 10pm
Lake Te Koutu, Cambridge

Due to weather, postponed to Monday 15th December, 5pm until 10pm.

Bring a Picnic blanket and enjoy the fun!

Entertainment from Local Artists & Performers, 
Kapa Haka, Dance Acts, Santa, Bouncy Castles, Fun Rides, Face Painting Delicious Food, and much more.

Hannah Morgan with mum Lee Tulloch-Morgan
(Photo: Geoff Lewis)
Christmas at the Lake is a bi- annual 'free' community event co-ordinated by Bridges Church with the involvement of other churches and community groups. It is an amazing opportunity for people of all ages to gather together and there is something to enjoy for everyone. People start to gather from mid afternoon to find a great spot to put down their picnic blankets with the 'family fun activities' starting from 5.00 pm. Nine local Primary Schools painted 'A New Zealand Christmas' murals which are on display for all to enjoy.

Activity on the mainstage begins at 6pm with headliners Late 80’s Mercedes, Rapture Ruckus, Julia Grace, Nora and a host of local performers, kapa haka, bands and duos. Classical singer Hannah Morgan will be accompanied by Darcy Perry on guitar. The night will conclude at 10.00 pm with a Fireworks Display.

This is a drug & alcohol free family event.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

The Blues Room + Derek Jacombs Interview

Kokomo - Bigger Than Brando
This Wednesday night on The Blues Room I interview Derek Jacombs, band leader of the legendary Kokomo, a Bay of Plenty export that has entertained audiences all over New Zealand since 1991. Their latest release is Bigger Than Brando, with a December 5th album launch at the Nivara Lounge in Hamilton.

Tickets are $15.00, available on-line at Eventfinder and from Nivara this week. Full details on

Tune in from 9pm ( and FM89.0 in the Waikato) for a chance to win the Bigger Than Brando CD and tickets to the album launch.

The Blues Room, 3 December 2014
Episode #462

1. Ella Fitzgerald - Good Morning Blues
2. Chuck Berry - How You're Changed
3. Kokomo - Waiting For A Sunny Day
Interview with Derek Jacombs
4. Kokomo - (No One Was) Bigger Than Brando
5. Jimi Hendrix - Bleeding Heart
6. Coco Montoya - Beyond The Blues
7. Guitar Shorty - Sonic Boom
8. Etta James - You Shook Me
9. Junior Wells - Little By Little
10. BB King - She Don't Move Me No More

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

White Ribbon Day + Darcy Perry Blues Band Live

From left: Paul Merriott, Justin Roys, Darcy Perry,
Daron MacDonald, Craig Bracken.
The Blues Room, 526 November 2014
Episode 461
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Thanks and blessings to Nate Taiapa from The Blues Room for inviting us in for a live to air recording to raise awareness about White Ribbon, the campaign to end men's violence against women and children.

Free FM got bluesified last night by the Darcy Perry Blues Band in support of White Ribbon Day New Zealand, performing live to air from The Blues Room: from the roots to the fruits ( and FM89.0 in the Waikato).

1. Big Boss Man
2. Messin' With The Kid
3. You Don't Love Me
4. Hey Joe
5. My Babe
6. I Shall Be Released
7. Seventh Son
8. Don't You Lie To Me
9. It Hurts Me Too

Video here.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

White Ribbon Day + Live Performance on The Blues Room

Darcy Perry Band
Live on the Blues Room
9pm, Wednesday 26th November, 2014

White Ribbon is an international movement to end men’s violence towards women. The DPB will gather in Nate Taiapa's legendary Blues Room for a live to air set in support of White Ribbon Day.

Tune in 9pm (NZ standard time), Weds 26th Nov via or on the radio Free FM 89.0 (which hosts The Blues Room)

( #StopDomesticViolence #WhiteRibbonDay )

Listen live 9pm (NZ time) each Weds: (click the Listen Live icon)