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!