Monday, 14 November 2016

Darcy Perry + Nate Taiapa's The Blues Room

At the beginning of every month, I am invited into Nate Taiapa's 'The Blues Room'. It is an hour of blues power, which often has unexpected turns along the journey, with tunes from all over the world. There is always something old, something something blue!

I've always enjoyed music. It was a while before I understood what the blues were and where it came from. When you listen to my music I hope new, something borrowed and you feel that love. Mercy, mercy, mercy.

The Blues Room #561
Wednesday 2 November 2016
9pm-10pm, FreeFM89.0, Hamilton, NZ.

1. Bobby 'Blue' Bland - I Wouldn't Treat a Dog
2. Cream - Crossroads (Live)
3. George Thorogood & the Destroyers - Bad to the Bone
4. Darren Watson - It'll Come to Ya'
5. Bob Dylan - Maggie's Farm
6. Cherry Poppin' Daddies - Dr. Bones
7. Henrik Freischlader - Nothin' to Lose
8. Jimmy Thackery & Tab Benoit - Strange Things Happen
9. Bo Diddley - Bring it to Jerome
10. G. Love & Special Sauce - This Ain't Living
11. Bex Marshall - Too Much Rock n' Roll
12. Hound Dog Taylor - Goodnight Boogie
13. Chris Rea - You Can Go Your Own Way
14. Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup - I Love You Baby

The Blues Room #557
Wednesday 5 October 2016
9pm-10pm, FreeFM89.0, Hamilton, NZ.

1. Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughan - Pride and Joy
2. Bob Dylan - Slow Train
3. The Holmes Brothers - Feed My Soul
4. Charlie Musselwhite - The Well
5. Lloyd Spiegal - Long Way From Heaven
6. Led Zeppelin - Achilles Last Stand
7. Bill Withers - Use Me
8. Eric Clapton, Taj Mahal and Wynton Marsalis - Just a Closer Walk with Thee
9. Tommy Castro and the Painkillers - That's All I Got

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Hour of Blues Power + RIP Lightning Red

Lightning Red with the Darcy Perry Blues Band,
Whangarei Jazz & Blues Festival, NZ, 2005.
Watch out! Another great double shot of Blues you can use! Darcy Perry of the Darcy Perry Blues Band is LIVE in The Blues Room: from the roots to the fruits the first Wednesday of every month. Tune in for some LIVE blues and more!

The August show is dedicated to Texan Bluesman 'Lightning Red'. I had the pleasure of getting to know him while he was in New Zealand. Red was a genuine human being, a wonderful musician and good friend. He enjoyed playing with my band and we enjoyed his company and stories about Texas blues. 

Red, thanks for sharing your gifts with us and showing me how to get the best Texas tones from my amp. God bless you and your family. Rest in peace my friend.

"Lightning Red (Wayne Bak) musical artist died July 6th at the age of 67 of heart problems and prostate cancer.

He was a blues artist who performed nationally and internationally touring England, Ireland, Switzerland, France, Scandinavia, Croatia, Germany, Holland, and Australia and New Zealand. He played electric guitar, was a song writer, sang and fronted his own band for 50 years.

He recorded 8 albums of original music. His entire life was shaped by an insatiable passion for the blues. It’s all he ever played. He is considered a great blues artist by many across the world.

Red and his wife came to Austin in 1977 from the Chicago area. After living out-of-state for 8 years, they returned back home to Austin in December 2015.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Deborah Vanko, a sister, Janice Brennan of Illinois, a sister Joan Bakalar and her daughter, Stacey of New Zealand."

The Blues Room #553
Wednesday 7 September 2016
9pm-10pm, FreeFM89.0
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1. Frank Bang and The Cook County Kings
2. Brenda Boykin - Big Fat Mama
3. The Joey Gilmore Band - A Little Love Always Makes It Better
4. Bruce Katz Band - You Got It
5. Big Walter Horton - Go Long Woman
6. Greg Copeland - Crossroads
7. Junior Wells & Buddy Guy - How Can One Woman Treat A Man So Mean
8. Billie Holiday - You Let Me Down
9. Jesse Dee - On My Mind, In My Heart
10. Liz Mandeville - What Could of Been
11. Anders Osborne - Lean On Me/Believe In You
12. Marcia Ball - We Fell Hard
13. Eric Bibb - Michael Row the Boat Ashore

The Blues Room #548
Wednesday 3 August 2016
9pm-10pm, FreeFM89.0

Lightning Red.
May 6, 1949 - July 6, 2016.

1. Junior Wells - Give Me One Reason
2. Big Jon Atkinson & Bob Corritore - It Wasn't Easy
3. Buddy Guy & Tracy Chapman - Ain't No Sunshine
4. Albert Castiglia - Let's Make Love In the Morning
5. Lightning Red - Lie No More
6. Ben Harper - Ground On Down
7. Lightning Red & EZ Love - Change Is Gonna Come
8. Etta James - Stormy Monday Blues
9. Jeff Healey - See the Light
10. John Long - Things Can't Be Down Always
11. Tony Joe White - Who You Gonna Hoo Doo Now

Dedicated to Lightning Red, May 6, 1949 – July 6, 2016.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Everyday Hero New Zealand: Blue September 2016

2016 Blue September Breakfast Launch.
Blue September is a fun way of delivering a serious message about 'facing up to prostate cancer'. Why Blue? Blue is for men and 1 in 10 NZ men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime.

Face Your Fear

We’ve all got fears. But a prostate check shouldn’t be one of them. Each year prostate cancer kills 600 Kiwi men – now that’s scary. So this Blue September, we want you to face your fear for prostate cancer awareness month.

Blues Night

Bar Comida is supporting Blue September with a fundraising event on Saturday 24th September. Musicians from the Auckland Blues Music Club will be coming together for an entertaining evening with a message for everyone,

Featuring: Darcy Perry, Dave Cheetham, Slow Jones, Emma Gard, Brian Glamuzina, Gary Harvey and many more!

Saturday 24th September
Doors open from 7:30pm
Register Online 

Bar Comida
81 Tamaki Drive
Mission Bay

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Another Double Shot of The Blues Room

Darcy Perry of the Darcy Perry Blues Band is LIVE in The Blues Room: from the roots to the fruits the first Wednesday of every month. Tune in for some LIVE blues and more!

The Blues Room, 6th July 2016
Episode #544
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1. Memphis Slim with Matt Guitar Murphy - Wish Me Well
2. RL Burnside - It's A Good Thing
3. Riverhead Slide - Hanging with the Blues
4. Darrell Nulisch with James Cotton - Boot Knockin' Boogie
5. The Black Crowes - Thorn in my Pride
6. Mississippi John Hurt - Stack O'Lee
Robert Belfour - Black Mattie 
8. The Blind Boys of Alabama - Higher Ground
9. Johnny Cash - A Boy Named Sue
10. John Lee Hooker - The Waterfront
11. Billy Boy Arnold - Somebody Help Me
12. Taj Mahal - All Along the Watchtower

The Blues Room, 1 June 2016
Episode #539
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1. Louis Armstrong - Didn't He Ramble
2. B.B. King with U2 - When Love Comes To Town
3. The Black Crowes - Bad Luck Blue Eyes
4. Albert King - I'll Play The Blues For You
5. John Mayer - Route 66
6. Rod Stewart - Amazing Grace
7. Buddy Guy - Sweet Black Girl
8. Jimi Hendrix - Hear My Train A'Comin
9. Nina Simone - Work Song
10. The Black Keys - Grown So Ugly
11. Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms 

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Double Shot of The Blues Room

The Blues Room airs every Wednesday on FreeFM 89, community radio. Check it out and download podcasts from FreeFM89 or The Blues Room.

The Blues Room, 4 May 2016
Episode #535
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A dozen songs from Led Zeppelin and the artists that inspired the band during their early years.

1. Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains The Same
2. Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe - When The Levee Breaks
3. Led Zeppelin - Nobody's Fault But Mine
4. Bukka White - Shake 'Em On Down
5. Led Zeppelin - Trampled Under Foot
6. Howlin Wolf - How Many More Years
7. Led Zeppelin - No Quarter
8. Muddy Waters - You Shook Me
9. Led Zeppelin - Ten Years Gone
10. Blind Willie Johnson - Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed
11. Led Zeppelin - In The Evening
12. Bert Jansch - Black Waterside

The Blues Room, 6 April 2016
Episode #531

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Interview with Ruth Wyand, a whole lotta blues and some live to air too!

1. Toronzo Cannon - Bad Contract
2. Curtis Salgato - Hard To Feel The Same About Love
3. Shemikia Copeland - Outskirts Of Town
4. James 'Blood' Ulmer - Survivors of the Hurricane
5. The Kentucky Headhunters - Superman Blues
6. Otis Taylor - Mexican Cowboy
Ruth Wyand Interview
7. Mavis Staples - On My Way
8. Watermelon Slim - Black Water
9. Tommy Castro & The Painkillers - Got A Lot
10. Betty Lavette - Talking Old Stories
11. Luther Dickinson & The Rising Star Fife Drum Band - Bye and Bye I'm Going To See The King
12. Darcy and Nate perform live on air

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Ruth Wyand Tour 2016

Ruth Wyand is a Blues Guitarist, hailing from Devil Hills, Nth Carolina, USA. Ruth is renowned for her incredible guitar playing and has won awards in songwriting, fingerpicking & jazz/blues guitar styles.

Last year I was blessed to play with Ruth at St Andrews Church in Cambridge (as part of her 'Mama's Got The Blues' tour), where Sista Jacqui and I were her support act. In 2016 Ruth's extensive tour of New Zealand sees her return to the Waikato.

"I'm doing a 3 different shows on this tour - 'Backroads, Bottlenecks and Blues' a concert featuring songs form my latest CD. 'Mama's Got The Blues' a performance documentary about the lives and music of blues and jazz women and 'A Journey Down An American Music Highway' (I know it's a long title!) a multi-media concert about the history of American music." Ruth Wyand 

Ruth Wyand: Live to Air Radio Interview and Performance
The Blues Room 
With Darcy Perry & Nate Taiapa
Wednesday 6th April, 9pm
The Blues Room, FreeFM 89.0

Ruth Wyand: A Journey Down An American Music Highway
Cambridge Autumn Festival 
Special Guest: Darcy Perry
Thursday 7th April, 7:30pm
St Andrews Church 
111 Victoria St, Cambridge.

Ruth Wyand: Backroads, Bottlenecks & Blues Concert
Nivara Lounge 
Special Guests: Darcy Perry & Nate Taipa, Rachel Hope Peary
Friday 8th April, 8:30pm
Nivara Lounge, Victoria Street, Hamilton

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Monday, 15 February 2016

Mercury Bay Music Festival + Darcy Perry + Mark Dennison and Brass In Pocket

Mercury Bay Music Festival 2016

Fri 3 Jun 2016, 7:00pm–10:30pm
Sat 4 Jun 2016, 11:00am–11:30pm
Sun 5 Jun 2016, 11:00am–11:30pm

Whitianga, Mercury Bay, Monk Street, Whitianga

All Ages
0800 BUY TIX (289 849) – Ticket Outlets

Mercury Bay Music Festival
Creative Mercury Bay

Mark Dennison
A celebration of jazz, blues, folk, world and acoustic music over three days in Mercury Bay. Top artists from New Zealand, Australia and the USA, including Don McGlashan, Mel Parsons, Miho's Jazz Orchestra, Hobnail, Hamilton County Blue Grass Band, legendary Kiwi blues-man Darcy Perry with special guests Mark Dennison and the Brass in Pocket band. 

All performances over the weekend will take place in centrally located venues within walking distance of each other. Enjoy the cafes, restaurants, activities and fabulous accommodation that Whitianga has to offer with some world class entertainment to cap off a spectacular weekend.

All tickets are General Admission and provide open access to all Festival events through the weekend. Main concert events will take place at the Whitianga Town Hall and The Blue Lagoon. In addition to that there will be a feast of free events happening in and around the town.

The Festival will also be offering a series of workshops throughout the weekend on a range of skills. These will be offered as additional options for those keen to get hands-on and hone their performance skills. Workshop will start at $40 for a 3 hour session. Presented by world class musicians and artists, they will cover a wide range of performance skills. Stagecraft, vocal skills, bass guitar, drumming styles and ukulele are just some of the workshops happening over the weekend. Places are limited in these clinics so reserve your spot early. 

Visit the festival website for more information and to book your place in the workshop of your choice.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Darcy Perry In The Blues Room 2016

Darcy Perry back in The Blues Room for 2016. 
I am back in Nate Taiapa's Blues Room for 2016, bringing you an Hour of Blue's Power the first Wednesday of every month. These are the first two shows for the year:

#519 :: Darcy Perry Welcomes In 2016. Happy New Year!

The Blues Room, 6 January 2016
Episode #519

Happy New Year from Darcy Perry and all of us in The Blues Room and at Free FM89.0.

1. Janis Joplin - One Good Man
2. Buddy Guy - A Man of Many Words
3. Magic Slim & The Teardrops - Wake Me Up Early
4. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Long As I Can See The Light
5. B.B. King - I Done Got Wise
6. Tony Vega Band - Down In New Orleans
7. James Brown - It's A Man's World
8. Mike Onesko Blues Band - Big Fat Mama
9. Johnny Lang - A Quitter Never Wins
10. Lonnie Brooks - Cold Lonely Nights
11. Coco Montoya - Never Seen You Cry This Way Before
12. Lance Lopez - Heart Fixin' Blues
13. Jimmy Bowskill - Salty Dog
14. Bernard Allison - I Just Came Back To Say Goodbye

The Blues Room, 3 February 2016
Episode #522

Darcy Perry returns for another hour of blues power. He manages to catch up with Fatt Max on the line, get video recorded for The Blues Room's facebook group, eat some homemade apple and rhubarb crumble AND spin some vinyl all in under an hour. Beat that!!!

1. T-Bone Shuffle - Albert Collins, Robert Cray, Johnny Copeland
2. Mark Kerr - One Drink Away From the Blues
3. Leslie West - Sinner's Prayer
4. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band - Blackbird Special
5. A Cryin Shame (No kidding!) - Nutbush City Limits
6. Michael Burks - Voodoo Spell
7. Monster Mike Welch - Searching For An Angel
8. Count Bassie - Four Or Five Times
9. Son Seals - Don't Pick Me For Your Fool
10. Craig Erickson - Ramblin' Again
11. Lowel Fulson - Swinging Party
12. Never Seen You Cry This Way Before

God bless and all the best for 2016!