Little Feat are coming

I’ve just ordered my ticket for The Sage. Let it Roll!

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

Bergen, Norway

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

Oslo, Norway

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Hardenberg, Netherlands

Friday, May 8th, 2009
Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Liverpool, England

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

Oxford, England

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Gateshead, England

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Glasgow, Scotland

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Dublin, Ireland

24 – the energy drink

We’re big fans of the tv series 24 here – we can’t wait for every episode and we’ve got box sets, etc. Imagine my surprise today when I found the source of Jack Bauer’s boundless energy. Naturally I bought a good supply (5 cans for £1!) and I’m hoping that pretty soon I’ll be able to stay awake for 24 hours without eating or using the bathroom – I’ll be able to torture bad guys, look pained and troubled and much much more. Now, where did I put those other 12 cans?

Blues Show 22 playlist

Christy Howard – I’m Evil
Cream – Crossroads
Dave Arcari – Got Me Electric
Josh Charles – The Answer
Jerry Garcia – Tore Up Over You
Grootna – Young Woman’s Blues
Dave Arcari – Parcel Of Rogues
Garrett Mason – Hey Little Girl
Gov’t Mule – Worried Down With The Blues
Marcus Bonfanti – Knock Me Down
Little Feat – You’re Takin’ Up Another Man’s Place
Lightnin Red – One Man’s Heaven
Bobby Blue Bland – Touch Of The Blues
Big Joe Williams – Rollin & Tumblin
Lightnin Red – Don’t Have To Worry
Jack Pribek – Trouble Ain’t Over
Hitman Blues Band – Busted
Lee Bates & Billy Newton – Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
Grateful Dead – Big Railroad Blues
Jemimah Puddleduck – Come Up And See Me Sometime
Sonny Landreth – Mojo Boogie
Billy Jones – My Hometown
Lighnin Red – Do The Revolution
Duke Robillard – Glamour Girl

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John Scofield New CD – Piety Street

I’ve got quite a few Scofield albums and I’ve seen him play live too (with my namesake on bass Gary Grainger) and I like everything he does. I’m looking forward to hearing this gospel/blues album, released March 31st, which also features New Orleans based Brit Jon Cleary. There’s a track to stream here: “I’ll Fly Away” of which Scofield says:
“When I first played this with Cleary we did it in a New Orleans style but I felt it asked for a straight country feel so I asked Jon to play guitar on it too. My solo is a combo of Dixie/country/jazz/blues- it can all work together if you think melody and space. I love Ricky’s subtle drums. He doesn’t touch the bass drum till the out chorus vocal at the end!”

Hopefully I’ll be getting a copy of the album soon – I’ll do a full review.

New Acoustic Guitar

For a long time I’ve been longing for a really good electro-acoustic guitar to play on stage for solo gigs as well as with Tri & Big G. (This isn’t that guitar, by the way!) My current acoustic (a Martin copy by Marlin) is over 30 years old and I don’t want to risk it getting damaged in various pubs and so on. I had a very very minor windfall recently and saw this Tanglewood TW1500 for sale very close to me and for what seemed like a very good price. I had intended to buy it myself, but my good friend Phil Graham changed our arrangement and paid for the guitar for me, as a belated birthday present. Many thanks, Phil, I am truly not worthy.

The guitar is about 12 years old, doesn’t have a pickup fitted, but is well played in and the cutaway gives nice access to the “dusty” end. I need the action lowering a little, and I’ve just sourced a Barcus Berry soundhole pickup from ebay, then I’ll be using it for most gigs that I play. I’ll probably add some brass bridge pins too.


Blues Show 21 playlist

As well as the live session from Andy & Steve (see below) these are the tunes that were played last Monday night

BB King – Sittin’ On Top Of The World
John Fahey – Poorboy
Nina Simone – House Of The Rising Sun
Doc Watson & Taj Mahal – Deep River Blues
Ruth Ladson – What Do You Bet?
Dave Hole – You Don’t Have To Be Pretty To Sing The Blues
Doctor Clayton – False Love Blues
Jamie Muehlhausen – Coming Home
Mississippi Sheiks – Stop & Listen Blues
Sean Costello – Little Birds
Blues Traveler – Brother John
Blind Jesse Harris – Been In The Jailhouse
Slim Harpo – One More Day
Leslie West – Talk To Your Daughter
Eli Jones – Straight Up
Chris Thomas King – Red Mud
Blind Mississippi Morris – Night Roads
Victoria Spivey – Down Hill Pull
Gutbucket Slim – Tne Way You Make Me Feel

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