New Blues Show 9 Playlist

The Mississippi Sheiks

Leon Redbone – Diddy Wa Diddy
Ndidi Onukwulu – Things About To Come My Way from Album of the Week of the same title – A Tribute to The Mississippi Sheiks
A.C. Reed – These Blues Is Killing Me
Charlie Musselwhite – Blues Got Me Again
Kenny Neal – Starlight Diamond
Christian Beshore – Blind Man Blues
Danny Barnes – Too Long (from Album of the Week)
Mississippi Sheiks – Sitting On Top Of The World
Son House – Pearline
Sonny Boy Williamson – Polly Put The Kettle On
Canned Heat – Going Up The Country
Susan Tedeschi – You Need To Be With Me
Geoff Muldaur and  The Texas Sheiks – The World Is Going Wrong (from Album of the Week)
Alvin Youngblood Hart – Will I Ever Get Home?
Johnny Winter – I Love Everybody

Gordon Smith – before and after

Local musician Sinky (Dave) has had a total makeover done on his Gordon Smith guitar by local specialist Alan Brason, who I’ve blogged about before. (Alan doesn’t have a website) The work done?
New ebony fingerboard,16inch radius,jumbo frets, thinned the neck down,quilted top,gold hardware,swineshead pickups,new Gordon smith logo,re-sprayed. The original fingerboard was rosewood but when Alan ripped it off it was maple with rosewood veneer over the top.
The Swineshead pickups have been replaced with Motherbuckers and are, apprently, awesome. I haven’t seen the guitar in person, yet, but I’ve always had a thing for Gordon Smith guitars and for quilted maple top guitars. 

Blues Show 8 Playlist

Memphis Minnie – Bumble Bee
Janiva Magness – Freedom is Just Beyond The Door
Afrissippi – Dono
Duke Robillard – Give Me All The Love You Got
Todd Wolfe – Oh Well
Jason Ricci – Done With The Devil
Billy Boy Arnold – Come Back Baby
Rick Estrin and The Nightcats – Back From The Dead
Larry Carlton &; Robben Ford – Talk To Your Daughter (live)
Reverend Horton Heat – Drinkin’ and Smokin’ Cigarettes
Anni Piper – Texas Hold Em
Guitar Shorty – We The People
Marcus Bonfanti – Christmans Just Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues
Jeff Grant – Peavey Blues

Epiphone Masterbilt 500RCCE

Epiphone Masterbilt Image

When I saw Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett the other week, Fred was playing his new Epiphone guitar (they have an edorsement deal). It sounded pretty good to me and when I spoke to Fred at the end of the gig he said he was very happy with it so far – he’d only had it for a few weeks. They seem to get good reviews and there’s some video of the whole range on the Epiphone website. I’d certainly give a good home to one!

Masterbilt Collection

Ian Goodsman – Blues Show guest

Lil’ Ian Goodsman will be joining me in the studios of BishopFM for the Blues Show next Monday night (Dec 21st 9-10pm 105.9FM)
Ian and I knew each other a long long time ago in the old home town (Hartlepool) but lost touch. Ian moved to New Zealand where he has made quite a name for himself as a solo blues musician, playing some mean slide guitar and building up quite a reputation. I’m looking forward to his session. You can visit his website here

…an excellent guitarist in the old style…I was seriously impressed with your playing.”    Bruce Iglauer, CEO, Alligator Records, USA.

“…Kiwi slide guitarist extraodinaire”    Radio Hauraki, New Zealand
“The real deal”    Terry Iredale, HotFM, Australia

“One of the best country blues guitarists we’ve heard in years”    GoodTime Blues Review, Argentina


New Blues Show 7 Playlist

Layla Zoe – Disappearing Delta
Eric Deaton – Trying To Get Along With You
Roy Rogers – Patron Saint Of Pain
Jerry Garcia – Tore Up Over You
Allman Brothers – Pony Boy
Jo Ann Kelly – Where Is My Good Man
Sonny Landreth – Mojo Boogie
Coco Montoya – You Don’t Love Me
John Lee Hooker – Boom Boom
Jimi Hendrix – Red House
Chris Whitley – Living With The Law
C.C. Adcock – Stealing All Day
Tommy Lepson Band – Cold Hearted Woman
Jeff Grant – GM Blues – available here

There’s 2 types of Hard Drives …

… those that have crashed – and those that haven’t crashed – – – – – – – – – – yet. While fixing what I thought was a power supply problem with the PC that I mainly use here at Thumbrella Towers, it turns out that I have a Hard Drive problem. And of course, it isn’t the hard drive that is full of my ripped CDs, that would be too easy, as I could restore all of that music with some work. No, it is the startup drive, with all of the programs that have been installed over the past couple of years, lots and lots of documents and other important stuff. And did I back it up? Weeeeeeeell – no. OMFG!