New Blues Show 47 playlist – sorry, no download

Due to a technical malfunction, I am unable to bring you this show to stream or download. Here’s the playlist, however. Next show I’ll be using belt and braces!
Show broadcast on BishopFm 105.9 on Sunday 24th October 6-8pm 

John Nemeth – Do You Really Want That Woman?
Jim Byrnes – Four Until Late
Philip Sayce – Bitter Monday
John Hammond – One Kind Favour
Rob Tognoni – Roosevelt and Ira Lee
Joanne Shaw Taylor – Can’t Keep Living Like This
Smokehouse Boys – Nobody’s Business
Marshall Lawrence – Freight Train
Triad – Blues Is Changing
Stephen Dale Pettit – Crossroad Blues
Robert Cray – Chicken in The Kitchen
Guy Tortora – Mama’s Child – Live from Hartlepool
Guy Tortora – Money Honey – Live from Hartlepool
Guy Tortora – Cotton Was King
Joanne Shaw Taylor – Diamonds In The Dirt
River Devils – Quarter To Three
Low Society – Dusted
Howlin Blues Boogie Band – Kokomo Me
The Blue Bishops – Black Diamond
Guy Tortora – Sanctified Love
River Devils – Bleeding Heart
The Blue Bishops – The End Is Listless

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Gary Grainger – Me and My Uncle

Another one from the Rock 4 All gig. The song was written by John Phillips (Mamas and Papas) and I took this arrangement from Mike Wilhelm’s version. He did a limited edition album for UK fanzine ZigZag which had some great tunes on it. On his version of this song, there were appropriate sound effects added (horses, gunshots, etc.) It has, of course, been played in a different arrangement by The Grateful Dead for many years. I love the story in the song and when I did another recent charity gig folks commented on how much they enjoyed this “cowboy song”.

(The video and audio were a little out of sync so I added the old-time effect to it so that people don’t go crazy trying to follow my lips as I sing the song – as if they would! The audio is as I performed it, though)

Gary Grainger – I Know You Rider

Yes, this is me, Oct. 2008 at the Rock 4 All gig at Gosforth Civic Hall.
When I offered to do a spot at this charity gig I expected to be playing around lunchtime when hopefully I wouldn’t disturb too many people and get in the way of them enjoying a day of great music. Les, the organiser, had different plans, however, and when the running order for the day came out I looked for my name, starting at the bottom of “the bill”. I kept going up and up and eventually found my name, second top of “the bill”, just before a local heavy rock band Minnikin. Well, I did my bit, and folks seemed to like it!

I first heard this song on Hot Tuna’s first album, and that is the version that I still play today. I often play it at open mics and such, and if there’s a handy blues harp player around, I always grab them to add some quality to this tune. Of course, the tune has been covered by lots of folks over the years, including my 2 favourite bands The Grateful Dead and Little Feat. My band Big G also played it, with a different arrangement, at our debut/farewell gig at Solstock in 2009. I’ll get the video of that online one day soon too.

Rock Lock guitar security system

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Chain your guitar to your amp, cabinet, radiator, drummer to prevent any opportunist thief running off with it. When I was in Black River Blues, John, the proper guitar player, had a lovely ’80s gibson 335. It was the first thing he brought into the gig with him and the last thing he took out, and he wouldn’t leave it alone if there were no other band members around to act as chaperone. i can’t say I blame him either!

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Guitar Buying Tips For The Beginner

Today’s post is a guest post from TeachStreet, a website dedicated to providing online and local classes. Feel free to search for local guitar lessons and find a teacher near you.

Choosing a guitar is a serious decision that you should make with care. Guitars are usually expensive and to go shopping for one without proper awareness of what to look for and what expect can lead to a waste of money, not to mention the inconvenience of having to find another one. When choosing a guitar it’s important to be cognizant of these three things:

  • Don’t Skimp On Price, But Price Isn’t Everything.
  • It’s Important to Know the Sound You Want.
  • Asking an expert can be an immense help

Don’t Skimp on Price, But Price Isn’t Everything

When you choose a guitar, you get what you pay for. If you want to become the next Jimi Hendrix but you are only planning to dish out for a fifty dollar/£30 toy–think again. Fifty dollars/£30 won’t give you a good sound, and not having a good sound can be discouraging for a lot of beginners.

A solid starter guitar should cost at least 200 to 300 dollars/£130-£200.  Price, however, is not always an indicator of quality. Before you make a mistake buying that $500/£300 on sale (one day only!) for only $100/£60, realize that this could be a marketing ploy to push you into an impulse buy.  Make notes of the guitar models you’re interested in and look them up on some of the more reputable guitar review sites (like HarmonyCentral or GuitarSite ). Compare price listings on ebay and other online retailers just to make sure you’re getting a good deal.

If you aren’t sure about spending this much money, consider getting a used guitar at a garage sale and start there.  Most of those will probably be acoustics, so if you’re into electrics you can go somewhere like Guitar Center and get a combo pack (amp, electric guitar, cables, strings, strap, case, et al) for a single price.  They aren’t amazing guitars, but they’re awesome for a beginner, and you can usually get something pretty decent for a few hundred bucks.

Although quality is important, when you’re buying your first guitar, don’t break the bank.  A lot of people realize they want something different later (because they want to play a different music style, or it’s uncomfortable to play), or realize that don’t really like it/want to play anymore. If you find yourself enjoying it and plan to continue, you can then start looking around for a better guitar–your “keeper” in other words.

Determine your Sound

The second thing you should think about before buying a guitar is what kind of sound you’re going for.  The sound you want will determine the kind of guitar you should buy. Do you want to rock it out on an electric? Go a little softer with a classic guitar? Perhaps you’re looking for the kind of subtle, soulful sound that an acoustic can provide.

Even if you want an electric guitar, you may be tempted to get the acoustic for starters because it’s cheaper.  Keep in mind, however that an acoustic harder to play than an electric–not to mention that the techniques for playing an acoustic vs. an electric are very different. The difficulty, on top of the fact that you’re not getting the sound you want, can lead many beginners to quit prematurely.

Let a Teacher Help

Buying a guitar isn’t only about price and sound.  There are a lot of technical issues involved as well.  Although a salesman will be happy to help you out with all of these issues, remember that they’re in the business of selling the guitar and may not always be looking our for your best interests.

You may actually want to search the web for guitar lessons first, meet up with a teacher so that he or she can help you through all these issues, and also so you know a little bit about stringing the guitar, tuning it, storing it, and using the “whammy bar”.  A guitar teacher can be an excellent asset in helping you find a good guitar deal and determine your sound as well.  Happy hunting!

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