Blues Show 113 playlist, stream

Show broadcast Sunday June 26th 6-8pm 105.9 BishopFM and

Trevor Sewell has kindly given Blues Show listeners the opportunity to download 3 free tracks from his new album – go here

David Jacobs-Strain – Kokomo Me Baby
King King featuring Alan Nimmo – Broken Heal
Poplar Jake – Gonna Carry Me Down
Chris James – Angel In The Mirror
Trevor Sewell – Where The Wild Ones Go
The Sugar Bs – Live In the studio:
                         On The Road Again
                         Checkin’ Up On My Baby
                         Red House
J Edwards – Still the King
Danni Stefanetti – Let You Off & interview at Durham Blues Festival
Monkey Junk – Mother’s Crying
Walter Trout – interview at Durham Blues Festival (full interview here)
Walter Trout – Walking In The Rain
The Sugar Bs – Live In the studio:
                         Black Magic Woman
                         Not Fade Away
                         High Heel Sneakers
Trevor Sewell – A Hundred Years
The Sugar Bs – Live In the studio:
                         Baby Please Don’t Go
                         Johnny B. Goode
Trevor Sewell – Don’t Need Nobody
Adrian Legg – The Gospel According to O. Henry

Great colour for Fender bass

From quite a well known online music retailer:


Fender 59 P Bass Relic WB, e-bass, 4-string, 2-piece ash body, one-piece quatersawn maple neck (oval C-shape), long scale, maple fretboard, 20 frets, 7,25″ fretboard radius, Micarta face and side dots, vintage thomann tuning machines,
colour: shite blond, incl. Fender Customshop Tweed case

Fender Musicmaster restoration project

Local musician Steve picked up this 1977 Fender Musicmaster -a little worse for wear – but could see the potential it had.
He said – all original parts except for someone had routed if for a ‘ bucker at the bridge.the guitar had obviously been refinished as the white finish was of poor quality and was very flakey and loose but luckily the neck was in awesome condition including original tuners and the original bridge and the neck pickup are intact.”

His original plan was to take it back to the wood, but “after taking some of the finish off I have discovered somebody has refinished it in a green stain at some point – very Francis Rossi. I then decided to refinish it in sonic blue and convert it to a DuoSonic style guitar with the chrome control plate. I picked up a few parts for the upgrade:

-Fender Custom Shop 69 pickup (abigail ybarra)
-black smooth top covers
-Cts 250k pots
-.47 sprague cap
-phase switches
-switchcraft jack
-mustang knobs
-mij control plate (going to need to ream the holes)

The actual parts used were: 
“- as many period correct parts as i could get.
-70s Fender Mustang Pickguard
-70s Fender hole-less pickup cover
-70s Fender Bronco Knobs
-Fender Custom 69 Abigail Ybarra bridge pickup(new)
-Fender Mustang plate(new)

Everything else on the guitar was original.”

The end result:

Steve’s verdict?
on all pickup positions this thing sounded great. I was surprised by how different it was to my Strat
it was much punchier and warmer and cut through nicely – I’m particularly fond of the both pickups selection as it has a nice balanced sound to it – played mostly clean with it today with a hint of crunch and it sounded perfect throughout.”
Well done Steve and thanks for sharing.

Blues Show 112 playlist, stream

Show broadcast Sunday 19th June 6-8pm on 105.9BishopFm and

Note: I will no longer be providing a download link but will, for now, continue to post a streaming link.

If any artists or their representatives don’t wish me to play their music on my BBA nominated, syndicated show, please get in touch and let me know – I’ll be happy to comply.
If any artist or their representatives wants me to remove a show containing their music, please get in touch and let me know – I’ll be happy to comply.

Franco Paletta & The Stingers – Baby Won’t Let Me Ride
Chrissi Poland – Alone With My Troubles
Derrin Nauendorf – Skin Of The Earth

Sandi Thom – Runaway Train
Ben Poole – Watching You, Watching Me
Hokum Hotshots Live In The Studio:
                           Don’t You Lie To Me
                           Tear ‘Em Down
                           Travelling Blues
Will Scott – Just To Ferry Me Over
Connie Lush – Queen
Kyla Brox – Gone
Marcus Bonfanti – Devil Girl
Hokum Hotshots Live In The Studio:
                           KC Railroad Blues/Hawaiian Guitar Rag
                           The Seminole
                           Oh Death
Walter Trout – Wrapped Up In The Blues
Chris James – Creole Belle
Maggie Bell – No Mean City
Hokum Hotshots Live In The Studio:
                           Hokum Blues
                           You Do Me Anyway
Matt Andersen – The Way You Move
Hokum Hotshots Live In The Studio:
                           Phonograph Blues
                           Don’t Sell It, Don’t Give It Away
                           Guitar Swing

John Boutte interview

Photo by Michael Crook

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Here’s the second interview by my friend Jamie Hailstone – The copyright with this interview sits with Jamie – feel free to link to this interview, but please don’t lift the post – if you want to publish any of Jamie’s interviews, or commission him to do an interview for you, get in touch with me and I’ll put you in contact.
For many years, John Boutte was one of the best-kept secrets in New Orleans. But following his appearance on the 2006 CD by the New Orleans Social Club and the HBO series Treme, the singer is finally getting the success he so richly deserves. Not only does he sing the theme tune to Treme, but he also stars in several of the episodes. This interview was done in December 2009, to promote his ‘Good Neighbour’ album….
“Music is like air, blood, or food,” says singer John Boutte. “After the storm, what else did we have down here? It was mayhem and destruction. I saw it.
“I saw how people were clinging to music, because it’s holy and we needed something familiar, which couldn’t get washed away.”
As a life-long resident of New Orleans, Boutte has seen it all, particularly over the last few years in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. If you want to talk to someone about the history, the people, and most importantly, the spirit of the Big Easy, then he is your man.
Boutte still lives in the French Quarter, just a mile from the house where he grew up. His sister, Lillian was a backing singer for local legends Dr. John, Allen Toussaint and James Booker, among others. While he is popular local singer in his own right, who first came to greater prominence on The New Orleans Social Club CD Sing Me Back Home.

His contribution to the CD, which also featured the likes of Dr. John, Cyril Neville and Henry Butler, was a stunning version of Annie Lennox’s song ‘Why’, that in the aftermath of Katrina became something of an anthem locally.
“I used to do that song thinking about a love relationship and then afterwards, you wonder why,” he explains. “Well that’s life. The longer you live, you more you’ll see, including your friends dying. You have hard times and you have good times.
“I think most New Orleansians just cherish what they have and just try to embrace what they have right now,” he adds.
The New Orleans Social Club, which included one of the founder members of The Meters, George Porter Jnr. also took their album onto Austin City Limits for a memorable live show.
“I remember when we did Austin City Limits, because I drew a blank when I got up there to sing,” Boutte confesses.  “You know when you can’t remember the first lyric? Just before I went on, I was chatting to a guy who said are you nervous? I said no sir. He said he would be if five million people were going to see you. He had me freaked out a little bit.
“I went onstage and looked at George (Porter Jnr.) and thought will somebody give me the first word. The band were like ‘we feel you’ and I’m like ‘will somebody give me the first lyric’.”
“I said to myself this is crazy and thought how am I going to do this? And how was the first word in the song. If anyone looks at that clip you will see the horror in my eyes of not knowing what the lyrics were. It was funny.”
Stage fright or no stage fright, singing is clearly in Boutte’s blood.
“I’ve been singing since I was a baby,” he says. “In elementary school, I used to drive my sisters crazy with all the rhymes they would teach us. I always loved to sing. I stopped for a while, because I didn’t like my voice. It was too high.
“And then Stevie Wonder told me I had a special voice, which was back in the late 80s; I was like screw everybody else! I was a banker at the time and he was getting an honorary degree from my university in New Orleans, and I had the great pleasure of spending a day with him.”
Since that fateful meeting with Stevie Wonder, he has opened shows for the likes of Mel Torme, Lou Rawls and Herbie Hancock. He was also a guest vocalist on Cubanismo’s CD Mardi Gras Mambo, and Boutte has now released a solo CD Good Neighbor on his own Boutte Works label.
The new album features some of the greatest musicians at work in the Big Easy, including Ivan Neville, Troy Andrews and Leroy Jones.
One of the stand-out tracks on Good Neighbor is the powerful ‘Wake Up’, which looks at the US’s involvement in Iraq.
“My co-writer Paul Sanchez gave me that song years ago, before the levies failed,” says Boutte. “When I first read it, it brought me to tears. Paul was like are you ok? The lyrics were so heavy. It was the time they were messing with the Dixie Chicks and I’m a former military officer.”
Despite everything that has happened, Boutte still remains hopeful for the future.
“New Orleanians are just so strong,” he says, “Without the help of the government, we picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves off and started all over again. That’s what we basically did, with the help of friends from around the world. We didn’t do it on our own.
“I look on the good side of the fence. I’m still here. We’re still making music and we’re still strong down here in New Orleans.”

Father’s Day

It’s Father’s Day – my Father’s gone
I wonder what he’d say
About the way things have turned out
On this 
my Father’s Day

I’ve got three kids, a steady job
Married almost 40 years
No longer just a long haired yob
Grown up, with all those cares

I still remember things he said
I thought they sounded trite,
But now I’m older, wiser, maybe,
He was mostly right

He let me see the way things work
He taught me right from wrong
To search for knowledge in a book,
For beauty in a song

He used to spend a lot of time
Showing ways of dealing
With tasks you hate but have to do:
Do them “with good feeling”

A man of rigid principles,
Stood by them to his cost,
I know he used to hide the way
He felt for things he’d lost

I wish he’d had the chance to see
My children as they’ve grown
I’ve done my best, not always right,
But still I hope I’ve shown

That I’ve tried to pass on in my turn
What I’ve learned along the way
To my three sons who make me proud
On this, my Father’s Day

Copyright Gary Grainger 2006 & 2011