Blues Show 126 playlist & stream

Show broadcast Sunday 24th September, with The Boneshakers in the studio talking about their new album.

NuBlues – Swamp Thang
Hillfolk Noir – Dyin’ Bed Blues
Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa – Sinner’s Prayer
Leslie West feat. Joe Bonamassa – Third Degree
The Boneshakers In The Studio: Interview and tracks from Shaken & Stirred:
          Rock Me Baby
          Loved Another Woman
          Help Me
          Long Gone
          How Blue Can You Get?
          Walkin’ Blues
          Hipshake
Dave Jackson Band – Born Again Bluesman
Little Toby Walker – I’ve Got To Love Somebody
Big Shot Reub & The Reloaders – Big Shot Roll
The Bushwackers – Bushwacked
Rabbit Foot – Catfish Blues
Howlin Smurf – 6 Below 9 Below Zero
Virgil & The Accelerators – Bad Girl
K.K. Martin – Your Darkest Hour
The Jon Amor Blues Band – Make It Your Trouble

Gansey Choir

My brother Paul does sterling work running the Grainger Family yahoo group which is all about our family history and heritage, and there are lots of members who make great contributions.. Recently there’s been some discussion of Ganseys and group member Roy Storm posted this picture of a recent Gansey Choir. Great stuff!

Blues Show 125 playlist & stream

Willie “Big Eyes” Smith – Hoodoo Man
B.B. King – See That My Grave is Kept Clean
Eric Sardinas – County Line
Dave O’Grady – Bones
Bloozeburn Live In the Studio:
          Smokin’ Mat Harrison & Ron Blair – 3 Magpies
          Smokin’ Mat Harrison & Ron Blair – Fool For Your Stockings
          Breadbelly & Smokin’ Mat Harrison – Ain’t No Sunshine
          Breadbelly & Smokin’ Mat Harrison – Change It
Ollabelle – You’re Gonna Miss Me
Tim Aves & Wolfpack – 300 Pounds of Heavenly Joy
Taylor Dixon Band – Crosscut Saw
Bloozeburn Live In the Studio:
          Spanish Battery – Walkin’ Blues
          Spanish Battery – She’s Dangerous
          Michael Littlefield, Jeff Grant & Ron Blair – I Loved Another Woman
          Michael Littlefield, Jeff Grant & Ron Blair – Love That Burns
Kris Dollimore – Where I Belong
K.K. Martin – Rattlesnake Shake
Bloozeburn Live In the Studio:
          Jeff Grant, Smokin’ Mat Harrison, Michael Littlefield, Ron Blair – Without You
          Jeff Grant, Smokin’ Mat Harrison, Michael Littlefield, Ron Blair – Red House
Nine Below Zero – Nine Below Zero
Bloozeburn Live In the Studio:
          Trevor Sewell Band – A Hundred Years
          Trevor Sewell Band – No Future Round Here
Little Toby Walker – Crazy ‘Bout An Automobile
The Jensen Interceptors – Tribute To Little Walter

Gravity Picks



I was sent a couple of picks from Gravity Picks a few weeks ago, and haven’t had the chance to use them yet. The picks are handmade out of sheets of cast acrylic. They are then laser engraved and cut out into the individual picks. Next is to grind and polish each pick one by one. 


The picks are available in lots of sizes, thicknesses, shapes and colours so there is plenty of choice. Then there is the Wave pick – different again. They are certainly very well made, feel pretty good in the hand, and I’ll try the thicker of the two I was sent when I play bass in a blues band on Saturday night. I’ve already learned that I pick quite heavily on bass, even though I haven’t been playing for long, so the gig will give the pick a great workout.

Blues Show 124 playlist & stream

Cal Williams Jr.

This is the pre-recorded show that would have been broadcast on BishopFM on Sunday 11th Sept, if I’d been able to master the technology!
It was broadcast, though, on Kansas City Online Radio on monday at midnight CST, and will be repeated twice more this week

Samantha Grey – Memphis Groove
Candye Kane – Sweet Nothin’s
Jon Allen – Lucky I Guess
LR Phoenix & Andres Roots –  Comin’ Home
Idle Hands – Weep And Moan
Cal Williams Jr. – Death Don’t Have No Mercy
Sean Chambers – Full Moon On Main Street
Back Door – Linin’ Track
Moreland & Arbuckle – Just A Dream
Rory Block-Mississippi Man
Fred McDowell & Johnny Woods – Going Down To The River
Sonny Terry – I Don’t Worry
Randy Joe Galloway – Are You Still Loving Me
Fleetwood Mac w. Paul Butterfield – I Loved Another Woman
Johnny Mars – Mellow Down Easy
Low Society – Dead Mans Shoes
Cal Williams Jr. – Brownsville
Bowden & Williamson – Be Still
Trampled Under Foot – Evil Train
Henrik Freischlader -Come On My Love
Andres Roots – Spider Jam

British Blues Awards 2011 results

Giles King of Hokie Joint guesting with Tim Aves & Wolfpack

I was at Newark Blues Festival in the grounds of Newark Castle on Sunday, for the announcement of the British Blues Awards. I had a great day meeting friends old and new and watching 4 great bands (videos to follow).

I particularly enjoyed the bit where I was announced Runner Up in the Best British Blues Broadcaster category! Considering the winner was Paul Jones from BBC Radio 2, and I’m a volunteer on BishopFM, a community radio station, I feel quite proud of my achievement. Thanks to everybody who voted for me!
Well done too to all of the winners!

The results in full:


Blues Broadcaster of the Year – Paul Jones at Radio Two.
Runner-Up GARY GRAINGER and The Blues Show at BishopFM
3rd,Tim Aves ‘The Blues Is Back’ on SaintFM,

Male Vocalist:  – 1st Ian Siegal, 2nd Oli Brown, 3rd Marcus Bonfanti
Female Vocal – 1st Joanne Shaw Taylor, 2nd Sandi Thom, 3rd Connie Lush
Band – 1st Oli Brown Band, 2nd Ian Siegal Band, 3rd Matt Schofield Band
Guitar – 1st Matt Schofield, 2nd Robin Trower, 3rd Oli Brown
Harmonica – 1st Paul Jones, 2nd Giles King, 3rd Paul Lamb
Keyboard – 1st Jonny Henderson, 2nd Paddy Milner 3rd Bennett Holland
Bass – 1st Andy Graham, 2nd Fergie Fulton, 3rd Silas Maitland
Drums – 1st Wayne Proctor, 2nd Alan Taylor, 3rd Paul Hamilton
Instrument Other – 1st Son Henry, 2nd Patsy Gamble, 3rd Kyla Brox
Young Artist – 1st Chantel McGregor, 2nd Oli Brown, 3rd Ben Poole
Blues Festival – 1st Colne, 2nd Blues On The Farm, 3rd Maryport
Overseas Artist – 1st Joe Bonamassa, 2nd Walter Trout, 3rd Buddy Whittington
Album –
1st Heads I Win Tails You Lose – Oli Brown
2nd Merchants and Thieves – Sandi Thom
3rd Porchlight – Todd Sharpville
Kevin Thorpe Songwriter Award –
1st Same As It Never Was – Joanne Shaw Taylor
2nd Lousy Husband – Todd Sharpville
3rd Everything I Want – Ben Poole