Blues Show 130 playlist & stream

Show broadcast Sunday 23rd October 6-8pm on 105.9BishopFM and

Studio Guests: The Sticklebacks

John Alex Mason – Bury My Boots
Brunning Sunflower Blues Band – Shout Your Name & Call It
Floyd McDaniel w. Dave Specter & The Bluebirds – Mean Old World
Chrissie O’Dell – You Lied To Me
The Sticklebacks Live In The Studio:
                            Ain’t It Funny How Time Slips Away
                            Meet Me In The Morning
                            Memphis In The Meantime
Mark Butcher – Is It You?
The Motives featuring Matt Taylor w. Ian Siegal – The Rules Don’t Apply
The Sticklebacks Live In The Studio:
                            She Belongs To Me
                            Call Me The Breeze
Dave O’Grady – Bones
Something Blue – Cornbread, Peas n Black Molasses
Al Stone – Walkin’ Cane
Half Deaf Clatch – Slow Death Shuffle
Jake’s Blues – Pass Me My Pain
Keith Patterson – Keep The Blues Alive
Lucy Hammond – Talk To Me
Darwin & The Electric Rebels – Dead Man’s Blues
Frank Latorre & The King Bees – Liar
Jeff Healey – Me & My Crazy Self
Something Blue – Baby, You Gotta Change Your Mind
Sonny Landreth – Key To The Highway
Jason Ricci – Done With The Devil

Vintage Guitars at

Vintage and Rare Guitars – a pretty good description of the kind of guitars that I and most other guitar players would like to own. But also the very apt name of a website showcasing both vintage and rare guitars. The site has details of thousands of guitars available for sale from all around the world – some without prices (the rarest, I guess!)

Here are a few of the gems amongst the many treasures there:
Jeff Buckley’s telecaster – yes, that one:

A 1966 Martin semi-acoustic guitar:

and a 1960 Gibson ES345:

I’ve literally spent hours today drooling over the guitars on this site – and I haven’t seen anywhere near all of them. If you love guitars, you’ve got a few hours to spare (and maybe a lot of money!) take a look – but don’t blame me if your keyboard fills up with drool and your bank balance empties pretty quickly!

Jake’s Blues

I get sent quite a few CDs these days, as well as downloads of mp3 tracks.
I listen to everything I’m sent, several times, and will always aim to give airtime on The Blues Show too. I figure, if a band or an artist or a PR company has taken the time and effort (and expense too) to send me some music, I at least need to give the music some of my time in return.

Last week I got an email to BishopFM about an artist called Jake’s Blues. Over the past few days I’ve been sent some tracks, and a CD is on the way too. Jake’s Blues (the band of Jake Banta) from Erie, Pennsylvania has been playing the blues circuit now for over twenty years.

He has opened the stage for some of America’s biggest and hottest stars, and has recorded with Stevie Ray’s rhythm section Double Trouble. 

Jake’s Blues, the band, play a great mix of blues and blues rock, with the odd bit of funk thrown in for good measure.

The CD “Living at the Crossroads” contains, as mentioned earlier, tracks recorded with world famous Double Trouble, the late Stevie Ray’s personal band.

Jake has an easy to listen to voice that can lay back when it needs too – “I Need Your Love So Bad”, – “Pass Me My Pain”; but can also step it up a notch too when required. And Jake is a very tasty guitar player too – he says: “ I like home made beer, farming and choking a guitar neck”.

Jake has been voted North-western PA’s Number 1 blues artist by local audiences, and has won 6 of Erie PA’s prestigious music awards for regional favourite.

You can find out more about Jake on his website at

Back Porch Stomp Box

I’ve been toying with the idea of one of these for ages, but many of them cost up to £50 – or more. I had a few spare quid in Paypal last week, and an idle ebay search brought me to this – just over a tenner, made from driftwood and fitted with a drum trigger (under the sticker). I though it was worth a shot, and short term in-house tests through my Peavey combo (bass all the way up, treble down, mid quite low, a touch of reverb) were enough for my family to say “What the hell are you doing?!”
I’ll be using it at my gig next Friday night – I’m doing an acoustic spot before playing bass with Sheik Your Mojo.

I got the Back Porch Stomp Box from Alan Deane at New Grain Music – he kindly included  a CD of some of his busking songs too.

Blues Show 129 playlist & stream

R.I.P. George “Mojo” Buford

Show broadcast 6-8pm Sunday 16th October on 105.9BishopFM and online at, repeated Wednesday 11pm.
Also syndicated on Kansas City Online Radio every Monday at 6pm CST

George “Mojo” Buford – I’m A Bluesman
Johnny Winter – Done Somebody Wrong
The Producers – Preservation Blues
L.R. Phoenix – Morning Train from the Album Of The Week “The Hollow Log of Capt. Richard Wolfe”
                       Contact L.R.:
Hokie Joint – Tom Rushen Blues
Hokie Joint – Interview at Cameron’s Club, Hartlepool
Hokie Joint – Bang Bang
Stevey Hay – Treason
Bad Influence – Dressing Like You Don’t Dress For Me
Granna Louise – Where You Been?
L.R. Phoenix – Crying
Black Sheep – Wrong Tree, Baby
Mark Butcher – Leave If You Want To
Paddy Milner – As She Walked Away
Savoy Brown – Can’t Let You Go
L.R. Phoenix – Down South
Stevey Hay – Sleep A Little Longer
Devil’s Creek – Give Me Your Love
Wily Bo Walker – Drive
C. J. Tozer – Searchin’
Paddy Milner – Come On In My Kitchen
L.R. Phoenix – Hobo
Savoy Brown – Can’t Take It With You
Mulebone – Untitled

New Brunswick Battle Of The Blues – entries open now

You may (or may not) remember that last year I was a judge at the Glasgow heat of this great contest. I was also invited to the final at the 100 Club in London, for a night of great music.

24 Pesos were the well deserved winners that night, and they recently returned from their gigs in New Brunswick at The Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival.
Says Julian Burdock from the band; ‘The competition is a fantastic opportunity for emerging or established British blues artists to raise their profile, play on a world stage – and experience the wonders of the Canadian maritime province that is New Brunswick!’

Entries are open from October 15th to December 15th for this year’s contest. All of the entry details are here and I’m certainly going to go to the heat that is local to me, at St. Peter’s Club in Byker, Newcastle.

I’ll be bringing you updates as the contest progresses.

Details of heats:

13th January, True Blues Club, Newton Le Willows 
18th January, The Thunderbolt, Bristol 
19th January, New Crawdaddy Blues Club, Billericay
27th January, Byker & St Peters Social Club, Newcastle

New Blues Gig

We had such a good time at the Jack Drum fundraiser that we played earlier this year, and so did the organisers. Such a good time, in fact, that they have decided to run a monthly music night on the last Friday of every month – hence Last Friday presents.. And they enjoyed us so much that we’re opening the inaugural Last Friday event!
I’ll be trying a couple of new songs in my acoustic set, and we’ve got 4 or 5 new tunes in the Sheik Your Mojo setlist too. Should be a good night!