Blues Show 142 playlist & stream

Martin Gaughan Roberts

Show first broadcast Sunday January 29th on 105.9BishopFM and

Jolly Jumper & Big Moe – Mr. Crump Don’t Like It
Bex Marshall – Bite Me
The Jimmy Bowskill Band – Little Bird
Liam Tarpey – Krypto Blues
Danny Bryant’s RedEye Band – Tell Me
Steve Arvey – Mardi Gras
Harry Manx & Kevin Breit – Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
Martin Gaughan Roberts & Friends – Live Session in the Studio:
          Ain’t Got You
          Half Way to Heaven
          Table for Two
          Stood At Your Gate
Little Toby Walker – Juice
Trevor Sewell – One Hundred Years
Mick Simpson – Can’t You hear The Wind Howl
Robert Johnson – Phonograph Blues
Dion – Ride’s Blues
Mark Karan – Love In Vain

Martin Gaughan Roberts & Friends – Live Session in the Studio:
          One More Lap Around The Sun
          Better Come Clean
          Baby Sometimes
          Bear Fruit
The Mustangs – Got To Be Good
Liam Tarpey – On My Neck

Newcastle winners – New Brunswick Battle of Blues – Groovamatics feat. Johnny Whitehill

I had the pleasure of being the Master of Ceremonies (OK, Stage announcer!) at St. Peter’s Club, Byker for the Newcastle Heat last Friday night. 6 great acts did their best and around 100 people enjoyed a night of great blues music.
The judges had a very hard job on their hands, but the eventual winners (and through to the London final in March) were Groovamatics featuring Johnny Whitehill. Although the video above only has audio on one channel, it gives a very good flavour of what the band can do. Johnny Whitehill on guitar played with the Paul Lamb and The Kingsnakes (thanks to Anon for correction!)  for quite a while and was award winner for several years running in guitar magazine polls.
Singer/Sax/Harp Mick Cantwell has been a mainstay of many bands in the North East over several years. When I was playing in Blues Unlimited, Mick stood in as singer for a charity gig we did – I was highly impressed by his powerful voice and his great harp tone.
I wish the guys every success in the final in London, March 27th.
Runners up at the heat were Lee Bates & Billy Newton – former Blues Show guests of course – and How Askew – soon to be a Blues Show guest! The runners up will have the chance to get to the final by a viewer’s vote, which I’ll bring details of once they’re finalised.

Blues Show 141 playlist & stream

Show first broadcast Sunday Jan. 22nd 2012 on 105.9BishopFM and

Rest In Peace Etta James

Etta James – I Would Rather Go Blind
Etta James – Something’s Got A Hold On Me
Son Henry – First Thing Smoking
Johnny Otis – Barrelhouse Blues
Lincoln Durham – Living This Hard
Sean Chambers – Too Much Blues
Martin Simpson – Little Liza Jane
Etta James – Dreamer
Joel De Silva – Hard Time
Cherry Lee Mewis – Man Overboard
Clare Free – Dust & Bones
Etta James – Tell Mama
Miss Lissy – Mountain Mama Blues
Jo Harman & Company – Move Over
Lee Bates & Billy Newton – You’d Better Hush Your Mouth
Half Deaf Clatch – Trainwreck Girl
How Askew – Law Dog
Groovamatics feat. Johnny Whitehill – Love’s A Misdemeanour
Sheikh Your Mojo – Chillin’
Greg Wilson & The Big Caffeine Fix – Queen of Hearts
MFUS – Never
Virgil & The Accelerators – Backstabber
Little Feat – Ain’t Had Enough Fun
Sleepy Eyes Nelson – Joker Man
Etta James – I Just Want To Make Love To You
Son Henry – Granite City Shuffle

Half Deaf Clatch and his Butcher’s Block Stomp Box

Half Deaf Clatch gave a very good performance at last night’s Newcastle heat of The New Brunswick Battle of the Blues, even though he didn’t get through to the final or the runner up video vote.
Many folks were impressed by his performance and his stompbox (pictured above) was the subject of much discussion. It is a butcher’s block about 20 years old. The mics are tuned tom mics to cut out high frequencies and they go through a shark DSP DI box with a compressor and gate setting and notched out feedback frequency filters. And there’s two because it looks cooler! (and you don’t have to turn the gain right up for big volume).
Go check out Half Deaf’s music at bandcamp – for free – and tell him i sent ya!
I’ve asked Half Deaf to be a guest on the Blues Show too.

Chris James – winner at New Brunswick Battle of Blues heat

I was a judge at the True Blues Club in Newton-le-Willows for the first heat of this year’s New Brunswick Battle of The Blues. And let me tell you – what a tough job it was! 6 excellent acts performed on the night and gave us judges a difficult task. Eventually a winner was announced – the excellent Chris James. Chris from Carlisle got through to the final last year too, and judging by his performance at the heat, the other finalists (and the judges!) will have a tough job!

Here’s Chris from the heat with his own song, Salty Water. Sit back and relax and enjoy this!

Thikwater Cigar Box Guitars – Yolanda

Cigar Box Guitars (CBG) are generally enjoying a rush of popularity around the world, and there are great websites around to tell you all about them, and give you instructions to build your own, as well as lots of CDs of people playing them, and videos on youtube.

Closer to home (for me at least), local builder Thikwater has a range of CBGs available. He first started building CBG’s around 2003 after seeing them on a visit to the US. He currently builds approximately 1 a month which he fits around general guitar repair and setup work.
He doesn’t need to advertise as he already has a healthy waiting list by word of mouth.

For 2012 he plans to start building up to 2 a month to get on top of the waiting list and reduce the guitar repair work.
When he started in 2003 most people wanted 3 stringers, but the current trend is for 4 stringers. he also intends ti setup an internet forum for CBG players in the near future.
He names all of his guitars as they are easier to remember that way – the pics above are of Yolanda, bought by my friend Bad Bob Bates of The Bandits and OCC.

Thikwater also builds number plate guitars – see below for a picture of one made for ZZ Top tribute band The ZZTops – and a video review too.

Blues Show 140 playlist & stream

Ndidi Onukwulu – Things About Comin’ My Way
Chris James – Angel In the Mirror
Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Yer Blues
Vince Gill – When the Lady Sings The Blues
Shaun Murphy – That’s What Love Will Make
Colin James – Keep On Tryin’
.44 Pistol – Old Time Country Blues
Jimmy Thackeray & The Drivers – I’ll Be Your Driver
Monkey Paw Finger – Chicken Shack Shakin’
Victor Wainwright & The Wild Roots – Ting Tang Bang
Phil Manning – Can’t Stop
Cisco Herzhaft – I Feel Like A Warrior
Gary Clark Jr. – Bright Lights
Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry – Blues All Around My Bed
Frank Brown – Miss Maybelle
Moondog Gypsy Blues Band – Freedom Day
Rail Fan – Hard Road To Hoe
Richard Townend – My Baby Left Me
The King Cobras – The Boogie
Will Johns – On My Back
The Motives feat. Matt Taylor – Gone Before
The Mighty Boss Cats – Plenty Of Time
Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson – Deliah
Toby Walker – Hideaway

Blues Show 139 playlist & stream

Brother Duke & The Deltas in the Blues Show studio

Blues Show 139 broadcast 6-8pm Sunday 8th Jan on 105.9BishopFM and

Dicky James & The Blue Flames – A Real Good Blues
Bill Johnson – Worked To Death
Tommy Lee Cook – A Certified Fool
Hillbilly Burlesque – Me & My Chauffeur Blues
Ramon Goose – Delta Moon
Brother Duke & the Deltas live in the studio:
        Father On Up The Road
        Sweet Home Chicago
        Blues Boy
Chris Murphy – Something Else
Devil’s Creek – Kokomo Train
Matt Andersen – I Work Hard For The Luxury
The Rhythm Lords – Java Headed Woman
Bill Johnson – Half The Man
Jim Suhler – Devil In Me
The Motives feat. Matt Taylor – Baby Don’t Lose My Number
Son Roberts – 90 Years Old
The Elgins – Sad Sad Day
Tommy Lee Cook – Move A Little Closer
Matt Andersen – Coal Miner’s Blues
Scotty McKnight – It’s The Blues
Clare Free – Dust and Bones
Jim Suhler – Tijuana Bible
Chris Murphy – Hotwired

Bill Johnson’s Gear Page

I was sent Canadian Bill Johnson‘s CD “Still Blue” to play on the Blues Show on BishopFM (I played 2 tracks on Blues Show 139, playlist to follow). Bill kindly sent me an email after I’d commented about how much I enjoyed the CD. The CD is very very good, Bill is a great guitar player with wonderful technique and tone. More than that, though, his own songs stand up well in the company of some well chosen covers, and his voice was designed for one thing only – to sing the blues. Check the album out, you owe it to yourself.

Guild Starfire IV

Bill had dropped by Thumbrella and noted my interest in guitars too. He gave me a link to his own gear page, where he lists his current equipment – guitars and amps. And very nice they are too. Check them out. And while you’re there – buy a copy of Bill’s CD – you won’t be sorry – didn’t I tell you how good it is?

Bill’s Telecaster signed by Otis Rush & Danny Gatton
Bill’s Toneliner Amp