Blues Show 150 playlist & stream

Lil’ Cliff & The Cliffhangers – 29 Ways To Make It To My Baby’s Door
Little Devils – Little Devils
How Askew – Law Dog
Paint It Blue – Outside Woman Blues
The Groovamatics feat. Johnny Whitehill – Love’s A Misdemeanour
Chris James – Louisiana Blues
24 Pesos – Melon Man
Rosie & The Hips – Live in The Studio:
                         – Heartache City
                         – Crimes
                         – Give Love Away
                         – All Hands On Deck
Bex Marshall – Love
Peter Parcek – She Belongs To Me
Martin Simpson – 61 Highway Blues/Highway 61 Revisited
Little Feat – It Takes A Lot To Laugh It Takes A Train To Cry
Bob Dylan – 32/20 Blues
Shaun Murphy – That’s What Love Will Make You Do
Rosie & The Hips – Live in The Studio:
                          – Black Magic
                          – Time Is On My Side
                         Studio Chat
                         – Runnin’ Scared
                         – Baby Come Back
Dave Arcari – Devil’s Left Hand
Ian Siegal – Delia
Main Street Blues Band – Piece Of Mind
Walter Trout – The Sky Is Falling Down

New Brunswick Battle of Blues Winners – The Groove-A-Matics feat Johnny Whitehill

At an excellent night of British Blues Music on Tuesday in London, the judges had a difficult job, with all 5 acts giving great performances. However a winner had to be chosen and when The Groove-A-Matics featuring Johnny Whitehill were announced as winners it was clearly a popular choice with the audience too. Johnny & the guys gave a great performance on the night showing their combined talents, with front man Mick Cantwell’s triple threat of powerful vocals, authentic harp and superb sax being the perfect foil to guitar maestro Johnny Whitehill’s tasteful and considered playing.

The guys will travel to New Brunswick in September and play a variety of gigs at the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. Well done guys! Great to see a local blues bands do well. Johnny has already been in The Blues Show studio and the guys will all be coming in soon to talk about the contest, their new CD and much more.

Blues Show 149 playlist & stream

Album Of The Week

Stuart James Band – Jagerblind
Alabama Shakes  – Hold On
Clare Free – Believe In Me
Oli Brown – You Can Only Blame Yourself
Ledfoot – Save My Ass
Hillfolk Noir – Parchman Farm Blues
Levee Town – Song She Sang
Oli Brown – I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know
Jeremy Spencer – Bitter Lemon
Lightnin’ Hopkins – I’m A Crawling Black Snake
Oli Brown – Like A Feather
Clare Free -Dust And Bones
Billy Walton Band – Deal With The Devil
A Ton Of Blues – I Won’t Be Your Fool
Ian Siegal – Baby Let Me Follow You Down
Ian Siegal – Interview
Giles Robson &The Dirty Aces – Twenty Gallons of Muddy Water
Oli Brown -Remedy
Matt Andersen – Better Man Blues
Ron Sayer Jr. – I Ain’t Leaving Until You Stay
Hillfolk Noir – Goodbye
Kevin MAK Watson – The Stomp

British Blues Awards Kevin Thorpe Memorial Award

I’m honoured to have been asked to get involved in this years British Blues Awards – specifically the nominations for Original British Blues Song – the Kevin Thorpe Memorial Award. Along with about a dozen other Blues Presenters I was asked to make some nominations for this award. I knew it would be a tough task – not because there aren’t many good British Blues songs – but to the contrary there are too many! I’m guessing too that many of us wanted to pick either the same songs or artists as each other – my initial choices had all been taken. However, after extensive listening to my growing collection of British Blues CDs released over the past year, I’ve narrowed it down.

You can read my nominations here and you can hear them all in the second hour (7-8pm UK) of my show on April 1st at You can listen to all of the other DJs choices too (check dates and times on the website) and then vote for one song from each presenter’s choice.

Blues Show 148 playlist & stream

Album Of The Week

The Blues Brothers – She Caught The Katy
Suze Lanier-Bramlett – Soup Kitchen
Cherry Lee Mewis – Keep It Clean
24 Pesos – Ain’t Gonna Beg No More
Simon Raw (Raw Guitar Company) Interview and:
Charley Patton – Mississippi BollWeavil Blues
Robert Johnson – Hellhound On My Trail
Blind Willie Johnson – John The Revelator
Elmore James – The Sky Is Crying
Howlin’ Wolf – How Many More Years
24 Pesos – Did Your Daddy Wrong
Pat Hare – I’m Gonna Murder My Baby
Robert Nighthawk – Cheating & Lying Blues
Jimmy Reed – Big Boss Man
Alexis Korner – Steal Away
Lonnie Johnson – Too Late To Cry Baby
24 Pesos – Leadbelly
Furry Lewis – Good Morning Judge
T-Bone Walker – It’s A Mean Old World
24 Pesos – Tryin’ To Get Back To You
24 Pesos – Peace In The Valley

Mark Cloutier – Voodoo Man


For my birthday last month one of my work colleagues bought me one of these gadgets. I have a thing about plectrums (picks as they are called in the US) – I don’t use a lot, preferring thumbpicks for acoustic playing, but I like to have a lot of plectrums – I’ve even bought special sets with Jerry Garcia’s name and face on them (yes, very sad!). I have to say I’m highly impressed with this gadget and as soon as I opened it I rummaged through my wallet to find a suitable card to destroy/transform. Once I’d done that (it requires quite a firm grip) my colleagues rummaged through purses and desks to find a small pile of cards. I spent my lunch hour converting them in to plectrums. So a useful and enjoyable gift!

There’s even a demo video

Blues Show 147 playlist & stream

Album Of The Week

Mike Garner – Billy The Kid
The Mentulls – I Got The Blues
WT Feaster Band – About Time
Peter Parcek 3 – Lord Help The Poor And Needy
WT Feaster Band – Found Yourself
Poplar Jake – 32-20 Blues
Poplar Jake – Crow Jane
Marcus Malone – One More Time
The SomeX6 Band – Hoodoo Shake
Walter Trout – Walkin’ In The Rain
Rory Gallagher – As The Crow Flies
Albert Cummings – Hoochie Coochie Man/Dixie Chicken
Poplar Jake – I Am What I Am
Poplar Jake & Gary Grainger – Dust My Broom
Poplar Jake & Gary Grainger – That’s Alright
Peter Parcek 3 – Tears Like Diamonds
WT Feaster Band – Blues Comes Around
Howlin’ Wolf – Forty Four
Bill Bourne – These Blues
Shawn Starski – How It Came To Be
WT Feaster Band – Juggling Dynamite
Ron Sayer Jr. – I Ain’t Leaving
WT Feaster Band – The Road is Mine
WT Feaster Band – Nickel Soul
Peter Parcek 3 – Rollin’ With Zah