Blues Show 159 playlist & stream

Album Of The Week

JJ Grey & Mofro – Orange Blossoms
Adam & The King Bee – Take Your Time
Albert Castiglia – Directly From My Heart To You
Ash Grunwald – The Demon in Me
Doc Watson – Sittin’ On Top Of The World
Hooson – Little by Little
Chris James – Salty Water
BabaJack – Rooster Blues
Adam & The King Bee – One More Then Bed
The Andy Druder Disorder – Just Gimme A Slow Blues
Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges – Aching Heart
Eddie Martin – Let It Slide
Little Feat – Rooster Rag
Jimmie Vaughan – I Like It Like That
Albert Castiglia – The Man
Adam & The King Bee – After All
Marcus Bonfanti – Teach The Preacher
Johnny Dickinson – Into the Deep
Lost Tone – The Soul of A Man
Tedeschi Trucks Band – Rollin’ & Tumblin
Adam & The King Bee – Peace Offering
Tie One On – Buy Another Beer
Dave Arcari – One Side Blind
Ian Siegal – The Bleeding Cowboy’s Lament
Adam & The King Bee – You Got Me Right
Albert Castiglia – Freddie’s Boogie

Blues Show 158 playlist & stream

Album Of The Week

Lewis Hamilton & the Boogie Brothers – Empty Roads
Half Deaf Clatch – Dancing In The Rain
Alabama Slim – Ain’t I Been Good To You?
Agnostic Phibes Rhythm & Blood Conspiracy – Who Fears The Devil
Dana Dixon Band – Let You People Know
Dave Jackson Band – Born Again Bluesman
Half Deaf Clatch – Workin Life Blues
Dave Arcari – Walkin’ Blues
Babajack – Gallows Pole
Eddie Martin – Flowers To The Desert
Chris James – Angel In The Mirror
Marcus Bonfanti – Sweet Louise
Ian Siegal – Ain’t Nobody’s Business
Half Deaf Clatch – Oh My Daze
Idle Hands  –  Drive!
Joe Bonamassa – Dislocated Boy
Half Deaf Clatch – Applying for A Licence To Play the Blues
Devil’s Creek – Kokomo Train
Michael Roach – Remember Me
Skip James – Devil Got My Woman
The Blues Preachers – Pay Day
Dana Dixon Band – Too Late
Half Deaf Clatch – Voodoo Solutions
Jimmie Vaughan – Tilt A Whirl

Michael Roach at The Gala, Durham – review, video

I was able to interview Michael Roach for last week’s Blues Show, and he was kind enough to send me his latest CD Innocent Child. I played a few tracks on last week’s show, along with the interview, to promote last night’s gig at The Gala Theatre, in Durham.

When we arrived there weren’t many people there, but by the time Michael took to the stage I would say the room was full to capacity. This was Michael’s third vist to The Gala and clearly some of the audience had seen him on his previous appearances.

A dapper figure in his suit, tie and hat, Michael is an authentic American bluesman. Though he has lived in the UK since the mid-90s, he was born in Washington DC, and learned the blues as a late developer at the feet of some of the remaining living bluesmen such as John Jackson and John Cephas.

All photos and video by Alan Walton

 A very adept fingerstyle guitar player, with a mellow, resonant voice, Michael opened with some songs from his new album Innocent Child, and then over the next 2 hours took us on a journey through the blues, stopping off at workcamps, churches and, er, nursery rhymes! The founder of the European Blues Association, Michael is filled with historical information about the blues, and shared that information with us in an engaging style between songs. He also proposed that, rather than Mississippi, Virginia should be the home of the blues – I’ll let you find out why when you go to see him play.

Clearly a spiritual man, Michael gave us several spirituals, as well as his moving tribute to his mentor John Cephas, “Remember Me”, shown above. But Michael is whimsical too – he had us suggesting and joining in on blues versions of nursery rhymes, and at the end of the night moved to one of the more “risque” songs of his repertoire.

All in all, a very relaxed evening of authentic blues, in the company of a man who knows what he is singing about – a guitar player’s guitar player too. Highly recommended!

I’m seriously tempted first of all to join the European Blues Association, and secondly to sign up for one of the residential blues weeks that Michael organises at the University of Northampton. Michael chatted after the gig about these great weeks, and how people just choose not to go to bed for the whole week, just stay up and play the blues – sounds like heaven! I look forward to seeing Michael again, and hopefully doing some playing with him too – we chatted about jamming next time we meet.

Blues Show 157 playlist & stream

Jimmie Vaughan – Six Strings Down
Michael Ironman Burks – Strange Feeling
Booker T & The MGs – Green Onions
Tedeschi Trucks Band – Come See About Me
Betty James – Help Me To Find My Love
Charlie Speed – Sugar Free
Hadden Sayer & Ruthie Foster – Back To The Blues
Pinetop Perkins – 44 Blues
JJ Grey & Mofro – The Sweetest Thing
Lee Bates & Billy Newton – I’ve Been To School
Curtis Salgado – A Woman Or The Blues
Joan Osborne – Bring It On Home
Charlie Musselwhite – Rambler’s Blues
Johnny Sansone – The Lord Is Waiting & The Devil is Too
Samantha Fish – Down In The Swamp
Howlin’ Wolf – Moanin’ At Midnight
Michael Roach – Innocent Child
Michael Roach – Interview part 1
Michael Roach – What’s The Matter Blues
Michael Roach – Interview part 2
Tab Benoit – Medicine
Tedeschi Trucks Band – Midnight In Harlem
Johnny Farmer – Death Letter (remix)
Joel De Silva – Nitro’s Grease

Great gig with Virgil & The Accelerators

All photos by Mandie Spence

I received a short notice phone call to support Virgil & The Accelerators at Mainsforth last Saturday. I supported them last time they were there so didn’t expect to get the call, but I’m glad that I did. The small but enthusiastic crowd were treated to a tour-de-force by Virgil, Gabriel and Jack. I’ve seen them 5 times now, and this was their best gig yet. With great songs from their recent CD The Radium, as well as several great new songs which show they aren’t standing still, the guys were on fire! For me, Silver Giver was especially stunning, and several of the songs also featured this delicious Les Paul, which Virgil’s dad gave him when he was 14. It sounded immense! Watch out for these guys – if they play a gig near you, go see them!

Blues Show 156 playlist & stream

Album Of The Week

Betty James – I’m A Little Mixed Up
Jimmie Vaughan – Teardrop Blues
Stevey Hay’s Shades Of Blue – Keep ou of Love
Tam White – King Cobra
Maggie Bell – As The Years Go Passing By
Tom Principato – Don’t Want To Do It
Stevey Hay’s Shades of Blue – Willie Brown
Eric Steckel – It’s Tax Deductible
Blues n Trouble – Bag Full Of Boogie
Tim Elliott & The Troublemakers – Hard Work Ain’t Easy
Dave Arcari – Baby Let Me Follow You Down
John Hunt – Weak Brain & Narrow Mind
Hat Fitz & Cara – Eliza Blues
Stevey Hay’s Shades Of Blue – Backyard Blues
Laurence Jones – Thunder In The Sky
Regina Bonelli – Daddy I’m A Big Girl Now
Rita Chiarelli – These Four Walls
Stevey Hay’s Shades of Blue – Shake Rag Boogie
Main Street Blues – Peace of Mind
Sleepy Eyes Nelson – Undertaker Blues
River Devils – Tennessee Whiskey
Stevey Hay’s Shades Of Blue – Why Get Up
Kate Bradley Bouille  – I Don’t Believe
Dave Sadler – Fourth Street Ruckus

Jimmie Vaughan – and Raw Guitars!

Jimmie Vaughan and Raw Guitars’ Prowler

I was fortunate enough to be invited to Burnley Blues Festival on Friday and was doubly fortunate that the headliner was Jimmie Vaughan with Lou Ann Barton & The Tilt A Whirl Band. We were treated to 2 hours of superb blues from a fantastically tight band. Lou Ann was stunning and Jimmie was, of course, superb. My friend Simon Raw of Raw Guitars and I were then even more fortunate to be invited to meet Jimmie backstage after the gig. Simon had taken The Prowler guitar with a hope of showing it to Jimmie. Jimmie liked the guitar a lot, proclaiming it “very cool!” Jimmie was very gracious and a very nice guy too.

I shot the video at the top of this post and there are more at my youtube channel.