Blues Show 167 playlist & stream

Alvin Lee – Album Of The Week

Deep Purple – When A Blind Man Cries
Big Caffeine Fix – Summertime
Alvin Lee – Listen To Your Radio Station from Album Of The Week
Gary Clark Jr. – When My Train Pulls In
Marc O’Reilly – Tell Old Joe
Jo Harman & Company – Sweet Man Moses
Jerry Garcia Band – Might As Well
Michael Littlefield – Hard Time Killing Floor Blues
Gov’t Mule – When the Blue Comes Knockin’
Alvin Lee – Midnight Creeper
Idle Hands – When I First Met Chicago
Foy Vance – Be With Me
Big Caffeine Fix – Crawl Into Midnight
The Phantom Blues Band – Boogah Man
Alvin Lee – Blues Got Me So Bad
Little Feat – Mellow Down Easy
Guy Davis – Ramblin’ All Over
Billy Boy Arnold – Key To The Highway
Erja Lyttinen – The Road Leading Home
Erja Lyttinen – Voracious Love
Alvin Lee – Save My Stuff
Alvin Lee – Love Like A Man 2
Tab Benoit – Mother Earth
Chris Murphy – Hotwired

Unexpected coffee in Darlington

I’m always on the look out for a surprise coffee, maybe somewhere out of the ordinary. My wife told me of this little place which sits inside a handbag shop in Queen’s Arcade in Darlington. Now, Darlington has all of the usual suspects in the coffee world – Starbucks, Costa Coffee, Caffe Nero – as well as many local, independent coffee shops – and I must have frequented them all many times over. So imagine my pleasure when we went to this handbag store today and the 3 small tables were empty. I sampled a wonderful espresso – really superb – with a lovely flavour and a nice crema on the top. My wife’s cappuccino was “one of the best I’ve ever had” and she doesn’t like coffee any where near as much as I do. I’ll certainly return and sample a cappuccino – and another espresso – and an Americano and….

Alvin Lee’s Guitars

Here is the link to Alvin lee’s gear page. Alvin, formerly of Ten Years After is most well known for playing a red Gibson 335, of course, Big Red. Alvin featured the guitar in Ten Year’s After’s performance at Woodstock – captured for posterity in Woodstock the Movie. He no longer takes Big Red out in the road but Gibson built him a replica. Alvin talks about the extra pickup he has fitted, as well as amps and so on, on his webpage.

Blues Show 166 playlist & stream

How Askew Band – Studio Session Guests

Lucy Zirins – Feelin’ Good
Bobby Dirninger – Mississippi
Royal Southern Brotherhood – Left My Heart In Memphis
Samantha Fish – Push Comes To Shove
Mike Zito – Pearl River
Terry Quiett Band – The Woodsman
How Askew Band Live In The Studio:
          Train Can’t Turn On The Tracks
          Cold Wind
          Law Dog
Will Scott – You Said You’d Take Me To Spain
Billy D & The Hoodoos – Love Makes You Cry
Lonnie Johnson – Too Late To Cry Baby
Mulebone – Tupelo Honey
Markus James – In The Shadows
Sonny Landreth – Blue Tarp Blues
Eric Sardinas – Worried Blues
Derek Trucks Band – Chevrolet
How Askew Band Live In The Studio:
          Certain Something
          All Alone
          Only Leaves Me MyBlues To Drink
The Sugar Bs – House Of The Rising Sun
Muddy Waters & Rolling Stones – Hoochie Coochie Man
Woody Guthrie & Sonny Terry – Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad
Bonnie Raitt – Used To Rule The World

SlideRig – slide guitar goodness!

I’m a sucker for a well played slide guitar, and have, several times, tried to play it myself. It is, of course, very easy to play bad slide guitar, and very hard to play good slide guitar. I think that slide guitar has 3 parts to it – technique, tone and feel.
By listening to some of the many excellent proponents of the art – Sonny Landreth, Lowell George, Erja Lyytinen, Roy Rogers, Elmore James, Ry Cooder and many more, you can pick up some techniques. And of course there are many online tutorials these days too.
Feel has top come from within – helped with a good dollop of listening to the afore mentioned players, and practising.
But tone is a different issue – especially electric slide playing. Even an experienced guitar player can be put off playing slide if it sounds like  the clikkity clack of knitting needles up and down the guitar neck. Action height and guitar setup in general will all help, of course. Personally, I’ve gone for using a compressor, to help the notes ring out, along with a touch of delay. Different folks have different set ups, but the difference a good tone can make to slide playing is immense – it makes you feel as if you are getting somewhere near the rudiments of the technique if it at least sounds good.

Enter the Slide Rig – a pedal used by another great slide player, Paul Barrere of Little Feat – and many others too. The company obviously have great taste. they say: “Our goal was to reproduce the slide-guitar tones first heard on Little Feat’s classic album “Dixie Chicken”. And there’s no better place to start, in my humble opinion! Check this video. You’ll want one. I do!

Blues Show 165 playlist & stream

Cee Cee James – Blood Red Blues
Girls With Guitars – Don’t Go Making Me Cry
How Askew – Law Dog
Groovamatics feat. Johnny Whitehill – More To Life
Little Feat – Candyman
Gare Du Nord – Poor Boy Blues
Suzanne & The Blues Church – Poor Man’s Dream
Jim Kweskin & The Jug Band – Richland Woman
Davide Pannozzo – Who Cares
Little Feat – Mellow Down Easy
Earl Seratte & The Blues Kings – Keep On Movin’
Erja Lyytinen – Soul of A Man
Betty James – A Little Mixed Up
Otis Rush – I Can’t Quit You Baby
Mighty Sam Mclain – What You Want Me To Do
Little Feat – The Blues Keep Coming
Roadkill Orchestra – Norton
Big Boy Bloater – Leonard Cohen
Chris Robinson’s Brotherhood – Bright Lights Big City
James O’Hara Band – Please Try To See It My Way
Pinetop Perkins 44 Blues
Buddy Guy – Sit and Cry The Blues
Little Feat – Rooster Rag
The Soul of John Black – Lemonade
Bad Influence – Rockin’ My Boogie

Half Deaf Clatch Recording Setup

I’ve featured the music of Half Deaf Clatch on my Blues Show.
He recently shared this photo of his recording setup:
Behringer B-1 studio condenser mic into a Tube ultra-gain 100 pre-amp, old no brand vintage dynamic mic, Zoom RFX-1000 multi effects unit, Behringer Ultramizer Pro Multiband program enhancer, Behringer Ultra-graph Pro 31 band stereo graphic eq, Behringer Composer Pro Dynamics Processor, Eurorack MX802a eight channel mixer, Fostex VF80 Hard Disc Recorder and two Sennheiser e604 tom mics into Shark Dsp110 DI boxes for the stompboard.
The next project I’m working on I’ll be recording live through all this directly onto an Akai GX-4000D reel to reel (instead of the digital multitrack) then the finished songs pressed onto vinyl as part of a limited run EP.
Its all low budget gear nothing flash, but it certainly does the job. It was how I recorded my album and I’m very happy with how that turned out. 
Check out his latest album “Who Needs Shelter” here