Blues Show 230 playlist


Mark Harrison – Honeyboy

Rev Ferriday & The Longdogs – Moonshine

No Sinner – If Anything

Half Deaf Clatch – It Ain’t About The Money

Kathryn Lowdon Band Live In The Studio:

– Dead End Street

– Moanin’

– Memphis Moon

– Stormy Monday

The Elgins – Black Angel

Kathryn Lowdon Band Live In the Studio:

– Triumph

– I Got My Soul

Jed Potts & The Hillman Hunters – Ain’t It Ruff When Your Baby’s In A Huff

Jordan John – I Ain’t Never Loved A Woman

Kathryn Lowdon Band Live In the Studio:

– I Want To Be Free

– Black Betty

Matt Schofield – Everyday I Have The Blues

Robin Bibi – Anni Brown

Will Wilde – Mean Mistreatin’ Mama

Robin Bibi – Never Fade Away

King King – Jealousy

Joanne Shaw Taylor – Soul Station

Trevor Sewell – How Does That Work?

Half Deaf Clatch interview and:

Half Deaf Clatch – Summer Moon

Half Deaf Clatch – Hard Times Just Got Harder

Half Deaf Clatch – A Road Less Travelled

Half Deaf Clatch – A Place To Stay

Matt Andersen interview and:

Matt Andersen – I Work Hard For The Luxury

Matt Andersen – Coal Mining Blues

Matt Andersen & Mike Stevens – Snow Plough

South Memphis String Band – Worry About Your Own Backyard

The Elgins – Bad Acting Woman

Jed Potts & The Hillman Hunters – Burn It

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Will Wilde – Paranoia

Henrik Freischlader – I Loved Another Woman

Monkeyjunk – Why Are People Like That?

Robin Robertson Blues Band – Long Time Dead

Lobo Blues Live In The Studio:

Bring It On Home To Me

Why Haven’t I Heard From You?

Route 66

Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band – Sure Nuff ‘N’ Yes I Do

Catfish Keith – Jailbird Lovesong from Album Of The Week “Honey Hole”

Vincent Hayes – My Guitar & My Baby

Lobo Blues Live in The Studio:

A Good Day For The Blues

Dust My Broom/Statesboro Blues

Too Tired

Trevor Sewell – Fade To Grey

Gracie Curran – Been All Over

Dr. Wu featuring Buddy Whittington – Shoulda Coulda Woulda

Mitch Laddie – Paper in my Pocket

Rory Gallagher – Loanshark Blues

Matt Andersen – Coal Mining Blues

Ryan McGarvey – Blue Eyed Angel Blues

Eric Bibb – Currency Of Love

Catfish Keith – She Got Washed Away

Mick Abrahams – Medication Blues

Ernest Troost – Disturbin’ Blues

Catfish Keith – Someday Baby

Geoff Muldaur – Got To Find Blind Lemon

Madeleine Peyroux – Lonesome Road

Broken Wing – Seventh Son

Walter Trout – I’m Back

Laurence Jones – Thunder In The Sky

Russ Tippins Band – Tear Down the Sky

Catfish Keith – Sweet Honey Hole

Catfish Keith – Who’s Been Here?

CD Review: Half Deaf Clatch – A Road Less Travelled




I’ve known Andrew – “Half Deaf Clatch” for a while now, have seen him perform several times and we’ve even played on the same bill together. And every time he performs, he grabs the audience, who cannot help but be transfixed by his passionate vocals, his foot stomping butcher’s block and his haunting slide guitar playing.

I know the Blues are meant to be moody, but man, is this collection of songs moody!? And here the emphasis is on the songs, rather than Clatch’s trademark sound. Sure, the songs feature resonators with slide – and Clatch’s Butcher Block stomper is definitely in attendance, but it is the words and themes of the songs that impress here – I particularly like the way that Clatch’s baritone voice sounds right at home in this collection.

Hard Times Just Got Harder kicks this collection off, and for fans of Clatch we have the trademark sounds straight away; stomping feet and slide guitars back up a mournful take of a song steeped in blues tradition – with Clatch in unison on the chorus. The mood is set for the rest of the album right here – “Beg Borrow Steal, to get where you want to be”

Title track A Road Less Travelled continues the feeling of despair that hangs over this collection – “Sold up the river, shiny pennies for your dreams” “Darkness is falling – the end is drawing near” – familiar blues themes, but with a slight wisp of hope that might be found by taking “The Road Less Travelled”.

It Ain’t About The Money is where Clatch seems to set out his raison d’etre for playing the blues – “it’s all about the music, fame will come and go, it’s gonna be alright now, cos the blues is what you know” A low tuned resonator and butcher block stomper drive this song which, like any of the songs in this collection, could have been written anytime in the past 100 years. Keep on slidin’ and doin’ what you do Clatch!

A Place To Stay features banjo as well as Clatch’s usual resonator and butcher’s block stomper. And we have Clatch singing with himself too. A mournful, minor key plea for escape from day to day drudgery.

Summer Moon – a reflective piece about the end of a summer’s day “I’m down with the setting sun”

Can’t Do Right (For Doing Wrong) has a feeling of resignation that “try as you might, you can’t do right for doing wrong” – but there is a slight hint of hope “you won’t know until you take that chance”

Counting Kisses – here we have a Clatch chorus filling out the “yeah yeah” of the chorus and call and response slide guitar and vocals, and the uptempo stomping bring a sense of urgency to this song “don’t be late, no time to wait”

Seeing Red – and yet, amongst all of this gloom and doom, here we have a love song! Red is Clatch’s partner, manager and, most importantly, his muse for these blues. I can imagine that Red’s face will blush to match the colour of her hair when Clatch sings this song: ”Seeing Red I lose my head, she makes me feel insane!”

Roja Blue is a mournful instrumental that adds to the overall mood of this collection – simple, but very effective.

Your Choice with the vintage sound of crackling lets us know the origin of these blues, but Clatch’s arrangements are timeless here and are very current, as strange as that may seem for such a primitive sound.

Clatch has released several albums and e.p. collections, and has given away almost as much music as he has sold, but this collection shows the maturity that he has gained over the last couple of years – it deserves a place in any blues collection, on any blues radio show, and on the bill of any blues festival worthy of the name – a serious contender for Album Of The Year.

A Road Less Travelled will be pre-released at a gig on Sunday November 17th, when I’ll have the honour of supporting Clatch, and will be generally available on 9th December 2013.

Half Deaf Clatch

Blues Show 228 playlist

RIP Bobby Parker

RIP Bobby Parker


Bobby Parker – Watch Your Step

Climax Chicago Blues Band – Seventh Son

Lou Reed – See That My Grave is Kept Clean

Ian Siegal & The Mississippi Mudbloods – So Much Trouble

Jon Amor – Devil’s Back

Manfred Mann – Did You Have To Do That

Jo Harman – Underneath the Sky

Royal Southern Brotherhood – Hurts My Heart

Dave Keyes – Never Say Goodbye

Ryan McGarvey – Blues Knockin’ At My Door

Sean Webster – Have You Ever Loved A Woman

The Deluxe – I Loved Another Woman

The Mustangs – When God Met The Devil

Dan Baird & Homemade Sin – Keep Your Hands To Yourself

David Cattermole Band – Love

Steve Roux & The White Knuckle Blues Band – Might Just Be Too Late

Bowden & Williamson – Jumper on The Line

The Get-Go – Two Time Loser

Fiona Boyes – Chicken Needs Corn

David Migden & Dirty Words – Can’t See

Stevie Nimmo – Eye Of The Storm

Lazy Buddies – Fairy Tale Of A Womaniser

Toby Walker – Bootlegger’s Blues

Mixendorp – Night Walking

Bernard Allison – I Wouldn’t Treat A Dog

Steve Howell & The Mighty Men – I Had A Notion

The Allman Brothers – Southbound

Dave Keyes – Shadow Boogie