Blues Show 252 playlist


Michael Rolf on The Blues Show


Tom Gee on The Blues Show









Jerry Garcia Band – Let It Rock

Colin Linden – Between The Darkness & The Light Of Day

Robert Cray – You Move Me

Michael Rolf – It’s Only Love (Don’t Let It Break Your Heart)

The Michael Rolf Trio Live In The Studio:

– Karma’s A Bitch

– This Long Road

Michael Rolf – I’ve Only Got The Blues For You

Ian Siegal – Mortal Coil Shuffle

Johnny Shines – 32/20 Blues

The Tom Gee Band – Superman

Tom Gee Live In The Studio:

– Better Things To Do

– Piece Of Paper

– Listen People

– Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven (with Gary Grainger on harp)

– Thinking About You

– Can’t Get Enough

The Tom Gee Band – Dead In The Morning

Funke & The Two Tone Baby – Wasting My Love

Walter Trout – The Bottom Of The River

John Campbell – When The Levee Breaks

John Crampton – How Many More Years

Keb’ Mo’ – I’m Gonna Be Your Man

Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen – Grinnin’ In Your Face

Half Deaf Clatch – Deathly Blue

Jim Suhler – Po’ Lightnin

Lightnin’ Hopkins – Come Back Baby

B.B. King – Help The Poor

Walter Trout – Wasting Away

Hat Fitz & Cara – Excuse Me

Coco Montoya – I Got A Mind To Travel

Laurence Jones – Soul Swamp River

T.C. & The Moneymakers – Catfish Blues recorded in session on The Blues Show

Michael Hurley – Blue Driver




CD Review – Michael Rolf – Diving For The Moon


Michael Rolf album cover

CD Review Michael ROLF – Diving For the Moon

The album starts with a mid-tempo rocker “It’s Only Love” – Michael has a pleasing rock voice and the catchy riff and the vocal reprise soon get in your head. There’s an interesting mood and tempo change towards the end of the song – interesting in a good way. I think a little more could have been made of this change, but all in all, a good start.

“Pineapple Boy” is an electric piano-led instrumental piece which features trumpet – this could almost be some laid back chill out music, with the winding funky bass line and steady tempo of the drums – if the drum beat had laid back a little here and there this could definitely be heading for ambient territory.

“Beaten Up Woman Blues” is a ramshackle romp through an uptempo tune which mixes blues harp with twangy guitars – and, as the title suggests, a serious message in the seemingly throwaway lyrics.

“Only Got The Blues For You” follows more traditional blues territory with a slow walking bass line underpinning the first 2 verses. These stripped back verses give Michael’s voice a chance to show through – there is a pleasing gritty quality to his voice. I’d like to have seen a bit more form to this track – maybe a more cohesive acoustic guitar part.

We move firmly into rock territory with “This Long Road”, with crunchy rhythm guitars and driving drums and bass pushing us to the middle eight, and then to a simple but effective guitar solo which, after one more verse, takes us out of the song.

“Karma’s A Bitch” has a laid back, almost jazzy feel, but it is the lyrics that are important here – Michael obviously reliving some incident that is causing him to reflect on his young life. Whilst not wanting to pry, I would have liked to have known a bit more – perhaps a little more detail in the lyrics would be useful.

“Meet Me In The Morning” – a slow blues is introduced by a guitar solo which betrays hints of Michael’s rock leanings – leanings which become more evident in the middle guitar solo section. Lyrically this blues has some promise and might have been better suited to a solo acoustic backing.

Next we have a cover of “Galway To Graceland” – Richard Thompson’s well known song. Michael gives a great acoustic rendition of this song, with his voice doing a great job of carrying the story.

The instrumental title track “Diving For The Moon” is next up and is definitely rooted in rock, with a power trio format led by overdriven guitar. The playing is good, though I feel that at over 7 minutes the track is a little overlong –some editing and a clear definition of melodic ideas would have helped here.

“The Fallen King” is our final track. Sounding very autobiographical, this slow, melancholic track tells of a relationship that has gone wrong somewhere. The music is simple – bass, guitar & drums – leaving room for the story in the lyrics.

Overall this is an interesting album, with a good mix of styles. For me the most interesting instrument here is Michael’s voice – it is well suited to rock but also suited to slower, introspective pieces too. Of course, Michael is young and I expect that, with some more life and musical experiences, his next album might be the one to take him places. For now, though, this is a firm foundation on which to build.

Michael will be featuring songs form the album live in The Blues Show studio on Sunday 27th April at

Blues Show 251 playlist

Album Of The Week - "Dark Was The Yearling" - The Bones of J. R. Jones

Album Of The Week – “Dark Was The Yearling” – The Bones of J. R. Jones


Paul Butterfield Blues Band – Get Out Of My Life Woman

Roosevelt Sykes – Dirty Mother For You

MFUS – All I Want

The Bones of J. R. Jones – Dreams To Tell

John Lee Hooker – One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer

Sticks McGee & J.C. Burns – Drinkin’ Wine Spo-Dee-Odie

Prince Albert Hunt & His Texas Ramblers  – Blues In The Bottle

Lowell Levinger – Married To The Blues

Gravelroad – Death Bed Blues

Deborah Bonham – Good Times

The King Bees – My Babe

Simma – Vodont

David Migden & The Twisted Roots – Wamp

The Hoax – Big City Blues

The Bones of J.R. Jones – Good Friend Of Mine

Trevor Sewell – DNA (Geoff Wilbourn remix)

CB & Ten Others with axes – Rosie

Blind Uncle Gaspard – Sur Le Borde de L’eau

Jo Harman – Ain’t No Love

Adam Sweet – I Work Alone

John Nemeth – My Baby’s Gone

Henry Thomas – Bull Doze Blues

Tom Dickson – Labour Blues

Louie Lasky – Teasin’ Brown Blues

Gordon Smith – One Dime Blues

Roots & Terep – Funky Rooster

Howlin’ Wolf – Shake For Me

Hannah Aldridge – Howlin’ Bones

Jimpson & Five others – Murder’s Home

The Bones of J.R. Jones – St. James’ Bed

Eddie Martin – Blues Took Me By The Hand

 The Riotous Brothers – Something’s Got To Change

Tim Green Band – The River

Boo Boo Davis – If You Ain’t Ever Had The Blues

Cherry Lee Mewis – Stay Here With You

Gregg Allman – Floating Bridge

George Shovlin Band – Cruisin’

Jumpin Jack Strobel – Mother Earth

Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell – Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child

Tulli Brae & The Medicine Man Revue– Still Standing Tall




Blues Show 250 playlist


The Hokum Hotshots Live On The Blues Show


Gerry Jablonski & The Electric Band – Twist of Fate

Mark Harrison – Not Alright

Special Preserve – Let’s Go To Bed For A Week

Hokum Hotshots Live In The Studio:

– KC Railroad Blues

– You Don’t Need No Religion

– Troubled

– Boomer’s Story

– Built For Comfort

– Big Bill Blues

– Nobody’s Business

Guy Tortora – When Cotton Was King

Neal Black – The Same Colour

Little Feat – Cold, Cold, Cold/Tripe Face Boogie

Shaun Murphy – That’s What Love Will Do For You

Guitarist Of The Year Nominations – British Blues Awards 2014

Aynsley Lister – Insatiable

King King feat. Alan Nimmo – A Long History Of Love

Chantel McGregor – You’re No Good For Me

Joel FiskTim Aves & Wolfpack – Killing Floor

Jools FothergillNorthsyde – Mercy

Jon Amor Blues Band – Forty Days Of Rain

Jo Harman – Memphis

Ben Poole – Watching You

Memphis Suns – Call Me The Breeze

Jim Byrnes – St. Louis Blues

John Mayall – A Special Life

Dave Alvin – Mother Earth

Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers – Alligator Blues

Half Deaf Clatch – Death Letter Blues

Harry Manx – Reuben’s Train

Tedeschi Trucks Band – Midnight In Harlem (Swamp Raga Intro With Little Martha)

Lyndon Anderson & Davey Dormand – The Same Old Thing

Edgar Reed Blues Band – Farther On Up The Road



Blues Show 249 playlist


Acme Blues Company Live In Session


Muddy Waters – My Home Is In The Delta

Haavisto-Roots – Muddy Waters

The Urban Chiefs – Gotta Rise

Vincent Bucher – Cheers & Handshakes

Billy Branch – Crazy Mixed Up World

Acme Blues Company Live In The Studio:

– Death Letter

– Matchbox

– Help Me

– Can’t Be Satisfied

– Little Red Rooster

– Hey Bo Diddley

– Rack Em Up

Billy C. Farlow – Black Lazarus

Mississippi Heat – Let’s Live It Up

Thorbjorn Risager – Too Many Roads

Chris James & Martin Fletcher – So Many Roads

Erja Lyytinen – It Hurts Me Too

Mitch Laddie Band – Inner City Blues

Aynsley Lister – Empire State Express – recorded exclusively for the Blues Show

Lewis Hamilton Band – Down To The River

Marcus Bonfanti – The Bittersweet – recorded exclusively for the Blues Show

Johnny Winter– Rock n Roll Hoochie Koo

Kat & Co – Make It Rain

Charlie Musselwhite – River Hip Mama

Gwyn Ashton – Guitar Town

Ramon Goose – Goin’ Home

Lightnin’ Hopkins – Katy Mae

The Jim Kweskin Jug Band – Chevrolet

Matt Andersen – Between The Lines

Roger Hubbard – Old Bumblebee Blues

Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Don’t Take Everybody To Be Your Friend

Half Deaf Clatch & Red Burley – God Moves On The Water

Bessie Jones – Go To Sleep Little Baby

Marcus Malone – Living The Blues

Hazmat Modine – Who Walk In When I Walk Out?

The Jim Kweskin Jug Band – Morning Blues

Robert Cray – Nobody’s Fault But Mine

Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey – Goin’ Back Home



Blues Show 248 playlist



David Grissom – Bringin’ Sunday Mornin’ to Saturday Night

Dago Red – My Babe

Cal Williams Jr – Parchman Farm

Lil’ Millet & His Creoles – Rich Woman

Marc Ford – Just Take the Money

Tommy Schneller – She’s So Good to Me

Layla Zoe – The Lily

Henrik Freischlader Band – I’ve Got It Good

Giles Robson & The Dirty Aces – Sinnin’ ‘Gainst Me

Malaya Blue – Cold Hearted Man

Mick Simpson – Chicago Blues

Fats Domino – Walkin’ To New Orleans

Lowell Fulson – You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone

Ian Parker – Your Love is My Home

Hokum Hotshots – Oh Death

Muddy Waters & Walter Horton – My Life is Ruined

The Groovamatics feat. Johnny Whitehill – Misdemeanour

Rabbit Foot – 1 2 3 4

Slim Harpo – Rainin’ in My Heart

Otis Taylor – Little Betty

Ian Siegal – The Skinny

Joe Louis Walker – As The Sun Goes Down

Chris James & Martin Fletcher – Simple Man

Dave Herrero – So I Can Die Easy

Lonnie Johnson – Fallin’ Rain Blues

Tim Aves & Wolfpack – 300 Pounds of Heavenly Joy

The Stumble – Give Me Back My Wig

Connie Lush – Queen

Dinah Washington – Short John

David Migden & The Twisted Roots – Desert Inside

Todd Sharpeville – I Feel Fine

Trampled Underfoot – Heart On The Line

Thorbjorn Risager – If You Wanna Leave

Jon Amor Blues Band – Waiting For Midnight

Stompin’ On Spiders – Never Tell A Woman

T.C. & The Moneymakers – Nervous Fella

Dago Red – Travellin’ Light