Capital Blues Radio November 2017

This month’s Capital Blues Radio Show features tracks from Johnny Winter and Ben Harper, Chris Cain, Del Thomas, The Bar Kays, Albert King, Dave Murphy, Blind Willie McTell, Chris Rea, Darren Watson, BB King, Mike Garner. Featured album is Chris Armour’s new one – Teleporter. Your host is Del Thomas. Del is on the committee of Capital Blues Inc., Wellington New Zealand and hails originally from Scotland.

Matt Hay Album Release – Something Blue

There are singer-songwriters who use their craft to project a more romantic image of themselves. You hear them sing their songs and you imagine them as cowboys, drifters, gamblers, rebels on life’s highways, though the reality is generally far more prosaic.

Wellington based singer-songwriter Matt Hay is different. Starting from the dictum ‘write what you know’ he pens songs that barely venture beyond his own suburban backyard. He doesn’t pretend to be anything other than what he is; a balladeer from the ‘burbs. And yet you will find melodies here that stick in your brain, choruses you’ll want to sing along to, lyrics that are timeless and poignant, offering quietly astute commentaries on life’s little ups and downs.

About the album

Something Blue, out 28 October, is Hay’s second full length release, following on from his impressive 2007 debut album Inside Stories, and his 2012 EP Where do we go from here? From the opening country rocker, ‘Last jubilee’ through the back porch dobro driven blues of ‘High Roller’ to the closing old timey country blues of ‘Ain’t Gonna Worry’, Something Blue delivers tunes you’ll tap your toes to, and melodies you won’t forget.

Something Blue features Hay’s regular band, the Makers – Clint Meech on Keys and BVs, Phil Hope on Mandolin and BVs, George Barris on Bass and Delia Shanly on Drums and Percussion.

About the artist

Hay is now a firmly established face on the Wellington blues and roots scene having first appeared as harmonica player in blues wunderkinds Cool Disposition in the early ‘90s. Cool Disposition morphed into roots rock outfit Surge, who release one critically acclaimed album ‘Then Again’ before calling it quits in 1997. Hay has also featured as side man for local blues legends Darren Watson, Dave Murphy and Marg Layton.

Some quotes

“..loosely in the alt. country/Americana camp and with his lived in voice and everyday stories of beautiful losers coping with life’s ups and downs, Hay draws comparisons with fellow roots rock travellers such as John Hiatt and Willy Mason or even our [New Zealand’s] own Barry Saunders.” Tony Parker, NZ Musician

“...smooth and instantly likeable ballads that affirm his [Hay’s] mastery of the roots rock genre….the songs have a cosy, familiar feel that invite sing along on first listen...” Ben Martin, NZ Musician

Downloads available via Bandcamp – https://matthay1.bandcamp.com/

Contact: matthaysuburban@gmail.com ph. 027 245 1403

Taster video:

Capital Blues Radio September 2017

This month’s Capital Blues Radio Show: https://youtu.be/44m21WutVZc

Features tracks from the Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Blues Band, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (featuring Sonny Landreth), Rick Bryant and Bill Lake, Jimmy Rogers All Star Blues Band, Darren Watson, Bonnie Raitt, Mike Garner, Little Walter, Allman Bros and a track from my forthcoming album, Changes Coming. The featured artist this month is Steve Winwood – tracks from the Spencer Davis Group, Blind Faith and his solo career.

Your host is Del Thomas. Del is on the committee of Capital Blues Inc., Wellington New Zealand and hails originally from Scotland.

Chris Armour Quartet Album Launch: Tele-Porter

Wellington based blues and roots guitarist and blues club regular Chris Armour has released his debut album, ‘Tele-Porter‘.
 

Drawing from the deep well of American roots music, the Chris Armour Quartet offer up a dynamic and incendiary instrumental album of vintage sounding electric blues. Featured on the album is an enviable cast of familiar faces in Richard Te One (drums), Andrew Clouston (sax), Steve Moodie (bass) and Dayle Jellyman (piano).

International blues journalist Tom Hyslop said “This is a terrific album by a killer band. Great grooves, imagination, touch, taste, and tone abound.”

Live, unfiltered and exuberant. Tele-Porter is the Blues.

Available for purchase on Bandcamp: https://chrisarmour.bandcamp.com

In late 2013, Chris had his prized Telecaster stolen after a night of gigging. News of his misfortune made it all the way to Boston, Massachusetts and soon after Chris received an impossibly generous gift from an acclaimed blues musician; a guitar with an uncanny likeness to his stolen Telecaster, emblazoned with the custom decal ‘Tele-Porter’. It was with this guitar that Chris wrote and recorded an album which teleports the listener to an era when great records captured the spontaneity and energy of passionate, live performances.

Album Release Party: September 15th at The Third Eye Tuatara Brewery.
$10 entry, doors from 6pm, music from 7pm.

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/chrisarmourmusic/

Credits to: Miklin Halstead, who engineered the mixing and mastering of the album at his studio The Stolen Cabasa. Album cover photography by Michelle McRae, design by Nick Lissette.

Capital Blues Radio March 2017

This month’s show includes tracks from the new Rolling Stones album ‘Blue and Lonesome’, Lowell Fulson, the Strait Shooters, Mike Garner, Vintage Trouble, Bonnie Raitt, Kniki & Mike Beale and Ray Charles. The featured album is Eric Clapton’s latest album ‘I Still Do’ – some great blues songs on that!

Blues Roots n Boogie is broadcast monthly on Monday evenings at 8.30pm on Access Radio. 783 KHz AM or streamed live on accessradio.org.nz.
Your host is Del Thomas. Del is on the committee of Capital Blues Inc and hails originally from Scotland. http://www.capitalblues.co.nz/

Capital Blues Radio February 2017

This month’s broadcast features blues music from Wellington and abroad plus news from the Wellington blues scene.
1. Rolling Stones
2. Butterfield Blues Band
3. Rory Gallagher
4. Devon Allman
5. Strait Shooters
6. Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown
7. Jake Stokes
8. Mavis Staples
9. Marg Layton
10. Darren Watson
11. Mike Garner and Lightning Red.

Blues Roots n Boogie is broadcast monthly on Monday evenings at 8.30pm on Access Radio. 783 KHz AM or streamed live on accessradio.org.nz.
Your host is Del Thomas. Del is on the committee of Capital Blues Inc and hails originally from Scotland.
http://www.capitalblues.co.nz/

Capital Blues Radio Show July 2016

Featuring music from BB King and Eric Clapton, Wellington Heads, Al Whitham, Hans Theesink, Carol Bean, Otis Rush, and Blues Buffet, plus news from the Wellington blues scene.

1. Help The Poor by BB King and Eric Clapton
2. Nothing Wrong by Wellington Heads
3. Woman I Love by Al Witham
4. 29 Ways by Hans Theesink
5. Crossing The Dirty River by Carol Bean
6. I Can’t Quit You, Baby by Otis Rush
7. Play for a Living by Blues Buffet
Blues Roots n Boogie is broadcast each Monday evening at 8.30pm on Access Radio. 783 KHz AM or streamed live on accessradio.org.nz
Your host is Del Thomas. Del is one of the club’s hard working committee members and hails originally from Scotland.

Capital Blues Radio Show June 2016

This month we feature music from Mavis Staples, Midge Marsden, Paddy Burgin & The Wooden Box Band, Elmore James, Al Whitham, The Coalrangers, Dave Murphy and Del Thomas, as well as local Wellington blues scene news.

1. Down in Mississippi by Mavis Staples
2. Waiting For Rain by Midge Marsden
3. Gentle Landings by Paddy Burgin & The Wooden Box Band
4. The Sky is Crying by Elmore James
5. That’s Alright by Al Whitham
6. Positive Blues by The Coalrangers
7. Cigarette Machine by Dave Murphy
8. Mixed Signals by Del Thomas

Blues Roots n Boogie is broadcast each Monday evening at 8.30pm on Access Radio. 783 KHz AM or streamed live on accessradio.org.nz.

Your host is Del Thomas. Del is one of the club’s hard working committee members and hails originally from Scotland.

Capital Blues Radio Show May 2016

Featuring blues and roots music from Albert King, Emma Davey, Billy Gibbons and the BFGs, Dirt Box Charlie, Seasick Steve, Cat Stevens, and Mississippi Mud Steppers, with your host Del Thomas.

1. Crosscut Saw by Albert King
2. Damaged Man by Emma Davey
3. Quiero Mas Dinero by Billy Gibbons and the BFGs
4. Shuffle Me baby by Dirt Box Charlie
5. I Started Out with Nothin and I Still Got Most of It Left by Seasick Steve
6. You Are My Sunshine by Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens)
7. Jackson Stomp by Mississippi Mud Steppers

Blues Roots n Boogie is broadcast each Monday evening at 8.30pm on Access Radio. 783 KHz AM or streamed live on accessradio.org.nz. Your host is Del Thomas. Del is one of the club’s hard working committee members and hails originally from Scotland.

Blues Roots n Boogie is broadcast each Monday evening at 8.30pm on Access Radio. 783 KHz AM or streamed live on accessradio.org.nz