I had the very good pleasure of welcoming Gary Porter into the studio on June 27th….along with Dave Melling to provide accompaniment on Keyboards. We had a great interview and a few laughs and some fantastic vocal styling from Porter as he gave a preview of two tracks to appear on his upcoming CD, due out later this year. The tracks Hand on My Heart a melodic ballad and the title track Stone Chucker are sure to catch the ear of anyone interested in intriguing lyrics and vibrant instrumental backing. Eager to hear the tracks with the entire compliment of the band, I’ll be including these and other tracks into the playlist once the CD become available for release.
Porter; band membes;
Gary Porter – Guitar/Vocals/Songwriting
Dave Melling – Keys / Trumpet / Tenor Sax
Mick Harding – Upright Bass
Clive Dimmock – Baritone & Tenor Sax
Phil Mount – Drums & Percussion
Dave Barlow – Tenor Sax
This new line-up started playing gigs throughout Europe around 2011 supporting various artists including Grammy award nominee James Hunter.
This period of activity culminated in the release of the jazz/ska/blues album ‘Can’t Keep Still’ in summer 2012 which has gained much praise and support from radio and various press publications including Album of the Week in Europe/Spain.
The band are presently working on their new album ‘Stone Chucker’ and are touring the UK this fall to promote its release. They are also playing as a main billing act at the BRENTWOOD Music Festival on 7th July.
To hear the interview…[audio:https://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Interview-with-Porter-June-27-2013.mp3]
The Rotary Club of Billericay is staging a major blues and jazz concert on Saturday, June 29. Venue: Emmanuel Church, Laindon Road, Billericay. 7.00pm for 7.30pm start.
Music is by the popular Grapevine Blues Band who performed at the club’s open garden event last year and were so good that they were invited back again this year – only indoors for fear of inclement weather.
The band have had many recordings and CDS and their music has been featured on BBC Essex and Phoenix FM.
Proceeds are in aid of “End Polio Now” and other charities supported by Rotary. Tickets: £12.00 to include light refreshments available from:
Click below to listen to the interview and session again:
[audio:https://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Mark-Reed-23-May-2013.mp3|titles=Mark Reed – 23 May 2013]
Videos of Mark Reed live in the studio tonight:
Mark Reed Bio
Age 54 Born in London UK. Currently living in Basildon Essex
As a musician I’m just an old road dog
Bought my first guitar using cash from my paper round at age 12.
Spent teenage years learning every Shadows, Beatles and Led Zepplin song.
Mid 20’s started learning classical guitar, self taught until decided to take exams. Grade 7 classical playing and grade 5 music theory
Started playing classical guitar and folk club venues late 20’s then got invited to play lead guitar in a blues band. Knew nothing about blues guitar so chose to play bass and remained with the band for 5 years. gigging round London, Essex, Kent and Suffolk.
Early to mid 30’s moved through a series of bands everything from country to rock and roll, 60’s covers to rock bands, playing both bass rhythm and lead guitars.
Late 30’s started to write songs and instrumentals for solo performances at acoustic and folk sessions.
Joined covers singer and worked for 10 years gigging around London and home counties.
Started writing and recording more songs and released 4 solo albums, the contents of which came from my solo acoustic repertoire.
Started to post all my material on the web, and received an offer to join a record company Statue Records.
This led to the experimentation of mutli track computer recording. The original request was for an album of 12 songs so I went back to the blues for most of it with some rock songs added.
Thus my 5th album Everything Counts was produced.
The contract was a years duration, but I still found my album on the labels books after 2 years.
I eventually unsigned myself from the company
From then on I became rapidly interested in writing and recording and have gone on to write and produce in total 9 album projects. Many of these have been sold at gigs, unfortunately not in massive quantities lol.
Live work drifted away after my singer retired due to ill health, I finished most of the remaining bookings as a solo act periodically hiring singers to work with me.
Current projects are, to re-record, mix and master most of my back catalogue with an aim to get some of my work published.
Projects are the blues album Whose blues? mine! This is a series of 8 acoustic blues songs with a tongue in cheek approach to some of my blues moments.
Nice n Eazy which is a compilation of 11 jazz instrumentals much of this was recorded with improvised melodies and has a few fun pieces there.
Summer Dreams and Haunted Themes: For this project I used acoustic and classical guitars with a guitar synth to create some very moody works.
Celtic Sands: This project is ongoing, with a few pieces complete and some basic ideas. It will contain themes based on Irish jigs and reels
I will return to live work, but need to do something different, so looking into the realms of jazz for a vehicle.
Local Recording Artist Mark Reed
Interview is Here! [audio:https://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Mark-Reed-Interview.mp3]
On February 07, I visited The New Crawdaddy Club to enjoy the evenings entertainment provided by the house band The Heaters and the main attraction Jo Harman & Company. Prior to her set, Jo sat down with me for a quick catch up and a chat about her career.
On January 31 I visited the New Crawdaddy Blues Club located on Crays Hill, Billericay, where I interviewed Paul Dean. Paul is the Manager of the club, he plays keyboards in the house band, The Heaters, and he books all of the bands that play on Thursday nights. He’s been doing this for over 14 years and claims it is his passion.
Buddy Whittington is an American guitarist. He began playing the guitar inspired by his sister’s records of The Beatles, Rolling Stones and, in particular, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton. At the age of 14 he was already a part of the Dallas/Fort Worth music scene. A succession of fledgling musical efforts with varying degrees of success ensued, culminating in an offer by John Mayall to join The Bluesbreakers in 1993.
While attending high school, Buddy played in a band called “Short Change” which opened for Point Blank, a band that he would later join, replacing rhythm guitar player Kim Davis. During the early 1980s, he formed and sang with his own band “The Sidemen”.
In 1991 they opened for John Mayall and when Coco Montoya left the Bluesbreakers in 1993, Mayall called him to take his place in the band. In Mayall’s band Whittington also sings occasionally and contributes to songwriting.
Buddy toured and recorded with Mayal worldwide for the 15 years between 1993 and 2008, at which time the existing Bluesbreakers were ‘kicked out of the nest’ and the band was reformed by Mayall.
2008 saw the release of his first solo album and touring in Europe with his UK based band which includes Roger Cotton on organ, Pete Stroud on Bass and Darby Todd on drums. He lives in Hurst, Texas with his family.
Buddy Whittington usually plays a 1963 Stratocaster plugged into a Dr. Z amplifier. He also plays a Lentz guitar modeled partially after the Fender Telecaster.
On December 06 2012 I interviewed Buddy prior to his Sold Out & Standing Room Only performance at the New Crawdaddy Club in Essex.
Sat 26th Mrs Yarringtons Music Club, High Street, Battle, Sussex – acoustic duo gig with Mike Davies
Sun 27th Skegness Rock and Blues Festival, Lincolnshire – headlining acoustic stage, duo gig with Mike Davies
Mon 28th Radio session at Raven and the Blues, houseboat, London for future broadcast (closed event)
Fri 1st Feb Live radio session at Radio Wey, Surrey with Martin Clarke’s Blues Session (closed event)
Thurs 7th Feb New Crawdaddy Club, Billericay, Essex Friday 15th Feb The Forge, London <https://www.forgevenue.org/> Sat 23rd Feb Broadstairs FESTIVAL (headline) Wrotham Arms, Broadstairs, Kent
MARCH Tuesday 5th March supporting Mick Hucknell at Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, Netherlands, duo gig with Mike Davies Wednesday 6th March supporting Mick Hucknell at Oosterpoort, Groningen, Netherlands, duo gig with Mike Davies Friday 15th March Framfield Memorial Hall, Framfield, Sussex Fri 22nd Mar Saltburn Blues Club, Saltburn, North East England <https://www.saltburnbluesclub.co.uk/> Sat 23rd Mar Scarborough Blues FESTIVAL (headline), Scarborough, Yorkshire
This week’s show was a Live show…in that all the tracks were live recordings of some of the best Blues traditional songs as well as some of the most popular artists in the UK, Canada and USA, throughout their careers…and a few newcomers that are suring up the charts and the festival scene.
Live music is always an interesting experience in that some songs include improvisation, most are much more involved, both instrumentally and in length, and anything can happen…or not happen when equipment fails.
This was a great set list to prepare and to present.
I’m Torn Down
Mess Of Blues
Off The Floor Live!
Standing On Shaky Ground [Live]
Live From Austin
Burnin’ – Live In Australia
Muddy Water (live)
Black & White Blues Collection 06
Good Morning Blues (live)
Black & White Blues Collection 21
Jo Harman and Company
Live At Hideaway
Little Girl Blue
Dutchie’s 60th Birthday
Born Under A Bad Sign
Dutchie’s 60th Birthday
Charly Blues Legends Live, Vol. 2: Live In Chicago 1979
When Love Comes To Town [Live At The BBC-Recorded live in Glasgow 1991]
Live At The BBC [BBC Version]
Bring My Baby Back To Me (Live at Mar-Y-Sol Festival) (Prev. Unreleased
Long John Baldry
Everything Stops For Tea
Catfish Blues (live)
Jimi Hendrix Experience
Black & White Blues Collection 19
Story Of The Blues
The Deepest End: Live In Concert
(I Got Everything I Need) Almost (Live)
Downchild Blues Band
But I’m On The Guest List
Steamroller Blues (live)
Black & White Blues Collection 17
Pontiac Blues (live)
The Animals & Sonny Boy Williamson
Black & White Blues Collection 16
Stranger Blues (live)
Black & White Blues Collection 14
Live From The Fall
Bad Love (live)
Deborah Coleman & Bernard Allison
Black & White Blues Collection 18
Boyes, Brill And DelGrosso
Live From Bluesville
Confessin’ the Blues (live)
The Rolling Stones
Black & White Blues Collection 10
Rock Around The Clock
Larger Than Life ( And Live’r Than You’ve Ever Been)
Oh What A Feeling
Larger Than Life ( And Live’r Than You’ve Ever Been)
The Downchild Blues Band is a Canadian blues band, described by one reviewer as “the premier blues band in Canada”.
The blues pioneer on the Canadian scene, founding member Donnie Walsh, has been called the ‘father of Canadian blues’ and with good reason. That country’s blues scene, was relatively barren in the late 1960s when The Downchild Blues Band first started out.
The band’s international fame is partially due to three of its songs, the originals “I’ve Got Everything I Need (Almost)” and “Shot Gun Blues”, and its adaptation of “Flip, Flop and Fly”, all from its 1973 album, Straight Up, which was featured on the first Blues Brothers album, Briefcase Full of Blues in 1978.
The band’s musical style is described as being “a spirited, if fundamental, brand of jump-band and Chicago-style blues”. The band name came from the Sonny Boy Williamson II song, “Mr. Downchild”.
The initial blues musical influence on Donnie Walsh was Jimmy Reed. He was later greatly influenced by James Cotton, both in terms of musical style and band format. Other credited influences were Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, and Albert King.
The band’s first album, Bootleg, is regarded as one of the first independent albums produced in Canada.
According to Donnie Walsh, while more than 120 musicians have been associated with Downchild since its founding the band has never lost its focus on the blues genre.
Walsh is quoted as saying… “I played the blues then and I play the blues now. That’s what I love. … It’s a living thing, it’s living music. By living and breathing it goes on and what that means is that instead of being the same kind of music somebody else wrote years ago, it lives and evolves. Blues is serious stuff, it’s a heavy kind of music in your soul. You show up with the blues I play, you lighten up. That’s what it’s all about. It’s like medicine.”
The Lead singer for many years Richard “Hock” Walsh…died on December 31, 1999, at the age of 51, of an apparent heart attack. …Donnie Walsh assessed his brother’s ability as follows: “He was a fabulous singer; he could sing the blues better than anybody I’ve ever heard. He had the timing, the phrasing, a fabulous voice…”
The song, “I’ve Got Everything I Need (Almost)” was selected as one of 125 “essential” Canadian songs, and the only blues song on the list.
Since 1971 the band has released no less than 31 albums and has been the recipient of numerous industry awards.
It was a great pleasure to stand in for Ches Moulton this week on Blues from Brentwood. Thanks to Ches for helping me with the music – I loved it all!
Little Milton – If This Ain’t The Blues – Milton was born James Milton Campbell, Jr., in the Mississippi Deltatown of Inverness and raised in Greenville by a farmer and local blues musician. By age twelve he had learned the guitar and was a street musician, chiefly influenced by T-Bone Walker and his blues and rock and roll contemporaries. In 1952, while still a teenager playing in local bars, he caught the attention of Ike Turner, who was at that time a talent scout for Sam Phillips’ Sun Records. He signed a contract with the label and recorded a number of singles
BB King ft Marty Stuart – Confessin the Blues – Rolling Stone magazine ranked BB King at No. 6 on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, and he was ranked No. 17 inGibson’s Top 50 Guitarists of All Time.
I’m Feeling Good – Deitra Farr – began singing the blues in the early 1980s. She was the lead singer for Mississippi Heat and recorded two albums with them before going solo. Since 1990, she has toured internationally, so far performing in over 30 countries
Barbara Lynn – You Don’t Have To Go
Big Mama Thornton – Ball and Chain from Her Ball ‘n’ Chain album in 1968, which included other artists: Lightnin’ Hopkins and Larry Williams.
Paul Gilbert and Jimmi Kidd – ASAP – Paul Gibert has been voted number 4 on a list in GuitarOne magazine of the “Top 10 Greatest Guitar Shredders of All Time”, as well as a spot in Guitar World’s “50 Fastest Guitarists of All Time” list.
Taj Mahal – Six Days on the Road
Henry Saint Clair Fredericks who uses the stage name Taj Mahal. This came to him in dreams about Gandhi, India, and social tolerance.
Colin James – Cadillac Baby Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer In 2007, James’ album Limelight received a Gold record for sales in Canada. In January 2008, James received three Toronto Blues Society Maple Blues Awards: “Entertainer of the Year”, “Electric Act of the Year” and “Recording of the Year” for Colin James & The Little Big Band 3.
Albert Collins Robert Cray and Johnny Copeland – Bring Your Fine Self Home – From the album Showdown – Showdown! is a blues album by Albert Collins, Robert Cray and Johnny Copeland, released in 1985 through Alligator Records. The album won the Best Traditional Blues Recording Grammy Award in 1986.
Muddy Waters – Hoochie Coochie Man – Written by Willie Dixon and first recorded by Muddy Waters in 1954 in Chicago. The song was a major hit upon its release, reaching #8 on Billboard magazine’s Black Singles chart. The hoochie coochie was a sexually provocative dance that became wildly popular during and after the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. Since the dance was performed by women, a “hoochie coochie man” either watched them or ran the show.
Warren Haynes – Red House – Haynes is best known for his work as longtime guitarist with The Allman Brothers Band. In addition to singing and playing acoustic and electric guitar, Haynes is also a songwriter. He has referred to himself as a “Gibson man”, often playing Gibson Firebird and Gibson ES-335 models as well as the Les Paul models.
Howlin’ Wolf – Little Red Rooster
Chester Arthur Burnett known as Howlin’ Wolf,
Eric Clapton – Rambling on my Mind (Live)
Blues Traveller – Carolina Blues – From the album Straight On till Morning, released in 1997. It achieved platinum status, reaching number 11 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The single “Carolina Blues” peaked at number four on the Mainstream Rock Tracks.
Little Walter – You’re so Fine – Little Walter, born Marion Walter Jacobs was an American blues harmonica player, whose revolutionary approach to his instrument has earned him comparisons to Charlie Parker and Jimi Hendrix, for innovation and impact on succeeding generations. His virtuosity and musical innovations fundamentally altered many listeners’ expectations of what was possible on blues harmonica.
David Wilcox – My Eyes Keep me in Trouble
Sonny Boy Williamson – Bring it on Home
Theresa Malenfant – Little Girl Blue
Dutch Mason – Born Under a Bad Sign – Dutch Mason, was a Canadian musician from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Dutch started performing as a musician in the mid-1950s, usually playing rock and roll or rockabilly standards as well as traditional music. As he began to become known as a blues artist in the sixties, he started to tour various parts of Canada. Into the 1970s and onwards, he became a very popular act and toured the country regularly, performing at the legendary Albert Hall in Toronto and the Rising Sun in Montreal.
Big Daddy Kinsey – Nine Below Zero – Born Lester Kinsey in Pleasant Grove, Mississippi, United States, he was a slide guitarist and harp blower with roots in both the Mississippi Delta and post-war Chicago Blues styles. Kinsey worked with local bands only long enough for his sons to mature into top-flight musicians, and since 1984 (when Kinsey recorded his debut album, Bad Situation) the family act has become one of the hottest attractions in contemporary blues.
Delbert McClinton – Got You On My Mind
John Mayall and Eric Clapton – Blues for The Lost Days
Thanks for letting me loose on your show Ches – I Loved it!