The Nominees in the Album Category

As I announced last night these are the nominees for album of the year in the BBA’s:

Marcus Bonfanti - Shake the Walls

Aynsley Lister - Home

Trevor Sewell - Independence

The Hoax - Big City Blues

King King - Standing in the Shadows


Northsyde - The Storyteller’s Daughter 

Voting begins May 1st

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Tomorrow night’s show has the big announcement of the finalists for Album of the Year in the British Blues Awards, with some amazing acts and their amazing records receiving a well deserved nod. Of course I can’t spill the beans just yet, so you’ll have to tune in. There is some Eric Clapton, Thorbjorn Risager, Blues Overdrive, Otis Rush, Stevie Ray Vaughan and his big brother Jimmie, but if I told you more it would be too much. Tune in to find out who’s going to get excited, tomorrow from 9pm on

British Blues Awards

It’s BBA season again and I’ve been lucky enough to receive the honour of announcing the nominees in the Album of the Year category.

You can hear them in tomorrow night’s show from 9pm (UK TIME) on

This week the show has some Walter Trout, along with news about a benefit gig next month, there’s some Robert Cray, Sunday WildeSimon Campbell, Tweed Funk, Jimmy Rogers, Freddie King, Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey, Doug MacLeod all packed in around a classic collection from Howling Wolf. Tune in tomorrow at 9pm UK time


Ladies and Gentlemen, how about a nice warm round of applause to welcome the world’s greatest blues singer, the King of the Blues…

B.B. KIng!!!!
(cue screams)


Ladies and Gentlemen, how about a nice warm round of applause to welcome the world’s greatest blues singer, the King of the Blues…

B.B. KIng!!!!

(cue screams)

Walter Trout Fundraiser, May 4th

        A Blues-rock Benefit for Walter Trout at Shepherds Bush Empire

The international Rock blues community comes together on Sunday the 4th of May to present a special benefit show in London for the blues-rock legend Walter Trout who is awaiting a liver transplant.

This special show features Roger Chapman, Otis Grand, Bernie Marsden, Ian Parker, Kim Simmons, Danny Bryant, Stevie Smith, Marcus Malone, Mitch Laddie, Lawrence Jones, and others to be announced along with The Flamingo Club All Stars House band featuring John O’Leary and Alan Glenn. Proceeds will go to towards the ailing icon’s emergency liver transplant fund and his subsequent recuperation.

The goal of the evening is to pull together some great blues-rock musicians to help raise money and awareness of Walter Trout’s current predicament. This year marked the 25th anniversary of his solo career, but he is currently fighting for his life. It is hoped that the event at Shepherds Bush will be well supported by musicians and fans alike as everyone in the music community come together to show their love for Walter and to help raise monies for himself and his Family.

Walter Trout recently confirmed the release of his new CD entitled “The Blues Came Callin’” which will be launched as planned on June 2 despite his continuing health issues.


AN EVENING FOR WALTER TROUT – takes place on SUNDAY 4th MAY at the 02 SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE, Shepherds Bush Green, London W12 8TT

Doors 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start.Tickets £17.50 advance £20.00 on the door

Box Office 0844 477 2000 (24 hours)

This kind of singing may well be why she’s in tonight’s Blues is the Truth. Paloma Faith may seem an odd choice for the show, but hey, I like her and it’s my choice. Check us out from 9pm UK Time on 

Corey Harris doing Robert Johnson. It’s from a musical teaching site but hey, it’s a great performance, and probably well worth learning!

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Tomorrow night the show begins at 9 o’clock. That’s normal, so is the massive selection of great music, including Fleetwod Mac, Clare Free, Michael Katon, The Proof (with Paul Cox), 3am, Johnny Max Band, Mud Morganfield, Howling Wolf and Paloma Faith. Yup, Paloma Faith in a blues show, I have my reasons and you can find out what by tuning in from 9pm UK time tomorrow on and don’t forget to join the chat in our Facebook group

Walter Trout - Not Letting Illness Top Him

All the news surrounding Walter recently has been doom and gloom, his fight against liver disease has reached a tipping point, and there have been appeals to raise money for his treatment. 

There has been positivity too, the appeal saw the blues community rally round and reach the donation target in days and it continues to grow, and future proof Walter’s treatment and his family’s well being. Better still, plans have not stopped for the release of a new album and book release marking Walter’s 25th year in the business. 

You can find details about the record, and the book here

Saiichi Sugiyama - The Smokehouse Sessions

Saiichi Sugiyama has been described by some as a Japanese Clapton, and to a certain extent that is borne out by the music on his latest disc, The Smokehouse Sessions. If you can imagine a female fronted version of Cream had decided to get funky and employ Lenny Kravitz, you’d be in about the right place, but it’s a hell of a lot more than a copycat release.

Tonally and in his phrasing Saiichi owes a great debt to the music of the mid 60’s blues boom. His guitar sound is all about a Les Paul into an overloaded Marshall amplifier, and his phrasing is very much taken from early Clapton but with Paul Kossoff’s vibrato. It’s familiar territory, but unlike the other players who take a similar approach none of this seems slavish or forced, it doesn’t seem like a conscious attempt to recreate something that’s already been done, it flows and it’s fiery just like the original article, and I think that a large part of this freshness can be laid at the door of the material the band is performing.

Whereas most acts that take the blues boom approach to music produce songs and records that come across as a selection of rejects cadged from the floor of a Jack Bruce or Plant/Page writing session, this is a band that aren’t afraid to blend and innovate. While it’s hard to put your finger on exactly how they do this, it’s a sense of rhythm, a certain verve, that they bring to the songs, it is readily apparent that they stand out from the pack. It doesn’t sound tired, not even when the two fairly straight covers of Born Under a Bad Sign and Hideaway make it obvious how much Saiichi is enamoured with early Eric. 

The record is well produced and everyone turns in a great performance. It’s tight and punchy, with great clarity and separation. It has a very direct sound, and fits in well with it’s lineage, as do many of it’s contemporaries but this has something different. I think it’s the obvious joy that’s on display, everything is played with excitement and passion, and nothing is held back. Saiichi and his band aren’t playing at being Brit bluesmen, they’re living it with every fibre of their being.

People can learn something from this disc. It is OK to ape your mentors, to take from them and produce something closely akin to their work, but only if you do it with all your heart. By doing so you will satisfy both yourself and your listeners, because, when you give yourself to the task fully, it goes beyond simply making a pastiche. That’s what has happened here, The Smokehouse Sessions deftly skirt every trap they could fall into, and give us a joyous, at once familiar and fresh, experience.

New Edition

I’ve just dispatched tomorrows show and I think you’ll like it! The classic disc comes from Bobby Blue Bland, but the rest of the show is decidedly modern. There are tracks from the Tangiers Blues Band, Morblus, Erja Lyytinen, The European Blues Challenge, The Damned and Dirty, Big Mama Thornton, Robin Banks, Charlie Parr, The Bare Bones Boogie Band and news of gigs later in the week from The Proof and The BBBB. Tune in tomorrow from 9pm GMT on

Join in a chat…

My show is about to begin on Europe Jazz Radio, and you can join in for a chat too on the Facebook group

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Tomorrow night’s show has it all… There’s a classic record from Mississippi Fred MacDowell, and it’s augmented by Luther Allison, Bernard Allison, Bruce Mississippi Johnson, Robert Cray, Joe Bonamassa with Beth Hart, Charlie Musselwhite, a tribute to Little Walter and Laura Cheadle. It’s on from 9pm GMT tomorrow on