We’re playing at Zack’s!

•June 3, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Gloucester Blues Project Gig Poster - Zacks June 5If you’re looking for something to do on Tuesday June 5, head to Zack’s on Wilson’s Wharf for some fine dining and an awesome lineup of homegrown blues.

We’ll be hitting the stage for the Durban Blues Train along with the regulars Will’s Blues Band and Bobby and the Dynamites. For more than 10 years Will’s Blues Band, in its various guises, has been the mainstay of the Blues Train.

Bobby and the Dynamites originated in 1986 at Pieces of Eight, where Robert van der Linde, Richard Haslop, Vic Schulze and Will Wallace played an eclectic collection of old blues, country, soul and folk rock. With Robert immigrating to the UK in March, Tiffany Sheppard has joined the band and added a whole new dimension, with harmonies and duets featuring strongly in the band’s repertoire.

The Blues Train was founded in 2000 and is South Africa’s longest running Blues organisation. Having hosted many of South Africa’s blues greats including Dan Patlansky, Albert Frost, Jerry Kunene and Brian Thusi, the Blues Train remains a big part of the SA blues scene.

Currently housed at Zack’s Restaurant on Wilson’s Wharf in Durban, the Blues Train rocks the harbour with a wide variety of guest bands and artists every Tuesday night. Come down and join us on the deck for a great evening’s entertainment from 7:00pm to 10:00pm!

Here’s the Facebook invite for all you keen social media folks.

 

Movie Soundtrack Blues

•May 8, 2012 • Leave a Comment

This week we’re looking at some of the best blues tracks to appear on the Silver Screen. This list is by no means complete, so feel free to add your suggestions in the comments box.

  1. Blues Traveler – But Anyway (Kingpin)
  2. The Louisiana Gator Boys and the Blues Brothers – New Orleans (Blues Brothers 2000)
  3. Aretha Franklin – Think (Blues Brothers)
  4. Taj Mahal – Needed Time (Sounder)
  5. Steve Vai & Ry Cooder – Butler’s Bag (Crossroads)

The Best Chicago Blues

•April 24, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Chicago Blues has spawned many a great rock and roll band. It’s influence permeates through the music of the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Joe Bonamassa (among many others). In this week’s playlist, we pay homage to the Chicago blues greats – the ones that got the stone rolling.

  1. Freddie King – Hideaway
  2. Junior Wells – Tobacco Road
  3. Otis Spann – Some Day
  4. Muddy Waters – Rollin’ Stone
  5. Buddy Guy – Sweet Little Angel

 

Blues Pianists

•April 2, 2012 • Leave a Comment

This week we’re moving away from the Guitar Gods and turning our attention to the fantastic, finger-fiddling, antics of the blues world’s greatest pianists.

  1. Pete Johnson – Death Ray Boogie (the video below is not actually Pete, but it’s a pretty good impersonation)
  2. Otis Spann – Aint Nobody’s Business If I Do
  3. Jimmy Yancey – Rolling the Stone
  4. Clarence ” Pinetop” Smith – Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out
  5. Memphis Slim – Everyday I Have The Blues

Modern Blues: From Black Keys to Guitar-slinging Trout

•March 26, 2012 • Leave a Comment

This week we’re taking a look at some modern blues artists – from the crossover sounds of the Black Keys to the reckless guitar wailing of Walter Trout.

  1. Walter Trout – Dust my broom
  2. Doyle Bramhall ll – Helpless Man
  3. Tab Benoit – Nice & Warm
  4. The Black Keys – Your Touch
  5. Storyville – A Piece of Your Soul

Happy Human Rights Day!

•March 21, 2012 • Leave a Comment

To all those in South Africa, have an awesome Human Rights Day!

Happy Human Rights Day!

 

Roosters and Steeldrivers

•March 19, 2012 • Leave a Comment

This week’s playlist is a real mix from Atomic Rooster to James Hunter (any guesses which modern pop superstar covered the Steeldriver’s ‘If it Hadn’t Been for Love’?).

  1. Atomic Rooster – Black Snake
  2. Irma Thomas – I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free
  3. Loudon Wainwright III – I’m Alright
  4. The Steeldrivers – If it Hadn’t Been for Love
  5. James Hunter – Don’t Do Me No Favours

 
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