Wednesday September 29

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Sep 302010
 

Good morning.

I’m home and refreshed after last night’s Muso’s Club jam at the Bald Faced Stag, capably run by the masterful Jim Finn on drums, and ably assisted by Adam Pringle on guitar and Bill Crossland on bass.

Lots of good players present and jamming, and lots of good sets played as a result.

Up The Line – Playlist: 2010-09-27

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Sep 272010
 

September 26 was the anniversary of the passing of the Empress Of The Blues, Bessie Smith,m and so I felt it appropriate to play a couple of tracks from the great lady.

Also, this is the week leading up to the NRL Grand Final, and so in order to recognise the fact that the team I sort of support, the Sydney Roosters, will be in that match, and playing the St George Dragons, I thought that I’d observe that occasion and play some music that, perhaps in an obtuse way, set a theme of chickens, roosters, birds, saints, Angels, devils …

Here’s tonight’s playlist.

Artist: Bessie Smith
Title: Careless Love Blues
Album: Sings The Jazz

Artist: Van Morrison
Title: All Saint’s Day
Album: How Long Has This Been Going On

Artist: Jimmy Smith
Title: Back at the Chicken Shack
Album: Salle Pleyel 28 Mai 1965, Pt. 2

Artist: Albert Collins
Title: Angel Of Mercy
Album: Texas Blues

Artist: Louis Jordan
Title: A Chicken Ain’t Nothin’ But A Bird
Album: Let The Good Times Roll (1938-1954) Disc 2

Artist: Louis Armstrong
Title: Saint James Infirmary
Album: Complete Town Hall Concert – C

Artist: Tom Waits
Title: Jersey Girl
Album: Heartattack And Vine

Artist: Allen Toussaint
Title: There’s A Party Going On
Album: Allen Toussaint New Orleans Jazzfest 2006

Artist: Wes Montgomery With Lionel Hampton
Title: Chicken Shack Boogie
Album: Complete Recordings – Disk 1

Artist: B.B. King, Big Mama Thornton & Muddy Waters
Title: Little Red Rooster
Album: Live at Newport

Artist: Bessie Smith
Title: A Good Man Is Hard To Find
Album: Blue Spirit Blues

Artist: Dr. John
Title: When The Saints Go Marching In
Album: N’awlinz – Dis Dat Or D’udda

Artist: B.B. King Plays Louis Jordan
Title: Ain’t Nobody Here But us Chickens
Album: Let The Good Times Roll

Artist: Yardbirds
Title: Smokestack Lightning
Album: BBC Radio Sessions

Artist: Bonnie Raitt
Title: Devil Got My Woman
Album: Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues – The Soul of a Man

Artist: Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin
Title: Ball And Chain
Album: Cheap Thrills

Artist: Robert Nighthawk
Title: Sweet Black Angel
Album: Chess Blues (Disc 1: 1947-1952)

Artist: Bessie Smith
Title: Devil`s Gonna Get You
Album: Blue Spirit Blues

Artist: BB King
Title: Hummingbird Feat. John Mayer-E
Album: BB King and Friends

Artist: Jefferson Airplane
Title: High Flyin’ Bird
Album: The Monterey International Pop Festival – V

Artist: Luther Allison
Title: Little Red Rooster
Album: The Motown Years 1972-1976

Artist: Jimmy McGriff
Title: Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
Album: Blues Groove (With Hank Crawford Quartet)

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Up The Line – Playlist: 2010-09-20

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Sep 202010
 

In the studio with me this evening I enjoyed the company of Andrew Beale, along with a friend of his, Gina.

We had a great time, bouncing around ideas and just generally enjoying chatting and some music.

Here’s what I played.

Artist: The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Title: Wild Thing
Album: The Monterey International Pop Festival – Volume 4

Artist: Louis Jordan
Title: Put Some Money In The Pot, ‘ Cause The Juice Is Running Low
Album: One Guy Named Louis

Artist: Maria Muldaur
Title: Put It Right Here
Album: Richland Woman Blues

Artist: John Mayall
Title: Put It Right Back (Feat.Billy F Gibbons)
Album: Along For The Ride

Artist: Robben Ford
Title: Make Me Your Only One
Album: Blue Moon

Artist: Walter Trout
Title: I Can Tell
Album: Live Trout

Artist: Albert Collins, Robert Cray & Johnny Copeland
Title: Blackjack
Album: Showdown

Artist: Etta James, Albert Collins And Joe Walsh
Title: Sweet Little Angel
Album: Jump The Blues Away

Artist: Ross Wilson
Title: Eagle Rock
Album: Tributary

Artist: Lou Reed
Title: Goodnight Ladies
Album: Transformer

Artist: Sky
Title: Tuba Smarties
Album: Sky 2

Artist: Bobby Jones
Title: Tired Of Your Jive
Album: Comin’ Back Hard

Artist: Chick Corea
Title: Blue Monk – Chick & Bobby McFerrin Duet
Album: Rendezvous In New York

Artist: Various
Title: Prince / Purple House
Album: Power Of Soul: A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix

Artist: Jimi Hendrix
Title: Red House
Album: Jimi Blues

Artist: Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band
Title: Smoke Dreams (Of You)
Album: Smoke Dreams

Artist: VA
Title: Bobby “Blue” Bland / Farther up the Road
Album: Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey [disc 3]

Artist: The Who
Title: Pinball Wizard
Album: Tommy (CD 1)

Artist: Cyndi Lauper
Title: Early In The Mornin’ (featuring Allen Toussaint And B.B. King)
Album: Memphis Blues

Artist: Queen Latifah
Title: I Put A Spell On You
Album: The Dana Owens Album

Artist: The Doors
Title: Light My Fire
Album: Greatest Hits

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Sydney Blues Festival

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Sep 192010
 

Title: Sydney Blues Festival
Location: Windsor, NSW
Link out: Click here
Description: 2010 will be the second year for this event.

The 2009 launch of the Sydney Blues Festival was a great success, with artists and patrons enjoying a weekend full of great music in great venues.

I will be there again this year. Come and join me in a weekend celebrating the art form that is the blues.
Start Date: 2010-10-29
End Date: 2010-10-31

Wednesday Night Blues Jam

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Sep 182010
 

Title: Wednesday Night Blues Jam
Location: Bald Faced Stag Hotel
Description: Regular Blues Jam, every Wednesday night.

Bring your instruments, bring your voice. A great social event for blues musicians of all skill levels.
Start Time: 20:00
Date: 2010-10-13
End Time: 24:00

Wednesday Night Blues Jam

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Sep 182010
 

Title: Wednesday Night Blues Jam
Location: Bald Faced Stag Hotel
Description: Regular Blues Jam, every Wednesday night.

Bring your instruments, bring your voice. A great social event for blues musicians of all skill levels.
Start Time: 20:00
Date: 2010-10-06
End Time: 24:00

Wednesday Night Blues Jam

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Sep 182010
 

Title: Wednesday Night Blues Jam
Location: Bald Faced Stag Hotel
Description: Regular Blues Jam, every Wednesday night.

Bring your instruments, bring your voice. A great social event for blues musicians of all skill levels.
Start Time: 20:00
Date: 2010-09-29
End Time: 24:00

Wednesday Night Blues Jam

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Sep 182010
 

Title: Wednesday Night Blues Jam
Location: Bald Faced Stag Hotel
Description: Regular Blues Jam, every Wednesday night.

Bring your instruments, bring your voice. A great social event for blues musicians of all skill levels.
Start Time: 20:00
Date: 2010-09-22
End Time: 24:00

This is the Blues Gorilla

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Sep 142010
 

Welcome to the Blues Gorilla website.

I’m Gary Stark, also known (amongst other things) as the Blues Gorilla. I’m a presenter at Sydney’s 2RDJ-FM radio station, broadcasting from Burwood into Sydney’s inner west, where I host a Monday evening blues show.

I’m also a bass player, and I often wander down to the Bald Faced Stag in Leichhardt to join in the Wednesday night jam.

Within this blog I’ll be discussing various elements of the blues world, from artists, through gigs, music, and festivals. If I happen to find something that I think might be new, I will try to pass that information on to you through these pages.

I will also post my show’s playlists here.