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Some Days Marty Monsta's Late Night Essential is a Blues Bash!

Marty Blackmore

Blues from a veteran plus some Americana/Alt Country from some new talent are all in the mix this week…

A young Australian artist playing alt country, folk and rock, with a New Zealand connection is Corey Legge with his second album Some Days.

The connection is that the album, and indeed his first album Driving Out Of Eden, were both recorded at The Sitting Room in Lyttelton, by Ben Edwards (Marlon Williams, Julia Jacklin) who is credited by singer/guitarist Corey Legge as giving him the confidence as a songwriter to let the music flow!

Paul Kelly, Chris Stapleton, Passenger and James Taylor (who shared a video of song "Driving Out Of Eden" with his millions of social media followers!) are listed as influences, so we are presented with 10 strong originals, some personal and bittersweet, some of a journey that is going to take many of us on a wonderful journey now and into the future! 

“Last Night I Dreamt Of You” is a beauty with a great groove and “Fireball” is a grower:

Americana band Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys give us a debut Late Night Essentials that is very much that…..some distinctive vocals from Caitlin Harnett with the band recorded live in producer Joe Ireland’s living room in just over a day, with some saxophone, pedal steel and backing vocals added…..polished but honest!

There’s some elements of Lucinda Williams and Sheryl Crow coming through but overall this Australian act are going to submerge you in their own quite amazing sound!

Young Henry’s brewery have released a beer “Bowlo Bitter” only available at specific Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys gigs in 2021!

I’m playing it a lot especially “Don’t Give Up On Me”  and "All My Friends are Dancers" :

Must be some time for some blues and Duke Robillard & Friends is here with Blues Bash!

The Duke has been around since the 1960’s, has played with The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and can lay down all kinds of blues, and with this album he sure gives us a blast, with three originals and seven covers of blues greats. 

You would expect absolutely the best playing and with a band featuring amongst others, Greg Piccolo, tenor sax, Mark Hummel, harmonica, Bob Welch, piano, Max Teixeira, drums, Chris Cote, vocals on three tracks, that is what you get…a straight vintage-style blues album with rhythmic grooves and no hook-laden songs!

Check out Ike Turner’s Jump Blues “Do You Mean It”  and “Give Me All The Love You’ve Got”

Go get it…


Written By: Marty Blackmore Marty Blackmore is from Melbourne, originally from Invercargill, where he had a record store in the 70’s. Then, 120 record stores in Australia and New Zealand during 80’s and 90’s (well he was the GM). Currently rewired, plays in a Duo and a Band, loves finding new interesting artists and music in Blues, Americana, Country, Soul and Singer/Songwriter.