Tellin' You 'Bout It|
Bo Carter / arr M. Garner, P garner
Onr Room Country Shack|
Walton, arr M. Garner
Crazy 'Bout That Thing|
I'm Gonna Start Drinking Again|
The Weary Blues|
Trad / arr M. Garner
I Wish I Was In Memphis|
Little By Little|
That's Why I Sing The Blues|
You're Still My Woman|
I'll Love You Baby|
Big Joe McCoy
Recorded at Musicare Sound, Hamilton, New Zealand
in 1999. Engineer - Dean Pearce.
Crazy 'Bout That Thing and I'll Love You Baby recorded
live at JBC Club, Hamilton New Zealand.
The Weary Blues and Slidin' Out recorded at Kingfisher
Studio, Hamilton, New Zealand
Mike Garner - vocals, guitars, harp & mandolin.
Paul Garner - guitars & slide guitar.
Minamotu - bass & backing vocals.
Liam Ryan - keyboard (One Room Country Shack).
David "Herbie" Mason-Riseborough - piano (Crazy 'Bout
That Thing, I'll Love You Baby).
All tracks produced by Mike Garner.
Photography by Ross Clayton.
Cover art & design by Paul Garner.
News From Mike Garner
International Song Contest
Mike entered the song "Louisiana Hurricane" into the International Song Contest in Nashville, and it has got through to the finals of the 'Americana' section. This news made it to NZ's largest newspaper, The Herald - see attachment. This means that the story was picked up by a wide variety of news sites around the world. Their story also included embedding a video of the song on their website which you can visit or link to at at:
The video was recorded during last year's tour of New Caledonia, right at the far north of the island in Poum. You can see all the finalists in the various sections of the competition at:
Song Contest Winners
House of Blues Hour - syndicated Blues Radio - USA.
The cut from Cad's Alley - "Leaving Blues (All Around The World)" - that is also on the "Harmonica Masters of NZ" compilation was featured 2 February 2008 on the House of Blues Hour, syndicated throughout the USA and hosted by 'Elwood Blues' (Dan Aykroyd) -- pretty cool, eh! Not only that, but it was in the show that featured all the winners of the blues Grammies! "Leaving Blues (All Around The World)" was written for and features, Australian queen of the boogie piano, Jan Preston.
Album: Steppin Out To The Blues|
A classy NZ Blues albums from two fine New Zealand Guitarists - Mike Garner and his son Paul plus their band Steppin' Out. Includes a nice variety of electric and accoustic blues styles. Mike's own compositions are a highlight of this well produced and recorded CD.
A limited quantity of this rare CD is available at Blues and Views for:
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Mike's first solo recording, "Shades of Blue" (1993) was well received, and his first NZ band, The Blues Healers, played many major New Zealand festivals. In 1999, Mike's new band, Steppin Out, recorded a CD titled: "Stepping Out To The Blues". This album featured a number of original songs and the band played extensively at NZ & Australian festivals, and appeared on NZ Television and ABC Hobart. In 2003 Mike toured Australia solo, with appearances at many festivals (including the prestigious Frankston International Guitar Festival), and at many top Australian venues, including Sydney's Basement. In September 2004, Mike played solo concerts in German and Italy and in April/May 2005 he toured NSW with percussionist, Warren Houston. During this busy schedule Mike has continued recording and in January 2007 he released his 4th CD, "Cad's Alley". He also finds time to keep the BluesNews web site BluesNews updated.
Paul Garner commenced guitar at age 5, and was performing professionally with his father Mike from the age of 16 in The Blue Healers band. Paul now lives in London where he has his own Blues band - The Paul Garner Band. Paul has a busy playing schedule, has recently released an album called "Love vs Blues" and you can find out all about his upcoming gigs on his web site Paul Garner