17 Sep 2016

The Mixtape: Derek Jacombs

From RNZ Music, 4:00 pm on 17 September 2016
Derek Jacombs

Derek Jacombs Photo: Supplied

After the eight-piece band Derek Jacombs had been playing in collapsed under the weight of “too many egos”, the singer and guitarist decided on a simpler format. He formed a blues trio, Kokomo.

Twenty-five years later, the Tauranga-based group is still together – though the current line-up boasts six players and has broadened its base from rural blues to an eclectic repertoire comprised largely of Jacombs’ original songs.

For this Mixtape, Derek Jacombs talks to Nick Bollinger about his influences and inspirations, and introduces a few of his current favourites.

Music Details

Artist: Kokomo
Song: (No One Was) Bigger Than Brando
Composer: Jacombs
Album: Batten Down The Hatches: A Kokomo Collection
Label: Independent

Artist: Tommy Johnson
Song: Cool Drink Of Water
Composer: Johnson
Album: 1928-1929: Complete Recorded Works
Label: Document

Artist: Smog
Song: Rock Bottom Riser
Composer: Callahan
Album: A River Ain’t Too Much To Love
Label: Spunk

Artist: Tom Waits
Song: Gun Street Girl
Composer: Waits
Album: Rain Dogs
Label: Island

Artist: Nina Simone
Song: Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
Composer: Dylan
Album: To Love Somebody
Label: RCA

Artist: Windy City Strugglers
Song: Come On June
Composer: Baysting-Lake
Album: Shine On
Label: Red Rocks

Artist: Guy Clark
Song: Stuff That Works
Composer: Clark
Album: Dublin Blues
Label: Elektra

Artist: Model Train Wreck
Song: Has Anyone Seen My Laura?
Composer: Howard
Album: Model Train Wreck
Label: Independent

Artist: Alabama 3
Song: Peace In The Valley
Composer: Love/Love/Thompson/Tonin
Album: Exile On Coldharbour Lane
Label:  Virgin