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.
Song: (No One Was) Bigger Than Brando
Album: Batten Down The Hatches: A Kokomo Collection
Artist: Tommy Johnson
Song: Cool Drink Of Water
Album: 1928-1929: Complete Recorded Works
Song: Rock Bottom Riser
Album: A River Ain’t Too Much To Love
Artist: Tom Waits
Song: Gun Street Girl
Album: Rain Dogs
Artist: Nina Simone
Song: Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
Album: To Love Somebody
Artist: Windy City Strugglers
Song: Come On June
Album: Shine On
Label: Red Rocks
Artist: Guy Clark
Song: Stuff That Works
Album: Dublin Blues
Artist: Model Train Wreck
Song: Has Anyone Seen My Laura?
Album: Model Train Wreck
Artist: Alabama 3
Song: Peace In The Valley
Album: Exile On Coldharbour Lane