Rockin’ the blues on BMFR 3-5 pm EST

Gonna be rockin’ dah blues today during my Roadhouse blues show on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 3 to 5 pm EDT. Hope ya get the time to tune in!!

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
Mike ZitoSoundcheckBlue Room
3 Dayz WhizkeyBlues Is KingBlack Water
Alastair GreeneLies And FearThe New World Blues
Alvin LeeEducationThe Best Songs (Cd2)
Dudley TaftLong Way Down (Left For Dead Part II)Left For Dead
Wily Bo Walker/Danny FlamBuild My Gallows… (Ain’t No Return)Ain’t No Man a Good Man (Deluxe)
Amnesia Blues BandFast Johnny CoolHailstone
Marcus BonfantiJezebelShake the Walls
Joe BonamassaDislocated BoyDriving Towards The Daylight
Ida MaeReachingChasing Lights
Eric JohansonNever TomorrowBelow Sea Level
Danny BryantMeans Of Escape (Radio Edit)Means Of Escape
Jordan Patterson BandShe’s CoolThe Back on Track Recording Project
MonkeyJunkShow Me YoursMoon Turn Red
Delta GeneratorsStrike The BellsHipshakers and Heartbreakers
Sean PinchinBad ThingsBad Things
Zack Walther BandBad GirlThe Westerner
David GogoFrom a Buick 617 Vultures
Beth HartLove GangsterFire on the Floor
Black Tongued Bells, TheComin’ Back For MoreEvery Tongue Has A Tale To Tell
Gov’t MuleSlackjaw JezebelDeja Voodoo
Kenny Wayne Sheppard BandBlue On BlackTrouble Is
Stevie Ray VaughanThe House Is Rockin’In Step
Mick ClarkeHip-Shakin’Crazy with the Blues
Alvin LeeI Don’t Give A DamnThe Anthology (Disc 2)
Robin TrowerThe Perfect WrongComing Closer to the Day
Walter TroutMake It RightOrdinary Madness
Andreas Diehlmann BandEvil WaysMercy On Me

Roadhouse Bluzin with Ben Vee on BMFR 12-2 pm EDT

Got a bunch of great contemporary blues today from the Avey Grouws Band, Nora Jean Wallace, Wily Bo Walker, Walter Trout, Ana Popovic, and many more. Tune in on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 12 to 2 pm EDT today for the Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues Nooner!!!

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
Mick ClarkeJam UpCrazy with the Blues
Colin JamesI Need You BadFifteen
Jonny LangRight BackWander This World
Anthony GomesTell SomebodyContainment Blues
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double TroubleHoney BeeLive at Carnegie Hall
Mike YungAlrightAlright
Malone SibunEveryday’s a MiracleCome Together
Nora Jean WallaceI Don’t Have To Beg You To Love MeBlues Woman
A Band Called SamVoice Of The BluesLegacy
Avey Grouws BandRise UpThe Devil May Care
Kerry KearneyVoodoo Down the RiverTales From The Psychedelta
Dudley TaftGoin’ Away BabyCosmic Radio
Seasick SteveToes In The MudLove & Peace
Larkin PoeKeep Diggin’Self Made Man
Mick ClarkeAin’t Beggin’ NobodyCrazy with the Blues
Ash GrunwaldKeep it RealI Don’t Believe
Ana PopovicNeed All The Help I Can GetComfort To The Soul
Wily Bo Walker/Danny FlamAin’t No Man a Good ManAin’t No Man a Good Man (Deluxe)
Eric SteckelSince I Been Loving YouGrandview Drive
Walter TroutMake It RightOrdinary Madness
Eric JohansonHammer On The StoneBelow Sea Level
Frankie MorenoBack to the BoogieBack To the Boogie
Fantastic NegritoChocolate SamuraiHave You Lost Your Mind yet?
Alastair GreeneBayou MileThe New World Blues
Born HealerPressure Valve‘Til the Dawn
Kiko García BandLate NightsMojo Ringer
The ClaudettesI Don’t Do That Stuff AnymoreHigh Times In The Dark

High Times In The Dark – The Claudettes

I wrote this review on a lazy Sunday afternoon in Connecticut. The sky was grey and brooding. It was cool and cold would soon follow. I retreated from the once sunny lairs of my backyard man cave to the warmer environs of my basement lair. It’s a good day to listen to new music as I sip on a cup of hot chocolate. And the day got better and better as I listened to the new recording on Forty Below Records by The Claudettes.

The Claudettes are a Chicago based band that defies easy music genre classification. Fronted by the willowy voice of Berit Ulseth and powered by the blues piano of Johnny Iguana, this musical quartet with Zach Verdoorn on bass/guitars and Michael Caskey on drums deliver music that is both nostalgic and contemporary….no mean feat! The closest that I can come in terms of classification is that they reside in the Amy Winehouse wing of the blues and jazz with keyboard playing that is some of the best that I have heard since Billy Joel’s Piano Man recording a generation ago.

High Times In The Dark is an excellent recording that is brooding at times without getting morose. Yet it also brims with enthusiasm and thoughtful and witty observations about our lives. My favorite cut is I DON’T DO THAT STUFF ANYMORE. The song is a duet of Berit and Zach about leaving behind your youthful wildness and settling into the safer decor of maturity while realizing there is a price to be paid in terms of passion and excitement.

I also enjoyed 24/5 that reflects the reality that 24/7 love can become oppressive and leaves you with little to no private time. I SWEAR TO GOD, I WILL is a perfect synergy of Berit’s voice and the insistent and rhythmic piano playing by Johnny. DECLINED, MOST ACCIDENTS HAPPEN, and ONE SPECIAL BOTTLE are also some of my favorites on the recording.

YOU DRUMMERS KEEP BREAKING MY HEART is a great song with an interesting twist. Though sung by Berit as a romantic lament, it is actually an autobiographical tune written by Johnny about the lives of drummers that have been in his band over the years.

There are bands that very comfortable within the established genres of music….The Claudettes aren’t one of them. Their music harkens back to the jazzy cabaret blues of the 1960’s and yet has a lyrical and upbeat edginess that I believe contemporary audiences enjoy. It is my understanding that they put on one helluva live performance. It is just a dang shame that this album was released just as the pandemic of 2020 set in and prevented them from touring to support it. Once a vaccine is widely available in early 2021, I hope all of us will get a chance to see this creative group of music artists performing at a nearby venue! They can’t get here soon enough!!!!

High Times In the Dark – Forty Below Records (2020)


Ben Vee is an internet DJ and writer from New Orleans that now lives in Connecticut with his wife Annette. He started spinning records back in the 1970’s and has been writing about the roadhouse blues since 2011. He does two roadhouse blues shows each week on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com and he writes about the blues when the urge strikes on http://www.benveeblues.com.

Ben Vee Good Time Roadhouse Blues on BMFR

It’s almost 3 pm EDT and time for the Ben Vee Good Time Roadhouse Blues show on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com. Have tunes by Andy Watts, John Nemeth, Nora Jean Wallace, Larkin Poe, Cream, Dudley Taft, Mick Clarke, and a bunch more.

Below is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
Andy WattsSuperGrooveSuperGroove
Johnny IguanaDown In The BottomJohnny Iguana’s Chicago Spectacular!
AJ Crawdaddy BandBig Hurt Featuring Marcel SmithSteppin’ Out!
John NemethThrow Me In The WaterStronger Than Strong
Jonny LangBump In The RoadTurn Around
Chris Bevington OrganisationDeep RiverSand & Stone
Tinsley EllisGet To The BottomMoment Of Truth
Kerry KearneyMemphis HighTales From The Psychedelta
Elvin Bishop & Charlie MusselwhiteIf I Should Have Bad Luck100 Years Of Blues
Johnny NicholasShe Stole My MojoMistaken Identity
Nora Jean WallaceEvidenceBlues Woman
Travellin’ Blue KingsLive Your LifeLive Your Life (Promo Single)
Snowy White And The White FlamesOne More TravellerSomething On Me
The Rusty Wright BandGoin To NolaLive From The End Of The World
Eric JohansonDown To The BottomBelow Sea Level
Larkin PoeHoly Ghost FireSelf Made Man
Seasick SteveReady Or NotLove & Peace
Tyler Bryant & the ShakedownMiseryPressure
Jeff Beck GroupRock my Plimsoul (ft Rod Stewart)Beckology
CreamStrange BrewCrossroads
Paul Butterfield’s Better DaysNew Walkin’ BluesLive At Winterland Ballroom
Colin JamesGoing DownBlue Highways
Andy WattsDon’t Take My Blues Away (ft Roy Young)SuperGroove
Mick ClarkeCrazy with the BluesCrazy with the Blues
Dudley TaftThe End Of The BluesCosmic Radio
WolfpinRemember (Live)Remember
Be Sharp BandAshesAshes
Ghost Town Blues BandBefore You Hit The GroundDark Horse
Brandon SantiniBack To YouThe Longshot

Thursday Good Time Roadhouse Blues on Blues Music Fan Radio 3-5 pm EDT

Join us for some of the finest contemporary blues that you can find streaming on the internet. I will be featuring songs by Fiona Boye, Paul Buchanan’s Voodoo Preachers, Anthony Gomes, Peter Green, Niecie, Kelly’s Lot and many more… Tune in at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 3 to 5 pm EDT today!

This is the intended playlist……

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
Alastair GreeneBack At The PoorhouseThe New World Blues
Ghost Town Blues BandShineShine
Big PacificKeep Me PostedBig Pacific 1
Kerry KearneyMississippi River StompTales From The Psychedelta
Fiona BoyesSmokestack LightningBox & Dice
Jimmy Thackery and the DriversToo TiredTrue Stories
Alastair GreeneBayou MileThe New World Blues
Simon Kinny-LewisDagger Eyes (Feat. Robben Ford )Another Day In San Jose
Anthony GomesHell And Half Of GeorgiaContainment Blues
BMFRARTISTID – Voodoo Preachers – You’re Listening to BMFR****
Paul Buchanan’s Voodoo PreachersSleeveTestimony
Peter GreenDangerous ManReaching The Cold 100
Andy WattsBlues On Fire (ft Joe Louis Walker)Blues On Fire
DionI Got Nothin’ (Feat. Van Morrison & Joe Louis Walker)Blues With Friends
Kim Simmonds & Savoy BrownBad Weather BrewingThe Devil to Pay
Jeff FettermanTell Me BabySouthern Son
NiecieWaiting For The Shoe To DropTrouble With A Capital T
Danielle NicolePusher ManCry No More
Sugaray RayfordTime To Get Movin’Somebody Save Me
Monti AmundsonNinety-Nine BelowThe Mean Eighteen
Tommy CastroMe And My GuitarException To The Rule
Kelly’s LotRise Up (Leve-Toi) (ft. Jeff Toto Blues)Can’t Take My Soul
The Jeff Healey BandAs The Years Go Passing ByCover To Cover
Walter TroutWanna DanceOrdinary Madness
Joanne Shaw TaylorA Hand in LoveAlmost Always Never
Eric GalesThat’s Just How It IsCrystal Vision
Ghalia VoltGypsy LadyMississippi Blend
Eliza NealsPawn Shop Blues (Roadhouse) (Feat. Popa Chubby & Dave Keyes)Sweet Or Mean

The Tuesday Roadhouse Blues Nooner on BMFR

As the fall settles in here in the northeastern part of the United States, come join us for some badass roadhouse blues on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from High Noon til 2 pm EDT! Spinning tunes from Marcia Ball, Jimmy Thackery, Tony O, Glenn Alexander & Shadowland, the Allman Betts Band, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and many more.

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
Tony OJust DriveBlues O’ Blues
Omar & The HowlersBoogie ManBoogie Man
Big PacificJones’n The RoadBig Pacific 1
Mahalia Barnes & the Soul Mates (w. Joe Bonamassa)Walking Up the RoadOoh Yea!, The Betty Davis Songbook
Glenn Alexander & ShadowlandKnockin’ On The DoorKnockin’ On The Door
Kerry KearneyLawdy MamaTales From The Psychedelta
Jimmy Thackery and the DriversDancin’ With The DawgTrue Stories
Marcia BallWe Fell HardRoadside Attractions
Tedeschi Trucks BandSimple ThingsRevelator
James Montgomery BandDelta StormFrom Detroit to the Delta
Johnnie Johnson and the Kentucky HeadhuntersShe’s Got to Have ItThat’ll Work
The Allman Betts BandSouthern RainBless Your Heart
The Reverend Shawn Amos & The BrotherhoodCounting Down The DaysBlue Sky
Three’s Company BluesRoadmasterDevil In Disguise
Seth WalkerHard RoadAre You Open
Ruthie FosterBeaver Creek BluesThe Phenomenal Ruthie Foster
The Bottle Rockets and David LindleyRocket In My PocketRock And Roll Doctor – A Tribute To Lowell George
Robert Jr. LockwoodWe’re Gonna Ball TonightJust The Blues
The Fabulous ThunderbirdsGot Love If You Want itHot Stuff – the Greatest Hits
The BoneshakersCold SweatBook Of Spells
The 44sSo Low DownBoogie Disease
Monster Mike Welch and Mike LedbetterHow Long Can This Go OnRight Place, Right Time
Lil Ed & The Blues ImperialsYoung ThingWild Woman Blues
Roomful Of BluesUp Jumped The DevilStanding Room Only
Tracy KStop! Wait a MinuteBlues Harp Women
Elliott & The UntouchablesLimo DriverDanger Zone
The Blues & Boogie Kings With Mitch KashmarRamblin’ On My MindLive, No Jive
Tony OWoke up This MorningBlues O’ Blues

Roadhouse Blues Nooner Show Turns Two

I’ve been spinning the Roadhouse Blues on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com for a bit over two years and it has been a blast! A special thanks to all of YOU for tuning in so often for my Tuesday Roadhouse Blues Nooner and for being such an inspiration to me. Join me today from High Noon to 2 pm EDT for some more great contemporary tunes as the Roadhouse Blues rolls on into the future…unabashed…and unafraid!!

This is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
J. Geils BandRaise Your HandBlow Your Face Out
44’s TheSkip SlideOn The 13th
Dave HoleBack Door ManGoin’ Back Down
Ozgur HazarThat Ain T MeSad And Blue
King KingMore Than I Can TakeStanding In The Shadows
Jimmy Thackery & The DriversRun Like The WindWide Open
Tony Cuchetti And Joe FlipBig RiverTin Can Tunes
Reynhard BoeglI’m Not The OneBluesrootsrock
Heather NewmanHis SoulRise From The Flames
Shawn PittmanThere Will Be a DayMake It Right!
24PesosRise UpDo The Right Thing
Avey Grouws BandDevil May CareThe Devil May Care
Harper and Midwest KindHeavy HorsesRise Up
The Allman Betts BandMagnolia RoadBless Your Heart Single
Kenny Wayne Shepherd BandBreaking Up Somebody’s Home [feat. Warren Haynes]Goin’ Home [+digital booklet]
Danielle NicoleI’m Going HomeCry No More
Marcus MaloneYesterday ManOne More Time
Joe BonamassaHappier TimesLive From The Royal Albert Hall
Walter TroutOrdinary MadnessOrdinary Madness
Popa ChubbyTime Is Killing MeHow’d a White Boy Get the Blues
Robin Trower‘Til I Reach HomeSomething’s About To Change
Joanne Shaw TaylorThe Best ThingReckless Heart
Julian SasIs This What They Call The BluesA Smile To My Soul

October 1st Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues on BMFR

Got some Good Time Roadhouse Blues comin’ your way at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com today (October 1st) from 3 to 5 pm EDST. Tune in and listen to new contemporary blues from a slew of great artists including Linsey Alexander, Nick Moss, Johnny Iguana, Johnny Burgin, and Heather Newman.

This is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
Dave SpecterSoul DropBlues from the Inside Out
Jimmy JohnsonDown In The ValleyEvery Day Of Your Life
Linsey AlexanderI Got A WomanLive at Rosa’s
New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom RockersNight Time (feat Jimbo Mathis)Volume I
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones feat. Little Charlie BatyToo Far from the BarToo Far from the Bar
John NemethSometimesStronger Than Strong
Heather NewmanHis SoulRise From The Flames
Gaetano PellinoMoney TalksTribute
Nick Moss Band Feat. Dennis GruenlingFull Moon AcheLucky Guy!
Willie Buck(All I’m Doin’ Is) Thinking Of YouWillie Buck Way
Johnny IguanaDown In The BottomJohnny Iguana’s Chicago Spectacular!
Bob Margolin & Dennis GruenlingLow Life BluesDon’t Pass Me By
Johnny BurginLate Night Date Night (Feat. Rae Gordon)Live
Coco MontoyaTroubleComing In Hot
Whitney ShayLove’s Creeping up on YouA Woman Rules the World
Ronnie Earl & the BroadcastersBig Town PlayboyRise Up
Mary Jo Curry BandFront PorchFront Porch
AJ Crawdaddy BandDon’t Think About It, Baby!  Featuring Baxter RobertsonSteppin’ Out!
Elvin Bishop & Charlie MusselwhiteHelp Me100 Years Of Blues
The Barrett Anderson BandEmma LeeHypnobooge
Billy Walton BandCan’t Love No OneDark Hour
Christone “Kingfish” IngramEmpty PromisesEmpty Promises
Casey JamesIf You Dont Know By NowIf You Don’t Know By Now
The James Pitts BandHey BabyCome to Play the Blues
Tas CruSave MeDrive On
The Little Red Rooster Blues BandHey, Hey, I Love YouUnder the Covers
Scott EllisonPerfect For YouSkyline Drive