A Roadhouse Closeout of 2021 on BluesMusicFan Radio 3-5 pm ET

This forsaken year is finally coming to an end. If it wasn’t for music, I don’t know that I would have endured! Join me today for some Roadhouse contemporary blues featuring Samantha Fish, Mindi Abair, The Raconteurs, Mission Brown, Billy F. Gibbons, Larkin Poe, Blackberry Smoke and a number of other groups that celebrate the roadhouse blues while still continuing to explore the enticing edges of the genre. The show runs from 3-5 pm ET on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com. #blues #bluesrock #benveeblues

Here is the intended playlist:

Pete ‘Big Dog’ FettersAmigos
Lowland BrothersTwo Pounds Of Loaded Steel
The Black KeysOceans And Streams
Walter TroutTighten Up
Hollin KingsFeel Me Now
Richard MaddenHeavy Load
The Record CompanyRita Mae Young
ZZ WardTil The Casket Drops
Mindi Abair & The BoneshakersYou Better Run
KaleoBreak My Baby
The RaconteursTop Yourself
Samantha FishAll Ice No Whiskey
Southbound Snake CharmersWhiskey n’ Mojo
Mission BrownBottle up & Go
Billy F GibbonsStackin’ Bones (Feat. Larkin Poe)
Larkin PoeFreedom
Melody GardotPreacherman
Lonesome PeteThe Devils Deal
Pete ‘Big Dog’ FettersBeer Budget
SuperdownhomeCan’t Sweep Away
The Union BluesWoman, Why You Treat Me So
Joe BonamassaBeyond The Silence
Blackberry SmokeRevival
The Doobie BrothersDon’t Ya Mess With Me
Tedeschi Trucks BandNobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out (feat. Trey Anastasio)
Gov’t MuleMake It Rain
Handsome JackOld Familiar Faces
Tedeschi Trucks BandThey Don’t Shine

Firmly In the Roots of the Roadhouse Blues 12-2pm ET on BlueMusicFan Radio

Join me today from 12-2 pm ET on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com for some roadhouse roots blues tunes from Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, EG Kight, John Hiatt, Veronique Gayot, David Gogo, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Rod Gator, Kaleo, the Misty Blues, and many more.

Here is the intended playlist:

Dede Priest & Johnny Clark’s OutlawsRum & Sugarcane
Van MorrisonThank God for the Blues
Eric ClaptonGot My Mojo Working
Veronique GayotGood Blues On The Radio
The Immediate Family3:45 Coming Through
Robert Plant & Alison KraussHigh and Lonesome
John Hiatt With The Jerry Douglas BandKeen Rambler
Misty BluesDays Gone By
David GogoBlues For Dollface
Mission BrownExpectations
EG KightYou’re drivin’ me crazy
Brad PalmerRisin’ Moon
The Shedmen Blues BandChain Gang Stomp
Dede Priest & Johnny Clark’s Outlaws16 Tons
Rodney CrowellSomething Has To Change
Rod GatorMermentau Bridge
HolebonesAin’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around
Eric Starczan, Jennifer Jordan, Ian SiegalYou Are Right For Me
Blue in the FaceAin’t Nobody Gonna Miss You
Jackie VensonRollin’ On
Chris Kramer and Beatbox ‘n’ BluesIn the Dead of the Night
Danny BryantRescue Me
Rebecca DownesTake Me Higher
Toby LeeOne Foot On The Path
Dave HuntBehind the Moon
Caleb JohnsonDrift Away (Acoustic)
Ben LevinLove And Friendship

Euro Blues on BluesMusicFan Radio 12-2 pm ET

There are a large number of great contemporary roadhouse blues bands and artists in Europe. Today on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 12-2 pm, I will give you a sampling including Maria Daines, Clara Rose, Malted Milk, Band of Friends, Ben Granfelt, Davy Knowles, The Liberators, Greg Copeland & Steve Giles, and a dozen or so more. Bundle up and let’s blues the first day of winter away together!!

Here is the intended playlist:

Manny FizzottiSliding AwayNobody Understands
Eddie Kold BandBlues Man (ft. Bernard Allison)Chicago Alley Blues
Captain Morgan ExpressGot to MoveNo Weirdos Please
The Mary Stokes BandMoonshineComin’ Home
Michele BiondiLonely And LostDown By The River
Edgar BluesFeeling DownThe Next Step
Kiko And The Blues RefugeesPoor Man’s JusticeThreadbare
Epi K. ParadoxChange Your MindI’ll Take The Long Road
HolebonesAin’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me AroundLoud
Greg Copeland & Steve ‘Guitar’ GillesDon’t Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down (Live)Live In Aotearoa / New Zealand
Davy KnowlesRiverbedComing Up For Air (Revisited)
Marcus LazarusHit The Ground RunningHell Of A Ride
Maria DainesSpirit of the FreeThis Heart Remembers
Louis MezzasomaValley Of ShadowsMercenary
Lowland BrothersDriftin’Lowland Brothers
Malted MilkLet Me RideRiding High
Clara RoseHit or MissClara Rose: Live, Live, Love
Jack J HutchinsonHip Slickin’Back To The Blues
Band Of FriendsFuel To The FireSpotlight on the G-Man Vol.2
Hitman Blues BandGo Down FightingNot My Circus, Not My Monkey
Ben GranfeltGoing Home (Live)Live… Because We Can!
Harlem LakeThe RiverA Fool’s Paradise Vol. 1
Johnny GallagherShake That TambourineA 2020 Vision
The LiberatorsCry Like a WolfWaitin’
Lisa Lystam Family BandGet Out Of BedIII
Mick PiniStanding in the RainBacktrack

The Best 2021 Live Roadhouse Blues Albums

As you might expect, there were not a lot of Live albums released during 2021 but of the ones that were these are the five best that I got to listen to and spin during my shows…..enjoy!

The Teskey Brothers & Orchestra Victoria – LIve At Hamer Hall

A case can be made that the best current R&B band in the world is from a place in the Yarra valley outside Melbourne Australia. The four brothers write and sing as though they have emerged from a time capsule found in a wall in MoTown with Otis Redding 45s in their hands. Just listen to Rain, So Caught Up, and San Francisco and be teleported back to the golden age of modern music for an evening.

Greg Copeland & Steve ‘Guitar’ Giles – LIve in Aotearoa New Zealand

Greg Copeland & Steve ‘Guitar’ Giles serve as ambassadors for the blues on this recording done in New Zealand. Greg is a smoky voiced singer and master storyteller of the blues who is from Virginia and has been living in Germany for a number of years. Greg and Steve capture the heart of the contemporary acoustic blues on songs like Don’t Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down and Going Home. Greg’s love of the blues comes through in every note and I can’t think of a better person to sing the story of the blues to audiences in New Zealand, Europe, and here in North America.

Pat Fulgoni – Dark Side of the Blues – Live in Prague

Out of the UK, Pat Fulgoni is the Mountain Man of the roadhouse blues with his long hair, full beard, and a blues style and voice perfect for roadhouses from Prague to New Orleans. The recording features covers of blues classics including Rock Me Baby and the jammin’ How Many More Times.

Tedeschi Trucks Band – Layla Revisited

Stellar guitar work, a rocking rhythm section, and fantastic vocals mark this one off live concert recorded by the Tedeschi Trucks band as a remembrance of the Derek & the Dominos album that featured Eric Clapton and Duane Allman. Trey Anastasio (Phish) and Doyle Bramhall II also joined the band on the recording. Listening to Susan Tedeschi belt out Nobody Knows You When You Are Down and Out is worth the price of admission.

The Brothers – Madison Square Garden March 10, 2020

Recorded days before the world as we knew it changed radically, the recording was organized by Jaimoe and will probably stand as one of the last live recordings featuring an original member of the Allman Brothers Band (ABB). ABB alumni including Warren Haynes on all vocals, Derek Trucks on guitar, bassist Oteil Burbridge, and percussionist Marc Quinones provide a trip down memory lane with most of the two dozen songs coming from the golden era of ABB from 1969 to 1973.

Honorable Mentions

Mary Stokes Band – Clouds In My Heart (LIve In Dublin)

The Mary Stokes Band is a very tight blues band out of Ireland centered around Mary’s robust vocals, her life partner Brian Palm’s badass harmonica playing, and some mighty fine licks on the guitar by Sarah Michelle. This is live roadhouse blues at its very finest!!! Listen to The Last Time and I’m So Glad and tell me it ain’t so!!! Originally recorded in 1999, the CD was released internationally this November.

Joe Bonamassa – Now Serving Royal Tea Live from the Ryman

My first exposure to Joe Bonamassa was live on PBS and I still enjoy listening to him perform on a stage. As much a rock recording as a blues album, Royal Tea Live From the Ryman features a performance of A New Day Yesterday/Starship Trooper – Wurm that I love.

Legacy Releases of 2021

Stevie Ray Vaughan – The First Broadcast

Muddy Waters – Muddy Waters: The Montreux Years

Ben Vee started out spinning songs on terrestrial radio and at nightclubs back in the 1970’s in his home state of Louisiana. After a career in the construction business, he returned to DJing in 2011. He now hosts two shows each week on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com and writes about the blues at http://www.benveeblues.com from his home in Connecticut. He also has a 24 hour stream devoted to the Roadhouse Blues… WRHB

Roadhouse Bluzin’ 12-2 pm EST on BluesMusicFan Radio

Got some badass roadhouse blues tunes from Tea’s Half Acoustic, The 2:19, Dion, Van Morrison, Bacon Fat Louis, Chickenbone Slim, Joey Landreth, Lucinda Williams and more on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 12-2pm EST today!

Here is the intended playlist:

Vince Salerno & Gerald McClendonHarpacordia
Vince Salerno & Gerald McClendonHighway 49
Ty Curtis BandDone Me So Wrong
Sonny Boy TerryScrewdriver
Eric Lindell & The RedsJump and Shout
Kim WilsonLearn to Treat Me Right
Debbie Davies & Mikey JuniorDon’t Be Reckless With My Heart
The Union BluesWoman, Why You Treat Me So
Tea’s Half AcousticSpirit of the bottle
The 2:19Horseshoe Curve
The Region Blues BandMemphis (feat. Patti Shaffner)
Bacon Fat LouisIt Won’t Be Easy
Chickenbone SlimServe It to Me Hot
Handsome JackLet Me Know
Lowland BrothersHigh And Lonesome
Lucinda WilliamsRun Run Rudolph
Hollin KingsBallad of a Thin Man
Joey LandrethAll That You Dream
Dara JamesOur Own Damn Fault
Layla ZoeNowhere Left To Go
Carolyn WonderlandBroken Hearted Blues
Tommy CastroSomewhere
Bonnie RaittMillion Miles
Van MorrisonDouble Bind
DionIf You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll (feat. Eric Clapton)
Roger ChapmanDark Side Of The Stairs