Smilin’ Bob Stroger and the Headcutters – Kickin’ out Badass Blues at 90!

Bob Stroger has been a part of the Chicago blues scene since the 1950’s. He has played his bass and recorded with Otis Rush, Jimmy Rogers, Eddie Taylor, Eddie Clearwater, Sunnyland Slim, Louisiana Red, Buster Benton, Homesick James, and Snooky Pryor, among others over the years. He has also been a session musician for the renown blues label, Delmark Records, and appeared on over 30 Delmark recordings. Now, at the age of 90, he has released his first recording for Delmark as the band leader for Bob Stroger & the Headcutters entitled That’s My Name. You aren’t going to get to hear too many more artists from that period laying down new tracks so I heartily recommend you give this album a listen. The thirteen songs include 5 originals and a delightful array of covers of Ma Rainey, Eddie Taylor, Big Bill Broonzy, Casey Bill Weldon, and Herman “JR” Parker Jr. penned tunes.

Bob, playing bass and singing, is backed on the recording by a very tight blues band out of Brazil….the Headcutters. The group consists of Joe Marhofer (Harmonica), Ricardo Maca (Guitar), Arthur ‘Catuto’ Garcia (bass) and Leandro ‘Cavera’ Barbeta (drums). There are also two Brazilian guest artists; Luciano Leaes (Piano and Hammond Organ) and Braion Johnny (saxophones) who also provide memorable moments on the recording.

My favorite cut on the recording is Just A Bad Boy. The group lays down a quintessential Chicago blues tune with the perfect vibe. I also loved the recording ambiance on CC Rider. It gives you the feeling of being amongst a small crowd relaxing in a smokey 50’s Chicago blues bar on a wintery week day; it’s like you are right there in the audience. Additionally, the low down blues, wailing harmonica and sultry piano playing on Outskirts of Town and It Was a Dream are priceless.

Kudos to Julia A Miller and Elbio Barilari at Delmark for bringing this project to fruition. AND a special thumbs up to the Headcutters. The core group along with the two guest artists created some music magic with Bob and I look forward to hearing some of their own recordings in the future.

On the title cut That’s My Name, Bob sings that ” you can call me Bob Stroger, you can call me anything you choose, but my real name is the blues. I am the blues.” And that he is!! The likes of Bob Stroger, who lived the blues in its classic heyday in the 50’s and early 60’s, are passing into music history. Grab some of this history in the making right now while you can and enjoy the baddest of the badass Chicago blues!!

Bob Stroger & the Headcutters – That’s My Name (Delmark Records 2022)

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 and writes about the blues at from his home in Connecticut. He also has a 24 hour stream devoted to the Roadhouse Blues… WRHB

Tuesday Roadhouse Blues Nooner on BluesMusicFan Radio 12-2 pm ET

Join us today on from 12-2 pm ET for my Roadhouse Blues Nooner featuring new Keb’ Mo’, Scott Ellison, the Blue Chevys, Edgar Winter, Pine Sap, and plenty more contemporary blues! #blues #roadhouse blues

Here is the intended playlist:

Reddog and FriendsDon’t Muscle That Shuffle
Keb ‘Mo’Good To Be (Home Again)
Miko Marks & The ResurrectorsAncestors
The Doobie BrothersCannonball
Ghalia Volt, Eddie 9V & Katie HenryHop on a Ride
The Sugar RootsSomething Wicked This Way Comes
Johnny Black and the 22’sAmerican Dream
Sweet Baby James & Rob EyersFine Line
Pamela LillardKoko Taylor
Bill FilipiakPunch My Ticket
Paula ColeBlack Mountain Blues
Eric JohansonMidnight Rider
Susan Tedeschi & Derek TrucksDay in the Sun
Reddog and FriendsThe Blues Will Get You Everytime
The Blue ChevysSitting On A Stone
Melissa EtheridgeFor The Last Time
Robert Jon & the WreckAin’t No Young Love Song
Ghost Town Blues BandHeading Nowhere Fast
Tennessee RedemptionWe Got A Thing Going On
The Good Wood BandWhere Were We
Professor Louie & The CrowmatixChain Shot Cannon Ball
Buddy Shute and the MotivatorsI Don’t Want to Know
Scott EllisonThere’s Something About the Night
Edgar WinterJohnny B. Goode (feat. Joe Walsh, David Grissom)
Chuck BerryLet’s Boogie
Pine SapThe Tramp
Misty BluesTake A Long Ride
Walter TroutHard Time

Music on the Way: Upcoming Roadhouse Blues Releases in 2022

2022 gets off to a great start with a roadhouse bang for new album releases by Keb’ Mo’, Tinsley Ellis, John Mayall, and Eric Gales in the next couple of weeks. And then in February, Mike Zito, Micki Free, Reddog and Friends, Dan Patlansky, and Joan Osborne do the same. And down the road just a bit Bonnie Raitt will have a new one out! Check out the entire list below! #blues #bluesrock #roadhouse blues

Upcoming Releases – This Month:

Angela Easley – Rise

Keb’ Mo’ – Good To Be

Robbin’ Ford & the Blue Line – Live At Yoshi’s 1996

Tinsley Ellis – Devil May Care

Willie & the Bandits (UK) – When the World Stood Still

John Mayall – The Sun Is Shining Down  featuring Marcus King, Buddy Miller, Mike Campbell

North Mississippi Allstars – Set Sail

Eric Gales – Crown – featuring Joe Bonamassa

Steve Vai – Inviolate

John Mellencamp – Strictly A One-Eyed Jack

Upcoming Releases – Next Month:

Micki Free – Turquoise Blue

Reddog and Friends – Booze, Blues, and Southern Grooves

Dan Patlansky – Shelter of Bones

Mike Zito – Blues for the Southside (Live)

Joan Osborne –  Radio Waves

Due Out later in 2022

Sugaray Rayford – In Too Deep (March 4)

Big Daddy – It’s a Mad Mad Bad Dad World (March 11)

Bonnie Raitt – Just Like That…

Elles Bailey (UK) – Shining in the Half Light

Jesse Roper (Canada)

Edgar Winter – Brother Johnny – An All-Star Tribute to Johnny Winter

Son House – Forever On My Mind (previously unreleased songs)

Jack White – Fear of the Dawn (April)

Jack White – Entering Heaven Alive (July)

Booze, Blues, and Southern Grooves – Reddog and Friends Set the Bar High for 2022

The new Reddog and Friends album, Booze, Blues, and Southern Grooves is a joy to listen to!! The vocals and lyrics are sincere and surrounded by music that will reverberate in your soul. Reddog is an unapologetic old style southern blues man from Georgia whose songs, guitar playing, and persona help define a style of blues that will just lay ya back and smooth out the rough edges.

I recommend you start listening to the album with track 8, Don’t Muscle The Shuffle. It is a world class blues instrumental that sets the bar for the rest of the recording! Then give Searching for Some Soul a spin. The Duane Allman style guitar licks are just badass! Old School Blues is a celebration of classic blues with nods to Freddie King, Etta James, Bobby Blue Bland, Johnny Taylor, ZZ Hill, and Jimmy Reed. And I absolutely love The Blues Will Get You Every Time! I have often mentioned the healing power of listening to the blues to people and Reddog sets the thought to some beautiful music. The album closes with Honest Man. Be true to yourself and be a kind hearted man; words of a mother to a son who reflects them on the album.

Recorded in Muscle Shoals Alabama with his friends Clayton Ivey (keyboards), David Hood (bass), Justin Holder (drums), Bill Stewart (drums on three tracks), Steve Hawkins (congas), and Carla Russell & Mary Mason & Angela Hacker (female vocals), the 11 track album will be officially released in early February. It is a great recording and well worth your time to give a listen!!

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 and writes about the blues at from his home in Connecticut. He also has a 24 hour stream devoted to the Roadhouse Blues… WRHB

Blues Rockin’ Thursday 3-5 pm on BluesMusicFan Radio

I’ll be rockin’ the blues today with Joanna Connor, Johnny Mastro & Mama’s Boys, Black River Delta, Dave Hunt, Veronique Gayot, Handsome Jack, and a bunch more. Join us from 3-5 pm ET on! #blues #roadhouseblues

Here is the intended playlist:

Popa ChubbyBoogie For TonyTinfoil Hat
EG KightFallingThe Trio Sessions
Rebecca DownesWave Them GoodbyeStripped Back
Dave HuntDoctorBehind the Moon
Chris BadNews BarnesYou Wanna Rock? You Gotta Learn The BluesBadNews Rising
Joanna ConnorDestination (feat. Jimmy Hall)4801 South Indiana Avenue
Caleb JohnsonI Just Want To CelebrateMountain Mojo, Vol. 1
Veronique GayotWicked ShotAnimal
Chris Kramer and Beatbox ‘n’ BluesCan’t Bring Me Down21st Century Blues
Pierce DipnerEmpty Bed BluesGoin’ Back
Izzo Blues CoalitionIt Won’t Come EasyTake It Or Leave It
Guthrie KennardRustle in the CornRiverside
Handsome JackShoulder To Lean OnGet Humble
Sun King RisingDrive Me To NashvilleDelta Tales
Johnny Mastro and Mama’s BoysChild WolfElmore James For President
Few Miles OnSpinning AroundThe Memphis Push
West Side Joe & The Men of SoulColorado MamaKeep On Climbin’
Papa GeorgeBlackjackThese Wheels
Jessie Lee And The AlchemistsGet Out Of My HeadLet It Shine
Ghost HoundsShadowcaster (feat. Sasha Allen)A Little Calamity
Black River DeltaMidnight TrainShakin’
Big Town PlayersTake Me Out TonightOther Side Of Town
Joey LandrethAll That You DreamAll That You Dream
The Blue QuarantinosDown On Bended KneesPhoning It In
Rob Strong and Peter BranderBaby’s Coming Back to MeStronger Together
Early Times & The High RollersDo What She DoThe Corner
Colin LindenUntil The Heat Leaves TownbLOW
Trainman BluesTroubled MindShadows & Shapes
The LiberatorsWrong DistractionWaitin’

January 11th Roadhouse Blues Nooner on BluesMusicFan Radio 12-2 pm ET

I hope you enjoy today’s selection of Roadhouse blues tunes on from 12-2 pm ET. I will be spinning tunes by Tony Holiday, AJ Plug, Louise Cappi, Val Starr & the Blues Rocket, Toby Lee, Mission Brown, Samantha Fish, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Kaleo, and a whole bunch more! #blues #roadhouseblues

Here is the intended playlist:

Robben Ford & The Blue LineStep On It
AJ PlugTrain Of Love
Bernie MarsdenGrits Ain’t Groceries
Johnny FinkThat’s Alright
Louise CappiTalkin Talkin (Radio Edit)
Val Starr & The Blues RocketOutside Looking In
DionMy Stomping Ground (feat. Billy F. Gibbons)
Eric ClaptonSteady Rollin’ Man
Boz ScaggsDry Spell
Tommy Castro & The PainkillersCommon Ground
Mike ZitoThe Hard Way
Toby LeeOne Foot On The Path
Van MorrisonBlue Funk
Mission BrownLoaded
David GogoWhatever I Need To Do
Tony HolidayBad Bad Girl Featuring Johnny Burgin
Samantha FishNo Angels
Dede Priest & Johnny Clark’s OutlawsRum & Sugarcane
Brad PalmerSlow Down Woman
Robert Plant & Alison KraussSearching for My Love
Misty BluesI Can’t Wait
KaleoBrother Run Fast
Eric Starczan, Jennifer Jordan, Ian SiegalWhole Lotta Money
Tab BeniotToo Sweet for Me
Rod Gator29 August
PotliquorWaitin’ For Me At The River
HolebonesMojo Hand
Sonny LandrethFor You & Forever

Roots and Bluzin 3-5 pm ET on BluesMusicFan Radio

Join me today for some roadhouse blues focused on roots music! You can hear it all at from 3-5 pm today featuring Lonesome Pete, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Guy Verlinde, Beelzebub Jones, Yola, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Jackson Brown, Lucky Wuthrich and more. #blues #roadhouseblues

Here is the intended playlist:

The Allman Brothers BandHot ‘Lanta
Lucky WuthrichI Wanna Play My Blues
Mary Stokes BandI’m So Glad
Handsome JackHard Luck Karma
Lonesome PeteChain Gang
Johnny Black and the 22’sTears Run Dry
Eric ClaptonTulsa Time
Joey LandrethSailin’ Shoes
Van MorrisonDouble Agent
Marc BroussardAnybody out There
Guy VerlindeDance Through The Night
Robert Plant & Alison KraussYou Can’t Rule Me
Jon AllenCan’t Hold Back the Sun
Beelzebub JonesWhiskey For Breakfast (Feat. Half Deaf Clatch)
Roots & DoreBetter Treat Me Better
The Holmes BrothersMan of Peace
Delaney & BonnieI Can’t Take It Much Longer
YolaGreat Divide
Ben LevinI Can’t Stop It
James CottonCotton Mouth Man
JJ Grey and Mofro99 Shades of Crazy
Oliver WoodFine Line
AJ FullertonRemind Me Who I Am Again
Andrew RiverstoneOne Foot In The Bucket
BluestoneEvery Hour Every Day
Vintage TroubleNancy Lee
Bill FilipiakPunch My Ticket
Chris SmitherDown To The Sound (B-Side)
Tami NeilsonCall Your Mama
Steve HillAlternate Days
Jackson BrowneStill Looking For Something

Roadhouse Bluzin into ’22 on BluesMusicFanRadio 12-2 pm ET

Startin’ off the new year of 2022 with some of the greatest bluesmen of all time. Join me on from 12-2 pm ET. #blues #roadhouseblues

Here is the intended playlist:

Ben LevinNOLA Night
J.J.CaleDon’t Go To Strangers
DionRed House (feat. Keb’Mo’)
Keb’ Mo’That’s Alright
Taj MahalMockingbird
Levon HelmI Want to Know
Ray CharlesHeaven Help Us All
John Mayall & The BluesbreakersWhat’d I Say
Gregg AllmanI Believe I’ll Go Back Home
Mike ZitoI Wouldn’t Treat A Dog (The Way You Treat Me)
Tommy CastroCalling San Francisco (Live)
Albert CollinsSomething To Remember You By
Luther AllisonThink With Your Heart
Albert KingAngel Of Mercy
A.C. Reed & Maurice VaughnHelp Me Spending My Gold
Freddie KingI Got The Same Old Blues [feat. Steve Ferrone, Bobby Tench, Mike Vernon]
Johnny CopelandRolling With The Punches
Lonnie BrooksGot Lucky Last Night
Bobby “Blue” BlandI Pity The Fool
B. B. KingWatch Yourself
Carey BellLet Me Stir In Your Pot
Delbert McClintonGoing Back To Louisiana
James Cotton23 Hours Too Long
Son SealsI Can’t Hear Nothing But The Blues
Pinetop PerkinsTake It Easy Baby
Johnny WinterRoute 90

Roadhouse 2021 Blues Rock Album of the Year – Beggars Soul by J. Lee and the Hoodoo Skulls

The Roadhouse 2021 Blues Rock Album of the Year is by a British group from Surrey, England…. J. Lee and the Hoodoo Skulls. The recording, Beggars Soul, is a vibrant energetic collection of tunes that are brash and edgy. Drawing from the same musical well as Chuck Berry, Larkin Poe, the Black Keys and the Record Company, this 4 piece band cranks out songs that will get ya pumped and wanting to gather once again with friends at a rowdy roadhouse or pub for some good times.

The band is composed of J. Lee (vocals), Harun Kotch (Lead Guitar/ Writer), Wayne Riches (Drums) and Mike Hartnett (Bass). The album was recorded at an old church chapel which gives the songs a cool texture that just enhances the aura of the music. Just give the title cut, Beggars Soul, a listen……you will hear what I mean.

I also just love tunes that capture the magic of the era when Muddy Water’s famously said that the blues had a baby and it was called rock & roll. The song Baby Can’t Sing the Blues is an absolute time capsule of a roadhouse blues tune that perfectly illustrates Muddy’s statement.

Every recording on this album is worth a listen, particularly if you are feeling dreary or depressed and need a musical “pick me up”. So…..go to your favorite music download site….get your own copy of Beggars Soul as your endorsement of the very best badass Roadhouse blues rock of 2021!

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 and writes about the blues at from his home in Connecticut. He also has a 24 hour stream devoted to the Roadhouse Blues… WRHB