Sad Day for Freedom: Blues for Ukraine 3-5 pm ET on BluesMusicFan Radio

I can not tell you how sad I am today….as probably many of you are. I feel helpless…imagine how the citizens of Ukraine must feel..confused…bewildered. It is a sad day for freedom. On today’s show on from 3-5 pm ET, Blues For Ukraine with a selection of freedom songs. Whether it is a plaza in Kyiv, a boulevard in Taipei, or a rural road in Mississippi, blues men and women know that freedom ain’t free. #freedom #blues

Here is the intended playlist:

Mindi Abair And The BoneshakersFreedom
Bobby MessanoFind The Cost Of Freedom
Richie HavensFreedom (Live Woodstock Version)
Layla ZoeFreedom Flowers
Malford Milligan And The Southern AcesFreedom Ain’t Free
Swamp ThingFreedom
Dave Matthews BandCry Freedom
The BodeansFreedom
Fast Eddy’s Blue BandFreedom Train
Jimi HendrixFreedom
Alvin LeeOn The Road To Freedom
Janie Cribbs & The T.Rust BandFreedom
Chris DairCrossroads To Freedom
Larkin PoeFreedom
Dede PriestFreedom Moan
John MellencampSomeday
Luther AllisonFreedom
Whitney ShayFreedom Blues
Julian SasFreedom bound
Kara GraingerFreedom Song
Rb StoneSome Call It Freedom
Sir Rod & The Blues DoctorsFreedom For My People
Susan SantosFreedom
TrafficMany a Mile to Freedom
Sari SchorrFreedom

A Palette of New Roadhouse Blues on a Day of Days 2/22/22 12-2 pm ET

Today, on a day of days 2/22/22, on I will be spinning a palette of new roadhouse blues featuring Walk That Walk, Joan Osborne, Trudy Lynn, Bobby Rush, Bernard Allison, Regina Bonelli, Larry McCray, and a dozen or so more. Tune in for the Roadhouse Blues Nooner from 12-2 pm ET.

Here is the intended playlist:

Mick GrabhamHarlem Nocturne
Loudmouth Johnson & Johnny WinterUnsatisfied Mind
Jhett Black12 Bar Blues Again (LIVE)
Eric Clapton And The PowerhouseCrossroads
Walk That WalkIm The Man
Joan OsborneMy Love is Alive (KPRI 2000)
The Sully BandIf I Could Only Be Sure
Trudy LynnIf Your Phone Don’t Ring
The Love Light OrchestraGive Me A Break
Debra PowerWhat Colour Is Love
Kathy Murray & The KilowattsIt Hurts Me Too
Bernard AllisonSatisfy Her Needs
Regina BonelliKilling Floor (Radio Edit)
Taj Mahal & Ry CooderHooray Hooray
Steve ShanholtzerBloodletters and Bluesmen
Ray Beadle & The Hi TonesSouthbound Line (Live)
Maurizio Gnola GlielmoJudgement Day
Mat Walklate & Alex HaynesStraight Line
Louisiana Red & Bob CorritoreCaught Your Man And Gone
Big Mama ThorntonSassy Mama (2022 Remaster)
Bobby RushChicken Heads (ft Christone “Kingfish” Ingram)
Eliza Neals and The NarcoticsBreaking and Entering
Eric JohansonChanges the Universe (Live)
Larry McCrayArkansas
Robben Ford & The Blue LineTired Of Talkin’ (Live)
Travellin’ Blue KingsA Stiffer Drink

Roadhouse Bluzin Thursday 3-5 pm ET

Hope you can join us for some roadhouse blues on from 3-5 pm today. I will be spinnin’ tunes by Micki Free, Uncle Watson’s Widow, Poppa Chubby, King of the World, Kulhu & the Vigilantes, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Karen Lawrence, Sari Schorr…..and more!

Here is the intended playlist:

Ricci and KrownDown n’ Dirty
The Blues Against YouthBlue Muse
Damon FowlerSome Things Change
Mike ZitoMake Blues Not War
The Fabulous ThunderbirdsLook At That, Look At That
The Kokomo KingsBuckle Up!
Alvin Lee And Co.Let’s Get Back
Tommy CastroBring It On Back
Popa ChubbyIt’s A Mighty Hard Road
Bubba And The Big Bad BluesDo What’s Right
King of the WorldPressure
Kulhu & the VigilantesStay Away
Reverend NathonDarker Shade Of Blues
Regina BonelliCross To Bear
Micki FreeJudicator Blues (feat. Christone “Kingfish” Ingram)
Angel ForrestWalkin’ Blues
Matt SchofieldRed Dragon
Karen Lawrence and Blue By NatureRain
Joe BonamassaHow Deep This River Runs
Albert CummingsCry Me A River (Live)
Kenny Wayne Shepherd BandStill A Fool [feat. Robert Randolph]
Sari Schorr & The Engine RoomWork No More
Uncle Watson’s WidowRun Too Far

Mike Zito – Blues for the Southside

Mike Zito was born and raised in south St. Louis. By reputation, it is a tough place to grow up…a place where the blues aren’t just notes floating in the air or lyrics in a song. Mike chose to return to his roots for his latest recording, Blues for the Southside. Literally surrounded by family and friends from his high school years, Mike and his very talented band cranked out live versions of 14 of the songs from his 25 year career plus a new instrumental, the title cut, that is an instant classic.

Mike now lives in Texas. And during the first year of the pandemic, one of the joys I can recall was watching Mike playing live on Facebook from a small room (or perhaps the garage) of his home. His band was scrunched in with him and they are having a blast. Mike told stories, jokes, and casually played songs and requests from the internet audience. It was magical. That same spirit is captured on the new recording. And watching his entertaining banter and incredible musical talent makes it easy to understand why the recording label that he and Guy Hale own, Gulf Coast Records, has so quickly attracted a large group of very talented fellow artists since its inception in 2018.

The double album recording features Doug Byrkit (vocals/ bass), Matthew Johnson (vocals/drums), Lewis Stephens (piano/organ), with special guest appearances by Gulf Coast Record artists Tony Campanella (guitars), Dave Kalz (guitars as well as a friend from the old neighborhood) and an impromptu performance by guitar maestro Eric Gales. Eric literally showed up backstage, picked up a guitar, and then comes out and launches into an epic jam with the band of the Jimi Hendrix tune, Voodoo Chile.

On the album, Mike also does a fantastic cover of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Texas Flood. He and Dave Kalz share the blues magic on The Road Never Ends. The recording also includes live versions of some my favorite Zito tunes including First Class Life, Mississippi Nights, and Make Blues Not War. And as I stated earlier, the instrumental Blues for the Southside is absolutely beautiful. To top it all off, the album closes with a rousing version of a tune written by another guy from St. Louis you might know, Chuck Berry. Mike’s cover of Johnny B. Goode should bring a smile to your face.

If you need a musical “pick me up” on any given day from now to forever, purchase and download a copy of this memorable live recording. It will have you dancin’ around your chair and will remind you of just why you love the roadhouse blues…and Mike Zito!

Mike Zito – BLUES FOR THE SOUTHSIDE (Gulf Coast Records 2022) (Available February 18th)

#blues #roadhouse blues

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 personal 24 hour stream devoted to the Roadhouse Blues… WRHB

The Roadhouse Blues 61 – Best Blues Albums of 2021

United States Highway 61 starts in Wyoming, Minnesota and over its 1400 mile length generally follows the mighty Mississippi River to its terminus in New Orleans. It has earned the proud appellation as the “Blues Highway” primarily because of its route through the heart of the Mississippi delta country where the blues was born. It also intersects in Clarksdale Mississippi with Highway 49 at a spot known as the Crossroads that is stamped indelibly on the tale of the blues. In honor of this great highway and all of the blues men and women who have transited lengths of it over their careers , I present my list of the 61 best roadhouse blues albums of 2021.

The year 2021 will not be treated kindly by history. The dark foreboding shadow of the pandemic continued to loom over the months. Strife and division marked our public discourse and even enveloped the blues. But despite it all, thousands of blues artists continued to release new recordings in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia & New Zealand, South America, and Africa. Through my association with BluesMusicFan Radio and my own contacts in the industry, I received hundreds and hundreds of new releases. I reviewed them and rated each album song by song with additional factors for creativity and “paying the blues dues”. This list is not about an individual song but an album as a creative whole. Needless to say, it takes time to do this. I started culling the list down in mid November. First to 300, then 150, and now the final list. While the list includes 61 releases, it is not strictly a numerical listing. Artists are not in a sports competition with their fellow artists and most I have known over the years will be the first to sing the praises of other groups. With this in mind, I break the lists down by album of the year and then Best Ten albums as a group, Top Twenty, and so on. ANY album on this list is worth your time to listen to. And I hope many of you will AND pay the artists the ultimate compliment by purchasing their work.

The Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues Album of the Year 2021 is…..

Colin James – Open Road

Colin James got his big break in the 1980’s when he was drafted as a last minute replacement for a cancelled opening act for Stevie Ray Vaughan. He has been a rocker, blues rocker, and successful Swing music artist over the years and has won dozens of music honors in Canada. For the Open Road recording, he made a conscious decision to emphasize his love of the blues genre and we are all its beneficiaries. It has rockin’ blues songs, traditional blues numbers, and beautiful roots blues tunes. (For an in depth review of the album songs, please see my blog dated November 4, 2021). With echoes of Chuck Berry and Stevie Ray Vaughan in the music combined with Colin’s voice and guitar mastery, I invite you to listen to Leave This House as just one sampling of this incredible recording and my choice as Roadhouse Blues album of the year.

Roadhouse Blues Best Ten Recordings of 2021

This year’s Roadhouse Blues Best Ten recordings include artists from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. One is 22 and has such a bright future, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram. Another is 82 and still kicking out vibrant and thoughtful jams, Dion. There is a great group out of the UK, J Lee and Hoodoo Skulls, that won my award for Blues Rock album of 2021. There are two artists, the JP Williams Blues Band and the Atomic 44’s that I tried to see during the year but Covid raised its ugly head. Polly O’Keary makes the list based on the power of her voice and all the dues she has paid to the blues over the years. Perennial favorite Tommy Castro also shows up as well as John Popper with Blues Traveler. And one of the defining voices of the contemporary blues, Jeff Taylor, makes the list with the Altered Five Blues Band.

Artist2021 AlbumCountry
Colin JamesOpen RoadCanada
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram662USA
DionStomping GroundUSA
Altered Five Blues BandHoller If You Hear MeUSA
J Lee and the Hoodoo SkullsBeggars SoulUK
JP Williams Blues BandJP & EkatUSA
Polly O’Keary & the Rhythm Method50USA
Tommy CastroA Bluesman Came to TownUSA
Atomic 44’sVolume OneUSA
Blues TravelerTraveler’s BluesUSA

Roadhouse Blues Top Twenty Recordings of 2021

My Top Twenty albums for 2021 included artists from Canada (Sue Foley), Australia (8 Ball Aiken), and the street busker from the UK (Markus K.). Carolyn Wonderland, based in Austin, makes the list with an incredible recording. Established stars Mike Zito, Billy Gibbons, and the Black Keys all contributed significant works to the roadhouse blues this year. An emerging artist that I believe still has his best work in front of him, Eddie 9V, makes the list and is well worth a listen as hint of the future of the blues. And Ricci and Krown put out a recording that should warm the heart of anyone that enjoys harmonica based blues. I also highly recommend the Sean Chambers album which is a tribute to his mentor and famed blues man, Hubert Sumlin.

8 Ball AikenIce Cream ManAustralia
Carolyn WonderlandTempting FateUSA
Eddie 9VLittle Black FliesUSA
Sean ChambersThat’s What I’m Talkin’ AboutUSA
Mike ZitoResurrectionUSA
Ricci and KrownCity Country CityUSA
Billy F. GibbonsHardwareUSA
Sue FoleyPinky’s BluesCanada
The Black KeysDelta KreamUSA
Markus K.Live With Looper No. 1UK

Roadhouse Blues Thrillin’ Thirty Recordings of 2021

Band of FriendsSpotlight on the G-Man Vol. 2UK/Ireland
Uncle Watson’s WidowHindsightUSA
Simon Kinney LewisKing BiscuitAustralia
Chickenbone SlimServe It to Me HotUSA
The Dirty Mojo Blues BandIt is What It isUSA
The Doobie BrothersLiberteUSA
Melissa EtheridgeOne Way OutUSA
Dirty Dave OstiRetro-Sonic Blues TrainAustralia
Eldon Backhouse and the Electric Blues BandPortrait GalleryUK
Steve MarrinerHope Dies LastCanada

The Roadhouse Blues Thrillin’ Thirty recordings list has an international flavor with two artists from Australia (Simon Kinney Lewis & Dirty Dave Osti) as well as two from the UK (Band of Friends & Eldon Backhouse and the Electric Blues Band) and one from Canada (Steve Marriner). If you love Rory Gallagher, then I highly recommend the Band of Friends recording which features bassist Gerry McAvoy and the stellar guitar playing of Davy Knowles. If you enjoy what I term “roots blues”, then Steve Marriner’s latest recording is well worth a listen. Additionally two major music artists, Melissa Etheridge and the Doobie Brothers, both released albums that a perfect representations of what I term the “roadhouse blues”…a mix of contemporary blues, blues rock, and roots blues. And I highly recommend a blues rock group out of North Carolina, Uncle Watson’s Widow, that plays a high energy mix of ZZ Top and Joe Bonamassa related music.

Roadhouse Blues Top 61 Recordings of 2021

The rest of the list of the 61 Best Roadhouse Albums of 2021 includes notable names like Steve Cropper, Jimmy Barnes, Gov’t Mule, Joanne Shaw Taylor, and Bernie Marsden as well as established roadhouse blues artists like The Record Company, Davy Knowles, Cactus, Colin Linden, and “up and comers” like Veronica Lewis, The Kokomo Kings, Hendrikse, and Quinn Sullivan. All of them put out quality recordings that I enjoyed listening to!

Steve CropperFire It UpUSA
Jimmy BarnesFlesh And BloodAustralia
Joe MetzkaAnother DisasterUSA
Tom Feldman and Noah LevyBrothers in MudUSA
The Record CompanyPlay LoudUSA
Quinn SullivanWide AwakeUSA
The Kokomo KingsA Drive-By Love AffairDenmark
Vintage TroubleJuke Joint GemsUSA
Delta FuseA Matter of Love and WarUK
Gov’t MuleHeavy Load BluesUSA
AJ FullertonThe ForgiverUSA
Davy KnowlesWhat Happens NextUK
Captain Morgan ExpressNo Weirdos PleaseGermany
SuperdownhomeNo Balls, No Blues ChipsItaly
Dave KalzRelishUSA
Joanne Shaw TaylorThe Blues AlbumUK
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn BandDance Songs for Hard TimesUSA
Tommy ZPlug in and PlayUSA
HendrikseA Good Day for the BluesNetherlands
Big Chief Monk BoudreauxBloodstains and TeardropsUSA
Dionne BennettSugar Hip Ya YaUK
Bernie MarsdenKingsUK
Teresa James and the Rhythm TrampsRose Colored GlassesUSA
The LiberatorsWaitin’Netherlands
Trainman BluesShadows & ShapesDenmark
Mike Goudreau BandThe Isolation BluesCanada
Colin LindenBlowCanada
Veronica LewisYou Ain’t LuckyUSA
Dennis SiggeryHigher GroundUK
Early Times & the High RollersThe CornerUSA

The Roadhouse Blues 61 Best Blues albums of 2021 is not THE list of lists for 2021. It is based on the types of blues that I enjoy spinning for my audiences and that is a bias that I readily admit to. Other blues writers and organizations (including the BluesMusicFan Radio Top 20) have produced charts that differ, sometimes widely, from mine. However I do believe this list is a representative overview of the state of the blues in 2021 and the forecast is pretty dang good. The blues is not dying…it is not just surviving….it is thriving in terms of the number of great artists that are attracted to the genre. The challenge is to get the mainstream music media to give the blues its proper due and consequentially pump up the sales so that the artists can derive a meaningful income. I am so thankful to the major blues labels like Delmark Records, Ruff Records, Alligator Records, Stony Plain Records, Mascot/Provogue, Gulf Coast Records, KTBA Records, and a whole host of other “indie” labels for encouraging and promoting groups that fit my roadhouse blues format.

And YOU have a part to play also. My part is to listen, select, and spin contemporary blues, blues rock, and roots blues tunes to help get the word out. I do this for no financial renumeration (though I would not begrudge it!). YOUR part, if you love the roadhouse blues, is to pass the word when given the opportunity to friends and family. Particularly to younger audiences that probably have no clue about most, if not all, the artists on this list. AND, once in awhile, when finances permit, you can support your favorite artist(s) on this list by downloading their album. I estimate that I reach about 10,000 people each week through my shows and other social media. That is a pittance compared to the several million people reached by terrestrial radio and media on any given day in a major city in Europe or North America. But if the people I do reach each spent 50 dollars downloading albums (not just listening to streams) this year, that would be an infusion of $500,000 into the blues music market. It is a “drop in the bucket” compared to what artists on the Billboard 200 weekly list of albums generate but it is something. Almost to a person, the blues artists that I have met and conversed with are down to earth people and they definitely haven’t committed their musical lives to the blues seeking fame and fortune. But they do deserve the chance to make a decent living during a period when they can’t perform before live audiences. It starts with you and me…..pass on a link for this list to someone you know….you never know who will be the next convert to the blues. After all, you and I were converted at some point….and I think we are doin’ just fine!

#blues #roadhouse blues

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 personal 24 hour stream devoted to the Roadhouse Blues… WRHB

A Roadhouse Blues Rockin’ Thursday on BlueMusicFan Radio 3-5 pm ET

Gonna be crankin’ the blues on today’s Roadhouse Blues show on from 3-5 pm EST. I have new tunes from Mike ZIto and Andy Lindquist as well as songs by Joe Bonamassa, Samantha Fish, Danny Bryant, Ally Venable, AJ Fullerton, Robin Trower, and a bunch mo’ badass blues rock. #blues #bluesrock #roadhouseblues

Here is the intended playlist:

Mike ZitoBlues For The SouthsideBlues For The Southside
Andy LindquistThe Barrel in My BonesMy Name is Mud
Joe BonamassaSlow TrainDust Bowl
The RidesBy My SidePierced Arrow
Albert CummingsBarrel House BluesThe Best Of
Robin TrowerI Can’t Wait Much LongerTwice Removed From Yesterday
Snowy WhiteCrossroadsWhite Flames
Danny Bryant’s RedEye BandWatching YouLong Live Blues! (Malasia Edit)
Dudley TaftSkin And BonesSkin and Bones
Andreas Diehlmann BandThem ChainsThem Chains
Circle Of MudNative ManCircle of Mud
16 HorsepowerBad Moon Risin’Hoarse
3 Dayz WhizkeyStopCommon Buzzard Blues
Ben GranfeltGoing Home (Live)Live… Because We Can!
Ally VenableDo It In HeelsHeart Of Fire
Jamie ThyerBlodwynExcelsior!
AJ FullertonThe Forgiver And The RunawayThe Forgiver
Alastair GreeneBig Bad WolfDream Train
Walter TroutNever Knew You WellBlues For The Modern Daze
Albert CastigliaKeep On SwingingMasterpiece
Amanda Fish BandWatch It All BurnDown In The Dirt
Samantha FishAll The WordsFaster
Anthony GomesThe Whiskey Made Me Do ItPeace, Love & Loud Guitars
3 Mile StoneWalk On3 Mile Stone

Roadhouse Bluzin’ In – New Music on the Way (Feb 10)

The year 2022 already shows a lot of promise in terms of new roadhouse blues music releases by both established artists and up & coming groups. Some familiar names in the blues world (Keb Mo’, Tinsley Ellis, John Mayall, Eric Gales, North Mississippi Allstars) have all released new albums in the last several weeks that should be on interest to roadhouse blues listeners. If you like your blues loud and rocked, check out Andy Lindquist‘s new recording, My Name is Mud. And blue rock instrumental listeners should enjoy Steve Vai‘s new release Inviolate. John Mellencamp also has a new recording Strictly A One Eyed Jack out that is coated with a pleasant blues roots vibe and includes a couple of guest appearances by Bruce Springsteen.

Later this month, Beth Hart will release A Tribute to Led Zeppelin. The album represents a return to her early days of performing in the mid 1990’s as a full fledged blues rocker. I can’t wait to hear the entire album based on a couple of videos that I have heard so far. Another album due out next week that I already have a promo copy of is Mike Zito’s Blues for the Southside. It is a live recording done in his hometown of St. Louis and will give you a good feel for just how powerful a presence and performer he is while on tour. And an album that I did a review of last month, Booze, Blues, & Southern Grooves by Reddog and Friends will also officially hit the stores and music download websites next week. Also looking forward to the new Bernard Allison, Micki Free, and Dan Patlansky as well as releases by Professor Louie and the Crowmatix and Joan Osborne.

In March, new recordings by long time favorites Albert Castiglia, Sugaray Rayford, Duke Robillard, and Larry McCray are due out. And Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne will release an album that is a tribute to Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon. I have a promo copy of it sitting here on my desk…I will let ya know what I think in due course.

Overall, a whole bunch of new badass contemporary blues, blues rock, and roots blues is on the way. I call it the roadhouse blues…..and the roadhouse blues is off to a great start in 2022!

Here is a complete listing of releases that I am tracking:

Out now:

Andy Lindquist – My Name Is Mud

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

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

Eric Gales – Crown – featuring Joe Bonamassa

North Mississippi Allstars – Set Sail

Steve Vai – Inviolate

John Mellencamp – Strictly A One-Eyed Jack

Upcoming Releases – During February:

Beth Hart – A Tribute to Led Zeppelin (Feb 25)

Bernard Allison – Highs & Lows

Micki Free – Turquoise Blue

Reddog and Friends – Booze, Blues, and Southern Grooves

Dan Patlansky – Shelter of Bones

Mike Zito – Blues for the Southside (Live) (Feb 18)

Joan Osborne –  Radio Waves

The Kenneth Brian Band – Keys to the Kingdom

Kathy Murray & the Kilowatts – Fully Charged

The Love Light Orchestra – Leave the Light On

Professor Louie and the Crowmatix – Strike Up the Band

Upcoming Releases – March:

Sugaray Rayford – In Too Deep (March 4)

Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne – Blues From Chicago to Paris: A Tribute to Memphis Slim and Willie Dixon

The Duke Robillard Band – They Called It Rhythm & Blues

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

Larry McCray – Blues Without You (March 25) KTBA Records

Albert Castiglia – I Got Love (March 25) Gulf Coast Records

#blues #roadhouse blues

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 personal 24 hour stream devoted to the Roadhouse Blues… WRHB

Tuesday Roadhouse Blues Nooner 12-2 pm ET

Hope you have time to listen in to today’s Roadhouse Blues Nooner on from 12-2 pm ET. Have new tunes from John Mayall, Eric Gales, Emma Wilson, Mike Zito as well as contemporary blues songs from the B. Christopher Band, HeavyDrunk, Alvin Lee, and a bunch more!

Here is the intended playlist:

Hans Van LierWalk Along The Deep
The CommonheartHard Way
Beth HartLet’s Get Together
Melissa EtheridgeMemphis Train
Damon FowlerIt Came out of Nowhere
Kenny Wayne Shepherd BandI Love The Life I Live [feat. Kim Wilson]
Eric GalesPut That Back
Ana PopovicGet Back Home To You
The B. Christopher BandSad State of Affairs
Alvin LeeTake My Time
Dave Specter, Lynwood SlimGet Back Home
Few Miles OnEmpty Promises
The Proven OnesIf You Be My Baby
Darren WatsonCan’t Get Enough Of You
Emma WilsonWish Her Well
Peter KarpAlabama Town
Anthony GomesHell And Half Of Georgia
Scott EllisonBlowin Like a Hurricane
Mike ZitoMississippi Nights
Tommy CastroChild Don’t Go
Alex LopezI’m A Losing It
Joe BonamassaAsking Around For You
Albert CummingsSay You Love Me
Savoy BrownMemphis Blues
John MayallHungry and Ready (feat. Melvin Taylor)

Celebrating the music of Jimmy Johnson on today’s Roadhouse Blue Show 3-5 pm ET

Another Blues giant, Jimmy Johnson, passed away on Monday at the age of 93. I will spinning several of his tunes plus alot of Chicago blues and some new contemporary blues songs during today’s Roadhouse Blues show on from 3-5 pm ET. #blues #roadhouseblues

This is the intended playlist:

Jimmy JohnsonMissing Link
Jimmy JohnsonHeap See
Koko TaylorLet the Juke Joint Jump
Hans Van LierT Bone Shuffle
Otis RushAll Your Love
Mike FlaniginRooster Blues
Tinsley EllisBeat The Devil
Jimmy JohnsonI Have The Same Old Blues
Sam MossMy Man Mike
Professor Louie & The CrowmatixFall Back on Me
Sam Lay Blues BandMojo Hand
John MayallI’m As Good As Gone (feat. Buddy Miller)
Jimmy JohnsonBetter When It’s Wet
Freddie KingPalace Of The King
Magic SamThat’s All I Need
Harpdog BrownWhat a Wonderful World
Crystal ShawandaBall and Chain
Jim KahrBetter Days Are Comin’
Jimmy JohnsonSomebody Loan Me A Dime
Peter Veteska & Blues TrainSo Far So Good
Memphis Slim & Buddy GuyWhen Buddy Comes To Town
Albert KingOh, Pretty Woman
Bob Stroger & the HeadcuttersCC Rider
Joe BonamassaMy Home Is On the Delta (Live)
Jimmy JohnsonEvery Day Of Your Life

Jimmy Johnson – Another Blues Giant passes on

We lost another Blues giant this week with the passing of Jimmy Johnson at the age of 93. Born in Mississippi in 1928, Jimmy was a part of the “great trek north” that brought so many blues men and women to Chicago in the 1940’s and 50’s. Jimmy arrived in the windy city in 1950 and over the next 30 years paid his dues singing, playing the guitar and piano, and touring and performing with the likes of Otis Rush, Albert King, Magic Sam, and Freddie King. He was known for a fluid and understated style on the guitar and his high tenor soulful voice was riveting.

Jimmy broke out on the national blues scene in 1979 when, at the age of 50, he released his first big recording, Johnson’s Whacks, on Delmark Records. Over the ensuing years, he took the blues world by storm becoming a fan favorite in Europe. In 1983, he released an album on Alligator Records, Bar Room Preacher, that is part of my personal album collection and one of the great all time blues recordings.

In 2019, at the age of 91, Jimmy released the recording Every Day of Your Life on Delmark Records that won him the Living Blues award as artist of the Year for 2020. It was not a lifetime achievement award, as many are for albums released late in life by well known artists. The recording is a soaring celebration of the blues that he played and the fact that he laid down the tracks at 91 just adds to the special blues aura that marked his life. In particular, the instrumental, Better When It’s Wet, is simply amazing. And the title cut, Every Day of Your Life, is representative of his soulful blues style and apropo as a fitting final statement from one of the greatest of them all! Take the time to give the album a listen….it will remind you of why you love the blues!

#blues #roadhouse blues

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 personal 24 hour stream devoted to the Roadhouse Blues… WRHB