Roadhouse Bluzin’ Nooner 12-2 pm ET on BluesMusicFan Radio

Join me for the Ben Vee Roadhouse Bluzin’ Nooner on from 12-2 pm today, Tuesday March 29th. I have new tunes from Nick Andrea, Miss Bix, Jose Ramirez, Grant Haua, Julian Sas, The Blue Chevys, Duke Robillard, and more. #blues #roadhouseblues

Here is the intended playlist:

Neal Black & The HealersLisa’s Lullaby
Gunn Blues BandWay To Go
Bad DaddyWhere You Been So Long
Jose RamirezWhateve She Wants
Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ WayneSomebody Tell That Woman
Tim GartlandThe Thing About The Truth
Nick AndreaMotherless Soul
Jack BroadbentMidnight Radio
Markus K.Are You Ready
Derek Trucks|Susan TedeschiKeep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning
Grant HauaSo Lonely (Unplugged)
Julian SasLeave It Up To You (Acoustic Version)
The Blues BandThem Ol’ Crossroads Blues
The British Bluescasting CorporationDarkness In My Soul
Miss BixThe Poison
Michael OsbornA Woman Never Forgets
Neal Black & The HealersPoor Boy
Robert AndreasSentimental
MudlowClean Slate
Mississippi HeatBatty Crazy
The Blue ChevysThin Line
Ross Osteen BandTumble
Terraplanes Blues BandNight Bus
BananafishLuck & Work
R.C. and the 3rd ShiftLeft Without a Warning
Duke RobillardNo Place To Go (ft John Hammond)
Bob Stroger & the HeadcuttersThat’s My Name

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

Join us from 3-5 pm ET on as we rock the blues with new tunes by Popa Chubby, Julian Sas, Jose Ramirez, Stacy Jones, Edgar Winter, Pacey King & Doley, and some personal favorites from Walter Trout, Susan Tedeschi, Uncle Watson’s Widow and Guthrie Trapp.

Here is the intended playlist:

Popa ChubbyMaster IP – Bonus Track
Siggi SchwarzCrossroads Blues (Feat. Andreas Kummert)
Wily Bo Walker/Danny FlamWalking with the Devil (Blood on My Hands)
The Cinelli BrothersWolf Whistle
Jose RamirezHere In The Delta
Vince EsquireBlues Is My Business
Walter TroutMaybe a Fool
Wes JeansI’m a Good Man
Uncle Watson’s WidowHeavy Load
Stacy JonesJefferson Way
Popa ChubbyI’m The Dog
Johnny WinterAin’t That Just Like A Woman
Edgar WinterJohnny B. Goode (feat. Joe Walsh, David Grissom)
Billy F GibbonsWest Coast Junkie
Bad DaddyThese Times
Julian SasI Will Carry You (Electric Version)
Mark MayWalking Out That Door
Todd SharpvilleUsed
Gov’t MuleMake It Rain
Susan TedeschiLittle By Little (with The Derek Trucks Band) [2016 Remastered]
Pacey King & DoleyAction Speaks Louder Than Words
Tommy Castro, Jimmy Hall & Lloyd JonesIf That Ain’t Love
Guthrie TrappNew Walkin Blues (Feat. Jimmy Hall)
Wild Boogie ComboEggs & Bacon

Roadhouse Blues Nooner 12-2 pm ET on BluesMusicFan Radio

Join us today on from 12-2 pm ET, as I spin new tunes by Delbert McClinton, Bob Corritore, Vaneese Thomas, the Cinelli Brothers, Albert Castiglia, Popa Chubby, and more!

Below is the intended playlist:

Big Walter HortonLovin’ My Baby (Instrumental)
Vaneese ThomasSame Blood Same Bone
Stacy JonesThink
Delbert McClintonAin’t That Lovin’ You
Wet WillieShame Shame Shame
Paul ButterfieldShake Your Money Maker
Canned HeatYou Tease Me
Luther AllisonGive Me Back My Wig (Live)
The Groove PiratesBad Bad Feeling
Stephen Foster & HowlerCathead Blues
Tobacco Road Blues BandGreyhoundbus Boogie
The Cinelli BrothersI Believe
Ash GrunwaldGone
Billy F GibbonsVagabond Man
Fleetwood MacTell Me All the Things You Do
Bob CorritoreRooster Blues (ft. Bilbo Walker)
Tommy CastroAnytime Soon (Live)
Roomful Of BluesIt All Went Down The Drain
Albert CastigliaSanctuary
Matt SchofieldYellow Moon
Duke RobillardI Can’t Understand It
Freddie KingI’m Tore Down
John Primer and Bob CorritoreAin’t Gonna Be No Cuttin’ A Loose
Muddy WatersChampagne & Reefer
Walter TroutMe My Guitar And The Blues
Siggi SchwarzPeople Get Ready (Feat. Jessy Martens)
Popa ChubbyNew Way Of Walking

Thursday Roadhouse Blues on BluesMusicFan Radio 3-5 pm ET

Hi all! Gonna be spinning alot of contemporary Roadhouse blues today featuring blues rock artists from around the world: Gregg Wright, Albert Castiglia, Mike Zito, Gov’t Mule, Gary Moore, Eliza Neals, Louise Hoffsten, and more. PLUS I have a title track, In Too Deep from Sugaray Rayford! Tune in from 3-5 pm ET on See ya soon!!

First Youtube Video Posted – Overview of Mike Zito’s Blues for the Southside recording

After repeated requests by some of you, I finally posted my first Youtube video. It is a 5 minute overview of the new MIke Zito live album. You can view it here . It was a blast doing it and I will posting more as the weeks go by.

Please let me know what ya think in comments here or on the video itself!

The Duke Robillard Band – They Called It Rhythm & Blues (Roadhouse music review)

Back in the days before satellite radios and the compact disc, I used to make long night trips from New Orleans to Houston to be ready for a morning business meeting. I loved to spin the radio dial listening for the crisp sound of one of those 50,000 watt clear channel AM radio stations out of Little Rock, Memphis, and even distant Chicago layin’ down the blues. And after listening to the new Duke Robillard Band recording, it is though I found the sweet radio spot once again on one of those road trips where for 18 bluzin’ songs I am catapulted back to the days when jump style rhythm and blues reigned supreme. Great vocals, infectious beats, tasty piano, blazin’ guitars, and brash horns were the signature of those tunes then……and they are now on They Called It Rhythm & Blues.

To produce great rhythm & blues requires an incredible mixture of talents and they are all available on this fantastic recording. Duke Robillard is in fine form on the guitar and vocals for 4 of the tunes. He is joined by regular band mates Mark Teixeira (drums), Bruce Bears (piano, organ), Marty Ballou (bass), Doug James (saxophone), and Chris Cote (vocals). And guest appearances by John P. Hammond (2 songs), Kim Wilson (2 songs), Sue Foley, Michelle Willson (2 songs), Mike Flanigan, Mark Early, Sugar Ray Norcia (2 songs), Doug Woolverton, Matt McCabe, and Anita Suhanin are the perfect compliments to the Duke Robillard sound.

Given my proclivity for upbeat tunes it should come as no surprise that my favorite tune on the new recording is Tell Me Why with Kim Wilson on vocals. Kim hasn’t lost a thing since his days with the Fabulous Thunderbirds and if this tune doesn’t make ya move a bit as you listen, you need to check your pulse and make sure you are still livin’ !!! An exceptional song on the album is No Good Lover with the Duke and Sue Foley on vocals and includes a stellar performance on the drums by Mark Teixeira. Mark is a percussion machine for all 3 minutes and 38 seconds of the tune…..simply badass!! I also loved Here I’m Is and Fools Are Getting Scarcer with Chris Cote on vocals, Rambler Blues sung by Sugar Ray Norcia, and both the songs performed with John Hammond on vocals and guitar, Homeless Blues and No Place To Go. And Michelle Willson has the perfect voice for Champagne Mind and Trouble in Mind.

Listening to this album while I wrote this review was a joy. I invite you to buy this superb recording when it goes on sale on March 18th and be transported back for 67 minutes to the days when they called it the rhythm & blues…….it was a great sound then….and still is now!!

The Duke Robillard Band – They Called It Rhythm & Blues (2022 – Stony Plain Records)

#blues #roadhouseblues #bluesrock

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

Albert Castiglia- Roadhouse blues review of I Got Love recording to release on March 25th

Albert Castiglia is the consummate contemporary bluesman and with the release of his new album, I Got Love on March 25th, he confirms his place among the great artists of the blues. His style is a vibrant mesh of the guitar energy of Elmore James and Stevie Ray Vaughan, the low down blues vocals and six string mastery of Luther Allison, and a touch of the funkiness of James Brown. His music is meant to be played loud in a way that Howlin’ Wolf and Hound Dog Taylor would appreciate. And the lyrics to the songs on the recording are intense personal vignettes of the highs and lows of his everyday life during what has certainly been the Great Depression for music performers.

The new album is produced by another of my roadhouse blues favorites, Mike Zito, and will be released on Gulf Coast Records. Albert is backed by an impressive group of musicians including Justine Tompkins (bass and vocals), Ephraim Lowell (drums and vocals), and Lewis Stephens (Hammond B3 organ and piano). There are 10 originals on the recording and one cover of the Melvin Taylor tune, Depression Blues.

My favorite song on the album is Take My Name Out of Your Mouth. It will give you a great overall glimpse of his vocal talent, his songwriting ability, and, oh my lord, his guitar playing. Other badass blues rockin’ tunes on the album include What’s Wrong With You?, Double Down, and Burning Bridges. The title cut, I Got Love, is loud and brash and has hit single written all over it. For a glimpse of the harshness of life down on the streets during the pandemic, give a listen to Freedomland and You Don’t Know Hell.

We are starting to kick our way out of the harsh cocoon of Covid regulation and just in time it has been announced that Albert will be touring with Mike Zito for the upcoming “Blood Brothers” tour. Twenty dates have been scheduled starting on March 24th in Omaha Nebraska. (Tour Promo). I can’t envision a better representation of the current state of the roadhouse blues than these two artists on the same stage together. Get your tickets soon…..I just don’t believe they will last that long. I am going to try to make the last announced show on April 16 in Fall River, Massachusetts. Leave me a comment if you plan to attend a show…..and once you do, post a comment with your thoughts.

#blues #roadhouseblues #bluesrock

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

Roadhouse Blues Rockin 3-5 pm ET

Join us today from 3-5 pm ET on as we rock the blues with new tunes from Beth Hart, Bonham-Bullick, Ash Grunwald, Brett Littlefair and Devil’s Band, Andy Lindquist, Uncle Watson’s Widow, and a selection of some fine live recordings.

Here is the intended playlist:

Tomislav GolubanExpress Connection
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double TroubleChange It
Jimmy BarnesToo Much Ain’t Enough Love
Bonham-BullickI’ll Get Along
Ash GrunwaldShout Into the Noise
Beth HartThe Rain Song
Led ZeppelinTravelling Riverside Blues
Rory GallagherI Ain’t No Saint
Robin TrowerRock Me Baby
George ThorogoodWillie and the Hand Jive
Brett Littlefair and Devil’s Bend2 O’clock Blues
Popa Chubby69 Dollars
SantanaShake It
Marcus MaloneHouse of Blues
Alvin LeeTalk Don’t Bother Me
The Allman Brothers BandFeel So Bad
Peter Frampton With Eric ClaptonWhile My Guitar Gently Weeps
J.J. CaleAfter Midnight (with Eric Clapton) [2016 Remastered]
Joe BonamassaSloe Gin
Eel PieBoogie
Andy LindquistSleeping in My Shoes
Uncle Watson’s WidowRagged Company

Mardi Gras Roadhouse Bluzin’ with Ben Vee 12-2 pm ET

It’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans and at various other locations around the world today. Join me as I play some tunes you might hear as you partied in my hometown. Tab Benoit, Marcia Ball, Rosie Ledet, Ryan Foret, and many more are on the playlist. The show is from 12-2 pm ET on! #blues #roadhouseblues #mardigrasmusic