Tuesday Feb 11th Roadhouse Nooner on BMFR

I got dem Tuesday Roadhouse Nooner Blues on BMFR at High Noon EST. Join us at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com!

Below is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Arsen ShomakhovThree Arrows
CW AyonEnd of My Rope
Jason Lee McKinney BandNormal Is Just An Exit
Albert CummingsQueen Of Mean
Avey Grouws BandDevil May Care
Layla ZoeSomeday
Bernard AllisonSlide Master
Robert CrayAnything You Want
JD SimoI Got Love If You Want It
Tomislav GolubanHayloft Blues
Whitney ShayGetting In My Way
Phantom Blues BandIm Just Your Fool
Debbie DaviesDone Sold Everything
Gary MooreAll Your Love (Live)
Eliza NealsPawn Shop Blues (Roadhouse) (Feat. Popa Chubby & Dave Keyes)
Widow BlueBroken Heart for Sale
John McVeyI Don’t Stutter
Jeff FettermanBad Feeling
Dudley TaftMeet Me In The Morning
Mary Bridget DaviesTrick The Devil
Ryan Foret And Foret TraditionThat’s How Strong My Love Is
Buddy Guy & Junior WellsHoodoo Man Blues
Mike FarrisLet Me Love You Baby
Jamie Lynn VesselsDon’t Look Back
Seth RosenbloomI Can’t Help It
Jimmy Z & The Z-TribeHoneyman

February 4th BMFR Roadhouse Blues Nooner

We’ll be rockin’ the blues today for the Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues Nooner at High Noon EST on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com. Join us for tunes by Gary Moore, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Joe Bonamassa, Rocky Athas, Chantel McGregor, Mike Zito, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and many more!

Below is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Shuffle ExpressLegato’s Boogie
Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page & Steve WinwoodTake Me To The River
Tom HambridgeThis End of the Road (ft Sonny Landreth)
Mike ZitoTrying To Make A Living
The Rocky Athas GroupMiracle
Shakura S’AidaMr. Right
Joe Louis WalkerMovin’ On
Chris SmitherThe Blame’s On Me
Lonesome ShackPast the Ditch
Joe BonamassaHigh Water Everywhere
Jeff BeckRollin’ And Tumblin’
Leroy Ellington’s Sacred HeartsDoghouse
Chantel McGregorHelp Me
J.J. Grey & MofroMississippi
Dana FuchsKeep On Walkin’
Joanne Shaw TaylorTied & Bound
Tab Benoit, Debbie Davies, Kenny NealLuberta
Ellis Mano BandWhiskey
Gary MooreKing Of The Blues
Janiva MagnessYou Were Never Mine
Janie Cribbs & The T.Rust BandStep It Up
Vin MottIce Cold Beer
Terry HanckCome On Back
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double TroubleLeave My Little Girl Alone (Live)
Erja LyytinenSteamy Windows
Ida Bang & The Blue TearsYou Can’t Have It Both Ways

One Month Down Roadhouse Blues on BMFR

Time is flyin’ and January 2020 has almost zipped by. Join us today, Thursday January 30th, at 3 pm EST on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com for the Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues. I have some Mike Goudreau, Joe Bonamassa, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Larkin Poe, and Marcus King as well as a slew of other great contemporary roadhouse blues artists and a couple of blasts from the past for ya!

Below is the intended playlist…..

ARTISTTITLE
Peter ParcekPat Hare
Big Bone DaddyCome to Me
3 Bean SoupLouisiana Zydeco
RedboneThe Witch Queen Of New Orleans
TomCat PlaygroundThat Kinda Feeling
The JimmysWrite A Hit (ft Marcia Ball)
Marcus KingWildflowers & Wine
Southern AvenueThe Tea I Sip
Annika ChambersI Feel The Same (ft Paul DesLauriers)
The Black SorrowsNever Let Me Go
Ray Fuller & the BluesrockersMean And Evil Woman
King Of The WorldFool No More
Larkin PoeMississippi
Jimmy HallWeep And Moan
Tyler Bryant & The ShakedownRamblin Bones
Jontavious WillisDaddy’s Dough
Christone “Kingfish” IngramIf You Love Me
Joanne Shaw TaylorWild Is The Wind
The Cadillac KingsI’m Leaving You Baby
Vegas Strip KingsIt Ain’t
Mike GoudreauBread And Water
The Cold StaresCold Black Water
Joe BonamassaHappier Times
Savoy BrownMemphis Blues
Damon FowlerWe’ve Got a Good Thing
Men In BluesSeeker
Eric HeidemanWild Ride

Best of the Blues 2019 – Soul Blues Albums of the Year

This year’s Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues best soul blues albums feature artists based in Europe, Indianapolis, Houston, Memphis, and Tyler, Texas. They all share a love for a genre that has bested the years and continues to thrive today! Great voices combined with both funky and sensual beats are the hallmark of soul blues and all five of these artists are doin’ a fine job of carrying on the soul blues tradition. The artists are listed in no particular order….I hope you download and enjoy all five! (Links to Spotify for the albums are shown in blue.)

Big Daddy Wilson – Deep in My Soul (2019 Ruff Records)

Born Wilson Blount in Edelston North Carolina, Big Daddy Wilson has been living in Germany since he left the armed forces 25 years ago. He started his recording career in the 1990’s and has over a dozen album releases to his credit. For DEEP IN MY SOUL, he teamed with renown producer Jim Gaines and recorded the album at the soul and R&B Mecca of Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals Alabama. Jim’s hallmark as a producer is the search for groove and raw energy. He found them years ago with Huey Lewis & the News, and with Big Daddy Wilson, he once again has the real deal.

My favorite cuts are Voodoo with its sultry beat and Crazy World, a slow soul ballad that showcases Big Daddy’s terrific voice and is easily one of my favorite tunes of the year. During February 2020, he will be touring Switzerland and Germany supporting the new release. Checkout his website at http://www.bigdaddywilson.com and if he gets close to you in Europe, go see him and drop us a line letting us know what you thought.

Annika Chambers – Kiss My Sass (2019 Vizztone)

I first met Annika Chambers at in impromptu appearance at a small club in Houston several years ago. Her personality and voice lit up the stage and I had the chance to talk with her afterwards. She didn’t have a record deal at the time but I encouraged her to keep hustling and payin’ her dues. And that she did.

In 2014, her first album, Making My Mark, was released to critical reviews. And her second, Wild and Free, debuted at number seven on the Billboard Blues Charts and eventually earned her the prestigious Blues Music Award as female soul blues singer of year in May of 2019.

Now with the release of her third album, KISS MY SASS, Annika has solidified her place as one of the stars of the genre. The album was produced by Larry Fulcher, Richard Cagle, and Tony Braunagel. My favorite cut on the album is a cover of a Chris Smither tune I FEEL THE SAME that Bonnie Raitt also recorded. It is a duet with Canadian Paul DesLauriers that is just fantastic. I also really enjoyed Two Bit Texas Town and World of Hurt.

Annika will be out touring in Florida in early February 2020. Visit her website at http://www.annikachambers.com and go see her!!

Southern Avenue – Keep On (2019 Concord Records)

For their sophomore release, this energetic group based out of Memphis continues to build on their southern soul roots with KEEP ON. Led by the powerhouse voice of Tierinii Jackson, the group recorded the twelve song album at the Sam Phillips Studios in Memphis with the help of producer Johnny Black. The result is one of the great albums of 2019.

The guitar playing for the group is handled in dazzling style by Ori Naftaly who hails from Israel and has been a favorite of mine since I first heard him several years ago as a solo performer. Drums are played by Tierinii’s sister, Tikyra Jackson, and the keyboard player is Jeremy Powell. Guest bass player for most of the cuts on the album is Gage Markey. There is also a horn section compromised of Art Edmaiston and Marc Franklin. Together, they all meld to produce a distinctive sound that is a delightful mix of southern soul, funk, R&B, and contemporary blues. I encourage you to give a listen to We Got the Music, Whiskey Love, and the sensual Savoir to get a feel for just how good this group is.

Southern Avenue has an ambitious set of concert dates in the United States in February and March 2020 and then embarks on another tour of Europe in the spring.

And I am not the only one taking notice of this group. They were nominated for a 2020 Grammy Music Award and are a nominee for the 2020 Blues Music Awards held in Memphis each May.

Sugaray Rayford – Somebody Save Me (2019 Forty Below Records)

Sugaray Rayford is the epitome of the soul blues man; a big barreled voice full of emotion and, man, can he groove!! The album, Somebody Save Me, has 10 original tunes written by the record producer, Eric Corne. Together, this tandem has produced one the best albums of 2019.

Sugaray was nominated for the BB King Entertainer of the Year award this past year and the first cut on the album, The Revelator, helps explain why. Opening with a driving beat on drums and bass, he sets the vocal groove which is framed by some soulful backing singers and a badass trumpet solo. This is a song I want to see him perform…hopefully someday soon.

I also enjoyed Angels and Devils and Dark Night of the Soul. I absolutely loved Sometimes You Get the Bear (and Sometimes the Bear Gets You) with its down the bayou feel.

Sugaray Rayford is an imposing figure standing 6’5″. He dominates the music and stage with his persona and voice. Over the years, he has made some great records with the Mannish Boys but this is by far his best recording to date. In March 2020, he will do a concert swing along the west coast in California and then Washington. Go check out a soul man at the top of his groove!

Tad Robinson – Real Street (2019 Severn Records)

Tad Robinson got his start back in the 1980’s in the blues clubs of Chicago. That itself is no easy thing given the plethora of talent in the Windy City. He is an eight time Blues Music Award Nominee and REAL STREET has garnered him yet more attention in the past year. With a baritone voice and talent on the harmonica, Tad recorded the album in Memphis, another fitting city for his soul blues style. The producer for the recording is Scott Bomar.

The title cut, Real Street, is one of my favorites on the album. It’s upbeat and rhythmic and plays to the strength of his voice as well as highlighting the talents of the legendary Hi Rhythm Section (Howard Grimes, Charles Hodges and Leroy Hodges) who contributed their talents to the record.

I loved Tad’s imaginative reworking of You Got It, a song originally performed by Roy Orbison and penned by him, Tom Petty, and Jeff Lynne. It is the perfect platform for Tad’s soul blues voice. It also features the tasteful Hammond B3 organ playing of Charles Hodges.

Long Way Home is another favorite of mine. It’s funky beat is set by drummer Howard Grimes and bass player Leroy Hodges. I also enjoyed Love In the Neighborhood which features some nice guitar licks by Joe Restivo.

Tad will be performing in his adopted home of Indianapolis during February and March of 2020. I hope you get a chance to catch this star of the soul blues!


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.

BMFR Roadhouse Blues Nooner for Jan 28th

Got a mix of some great contemporary blues featuring the B. Christopher Band, Kelsey Miles, Ghost Town Blues Band, Sass Jordan, Southern Avenue and many more. Stream in at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com if ya get a chance at High Noon EST.

Below is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Bobby RushBobby Rush Shuffle
Bill BlueEnough Blues To Give You The Blues
The B. Christopher BandNina Come On
Sugaray RayfordDark Night of the Soul
Ghost Town Blues BandShine
Annika ChambersIn The Basement
Kelsey MilesShow Me
The JimmysTake You Back
The Allman Betts BandLong Gone
Devon GilfillianTravelin’ Blues (Audiotree Live Version)
Marcus KingTurn It Up
Blue Moon MarqueeTrickster Coyote
Ray Fuller & the BluesrockersDevil Woman
Sass JordanPalace of the King
Vaneese ThomasWake Me
Beano MojohandWonder No More
Big Daddy WilsonCrazy World
John PrimerPlease Don’t Leave Me
Billy PriceRemnants
Annika ChambersTwo Bit Texas Town
Southern AvenueSavior
Michael LeeLove Her

Best of the Blues 2019 – Mindi Abair – Roadhouse Blues Woman of the Year

When I saw a video of Mindi Abair playing a tune with Joe Bonamassa a couple of years ago, I was captivated. Her voice is energetic, her sax playing is excellent, and she is pretty dang easy on the eyes. This blues rock bundle of energy hails from California where, besides playin’ the badass roadhouse blues, she also runs a winery with her husband!

Mindi is an accomplished performer and musician with the pedigree to prove it. A graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, she has been nominated for Grammy Awards for her incendiary sax style, toured with Aerosmith, and earned a reputation as a fiery on stage singer. She joined forces with The Boneshakers in 2014 and they have collaborated on three well received and popular albums in the years since; the latest of which is entitled NO GOOD DEED and one of my favorites of 2019.

NO GOOD DEED was produced by Kevin Shirley (Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, Black Country Communion) and his touch brings out the very best in Mindi on No Good Deed Goes Unpunished, Seven Day Fool, and Movin’ On. Mindi is a natural blues rocker who likes it LOUD with a pulsing rhythm and that is certainly something that Kevin knows a thing or two about. Mindi teams with band drummer and vocalist Third Richardson for an incredible rendition of a tune done back in the day by Ike & Tina Turner, Baby Get It On. Mindi then cranks it on a rousing version of You Better Run, a hit for Pat Benatar in the 1980’s and originally done by the Young Rascals in the 1960’s. All of the cuts also feature an awesome guitar player by the name of Randy Jacobs.

My first awareness of Mindi came with the release of THE EASTWEST SESSIONS in 2017 and the tune Pretty Good for a Girl featuring Joe Bonamassa on guitar. The tune is also the name of her production company….an in your face reminder of what Mindi and other female musicians often deal with while payin’ their dues. One of my pet peeves is writers/reviewers and industry groups that distinguish between male and female instrument players. An instrument has no sex and identifying Mindi as a “fabulous female sax player” will likely get you a stare down from her that intimates potential violence. For a taste of her prowess on the saxophone, I invite you to listen to Not That Kind of Girl. The tune reflects her boisterous style with an upbeat sound and infectious beat.

Additionally, Mindi & the Boneshakers put out a Christmas album in December of 2018 entitled ALL I GOT FOR CHRISTMAS IS THE BLUES. The title cut, Merry Christmas Baby, and I Can’t Wait for Christmas are cool modern tunes and her sax infused version of the classic The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) is something you just have to hear! The overall recording has become an instant blues Christmas favorite of mine.

Based on her most recent album which is a perfect synergy of rock, blues, and R&B, as well as her body of work during the last decade, Mindi Abair rightly deserves her selection as our 2019 Roadhouse Blues Woman of the Year!


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.

Thursday Jan 23rd Roadhouse Blues on BMFR

Have a mix of new contemporary blues and some classics I hope you will enjoy. Stream in at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com at 3 PM EST today, January 23rd.. I will feature new songs by Sass Jordan, Chris Shutters, Bill Blue, Bywater Call, and Angel Forrest plus 20 or so others.

Below is the intended playlist.

ARTISTTITLE
Benton St Blues BandDirty Girl
Blue Moon MarqueeTossin’ ‘n’ Turnin’
Jamie Lynn VesselsGypsy Blues
George Thorogood & The DestroyersNew Boogie Chillun
Hamish AndersonHold On Me
Angel ForrestMenie The Monster
Sass JordanToo Much Alcohol
J.B. Hutto & The New HawksBlack’s Ball
Coyote KingsShakin’ It
Chris Shutters With Special Guest Jimmy BurnsKeep You Satisfied
Bill BlueIndianola
Benton St Blues BandHate To See You Go
Sir Oliver Mally & Hubert HofherrMeet Me In The Alley
Gregg AllmanJust Another Rider
Bywater CallWalk On By
The GreyhoundsIt’s So Good To Be Alive
Alvin Lee & Ten Years AfterThe Stomp
Big Wolf BandKeep Fighting Back
Marcus MaloneSlow Down
Katarina PejakRoads That Cross
Daryl Roberts and Hey GringoTango With The Devil
Dudley TaftSeventh Son
Grinder BluesWoke up This Morning
RossingtonShame On Me
Bryce JaneyChrome Horse
Micki FreeTattoo Burn