The One Month Til This Damn Year is Over Roadhouse Blues on BMFR

It’s December 1st and there is only one month left of this damn year!! Join me for my Roadhouse Blues Nooner at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 12 to 2 pm for the only great thing about the past twelve months….some badass blues! Have tunes by Robert Connely Farr, Johnny Burgin, Nora Jean Wallace, Avi Kaplan, Josh Teskey and Ash Grunwald, Shemekia Copeland, and many more!

This is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
Robert Hill BandSlide On RyeHVBS Blues Alive In The Valley
Johnny Fink and the IntrusionLet’s Hear Some BluesJFI
Josh Teskey and Ash GrunwaldPush The Blues AwayPush The Blues Away
Avi KaplanLean On MeLean On Me
Selwyn BirchwoodGuilty PleasuresPick Your Poison
Elvin BishopBeer Drinking WomanAlligator Records ALCD 0107
Geoff EverettYou Can’t Catch MeSwamp Frog
John McVeyThrough The TearsMeet Me In Houston
Tedeschi Trucks BandThey Don’t ShineSigns
Larkin PoeKeep Diggin’Self Made Man
Tom “The Suit” ForstLate Night TrainHVBS Blues Alive In The Valley
The JujubesChange is ComingWhere Are We Now
Layla ZoeNowhere Left To GoNowhere Left To Go
Robert Connely FarrI Ain’t DyingCountry Supper
Barefoot DoctorsDon’t Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit DownNext Patient Please
Peter Veteska & Blues TrainYou Give Me LovingGrass Ain’t Greener On The Other Side
Mick KolassaI Can’t Help MyselfIf You Can’t Be Good, Be Good At It
Linsey AlexanderGoing Back To My Old Time UsedLive at Rosa’s
Johnny BurginOne Day You’re Gonna Get LuckyNo Border Blues
Jimmy JohnsonSomebody Loan Me A DimeEvery Day Of Your Life
Shemekia CopelandIn The Blood Of The BluesAmerica’s Child
Nora Jean WallaceLook Over YonderBlues Woman
Tad RobinsonReal StreetReal Street
Texas Horns, TheI’m Doin’ AlrightGet Here Quick
Jeremiah JohnsonUnemployed Highly AnnoyedUnemployed Highly Annoyed
Ghost Town Blues BandShineShine

The Ben Vee Roadhouse 40 Best Blues Rock Albums of 2020

I am publishing my annual lists early this year with the hopes that people who follow me will give the gift of music for the holidays to friends and family to financially help a group of creative people that have been particularly hard hit by public gathering restrictions. No single working group other than restaurant workers has been hit as hard during the pandemic as artists and musicians. My heart goes out to them and 2021 can’t get here soon enough!

My criteria for picking the 40 best blues rock albums that I have heard during 2020 are pretty simple: 1) A judgement of the body of work on the recording, not just the fact that it may have a hit single. (Which I address in my annual Roadhouse 66 Best Blues Songs of the Year review.) 2) In the blues community there is a lot of respect given to artists and groups that “have paid their dues” through years of recording and performing which I reflect in my weighting of selections for the list. With that stated…..get your credit cards ready and your favorite music purchase app loaded….and chose a couple or more of these albums to help the blues community survive the 2020 pandemic!!

The Top Forty Blues Rock Albums (Listings 31 through 40)

These ten selections include Australian Simon Kinny-Lewis performing a rousing rendition of “I Just Want to Make Love To You” and getting help from Robben Ford on the song “Dagger Eyes”. American expat Seasick Steve cranks out a message to all of us to give each other a break, come together, stop the hatred, and get back to “Love & Peace”. Hurricane Ruth is a blues rockin’ Mama out of St. Louis that continues to do an awesome job of rockin’ the blues with tunes like “She’s Golden”. Some of you may not know of King King out of the UK where they are a perennial blues rockin’ favorite. Their lead singer, Alan Nimmo, has a voice you just have got to hear!! Give the song “I Will Not Fail” a listen!! Sass Jordan delivers a purely blues rockin’ album that includes a great version of “One Way Out” by the Allman Brothers and covers of blues favorites “Palace of the King” and “Leaving Trunk”. The UK’s Snowy White recorded with Thin Lizzy and Pink Floyd back in the day and has put out a string of awesome blues rock albums over the years. Give a listen to “One More Traveler” and “Commercial Suicide” from his latest recording to understand why I think it is one of the very best albums of 2020.

Top FortySimon Kinny-LewisAnother Day in San JoseAustralia
Top FortySeasick SteveLove & PeaceUK
Top FortyHurricane Ruth Good LifeUSA
Top FortyDave FieldsForce of WillUSA
Top FortyKing KingMaverickUK
Top FortySass JordanRebel Moon BluesCanada
Top FortyBilly Walton BandDark HourUSA
Top FortySnowy White and the White FlamesSomething on MeUK
Top FortyRae Gordon BandWrong Kind of LoveUSA
Top FortyRobert Jon & The WreckLast Light on the HighwayUSA

Top Thirty Blues Rock Albums (selections 21 to 30)

Our next grouping of artists includes Casey James who is a talented Texan with a Hollywood smile, a great voice, and plays a badass guitar. One testament to his talent is that Roadhouse Hall of Famer Delbert McClinton recorded the song “Bulletproof” with him on the new album. The Allman Betts Band featuring the sons of the Allman Brothers Band released their sophomore album this past summer. Give “Pale Horse Rider” and “Savannah’s Dream” a spin to understand why I believe they will be one of the great touring bands of this decade. I love the depth of sound of big bands and the seven piece ensemble that backs Thorbjorn Risager as the Black Tornado are world class. Thorbjorn’s voice has driven a number of listeners to my Blues Music Fan Radio shows to jump on chat and ask me “who is THAT singing?”. Give the title cut and “Last Train” a listen…you will understand why. Another fabulous voice of the blues is Canadian Crystal Shawanda who belts out “Evil Memory” and “Move Me” on the new recording. Dudley Taft has done well enough in the music biz over the years to purchase Peter Frampton’s studio in Ohio and record some stellar albums there. Give the title cut of Croatia’s Be Sharp Band recording and you’ll understand why I am so high on this European group. One of my picks for breakout group of 2020 has to be the Avey Grouws Band out of Iowa. They have been nominated for a Grammy and their future is very bright!

Top ThirtyCasey JamesStrip It DownUSA
Top ThirtyThe Allman Betts BandBless Your HeartUSA
Top ThirtyThorbjorn Risager and The Black TornadoCome On InDenmark
Top ThirtyDudley TaftCosmic RadioUSA
Top ThirtyAlastair GreeneThe New World BluesUSA
Top ThirtyCrystal ShawandaChurch House BluesCanada
Top ThirtyMarcus KingEldoradoUSA
Top ThirtyAvey Grouws BandThe Devil May CareUSA
Top ThirtyThe Reverend Shawn Amos & The BrotherhoodBlue SkyUSA
Top ThirtyBe Sharp BandAshesCroatia

Top Twenty Blues Rock Albums (Selections 11 to 20)

This selection of albums includes new recordings by perennial favorites Joe Bonamassa, Tinsley Ellis, Joe Louis Walker, Sonny Landreth, and Joanne Shaw Taylor. All of them are super stars of the blues in general and blues rock in particular. And any of their albums would make great stocking stuffers for Christmas! The selection also includes some interesting newer artists. Eliza Neals, from Detroit, can dang sure belt out a tune with feeling. Andy Watts hails from Israel and gets contributions from Eliza Neals, Joe Louis Walker, and a gravely voiced singer by the name of Roy Young on the Supergroove recording. Hailing from New York City, you need to give the fierce vocals and gritty realism of Bette Smith’s lyrics a listen on “Fistful of Dollars”, “I’m A Sinner”, and “Don’t Skip Out on Me”. Another New Yorker on the list, from Long Island, is Kerry Kearney. His new album includes some stellar cover tunes (“Lawdy Mama”, “Mean Old Frisco”) as well as several badass originals including “Voodoo Down the River”. And last but nevah least is the new recording from Jeff Fetterman. Give “49/61” and his incredible cover of “All Along The Watchtower” a spin to understand why I love his talent.

Top TwentyAndy WattsSuperGrooveIsrael
Top TwentyJoe BonamassaRoyal TeaUSA
Top TwentyTinsley EllisIce Cream In HellUSA
Top TwentyBette SmithThe Good, the Bad and the BetteUSA
Top TwentyJoe Louis WalkerBlues Comin’ OnUSA
Top TwentySonny LandrethBlacktop RunUSA
Top TwentyJeff FettermanSouthern SonUSA
Top TwentyJoanne Shaw Taylor Reckless BluesUSA
Top TwentyEliza NealsBlack Crow MoanUSA
Top TwentyKerry KearneyTales from the PsychedeltaUSA

THE BEN VEE ROADHOUSE TOP TEN BEST BLUES ROCK ALBUMS OF 2020

#10 – Albert CummingsBelieve

Albert Cummings first started recording in the late 1990’s and his stellar guitar playing earned him instant notice. Over the last 20 years, he has released six studio albums prior to this one. Given that he has a day job as a custom home builder, he has not toured as extensively as many of the others on this list. But that hasn’t stopped him from developing a loyal following including one Ben Vee! Give “Call Me Crazy”, “Me and My Guitar”, or his cover of “Hold On” and “My Babe” a spin to get a good feel for his talent.

#9 – Too Slim and the TaildraggersThe Remedy

If ya just want to listen to power trio blues rock to chase the black clouds in your mind away, there is no better remedy than Too Slim and The Taildraggers. Tim “Too Slim” Langford has a distinctive gravely voice and cranks out sonic pyrotechnics that are a meld of Robin Trower and ZZ Top. Give “Devil’s Hostage”, “She Got the Remedy”, and “Reckless” a listen to understand my amazement at the number of people that don’t know who this group is though they have released over TWENTY albums since the mid 1980’s.

#8 – Larkin PoeSelf Made Man

This talented sister duo has taken the world by storm over the last several years and are probably the best selling artists on this year’s list. Their music is highly accessible as evidenced by their crossover appeal to blues, rock, country, and gospel audiences. During the pandemic, I have tuned into several of their live performances on Facebook and it is incredible to watch them just wing their way through their songs while chatting, laughing, and having a generally fine time from a small room. Give a listen to “Every Bird That Flies”, “Holy Ghost Fire”, and “Danger Angel” to understand what all the commotion is about. I can’t imagine you going wrong giving this album as a gift to anyone on your shopping list!

#7 – Savoy BrownAin’t Done Yet

The music of Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown helped coin the phrase “blues rock” back in the late 1960’s. Over 50 years later, Kim is still producing amazing songs! The title cut is definitive blues rock, “Jaguar Car” will get ya moving in your computer chair, and “Rocking In Louisiana” is a tribute to the music and people of my home state. Every tune on this recording rocks the blues….enough said.

#6 – Anthony GomesContainment Blues

A Canadian blues rocker with a distinctive voice and incredible guitar talents, Anthony Gomes released his first album in the late 1990’s. Over the ensuing years, he has released eight more studio albums and garnered a very loyal following. He has the swagger of a rock star and the persona to match. While he can crank it out with the best of them, he also writes beautiful blues rock ballads like ” Until the End of Time” that is included on the latest release. My bet is if ya love blues rock, you will love “Hell and Half of Georgia”, “Make a Good Man (Wanna Be Bad), and “Tell Somebody”. And kudos to Anthony for having the courage to record “Stop Calling Women Hoes and Bitches”….I’ve had enough of the use of these hateful terms in “pop culture”…how about you?

#5 – Eric JohansonBelow Sea Level

In 2017, Eric Johanson released his debut album BURN IT DOWN on Tab Benoit’s Whiskey Bayou and spent the next two years touring with and opening for Tab. I spun it all the time during my internet radio shows. In early 2019, he made a duet recording with Tiffany Pollack entitled BLUES IN MY BLOOD. I spun it all the time again. Now in 2020, he has released BELOW SEA LEVEL and guess what? I spin it all the time!! Eric, who lives in New Orleans, does a great job of melding the blues with rock in a style that is distinctively his own. On the latest release he expands the limits of the blues with tunes like “Buried Above Ground”, “Down to the Bottom”, and “River of Oblivion”. Ya gotta listen!! Eric is a blues rock star in the making!

#4 – Mike ZitoQuarantine Blues

Some people have the talent and inspiration to make the best of any situation. Mike Zito is one of those people. A gifted singer, songwriter, guitar player, producer, and now record company owner, Mike exudes confidence with a proverbial twinkle in his eye. Another artist that I have watched on Facebook several times during the pandemic (and made my first Venmo contribution to on my phone), Mike is as relaxed playing in his home studio as he is before large audiences. I first got turned on to Mike with the release of Pear River in 2009 and he just keeps gettin’ bettah and bettah. Give “After the Storm”, “Dark Raven”, and “Don’t Let the World Get You Down” for a tiny glimpse of his talent. Oh..and by the way…the title cut is my defining song of the 2020 pandemic.

#3 – Wily Bo Walker/Dennis FlamAin’t No Man a Good Man

I’ve been a big Wily Bo Walker fan since I first became aware of him in 2015 and his latest collaboration with Dennis Flam is a jewel of a recording. This British artist channels Dr. John as he weaves music and storytelling into a magical series of songs. The title cut and associated “return” tune “Build My Gallows” are absolutely incredible. So much so that they got stuck in my head for days on end. “Ain’t Hungry No More”, “Fool For You”, “Walking with the Devil”, and “Night of the Hunter” should give you a good feel for his style and talent. Additionally, he does a great cover of “St. James Infirmary Blues” as well as a tune called “Did I Forget” that would fit perfectly during a set at Tipitina’s in New Orleans. If you have friends that enjoy Night Tripper style blues, this album will make a great stocking stuffer for them.

#2 – DionBlues With Friends

Dion started out as a teenage rock and roller back in the early 1960’s. Now in his eighties and still a fantastic artist, a literal who’s who of the music world have gotten together to pay homage to this giant of American music on the Blues With Friends recording. Billy Gibbons, Joe Bonamassa, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa, Sonny Landreth, Paul Simon, Rory Block, Stevie Van Zandt, Samantha Fish, Joe Louis Walker, Jeff Beck, Van Morrison, and John Hammond all make contributions. This recording is not only a great blues rock album, it will almost certainly be in contention for the prestigious 2020 Blues album of the year award at next year’s Blue Music Foundation ceremonies in Memphis.

My favorite cuts are “Blues Comin’ On” with Joe Bonamassa, “I Got Nothin'” with Van Morrison and Joe Louis Walker, “Way Down (I Won’t Cry No More)” with Stevie Van Zandt, and the contemporary gospel song “Hymn to Him” with Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa.

You can’t go wrong giving this album as a Christmas present to anyone you know that loves music. On an interesting side note, this is also the first label release for Joe Bonamassa’s new recording company, Keep The Blues Alive (KTBA)….quite an impressive start!

#1 – Walter TroutOrdinary Madness

At the age of 69, Walter Trout has released possibly the greatest album of his long and storied career, Ordinary Madness. He started out in the late 1960’s playing bars and juke joints in his home state of New Jersey alongside other bands including one that featured another blossoming talent, Bruce Springsteen. By the time the eighties rolled around, his guitar playing and love of the blues had landed him gigs with John Lee Hooker and Canned Heat and drawn the attention of John Mayall. In 1984, he became another of the legendary guitarists (e.g. Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Taylor) to play in the Bluesbreakers.

In 1989, he started his own band and became an overnight sensation in Europe. He played and released albums there for almost ten years before his United States solo debut in 1998. And during the past decade he has released eight of what I consider to be the finest albums of the blues rock genre including one, Luther’s Blues, that paid homage to the great Luther Allison.

Walter’s blues are often described as hard core, a term that reflects as much how he lived his life as the music he played. Renowned for his live performances, the constant touring lead to bouts with alcoholism that culminated in liver failure in 2014. He was able to receive a life saving transplant that year and returned to performing in 2015 with an album, Battle Scars, that chronicled his desperation and fears while awaiting a suitable matching liver.

Ordinary Madness is an unapologetic blues rock recording with songs that address his observations on life and time (“Final Curtain Call”, “The Sun Is Going Down”, “Ordinary Madness”) and thoughts on love and relationships (“All Out of Tears”, “Heaven in Your Eyes”, “My Foolish Pride”). My favorite three songs on the album are “Up Above My Sky”, “Make It Right”, and the simply incredible “Wanna Dance” which is likely to be my favorite single for 2020 when I publish my Roadhouse 66 list of the best songs of the year.

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All in all, it was an incredible year for fans of the blues rock genre. I hope you enjoyed reviewing the list and PLEASE download one or more of these albums to help the artists that you enjoy listening to.


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.

Turkey Week Roadhouse Blues Nooner 12-2 pm ET

It’s Thanksgiving week here in the United States and normally a lot of us would be traveling to see family and friends. This year….not so much. Sooo…kick back at home and join us for some badass blues on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 12-2 pm ET. Got tunes by Ray Charles, Susan Tedeschi, Lonnie Brooks, Willie Dixon, and many more.

Below is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
Johnny BurginPumpkin’s BoogieNo Border Blues
Ray CharlesLonely AvenueUltimate Hits Collection (1 of 2)
Barrett StrongMoney (That’s What I Want)The Best of Soul and Rhythm & Blues
Tim GartlandYou Best Think TwiceSatisfied
Cara Being BlueSkippin’ StoneGrit
Kenny ‘Beedy Eyes’ Smith & The House BumpersNo Need Brotha’Drop The Hammer
Scott RammingerMagic in the MusicAdvice from a Father to a Son
Barbara BlueToo Late BluesJus’ Blues
Glen ClarkWhen The Time Is RightYou Tell Me
Son SealsLook Now Baby – LiveBlues Guitar Summit
Jackie Brenston & His Delta CatsRocket 88The Story of the Blues
Corey HarrisCatfish BluesFulton Blues
Russ GreenSomethin NewCity Soul
The Nick Moss BandNote On The DoorThe High Cost Of Low Living
Willie DixonI Ain’t SuperstitiousI am the Blues
Johnny CashGet RhythmClassic Cash: Hall of Fame Series
Lucinda WilliamsCan’t Let GoCar Wheels on a Gravel Road
Lyle LovettM-O-N-E-YPontiac
Dan Bubien & The Delta StrutsI Gotta ReasonThieves & Yesterdays
Susan TedeschiLittle By Little (with The Derek Trucks Band) [2016 Remastered]Crossroads Revisited
Dr. Wu’High Maintenance BabyTexas Blues Project, Vol. 1
Rich HopeCreepstoneI’m All Yours
Lonnie BrooksTwo Headed ManThe Alligator Records 30th Anniversary Collection
Fabian AnderhubWaiting For Me3rd European Blues Challenge
RJ MischoTattered And WornI Hope You’re Satisfied
Ariel PosenGet You Back (Live)The Live Sessions
Mick Taylor, Max MiddletonThis Is HipThis Is The Blues Vol. 4
Wes JeansDon’t Be HipHands On

Good Time Roadhouse Blues on BMFR

It’s Thursday and time for my Good Time Roadhouse Blues show on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 3-5 pm ET. I have new tunes by Robin Trower, Kirsten Thien, Too Slim and the Taildraggers, Jesse Redwing, and many more contemporary blues songs to spin for YOU!

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
Andy WattsSupernaturalSuperGroove
Steve Washington (feat  Lucky Peterson)Blues Don’t Cost a ThingJust A Matter of Time
Robin Trower, Maxi Priest, Livingstone BrownAre We Just PeopleUnited State of Mind
Mary LaneTravelin’ WomanTravelin Woman
Michael LeeThis IsMichael Lee
Danielle NicoleBurnin’ For YouCry No More
Casey HensleySearching For A ManGood As Gone
Kirsten ThienSay It Out LoudTwo Sides
Greg Koch BandWhiskey Rainstorm (Feat. Paul Barrere)Plays Well With Others
Too Slim and the TaildraggersHalf A World AwayThe Remedy
Eric LindellAretha Sing One For MeI Still Love You
The Lucky LosersHalf a NothingGodless Land
Wentus Blues Band w. Duke Robillard2:19Too Much Mustard
Bill Wyman’s Rhythm KingsAnyway The Wind BlowsThe Best Of Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings
Jesse RedwingI Can’t WinLight My Way
Coyote KingsWell Run DryRocket
Alberta & The Dead EyesParlourmmmmm
Laura Rain and the CaesarsWhat Kind of Love Is ThisWalk with Me
Anthony GomesUntil The End Of TimeContainment Blues
Bebe BuckskinMuskeg BluesAsisky
Jon Lord Blues ProjectWhen a Blind Man CriesJohn Lord Blues Project Live
Blue By NatureLove Me All NightBlue to the Bone
Eric JohansonOpen Hearted WomanBelow Sea Level
Eric ClaptonPretty GirlThe Very Best Blues And Ballads
Dudley TaftThe End Of The BluesCosmic Radio
Long Tall Deb & The Drifter KingsRide This LandDiamonds On The Desert Floor

November 17th Roadhouse Blues Nooner

Got some more great new contemporary blues for ya during my Roadhouse Blues Nooner on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 12 to 2 pm ET. Songs by Kim Wilson, Casey James, Nora Jean Wallace, Wily Bo Walker, and many more.

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
Kim WilsonOut Of The Fryin’ PanTake Me Back
Nora Jean WallaceI’m A Blues WomanBlues Woman
Shemekia CopelandUnder My ThumbUncivil War
Johnny NicholasWanna Be Your BabyMistaken Identity
Kim WilsonSlow DownTake Me Back
Tammi Savoy & The Chris Casello ComboAs Long As I’m Movin’That Rock ‘n’ Roll Rhythm!
Travellin’ Blue KingsInto the NightWired Up
Jane Lee HookerTurn On Your Love LightSpiritus
Gaetano Pellino, Sarah SoulFeelin’ AlrightTribute
Grainne DuffyNo Matter What I DoVoodoo Blues
Levi PlateroGood ManLevi Platero Band (Deluxe Edition)
Casey JamesIf You Dont Know By NowIf You Don’t Know By Now
Zoe Schwarz Blue CommotionFeeling Good (bonus track)This Is The Life I Choose
Steve StrongmanYou Ain’t Seen Nothing YetNo Time Like Now
Dudley TaftThe End Of The BluesCosmic Radio
John MayallAwestruck & SpellboundRoad Dogs
Dennis JonesRevolves Around YouSoft Hard & Loud
Kevin BurtI’m Bustin OutStone Crazy
Gabe Stillman, The NighthawksUp The LineFlying High
Ron ThompsonDoctor Brown (Live)From the Patio
Blues CousinsPlease Don’t GoLet’s Dance
Geoff EverettSwamp FrogSwamp Frog
Wily Bo Walker/Danny FlamFool for You (2020 Hindsight)Ain’t No Man a Good Man (Deluxe)
Paul Gemmell and The Black Magic Blues BandNameless ManPaul Gemmell and The Black Magic Blues Band
The Reverend Shawn AmosDiggin’ My PotatoesDiggin’ My Potatoes (Single)
Honey B & T-BonesWhile The Cat’s AwayLive In Helsinki
Sam WilliamsDarkwaterDarkwater (Single)

The Blues —Canadian Style –on BMFR 12-2 pm ET

Join me today from 12 to 2 pm ET on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com for a special Roadhouse blues Nooner featuring Canadian artists. I’ve been raving for years about how great the Canadian blues are and today I am going to show you why!!

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
MonkeyJunkGutsy (2014 Remaster)Tiger In Your Tank (Remastered With Bonus Tracks)
Dawn Tyler WatsonAlligator (Feat. Steve Marriner)Mad Love
The Smoke Wagon Blues BandBallad Of Albert JohnsonThe Ballad Of Albert Johnson
David GogoWhere The Devil Won’t GoDifferent Views
Colin JamesDown In The BottomColin James
The Jordan Patterson BandDon’t Take Me DownThe Back On Track Recording Project
Steve MarrinerHow In The DevilDon’t Pass Me By
Paul ReddickMourning DoveRide The One
Sean PinchinGotta MoveRustbucket
MonkeyJunkGive Me Time (2014 Remaster)Tiger In Your Tank (Remastered With Bonus Tracks)
Sue FoleyThe Lucky Ones (feat. Jimmie Vaughan)The Ice Queen
Harrison KennedyHair of the DogOne Dog Barkin’
Ben Racine BandModus OperandiOne Of A Kind
Jack De KeyzerMojo WomanElectric Love
Angel ForrestHalf MoonAngel Sings Janis “Live”
Jim ByrnesI Need A ChangeSt. Louis Times
Matt AndersenBetter Than You WantHalfway Home by Morning
Crystal ShawandaEvil MemoryChurch House Blues
Samantha Martin & Delta SugarAll Night LongRun to Me
The JW-Jones Blues BandStanding In LineKissing In 29 Days
Dione TaylorResistBorn Free
HOROJO TrioRepo ManPromo Single
Colin LindenI Need WaterRich In Love
Manx Marriner MainlineEverybody KnowsHell Bound For Heaven
Jeff Healey BandRoadhouse BluesEvil Blues
Jeff Healey BandNice Problem To HaveSee The Light

Roadhousin’ On Election Day from 12-2pm

It’s Election Day in the USA! Go vote! And……………..join us for some badass Roadhouse blues on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 12 to 2 pm ET! I gotz new tunez from Gabe Stillman, Kim Wilson, Dennis Jones, Laura Rain, Grainne Duffy, and many more!

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
Gabe Stillman, The NighthawksFlying HighFlying High
Gabe Stillman, The NighthawksDown In MexicoFlying High
Dennis JonesI Love The BluesSoft Hard & Loud
Kim WilsonGoin Away BabyTake Me Back
Laura Rain and the CaesarsDifferent State of MindDifferent State of Mind
Geoff EverettOur Love Is Driftin’Swamp Frog
Jeremiah JohnsonUnemployed Highly AnnoyedUnemployed Highly Annoyed
Kevin BurtBetter Off DeadStone Crazy
Connie Lush BandI Don’t Say GoodbyeRenaissance
Grainne DuffyRoll ItVoodoo Blues
Dom MartinDealerSpain To Italy
Van MorrisonEarly DaysThree Chords And The Truth
Mike ZitoSt. Louis BluesRock ‘n’ Roll: A Tribute to Chuck Berry
Tommy CastroLeaving Trunk (Live)Killin’ it live
Avi KaplanChange On The RiseI’ll Get By
Willie and the BanditsGalloping HorsesNew Breed Version
Travellin’ Blue KingsLive Your LifeLive Your Life (Promo Single)
Laurence JonesDay TripperLaurence Jones Band
Christone “Kingfish” IngramEmpty PromisesEmpty Promises
Michael BurksStorm WarningShow Of Strength
Altered Five Blues BandHalf Of NothingTen Thousand Watts
Keb’ Mo’Cold OutsideOklahoma
Taj MahalStatesboro BluesTaj Mahal + Mo’ Roots
Tedeschi Trucks BandHard CaseSigns
The Allman Betts BandKing CrawlerBless Your Heart
Brandon SantiniBack To YouThe Longshot
John NemethChain BreakerStronger Than Strong

It Isn’t Freedom If YOU don’t have a CHOICE!

Government restrictions on the right to assemble during the ongoing pandemic have destroyed the livelihoods of many local musicians and performing artists. And the rationale for lockdowns being used by politicians and public health officials bode ill for their long term future.

The current pandemic was initially termed the Wuhan flu before it was deemed politically incorrect. It is a virulent and deadly form of the flu. It is not the first such strain nor will it be the last. Every year, the flu strikes millions of people. It is particularly deadly to the elderly and those with other serious underlying medical problems. AND it mutates as it goes so that in any given year there can be new strains to address. And this strain is really bad news.

But we know this….if you are over 70 or have a serious medical issue…take EVERY rational precaution. If you are over 50, wear a mask and wash your damn hands when you are out and about. But if you are under 50 and have no serious medical condition, you should have the CHOICE to take the RISK and get on living your life. Restricting the rights of people under 50 to go to a restaurant or a concert hall or a local bar is government sticking its nose where it can….but it shouldn’t!!

We ALL live with risk every moment of every day. And destroying the livelihoods of performing artists to mitigate these risks is not going to do anything but lead to more drug use and suicides among this vulnerable group of people. Public Health officials are already stating that it may be 2022 “before they feel the threat to the public is under control”. And I have news for you ….the NEXT STRAIN of flu after COVID-19…and there will be a next strain… will lead to the same rationale for restricting public assembly in the name of safety……..for whom?

At some point, we must, in the music industry, stand up to the hysterical (and politicized) fear mongering. Previous generations have had to battle evils that far outweigh this pandemic. All we have to do is endure the slights of the social media trolls (who tolerate no opinion but their own) and rationally make the case that freedom is about making choices and taking the associated risk. If the reasoning takes hold that MY freedom should be restricted dramatically to lower YOUR risk then democracy will become just a platitude and public health officials will be screaming an alarm on any number of issues. If they can restrict your right to assemble, they can damn sure restrict your ability to eat, drink, smoke, drive, create music, or make comments like I am…all in the name of public health!! Fight for your freedoms…..and help put a lot of performing artists and musicians back to work NOW!


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.

Rockin’ the blues on BMFR 3-5 pm EST

Gonna be rockin’ dah blues today during my Roadhouse blues show on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 3 to 5 pm EDT. Hope ya get the time to tune in!!

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
Mike ZitoSoundcheckBlue Room
3 Dayz WhizkeyBlues Is KingBlack Water
Alastair GreeneLies And FearThe New World Blues
Alvin LeeEducationThe Best Songs (Cd2)
Dudley TaftLong Way Down (Left For Dead Part II)Left For Dead
Wily Bo Walker/Danny FlamBuild My Gallows… (Ain’t No Return)Ain’t No Man a Good Man (Deluxe)
Amnesia Blues BandFast Johnny CoolHailstone
Marcus BonfantiJezebelShake the Walls
Joe BonamassaDislocated BoyDriving Towards The Daylight
Ida MaeReachingChasing Lights
Eric JohansonNever TomorrowBelow Sea Level
Danny BryantMeans Of Escape (Radio Edit)Means Of Escape
Jordan Patterson BandShe’s CoolThe Back on Track Recording Project
MonkeyJunkShow Me YoursMoon Turn Red
Delta GeneratorsStrike The BellsHipshakers and Heartbreakers
Sean PinchinBad ThingsBad Things
Zack Walther BandBad GirlThe Westerner
David GogoFrom a Buick 617 Vultures
Beth HartLove GangsterFire on the Floor
Black Tongued Bells, TheComin’ Back For MoreEvery Tongue Has A Tale To Tell
Gov’t MuleSlackjaw JezebelDeja Voodoo
Kenny Wayne Sheppard BandBlue On BlackTrouble Is
Stevie Ray VaughanThe House Is Rockin’In Step
Mick ClarkeHip-Shakin’Crazy with the Blues
Alvin LeeI Don’t Give A DamnThe Anthology (Disc 2)
Robin TrowerThe Perfect WrongComing Closer to the Day
Walter TroutMake It RightOrdinary Madness
Andreas Diehlmann BandEvil WaysMercy On Me

Roadhouse Bluzin with Ben Vee on BMFR 12-2 pm EDT

Got a bunch of great contemporary blues today from the Avey Grouws Band, Nora Jean Wallace, Wily Bo Walker, Walter Trout, Ana Popovic, and many more. Tune in on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 12 to 2 pm EDT today for the Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues Nooner!!!

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
Mick ClarkeJam UpCrazy with the Blues
Colin JamesI Need You BadFifteen
Jonny LangRight BackWander This World
Anthony GomesTell SomebodyContainment Blues
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double TroubleHoney BeeLive at Carnegie Hall
Mike YungAlrightAlright
Malone SibunEveryday’s a MiracleCome Together
Nora Jean WallaceI Don’t Have To Beg You To Love MeBlues Woman
A Band Called SamVoice Of The BluesLegacy
Avey Grouws BandRise UpThe Devil May Care
Kerry KearneyVoodoo Down the RiverTales From The Psychedelta
Dudley TaftGoin’ Away BabyCosmic Radio
Seasick SteveToes In The MudLove & Peace
Larkin PoeKeep Diggin’Self Made Man
Mick ClarkeAin’t Beggin’ NobodyCrazy with the Blues
Ash GrunwaldKeep it RealI Don’t Believe
Ana PopovicNeed All The Help I Can GetComfort To The Soul
Wily Bo Walker/Danny FlamAin’t No Man a Good ManAin’t No Man a Good Man (Deluxe)
Eric SteckelSince I Been Loving YouGrandview Drive
Walter TroutMake It RightOrdinary Madness
Eric JohansonHammer On The StoneBelow Sea Level
Frankie MorenoBack to the BoogieBack To the Boogie
Fantastic NegritoChocolate SamuraiHave You Lost Your Mind yet?
Alastair GreeneBayou MileThe New World Blues
Born HealerPressure Valve‘Til the Dawn
Kiko García BandLate NightsMojo Ringer
The ClaudettesI Don’t Do That Stuff AnymoreHigh Times In The Dark