Thursday Roadhouse Blues on BMFR for March 12th

Got tunes by Genevieve Chadwick, Altered Five Blues Band, Beth Hart, Mindi Abair, Ghost Town Blues Band, Amnesia Blues Band, and many more on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 3 to 5 pm EST on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com! Tune in for the best of the roadhouse blues!

Below is the intended playlist…

ARTISTTITLE
Nobby Reed ProjectJoyride
Amnesia Blues BandStill A Fool
Wide Mouth MasonBodies in Motion
Altered Five Blues BandLet Me Be Gone
Laurie McVayHeads You Win
Arlen RothKey to the Highway
Tedeschi Trucks BandHard Case
Ghost Town Blues BandHeading Nowhere Fast
Glen ClarkI Can Tell By Looking
Joe BonamassaI’ve Got Some Mind Over What Matters
Mindi AbairMess I’m In
Ana PopovicLove Me Again
The Dee Miller BandSteppin’
Anson Funderburgh and the RocketsThe Amateur (She’s Gone)
Christone “Kingfish” IngramThat’s Fine By Me
Mannish BoysYou Dogged Me
Brother Yusef, The Fattback BluesmanPower Of The Blues
The NighthawksWho You’re Working For
Shaun MurphyNickel and a Nail
Dave KeyesNot so Nice Anymore
Tommy Castro, Jimmy Hall & Lloyd JonesLove Will
Studebaker John & The HawksRolling & Tumbling Around
Nick Moss Band Feat. Dennis GruenlingWait And See
Ray Fuller and the BluesrockersTake Out Some Insurance On Me Baby (Live)
Beth HartLet’s Get Together
Genevieve ChadwickYes You Did

Forrest McDonald Gathers the Blues in a Bucket

Forrest McDonald, over his lifetime, has been coast to coast in the United States pursing his dream and providing us with some memorable guitar playing along the way. He jammed with Muddy Waters in New York City as a teenager, rolled out to California and jammed there with Van Halen and Steve Perry in the seventies, played the guitar solo with Bob Seger on the mega hit Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll recording and with Bobby Womack on Roads of Life, and then settled down in Atlanta in the 1990’s.

Considered a musician’s musician, but largely unknown by the general music public, Forrest has done a number of recordings with the Forest McDonald Band on his label, World Talent Records, in the years since he began calling Atlanta home. The latest release, Blues In A Bucket, is a stellar album that features a number of talented backing musicians including Andrew Black (vocals), Becky Wright (guest vocals), and Tony Carey (guest keyboards/organ).

The album opens with a New Orleans style “down the bayou” tune Boogie Me Til I Drop that channels a bit of Dr. John……loved it!! Blue Morning Sun is a touching song done in remembrance of his brother that he lost recently. The slide guitar work on the tune is absolutely world class and evokes the spirit of the Macon sound of the seventies. The title cut, Blues In a Bucket, is some nice rockin’ blues, and Hard to Lose, Blues in the Basement, and Misery and Blues are just badass low down blues recordings. Going Back to Memphis is a great funky tune with some stellar horn and organ playing. And the album closes like it started with the delicious down the bayou sound of Let the Love in Your Heart.

Forrest has been playing his heart out on the guitar for over 55 years and he deserves wider recognition for his talent and his lifetime of contributions to the blues. And he certainly defines what I mean by the term “the roadhouse blues” on this fabulous recording. I hope my readers will consider purchasing a copy of this album both for the great songs included and as a big thank you to him for a music life well done!


Forrest McDonald – Blues in a Bucket (2020 World Talent Records)

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.

The Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues Nooner on BMFR

At High Noon today, March 10th, it’s time for the Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues Nooner on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com! Tune in at 12 Noon EST for the best of the new contemporary blues crossing my desk and a couple of classics by the masters of the genre.

The intended playlist is right below!

ARTISTTITLE
Sonny LandrethBeyond Borders
Glen HansardRoll On Slow
Delbert McClintonDown in the Mouth
Casey HensleyIf I Pray
Jim Gustin & Truth JonesThe Truth
Ben Rice and RB StoneEasy Rollin’ Down The Road
Mary Jo Curry BandLookin’
OSLUWatching The River Flow
Fiona BoyesDon’t Leave Your Feet at Home
Los Skeletone BluesStill Bizarre
Hazmat ModineLonely Man
Mark SelbyDon’t You Throw That Mojo On Me
Lisa MillsSomeone Else Is Steppin’ In
Robert CrayYou Can’t Make Me Change
John MayallDon’t Deny Me
Z.Z. HillDown Home Blues
Ryan PerryHard Times
The OutcropsMiss Melinda
Colin Linden and Luther DickinsonDon’t Let Go (Feat. Rachael Davis, Ruby Amanfu)
The Reverend Shawn Amos & The BrotherhoodTroubled Man
Liz MandevilleJoliet Town
Laura Rain and the CaesarsDon’t Lose Your Way
Albert CastigliaSearching The Desert For The Blues
Blue AttitudeThese Times
Igi ManPunish Him
Carl and the Road DawgsTracks to Nowhere

March 3rd Roadhouse Blues Nooner on BMFR with Ben Vee

Got some new Robert Cray, The Reverend Shawn Amos & the Brotherhood, Sonny Landreth, Lisa Mills, Lil Red & The Rooster, and much more during today’s Roadhouse Blues Nooner (12 PM EST) on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com for the 3rd of March.

Below is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Lil Red & The RoosterBig Boy Boogie
The Rolling StonesShake Your Hips
Johnny ShinesRollin’ & Tumblin’
Sonny LandrethSomebody Gotta Make A Move
The Reverend Shawn Amos & The BrotherhoodThe Job Is Never Done
Robert CrayYou’ll Want Me Back
Forrest McDonald BandBlues in a Bucket.
Lisa MillsGreenwood, Mississippi
Jim Gustin & Truth JonesNever Forget
Jeremiah JohnsonShowdown
Saverio MaccneThe Only Thing I’ve Got
Marcus MaloneTestify
Mike Zito & The WheelThe Road Never Ends (With Delbert McClinton)
Jimmy ReiterHooked
Devon GilfillianTroublemaker
Billy Branch and The Sons Of BluesLast Night
Leela James and The Truth BandI’m Out!!
DionHoodoo Man Blues
Joe BonamassaHigh Water Everywhere
NiecieRise Up
Coco MontoyaI Wouldn’t Wanna Be You
Beth HartTrouble
Popa ChubbyRescue Me
Studebaker JohnRockin’ Hot
Sean PinchinRiver
Lil Red & The RoosterNarcissistic Blues
Lazy LesterI’m a Man (feat. Benoit Blue Boy, Geraint Watkins, Stan Noubard Pacha)
Liam Ward and Malcolm ThorneBulldoze Blues

Down the Bayou Blues on BMFR for a Mardi Gras Tuesday

I thought I would spin some “down the bayou” tunes for a Mardi Gras Tuesday as well as new songs by the Marry Jo Curry Band, Albert Cummings, Hazmat Modine, Los Skeletone Blues, and Lee Holmes. Also will have some classic cuts by Marcia Ball, Johnny Winter, John Hiatt, and Janis Joplin.

Join us from 12 to 2 pm EST today (February 25th) for my Roadhouse Blues Nooner on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com. You can find the intended playlist below.

ARTISTTITLE
Mary Jo Curry BandShake & Bake
Tab BenoitFast And Free
Albert CummingsRed Rooster
Tas CruSave Me
Eric LindellBayou Country (live)
Mary Jo Curry BandFront Porch
Thorbjorn Risager and The Black TornadoTwo Lovers
Johnny WinterIf You Got A Good Woman
Janis JoplinOne Good Man
Blues HangoverTwo Cigars
Hazmat ModineBe There
Marcia BallDown The Road
Screamin’ John and TD LindRollin’ Joanna
Sheri Roberts GreimesSlip Away
The Allman Betts BandTry
Jimmy HallTwenty-Nine Ways
Jimmy CarpenterLove It So Much
Lee HolmesOne Toe
Delbert McClintonA Fool Like Me
John HiattLong Gone
OSLUCrazy Train
Dawn Tyler WatsonBad Seed (Feat. Steve Hill)
Los Skeletone BluesStonetown
Vegas Strip KingsTake It Easy
Big Joe and the DynaflowsSo Mean To Me
Irrma ThomasOld Habits Are Hard to Break
Clifton ChenierAll Night Long
Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp BandDancing With A Feeling

Best of the Blues 2019 – Five Best Roadhouse Blues Debut Albums of the Year

During the course of 2019, I was thrilled at the number of new artists that released debut albums. It bodes well for the future of the roadhouse blues in the next decade. My selections for the five best debut roadhouse blues artists of 2019 are (in alphabetical order) Christone “Kingfinsh” Ingram, Tennessee Redemption, The Allman Betts Band, The Weary Times, and Tiffany Pollack & Eric Johanson.

Christone “Kingfish” IngramKingfish ( 2019 Alligator Records)

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram hails from the heart of the delta blues in Clarkesdale Mississippi. This rising blues prodigy is only twenty and has already captured the attention of blues lovers with the release of his debut album KINGFISH. Released on the prestigious blues label, Alligator Records, the album shot to the top of the blues charts this past May and has garnered him attention around the blues world.

He started out playing and singing gospel in church and by the time he was fifteen performed at the White House for Michelle Obama as part the Clarksdale Delta Museum Band. In 2017, he was a guest artist on Eric Gales’ Middle of the Road album. Eventually he caught the attention of the living blues legend Buddy Guy, blues maestro Keb’ Mo’, and Grammy award winning artist and producer Tom Hambridge. With the touch of a master, Tom brings out the best in Christone on the debut album.

KINGFISH is a traditional blues album chocked full of great tunes. Fresh Out features the mastery of Buddy Guy, Hard Times is some fine delta acoustic blues, and Listen is a great duet with Keb’ Mo’. Few debut albums feature such a strong cast of world class supporting artists. It is a tribute to Christone’s talent and a beacon pointing to a very bright future.

Tennessee RedemptionTennessee Redemption (2019 Endless Blues Records)

Brandon Santini, my 2019 Roadhouse Bluesman of the Year, received the award in part for the release of this self titled album TENNESSEE REDEMPTION. After years of honing their craft on Beale Street in Memphis (sometimes together sometimes apart), Brandon (lead vocals, harmonica) teamed with long time friend Jeff Jensen (lead vocals, guitar) and incorporated Timo Arthur (guitar, bass), Bill Ruffino (bass, vocals), and David Green (drums, vocals) to form this solid and tight band.

The album includes eight original songs plus a cover of the Tom Waits tune, Come On Up to the House and a great rendition of Little Walter’s Watch Yourself. Back To Tennessee is a fabulous jam tune steeped in the southern sound that emanated out of Macon Georgia back in the 1970’s and features some great guitar playing by Jeff and Timo. Glad To Be recounts Brandon and Jeff’s time playing on Beale Street and collecting dreams that have been realized with release of this recording. Given my love for the beaches, people, food, and tequila found in the small towns of our southern neighbor, it should be no surprise that I also enjoyed I’m Going To Mexico. See About Me, Souls In the Water, and the funky We Got A Thing Going On are also highly recommended.

Tennessee Redemption is an ideal example of the roadhouse blues with its roots in the blues but also reflecting the influences of gospel, southern rock, classic R&B, and soul. I look forward to seeing how they develop and mature their sound as the years go by.

The Allman Betts Band – Down to the River (2019 BMG Rights Management LLC)

Few groups in recent years have debuted an album to such popular and critical acclaim as THE ALLMAN BETTS BAND. The core of the band is three sons of the Allman Brothers Band (ABB): Devon Allman, Duane Betts, and Barry Oakley Jr.. Additionally Johnny Stachela provides some stellar slide guitar playing along with one of my favorite Hammond B3 organ players, John Ginty. The band also features percussionist R. Scott Bryan and drummer John Lum. And as if that wasn’t enough, former ABB keyboard player Chuck Leavall (currently with The Rolling Stones) and the Hammond B3 player for the Greg Allman Band, Peter Levin, make guest appearances on the recording.

Down to the River was recorded at the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama and features nine songs. My favorite on the album is a tune steeped in the legacy of ABB, Shinin’. All Night is a great showcase for Devon’s vocal talent and Melodies Are Memories is reminiscent of The Band and the Grateful Dead at their best and features Duane on vocals. Long Gone is a terrific ballad and the title cut, Down To The River, is some sweet easy classic R&B. Autumn Breeze is a song I can’t wait to see them jam to in concert. And Good Ol’ Days is a beautiful reminder that we need to embrace and live the “good ol’ days” now.

Since the album was released last summer, the Allman Betts Band has been on an ambitious tour of the United States and Europe. It is my understanding that the crowds have been huge and the audience response phenomenal. They are definitely on my bucket list of groups to see in 2020.

The Weary Times – The Weary Times (2019 Way Down Records)

THE WEARY TIMES, a band out of Boise Idaho, first caught my ear this past summer with Why Are You So Lonely. It’s a sad song that captures the feel of early sixties doo wap enhanced by the gravely voice of Ryan Curtis and the sparse and delightful guitar playing of Mike Simon. The tune, Piece of Mind, also grabbed me with the keyboard playing of Mike Swain and is a throwback to the very best that Eric Burdon & the Animals kicked out back in the day. Nick Archibald on bass and Ben Wieland on drums complete this creative quintet of musicians that proudly claim the blues and early rock’n’roll as the basis for their sound.

Nostalgic blues rock is the best way that I can describe The Weary Times debut album overall. Mixing in reverb and fuzz to give several songs an energetic garage band feel just adds icing to the cake. Ain’t Done Drinking and Anymore rock the blues, Best For You is another Eric Burdon & the Animals style tune, I Don’t Know Why and Hard Times are great sixties psychedelia, and Give And Take is a slow insightful song about aging after a hard lived youth.

I listened to literally hundreds of new albums during 2019 and very few were as unique and imaginative as an overall recording as this one. They have captured the essence of the early and mid 1960’s music sound (which was always based on the blues) and reintroduced it, after a fifty year lapse, with contemporary themes. It is music nostalgia for modern times.

After playing small clubs and venues across the Pacific Northwest the past couple of years, the Weary Times have earned the opportunity with this debut recording to expand their fan base and turn the rest of the roadhouse blues world on to their music. I just hope they are ready for the wild ride!!

Tiffany Pollack & Eric Johanson – Blues In My Blood (2019 NOLA Blue Records)

The best debut album by a duet couple since Joe Bonamassa and Beth Hart back in 2011, Blues In My Blood is a solid recording by New Orleans based Tiffany Pollack and Eric Johanson. Tiffany comes to the blues from her roots in jazz music and Eric is an up and coming bluesman who has caught the attention of non other than Tab Benoit!

They combined their writing talents to pen seven of the 11 songs on the recording. My absolute favorite is the title cut, Blues in My Blood. It starts with a gospel inspired delta feel and then builds in intensity with some great guitar work by Eric and a powerful vocal delivery by Tiffany. Another favorite is Diamonds on the Crown with great harmonies and thoughtful social commentary. Eric has a voice similar to another great blues man from Louisiana, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and his guitar style is stellar on the song. Tiffany takes on the Nina Simone classic Do I Move You? and aces it with a sultry jazzy performance. Eric takes the vocal lead on Get Lost With Me, a blues ballad, and again wowed me with his guitar.

I also enjoyed the roots blues tune Memories to Forget as well as a knockout performance by Tiffany of the Joni Mitchell song, River, which I consider a great Christmas time tune. I played it several times during my DJ sets this past season and the response was tremendous!

Musicians that contributed their talents to the recording include Brentt Arcement (drums), Phil Wang (bass), John Gros (keyboards), producer Jack Miele (bass, bass guitar, and percussions), Sean Carey (backing vocals) and a guest appearance by the great Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone as well as the 504 Horns.

My only disappointment is that I have seen no evidence since the release of the album last spring that they have toured to support the recording. Both have returned to their solo careers. Tiffany & Co are playing jazz venues in New Orleans and Eric is touring with Tab Benoit who produced his 2017 highly acclaimed album, Burn It Down. I hear that Tab is playing drums for Eric during his part of the show; I’d pay to see that!!

My hope is that, as Joe and Beth have done, they will get back together from time to time and lay down some more tracks…..they both have blues in their blood!


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.

The 2-20-2020 Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues on BMFR

I’m back from Mexico and ready to roll out some 2-20-2020 Thursday Roadhouse Blues on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 3 to 5 pm EST. Join us for some of the hottest contemporary blues featuring Sheri Robert Greimes, Sunny Lowdown, Blues Hangover, Checkerboard Lounge, Albert Cummings, Gary Fletcher and many more!

Below is the intended playlist!

ARTISTTITLE
Sunny LowdownLightnin’ Hop
Jason Lee McKinney BandGroove Is Getting Old
Albert CummingsMe And My Guitar
Sunny LowdownSunny Shuffle (Tell Me What’s The Reason)
Cash McCallOne Who’s Got A Lot
Bai Kamara Jr.Riverboat Blues
Tom WaitsMake It Rain
Marc AmacherRide On
Tas CruMoney Talks
Blues HangoverSlow Blues And Whiskey
Checkerboard LoungeYou Got A Way On You
Sheri Roberts GreimesGunna Be Alright
Trigger HippyDon’t Wanna Bring You Down
The Bluesland Horn BandLiving On The Ceiling
SouthfieldBypass to Nowhere
Teresa James and The Rhythm TrampsHere In Babylon
The Reverend Shawn Amos & The BrotherhoodCounting Down The Days
The Russell Barber BandMidnight Hour
Leighton FieldsOnly Takes One
Gary FletcherHearsay
Sayer and JoyceNo Galahad
Tino Gonzales & Los Reyes Del KOI Ain’t Gonna Pray
Walter TroutA Busy Man
Robert Jon & The WreckCold Night
Vince Salerno and Gerald McClendonI Wish You Would