New Uncle Watson’s Widow and More on the Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues Nooner 12-2 pm ET

One of my favorite modern blues groups, Uncle Watson’s Widow, has a brand new single out, Smile Down, for their forthcoming album Fool’s Song and you will get to hear it FIRST during my Roadhouse Blues Nooner on http://www.bluemusicfan.com. Join me today 12-2 pm ET for lots of new contemporary blues by Andre Bisson, Vincent Bloyet, The Texas Horns, and other great artists. The modern blues is chocked full of fabulous artists…..come listen for yourself!!

#blues #bluesrock #roadhouseblues #Unclewatsonswidow


Blues Rock 101 (1965-1979) on BluesMusicFan Radio 3-5 pm ET

With the British musical Invasion of America in 1964, performances of the blues were largely swept aside. Other than juke joints and roadhouses specifically devoted to the blues, most clubs, bars, and concert venues were clammering for the new sounds that young people wanted to hear. In response, blues artists began a reverse invasion of Europe where crowds were still eager to hear the delta and electric blues and a whole new generation of young artists began to emerge in Western Europe and America that loved the blues but catered to the teenage and 20 something audiences of the 1960’s…..blues rock was born!!

Join me on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 3-5 pm ET today, September 15th, for the Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues as I spin tunes from the first era of blues rock during the years 1965 to 1979. I will have songs from Albert King, Led Zeppelin, Cream, Savoy Brown, Jimi Hendrix, ZZ Top, The Allman Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Little Feat, Foghat, the Fabulous Thunderbirds and more!!

And sometime soon, I will do another show on the second era of blues rock which begins with the musical explosion of the Blues Brothers in 1980!!

#blues #bluesrock #roadhouseblues

Contemporary Blues on BluesMusicFan Radio 12-2 pm ET

Today, during my Roadhouse Blues show on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com, I will have an interesting mix of contemporary blues from new releases this year by some of the genre’s best artists. Buddy Guy has a heart wrenching new single, Maria Daines belts out a beautiful blues ballad, Ronnie Earl brings us a glimpse back at the 1960’s, and Crystal Shawanda reminds us all of just what a great voice she has. Join me from 12-2 pm ET and listen along.

This is intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Mike StevensWatermelon Pie
Blue Moon MarqueeScream, Holler & Howl
Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ WayneRock This House
The Hogtown AllstarsReal Good Night
Maria DainesHave Mercy
Chris CanasJuke Joint Jive
Buddy Guy feat. Jason IsbellGunsmoke Blues
Al BasileUh Huh
The Hungry WilliamsOooh Wow
Crystal ShawandaHow Bad Do You Want It
Anthony GeraciI Ain’t Going To Ask
Ronnie Earl(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher
HOROJO TrioHard As I Can
Marcus KingBlues Worse Than I Ever Had
Tedeschi Trucks BandSoul Sweet Song
Sass JordanStill The World Goes Round
Uncle Watson’s WidowHiding Under Water
Derrick ProcellA Tall Glass Of You
Dennis JohnsonLonesome Valley
Bywater CallRemain
Todd SharpvilleBrothers From Another Mother (ft. Larry McCray)
The Strongman Blues Remedy and Steve StrongmanFine Young Man (feat. Dawn Tyler Watson)
Micki FreeMy Big Regret (feat. Steve Stevens)
Bennett Matteo BandPaid & Broke
Brad Absher & The SuperialsAs Hard As I Can
Robert Jon & The WreckRescue Train
The CommonersMore Than Mistakes
The Kenneth Brian BandYou’ve Got to LIve

My NEW Youtube Video – 14 Female Roadhouse Blues Artists You Should Know

If you get a chance, please check out my new Youtube Video, 14 Female Roadhouse Blues Artists You Should Know on the Ben Vee channel. And please also comment on the video (or here) with the number of the artists that you were aware of previously on the list…..I gotz to know 🙂

Here is a list of the artists, their latest studio recording, and a link to a video from their careers that is on Youtube. I hope ya enjoy!!

Shemekia Copeland – Done Come Far – Hit ‘Em Back

Samantha Fish – Faster – No Angels

Eva Carboni – Smoke & Mirrors – Smoke & Mirrors

Jackie Venson – Love Transcends – Always Free

Joanne Shaw Taylor – The Blues Album – Just Another Word

Diuanna Greenleaf – I Ain’t Playin – Back Door Man

Janiva Magness – Hard to KIll – Strong As Steel

Polly O’Keary & the Rhythm Method – 50 – Black Crow Callin

Beth Hart – A Tribute to Led Zeppelin – Bad Woman Blues

Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps – Rose Colored Glasses – The Day the Blues Came to Call

Demetria Taylor – Do What I’m Supposed To Do – 83 Highway

Angel Forrest – Angel’s 11, Vol II – Hold On Tight Mr. I’m Alright

Ana Popovic – Like It On Top – You Got the Love

Bonnie Raitt – Just Like That…. – Made Up Mind


#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 http://www.bluesmusicfan.com and writes about the blues at http://www.benveeblues.com from his home in Connecticut. He also has a personal 24 hour stream devoted to the Roadhouse Blues… WRHB as well as a Youtube channel.

June 28th Roadhouse Blues Nooner 12-2 pm ET

Join us today for some more incredible contemporary roadhouse blues on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 12-2 pm ET. I have new tunes by The Strongman Blues Remedy, JD McPherson, Diunna Greenleaf, Karise Eden, Moblues, AND Hank Williams Jr. as well as some favorites by Justin Townes Earle, Steve Earle, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Tinsley Ellis.

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Jimmy JohnsonMissing Link
Oliver DarlingGot Love
Diunna GreenleafNever Trust A Man
The Phantom Blues BandStepping Up In Class
Todd SharpvilleBrothers From Another Mother (ft. Larry McCray)
Sven ZetterbergRain on Tears
The Fabulous Murray BrothersArithmetic Blues
Johnny SansoneBlowin’ Fire
Patricia ManionI’ll Find a Way
Tinsley EllisDangling By A Thread
JD SimoOld Black Mattie
Hank Williams Jr.Short Haired Woman
Ray Wylie HubbardBad Trick (ft Ringo Starr & Joe Walsh)
16 HorsepowerBlack Soul Choir
JD McPhersonLet’s Rock
The Electric SugarAin’t Going Our Way
Little VictoryLosing Time
Jenny Bohman Roots RevueThe Reason Why
The Strongman Blues Remedy and Steve StrongmanTell Me I’m Wrong (Crystal Shawanda)
Karise EdenBlack Crow
StompboxtrioBlack Sheep
Justin Townes EarleHarlem River Blues
Steve Earle And The DukesKing Of The Blues
Guitar ShortyFine Cadillac
Mica MillarPreacher Man
Pat & The BluesChargersDusty Road
MorblusDown In Mississippi
Tony Joe WhiteCold Fingers

Ready for a Road trip? Take along the Roadhouse 66 Best Blues Songs of 2021!

It’s summertime here in the northern hemisphere and many of us will be taking road trips to see family and friends. Whether the journey is an hour away or across the continent, here are the Roadhouse 66 best blues songs of 2021 to listen to along the way. And this year, for the first time, the playlist is available on the Ben Vee Youtube channel and on the Ben Vee Spotify account. I hope you enjoy reviewing and listening to the songs. And bear in mind that music is not a sports competition…..whether the song is listed at number 4 or number 64, these are all truly great tunes culled from an initial list of over 4,000 new songs that I reviewed or streamed during the course of 2021!! And if you have a comment or want to tell us what your best roadhouse blues song of 2021 was, just leave a comment below.

The Roadhouse 66 Best Blues Songs of 2021 Top Ten

#1 Altered Five Blues Band – Full Moon, Half Crazy

Another in a long series of vibrant upbeat tunes from this amazing band out of Wisconsin, the group is powered by the voice of Jeff Taylor.

#2 Christone “Kingfish” Ingram – Long Distance Woman

The Kingfish is a true superstar of the contemporary blues and…..he is only 23!! He first came to my attention four or five years ago and his musical trajectory just keeps rising and rising!

#3 Dion – I’ve Got to Get to You (ft. Boz Scaggs, Mike Menza, and Joe Menza)

His career started over 60 years ago and at the age of 82 he is still kickin’ out some badass blues songs!

#4 Colin James – Open Road

Stevie Ray Vaughan opened the door for him in the 1980’s and in the years since he has become a mainstay of the Canadian music scene. This is the title cut from his latest album that was also the Roadhouse Blues 61 best album of the year!

#5 Tommy Castro – Somewhere

This California based bluesman is a personal favorite. I have seen him in concert 3 times and he is an absolutely incredible performer. He also walked away from this year’s Blue Music Awards in Memphis with a bevy of the top awards. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

#6 J Lee and the Hoodoo Skulls – Highway

This blues rock band out of the UK just cranks out some badass music!

#7 Atomic 44s – Fade to Black

I tried to see this southern California band last summer when I went to visit my younger daughter. They are the perfect roadhouse blues band. Unfortunately, COVID cancelled the show. I hope to see them on a future trip!

#8 JP Williams Blues Band featuring Ekat Pereya – Mighty Dangerous Boogie

I just love JP’s style of roadhouse blues. And I appreciate the fact that he appeared in chat on several of my BluesMusicFan Radio shows during 2021.

#9 Polly O’Keary & the Rhythm Method – I’m Not Guilty

A long time star of the blues from the American northwest, Polly O’Keary has paid her blues dues! I just love her voice!

#10 Blues Traveler – Roadhouse Blues

John Popper and company do an amazing blues version of the Doors classic. Easily one of my favorite tunes of 2021….I wonder why?!!

The entire Roadhouse 66 Best blues songs of 2021

The Roadhouse 66 list includes perennial music stars like Melissa Etheridge, Jimmy Barnes, Billy Gibbons, Van Morrison, and Doobie Brothers as well as personal favorites like Uncle Watson’s Widow, Mike Zito, Carolyn Wonderland, the Black Keys, and Davy Knowles. There are a slew of contemporary blues stars on the list such as Eddie 9V, Joanne Shaw Taylor, the Record Company, and Sue Foley. Also included are some rising stars of the genre that you may not have heard before; 8 Ball Aitken, Veronica Lewis, Ben Levin, Hendrikse, and AJ Fullerton to name just a few! I hope you get a chance to listen to all of them sometime soon. Just remember you can use my playlists on Youtube and Spotify to listen to them all and hopefully buy and download a few….the ultimate compliment to the artists!!

ARTISTTITLE
1Altered Five Blues BandFull Moon, Half Crazy
2Christone “Kingfish” IngramLong Distance Woman
3DionI’ve Got To Get To You
4Colin JamesOpen Road
5Tommy CastroSomewhere
6J Lee and the Hoodoo SkullsHighway
7Atomic 44sFade To Black
8JP Williams Blues Band featuring Ekat PereyraMighty Dangerous Boogie
9Polly O’Keary & The Rhythm MethodI’m Not Guilty
10Blues TravelerRoadhouse Blues
11Mike ZitoDreaming Of You
12Billy F GibbonsStackin’ Bones (Feat. Larkin Poe)
13Markus K.Rollin’ and Tumblin’
14Sean ChambersRockin’ Daddy
15Carolyn WonderlandBroken Hearted Blues
168 Ball AitkenWhat Goes Up
17Eddie 9VDog Me Around
18Sue FoleyHurricane Girl (ft. Jimmie Vaughan)
19The Black KeysCoal Black Mattie
20Uncle Watson’s WidowNasty Dogs Funky Kings Precious and Grace
21Melissa EtheridgeFor The Last Time
22Jimmy BarnesEnd Of The Road
23Joanne Shaw TaylorStop Messin’ Round
24Steve MarrinerTake Me To The City
25Simon Kinny-LewisSwamp Rat
26Chickenbone SlimServe It to Me Hot
27The Dirty Mojo Blues BandMy Little Sue
28The Doobie BrothersCannonball
29Dirty Dave OstiRiver Of Shame
30Eldon Backhouse And The Electric Blues BandAnother Man
31Band Of FriendsLivin’ Like a Trucker
32Steve CropperShe’s So Fine
33Joe MetzkaWalk
34Tom Feldmann and Noah LevyGoing Away Baby
35The Record CompanyToday Forever
36The Kokomo KingsShe´s Shaking Up A Storm
37SuperdownhomeHomework
38Vintage TroubleLow Down Dirty Dog
39Delta FuseLetter on the Table
40Gov’t MuleSnatch It Back And Hold It
41AJ FullertonThe Forgiver And The Runaway
42Davy KnowlesOne & The Same
43Captain Morgan ExpressHanging Tree
44Quinn SullivanWide Awake
45Dave KalzShes Got A Hemi
46The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn BandToo Cool To Dance
47Tommy ZTommy Guns
48HendrikseTry to Save Your Soul
49Andy LindquistThe River Queen
50Big Chief Monk BoudreauxChoo Choo
51Dionne BennettFull Time Job
52CactusPreaching Woman Man Blues
53Bernie MarsdenMe And My Guitar
54Teresa James and The Rhythm TrampsGonna Rise Together
55Ben LevinI Can’t Stop It
56The LiberatorsWrong Distraction
57Trainman BluesTroubled Mind
58Mike Goudreau BandTonight’s The Night For Big Fun
59Van MorrisonDeadbeat Saturday Night
60The Immediate FamilySlippin’ and Slidin’
61Colin Linden4 Cars
62WellBadOne Kiss Too Late
63Dennis SiggeryGypsy Woman
64Early Times & The High RollersDo What She Do
65Selwyn BirchwoodI’d Climb Mountains
66Veronica LewisPut Your Wig On Mama

#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 http://www.bluesmusicfan.com and writes about the blues at http://www.benveeblues.com from his home in Connecticut. He also has a personal 24 hour stream devoted to the Roadhouse Blues… WRHB as well as a Youtube channel.

Best Blues Songs of 2021 on Today’s Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues Nooner 12-2 pm ET

There isn’t much good to say about the year 2021 other than, while we were all still hunkered down because of the pandemic, blues artists continued to produce some fabulous music. Join us today as I play some of the tunes included in my Roadhouse 66 Best Blues Songs of 2021. I will feature the top ten tunes of the year by Tommy Castro, the Altered Five Blues Band, Dion, Christone Kingfish Ingram, Colin James, J Lee and the Hoodoo Skulls, the Atomic 44s, the JP Williams Blues Band, Polly O’Keary & the Rhythm Method, and Blues Traveler. Which one was my number one tune for 2021? You will just have to tune in at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 12-2 pm ET today and listen along!

For those of you that can’t tune in, I have already posted the entire Roadhouse 66 Best Songs of 2021 playlist on my Ben Vee Spotify account for you to peruse and I will be posting the list to my Ben Vee Youtube channel tomorrow. (Previous year lists for 2017-2020 are also on my YouTube channel.) A review of the 2021 list will be posted here on my blues blog by the end of the week. It is a joy to put together these annual lists of my favorite 66 tunes from among the 6000 or so songs that I spin for the year. I hope you get as much enjoyment from reviewing my selections, listening to them….and hopefully downloading….your favorites!!

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

Join us today as I spin some Roadhouse blues rock from artists in Europe, Australia, Canada, and the USA on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 3-5 pm ET. Tunes from Mark Augustine, Rob Tognoni, Black Pearl, Matt Schofield, Marjorie Martinez, Angel Forrest, and Walter Trout are on the playlist!

Here is the entire intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Elmo KarjalainenThree Days of Peace
Early Times & The High RollersTippin’ Through The Tulips
Xander and the Peace PiratesHeart Stop
Nathan Quick Blues BandTell My Baby
Jim Suhler & Monkey BeatMexicali Run
Dudley TaftLong Way Down (Left For Dead Part II)
Jim KirkpatrickAin’t Goin’ Down Alone
Matt SchofieldHard Lines
Marjorie MartinezNot Gonna Be Easy
Walter TroutMake It Right
Matt Pearce & The MutinyAll the Gods
Black PearlDelivery Man
Luke Winslow-KingHave a Ball
Matt EdwardsNowhere Else to Hide
Mark AugustineRiverside Blues
Travellin’ Blue KingsToo Many People
Keith ThompsonWhat I Know Now
Julian SasWorld On Fire (Electric Version)
Rob TognoniNew Set Of Rays
Billy F GibbonsShe’s On Fire
Joe BonamassaWhen She Dances
Kenny Wayne Shepherd BandI Want You
Janis JoplinMove Over
Angel ForrestGypsy Heart (Feat. Harry Manx)
Handsome JackOld Familiar Faces
Manx Marriner MainlineEverybody Knows
Snowy White and The White FlamesAnother Blue Night

Blues Rockin Thursday on BMFR 3-5 pm ET

Hi all! I have some new Robin Trower, Edgar Winter, Dana Fuchs, Bennet Matteo Band, Bonham-Bullick, the Black Keys, and more for today’s Roadhouse Blues Rockin’ show on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com. Join us if ya can from 3-5 pm ET!

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Samuel C LeesRuff & Tumble
The Cosmic Trip AdvisorsHe Made A Woman Out Of Me
Dana FuchsLast to Know
Albert CastigliaWhat’s Wrong With You?
Bennett Matteo BandDoesn’t Really Matter
Checkerboard LoungeYou Got A Way On You
Bonham-BullickCan’t You See What You’re Doing to Me
The Blue ChevysGot That Feeling
Billy F GibbonsGot Love If You Want It
Whipping PostRoll On Central
Steve GainesAin’t No Good Life
A Tribe of HorsemanMistreatin’ Woman
The Black KeysIt Ain’t Over
Ash GrunwaldGone
Angel ForrestEverything Changes (Feat. Wellbad)
Andy LindquistWhen You’re Yesterday’s News
BluesmanBackdoor Man
Armin SabolBad Harvest  (Album Version)
Blaa TrikaaPart of My Soul
Dan PatlanskySnake Oil City
Edgar WinterHighway 61 Revisited (feat. Kenny Wayne Shepherd & John McFee)
Olav & the Blues CruiseLead Me On
Robin TrowerLosing You
Rory GallagherMississippi Sheiks
Band Of FriendsSecret Agent
Born HealerA Million Miles Away

The Kenneth Brian Band – Keys to the Kingdom (2022)

Kenneth Brian is from Gainesville, Florida and his music reflects a delightful mix of the sounds that have emanated from that small college town area over the years; Tom Petty, the Allman Brothers, and Lynyrd Skynyrd to name just a few. The new 10 song CD, Keys to the Kingdom, is southern rock infused with the blues and it’s a badass listen! His slide guitar work is stellar and puts him in the company of some other contemporary roadhouse bands that I enjoy; the Allman Betts Band and the Tedeschi Trucks band.

My favorite song on the album is the last tune, Rimrock, where he lets it rip on the guitar. I also enjoyed You’ve Got to Live which is some crankin’ blues rock. When Kenneth slows it down, as he does on the songs Hard Heart, Crazy, and Love, you get a feel for both his songwriting talent and his artistry on the guitar.

There are those that will argue vociferously that southern rock is not part of the blues. I respond that almost every southern rock artist and band that I can think of are ingrained with the blues and it bleeds all over the music. Kenneth Brian is part of that tradition and his music is certainly part of the roadhouse blues that I love to spin……Give it a listen!!

The Kenneth Brian Band – Keys to the Kingdom (Southern Shift Records 2022)


#blues #roadhouseblues #bluesrock #southernrock

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. He also has a personal 24 hour stream devoted to the Roadhouse Blues… WRHB as well as a Youtube channel.