Thursday Roadhouse Blues on BMFR 3-5 pm EDT

Got a bunch of great contemporary roadhouse blues for you today with tunes by Polly O’Keary & the Rhythm Method, Sean Chambers, Trainyard Blues Band, Mark Sutherland, Larkin Poe, Nathaniel Rateliff, and many more.

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
Sean ChambersChunkyThat’s What I’m Talkin About – Tribute to Hubert Sumlin
Christone “Kingfish” IngramLong Distance Woman662
Billy F GibbonsStackin’ Bones (Feat. Larkin Poe)Hardware
Polly O’Keary & The Rhythm MethodI’m Not Guilty50
Sean ChambersGoin’ Down SlowThat’s What I’m Talkin About – Tribute to Hubert Sumlin
The Dirty Mojo Blues BandDirty DogIt Is What It Is
JD3 & The Jondo TrioRocks At The MoonSomething Good
Trainyard Blues BandDeep Down SouthLast Call To Memphis
The Black KeysPoor Boy A Long Way From HomeDelta Kream
Mark SutherlandNext To MeThe Good Fight
T & The TeasersOld Man Down The RoadWay Back Home
Larkin PoeFreedomPeach
Ida MaeDeep river (feat. Marcus King)Click click domino
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night SweatsYou Worry MeTearing at the Seams (Deluxe Edition)
New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom RockersShe’s About a Mover (feat. Alvin Youngblood Hart)New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers – Volume 2
The WildRoots634-5789WildRoots Sessions Volume 1
Steve Earle & The DukesChampagne CorollaJ.T.
Kiko And The Blues RefugeesAin’t Gone YetThreadbare
Veronica LewisPut Your Wig On MamaYou Ain’t Unlucky
Edgar BluesFeeling DownThe Next Step
Tullie BraeBreak These Chains (Feat. Brandon Santini)Revelation
Don and the MobstersI Don’t Need a ManFear of the Dark
Honey Island Swamp BandHead High Water BluesDemolition Day
Early Times & The High RollersOn The CornerThe Corner
Dave ThomasOne More Mile To GoOne More Mile
The BluesBonesCruisin’ (Censored)Live on stage
The Trashcan BanditsHere’s Mud in Yer Eye, Señor LogAshes to Ashes
Ghalia VoltReap What You SowOne Woman Band

Dave Kalz – The blues with rock RELISH on the side!

I absolutely love artists that play a mean guitar. And Dave Kalz does just that on his debut release for Gulf Coast Records, RELISH. The album is packed with original songs that celebrate the insistent tones of a guitar with blues rock gusto.

I suggest you listen to Route 666 first. It is a raucous upbeat tune with undertones of ZZ Top dripping from the music. You can just tell Dave is havin’ a blast as his fingers fly over the neck of the guitar. Next give She’s Got A Hemi a listen with it’s great rock and roll rhythm and those fabulous tones that bring back memories of LInk Wray. Up next focus your ears on a song about the bane of many musicians, the Taxman; it’s another blues rocker with a funky starting beat that shifts into some of the loud late night jammin’ that I have always associated with the Allman Brothers. It should be an audience pleaser when Dave hits the road to support the album which was officially released on June 25th.

Just these three tunes alone will help you understand why Dave’s long time friend, Mike Zito (they are both from St. Louis) signed him to a record deal for Mike’s label, Gulf Coast Records. Mike also sits in for one tune, Werewolf Blues. Dave just absolutely tears it up on another of my favorite cuts of the album, I Can’t Quit Ya Baby. It is a song he played with Devon Allman over two decades ago while Dave was a member of the Devon Allman’s Honeytribe and I am damn glad he included it on the album. I also enjoyed Playing the Blues (with some Jimi Hendrix riffs towards the end!), the title cut Relish, and Flying High.

For the recording, Dave has Kevin McDonald on drums, and Greg Hulub on bass and backing vocals; both of whom also attack the blues….forgive the impending pun…. with relish!! Tony Campanella sits in on guitar for Playing the Blues and Lewis Stephens provides the keyboards on the cut Mexico.

As a debut album, RELISH, is simply stellar. If you often love your blues loud and upbeat (and I do!), then you will enjoy this joyful celebration of the electric guitar.

Dave Kalz – RELISH (2021 Gulf Coast Records)


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 24 hour stream devoted to the Roadhouse Blues… WRHB

Rising Above the Blues Fray….Mike Zito’s RESURRECTION

I first became aware of Mike Zito back in 2008 with the release of his “Today” album and my interest was cemented in 2009 with his performances on the stellar album “Pearl River“. Over the last dozen years, Mike has been a veritable titan of the contemporary blues as a singer, songwriter, guitar player, producer, and now a record label owner. The energy that drives his life translates well on his recordings and with the official release this week (July 16) of RESURRECTION, we get treated to an outpouring of all the music passion he has stored up during the pandemic.

The album begins with a delightful cover of the J.J. Cale tune, I’ll Make Love To You. that features some tasty slide guitar work. On the second cut, Don’t Bring Me Down, Mike encapsulates how many of us feel about a lot of the modern culture and media and it’s insidious attempts to stir controversy and control the debate. The guitar playing on the song is incredible and the lyrics “You’re lookin’ for a victim, someone you can hurt, I won’t take the bait, I got no time for those that hate” rings so true in an era when social media is overrun with people telling others how to live and what to think. “I just need MY space….I just wanna live MY life….Don’t bring me down”…I couldn’t have said it better.

On the fifth cut of the RESURRECTION recording, MIke provides a mesmerizing rendition of the Blind Faith/Eric Clapton song, In the Presence of the Lord. replete with world class guitar licks. Mike’s singing is so heart felt and this is simply the best cover of the song that I have ever heard! The next song, When It Rains, is as fine an example of the contemporary low down blues that I know of and my favorite song on the album. Mike also provides a jammin’ version of the Howlin’ Wolf/Willie Dixon classic Evil, that is some badass roadhouse blues. And the title cut that closes the album is a pretty love song about second chances.

The album is masterfully produced by David Z who has worked with Mike on seven previous recordings and also worked with Etta James and Prince during his heyday. The backing cast of musicians for the album include many that have worked with Mike for years: Matthew Johnson (drums); Doug Byrkit (bass guitar); Lewis Stephens (piano, organ); Zach Zito (acoustic guitar); Lisa Andersen (backing vocals); Eric Demmer (saxophone); and Fernando Castillo (trumpet).

Mike Zito is undoubtedly one of the stars of the contemporary blues and a musical force to be reckoned with in the coming years. He will be doing an album release concert at Antone’s in Austin Texas on August 5th and another in Los Angeles at the Mint on August 7th. And during the months of August and September he will be doing shows with Anthony Geraci, Tito Jackson, and Albert Castiglia. I am hoping to get tickets to the show at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, Connecticut on August 18th. I’ll let ya know how it goes if I am lucky enough to be there!!

Mike Zito – Resurrection (2021 Gulf Coast Records/Hillside Global)


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 24 hour stream devoted to the Roadhouse Blues… WRHB

Roadhouse Blues 3-5 pm EDT on BMFR

Got some badass Roadhouse Blues for ya today on www.bluesmusicfan.com. Join us from 3-5 pm EDT😎 Hot tunes from the ATOMIC 44’s, Johnny Iguana, JP WILLIAMS, the Amnesia Blues Band, WILY BO WALKER, Mike Zito, and many more!!

Here is the intended playlist….

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
Johnny IguanaHammer And TickleJohnny Iguana’s Chicago Spectacular!
Rockin Johnny BurginLove Me Like I Want ItGreetings from Greaseland
Johnny IguanaStop Breaking DownJohnny Iguana’s Chicago Spectacular!
Wilburt Lee RelifordSomebody’s KnockinSeems Like A Dream
Dennis SiggeryThe Reason WhyHigher Ground
Jensens Juke JointWhile You Let Your Hair Down LowJensens Juke Joint
Colin Linden4 Cars4 Cars
Ajay SrivastavThe LinePowerless
HendrikseA Good Day for the BluesA Good Day for the Blues
The Freaky BudsWay Too WildWay Too Wild
J Lee and the Hoodoo SkullsDon’t Bother MeBeggars Soul
The Lowdown Dirty MojosMystic Highway 6Stone Cold Groovers
Dani WildeWild Women Don’t Have The BluesPromo Single
Eric ClaptonBad Boy (Eric Clapton Mix)Eric Clapton (Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
JP Williams Blues Band Featuring Ekat PereyraRegretJP & Ekat
Guthrie TrappNew Walkin Blues (Feat. Jimmy Hall)Life After Dark
Amnesia Blues BandNever Loved You AnywayHailstone
Atomic 44sFade To BlackVolume One
Mike ZitoIn My BloodResurrection
Wily Bo Walker & E D BrayshawCould Have Loved YouCould Have Loved You
GA-20She’s GoneShe’s Gone (Promo Single)
Trident WatersStorm Cloud BluesLockdown Blues Rock
Rosalie DrysdaleKiss You GoodbyeMumbo Jumbo
Eric BibbWhole World’s Got The Blues (feat. Eric Gales)Dear America Promo Single
Steve MarrinerCoal MineHope Dies Last
Patty Pershayla and The MayhapsApostropheCheap Diction
Gravel & GraceBottlesBringing the Blues
Bridget Kelly BandSometimes You Gotta DanceDark Spaces
The Harvey Blom BandBluestoothOut of the Shadows

July 6th Contemporary Blues on BLUES MUSIC FAN radio 12-2 pm EDT

I have a bunch of new roadhouse blues tunes for you to feast your ears on from 12-2pm EDT (July 6th) at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com : Dave Kalz, Mike Zito, Crystal Thomas, Dennis Siggery, Begbie, and many more!

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
Dave KalzPlaying The BluesRelish
Crystal ThomasOne Good ManNow Dig This!
HendrikseTry to Save Your SoulA Good Day for the Blues
Veronique GayotGood Blues On The RadioAnimal
Amythyst KiahBlack MyselfWary + Strange
Eddie TurnerDignify MeChange in Me
BegbieTouched by the DevilHustle
J Lee and the Hoodoo SkullsCome HomeBeggars Soul
Gaby JogeixKeep Your LampsMeanwhile In New Orleans
JB & The HuggeliWhen I’m In LoveThank You Blues
Delta FuseWandering SoulA Matter of Love and War
Dennis SiggeryGypsy WomanHigher Ground
Joe GoldmarkBeautician BluesBlue Steel
Hangin’ JudgeDevil WomanRising Mountains
Mike ZitoDamned If I DoResurrection
Johnny GallagherShake That TambourineA 2020 Vision
Cedric BurnsidePretty FlowersI Be Trying
B.B. KingCatfish BluesBest of Blues
Crystal ThomasI Don’t Worry MyselfNow Dig This!
Los LobosMiseryMisery
Kirk FletcherAin’t No Cure For The DownheartedMy Blues Pathway
Colin AlvarezHeart AttackLong Time Coming
Blues-Keepers BandDelta HotWord on the Street
Broke FuseThe Ballad of Sonny ShadeRocket Ride
Budda Power Blues and Maria JoaoYou Gotta Let Me LooseThe Blues Experience II
Jack J HutchinsonShake Your Money MakerBack To The Blues
Ivy GoldWithout YouSix Dusty Winds
Jeb CardwellCan’t Stop MeMy Friend Defiance

Willie Dixon – Remembering the Greatest Blues Songwriter of All Time on BMFR 3-5 pm EDT

Willie Dixon is the greatest and most prolific writer of songs in the enduring history of the blues. Today would have been his one hundred and sixth birthday. Tune in at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com today from 3-5 pm EDT as I give you a sampling of his amazing talent both as a songwriter and as a singer and bass player. I hope you enjoy!!

This is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Willie DixonCrazy for My Baby
Koko TaylorTwenty-Nine Ways
Billy D & The HoodoosBack Door Man (Live)
Tomiko DixonWang Dang Doodle
Tommy CastroWhen My Left Eye Jumps
Johnny IguanaDown In The Bottom
Howlin’ WolfEvil
CreamSpoonful
Buddy GuyI Just Want To Make Love To You
Albert CummingsMy Babe
Willie NelsonI Love the LIfe I Live
Los LobosI Can’t Understand
George ThorogoodHelp Me
Bo DiddleyPretty Thing
Muddy WatersI’m Ready
Sonny Boy WilliamsonBring It On Home
B.B. King feat. John Lee HookerYou Shook Me
The Fabulous ThunderbirdsYou Can’t Judge a Book By Its Cover
James CottonCotton Mouth Man
Delaney And BonnieComin’ Home
Willie DixonThe Seventh Son
Jimmy WitherspoonWhen the Lights Go Out
Bo DiddleyPretty Thing
Kirsten ThienI Ain’t Superstitious
Elmore JamesTalk To Me Baby
The DoorsLittle Red Rooster (feat. John Sebastian)
Johnny WinterThird Degree
The Allman Brothers BandHoochie Coochie Man

Southside of Heaven just North of Hell…..the ATOMIC 44s Crank It out at the Roadhouse Blues Epicenter

I’ve often struggled for a mental image of the location of the Roadhouse Blues. The place itself would undeniably be an aged structure with a big dance floor, pool tables, and a large bandstand that serves cold beer and food that scorns calorie counters. The music would be edgy, primarily upbeat, and definitely the roadhouse blues. And now I know the location……southside of Heaven just north of the Hell, thanks to a lyric from the fabulous debut ATOMIC 44s album, VOLUME ONE.

The Atomic 44s are a result of the synergy between two talented and veteran artists; Johnny Main (The 44s) and Eric Von Herzen (The Atomic Road Kings). Johnny sings and plays the guitar with a tone and style that defines the roadhouse blues and Eric wails on a badass harmonica. The music on the album is loud and boisterous with the kind of rhythm and feel you are looking for on a Friday night after another week of slogging through the grind. And Johnny and Eric have surrounded themselves with a band of roadhouse blues luminaries; Kid Ramos of the Proven Ones, The Roomful of Blues, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds (guitar), blues award winning Deb Ryder (backing vocals), Bill Stuve (bass), Gary Ferguson who played with Etta James and Gary Moore (drums), plus Taryn Donath and Jim Pugh (keyboards).

Picking a favorite tune off this recording is tough. THE BOOGIEMAN was released earlier this year as a music video and serves as a gateway to the other eight original tunes on the album. It has already topped several blues charts propelled by Eric’s harpin’, Johnny’s gritty vocals, and the dueling guitars of Johnny and Kid Ramos. Another song, MY ’49, also deserves release as a video as a anthem to car lovers everywhere. OL’ MEXICO and OLIVIA are some straight up Chicago blues that showcase the overall talents of the band. They drift into Omar Kent Dykes territory on SAINTS AND SINNERS that features a hypnotic beat laid down by Gary and some great guitar riffs. It is a perfect tune for a concert jam that I would love to be able to see. CANDY MAN has some tasty keyboard playing and Eric gets yet another chance to wail on that badass harmonica. LYIN STILL is world class low down dirty blues with amazing guitar solos and BARBWIRE AND FENCES provides the memorable lyrics…southside side of Heaven just north of Hell.. which will forever be ground zero for the Roadhouse Blues. But my favorite cut has to be FADE TO BLACK with its film noir feel. It’s a ready made musical vehicle for a future Quentin Tarantino movie featuring stretches of edgy harmonica, dark guitar tones, and the raw and growling vocals of Johnny.

With the pandemic finally beginning to recede, the Atomic 44s should begin to hit the road supporting this incredible recording. It is undoubtedly one of the finest releases of 2021 and well worth your time and money. And for me personally, it will always be the recording that defines the location of the Roadhouse Blues….the end to a lifelong musical search!!

Atomic 44s – VOLUME ONE (Bird Dog Records 2021)


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 24 hour stream devoted to the Roadhouse Blues… WRHB

June 3rd Roadhouse Blues on BMFR

Join us today, June 3rd, from 3-5 pm EDT on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com for some of the best new contemporary blues on the internet as I feature brand new songs from albums that will be released in the near future by Robben Ford, Billy F Gibbons, Derrick Procell, and Mike Zito! You will get to hear them first on BMFR!!!

Derrick Procell

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
Funkwrench BluesGrandmother’s ChildGrandmother’s Child
AwekWink of an EyeAwek
Golden Big WheelerYou Got Me Messed UpBone Orchard
Trigger HippyDon’t Wanna Bring You DownFull Circle & Then Some
BlackburnGood Woman RepriseBrothers in the World
Eva and The Blue BoysWay Down in the HolePromo Single
Deb RyderBlues Is All I GotMemphis Moonlight
Robben FordWhite Rock Beer…8 centsPure (Promo Single)
Gary MooreLooking At Your PictureHow Blue Can You Get
Gary HoeyUnder The Rug (feat. Eric Gales)Neon Highway Blues
Kenny Wayne Shepherd BandI Want YouThe Traveler
Shawn PittmanThere Will Be a DayMake It Right!
Rio GrandeRambling on My MindBlues Agreement: Tributo À Robert Johnson
Eddie 9VYou Don’t Have To GoLittle Black Flies
Soulful FemmeDead Man s Blues (feat. Bernard Allison)It Is Well With My Soul
Derrick ProcellMuddy RoadMuddy Road (Promo Single)
Billy F GibbonsMy Lucky CardHardware (Promo Single)
Alligator StewTwo WheelsA First Taste of
Willem MakerIn The BedrockThe Earth Is All That Lasts
Wooden HorseMean Old FriscoYou’re In My Heart
Tommy Crain & the Crosstown AllstarsTake Me to the RiverGive It To Ya
The BonnevillesPoor BoyPoor Boy
Mike ZitoI’ll Make Love To YouResurrection (Promo Single)
Cat Myles & the PossessionsLove Me RightGypsy Soul
The Immediate FamilyMachine Gun Kelly – LiveCan’t Stop Progress

JUNE 1 Roadhouse Blues on BMFR

Join us at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com at High Noon EDT for some Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues featuring new tunes by Van Morrison, Davy Knowles, Someday Now, the Black Keys, the Blind Pilots, Vdelli, Soundtruck, and….Southern Gentlemen!

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
Lonnie MackMemphisVolume 2: The Sixties
Van MorrisonDouble BindLatest Record Project Volume I
Kat DanserEnd of DaysOne Eye Open
Davy KnowlesRiverbedComing Up For Air (Revisited)
Someday NowEverything I DoRaised in West Memphis
Wily Bo Walker & E D BrayshawLucky CharmLucky Charm
Will JohnsBluesdaddyBluesdaddy
Tom Feldmann and Noah LevyGoing Away BabyBrothers in the Mud
Eddie Kold BandWithout YouChicago Alley Blues
Donna HerulaI Got No Way HomeBang At The Door
Dede Priest & Johnny Clark’s OutlawsMake That Double A DoubleWhen Birds Were Snakes
Rochelle & The SidewindersRaggedy Ann StompSomething Good
Janiva MagnessEvery Dog Has His DayBlues Ain’t Pretty
Archie Lee Hooker and The Coast To Coast Blues BandNightmare BluesLiving In a Memory
SuperdownhomeBad NatureNo Balls, No Blues Chips
The Dirty Mojo Blues BandDirty DogIt Is What It Is
Atomic 44sCandy ManVolume One
Dogtooth BluesSmokestack Lightnin’Doggy Style
The Black KeysDo The RompDelta Kream
The Blind PilotsProbably Think Of YouAll Kinds Of Crazy
Walter Trout BandHow Much Do You WantBreaking The Rules
VdelliArmchair BluesNow
DucainTenacious SoulDucain
Anthony GomesMake A Good Man (Wanna Be Bad)Containment Blues
Dirty TrainloadImprovised RobberyRevolution and Crime
SoundtruckStayVoodoo
Southern GentlemenEnd of the WorldIt’s a Long Dark Road

Roadhouse Nooner Bluzin’ on BMFR 12-2 pm EDT

The pandemic is starting to lift here in the USA! It’s a beautiful May Day and time for my Roadhouse Blues Nooner on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 12-2 pm EDT. Join me for new tunes by Markus K, Donna Herula, The Black Keys, and Christone “Kingfish” Ingram plus classics from Doyle Bramhall, Magic Sam, Hubert Sumlin, and many more.

This is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
Alastair GreeneBack At The PoorhouseThe New World Blues
J.B. Hutto & The New HawksPretty BabyRock With Me Tonight
Hubert SumlinI’m Your BabyWake Up Call
Lavelle WhiteYes, I’ve Been CryingMiss Lavelle
Danny B. Harvey & Mysti MoonSt. James Infirmary BluesDanny B. Harvey & Mysti Moon
Markus K.Rollin’ and Tumblin’Live With Looper No. 1
Gabe Stillman, The NighthawksMoving Up In ClassFlying High
Shaun MurphyLove Me Like A ManFlame Still Burns
John HammondI Wish You WouldI Can Tell
Magic SamI Need You So BadWest Side Soul
Donna HerulaCan’t Wait To See My BabyBang At The Door
Sonny Boy TerryI’ll Be Your FoolBreakfast Dance
Johnny ShinesSolid GoldLast Night’s Dream
Archie Lee Hooker and The Coast To Coast Blues BandGetawayLiving In a Memory
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram662662
Fabulous Thunderbirds, TheCan’t Tear It Up Enough (Alt. Version) (Bonus Track)T-Bird Rhythm
Doyle BramhallLife By The DropFitchburg Street
Mike ZitoI Wouldn’t Treat a Dog (The Way You Treat Me)First Class Life
Nick & The BackboneJust A Little TimeCrackin’ Under Pressure
John HiattPerfectly Good Guitar (single remix)The Mostly Good, The Sometimes Bad, But The Never Ugly
The Black KeysCoal Black MattieDelta Kream
Rumblin’ TroubleOn The RoadUp To You
Harry ManxHelp MeWest Eats Meet
Honey HoundsBack Door ManThe Flame
Joshua Yarbrough & The Five Dollar SugarBad Bad GirlThe Five Dollar Sugar
Plain Dirty Blues BandI’m Going DownFive Dollar Cover
Supersonic Blues MachineAin’t No Love (In The Heart Of The City)West Of Flushing, South Of Frisco