Get the Summer Rollin’ with the 2022 Roadhouse 66 Best Blues Songs of the Year!

The Memorial Day Weekend in the United States serves as the official start of summer and many people will be making road trips and having backyard barbeques with family and friends to celebrate the season and remember those who gave their lives for all of us! For the sixth year in a row, I have compiled my Roadhouse 66 Best Blues Songs list to help with the festivities and hopefully enliven road trips!

This year’s list is drawn from the over 800 albums and singles that I received from record companies, publicists, and through my association with Blues Music Fan Radio. During 2022, I listened to or sampled 9,419 new songs! Approximately 1,000 of them made it onto playlists for my shows on BMFR and my sets on the Second Life grid. And from among those songs, after over a month of research and review, I have finalized the list.

My 2022 Roadhouse 66 Best Blues Song list is not “the list”. But it is a representative view of the types of music that I love to spin and listen to: contemporary blues, blues rock, classic R&B, and roots music. And whether it is the first song or lhe last on the listing, these are all simply badass Roadhouse Bluzin’ tunes! My hope is that you will listen to the Youtube playlist of these songs (that really helps me to build my channel) and, as the ultimate tribute to the artists, buy the single or album from your favorite download service!

The listing includes artists from the United States, Canada, Europe, and both Australia and New Zealand. Almost a third of the list are female artists. And the range of blues on the playlist runs from traditional Chicago Blues to window shaking blues rock! Outside of the Top Twelve, the songs are listed in reverse alphabetical order because number position doesn’t matter: Every artist on this list produced a memorable song that will be remembered as one of the very very best of 2022! I hope you enjoy the songs as much as I have!

The Roadhouse Top 12 Best Blues Songs of 2022

Buddy Guy – Blues Don’t Lie

He is on his final tour at the age of 86 and going out in style!!

Shawn James – Lead The Way

The first time I heard his voice I was stunned!! He is from the southside of Chicago and an indie artist with a bright future.

Bywater Call – Remain

This Canadian group features lead vocalist Meghan Parnell who has one of those once in a generation voices.

Robert Jon & the Wreck – Rescue Train

Based in southern California, this group has taken the world by storm over the last five years or so. The music is vibrant and can dang sure rattle the window panes!

Sugaray Rayford – In Too Deep

Sugaray is simply a badass and one of my favorite singers. AND he spins tunes too which makes him a double badass!! And he loves cigars which makes him a TRIPLE Badass!!!

Janiva Magness – Strong As Steel

She has overcome a lot in her life and continues to inspire and motivate blues listeners with her songs. A multiple time winner of major Blues Awards, Janiva is one of the great voices of her generation.

Keb’ Mo’ – ’62 Chevy

Keb is just cool. Always has been and always will be.

Tedeschi Trucks Band – Playing With My Emotions

Susan’s voice and Derek’s slide guitar…enough said. They simply make musical magic with a huge talented band!

Eric Gales – Too Close to the Fire

Eric has been rockin’ the blues for 30 years. Finally, with the production assistance of Joe Bonamassa, they bottled the magic for both this song and the overall album!!!

Albert Castiglia – What’s Wrong With You

I got to interview Albert and Mike Zito on tour as the Blood Brothers during April. He was sincere, honest, and forthcoming talking about the blues. He is one badass Roadhouse bluesman!!

Mike Zito – Blues for the Southside

Mike Zito is the Renaissance man of the blues. He writes, sings, produces, and is co-owner of a great blues label Gulf Coast Records. This instrumental is not only of the great recordings of 2022 but one of the greatest blues rock instrumentals of all time!!

Walter Trout – Ride

Walter started out playin’ juke joints in New Jersey sharing stages with Bruce Springsteen in the late 60’s. He honed his craft with John Mayall and the BluesBreakers in the 80’s. And since 1991 has tirelessly toured promoting a brand of the blues that I call the Roadhouse Blues. Now in in his seventies, he is producing some of his finest work!

The Roadhouse 66 Best Blues Songs of 2022 Complete List

Buddy GuyBlues Don’t LieThe Blues Don’t Lie
Shawn JamesLead The WayA Place In The Unknown
Bywater CallRemainRemain
Robert Jon & The WreckRescue TrainWreckage, Vol. 2
Sugaray RayfordIn Too DeepIn Too Deep
Janiva MagnessStrong as SteelHard to Kill
Keb ‘Mo’’62 ChevyGood To Be…
Tedeschi Trucks BandPlaying With My EmotionsI Am The Moon: II. Ascension
Eric GalesToo Close To The FireCrown
Albert CastigliaWhat’s Wrong With You?I Got Love
Mike ZitoBlues For The SouthsideBlues For The Southside
Walter TroutRideRide
Zavala SolBadass SistaZavala Sol
Tomislav Goluban feat. Teresa JamesSpeedin’ Train20 Years On The Road
Todd SharpvilleGod Loves a LoserMedication Time
Tinsley EllisOne Less ReasonDevil May Care
Thorbjorn Risager & the Black TornadoWatch The Sun Go DownNavigation Blues
The War and TreatyDumb LuckBlank Page
The Strongman Blues Remedy and Steve StrongmanTell Me I’m Wrong (Crystal Shawanda)The Strongman Blues Remedy Vol. 1
The Rusty Wright BandNo Turnin’ BackHangin’ At The DeVille Lounge
The Rock House All StarsMidnight Rambler feat. Rick HuckabyLet It Bleed Revisited
The MystixSatisfy You ’22TruVine
The CommonheartTrying to Get OverFor Work Or Love
The Black KeysGood Love (feat. Billy F Gibbons)Dropout Boogie
Sweet Baby James & Rob EyersFine LineFine Line
Snowy WhiteAin’t No Secret ThingDriving On The 44
Shakura S’AidaClap Yo Hands And MoanHold On To Love
Sass JordanAin’t No Big Deal on YouBitches Blues
Ryan Foret and Foret TraditionFlip, Flop and FlyThat’s What’s Happening Here
Ronnie EarlOnly You And I KnowMercy Me
Rochelle & The SidewindersMy Baby Came Back3rd Time’s a Charm
Robin TrowerLosing YouNo More Worlds to Conquer
Robert Connely FarrMiss My BabyShake It
Ray Wylie HubbardDesperate Man (& The Band Of Heathens)Co-Starring Too
Popa ChubbyFly AwayEmotional Gangster
PierceMake it RightThe Slide Session
Nick AndreaSuperstitionBlues @ Dark
Mindi AbairWhat About Love?Forever
Maria DainesTail End of the StormSundown Blues
Layla ZoeWe’re All The Same (feat. Henrik Freischlader)The World Could Change
Kilborn AlleyDo Your DanceTakin’ Time
Kenny Wayne Shepherd BandBallad Of A Thin ManTrouble is…25
Kat RigginsCross the LineProgeny
Julian SasFallin’ From The Edge Of The World (Electric Version)Electracoustic
Joanne Shaw TaylorWon’t Be Fooled Again (Feat. Joe Bonamassa)Nobody’s Fool
Jimmy HallA Long Goodbye (Feat. Joe Bonamassa)Ready Now
Jesse RoperDoes Anybody KnowHorizons
Jeremiah Johnson’68 Coupe DeVilleHI-FI DRIVE BY
Harrison KennedyThanks For Tomorrow (Feat. Colin Linden)Thanks For Tomorrow
Grant HauaBad Man (Live)Ora Blues At The Chapel
Eva CarboniThat NightSmoke and Mirrors
Edgar WinterHighway 61 Revisited (feat. Kenny Wayne Shepherd & John McFee)Brother Johnny
Duke RobillardNo Good Lover (ft Sue Foley)They Called It Rhythm And Blues
Delbert McClintonAin’t That Lovin’ YouOutdated Emotion
Dana FuchsSave MeBorrowed Time
Crystal ShawandaWhat Kind Of ManMidnight Blues
Bruce SpringsteenDo I Love YouOnly the Strong Survive
Bonnie RaittMade Up MindJust Like That…
Blue Moon MarqueeHound Dog On A ChainScream, Holler & Howl
Black PearlDelivery ManBlack Pearl
Bison HipMid Life CrisisMid Life Crisis
Big B and the Actual ProofFive Hundred LargeThe Noir Album
Beth HartThe Rain SongA Tribute To Led Zeppelin
Ben LevinI’ve Been Drinking Muddy Water (Feat. Lil’ Jimmy Reed)Take Your Time
Ash GrunwaldLet Me GoShout Into the Noise
Angel ForrestEverything Changes (Feat. Wellbad)Angel’s 11, Vol. II

#blues #bluesmusic #bluesrock #benveeroadhouseblues #bluesnews

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 and writes about the blues at 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.

Roadhouse Blues Nooner 12-2 pm on BMFR

Hope you get to join us today on from 12-2 pm ET for the Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues Nooner. Songs from Tony Holiday, Larkin Poe, ZZ Ward, Tommy Castro, CW Ayon, All Them Witches, Steve Miller and more!

Here is the intended playlist:

Vin MottDance of the Wolf Spider
Richard Van Bergen & RootbagWalk On In
Tony HolidayJust As Gone
Cedric BurnsideStep In
Larkin PoeDeep Stays Down
ZZ WardCannonball
CW AyonLittle Stuff
The Proven OnesGet Love
Jeff Fetterman49/61
Charley CrockettIt’s A Man Down There
Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’All Around The World
Tommy Castro & The PainkillersLive Every Day
Billy Walton BandHell N Highwater
Jimmy CarpenterYou Belong To Me
Eric SchenkmanFar Away
Glen ClarkAccept My Love
Leighton FieldsShame
Travellin’ Blue KingsI Don’t Wanna Stop
Bettye LaVetteThings Have Changed
Willie BuckYou Want Me To Trust You
The NighthawksCome Love
Phantom Blues BandIm Just Your Fool
Matt AndersenFree Man
Elise & The SugarsweetsRoad To Coalmine
Harlem LakeI Wish I Could Go Running
Steve Miller BandMercury Blues
All Them WitchesL’hotel Serein
Dominic SchoemakerFly Away
Johnny & The HeadhuntersLead Me On
Jeremiah JohnsonBlues In Her Eyes
Jamie Lynn VesselsFool Me Twice

Roadhouse Blues Music News – May 2, 2023

Out now:

Tony Holiday – Motel Mississippi (Bear Family Records)

There is a lot of awesome contemporary blues comin’ out of Memphis. Amongst the city’s cream of the crop is Tony Holiday. With the release of his second solo album, Motel Mississippi, he vaults himself into the top tier of artists on my bucket list. My fave tune is Just As Gone…infectious beat with some great harmonica riffs. She’s So Cold is another great song with hints of the North Mississippi Allstars in the music. Overall, a great listen!!

Backtrack Blues Band – A Day By the Bay (Gulf Coast Records)

Some real deal live contemporary blues recorded at the Tampa Bay Blues Festival last year. This Florida based band just grooves the blues.  Love Help Me Just This Time, Dixie Grill, and Natural Born Lover are well worth a listen! Kid Royal is a badass on guitar…mhmm!

Bruce Katz Band – Connections (Dancing Rooster Records)

Imagine a blend of Steve Winwood and Gregg Allman kickin’ out contemporary funky blues rock jams and you have the essence of the talent of keyboardist Bruce Katz. He’s appeared on over 70 albums and with the release of his 10th solo album, he continues to affirm his place as one of the great keyboard players of his generation.

Upcoming Releases – May

Ana Popovic – Power May 5 ArtisteXclusive Records

I got to listen to the entire album and it is vintage Ana with virtuoso guitar playing and some badass blues. Ana has recovered from a bout with cancer last year and is out on the road….check her tour schedule!

JW-Jones – Everything Now May 26 Stony Plain Records

This will be the 12th release by JW and features Jimmie Vaughan as guest artist. Can’t Wait!!

Upcoming Releases – June

Joanna Connor – Best of Me June 9 Gulf Coast Records

A fabulous blues artist out of Chicago, her guitar playing puts her in the same class as Mike Zito and Joe Bonamassa who will both be featured on her debut recording for Gulf Coast Records.

#blues #bluesmusic #bluesrock #benveeroadhouseblues #bluesnews #joannaconnor #anapopovic #jwjones

#brucekatzband #backtrackbluesband #tonyholiday

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 and writes about the blues at 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.

Chillin’ with the Blood Brothers on Tour

Amongst the urban sprawl along the I-95 corridor from New York City to New Haven is the charming town of Fairfield, Connecticut. In a downtown area nestled between the rail lines and the old Post Road is a maze of eateries, shops, and two great theaters: The Warehouse and StageOne. The Blood Brothers featuring Mike Zito and Albert Castiglia, who are both stars of the contemporary roadhouse blues, appeared at StageOne on April 7th. I was invited to the soundcheck and had a chance to chat with them before the show.

Blood Brothers Sound check April 7th

In my previous review of their debut album, I noted that my two favorite songs were one by Albert entitled A Thousand Heartaches and one by Mike Zito called In My Soul. I can’t tell you how pleased I was to hear them play parts of both as their sound check. The sound check was low key with a lot of chatter between the band members: Mike, Albert, one of my favorite roadhouse blues drummers Ephraim Lowell (he is a laid back badass), equally impressive drummer Matthew Johnson and a stellar bass guitar player by the name of Douglas Brykit. They worked together with the StageOne sound engineer for 20 minutes to get the sound just right in the theater which seats 250 or so people. It is an intimate and great sounding place to listen to the blues.

Albert acted as my host and brought me backstage. Mike had some things to take care of but I did get to talk to him for just a moment.

Ben: Mike, on behalf of the staff of Blues Music Fan Radio and our listeners I’d like to congratulate you all on having both the #1 album on Billboard’s Blues chart and on the I Tunes blues list.

Mike: Thanks! Albert and I have known each other a long time and the chance to record with him has been something I have wanted to do for a good while. The fan reaction has been incredible both in terms of record sales and the tour audiences.

Ben: The record label that you co-own, Gulf Coast Records, is doing really well by all accounts. When you started it, did you do so as a way to help other blues artists that aren’t as well known as yourself? Was it similar to what Joe Bonamassa has done with the KTBA (Keep the Blues Alive) label?

Mike: Yeah, a bit when we first got rolling. But it has taken on a life of its own and with the signing of Albert, it has exploded. Albert is big time! We have a lot of really great artists and we have several on the way including Popa Chubby! And I think the interest by these major blues artists is a direct result of Albert joining the label. I have also had a long conversation with Ronnie Earl recently that might lead to something. We certainly haven’t reached the heights of Alligator Records yet but we are well on our way.

Ben: During my internet radio shows, more that half the audience are often Europeans. Does Gulf Coast Records have a way of reaching them?

Mike: Great question. We now have a distribution deal with Universal which can help us to reach people and markets that an emerging label would struggle to reach without them. And, yes, Europeans love the blues and we are excited about sharing our music with them.

Ben: One final question that comes from a BMFR listener. You wrote the song In My Soul that is on the album last year when you found out your wife has cancer. How is she doing?

Mike: As well as could be expected under the circumstances. It isn’t easy on her but we are optimistic.

I then got invited to sit in a cozy little room with Albert relaxing on a couch. We talked for about 15 minutes and I was impressed with how forthright he was.

Ben: For the song you wrote for the album, A Thousand Heartaches, it appears to me that you are channeling a bit of Bob Seger.

Albert: (laughing lightly) You know you are only the second person to catch that. Yes I was. I have always been a big Seger fan. But the truth is I was actually channeling three artists when I wrote the song. Mike had asked me to contribute a ballad and for me that was a bit of a challenge. So, as I was putting it together, I was thinking of Bob Seger, Derek & the Dominos, and Bob Dylan.

Ben: Well, it worked. It’s a badass tune! And just as a personal opinion, I think you could ace a couple of other Seger tunes with your funky rockin’ blues style and that incredible voice: Come To Poppa and Night Moves!

Albert: (grins) I will keep that in mind.

Ben: I am from the generation before you and my musical influences for the blues were artists like Eric Clapton, Johnny Winter, B.B. King, Albert King, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, and the songwriter Willie Dixon. Who were yours?

Albert: Surprisingly similar to yours. I have an uncle that is 15 years or so older than me and he had a huge record collection. I used to “borrow” his albums and then he would come take them back. (Albert laughs.) So I was exposed to alot of great blues and blues rock that way. Another artist you didn’t mention was Grand Funk. They were a great blues rock band. The song Heartbreaker was one of my favorites.

Ben: That is cool. Grank Funk was also one of the first three artists I ever saw live in concert as a teenager.

Albert and I talked some more about music in general for a bit and somehow got on the subject of critics and internet trolls.

Ben: I just read an article where Walter Trout may withdraw from active participation in social media after receiving some really nasty chat comments. Joe Bonamassa has already withdrawn recently after receiving similar vile social media chats. How do you handle music critics and interacting on social media?

Albert: Yeah, I read that article also. It is ashame. Walter is one of the greats and he has certainly paid his blues dues. I have a lot of critics also. In the blues, you essentially have two camps. You have the blues purists who want you to only play blues the way it was done back in the forties and fifties and you have the more progressive blues artists and fans who like the style of the blues Walter plays and Mike & I play. You know I didn’t grow up as a sharecropper like Muddy and Howlin’ Wolf. I never experienced segregation in the Deep South like they did. I have a profound respect for them and that style of blues and I have included some of it in my recordings but I didn’t grow up that way. I have to express the blues from the experiences in my life. And that is what I am going to continue to do.

Ben: I have experienced the same thing as both a blues writer and DJ. My roadhouse blues shows are a blend of contemporary blues and blues rock. It is not everybody’s cup of tea. The “purists” can be pretty loud at times in protest. I have been told I don’t spin the blues because I spin Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, Samantha Fish, Walter, Gov’t Mule, you, and Mike’s solo albums a lot.

Albert: Well I am just gonna keep moving on. But some of the criticism I have read is pretty harsh and personal.

Ben: In my case Albert, I receive and review a lot of new albums and artists every year and have for over a decade now. My rule is that I simply don’t write about albums that I don’t particularly care for.

Albert: Exactly!! Martine Ehrenclou with Rock & Blues Muse does the same and I think it is great that both of you feel that way. But the bottom line is that I am able to make a living playing my blues. And people seem to like it enough to buy it and come to the shows. So I will just keep rollin’ along regardless of what the critics say good or bad. Recording the Blood Brothers album and now touring has been great. Being on stage with Mike and those three guys behind us is somethin’ special.

Ben: How much longer will the tour last?

Albert: It will last until the end of April and then I can’t wait to fly back to Miami and have my wife Michelle pick me up! I miss her!

Albert was cordial, open, and honest during our talk. I can’t thank him enough for sharing his time with me before he ate dinner.

One last highlight of being backstage was the chance to take a photograph with Ephraim Lowell, one of the two drummers in the Blood Brothers band. He has worked with Albert for a number of years and is a great all round musician who also plays the guitar and bass. He is a producer and has also written several songs with Albert that have been featured on the band’s albums. I have always loved his laid back style!

Sadly, I didn’t have time to chat with Matthew Johnson, the other band drummer, or bassist Douglas Brykit because they had already sat down to eat. But during the show itself, there was a five to seven minute jam with just the two drummers and Douglas on stage during the middle of the song, Hill Country Jam. Doug is a world class bassist. His solo was incredible and then he exited the stage and just the two drummers, Ephraim and Matthew pounded out the beat. Reminiscent of Jamoe and Butch Trucks back in the day with the Allman Brothers, the two of them put on a display of dueling and then merging drum beats. It alone was worth the price of admission.

Overall, the show lasted two hours. They opened the concert with Hey Sweet Mama and as best as I can recall performed every song on the album as well as some individual tunes that both have recorded in the past. Albert’s Let the Big Dog Eat was a rousing audience favorite and Mike’s Gone To Texas which closed the show was fantastic. Rarely do you see two world class guitar players on stage together that both sing and play. The contrasts in styles was fascinating. Albert attacks the guitar. He is a bundle of restrained energy on stage that releases itself during the songs in a flurry of incredible riffs. Mike’s style is more laid back but just as intense; I call it Texas Blues Cool. And then they would come together… side to side and back to back…and just let the music flow between them like the Blood Brothers that they are!!!

Blood Brothers – Blood Brothers (Gulf Coast Records 2023)

#blues #bluesmusic #bluesrock #benveeroadhouseblues #bluesnews

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 and writes about the blues at 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.

Roadhouse Blues Nooner 12-2 pm ET

It’s time for the Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues Nooner on from 12-2 pm ET today. New music from the Soul of John Black, Vargas Blues Band, The War and Treaty, Jeff Pitchell, and Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown as well as a bunch of great contemporary electric blues! #blues #bluesmusic

Here is the intended playlist:

Wolf MailAlbert’s theme
The Soul Of John BlackDown To The River
Vargas Blues BandSmokestack Lightning
Damon FowlerAin’t Gonna Rock with You No More
The Reverend Shawn AmosThe Outlaw
William Howse & Jack PearsonI Can’t Stop Tumblin’
Danielle NicoleYou Only Need Me When You’re Down (Radio Edit)
Levon HelmWillie and the Hand Jive
Tab BenoitCrosscut Saw
Little FeatRed Streamliner
The OzdemirsTeach Me
The Preachers Blues BandCatfish
The War and TreatyAin’t No Harmin’ Me
Jeff PitchellOut In The Cold
The MystixSatisfy You ’22
Bywater CallBring It Back
Daniele TencaPretty Mama
The Four BreakersDo You Think
The Weary TimesHard Times
The ButtshakersHear Me
Tyler Bryant & The ShakedownSho Been Worse
The Black KeysLo/Hi
Sean PinchinGotta Move
MonkeyJunkBoogie Man (2014 Remaster)
David GogoFrom a Buick 6
Kenny Wayne Shepherd BandBallad Of A Thin Man
Neal Black & The HealersHandful Of Rain
Sean ChambersAll The Kings Horses
Johnny CopelandRock Me Baby
Debbie DaviesJust Stepped Into The Blues

Coverin’ Robert Johnson with Blues Rockin’ Tunes in the Roadhouse 3-5 pm ET on BMFR

We will spend the first hour of today’s roadhouse blues rock show on from 3-5 pm covering some fabulous tunes by Robert Johnson PLUS I have some great new songs from Dom Turner, Dyer Davis, GeminiiDragon, Jeff Pitchell, Joe Louis Walker, JD SIMO, and Dr. Helander & Third Ward! Hope you get a chance to join us!

Below is the intended playlist!

Joel DasilvaJack’s Groove
Dom Turner & The Rural Blues ProjectHellhound On My Trail
Joe BonamassaWalking Blues
Lynyrd SkynyrdCrossroads
Big Head Todd And The MonstersCome On In My Kitchen (feat. Charlie Musselwhite)
The Nick Moss BandRambling On My Mind
Dennis Johnson32-20 Blues
Lucky PetersonI Believe I’ll Dust My Broom
Thorogood, George & the DestroyersI’m a Steady Rollin’ Man
FoghatTerraplane Blues
Joe BonamassaStones In My Passway
Eric ClaptonMe And The Devil Blues
DionIf I Had Possession (Over Judgement Day)
Robert JohnsonPreaching Blues (Up Jumped the Devil)
Dyer DavisWater Into Wine
GeminiiDragonThe Fighter
Jeff PitchellYour Magic Eyes
Joe Louis WalkerBlue Mirror
John NemethFountain of a Man
Jeremy EdgeDevil’s Hand Blues
Dr. Helander & Third WardI Don’t Wanna Wake Up From My Dream
JD SimoMortgage on My Soul
Gov’t MuleHiding Place
The Allman Betts BandShinin’
Tedeschi Trucks BandThey Don’t Shine
Paul Buchanan’s Voodoo PreachersRoadhouse

It’s Tuesday and time for some Roadhouse Bluzin’!!

Join me today on from 12-2 pm ET for a mix of new and classic Roadhouse Blues. We will have new songs from Taj Mahal, Van Morrison, Fran Pegg, and Eric Bibb as well as a series of “connectors” featuring Kim Wilson, Jimmie Vaughan, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bonnie Raitt, and John Lee Hooker.

Here is the intended playlist:

Billy Branch and The Sons Of BluesRoller Coaster
Big Harp GeorgeIt’s Tuesday
Taj MahalCaldonia
Van MorrisonStreamline Train
Muddy HuskyWalk On
Leigh SloggettHow Long
Eric BibbRidin’
Mick Pini & Audio 54Papa Voodoo
Fran PeggLet’s Be Having You
Blues FightersNight Train
Paul Buchanan’s Voodoo PreachersBlues Man’s Shoes
Kenny Wayne ShepherdRed Rooster (Live With Howlin’ Wolf Band)
Howlin’ WolfI Ain’t Superstitious
Omar & The HowlersDown To The Station
Omar Kent Dykes & Jimmie VaughanJimmy Reed Highway
Jimmie VaughanRobbin’ Me Blind
Sue FoleyHurricane Girl (ft. Jimmie Vaughan)
The Vaughan BrothersLong Way From Home
Stevie Ray VaughanLet Me Love You Baby (Live)
Buddy GuyThe World Needs Love
Buddy Guy feat. Kim WilsonKiss Me Quick
The Fabulous ThunderbirdsStand Back
Bonnie RaittNever Make Your Move Too Soon (ft Kim Wilson)
Bonnie RaittMade Up Mind
John Lee Hooker feat. Bonnie RaittI’m in the Mood
John Lee HookerDimples
John Lee Hooker feat. Johnny WinterSusie
Johnny Winter with Muddy Waters & James CottonI Done Got over It (Previously Unreleased)

Thursday Roadhouse Blues Rockin

Join us today from 3-5 pm ET  on as we rock the contemporary blues from Australia, Canada, the UK, mainland Europe, and from the states of Texas and Louisiana! Lots of talent….lots of badass blues!!

Below is the intended playlist:

Sonny LandrethNative Stepson
Big Wolf BandI Don’t Love You (live)
The Alvin Lee BandStealin’
Maria DainesDown to the Heart
Marcus LazarusHell Of A Ride
19-TwentyLouis Collins
The Blind PilotsProbably Think Of You
Paul Buchanan’s Voodoo PreachersBad Luck & Trouble
Red SlimEverytime I’m Down
Layla ZoeHoney Pie  (feat. Henrik Freischlader)
Anthony GomesBlues In The First Degree
CloutierGreen Eyed Foolish Man
Sass JordanThe Key (4:10)
Electrified SoulNo Good Place For The Lonely
HendrikseA Good Day for the Blues
Blues FightersPretty Baby
Lee O’Nell Blues GangAs If It Was Enough
Edgar WinterTexas
Blood Brothers (ft Mike Zito & Albert Castiglia)No Good Woman
Lance LopezQuarter, Nickel Or A Dime (With Eric Gales)
Ally VenableHold My Ground
Dr. Wu’ And FriendsLivin’ A Dream
Buddy GuyBlues Don’t Lie
Kenny Wayne Shepherd BandKing’s Highway
Sonny LandrethBound By The Blues (Live)

Roadhouse Blues Nooner 12-2 pm ET

It’s Spring… if we can just get the weather to cooperate!! Join me today, Tuesday March 21st, for my roadhouse blues nooner on to help kick off a bluzin’ new season!! New tunes from Eric Demmer, the Blood Brothers, Eddie 9V, Misty Blues, Red Slim, and Dr. Wu & Friends PLUS a whole lot more contemporary blues!

Here is the intended playlist! If ya like a couple, go to your favorite music download site and download them!! It’s the way ya help the blues to thrive in 2023!!

Peter ParcekShe Like To Boogie Real Low
Anthony GeraciWhy Did You Have To Go
Eddie 9VHow Long
The J. Geils BandBe Careful (What You Do)
Pd MartinArtificial State Of Misery
Misty BluesI Don’t Sleep (feat. Petri Byrd)
James CottonTake Me Back
Rhythm KrewePrescription For Disaster
Sister LucilleTell The World
Smokin’ Joe Kubek & B’nois KingBetter Be Getting It On
Red SlimEverytime I’m Down
Otis TaylorTravel Guide
Keb’ Mo’That’s Alright
Mississippi Fred McDowell61 Highway
Nasser Ben Dadoo and White FeetKeep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning
Rosie’s Smokehouse DeluxePlease Please Me
Geoff AchisonI Wish You Were Mine
Colin Linden4 Cars
Amber NicholsonThat I Believe
Dr. Wu’ And FriendsStay In Your Own Lane
Blood Brothers (ft Mike Zito & Albert Castiglia)One Step Ahead of the Blues
Ina ForsmanDon’t Hurt Me Now
Anna Davies & The SinnermenWar Cry
Black PearlDelivery Man
Billy Boy ArnoldWhiskey, Beer and Reefer
Eric DemmerI’m A Guitar Player
Forrest McDonald BandBlue Morning Sun
HoopleheadsI Dont Need No Doctor

Out TODAY – Blood Brothers Album Featuring Mike Zito and Albert Castiglia

Two of the most talented artists of the contemporary blues have joined forces as Blood Brothers and produced an incredible album that releases today, March 17, 2023! Albert Castiglia is a powerhouse of the roadhouse blues with an engaging on stage presence, a distinctive voice, and a unique funk tinged blues guitar sound. Mike Zito is the proverbial Renaissance man of the blues. He sings, plays an incredible guitar, writes memorable lyrics, has produced music for others including Samantha Fish ….AND….is co-owner of Gulf Coast Records which has a slew of talented blues artists recording on the label!

Back in 2011, two other artists combined their talents to produce an album that catapulted their respective careers to hypersonic status in the contemporary blues: Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa. I believe that Blood Brothers can do the same for Albert and Mike. The chemistry on the recording between the two is authentic and complimentary! And I can’t wait to see them together when they come to StageOne in Fairfield, CT on April 7th.

The new record is produced by Joe Bonamassa and Josh Smith and contains 11 tunes. The recording also features members of their individual bands: Douglas Byrkit (bass), Lewis Stephens (guitars), and the dual drumming talents of Lewis Stephens and a personal favorite of mine, Ephraim Lowell!

My favorite song on Blood Brothers is In My Soul. It is a Zito penned tune that starts out with acoustic riffs and then slowly unleashes a wave of beautiful blues rock sounds accompanied by some haunting guitar licks. Mike wrote the song after finding out his wife had cancer during the summer of 2022 and his vocals are a heart felt prayer for understanding and love.

Another favorite on the recording is the Castiglia penned ballad A Thousand Heartaches. It is the perfect platform for Albert’s incredible and unique voice. Featuring Joe Bonamassa on guitar, it is a mellow love song with hints of Bob Seger in his delivery. I also love a tune that Albert sings that the great Tinsley Ellis penned for the band, Tooth And Nail. It is the perfect meshing of blues rock and southern rock and I can’t wait to hear the live version of it on April 7th. Another tune I can’t wait to see performed live is the instrumental Hill Country Jam. The dual guitars of Albert and Mike on the same stage!!! Oh yeah!!!

Both Albert and Mike are known for the kind of up tempo contemporary blues and blues rock that populates a lot of my radio playlists: Hey Sweet Mama, Bag Me/Tag Me/Take Me Away, and My Business fit the bill to a T! I also enjoyed listening to One Step Ahead of the Blues and No Good Woman….perfect roadhouse blues tunes!!

Mike Zito and Albert Castiglia have over 45 combined years in the music business. As individual artists they have won awards and accolades for their talent. Blending their styles on Blood Brothers with the help of Joe Bonamassa, Josh Smith, and a great supporting cast has yielded a recording that is certainly one of the great roadhouse blues recordings of 2023 and will translate easily to the live stage. I can’t wait to see them from row three SOON!!!

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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 and writes about the blues at 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.