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

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














Some Mighty Dangerous Boogie from JP and Ekat

There is a surprising amount of great roadhouse blues that has been coming out of the Pennsylvania over the last decade. One of the best is a guy named JP Williams I spun his 2018 album, Everblue, quite often during that year and in 2019 and now he has a new recording out that is getting extensive airplay all over the world. For the new album, JP & Ekat, he is joined by the sultry voiced Ekat Pereyra and a collection of stellar musicians that perform as the JP Williams Blues Band. The product of their effort is a first class rendition of the contemporary roadhouse blues.

JP has a great voice and he is a fantastic storyteller. All of the tunes on the album but one are from his pen and paint some great mental pictures. My favorite is the first cut on the album, Mighty Dangerous Boogie. It has an infectious beat set by the harp and drums and describes an encounter with a lady dressed to kill and bedroom eyes. Another tune that tells a story…about Slammin’ Sammy and Juke Joint Jimmy… is Regret. I love the lyric “what you did yesterday, you have to live with today.” Amen, brother! Ekat Pereyra is Russian born and came to the United States as a teenager. She has a voice tailor made for the blues and she really shines on Solid Gone, Around Midnite, and a cut that is getting plenty of airplay Need a Little Sugar.

JP has been a guest in the chat room for my BMFR Roadhouse blues shows over the last month and I have thrilled to see that the album is at the top of the charts here in North America and also getting a lot of spins in Europe. It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy with a true love for the blues in all its varied forms…..including the roadhouse blues!!

JP Williams Blues Band Featuring Ekat Pereyra – JP & EKAT (2021 self release) https://jp-williams.com/


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.

The 2020 Ben Vee Roadhouse 66 Best Blues Songs of the Year

The Year 2020 was one that we all were glad to see go. Not only were our family, friends, and neighbors ravaged by COVID but our political systems were stressed and our rights to meet and gather were often suspended. And performing artists and musicians took the financial brunt of the frenzied response as outdoor venues, bars, and restraunts closed across the world throwing millions of performers out of work. But musicians are a resilient and creative group. They retreated, like the rest of us, to their homes, their garages, and their basements and began the process of creating new music using novel internet collaborative tools to record and share their music with other band members and recording studios. The product of their work is what I want us to celebrate in this article. It took new thinking, creative use of software, and dogged perseverance to write, record, and release new music during 2020 and EVERY artist and group that did so should be commended for not giving in to the darkness and continuing to bring the joy of music to us all.

During 2020, I played over 7000 songs on my DJ shows and listened to hundreds of albums sent to me by the artists, publicists, and record companies. I received even more as part of the staff of Blues Music Fan Radio. Out of all that music, I have chosen my favorite 66 roadhouse blues songs for 2020 using only two rules; I had to have played the tune during one of my shows in 2020 and I could only select one song per album. The list represents less than 1% of all music that I broadcast during the year and includes both perennial favorites as well as artists you may not have heard of. These are the best of the best and regardless of position on this listing, they are all fabulous tunes in my opinion. I hope you enjoy reviewing the list, listening to the songs, and hopefully, downloading some for your own music collection or as a gift to family and friends.

The Roadhouse Blues Top 66 Songs

61The Smoke Wagon Blues BandThe Fat ManThe Ballad Of Albert Johnson
62Misty BluesTreat Me Like I WantWeed ‘Em & Reap
63Peter ParcekBeyond Here Lies NothingMississippi Suitcase
64Nora Jean WallaceI’m A Blues WomanBlues Woman
65Lloyd JonesTurn Me LooseTennessee Run
66The Rolling StonesLiving In A Ghost TownLiving In A Ghost Town

The Roadhouse Blues Top 50 & 60 songs

51John Primer and Bob CorritoreKeep A-DrivingThe Gypsy Woman Told Me
52Cary MorinNobody Gotta KnowDockside Saints
53Pinkie RideauBring Me SugarBring Me Sugar
54Dudley TaftThe End Of The BluesCosmic Radio
55Henrik Freischlader BandWhat Have I Done to YouMissing Pieces
56JD3 & The Jondo TrioRocks At The MoonSomething Good
57Shaun MurphyLiving In The Palace Of The KingFlame Still Burns
58The NighthawksChairman Of The BoardTryin’ to Get to You
59Paul Buchanan’s Voodoo PreachersSome Kind Of VoodooTestimony
60New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom RockersNight Time (feat Jimbo Mathis)Volume I
41Mary Jo Curry BandNothin’ Is EasyFront Porch
42Kerry KearneyVoodoo Down the RiverTales From The Psychedelta
43Simon Kinny-LewisBlack Cat MoanAnother Day In San Jose
44The Reverend Shawn Amos & The BrotherhoodCounting Down The DaysBlue Sky
45The Lucky LosersHalf a NothingGodless Land
46Marcus KingThe WellEl Dorado
47Samantha Martin & Delta SugarSacrificeThe Reckless On
48Coco MontoyaTroubleComing In Hot
49Robert CrayAnything You WantThat’s What I Heard
50Dave FieldsForce of WillForce of Will

The Roadhouse Blues Top 40 songs

31Steve Washington (feat  Lucky Peterson)Blues Don’t Cost a ThingJust A Matter of Time
32Tammi Savoy & The Chris Casello ComboAs Long As I’m Movin’That Rock ‘n’ Roll Rhythm!
33Too Slim and the TaildraggersDevil’s HostageThe Remedy
34David Rotundo BandI Must Be CrazySo Much Trouble
35Mick ClarkeAin’t Beggin’ NobodyCrazy with the Blues
36Casey HensleySearching For A ManGood As Gone
37Tas CruSave MeDrive On
38Sass JordanThe KeyRebel Moon Blues
39Mark MayBarbecue And BluesDeep Dark Demon
40Shemekia CopelandWalk Until I RideUncivil War

The Roadhouse Blues Top 30 Songs

21Eric JohansonDown To The BottomBelow Sea Level
22Tinsley EllisEvil Till SunriseIce Cream In Hell
23The Immediate FamilyCruel TwistSlippin’ and Slidin’
24Mike ZitoAfter The StormQuarantine Blues
25Savoy BrownJaguar CarAin’t Done Yet
26Kirsten ThienShoulda BeenTwo Sides
27Larkin PoeEvery Bird That FliesSelf Made Man
28Eric SteckelSince I Been Loving YouGrandview Drive
29Sonny LandrethSomebody Gotta Make A MoveBlacktop Run
30Crystal ShawandaEvil MemoryChurch House Blues

The Roadhouse House Top 20 Songs

11Rae Gordon BandGet Right With The WorldWrong Kind Of Love
12Fantastic NegritoChocolate SamuraiHave You Lost Your Mind Yet?
13Ben LevinMy Back ScratcherCarryout Or Delivery
14Kat RigginsThe StormCry Out
15Albert CummingsRed RoosterBelieve
16The War and TreatyBeautiful (feat. Jason Isbell)Hearts Town
17Anthony GomesUntil The End Of TimeContainment Blues
18Popa ChubbyI’m The Beast From The EastIt’s A Mighty Hard Road
19The Mary Stokes BandComin’ HomeComin’ Home
20Joanne Shaw TaylorHumanReckless Blues

The Roadhouse Top Ten Tunes for 2020

10. Johnny Iguana – Shake Your Money Maker [Johnny Iguana’s Chicago Spectacular] (Delmark Records)

Johnny Iguana’s cover of the Elmore James song from 1961 should get you movin’ in your easy chair as you listen. Johnny’s energetic keyboard playing is superbly matched by the slide guitar work of Lil’ Ed.

9. Layla Zoe – Nowhere Left To Go [Title Cut] (Self Release)

Though not officially released until January 8, 2021, I got a promo copy in December and started spinning it so it makes the list! Layla’s growling delivery is just badass and harkens back to Janis Joplin.

8. Wily Bo Walker/Danny Flam – Ain’t No Man a Good Man [Title Cut] (Mescal Canyon Records)

Blues rock with a hint of Dr. John in his voice, Wily Bo is a fantastic UK artist with a growing following. Wily’s delivery is theatric in nature and I can’t wait for the opportunity to see him and Danny perform live on stage one day…SOON!

7. Alastair Greene – Bayou Mile [The New World Blues] (Whiskey Bayou Records)

A native of Ventura, California, Alastair got to collaborate with the great Tab Benoit from my home state of Louisiana to make this recording and the result is a haunting beautiful song.

6. Thorbjorn Risager and the Black Tornado – Come On In [Title Cut] (Ruf Records)

A Danish powerhouse and one of my favorite European roadhouse blues artists, Thorbjorn has a unique voice and he is backed by an incredible seven piece ensemble that just continue to crank out catchy and upbeat roadhouse blues tunes.

5. Dion – Blues Comin’ On (ft. Joe Bonamassa) [Blues With Friends] (KTBA Records)

An American treasure, Dion is still creating vibrant music at the age of 81! Produced by Joe Bonamassa’s Keeping the Blues Alive label, Dion got Joe to sit in on this track!

4. Christone “Kingfish” Ingram – Rock & Roll [Empty Promises] (Alligator Records)

This song is about a deal with the angels and a family’s devotion to a young artist’s future. It is simply beautiful and Christone’s delivery is authentic and riveting.

3. Joe Bonamassa – Why Does It Take So Long to Say Goodbye [Royal Tea] (J&R Adventures)

Another Joe Bonamassa ballad that meshes rock and blues like only he can. He is known as a world class guitar player, but I love his voice and his songwriting. This one is a roadhouse jewel!

2. Walter Trout – Make It Right [Ordinary Madness] (Provogue Records)

At 69, Walter is creating some of the best music of his storied career. The guitar playing on this tune is vintage Trout. I hope I get to see him perform it live sometime this year or next!

1……. Avey Grouws Band – Rise Up [The Devil May Care] (Self Release)

A self released debut album by a group from Iowa features a song that is my #1 roadhouse tune for 2020! Who would have thought?? I know I didn’t until I heard Jeni Grouw’s voice and Chris Avey’s guitar playing on Rise Up. It is not only a catchy but topical tune. We all need to rise up, in love, and confront the issues of our times head on without hate or rancor. It’s a song and a message we all need to spread around! Oh…and by the way…..the Avey Grouws Band will be appearing in concert in June with…..Walter Trout. My #1 and #2 artists on the same stage…..if you are close…go see them!!!!


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.

Good Time Thursday Roadhouse Blues 3-5 pm EDT

Got some great blues and blues rock for today’s show on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 3-5 pm EDT. Join me for tunes by Simone Kenny-Lewis, Ori Naftaly, new Damon Fowler, Hurricane Ruth, Joe Bonamassa, Savoy Brown, and a bunch more! Nuthin’ like the Roadhouse Blues to help rock your Thursday!

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Rory GallagherThe Loop
R.L. BurnsidePoor Boy
Michael OsbornSpellbound
Buddy Flett/Kenny Wayne ShepherdHonky Tonk
Corey HarrisBasehead
David GogoToo Good to Be True
Delbert McClintonSolid Gold Plated Food
Elvin Bishop & Little Smokey SmothersRoll Your Moneymaker
Ori NaftalyDust My Broom (Feat. Roy Young)
Damon FowlerSome Things Change
Trampled Under FootBorn on the Bayou
Savoy BrownAin’t Done Yet
Coco MontoyaEnough Is Enough
Marcus MaloneFeelin’ Bad Blues
Hurricane RuthLet Me Be the One
Moreland & ArbuckleTall Boogie
Simon Kinny-LewisCrossroads
Vargas Blues BandBlues In My Soul (Ft. Devon Allman & Frank Marino)
Joanna ConnorFor The Love Of A Man
Sari SchorrDemolition Man
Alvin LeeMy Babe’s Come Back To Me
Joe BonamassaI Know Where I Belong
Julian SasLast Man In First Man Out
Orphan Jon & The AbandonedDance For Me Girl
Wily Bo Walker/Danny FlamBuild My Gallows… (Ain’t No Return)
Lone Crow RebellionRoll