Best of the Blues 2018 – Ben Vee’s Roadhouse 66 Song List

Similar to the old Route 66 that wound from the heart of the United States in Chicago to the west coast and captured some of the best of what America has to offer, the Ben Vee Roadhouse 66 song list meanders world wide from Africa to Europe to North and South America.. on then to Australia and up to Asia capturing the best blues songs of 2018. The roadhouse blues is situated at the crossroads of the blues and rock genres so there are plenty of upbeat tunes and a number of belly grinders on the list. The selection includes 15 female singers..a dozen blues rockers…several roots blues tunes and numbers of hot contemporary blues recordings…I hope you download and enjoy listening to all the songs!!

As a DJ, in 2018 I played over 200 sets and 500 hours of blues music or roughly 6,000 songs for listening audiences. On my 24 hour Roadhouse blues stream, I streamed thousands more. Picking the best 66 from my broadcasts was both a labor of love and a huge challenge.  The position of the songs on the list is of little consequence…you might list them in a different order or include ones that I didn’t.  The important thing is that these 66 tunes are a “top shelf” sampling of a vibrant and growing contemporary blues market. Don’t let ANYONE tell you that the blues are dead or dying!!  I encourage you to turn your friends on to songs on the list and help spread the news that, as Buddy Guy said on his latest album, the blues is alive and well!!

1 Joe Bonamassa King Bee Shakedown
2 Anthony Gomes Whiskey Made Me Do It
3 Lance Lopez Blue Moon Rising
4 Larkin Poe Bleach Blonde Bottle Blues
5 Billy F. Gibbons Hollywood 151
6 Danielle Nicole Save Me ft. Kenny Wayne Shepherd
7 Boz Scaggs Little Miss Night And Day
8 Buddy Guy Cognac (feat. Jeff Beck & Keith Richards)
9 Shemekia Copeland Ain’t Got Time For Hate
10 Widow Blue Who’s Gonna Take Care of Lucille?
11 Bettye LaVette Things Have Changed
12 Mike Zito Mississippi Nights
13 Layla Zoe Are You Still Alive Inside
14 Ray Bonneville South of the Blues
15 Markey Blue Ric Latina Project Raised in Muddy Water
16 Colin James I Will Remain
17 Jim Allchin Voodoo Doll
18 Tinsley Ellis Nothing But Fine
19 Sean Chambers All Night Long
20 Ryan McGarvey Ain’t Enough Whiskey
21 The Nick Moss Band The High Cost of Low Living
22 Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps The Day The Blues Came To Call
23 Delta Moon Skinny Woman
24 Chris Smither Maybelline
25 Janiva Magness Down Below
26 Curtis Salgado/Alan Hager You Got to Move
27 Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats Coolin’ Out
28 The Record Company Roll Bones
29 Travis Bowlin Vicksburg Blues
30 Damon Fowler Ain’t Gonna Rock With You No More
31 Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa Give It Everything You Got
32 Dana Fuchs Ready To Rise
33 Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite The Bottle Wins Again
34 Sue Foley The Lucky Ones (ft Jimmie Vaughan)
35 Anthony Geraci Why Did You Have to Go
36 Joe Goldmark Beautician Blues
37 Mud Morganfield Oh Yeah
38 The Lucky Losers The River
39 Fiona Boyes Ember
40 Johnny & The Headhunters Watch And Chain (Hey Gyp)
41 Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones Mama Said
42 The Reverend Shawn Amos Moved
43 Dry Johnson Drunk Girl With a Tamborine (feat Snit)
44 Tom Hambridge The End of the Road (ft Sonny Landreth)
45 Anthony Gomes Take Me Back Home
46 Ally Venable Backwater Blues
47 Kat Danser Hol’ Up Baby
48 Dan Patlansky Judge A Man
49 Marcia Ball Take a Little Louisiana
50 Sari Schorr Thank You
51 Too Slim And the Taildraggers Trouble
52 Jamie Lynn Vessels Done Me Wrong
53 Lindsay Beaver Dangerous
54 Steve Krase Dirty Dirty
55 Black River Delta Keeps Me Bleeding
56 The Marcus King Band Side Door
57 Kris Barras Band Wrong Place, Wrong Time
58 Dany Franchi Wanna Know
59 Niecie Thank God for Fools
60 Eric Steckel We’re Still Friends
61 Luke Winslow King Chicken Dinner
62 John Akapo Maui Blues
63 Kat Riggins A Girl in the Boys’ Club
64 The Bob Lanza Blues Band Hey Baby
65 Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne That Raggedy Shack
66 Elvin Bishop That’s the Way Willy Likes It
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John Hiatt – The Eclipse Sessions

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He started his recording career back in 1974 and over the course of the last four and half decades has been one of the great songwriters of his generation.  On the new album, The Eclipse Sessions, John Hiatt strips down his rootsy roadhouse sound and gives us a heartfelt view of his life and thoughts at 66. The songs on the new recording have a J.J. Cale and Eric Clapton feel from their “Tulsa period”.  Primarily acoustic, the tunes are musically sparse which only serves to highlight his gravely and unique voice and the power of his songwriting.

On Robber’s Highway, John looks at life’s end with a beauty and honesty that struck me to the core. “Can’t feel the fingers on one hand…mouth full of cotton…feet of clay…I didn’t plan on waking up today….Come and get me Jesus I don’t know…Come and get me Jesus cuz I can’t go.”

The Odds of Loving You looks at a relationship with lyrics that are just witty and penetrating. “I was up on my high horse taking notes and namin’ names….ran out like a dog in shame….Seven nights of heaven…eleven days of who shot who…..seven come eleven….I love the odds of loving you.

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My favorite cut of the album is All the Way to the River.  An upbeat tempo song about a woman on a downward spiral, the life images he paints in lyrics are Hiatt at his best.  “Up late with hollowed out eyes…all the way to the river…..tryin every last trouble on for size….all the way to the river.

I also enjoyed Cry to Me, Poor Imitation of God, Over the Hill, Nothing in My Heart, and Aces Up Your Sleeve.

If anything, John’s voice, music, and songwriting have reached a new majestic plane on his 23rd album.  I hope you take the time to download and experience the music of this roadhouse icon.

John Hiatt – The Eclipse Sessions (2018 New West Records)

Ben Vee’s Roadhouse Blues Christmas 3-5 pm EST Dec 20, 2018

Come join us at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 3-5 pm EST today as I do the Roadhouse Blues Christmas Style!  Hope you get a chance to tune in…but if not…..have a damn fine Christmas in any case!

Here’s the intended playlist….

ARTIST TITLE
Widow Blue Pow Wow Blues
Mindi Abair And The Boneshakers I Can’t Wait For Christmas
Joe Bonamassa Christmas Boogie (One Little Kiss)
Coco Montoya Bluesman’s Christmas
C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band Zydeco Christmas
Shemekia Copeland Stay A Little Longer, Santa
Warren Haynes Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday
Joe Louis Walker Christmas Comes but Once a Year
Dave Hole Fattening Up The Turkey
Kara Grainger Man With Soul
Melissa Etheridge Merry Christmas Baby (Album Version)
Joe Bonamassa King Bee Shakedown
The Black Tongued Bells Kingbee Jam
Tinsley Ellis Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin’
Eva Cassidy Take Me to the River
Mark Knopfler Just A Boy Away From Home
Freddie King Woman Across The River
Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials Christmas Time
Lynyrd Skynyrd Santa’s Messin’ With The Kid
Margit Bakkens Please Come Home For Christmas
Rachelle Coba High and Dry
Steve Cropper Let’s Make Christmas Merry, Baby
Kara Grainger Working My Way Back Home
Saverio Maccne The Only Thing I’ve Got
Joe Bonamassa Merry Christmas Baby
Lonnie Brooks Christmas On The Bayou
B.B. King Christmas Comes But Once A Year

This Week’s Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues Playlist (Dec 13 2018)

Hope you get a chance to tune in at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 3-5 pm EST for some roadhouse blues……blues with an electric beat!  Here’s the intended playlist!

ARTIST TITLE
Widow Blue Pow Wow Blues
Shemekia Copeland Such A Pretty Flame
Danielle Nicole Crawl
Jonny Lang Stronger Together
Phantom Blues Band Death Letter
Jeremiah Johnson Blues In Her Eyes
Larkin Poe Bleach Blonde Bottle Blues
Jeff Strahan Folsom Prison Blues
Ray Bonneville South Of The Blues
Layla Zoe Gemini
Dorothy Gun In My Hand
Joe Bonamassa Redemption
Jay Jesse Johnson Band Guilty Of The Blues
Samantha Fish Highway’s Holding Me Now
The Smokin’ Joe Kubek Band Must Have Missed A Turn [feat. Bnois King]
Widow Blue Who’s Gonna Take Care of Lucille?
Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps The Day The Blues Came To Call
Sari Schorr King Of Rock And Roll
A C Reed Lonely Man
Boz Scaggs Little Miss Night And Day
John Hiatt Alone In The Dark
Markey Blue Ric Latina Project Mississippi Soul
The Nick Moss Band The High Cost Of Low Living
Paul Reddick Shadows

Ben Vee’s Roadhouse Blues Playlist for Dec 6, 2018

Join me at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 3-5 pm EST!  Hope you enjoy the contemporary roadhouse blues tunes!

 

ARTIST TITLE
Widow Blue Pow Wow Blues
Johnny And The Jailbirds Roll On (Clickety Clack)
Mike Zito Mississippi Nights
Buddy Guy Guilty As Charged
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers Blues All Around Me
Widow Blue That’s What I’m Talkin’ About
Dana Fuchs Same Sunlight
Deb Rhymer Cry For Me
Popa Chubby Long Way Home
Delta Moon Christmas Time In New Orleans
Colin James Dig Myself a Hole
Katie Knipp I Will Stick Around
Jim Allchin Give It Up
Niecie Thank God For Fools
Boz Scaggs Those Lies
Beki Brindle Band What Kind Of Man Is This
Sean Chambers All Night Long
Anthony Gomes Blues In The First Degree
Joe Bonamassa Love Is A Gamble
Beth Hart Picture In A Frame
Danielle Nicole I’m Going Home
The Allman Brothers Band Trouble No More
Too Slim and the Taildraggers Trouble
Peter Parcek Ashes To Ashes
Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado Holler n Moan
Eliza Neals Another Lifetime

Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues on BluesMusicFan.com from 3-5 pm EST

Join us today, Thursday, November 29th, as I roll out a set of the Roadhouse blues on BluesMusicFan Radio !  Tunes by Jimmy Thackery, Gary Hoey, Joe Bonamassa, Samantha Fish, Keb Mo, Luther Allison, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Curtis Salgado, and many more! It’s from 3=5 pm EST every Thurday!  CYA online!

Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues Playlist for Thursday Nov 15 2018 3-5 pm EST

If you get a chance, join us today at BluesMusicFan Radio from 3-5 pm EST! Here is my intended playlist for the set!  Not only can ya listen but you can chat with me as the set goes along!  Just click the chat button to the right on the web page!  CYA there!

ARTIST TITLE
Bob Lanza Raritan River Stomp
Lance Lopez Blue Moon Rising
Joe Bonamassa Self-Inflicted Wounds
Beth Hart I’d Rather Go Blind (Bonus Track)
Bob Lanza Walking After Midnight
Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne That Raggedy Shack
Jamie Lynn Vessels Done Me Wrong
Larkin Poe Hard Time Killing Floor Blues
Chris Stapleton Death Row
Ray Bonneville South Of The Blues
The Lucky Losers The River
Steve Krase My Baby Walked Off
John Akapo Ramblin’ On My Mind
Layla Zoe I’ll Be Reborn Blues
Cary Morin Carmela Marie
Colin James Dig Myself a Hole
Billy F Gibbons My Baby She Rocks
Damon Fowler Up the Line
Casey James Fight You For The Blues
Michele D’Amour & the Love Dealers No Good
Taj Mahal & Keb Mo Don’t Leave Me Here
Anthony Geraci Long Way Home
Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters You Don’t Know What Love Is
Crystal Shawanda Ball and Chain
Markey Blue Worries
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers Blues All Around Me