Roadhouse Blues Nooner 12-2 pm ET

Join me today for the Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues Nooner 12-2 pm ET on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com. I’ve got new contemporary blues from Johnny Rawls, The Commonheart, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Hall, Thorbjorn Risager & the Black Tornado, Robert Jon & the Wreck, Tedeschi Trucks Band plus two of my favorite live performances by Gov’t Mule and Eric Clapton.

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A Southern Treasure, Jimmy Hall, releases a new album READY NOW

You probably first heard of Jimmy Hall from his recordings with Wet Willie back in the 1970s. Many of those tunes still are getting a lot of airplay on Classic Rock radio. Over the years, Jimmy has sung on stage and played his harmonica with a Who’s Who of the roadhouse blues and put out some great albums including Rendezvous with the Blues in 1996 that is among my personal blues favorites. He still has one of the great voices of his generation and Joe Bonamassa & Josh Smith bring out the best in him as his producers on the new recording, Ready Now. And Jimmy has an all star list of contributors on the album including Warren Haynes, Reese Wynans, Michael Rhodes, Greg Morrow, and Jared James Nichols as well as Joe and Josh.

The title cut for the recording features Warren and is drenched in the sounds that epitomize Jimmy’s southern style. My favorite song on the recording is A Long Goodbye featuring a stellar contribution on guitar by Joe. Jumpin’ for Joy, Girl’s Got Sugar (featuring Josh), and Love For It are also songs that I loved.

Jimmy Hall has stood at the musical crossroads of the blues, soul, R&B, and southern rock all of his life playin’ his harmonica and singin’ his tunes. There are plenty of places to sit and kickback at that junction from where ever you are. Find yourself a spot, relax, and enjoy this album.

Jimmy Hall – Ready Now (KTBA Records 2022)


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

Contemporary Blues on BluesMusicFan Radio 12-2 pm ET

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

This is intended playlist:

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

Roadhouse Music Reviews – The Commoners, Derrick Procell, and The Hungry Williams

Just back from a long weekend in southern California with my younger daughter and her husband. We had a blast…..lots of music, food, friends and tequila! Here are three new recording that I enjoyed listening to on the plane trip there and back.

Butter cake at Nick’s in Laguna Beach with Amanda

The Commoners – Find a Better Way (Gypsy Soul Records 2022)

The debut album, Find a Better Way, by The Commoners out of Toronto Canada is downright badass southern style music. The group is fronted by Chris Medhurst, who’s voice reminds me of another Canadian star, Burton Cummings. Melodious wafts of the sounds of The Black Crowes, the Eagles, and the Allman Brothers also drift through the music. The first video single of the recording, Fill My Cup, should give you a good feel for the talent of the band that includes Ross Hayes Citrullo (lead guitar), Ben Spiller (bass/piano), Adam Cannon (drums) and long time friend Miles Evans-Branagh (organ). Kevin Shirley (of Joe Bonamassa fame) even helps a bit producing the title cut. Overall the album has some mighty fine tunes…..give it a listen!!

Favorite cut: More Than Mistakes

Derrick Procell – Hello Mojo (Catfood Records 2022)

Derrick Procell is another of those great talents of the modern blues that you probably haven’t heard of though he was been writing, singing, and performing for well over 40 years. His latest album, Hello Mojo!, is a showcase for his soulful voice and harmonica playing. He has a video out for the first cut from the recording, Skin In the Game, that is contemporary blues at its best.

Though you may not know who Derrick Procell is, my bet is that you have heard his music on True Blood, The Office, Boston Legal, The Americans, or King of the Hill television shows over the years. He has even won a songwriting award at the annual Billboard Magazine get together. And, closer to my heart, he has written music for American Cancer Society events. (As some of you know, I do a fundraiser of my own and participate in the Second Life Relay for Life event for the American Cancer Society each year.)

Overall this album grades out high enough to receive serious consideration for Contemporary Blues Album of the year awards. If you listen to the recording, leave your own comments below. I’d love to know what you think!

Favorite cut: The Contender

The Hungry Williams – Let’s Go (Rochelle Records 2022)

Out this Friday September 9th, on my birthday, The Hungry Williams will be releasing their second album, Let’s Go. When I heard their debut recording in 2019, Brand New Thing, I thought for sure they were from my hometown of New Orleans. Now after listening to the new tunes, I can say confidently that they are a Big Easy R&B band, regardless of their claims to be from Milwaukee!!

The songs on the recording have a largely “back in the day” sound from the 1950’s. There are tunes originally done by Lavern Baker, Big Maybelle, and Fats Domino guitarist Roy Montrell as well as a number of fabulous originals. The band consists of Kelli Gonzalez (lead vocals), Joe Vent (guitar and vocals), Jack Stewart (keyboards), Mike Sieger (bass), John Carr (founder, drums), and a horn section of Jason Goldsmith, Casimir Riley, and Lech Wierzynski.

This past February, they released the first video for the album, Mardi Gras Day in time for the Crescent City holiday. I encourage you to give it a listen. I love good time music that makes you feel good; it’s what the concept of the roadhouse blues is all about!! The Hungry Williams kick out music that is fun and captures the magic of New Orleans….well worth your time!

Favorite cut: Oooh Wow!


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