It Isn’t Freedom If YOU don’t have a CHOICE!

Government restrictions on the right to assemble during the ongoing pandemic have destroyed the livelihoods of many local musicians and performing artists. And the rationale for lockdowns being used by politicians and public health officials bode ill for their long term future.

The current pandemic was initially termed the Wuhan flu before it was deemed politically incorrect. It is a virulent and deadly form of the flu. It is not the first such strain nor will it be the last. Every year, the flu strikes millions of people. It is particularly deadly to the elderly and those with other serious underlying medical problems. AND it mutates as it goes so that in any given year there can be new strains to address. And this strain is really bad news.

But we know this….if you are over 70 or have a serious medical issue…take EVERY rational precaution. If you are over 50, wear a mask and wash your damn hands when you are out and about. But if you are under 50 and have no serious medical condition, you should have the CHOICE to take the RISK and get on living your life. Restricting the rights of people under 50 to go to a restaurant or a concert hall or a local bar is government sticking its nose where it can….but it shouldn’t!!

We ALL live with risk every moment of every day. And destroying the livelihoods of performing artists to mitigate these risks is not going to do anything but lead to more drug use and suicides among this vulnerable group of people. Public Health officials are already stating that it may be 2022 “before they feel the threat to the public is under control”. And I have news for you ….the NEXT STRAIN of flu after COVID-19…and there will be a next strain… will lead to the same rationale for restricting public assembly in the name of safety……..for whom?

At some point, we must, in the music industry, stand up to the hysterical (and politicized) fear mongering. Previous generations have had to battle evils that far outweigh this pandemic. All we have to do is endure the slights of the social media trolls (who tolerate no opinion but their own) and rationally make the case that freedom is about making choices and taking the associated risk. If the reasoning takes hold that MY freedom should be restricted dramatically to lower YOUR risk then democracy will become just a platitude and public health officials will be screaming an alarm on any number of issues. If they can restrict your right to assemble, they can damn sure restrict your ability to eat, drink, smoke, drive, create music, or make comments like I am…all in the name of public health!! Fight for your freedoms…..and help put a lot of performing artists and musicians back to work NOW!


Ben Vee is an internet DJ and writer from New Orleans that now lives in Connecticut with his wife Annette. He started spinning records back in the 1970’s and has been writing about the roadhouse blues since 2011. He does two roadhouse blues shows each week on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com and he writes about the blues when the urge strikes on http://www.benveeblues.com.

End of August 2020 Good Time Roadhouse Blues 3-5pm EST

It’s already the end of August….and 2020 can’t get done soon enough for me!! Join us today, August 27th, from 3 to 5 pm EST for the Ben Vee Good Time Roadhouse Blues show on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com. Let’s blues the day away…..together!!

The intended playlist is below:

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
Andrew AlliChrome-A-ThickHard Workin’ Man
Linda ShellMe & The Band (Me & My Guitar)Under The Influence
The Lucky LosersHalf a NothingGodless Land
Savoy BrownRiver On The RiseAin’t Done Yet
Wayne Nicholson & John CampbelljohnShake Your Money MakerElmore’s Blues
Turn OnWasted DaysThe Ghost On The Wall
JD TaylorBy All MeansThe Coldwater Sessions
Kenny Wayne ShepherdBorn In Louisiana (Live With Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown)The Legends EP Vol. II
Sonny LandrethCongo SquareKFOG Live From The Archives 2
Tab BenoitFever For The Bayou
Carolyn WonderlandSwampMoon Goes Missing
Honey Island Swamp BandHead High Water BluesDemolition Day
Laurence JonesSoul Swamp River
SmokehouseCadillac In the SwampCadillac In the Swamp
Tiffany Pollack & Eric JohansonKeep It SimpleBlues In My Blood
Wily Bo Walker/Danny FlamFool for You (2020 Hindsight)Ain’t No Man a Good Man (Deluxe)
Johnny & the MongrelsTrue LifeCreole Skies
Blackie & The Rodeo KingsHow Come You Treat Me So Bad featuring Janiiva MagnessKings and Queens
John FogertySwamp River DaysBring It Down To Rock ‘n’ Roll
Jensens Juke JointI Got This DreamJensens Juke Joint
Lisa MannThat’s AllOld Girl
Jade MacraeI Choose LoveHandle Me with Care
Malaya BlueThese Four WallsStill
John NemethI Can See Your Love Light ShineStronger Than Strong
Joanne Shaw TaylorHumanReckless Blues
Trevor SewellShaky Ground (Live)Live In Portugal
Joe BonamassaTrouble WaitingA New Day Now (20th Anniversary Edition)

The Thursday July 9th Good Time Roadhouse Blues (3-5pm EST)

We have the Ben Vee July 9th Good Time Roadhouse Blues for ya from 3-5 pm EST on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com. The show features plenty of new contemporary blues such as Cass Clayton, The Hi-Jivers, Gravel & Grace, and Odds Lane as well as some badass “keepers” by Buddy Guy, George Thorogood, Keb’ Mo’, and Muddy Waters.

ARTISTTITLE
Kenny Blues Boss WayneLet The Rock Roll
Simon Kinny-LewisEvery Day I Have The Blues
Kerry Pastine And The Crime SceneDown Down
Angel ForrestAin’t No Doubt
Pierce Dipner & The Shades Of BlueDon’t Get No Sleep
Kat PearsonCane Creek
Diane BlueEasy, Easy, Baby
Be Sharp BandMojo Joe
Charlie BedfordGood To Go
Debra PowerAll Night Playing the Blues
Anthony Geraci with Dennis BrennanMister
Cass Clayton BandNo Use In Crying
Zoe Schwarz Blue CommotionIf Only I Could Be with You
Hurricane RuthWhat You Never Had
CD WoodburyI Didn’t Know
The Hi-JiversSomething’s Gotta Shake
SwingadelicYou’re Humbuggin’ Me
Charlie Frey’s Blue Plate SpecialsMarjorie
Misty BluesDon’t Send Me Home
Gravel & GraceBottles
Bakelite Radio (Joe Camilleri)You Better Watch Yourself
Anni PiperCake Walk Into Town
Andrew AlliTexas Woman
Odds LaneSpare Change
Carey BellI’m Gonna Buy Me A Train Ticke
Muddy Waters(I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man
George ThorogoodWillie Dixon’s Gone
Buddy GuyIt Hurts Me Too (When Things Go Wrong)
Keb’ Mo’The Worst Is yet to Come
Rory BlockIts Red Hot
Pete ThelenThought Passing Through

Checkin Out the Blues for June 2020

Some artists that I have checked out during June….that you should too! (Links in blue are to the albums on Spotify.)

Rory Block – Prove It On Me (2020 Stony Plain Records)

A first class acoustic guitar player with a great voice and a true appreciation for the blues, Rory Block (a six time winner of blues awards from the prestigious Blues Foundation) unearths some gems by early female blues singers and applies her special touch to them. This is the second Power Women of the Blues recordings she has done and it is a great listen.

I enjoyed her new song Eagles as well as He May Be Your Man (Helen Humes), It’s Red Hot (Madlyn Davis), and Wayward Girl Blues (Lottie Kimbrough).

Kyle Yardley – St. Louis to Savannah (2020)

Some badass Chicago blues from singer and harmonica player Kyle Yardley who hails from St. Louis and is now lives in Georgia. Particularly loved Little Girl which features some licks from one of my favorite guitarists, Johnny Burgin, and also loved That Ain’t Right, Savannah Georgia Women, and Country Girl (alternate version).

Evelyn Rubio – Crossing Borders (2020 Productions On Seaspeed LLC)

Evelyn Rubio hails from Mexico City and is now based in Houston. A singer and saxophone player, when she turns up the volume and lets it wail, she is at her finest. Really liked I Made a Mistake, Just Like A Drug, and One More Last Time.

Joshua Batten – The City Within (2020 Batten Down Music)

Joshua Batten hails from Australia and at 23 has just released his second recording that features a range of tunes across several genres. I loved the blues rocker Tell Me I am Wrong as well as Silver Dollars and The Fox and The Hound. All three will get airplay during my roadhouse blues shows on Blues Music Fan Radio.

Jose Ramirez – HERE I COME (2020)

Produced by the great Texas bluesman Anson Funderburgh, Jose Ramirez’s new album features some stellar guitar playing and singing and is full of catchy blues tunes. Jose hails from Costa Rica and is now based in Tampa, Florida. With a Robert Johnson tat on his arm and a distinctive guitar tone, he is more than ready to pay his blues dues. I loved One Woman Man as well as Gasoline and Matches and Stop Teasing Me. Keep an ear out for this guy…..he has a very bright bluzin’ future!

Jan JamesJUSTIFY (2020 Blues Palace Records)

Jan James has been singin’ the blues and payin’ her dues for many years. The new album Justify may finally get her the broad based recognition she is due as one of the contemporary blues’ great female singers. I loved the songs A Different Life, Believe in Me, and I’m Always Coming Back. Her long time partner Craig Calvert plays some mean guitar licks as well on all the songs. Overall, a great blues recording!!

What have YOU been listening to over the past month?? Leave a comment with an album that you have enjoyed….we wants to know!!!


Ben Vee is an internet DJ and writer from New Orleans that now lives in Connecticut with his wife Annette. He started spinning records back in the 1970’s and has been writing about the roadhouse blues since 2011. He does two roadhouse blues shows each week on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com and he writes about the blues when the urge strikes on http://www.benveeblues.com.

May 28th Good Time Roadhouse Blues on BMFR

Join me today, May 28th, from 3 to 5 pm ET on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com for some great Good Time Roadhouse blues! I have new tunes by Dion, The Teskey Brothers, Johnny Burgin, Jeff Fetterman, Kat Riggins, Seasick Steve and plenty of contemporary blues!

You can find the intended playlist below……hope ya download and buy a couple during the show!

ARTISTTITLE
Danny Gatton & Joey DeFrancescoFine
Bushmaster feat Gary BrownThe Blues
Bill Toms and Hard RainI Won’t Go To Memphis No More (Live)
Bernard AllisonSlide Master
DionBam Bang Boom
The RidesThat’s A Pretty Good Love
Moonshine SocietyShake
Jeff FettermanTell Me Baby
The Teskey BrothersHold Me (Live At The Forum, 2019)
Big Bill MorganfieldLove You Right
Kat RigginsCry Out
Johnny BurginOld School Player
Rick PisanoIt Comes And It Goes
Devon Allman’s HoneytribeCould Get Dangerous
Nanette WorkmanJust Another Night
Johnny WinterIt’s My Life, Baby
Too Slim and the TaildraggersDevil’s Hostage
Gary MooreCold Black Night
Hamish AndersonTrouble
Peter Green & Fleetwood MacFast Talking Woman Blues
Seasick SteveLove & Peace
IndigenousFind My Way
The Andy James BandShe’s an Evil Woman
John Butcher20 Years
Dan PatlanskyMayday

Tuesday Roadhouse Blues Nooner on BMFR 12-2 pm EST

Starting today’s Roadhouse Blues Nooner at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com with a string of fabulous female blues artists including new tunes by the Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion and Eliza Neals that you just have to hear! And I will finish it with new songs by the Rolling Stones, Joe Bonamassa, Jeff Fetterman, and another blues rock group out of West Virginia, Three’s Company Blues, that you just don’t want to miss! So grab your favorite beverage and click the link. Cya from 12 to 2 pm EST!

Below is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Arsen ShomakhovThree Arrows
Katie KadanHey Yo
Lucinda WilliamsHappy Woman Blues
Kristin DiableBlack Plague & Dynamite
Zoe Schwarz Blue CommotionWhen the Blues Come A Knocking
Eliza Neals/Derek st. HolmesNever Stray
Mojo HandsHigh Blood Pressure
Michael GrimmHold On I’m Comin’ (feat. Bill Medley)
Vegas Strip KingsHold On
Terry HanckHere It Comes
Tony HolidayIt’s Gonna Take Some Time
Travellin’ BrothersI Believe
Jimmie VaughanHey-Yeah
Sonny LandrethHell At Home (with Eric Clapton) [2016 Remastered]
One Dime BandHard Luck Daddy
Robert Hill BandTake Off Your Shoes
MaliaLord, I Feel So Bad
Be Sharp BandJust Blues
Johnny NeelI’m Gonna Love You
Mad BojoWon’t See Me No More
Kenny ParkerHellfire
Rynhrd Boegl GroupNot Enough For You
Misty BluesDon’t Send Me Home
The Rolling StonesLiving In A Ghost Town
Joe BonamassaA Conversation With Alice
Jeff Fetterman49/61
Three’s Company BluesDevil In Disguise

Good Time Roadhouse Blues on BMFR (Thursday May 7th)

Have some great tunes lined up for you for today’s Good Time Roadhouse blues show on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com. Will be playing a beautiful duet by Gregg Allman and Mindi Abair that they recorded in 2014 as well as songs by Danielle Nicole, The Nighthawks, Rynhrd Boegel, Jim Allchin with Keb’ Mo’, Pinkie Rideau, and many more. Grab your favorite beverage and/or smoke and join us at from 3 to 5 pm EST.

Below is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Robert Hill BandSlide On Rye
The NighthawksDon’t Worry Baby
Mike FarrisAre You Lonely For Me Baby?
Mindi AbairJust Say When (ft Gregg Allman)
IAN SIEGALHard-pressed
GA-20The Whale Has Swallowed Me (Live)
Joe BonamassaWoke Up Dreaming (Live)
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double TroubleAin’t Gone N’ Give up on Love
Malford Milligan & The Southern AcesI Won’t Surrender
Katie KadanFire in Me
Be Sharp BandPut ‘Em Down
Pinkie RideauIf The Shoe Fits
Ryan Foret And Foret TraditionThat’s How Strong My Love Is
Harper and Midwest KindHeavy Horses
MaliaFreedom At Last
Jim Allchin feat. Keb’ Mo’Healing Ground (feat. Keb’ Mo’)
John Primer and Bob CorritoreKeep A-Driving
JD SimoMind Trouble
Rynhrd Boegl GroupAlltime Blues
Three’s Company BluesNobody But You
King Solomon HicksHeaded Back To Memphis
Reverend FreakchildHippie Bluesman Blues
Ivan WildboyI Need Your Lovin’
Ben PooleI Think I Love You Too Much (Live)
Danielle Nicole feat. Kelly FinniganSomeday You Might Change Your Mind
Jon Spear BandDevil’s Highway
Johnny A.I Had To Laugh

BMFR Roadhouse Blues Nooner for May 5, 2020

Kind of an eclectic set of the roadhouse blues today with contemporary blues, roots blues, some soul, and a bit of blues rock. A number of tunes are by artists that won awards at Sunday night’s Blues Foundation award ceremonies for 2019.

Hope ya have a chance to tune in from 12 to 2 pm EST today on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com. And since most of us are at home, freshen up your coffee or whatever you are drinking….kick back….and enjoy the tunes.

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Robert Hill BandBig Al
The NighthawksChairman Of The Board
Be Sharp BandMojo Joe
Rynhrd Boegl GroupI Want You To Come Back
Three’s Company BluesSiphon
Kristin DiableGuess It’s Gonna Take Some Time
Red’s BluesFlim Flam Man
Robert Hill BandDogtown Blues
Sweet Mama DeeNever Make Your Move Too Soon
Nico SmoljanAct Like You Love Me
Tony HolidayIt’s Gonna Take Some Time
Southern AvenueWe’re Gonna Make It
Colin James40 Light Years
David GogoVicksburg Call
Nick Moss Band Feat. Dennis GruenlingLucky Guy
Billy PriceWorking On Your Chain Gang
Tad RobinsonChanges
Hazmat ModineGet Get Out
Manx Marriner MainlineRattlesnake
MonkeyJunkIf You Were Mine (2014 Remaster)
Angel ForrestHouse Of The Rising Sun
The Jeff Healey BandWhile My Guitar Gently Weeps
Three’s Company BluesBurn Like Whiskey
Rynhrd Boegl GroupThe Eternal Clock

The Nighthawks 31st album is STUPENDOUS – Tryin’ To Get To You ….and they do!

There are good bands and there are great bands but there are not many great roadhouse blues bands that have produced THIRTY ONE solid and engaging albums over the years. With the release of TRYIN’ TO GET TO YOU, The Nighthawks, based out of Washington, DC, continue to mesh the sounds of rock ‘n’ roll and the upbeat electric blues into a incredible musical menagerie. And they are worthy of consideration as one of the very best bands in the storied history of the electric blues.

The band is led by Mark Wenner, a first class harmonica player and a singer with the perfect type of voice for the uplifting style of music that they play. The steady beat is provided by drummer Mark Stutso who also adds vocals. And two new group members, Dan Hovey (guitars) and Paul Pisciotta (bass) both contribute vocals for some fabulous harmonies on a number of the new tunes.

The new album has that upbeat rhythm and sound that just transports you to a good place. I loved the driving bass and harmonica on Baby, It’s Time. And Chairman of the Board is some damn fine sultry blues with an insistent hip movin’ beat that cries out to be released as a single. The title cut, Tryin’ to Get to You, is a sweet fusion of doo wap and the electric blues with a tone on Dan’s guitar that is entrancing. Don’t Worry Baby is the kind of rockin’ blues song that has been a signature staple of the band over the years. And Somethin’ Cookin is a delicious blues shuffle…..mhmm…my kinda tune.

This is easily one of the best roadhouse blues releases of 2020. It will wanna make ya call out to your Baby and get them close for some social spacing hip shakin’ in the living room….yeah it is that good! Go On….right now….download this jewel of a recording…I promise you that you won’t regret it!! It will make ya smile, dance, and have a damn fine time while ya listen….and that is the very definition of the roadhouse blues for the weekend!

The Nighthawks – Tryin’ To Get To You (2020 Ellersoul Records)


Ben Vee is an internet DJ and writer from New Orleans that now lives in Connecticut with his wife Annette. He started spinning records back in the 1970’s and has been writing about the roadhouse blues since 2011. He does two roadhouse blues shows each week on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com and he writes about the blues when the urge strikes on http://www.benveeblues.com.

Rollin in Low and Fast for the Good Time Roadhouse Blues on BMFR Thursday 4/22

Join us at 3 pm EST today on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com for the Good Time Roadhouse blues! Got some new tunes….some classics..and you can get in BMFR chat and make requests too! CYA Soon!