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!

4/21 Roadhouse Blues Nooner on BMFR 12-2 pm EST

Hope you have time to tune in for today’s Roadhouse Blues Nooner on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 12-2 pm EST. Got a bunch of new contemporary blues tunes just for YOU!

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Isolation Blues CollectiveCabin Fever Blues
GA-20The Whale Has Swallowed Me (Live)
Crimson House BluesSilver Dollars
Crystal ShawandaBlue Train / Smokestack Revisited
Jimmy BurnsEveryday I Have The Blues
Harpdog BrownWhat It Is
Misty BluesI Ain’t No Giving Tree
Mad BojoWon’t See Me No More
Damon Fowler GroupPocket Full of Blues
Tomislav GolubanBag Full Of Troubles
Elvin Bishop & Little Smokey SmothersRoll Your Moneymaker
Hazmat ModineBe There
Southern AvenueRumble
Johnny BurginDaddy’s Got The Personal Touch (Feat. Rae Gordon & Nancy Wright)
Jeremiah JohnsonWhiskey After Midnight
Janie Cribbs & The T.Rust BandWouldn’t Change A Thing
TomCat PlaygroundThat Kinda Feeling
John Primer and Bob CorritoreKeep A-Driving
Chris Shutters With Special Guest Jimmy BurnsUnwind
Justin Saladino BandIrish Bordello (Live)
Ben Rice and RB StoneCrushin’ On The Bartender
The Weary TimesAin’t Done Drinking
Frank Bang & The Secret StashBurnin’ Up In The Wind
Reynhard BoeglI Want You To Come Back
Blue AttitudeChain and Ball
Avey Grouws BandRise Up

Good Time Roadhouse Blues w/Ben Vee 3-5 pm EST on BMFR

It’s a sunny day with a bit of a breeze….perfect time for some Good Time Roadhouse Blues. Join us for alot of upbeat contemporary blues tunes on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 3-5 pm EST today, April 16th. Got tunes by Keb’ Mo’, Terry Hanck, Ash Grunwald, the Teskey Brothers, The Derek Trucks Band, and many more!

Below is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Mindi AbairAmazing Game
Rae Gordon BandGet Right With The World
Erin + The Backwoods Blues ProjectShotgun And Radio
The Teskey BrothersSo Caught Up
Brandon SantiniDrive You Off My Mind
Mojo MonkeysBodacious
Keb’ Mo’Cold Outside
Terry HanckHowlin’ For My Darlin’
Bill Johnson BandNine Dollar Bill
John Pagano BandMisbehavin
Jack Mack & The Heart AttackGood Man Gone
Giles RobsonDon’t Give Up On The Blues
J.B. Hutto & The New HawksEighteen Year Old Girl
Jontavious WillisLow Down Ways
Joe BonamassaPack It Up
Ash GrunwaldAin’t My Problem (feat. The Teskey Brothers)
The Allman Betts BandShinin’
The Derek Trucks BandGood Morning Little Schoolgirl
Jeff MichaelsGuitar Sittin’ Right by Me
The Allman Brothers BandGood Clean Fun
Chris O’LearySecond Time Around
Zack Walther BandI’m Going Out of Your Mind
Ghost Town Blues BandShine
Ana PopovicLove Me Again
PedroLast Time
Doug MacLeodGoin’ Down to the Roadhouse

The Good Time Roadhouse Blues on BMFR 3-5 pm EST w/Ben Vee

The world has gone strange…….the news just feeds on the tragedy. Come join us on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com at 3 pm EST for some Good Time Roadhouse Blues! Escape the alarmists and the doom and gloom for a couple of hours! Grab your beverage of choice and let’s enjoy some badass Roadhouse blues! The world can wait…it’ll still be there when we finish the show!

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Sonny LandrethLover Dance With Me
Malford Milligan & The Southern AcesI Won’t Surrender
Mike Zito & The WheelGreyhound
Tab Benoit, Debbie Davies, Kenny NealI Put A Spell On You
Tinsley EllisAnything But Go
George ThorogoodHi-Heel Sneakers (Feat. Buddy Guy)
Duke and The DriversAutomobile
Luther AllisonLow Down And Dirty
Harper and Midwest KindI Still Got You
Coyote KingsDrive Me
Bonnie RaittGypsy In Me
Lloyd SpiegelBetcha Bottom Dollar
Lucinda WilliamsCan’t Let Go
The Allman Brothers BandOne Way Out
Karen LovelyLow Road
Rita ChiarelliLonely Avenue
Doyle Bramhall IIMama Can’t Help You
Dave Steffen BandDrive My Car
Angel ForrestAll The Way
The Rex Granite BandRun Run Away
Sari Schorr & The Engine RoomAin’t Got No Money
Joanne Shaw TaylorDyin’ To Know
Sean PinchinHard Luck
The Record CompanyOff The Ground
Joe BonamassaDrive
Jimmy Thackery & the DriversI’ve Got News for You
Damon FowlerI Don’t Mind