Roadhouse Blues Playlist – Ben Vee for Thursday Nov 08 2018 3-5 pm EST

Here’s the intended playlist for today’s set.  Hope you have time to tune in on BluesMusicFan Radio !

ARTIST TITLE
Tinsley Ellis Lucky Lou
Travis Bowlin Vicksburg Blues
Too Slim & The Taildraggers These Boots Are Made For Walking
Jim Allchin Devil Don’t Sleep
Michael Osborn Nightmare Blues (ft. Vala Cupp)
Dion Tank Full Of Blues
Dana Fuchs Same Sunlight
Sean Chambers All Night Long
Anthony Gomes Blues In The First Degree
Jimmie Vaughan Dengue Woman Blues
Colin James One More Mile
Tony Joe White Mojo Dollar
Danielle Nicole I Feel Like Breakin’ Up Somebody’s Home
Bobby Blue Bland I Caught The Blues From Someone Else
Beth Hart Soul Shine
Buddy Guy A Few Good Years
Jimmy Thackery & the Drivers Blues All Night
Bettye LaVette Dirty Old Town
Joe Bonamassa Deep In The Blues Again
Hurricane Ruth Beekeeper
Corey Dennison Band It’s So Easy
Ina Forsman Don’t Hurt Me Now
Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado I Used to Love You
Bennett Brothers, The Rocking Chair
Coco Montoya Can’t See The Streets For My Tears
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BluesMusicFan Radio Playlist for Nov 1st – Ben Vee

My intended playlist for today on Blues Music Fan Radio from 3-5 pm EST! Join us on your computer, tablet, or cellphone if  ya get a chance!

ARTIST TITLE
Bernie Marsden Get You Shorty
Shemekia Copeland Great Rain (ft John Prine)
Eric Clapton Every Little Thing
Marcia Ball Dance With Me
Crystal Shawanda Hound Dog
Anthony Geraci Why Did You Have To Go
Joe Bonamassa King Bee Shakedown
Sean Chambers Red Hot Mama
Kenny Wayne Shepherd She’s $$$
Peter Green Smile
Rita Chiarelli Hey Memphis
Rocky Jackson & The Igniters Let Me Love You Baby
Hamish Anderson Hold On Me
Oli Brown Can’t Get Next to You
Lindsay Beaver She’ll Be Gone
Johnny Jenkins Rollin’ Stone
Jim Allchin Found The Blues
Jimmy Z & The Z-Tribe Li’l Hurricane
Joanna Connor Rock Me Baby
Layla Zoe Are You Still Alive Inside
Marcus Malone Hurricane
Dry Johnson Little Bird
Harry Manx Roses Given
Melody Gardot Preacherman
Joe Louis Walker Ridin’ High
Nick & The Backbone Ridin’ With The Blues

Ben’s Bin Full of Blues Reviews for Oct 30 2018

 

My thoughts go out to the people of the Jewish community in Pittsburgh as they mourn the senseless and hateful act of violence in their midst. I think I can speak for the blues community when I say that we share your grief and stand next to you arm in arm in the battle against bigotry and hate.

With that stated,   I move on to quick reviews of some albums I have listened to recently.

Eric Bibb – Global Griot (Stony Plain Records, 2018)

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The term griot (gree-oh) refers to a class of traditional West African musicians and storytellers that carried on the oral traditions of their people.  Eric Bibb certainly merits inclusion given his roots and his artistry on the acoustic and electric guitars and his easy story telling voice.  Reflecting a truly global perspective with recordings for the album done in France, Sweden, Jamaica, Ghana, England, and the United States, this two CD set was an enjoyable listen.

I particularly liked Gathering of the Tribes, All Because, Grateful, Remember Family, and Race & Equality. And the song, Michael…Row Da Boat Ashore, brought back memories of long road trips with my parents and five kids in a Chevy station wagon. My mother would lead us in singing old gospel and traditional tunes. I thank Eric for reawakening memories that bring both sadness and joy; it is the truly the power of music in the fingers and voice of a master!

John Akapo – Paradise Blues (Mensch House Records, 2018)

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Hawaiian born and Samoan blooded, Big John Akapo is a talented acoustic guitarist with the perfect voice for the style of delta and mellow blues that he plays on his debut recording, Paradise Blues.  I loved his renditions of the blues classics, I Can’t Be Satisfied, and Ramblin’ On My Mind.  I also enjoyed his original songs Little Lani, Don’t Believe Her, and Maui Drive.

John has stated that “I think my music is like a tree rooted in traditional blues but sprinkled with Pacific salt water.”  Here’s to hopin’ that the tree continues to flourish and that we hear much more from him as the years go by!

Anthony Geraci – Why Did You Have To Go (Shining Stone Records 2018)

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Anthony Geraci is a gifted blues pianist  His career spans over 40 years and he is an original member of both Sugar Ray and the Bluetones and Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters. His blues pedigree attracted the likes of Ronnie Earl, Sugar Ray Norcia, Monster Mike Welch, Kid Ramos, Dennis Brennan, Jimi Bott, Sugaray Rayford, Willie J. Campbell, and Michelle “Evil Gal” Willson to contribute to his newest recording, Why Did You Have To Go.

The album features 13 all original tunes and showcases the blues, R&B, and even a bit of jazz. Though based in Massachusetts, he spent sometime in Clarksdale, Mississippi, the epicenter of the delta blues, as he wrote songs for the album and the influence shines through on the song, Baptized in the River Yazoo.  My favorite on the album is the title cut, a great soulful R&B tune. I also loved Fly On the Wall, Don’t the Grass Look Greener, and the down the bayou feel of Long Way Home. And if all that wasn’t enough, the song My Last Good Bye is some great deep down grindin’ blues.

Overall, this is an joyous celebration of the blues….a worthy addition to my collection and hopefully yours!

 

 

Ben’s Playlist for Thursday, Oct 25, 2018 on BluesMusicFan Radio

Here’s the intended playlist for today’s show from 3-5 pm EST. Hope you have time to tune in from your computer, tablet, or phone on BluesMusicFan Radio .  Doin’  all I can to bring YOU the best of the contemporary roadhouse blues each and every week!

ARTIST TITLE
Lurupean Dub Stars The Blues Ain’t Never Gonna Die
Delta Moon Nobody’s Fault But Mine
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers Feat. Mike Zito Rock Bottom
Mike Zito I Wouldn’t Treat A Dog (The Way You Treat Me)
Sue Foley Fool’s Gold (feat. Billy F Gibbons)
Beth Hart Drive
Trigger Hippy Rise Up Singing
JJ Grey & Mofro Georgia Warhorse
Fiona Boyes What You Put on Me
Lance Lopez Never Came Easy To Me
Travis Bowlin Vicksburg Blues
Boz Scaggs Down In Virginia
John Fogerty Blueboy
Jim Allchin Two Bad Dreams (ft Bobby Rush)
Reloaded Squeeze My Jeeves
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band Poor Until Payday
Sean Chambers Black Eyed Susie
Dry Johnson Long Live Them Blues (Feat. Trudy Lynn & Steve Krase)
Jeff Strahan Hard Headed Woman
Joe Bonamassa Love Is A Gamble
Jim Allchin Enough Is Enough (ft Mike Zito)
Lindsay Beaver Dangerous
Billy F Gibbons Standing Around Crying
Eugene Hideaway Bridges I Can’t Stop Loving You Baby
Kirk Fletcher Two Steps Forward
Gov’t Mule Mule

Layla Zoe – Gemini

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Great art takes you out of your comfort zone. It often makes you look at life through another lens: Salvador Dali‘s dripping clocks (The Persistence of Memory) or Picasso‘s cubism (Girl Before A Mirror) are two examples.  They distort your perception of what should be and then challenge you to think and perceive in new ways. Layla Zoe’s new album, Gemini, did that for me. I have followed her career for awhile and have found her to be a powerful and sexy Canadian singer of the roadhouse blues; I did not expect the edginess,  depth, and emotion of the lyrics and songs on this album. It has changed my perception of her. She is not just another blues singer with a great voice; she is a crown jewel of the roadhouse blues and worthy of elevation to the same status I give Jeff Healey, her countryman.

As the title cut states she lives two different places …in the pain and the power.  Part of the album is power blues rock, part is great roadhouse tunes, another piece is beautiful  acoustic delta blues, and part is some intensely dark blues portraits of people in pain and crisis. The graphic explicitness of a few of the lyrics will probably offend some (and limit mainstream air play) as she relates through song riveting images of individuals at the crossroads.

layla zoe gemini

I can think of no other contemporary blues or blues rock artist that has put herself on the line and just laid it out there like Layla Zoe has on this album.  Certainly because of her voice, there are the inevitable comparisons to Janis Joplin. But in Layla’s case, I don’t think she is living the darkness in life (as Janis and Amy Winehouse did with their heavy drug use) as much as bringing it to vivid clarity for us.  As she relates in the song, The Deeper They Bury Me, the truth indeed will set you free. And she lays bare on several songs the deep and lonely truth of what the blues is for those in despair: equal parts anger, a need for revenge, and a profound sadness.

There are 20 songs on this double CD and normally I note each of the individual cuts that I liked the most on albums I review.  In this case, no one single will do justice to Layla’s talent or the portraits she conveys in song on this album. Certainly, Are You Still Alive Inside, a beautiful slow tempo blues rocker should get a lot of airplay. But you need to buy the album and experience her music in toto.  Afterwards, I’d love to hear what you think as comments on this web page!

Layla Zoe – Gemini (Self Release 2018)

Doin’ Some Roadhouse with Billy Gibbons on “The Big Bad Blues”

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He has been a superstar for decades: an iconic figure complete with sunglasses, beard, hat, and a smoke of one sort or another hangin’ from his lip. Billy Gibbons is the epitome of the Texas roadhouse blues.  On only the second solo album of his illustrious career, The Big Bad Blues,  Billy celebrates his roots.  Big guitar sound, insistent beats, and that rough gravely voice melt together into a robust roadhouse jambalaya of the electric blues and rock..

Hollywood 151 is just pure badass Billy Gibbons crankin’ it out on his Gibson guitar. Missin’ Yo Kissin’ is classic ZZ Top style Boogie. Mo’ Slower Blues, My Baby She Rocks, That’s What She Said, Let the Left Hand Know, and his cover of Rollin’ and Tumblin’ are all stellar Texas Roadhouse tunes. On Second Line, he rolls down the bayou to create some great swamp blues. On Standin’ Around Crying, he takes the blues low and grindin’…tasty tune!  Crankin’ Up is an interesting song with a late fifties feel that I really enjoyed…Buddy Holly came to mind immediately.

Billy Gibbons Big Bad Blues

This is a perfect album to play while drinkin’ beer and grillin’ steaks or boilin’ crawfish with a bunch of friends. The ZZ Top influence is refreshingly familiar and the upbeat sound will have folks swaying, chatting, and havin’ a damn fine time!

Billy F. Gibbons – The Big Bad Blues (Concord 2018)

 

Joe Bonamassa – Redemption

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From Joe B.’s fan art work!

 

The synthesis of the electric blues, British blues, delta blues, and progressive and classic rock, Joe Bonamassa merges them all  on his new album Redemption to create an  inspiring anthem to the roadhouse blues.  Since his first solo album in 2000, Joe has been building a loyal following among blues rockers, blues fans, and old time classic rockers yearning for a sound that has largely disappeared from main stream broadcasting.  All of them should be thrilled to listen to his latest recording.

Joe is certainly one of the finest electric guitar players on the planet, has a fantastic voice, and is under rated as a song writer. On Redemption, he showcases all three elements of his talent.  The Ghost of Macon Jones is a blues rock ballad with guitar work that hints at Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers Band and has haunting synthesizer and keyboard play by band member Reese Wynans.  On Molly O, Joe creates a rock masterpiece on par with Led Zeppelin’s KashmirAnton Fig on drums and Michael Rhodes on bass provide an insistent beat as Joe takes his guitar to places only the very best can go. On the title cut, Redemption, the delta and gospel blues merge with Led Zeppelin and Black Country Communion influences to create a fantastic rock paean.  Deep in the Blues is a notable song with that same ethereal quality that Eric Clapton has always brought to his music.

On King Bee Shakedown and Evil Mama,  Joe finds that sweet spot between the blues and rock I call the roadhouse blues on upbeat horns infused tunes. On I Got Some Mind Over What Matters, Joe channels a bit of Muddy Waters on a sweet delta electric blues tune.

When Joe was a youngster, B.B. King invited him on stage to give the audience a glimpse of his talent and on Just Cos You Can Don’t Mean You Should Joe displays some of the same mastery of the electric guitar that the King of the Blues saw almost 30 years ago.

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Love is a Gamble is some bad ass grindin’ blues in the mold of Albert King, Freddie King, and Luther AllisonPick Up The Pieces is a down home New Orleans style blues tune with echoes of Dr. John in the rhythms and lyrics. And Stronger Now in Broken Places is a heart tugging acoustic number that highlights Joe’s stellar voice.

Over the years, Joe has recorded several songs that seem directed right at me, a laser pointed straight at my heart. Self Inflicted Wounds joins the songs Drive, Different Shades of Blue, and Driving Towards The Daylight from previous albums as soul searching epics that I will never forget.  On an album filled with great songs, it is my favorite.

Joe has earned the admiration and accolades from  music critics and reviewers like myself since the release of his third album, Blues Deluxe, back in 2003. It is my fervent hope that this album finally takes Joe into the main stream for contemporary rock audience downloads; the final piece in the puzzle. The mainstream contemporary rock genre has been decimated over the years; Joe and his music are the path back!  Redemption is an interesting and intense synergy of the blues and rock and worthy of comparisons with the works of B.B. King, Muddy WatersLed Zeppelin, and Eric Clapton. He has internalized influences from some of the greatest and with Redemption makes the statement that he represents the best of all of them: a blues man, a blues rocker, a rock guitar virtuoso, and, in my opinion, the best roadhouse blues man alive today.

Joe Bonamassa – Redemption (2018 J&R Adventures)

 

P.S. You can listen to Joe and enjoy many more roadhouse blues artists on my 24 hour blues stream at Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues !