Don’t Let the World Get You Down – BMFR Thursday 3 pm EST Roadhouse Blues

Mike Zito has a new single out Don’t Let the World Get You Down that I will be featuring early during my Roadhouse Blues show on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 3-5 pm EST today The song from the new album Quarantine Blues perfectly fits the times and the mood. Hang in there people…this too shall pass!

You can see the intended playlist below:

ARTISTTITLE
Mary Jo Curry BandShake & Bake
Roomful Of BluesWatch Your Back
Danielle NicoleI Feel Like Breakin’ Up Somebody’s Home
Mike ZitoDon’t Let The World Get You Down
Sean PinchinRiver
Albert CummingsFeeling End
Daryl Roberts and Hey GringoI Feel So Good
Jump Cats MelbourneRocket To The Moon
Chris SmitherTrain Home
Steve MillerMy Babe (Alternate Version)
The RevelatorsFeel So Good
Ina ForsmanHanging Loose
Jason Elmore & Hoodoo WitchDouble My Money
The Michael Mills BandMy New Woman
Crystal ShawandaMove Me
Vanja SkyWhat’s Going On
The Rex Granite BandSocial Man
The Proven OnesNothing Left To Give
Reynhard BoeglNot Enough For You
Sayer and JoyceNo Galahad
Freddie KingIt’s Your Move
The Rolling StonesI Can’t Quit You Baby
Popa ChubbyPut A Grown Man To Shame
Marc AmacherRide On
Lisa MannJudge a Man Forever
MonkeyjunkThe Hunter
Joanne Shaw TaylorHere Comes The Flood

March 31st Roadhouse Blues Nooner on BMFR at 12 pm EST

Well..most of us are at home….prayin’, hopin’ for the best for all our family and friends…and gettin’ a bit fidgety! How about some BLUES? Tune in today at 12 pm EST for new Joanne Shaw Taylor, Troy Redfern, Crystal Shawanda, Roomful of Blues, and many more. Just click this link http://www.bluesmusicfan.com, grab yer favorite drink and/or smoke and let’s have a damn fine time listening to the roadhouse blues!!

The intended playlist is below. Buy a couple and help support the blues community which has been hit hard by the pandemic…no bars..no restaurants…no concert venues…no income!

ARTISTTITLE
Johnny CopelandTraveling Man
John Lee HookerBoom Boom
The KingsnakesNo One But A Fool
Roomful Of BluesLet The Sleeping Dog Lie
Jump Cats MelbourneMake Up Your Mind
Tinsley EllisDrivin’ Woman
Brian HoldenDrivin’
Mike ZitoDying Day
Bonnie BishopEvery Happiness Under the Sun
The Proven OnesWhom My Soul Loves (Feat. Ruthie Foster)
Chris SmitherCall Time
Matt AndersonFace to Face
Professor Louie And The CrowmatixExit Zero
Crystal ShawandaBlame It On The Sugar
Joanne Shaw TaylorHuman
Reynhard BoeglSuddenly
Mark KnopflerDrovers’ Road
Troy RedfernEngraved
The Rex Granite BandApple Tree
The Michael Mills BandI Know
Casey JamesFight You For The Blues
Mark Wenner’s Blues WarriorsDust My Broom
Vivian Vance Kelly, Texas Slim, Andy JustDriving Blues
Robin TrowerFeel The Heat
The Ryan McGrath BandFigured You Out
The Blind CatfishFinding Emily
Jack PearsonFind a Way

Best of the Blues 2019 – The Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues 66

The year 2019 was a banner year for the roadhouse blues across the world. From Australia to Copenhagen and along all points in between, both debut artists and well established performers released a stunning number of new recordings. Every month my in box and my mail box were full of some fabulous blues recordings which makes picking the Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues 66 this year much more daunting.

This year’s list includes classic blues, roots oriented blues, R&B, soul, contemporary blues and blues rock artists with songs that span the genre from “almost the blues” tunes to the stellar classic blues sound of Mary Lane. Given that many of us have some extra time on our hands due to the ongoing global pandemic, I hope you enjoy downloading and listening to every one of these songs.

The position of the songs on the list is of little consequence…you might list them in a different order and get no argument from me.  Whether it is song #23 by Samantha Fish or number 66 by the Coyote Kings, all of these tunes made my playlists for my roadhouse blues shows at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com, got mentioned on my Ben Vee Facebook page or Twitter account, and/or got written about on this website at http://www.benveeblues.com during 2019. All 66 are representative of the energy and vitality that permeates the modern contemporary blues….by and large they are upbeat…sometimes loud…and truly international.

The Top Ten (in no particular order other than #1)

#1 Mary Lane – Blues Give Me a Feeling (2019 Travelin’ Woman)

Mary Lane, from Chicago, recorded the Roadhouse Blues 66 number one tune of 2019 at the age of 83!! How cool is that! She is one of the last living legendary singers of the blues to have been part of the great migration from the American Deep South to Chicago in the 1940’s. Just a fabulous tune!

Big Daddy Wilson – Crazy World (2019 Deep In My Soul)

An expat from the United States who has lived in Germany for years, Big Daddy aces an sumptuous slow soul ballad.

Altered Five Blues Band – Mischief Man (2019 Ten Thousand Watts)

Led by the deep blues voice of Jeff Taylor, this group out of Wisconsin once again makes one of my top performer annual blues lists.

Keb’ Mo’ – Cold Outside (2019 Oklahoma)

I played this song over and over when it came out on the album this past summer. You can nevah get enough of Keb’ Mo’!

Christone Kingfish Ingram – Fresh Out (2019 Kingfish)

A 20 year old with a debut album that features a cut with Buddy Guy as well as another with Keb’ Mo’. Life is good for this very talented young man.

Jontavious Willis – Low Down Ways (2019 Spectacular Class)

Another young blues artist that attracted the attention of Taj Mahal as well as Keb’ Mo’, Jontavious has stardom written all over him. It will be interesting to see how he evolves as a blues artist as the years roll by.

Tiffany Pollack & Eric Johanson – Blues In My Blood (2019 Blues In My Blood)

This blues duo hails from my hometown of New Orleans. Tiffany has a haunting voice that is framed by a strong beat and memorable guitar licks by Eric on this song.

Beth Hart – Bad Woman Blues (2019 War In My Mind)

Beth just has a great time with this tune and shows off the chops that have made her a fan favorite amongst blues rockers.

Brandon Santini – Drive You Off My Mind (2019 The Longshot)

This long time resident of Memphis had a great year in 2019. He was my 2019 Roadhouse Bluesman of the Year for both this album and one he did with Tennessee Redemption. A great voice and world class harmonica player; what’s not to like!

Allman Betts Band – Shinin’ (2019 Down to the River)

The sons of the Allman Brothers pick up where their dads left off! Not much else to be said but get yer tickets when they get close by!!


As you look through the rest of the list and hopefully listen to many, if not all, of the tunes, I hope you get an appreciation for what I term as the roadhouse blues. From its roots in the deep American south, the blues has grown and expanded to become a worldwide phenomenon. (And if someone you know states “the blues is dead” just show them this list and ask them how so?!) I am proud to be one of the DJs and influencers helping get the word out about just how great this music is!!!


ArtistSong TitleAlbum
1Mary LaneBlues Give Me A FeelingTravelin’ Woman
2Big Daddy WilsonCrazy WorldDeep In My Soul
3Altered Five Blues BandMischief ManTen Thousand Watts
4Keb’ Mo’Cold OutsideOklahoma
5Christone “Kingfish” IngramFresh Out (ft Buddy Guy)Kingfish
6Jontavious WillisLow Down WaysSpectacular Class
7Tiffany Pollack & Eric JohansonBlues In My BloodBlues In My Blood
8Beth Hart Bad Woman BluesWar in my Mind
9Brandon SantiniDrive You Off My MindThe Longshot
10The Allman Betts BandShinin’Down to the River
11Amnesia Blues BandFast Johnny CoolHailstorm
12HeavyDrunkIf I Love You Hard EnoughHolywater
13Mindi Abair and the BoneshakersWho’s Gonna Save My SoulNo Good Deed
14Walter TroutMe My Guitar and the BluesSurvivor Blues
15Coco MontoyaLights On But Nobody’s HomeComing In Hot
16Ghost Town Blues BandShineShine
17Chris O’Leary7 Minutes7 Minutes
18Tedeschi Trucks BandThey Don’t ShineSigns
19Van MorrisonThree Chords and the TruthThree Chords and the Truth
20Terry HanckHowlin’ For My Darlin’I Still Get Excited
21Kenny Wayne ShepherdWoman Like YouThe Traveler
22Zack Walther BandBad GirlThe Westerner
23Samantha FishDirtyKill or Be Kind
24Giles RobsonDon’t Give Up on the BluesDon’t Give Up on the Blues
25Lucky PetersonPack It Up50: Just Warming Up!
26Heather NewmanI’m Coming For YouRise from the Flames
27Left Lane CruiserSmooth CommanderShake and Bake
28Delbert McClintonA Fool Like MeTall, Dark, and Handsome
29Miss Bix and the Blues FixFollow Me DownWe Don’t Own the Blues
30Ash GrunwaldAin’t My Problem (ft The Teskey Brothers)Mojo
31The Texas HornsI’m Doin’ Alright (ft. Carolyn Wonderland)Get Here Quick
32The Mike Duke ProjectI’m Not Sad Tonight….Took a Whlle
33Ronnie Earl & the BroadcastersBaby How LongBeyond the Blue Door
34Travelin’ Blue KingsNinety MinutesWired Up
35Al BasileSo Called Story TellerB’s Hothouse
36Ida Bang & the Blue TearsShelter MeGood to Me
37Arsen ShomakhovWomen and WhiskeyRainy City Blues
38Elles BaileyHelp SomebodyRoad I Call Home
39The Teskey BrothersSo Caught UpRun Home Slow
40Kerry Pastine and the Crime SceneDown DownCity of Love
41Tad RobinsonReal StreetReal Street
42Sugaray RayfordThe RevelatorSomebody Save Me
43Southern AvenueWhiskey LoveKeep On
44Honey HoundsShine OnThe Flame
45Zac HarmonGypsy RoadMississippi BarBQ
46Annika ChambersI Feel the Same (ft Paul DesLauriers)Kiss My Sass
47Tennessee RedemptionBack To TennesseeTennessee Redemption
48Ivy FordStart a FightHarvesting  My Roots
49Wentus Blues Band w/ Duke Robillard 2:19Too Much Mustard
50Rockin’ Johnny & QuiQue GomezEverybody Loves My BabyDos Hombres Wanted
51Albert CastigliaHeavyMasterpiece
52Seth RosenbloomBroke And LonelyKeep On Turning
53Arlen RothI Can Fix It (ft Jack Pearson)Tele Masters
54Eliza NealsPawn Shop Blues (Roadhouse)Sweet Or Mean
55The Kokomo KingsHeatwaveFighting Fire with Gasoline
56Robin TrowerComing Closer to the DayComing Closer to the Day
57Blue Moon MarqueeAs I Lay DyingBare Knuckes & Brawn
58Peter WardTrain to Key BiscayneTrain to Key Biscayne
59Duke RobillardDon’t Bother Trying To Steal Her LoveEar Worms
60Harpdog BrownThinkin’ and Drinkin’For Love & Money
61Brother YusefI’m a BluesmanJook Joint Jam
62Manx Mariner ManlineRattlesnakeHell Bound for Heaven
63Josh NewcomGirl Got the MojoThe Blues Gonna Getcha
64Savoy BrownConjure RhythmCity Night
65Big Wolf BandBe FreeBe Free
66Coyote KingsDrive MeRocket

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.

Thursday March 19th Roadhouse Blues on BMFR 3 pm EST

Seems like the world is losing its mind……..join us for some roadhouse bluzin’ sanity from 3 to 5 pm EST today on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com. Tunes by the Backtrack Blues Band, Dana Fuchs, Katarina Pejak, Slim Harpo, Sonny Boy Williamson, and many more….

Below is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
The B. Christopher BandIt Just Hurts
Leroy Ellington’s Sacred HeartsGood Time Blues
Backtrack Blues BandYour Baby Has Left
The Reverend Shawn AmosHollywood Blues
Barefoot DoctorsLooking For Elvis
Slim HarpoMailbox Blues
Doug MacLeodRock It Till The Cows Come Home
Harlis Sweetwater BandI Can’t Justify
Rae Gordon BandWrong Kind Of Love
The BardogsIt’s Over
T-RoostersFreedom In The Morning
Tony Holiday, James Harman, Kid RamosSpecial Friend (feat. James Harman & Kid Ramos)
Michael Jerome BrownSomebody Have Mercy
Curtis Salgado and Alan HagerOne Night Only
Kentucky Headhunters With Johnnie JohnsonKing Rooster
Grizzlee TrainMorning Bell
Neil Young & The BluenotesHey Hey
Sonny Boy Williamson IILet Me Explain
Katarina PejakDown With Me
Dana FuchsSad Solution
Brother Magnum & The Razor BumpsFire And Steel
Bryce JaneyThe Revenuers
Erja LyytinenEverything’s Fine
Wicked GrinYour Turn To Cry
RootBoneWrong Way Jack
Seasick SteveDown de Road
Rosie FloresDrive Drive Drive

Forrest McDonald Gathers the Blues in a Bucket

Forrest McDonald, over his lifetime, has been coast to coast in the United States pursing his dream and providing us with some memorable guitar playing along the way. He jammed with Muddy Waters in New York City as a teenager, rolled out to California and jammed there with Van Halen and Steve Perry in the seventies, played the guitar solo with Bob Seger on the mega hit Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll recording and with Bobby Womack on Roads of Life, and then settled down in Atlanta in the 1990’s.

Considered a musician’s musician, but largely unknown by the general music public, Forrest has done a number of recordings with the Forest McDonald Band on his label, World Talent Records, in the years since he began calling Atlanta home. The latest release, Blues In A Bucket, is a stellar album that features a number of talented backing musicians including Andrew Black (vocals), Becky Wright (guest vocals), and Tony Carey (guest keyboards/organ).

The album opens with a New Orleans style “down the bayou” tune Boogie Me Til I Drop that channels a bit of Dr. John……loved it!! Blue Morning Sun is a touching song done in remembrance of his brother that he lost recently. The slide guitar work on the tune is absolutely world class and evokes the spirit of the Macon sound of the seventies. The title cut, Blues In a Bucket, is some nice rockin’ blues, and Hard to Lose, Blues in the Basement, and Misery and Blues are just badass low down blues recordings. Going Back to Memphis is a great funky tune with some stellar horn and organ playing. And the album closes like it started with the delicious down the bayou sound of Let the Love in Your Heart.

Forrest has been playing his heart out on the guitar for over 55 years and he deserves wider recognition for his talent and his lifetime of contributions to the blues. And he certainly defines what I mean by the term “the roadhouse blues” on this fabulous recording. I hope my readers will consider purchasing a copy of this album both for the great songs included and as a big thank you to him for a music life well done!


Forrest McDonald – Blues in a Bucket (2020 World Talent 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.

The 2-20-2020 Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues on BMFR

I’m back from Mexico and ready to roll out some 2-20-2020 Thursday Roadhouse Blues on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 3 to 5 pm EST. Join us for some of the hottest contemporary blues featuring Sheri Robert Greimes, Sunny Lowdown, Blues Hangover, Checkerboard Lounge, Albert Cummings, Gary Fletcher and many more!

Below is the intended playlist!

ARTISTTITLE
Sunny LowdownLightnin’ Hop
Jason Lee McKinney BandGroove Is Getting Old
Albert CummingsMe And My Guitar
Sunny LowdownSunny Shuffle (Tell Me What’s The Reason)
Cash McCallOne Who’s Got A Lot
Bai Kamara Jr.Riverboat Blues
Tom WaitsMake It Rain
Marc AmacherRide On
Tas CruMoney Talks
Blues HangoverSlow Blues And Whiskey
Checkerboard LoungeYou Got A Way On You
Sheri Roberts GreimesGunna Be Alright
Trigger HippyDon’t Wanna Bring You Down
The Bluesland Horn BandLiving On The Ceiling
SouthfieldBypass to Nowhere
Teresa James and The Rhythm TrampsHere In Babylon
The Reverend Shawn Amos & The BrotherhoodCounting Down The Days
The Russell Barber BandMidnight Hour
Leighton FieldsOnly Takes One
Gary FletcherHearsay
Sayer and JoyceNo Galahad
Tino Gonzales & Los Reyes Del KOI Ain’t Gonna Pray
Walter TroutA Busy Man
Robert Jon & The WreckCold Night
Vince Salerno and Gerald McClendonI Wish You Would

February 4th BMFR Roadhouse Blues Nooner

We’ll be rockin’ the blues today for the Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues Nooner at High Noon EST on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com. Join us for tunes by Gary Moore, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Joe Bonamassa, Rocky Athas, Chantel McGregor, Mike Zito, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and many more!

Below is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Shuffle ExpressLegato’s Boogie
Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page & Steve WinwoodTake Me To The River
Tom HambridgeThis End of the Road (ft Sonny Landreth)
Mike ZitoTrying To Make A Living
The Rocky Athas GroupMiracle
Shakura S’AidaMr. Right
Joe Louis WalkerMovin’ On
Chris SmitherThe Blame’s On Me
Lonesome ShackPast the Ditch
Joe BonamassaHigh Water Everywhere
Jeff BeckRollin’ And Tumblin’
Leroy Ellington’s Sacred HeartsDoghouse
Chantel McGregorHelp Me
J.J. Grey & MofroMississippi
Dana FuchsKeep On Walkin’
Joanne Shaw TaylorTied & Bound
Tab Benoit, Debbie Davies, Kenny NealLuberta
Ellis Mano BandWhiskey
Gary MooreKing Of The Blues
Janiva MagnessYou Were Never Mine
Janie Cribbs & The T.Rust BandStep It Up
Vin MottIce Cold Beer
Terry HanckCome On Back
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double TroubleLeave My Little Girl Alone (Live)
Erja LyytinenSteamy Windows
Ida Bang & The Blue TearsYou Can’t Have It Both Ways