Ben Vee Tuesday Roadhouse Blues Nooner 12-2 pm ET

If you would like to hear a mix of new contemporary blues as well as some classics of the genre, join me today from 12-2 pm ET on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com for the Ben Vee Roadhouse blues Nooner! I have some great new tunes from The B. Christopher Band, Arthur James & Northbound, the Gumbo Kings (from the Netherlands), Dave Keyes, and the Billy T Band (from Norway). I also have some classics from Bobby Blue Bland, Albert King, Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’, Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi, Fleetwood Mac, Gary Moore, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. I hope you have a chance to listen in!!

Here is the intended playlist:

New for ’22ARTISTTITLE
xThe B. Christopher BandTake It Home
Jeff StrahanAmen To The Blues
Larry GarnerTo Baton Rouge
Luther AllisonLiving in the House of the Blues
Joanne Shaw TaylorReckless Heart
xGumbo KingsChanges Somehow
Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’Don’t Leave Me Here
Billy D & The HoodoosIt Must Be Love
xThe B. Christopher BandLate Night Crying
Jimmy BarnesGonna Take Some Time (With Mahalia Barnes)
John MayerCrossroads
xArthur James & NorthboundThings Ain’t No Better
Susan TedeschiLittle By Little
Bonnie RaittUsed To Rule The World
Chris SmitherI Feel the Same
Tom HambridgeSave Me
xDave KeyesAin’t Doing That No More
xBilly T BandDiggin’ Too Deep
Bobby “Blue” BlandI Pity The Fool
Ray CharlesHit the Road Jack
The Fabulous Thunderbirds‘Neighbor’ Tend To Your Business
Albert KingI Get Evil
Fleetwood MacLike It This Way
Amos GarrettHair Of The Dog
Albert CollinsHarris County Line-Up
Gary MooreStory Of The Blues
Sonny Terry, Johnny Winter, Willie DixonI Think I Got The Blues
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double TroubleLook At Little Sister

Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues Tuesday Nooner 12-2 pm ET

Join me today on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com for the best in contemporary blues during my roadhouse blues show from 12-2 pm ET. I will be featuring new tunes by Blue Moon Marquee, Ben Levin, Jimmy Carpenter, Dr. John, The Shaelyn Band, Jimmy Hall, and Bywater Call.

Here is the intended playlist. I publish this with the hope that if you like some of the songs that you will download and buy them using your favorite music service. You too can help the blues to thrive in 2022!!

ARTISTTITLE
Albert CastigliaMojo 305
Seasick SteveRoy’s Gang
The 44’sBoogie Disease
Shaun MurphyTurn Me On
Mark Wenner’s Blues WarriorsHello Josephine
Red’s BluesAin’t That Lovin’ You Baby
~~Blue Moon MarqueeHound Dog On A Chain
Aunt Kizzy’z BoyzRoute 66
~~Ben Levin, Lil’ Ed WilliamsLonger Hours, Shorter Pay
~~Jimmy CarpenterBarefootin’
Guitar ShortyI’ve Been Working
The Band Of HeathensMedicine Man
Boz ScaggsMixed Up, Shook Up Girl
~~Dr. JohnSleeping Dogs Best Left Alone
~~Trotsky Experience BandSonny Boy Blow
Sonny Boy Williamson (II)Keep It To Yourself
~~The Shaelyn BandI Could Be
Eric ClaptonHelp Me Up
Robert Band CrayGreat Big Old House
~~Jimmy HallLove For It
Michael BurksStorm Warning
Z.Z. HillYou’re Ruining My Bad Reputation
~~Bywater CallBring It Back
Trigger HippyDon’t Wanna Bring You Down
Southern AvenueBe The Love You Want
Layla ZoeSomeday
Grant DermodyReal Time Man
Beth HartCrashing Down

Modern Blues 2022 on BMFR 12-2 pm ET

2022 is rollin’ along with some great modern blues being released by groups like GA-20, Jack Broadbent, Al Basile, the Bennett Matteo Band, Dana Fuchs, Wild Ox Moan, Kat Riggins, and Kirk Fletcher, to name just a few! Join me today from 12 to 2 pm ET on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com and have a listen to the sounds of the 2022 modern roadhouse blues!

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Chicken ShackHorde And Cart
Dawn Tyler WatsonThe River
Brad Absher & The SuperialsBe The Luv
Jack BroadbentRide
The MilkmenDon’t Forget It
Bennett Matteo BandShiny Creatures
GA-20One Night Man
When Rivers MeetTomorrow
Al BasileUh Huh
G. Love & Special SauceIf My Mind Don’t Change (feat. Sharde Thomas)
The WildrootsLazy Little Daisy (feat. Anthony “Packrat” Thompson)
Ghost HoundsWillie Brown Blues
The Strongman Blues Remedy and Steve StrongmanI Like To Ride (feat. Harrison Kennedy)
Kurt CrandallBull Headed Woman
Karl Stoll and The Danger ZoneMeet Me in New Orleans
Nik ClovskyMama
Emma WilsonWish Her Well
Wild Ox MoanWork
Dana FuchsSave Me
Kat RigginsCross the Line
Kirk FletcherWrapped up, Tangled up in the Blues
Markey Blue Ric Latina ProjectRed Room
BluesmanBackdoor Man
Albert CummingsNeed Somebody
HolzscheitRollin’ and Tumblin’
Professor Louie & The CrowmatixChain Shot Cannon Ball
Kayla Medlen, GrooveanautLeftovers
Walk That WalkGone Fishing

Al Basile – Through With Cool

Within the pantheon of recognized stars of the contemporary roadhouse blues, there is one and only one cornet horn player that comes to mind. His name is Al Basile and he hails from Rhode Island. Al got his start with Roomful of Blues back in the seventies, played with Duke Robillard in the 80’s, and went out on his own in the nineties. He sings in a classic jazzy blues style and often writes songs in an introspective style observing himself and the world around him and the man can play that cornet!!

Besides being a singer, musician and performer, Al is also a published poet with three released books of poetry to his credit. AND, what I have always found most intriguing about Al is that up until 2005 he balanced a blues career with teaching high school!! Bluesman by night and teacher of English, music, and physics during the day. He had to have been the coolest teacher on campus!! On his latest recording released on August 19th of this year, Through with Cool, Al foreswears cool on the title track but I don’t buy it. One does not give up being cool on your own; I find it to be the observation of others about you (like a nickname) and Al, to put it in roadhouse blues vernacular, is still pretty badass.

For the Through With Cool recording, Al invites along several friends and musicians that have played with him on other recordings. Kid Andersen does a fabulous job on guitars, Mark Teixeira beats out the rhythm on drums, Brad Hallen is on bass, Bruce Bears plays the ivories, Jeff “Doc” Chanonhouse is on trumpet, and a horn player I really like by the name of Doug James is on saxophone and clarinet. They produce a very tight laid back blues sound that is the very definition of jazzy blues cool!

There are 14 tracks on the new recording, these are my favorite three:

  • Uh Huh is a catchy tune that showcases the band’s talents. Al’s solo on the cornet as well as Kid Anderson’s riffs are tasty. I believe the song should get a lot of airplay on blues stations. It certainly will during my roadhouse blues shows.
  • My Hero captures Al’s style in a nutshell; easy accessible jazzy blues with adult observations on life. I like it!!
  • On We Lie On Your Grave, Al’s cornet and Kid’s guitar once again steal the show but they have to compete with some rather unusual mental visualizations on a tune that only Al could write.

In the liner notes for the recording, Al posits whether there is such a thing as “eternal cool”. I answer in the affirmative and encourage him to keep looking at the world and himself and letting us know what he thinks in song and verse. For not matter what he says…..Al Basile will always be pretty cool!

Al Basile – Through With Cool (Sweetspot 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.

A Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues Fest Thursday on BMFR 3-5 pm ET (August 18, 2022)

Over FIFTY major roadhouse blues artists will be appearing at blues festivals in Europe, Canada, and three locations in the United States this weekend. In Belgium (Swing…Blues for the People Festival), Canada (Edmonton Blues Festival), New Hampshire (White Mountain Boogie and Blues Festival), New York (Chenango Blues Festival), & Indiana (Madison Ribberfest), people will be on the road today headed for a weekend of family, friends, food, and some badass music.

I will be spinning songs by some of the artists appearing at the festivals during my Roadhouse blues show from 3-5 pm ET on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com. I plan on squeezing in as many tunes as I can from Keb’ Mo’, Samantha Fish, Walter Trout, Jimmie Vaughan, Popa Chubby, Sue Foley, Ghalia Volt, Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps, Angel Forrest, Ana Popovic, the Altered Five Blues Band, Joyann Parker, G-20, Mud Morganfield, and the other fabulous acts that will be on stage.

For a complete listing of all the artists, checkout my video on the Ben Vee Youtube channel!

My NEW Youtube Video – 14 Female Roadhouse Blues Artists You Should Know

If you get a chance, please check out my new Youtube Video, 14 Female Roadhouse Blues Artists You Should Know on the Ben Vee channel. And please also comment on the video (or here) with the number of the artists that you were aware of previously on the list…..I gotz to know 🙂

Here is a list of the artists, their latest studio recording, and a link to a video from their careers that is on Youtube. I hope ya enjoy!!

Shemekia Copeland – Done Come Far – Hit ‘Em Back

Samantha Fish – Faster – No Angels

Eva Carboni – Smoke & Mirrors – Smoke & Mirrors

Jackie Venson – Love Transcends – Always Free

Joanne Shaw Taylor – The Blues Album – Just Another Word

Diuanna Greenleaf – I Ain’t Playin – Back Door Man

Janiva Magness – Hard to KIll – Strong As Steel

Polly O’Keary & the Rhythm Method – 50 – Black Crow Callin

Beth Hart – A Tribute to Led Zeppelin – Bad Woman Blues

Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps – Rose Colored Glasses – The Day the Blues Came to Call

Demetria Taylor – Do What I’m Supposed To Do – 83 Highway

Angel Forrest – Angel’s 11, Vol II – Hold On Tight Mr. I’m Alright

Ana Popovic – Like It On Top – You Got the Love

Bonnie Raitt – Just Like That…. – Made Up Mind


#blues #roadhouseblues #bluesrock

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.

June 28th Roadhouse Blues Nooner 12-2 pm ET

Join us today for some more incredible contemporary roadhouse blues on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 12-2 pm ET. I have new tunes by The Strongman Blues Remedy, JD McPherson, Diunna Greenleaf, Karise Eden, Moblues, AND Hank Williams Jr. as well as some favorites by Justin Townes Earle, Steve Earle, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Tinsley Ellis.

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Jimmy JohnsonMissing Link
Oliver DarlingGot Love
Diunna GreenleafNever Trust A Man
The Phantom Blues BandStepping Up In Class
Todd SharpvilleBrothers From Another Mother (ft. Larry McCray)
Sven ZetterbergRain on Tears
The Fabulous Murray BrothersArithmetic Blues
Johnny SansoneBlowin’ Fire
Patricia ManionI’ll Find a Way
Tinsley EllisDangling By A Thread
JD SimoOld Black Mattie
Hank Williams Jr.Short Haired Woman
Ray Wylie HubbardBad Trick (ft Ringo Starr & Joe Walsh)
16 HorsepowerBlack Soul Choir
JD McPhersonLet’s Rock
The Electric SugarAin’t Going Our Way
Little VictoryLosing Time
Jenny Bohman Roots RevueThe Reason Why
The Strongman Blues Remedy and Steve StrongmanTell Me I’m Wrong (Crystal Shawanda)
Karise EdenBlack Crow
StompboxtrioBlack Sheep
Justin Townes EarleHarlem River Blues
Steve Earle And The DukesKing Of The Blues
Guitar ShortyFine Cadillac
Mica MillarPreacher Man
Pat & The BluesChargersDusty Road
MorblusDown In Mississippi
Tony Joe WhiteCold Fingers

A Blues Hound Howlin’ At the Moon – Todd Sharpville’s MEDICATION TIME

The new Todd Sharpville album Medication Time, that is due out July 8th on Dixiefrog Records, is a powerhouse blues recording that is sure to garner nominations for album of the year. Exhilarating on some tracks and pensive and thoughtful on others, the new album bubbles with energy from a life lived in the blues.

Some people encounter deep sadness and tragedy in their lives and never recover. Others, like Todd, rise from the ashes of a personal meltdown with a renewed sense of purpose. Almost two decades ago, Todd suffered a nervous breakdown after losing custody of his children during a divorce. Severe depression and suicidal thoughts led to a stay in a mental institution. The ability to continue playing and writing music during his stay as well as the support of family and friends (including fellow bluesman Larry McCray from Detroit) got him through the worst of times and honed his blues talents in the fiery cauldron of depression and recovery.

The new album features 12 songs of which 9 are originals. Two of the recordings have been released as promotional videos and both are well worth the time to watch. (Both are also available on my Youtube Channel playlist for cool roadhouse blues.) Todd and Larry McCray do a really creative animated video for the song Brothers From Another Mother. And Todd does an intensely personal video performance of the Dylan tune, Walk Out In the Rain.

There is also an interesting and powerful blues’d up rendition of the Dire Strait’s tune, Money for Nothing, included on the recording. Guest artist Sugar Ray Norcia heightens the intensity, resentment, and jealousy of the lyrics on vocals; it is well worth a listen. My favorite on the album is the blues rockin’ tune, God Loves A Loser and I also love Get Outta My Way, the slow pretty I Don’t Need to Know Your Name (with a fabulous sax solo) and his rousing version of the Bruce Springsteen song, Red Headed Woman.

Undergirding this powerful recording is Todd’s guitar virtuosity and the production values that Duke Robillard, a two time Grammy Nominee and multiple Blues Music Award winner, brings to any recording that he produces. Todd got his start back in 1992 with the album Touch of Your Love. It won Best Album and Best Guitarist awards at that year’s British Blues Awards. I have a strong feeling that Medication Time will do the same this time around!


#blues #roadhouseblues #bluesrock #britishblues

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, does weekly sets on the SecondLife grid, 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.

Summer Time Solstice Blues 12-2 pm ET on BluesMusicFan Radio

I got some Summer time Solstice blues for ya today on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 12-2 pm ET. I am gonna be spinning an all Euro show with songs from Thorbjorn Risager, Kiko Garcia, Maria Daines, Veronique Gayot, Ben Granfelt, and more! There are alot of fabulous European contemporary blues artists and they are spread out all over the continent: the UK, Hungary, the Netherlands, Greece, Germany, Italy, France, and Spain to name a few! I hope you get a chance to tune in and listen to the roadhouse bluzin’ stream!

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Hans Van LierT Bone Shuffle
Baba & The TonebonesLittle Poor Chicken
Kiko García BandMojo Ringer
Thorbjorn RisagerBurning Up
Otis Rush & FriendsAll Your Love (I Miss Loving) (Feat. Eric Clapton)
Clara RoseBall and Chain
Mojo HandsHigh Blood Pressure
Tomislav GolubanBabe On The Run
Henrik Freischlader BandThe Blues
Michele BiondiRight Now
Maria DainesHave Mercy
Fekete JenoBlues with a Feeling
YolaStand For Myself
Xander and the Peace PiratesBreathless
King KingWaking Up
The 2:19Horseshoe Curve
Veronique GayotGood Blues On The Radio
The Blue ChevysGot That Feeling
Peter Garstenauer BandNo Doubt
City Blues ConnectionLove My Baby
Juke Joints BandCold Cell
Harlem LakeThe River
Ben GranfeltGoing Home (Live)
SoundtruckTime to Change
Kiko And The Blues RefugeesAin’t Gone Yet
HendrikseMy Song Will Last Forever

Ready for a Road trip? Take along the Roadhouse 66 Best Blues Songs of 2021!

It’s summertime here in the northern hemisphere and many of us will be taking road trips to see family and friends. Whether the journey is an hour away or across the continent, here are the Roadhouse 66 best blues songs of 2021 to listen to along the way. And this year, for the first time, the playlist is available on the Ben Vee Youtube channel and on the Ben Vee Spotify account. I hope you enjoy reviewing and listening to the songs. And bear in mind that music is not a sports competition…..whether the song is listed at number 4 or number 64, these are all truly great tunes culled from an initial list of over 4,000 new songs that I reviewed or streamed during the course of 2021!! And if you have a comment or want to tell us what your best roadhouse blues song of 2021 was, just leave a comment below.

The Roadhouse 66 Best Blues Songs of 2021 Top Ten

#1 Altered Five Blues Band – Full Moon, Half Crazy

Another in a long series of vibrant upbeat tunes from this amazing band out of Wisconsin, the group is powered by the voice of Jeff Taylor.

#2 Christone “Kingfish” Ingram – Long Distance Woman

The Kingfish is a true superstar of the contemporary blues and…..he is only 23!! He first came to my attention four or five years ago and his musical trajectory just keeps rising and rising!

#3 Dion – I’ve Got to Get to You (ft. Boz Scaggs, Mike Menza, and Joe Menza)

His career started over 60 years ago and at the age of 82 he is still kickin’ out some badass blues songs!

#4 Colin James – Open Road

Stevie Ray Vaughan opened the door for him in the 1980’s and in the years since he has become a mainstay of the Canadian music scene. This is the title cut from his latest album that was also the Roadhouse Blues 61 best album of the year!

#5 Tommy Castro – Somewhere

This California based bluesman is a personal favorite. I have seen him in concert 3 times and he is an absolutely incredible performer. He also walked away from this year’s Blue Music Awards in Memphis with a bevy of the top awards. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

#6 J Lee and the Hoodoo Skulls – Highway

This blues rock band out of the UK just cranks out some badass music!

#7 Atomic 44s – Fade to Black

I tried to see this southern California band last summer when I went to visit my younger daughter. They are the perfect roadhouse blues band. Unfortunately, COVID cancelled the show. I hope to see them on a future trip!

#8 JP Williams Blues Band featuring Ekat Pereya – Mighty Dangerous Boogie

I just love JP’s style of roadhouse blues. And I appreciate the fact that he appeared in chat on several of my BluesMusicFan Radio shows during 2021.

#9 Polly O’Keary & the Rhythm Method – I’m Not Guilty

A long time star of the blues from the American northwest, Polly O’Keary has paid her blues dues! I just love her voice!

#10 Blues Traveler – Roadhouse Blues

John Popper and company do an amazing blues version of the Doors classic. Easily one of my favorite tunes of 2021….I wonder why?!!

The entire Roadhouse 66 Best blues songs of 2021

The Roadhouse 66 list includes perennial music stars like Melissa Etheridge, Jimmy Barnes, Billy Gibbons, Van Morrison, and Doobie Brothers as well as personal favorites like Uncle Watson’s Widow, Mike Zito, Carolyn Wonderland, the Black Keys, and Davy Knowles. There are a slew of contemporary blues stars on the list such as Eddie 9V, Joanne Shaw Taylor, the Record Company, and Sue Foley. Also included are some rising stars of the genre that you may not have heard before; 8 Ball Aitken, Veronica Lewis, Ben Levin, Hendrikse, and AJ Fullerton to name just a few! I hope you get a chance to listen to all of them sometime soon. Just remember you can use my playlists on Youtube and Spotify to listen to them all and hopefully buy and download a few….the ultimate compliment to the artists!!

ARTISTTITLE
1Altered Five Blues BandFull Moon, Half Crazy
2Christone “Kingfish” IngramLong Distance Woman
3DionI’ve Got To Get To You
4Colin JamesOpen Road
5Tommy CastroSomewhere
6J Lee and the Hoodoo SkullsHighway
7Atomic 44sFade To Black
8JP Williams Blues Band featuring Ekat PereyraMighty Dangerous Boogie
9Polly O’Keary & The Rhythm MethodI’m Not Guilty
10Blues TravelerRoadhouse Blues
11Mike ZitoDreaming Of You
12Billy F GibbonsStackin’ Bones (Feat. Larkin Poe)
13Markus K.Rollin’ and Tumblin’
14Sean ChambersRockin’ Daddy
15Carolyn WonderlandBroken Hearted Blues
168 Ball AitkenWhat Goes Up
17Eddie 9VDog Me Around
18Sue FoleyHurricane Girl (ft. Jimmie Vaughan)
19The Black KeysCoal Black Mattie
20Uncle Watson’s WidowNasty Dogs Funky Kings Precious and Grace
21Melissa EtheridgeFor The Last Time
22Jimmy BarnesEnd Of The Road
23Joanne Shaw TaylorStop Messin’ Round
24Steve MarrinerTake Me To The City
25Simon Kinny-LewisSwamp Rat
26Chickenbone SlimServe It to Me Hot
27The Dirty Mojo Blues BandMy Little Sue
28The Doobie BrothersCannonball
29Dirty Dave OstiRiver Of Shame
30Eldon Backhouse And The Electric Blues BandAnother Man
31Band Of FriendsLivin’ Like a Trucker
32Steve CropperShe’s So Fine
33Joe MetzkaWalk
34Tom Feldmann and Noah LevyGoing Away Baby
35The Record CompanyToday Forever
36The Kokomo KingsShe´s Shaking Up A Storm
37SuperdownhomeHomework
38Vintage TroubleLow Down Dirty Dog
39Delta FuseLetter on the Table
40Gov’t MuleSnatch It Back And Hold It
41AJ FullertonThe Forgiver And The Runaway
42Davy KnowlesOne & The Same
43Captain Morgan ExpressHanging Tree
44Quinn SullivanWide Awake
45Dave KalzShes Got A Hemi
46The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn BandToo Cool To Dance
47Tommy ZTommy Guns
48HendrikseTry to Save Your Soul
49Andy LindquistThe River Queen
50Big Chief Monk BoudreauxChoo Choo
51Dionne BennettFull Time Job
52CactusPreaching Woman Man Blues
53Bernie MarsdenMe And My Guitar
54Teresa James and The Rhythm TrampsGonna Rise Together
55Ben LevinI Can’t Stop It
56The LiberatorsWrong Distraction
57Trainman BluesTroubled Mind
58Mike Goudreau BandTonight’s The Night For Big Fun
59Van MorrisonDeadbeat Saturday Night
60The Immediate FamilySlippin’ and Slidin’
61Colin Linden4 Cars
62WellBadOne Kiss Too Late
63Dennis SiggeryGypsy Woman
64Early Times & The High RollersDo What She Do
65Selwyn BirchwoodI’d Climb Mountains
66Veronica LewisPut Your Wig On Mama

#blues #roadhouseblues #bluesrock

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.