A Two for Tuesday Roadhouse Blues Nooner on BMFR

Time for the Tuesday Roadhouse Blues Nooner with Ben Vee on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com! It starts today (July 30th) at High Noon EST and will feature tunes that are related to each other by some measure.

Below is the intended playlist. See if you can pick out why I related the tunes!

ARTISTTITLE
Dominic SchoemakerDom’s Train
Blues ArcadiaI’m Your Man
Amnesia Blues BandGotta Move On
Bonita and The Blues ShacksMomma’s Goin’ Dancin’
The Kokomo KingsFooled By The City Lights
Travellin’ Blue KingsI Cannot Believe
Julian SasA Light In The Dark
Brandon IsaakI Wanna Be Your Man
Blue Moon MarqueeHard Times Hit Parade
The Reverend Shawn AmosHave Love Will Travel
Mindi Abair And The BoneshakersVinyl
Boo Boo DavisWhat The Blues Is All About
Southern AvenueWhiskey Love
Tomiko DixonI’m Ready
Zakiya HookerDirty Things
ThirtyTwo20Wildest Dreams
Dominic SchoemakerFly Away
Lachy Doley GroupA Woman
Rob TognoniAnother Tequila
Black WaterWalking Blues
Dan PatlanskyJump On
Jason RicciThink It Over
Brandon SantiniDrive You Off My Mind
HeavyDrunk and the HurricaneMidnight in Harlem
The Rolling StonesThe Harlem Shuffle
Beth HartFat Man
Beth Hart, Joe BonamassaSinner’s Prayer (Live)
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Ben Vee’s Late July Roadhouse Blues Bin

The summer is blowin’ by and here are some of the albums that I am listening to (song links to Spotify or Youtube are in blue):

The Kokomo Kings – Fighting Fire with Gasoline (2019)

The Kokomo Kings new album Fighting Fire with Gasoline heralds the return of the era when rock & roll and the blues were essentially the same genre. Upbeat and fun, I really enjoyed EVERY tune on this recording done by a mix of band members from Sweden and Denmark. I don’t know if it is somethin’ in the water, but there are a number of great new bands coming out of Copenhagen and Stockholm and the Kokomo Kings are one of the best. The band features Martin Abrahamsson (vocals and guitar), Magnus Lanshammar (bass and guitar), Ronni Boysen (guitar), and Daniel Winerö (drums).

The album is packed with great rockin’ boogie blues tunes that will get your hips and feet movin’ including A Big Pile of Fish, Fighting Fire With Gasoline, Fooled by the City Lights, I Thought I was a Patient Man, If I was an Alien, Tornadohead, and The Fish Won’t Bite. Really loved Heatwave which has a Fabulous Thunderbirds feel to it. And my personal favorite is Tied to the Tracks that has some nice guitar riffs and a Mississippi Hill Country sound.

The influence of Muddy Waters and Chuck Berry pervades the album and I know both are in blues heaven smilin’ down on this fantastic recording. Now…if only I can persuade them to send me a t-shirt with the album cover on it…my summer will be complete!!!

Jason Ricci & the Bad Kind – My Chops Are Rolling (Ellersoul Records 2019)

Since releasing his first recording in 1995, Jason Ricci has earned a reputation as one of the best harmonica players in the music business with two awards (2010 & 2018) from the prestigious Blues Music Foundation for his talent on the instrument. On his second release for Ellersoul Records, My Chops Are Rolling, Jason Ricci & the Bad Kind again lay down some badass roadhouse blues.

I was captivated by the tune The Way That I Hurt Myself that has echoes of Led Zeppelin in the performance. The song highlights Jason’s voice as well as some badass harpin’ and also shines the musical spotlight on the incredible guitar playing of John Lisi.

Additionally, Jason does a stellar instrumental cover of Led Zepp’s Going to California on the album. I also enjoyed Break In the Rain and a song he recorded with his wife, Kaitlin Dibble, entitled If You Should Lose Me. It is a great cover of a song originally performed by Barbara Lynn back in the late 1960’s.

Jason & I share a love for the New Orleans Saints and he put his admiration into words and music on Who Dat Nation! All you Saints fan should give it a listen! And Atlanta Falcon fans might want to avoid the explicit version he also includes 😛

Blue Moon Marquee – Bare Knuckles & Brawn (Factor Canada 2019)

Harkening back to the era of the blues cabaret, Blue Moon Marquee modernizes the sound on their new CD, Bare Knuckles & Brawn. A.W. Cardinal makes it work with gritty vocals and guitar playing and Jasmine Collette lays down some badass upright bass riffs as well as vocals. They are the core of a band that features guest appearances by Darcy Phillips (keyboards), Jerry Cook (Tenor & Bari Sax, Clarinet), Jimmy “Hollywood” Badger (Drums), Jack Garton (trumpet), and Paul Pigat (guitar).

Overall, this is well produced album with a laid back ambiance and a jazzy feel that still maintains an adherence to the blues. I really enjoyed 52nd Street Strut, As I Lay Dying, and the sultry feel of Big Black Mamba. Big Smoke is a great blues tune and Fever Flickering Flame conjures up scenes of a packed dance floor at a 1920 speakeasy. The haunting use of the trumpet and sparse piano licks perfectly frame Jasmine’s voice on Hard Times Hit Parade. And I loved the western swing guitar playing of Paul on The Red Devil Himself.

This is the perfect album to share with friends, a fine cigar, and a dirty martini. Let me know when ya do!!!

Travellin’ Blue Kings – Wired Up (Donor Productions 2019)

A European band that helps defines what I term as the roadhouse blues, the Travellin’ Blue Kings kick out some solid tunes on their new album Wired Up. This four piece band consists of Stephan Hermsen (vocals, harp, guitar), Jimmy Hontelé (guitar), Winne Penninckx (bass), and Marc Gijbels (drums).


This is another album where I loved EVERY cut. Particular favorites are Get It Done, Ninety Minutes, Into the Night, Straight Eight, and The Way It Used to Be. The instrumental title cut Wired Up is also a badass tune featuring some awesome guitar playing.

They are also the first band that I have seen that identify themselves as being from Benelux, an economic union of Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. The Travellin’ Blue Kings are doing their part to promote Benelux with one of the best roadhouse blues albums of 2019!


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Roadhouse Nooner on BMFR – June 25th – 12 pm EST

It’s time for a summer time roadhouse blues nooner with Ben Vee on BMFR today at 12 pm EST. Got some brand new songs by Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Jimmie Vaughan as well as lots of other modern contemporary blues from artists around the globe. Tune in at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com!

Summertime Blues with Ben Vee 3pm EST on BMFR…June 20th

Well it is SUMMER TIME! Gonna roll out some roadhouse blues featuring a number of Canadian artists AND spin some “outlaw country blues” tunes by performers including Ray Wylie Hubbard, Lincoln Durham, and Colter Wall as well as THE Band.  You can catch it all here… http://www.bluesmusicfan.com  …..beginning at 3 pm EST today!

Below is the intended playlist:

ARTIST TITLE
King Curtis The Weight (ft. Duane Allman)
The Reverend Shawn Amos Will You Be Mine
Chris Robinson Brotherhood Leave My Guitar Alone
Ben Harper I’m In I’m Out And I’m Gone
Billy Boy Arnold Catfish
The Record Company I’m Getting Better (And I’m Feeling It Right Now))
Chickenbone Slim Break Me off a Piece
Sean Pinchin Gotta Move
MonkeyJunk Show Me Yours
Colin James No Time To Get There
David Gogo Fooling Myself
Anthony Gomes Stealin’ From The Devil
Jeff Healey Hoochie Coochie Man
Savoy Brown Conjure Rhythm
Catfish Hodge Band Long Night
Chuck Leavell Wish Me Well
Clas Yngström & Big Tex Three Beyond Here Lies Nothin’
Chris Fitz Band If You See Me Tomorrow …Tell Me About Last Night
Tony Joe White Closer To The Truth
Peter Ward Coffee Song (ft Michelle Willson)
Comanchero The Sniper
The Band Blind Willie Mctell
Colter Wall Sleeping on the Blacktop
Ray Wylie Hubbard Roll And I Tumble
Lincoln Durham Reckoning Lament
Dave Alvin A Woman’s Got A Right

June Six Pack of Roadhouse Blues

Six blues rock tunes for June!  All have links in Spotify for you to take a listen!!!

Joe BonamassaSloe Gin

Title cut of his 2007 album and the song that elevated Joe Bonamassa from simply a great blues rocker to one of the most talented singers, songwriters, and guitarists of his generation.

Beth HartAm I the One

She burst onto the blues rock scene in 1996 with entrancing live performances that reminded many of Janis Joplin.  From her first album, Immortal, this song represents her at her soul baring finest.

Alvin LeeBluest Blues

One of the finest guitarists to ever pick up the instrument, British rocker and blues man Alvin Lee had a career that spanned over 45 years. He graced the stage at the Woodstock festival in 1969 and as the years passed  by put out some fine blues tunes including this classic song.  Alvin passed away in 2013.

Albert CummingsHoochie Coochie Man/Dixie Chicken Medley

A custom home builder by day and fantastic blues man by night, Albert Cummings gives an invigorated live performance of the Muddy Waters and Little Feat tunes on this cut….incredible!

Gary MooreParisienne Walkway

Irishman Gary Moore started off in the seventies as a member of Thin Lizzy. He drifted in and out of the band as the years went by and by the nineties was a full fledged blues rocker drawing huge audiences where ever he played. He originally recorded this song in the late seventies but released a live version in 1993 that took the  blues world by storm. Gary passed away in 2011.

Kenny Wayne ShepherdDeja Voodoo

Inspired by meeting and seeing Stevie Ray Vaughan perform at the age of 7, this native of Shreveport, Louisiana released his first album, Ledbetter Heights, in 1995 at the age of eighteen.  It included this blue rock gem that shot the album to #1. In the years since, Kenny Wayne has become one of the most recognized blues rock performers on the planet.  And his latest album, The Traveler, is simply fantastic also!

 

June 4th Roadhouse Nooner on BMFR at High Noon EST

Join us for my Roadhouse Blues Nooner on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com at 12 pm EST today, June 4th!  Plenty of new contemporary blues from artists such as Nick Schnebelen, Meg Williams, Beth Hart, Eric Jerardi, Reese Wynans, and many more!

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTIST TITLE
Bernie Marsden Highway 45
Alexis P. Suter Band Sick and Tired Blues
Beth Hart Might As Well Smile
Reese Wynans & Friends Take The Time
King King A Long History Of Love
Nick Schnebelen Crazy All By Myself
Melissa Etheridge Memphis Train
Mike Farris Snap Your Fingers
Sven Zetterberg & Chicago Express All For Business
Elise LeGrow Who Do You Love
Tony Campanella Finger On Your Trigger
Reverend Freakchild Hippie Bluesman Blues
Brandon Santini One More Day
Eric Jerardi Don’t Take It Personally
Hamish Anderson Damaged Goods
Selwyn Birchwood Guilty Pleasures
Shane Dwight Come See Me
Meg Williams Played by the Blues
Corey Stevens Louisiana Queen
Bridget Kelly Band Sugar Sweet Baby
Damon Fowler We’ve Got a Good Thing
Ellis Mano Band Whiskey
Joanne Shaw Taylor I’ve Been Loving You Too Long
Tiffany Pollack & Eric Johanson Slave Of Tomorrow
The Rocky Athas Group Miracle

An Aussie Roadhouse Blues Nooner with Ben Vee on BMFR 12 pm EST May 28th

Gonna spin a sampling of the great Roadhouse Blues that have been comin’ out from down under for years as well as some other contemporary blues songs on today’s Nooner on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com!  It all begins at 12 pm EST!!

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTIST TITLE
Arlen Roth Tuff Tele
Richie Pavledis Holly
On The Level Baby Gone Left Me
Blue Shaddy Walk A Mile
Studebaker John & The Hawks Rolling & Tumbling Around
Men In Blues Seeker
Blueass Blues Band Got myself a Key
Black & Blues Sweet Baby Jane
The Paladins Going Down To Big Mary’s
Trampled Under Foot Born on the Bayou
MonkeyJunk Light It Up
Toby Satisfaction
Bluestone Evry Hour Evry Day
Men In Blues Seeker
Mississippi Shakedown Talking to My Baby
Danny Burton Run Home to Momma
Paul Yates Mr Bowman
Mojo Blues Band Come On Little Girl
Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps That Cat’s In The Doghouse
Mattie Phifer Please Call Daddy
Deborah Coleman Jesus Just Left Chicago
Paula and the Pontiacs Harmonica Girl
Ina Forsman/Layla Zoe/Tasha Taylor Devil May Dance Tonight
Texas Boogie Don´t Think I Need It
Too Slim & The Taildraggers Doghouse
Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King Have Blues, Will Travel
Nine Below Zero She’s All The Rage
Kentucky Headhunters With Johnnie Johnson Shufflin’ Back To Memphis