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

March 24th BMFR Roadhouse Blues Nooner 12-2 pm EST

It’s time for the March 24th BMFR Roadhouse Blues Nooner at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com. Tune in from 12-2 pm EST as I roll out tunes by Mud Morganfield, Coyote Kings, Samantha Fish, Anthony Geraci, Dana Fuchs, Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa and many more!!

Hope ya stayin’ safe! One small benefit of a bit of home isolation is you get to listen to more music! And the more you listen and purchase and download ones that you like from my playlist, the more it will benefit these great blues artists that are, by and large, really feeling the impact NOW of the lack of gigs to play!! With the exception of a few, most blues artists aren’t wealthy…they are like you and me..bit worried about the immediate future and how to pay the bills as they roll in amidst the pandemic.

Below is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Mick ClarkeNuthin’burger Blues
The Original Blues Brothers Band ft Steve Cropper and Lou MariniGot My Mojo Working
Mud MorganfieldOh Yeah
Damon FowlerAin’t Gonna Rock with You No More
Coyote KingsDrive Me
Jimmy CarpenterYou Belong To Me
Johnny & The HeadhuntersWatch And Chain (Hey Gyp)
Luke Winslow-KingChicken Dinner
Sue FoleyThe Lucky Ones (feat. Jimmie Vaughan)
John AkapoMaui Drive
Fiona BoyesEmber
Delta WiresYour Eyes
The Lucky LosersThe River
Peter ParcekWorld Keep On Turning
Joe GoldmarkBeautician Blues
Anthony GeraciWhy Did You Have To Go
Ben Harper & Charlie MusselwhiteThe Bottle Wins Again (Live At Machine Shop)
Sean ChambersGonna Groove
Samantha FishNo Angels
Kenny Wayne ShepherdHow Low Can You Go
John Ginty And Aster PhoenyxCaptain Hook
Mike ZitoChip off the Block
Anthony Rosano and The ConqueroosBound to You
Dana FuchsReady To Rise
Walter TroutCrash And Burn (feat. Joe Louis Walker)
Beth Hart & Joe BonamassaGive It Everything You Got
Corey Dennison BandHear My Plea
Big Wolf BandBe Free
Savoy BrownConjure Rhythm

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.

St Paddy’s Day Quarantine Roadhouse Blues Nooner on BMFR

It’s St. Patrick’s day and most of us are in self quarantine of one sort or another at home…ugh. BUT it is Tuesday and time for the Ben Vee Roadhouse Nooner from 12 to 2 pm EST on BMFR. Grab your favorite beverage..perhaps a smoke…..and join us for some great contemporary tunes at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com!

We will featuring songs from Italy (T-Roosters), Canada (Liz Brasher), Bali (The Bardogs), the UK (Mick Jagger & the Red Devils), Ireland (Gary Moore) as well as some badass roadhouse tunes from all across the USA!

The intended playlist can be found below:

ARTISTTITLE
Sonny LandrethGroovy Goddess
Backtrack Blues BandDixie Grill
Johnny & The HeadhuntersLead Me On
Liz BrasherHand To The Plow
The BardogsCorona
Mick Jagger & The Red Devils40 Days, 40 Nights
Honey CreekDon’t Come Around Too Slow
Jake Green BandDark Clouds
T-RoostersThree Euros And Nintyfive Blues
Casey HensleySearching For A Man
Blue AttitudeHere’s to You
Ben Rice and RB StoneHoodoo Workin’ Overtime
Carl and the Road DawgsWaldrop Street
The OutcropsPeace Of Mind
Rhett TylerTotal Package
Joe BonamassaJust ‘Cos You Can Don’t Mean You Should
Rae Gordon BandHow Much I Love You So
Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois KingCan’t Let Go
Jack Mack & the Heart Attack HornsStandin’ Before the King
Etta JamesHush Hush
Victor WainwrightMoney
Kenny Wayne ShepherdHow Low Can You Go
Barns CourtneyGlitter And Gold
Tommy Castro And The PainkillersMy Old Neighborhood
Riff RidersRumors
Jimmy HallHold What You Got
Gary MooreEvil

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.

Best of the Blues 2019 – Mindi Abair – Roadhouse Blues Woman of the Year

When I saw a video of Mindi Abair playing a tune with Joe Bonamassa a couple of years ago, I was captivated. Her voice is energetic, her sax playing is excellent, and she is pretty dang easy on the eyes. This blues rock bundle of energy hails from California where, besides playin’ the badass roadhouse blues, she also runs a winery with her husband!

Mindi is an accomplished performer and musician with the pedigree to prove it. A graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, she has been nominated for Grammy Awards for her incendiary sax style, toured with Aerosmith, and earned a reputation as a fiery on stage singer. She joined forces with The Boneshakers in 2014 and they have collaborated on three well received and popular albums in the years since; the latest of which is entitled NO GOOD DEED and one of my favorites of 2019.

NO GOOD DEED was produced by Kevin Shirley (Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, Black Country Communion) and his touch brings out the very best in Mindi on No Good Deed Goes Unpunished, Seven Day Fool, and Movin’ On. Mindi is a natural blues rocker who likes it LOUD with a pulsing rhythm and that is certainly something that Kevin knows a thing or two about. Mindi teams with band drummer and vocalist Third Richardson for an incredible rendition of a tune done back in the day by Ike & Tina Turner, Baby Get It On. Mindi then cranks it on a rousing version of You Better Run, a hit for Pat Benatar in the 1980’s and originally done by the Young Rascals in the 1960’s. All of the cuts also feature an awesome guitar player by the name of Randy Jacobs.

My first awareness of Mindi came with the release of THE EASTWEST SESSIONS in 2017 and the tune Pretty Good for a Girl featuring Joe Bonamassa on guitar. The tune is also the name of her production company….an in your face reminder of what Mindi and other female musicians often deal with while payin’ their dues. One of my pet peeves is writers/reviewers and industry groups that distinguish between male and female instrument players. An instrument has no sex and identifying Mindi as a “fabulous female sax player” will likely get you a stare down from her that intimates potential violence. For a taste of her prowess on the saxophone, I invite you to listen to Not That Kind of Girl. The tune reflects her boisterous style with an upbeat sound and infectious beat.

Additionally, Mindi & the Boneshakers put out a Christmas album in December of 2018 entitled ALL I GOT FOR CHRISTMAS IS THE BLUES. The title cut, Merry Christmas Baby, and I Can’t Wait for Christmas are cool modern tunes and her sax infused version of the classic The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) is something you just have to hear! The overall recording has become an instant blues Christmas favorite of mine.

Based on her most recent album which is a perfect synergy of rock, blues, and R&B, as well as her body of work during the last decade, Mindi Abair rightly deserves her selection as our 2019 Roadhouse Blues Woman of the Year!


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.