Hoodoo and Holy Water Make for a Fine Blues mix!!!

Paul Gallucci and John Brauchler have been friends and playing music together since their high school days. Based in the Boston area, they were an acoustic duo for years. In 2017, they formed ONE DIME BAND and with the release of their second album, Hoodoo and Holy Water, have popped up on the blues radar for a lot of listeners around the world. I was fortunate to get to chat with Paul on social media recently and ask him some questions. But first…about the music and the band.

The title cut is some badass contemporary blues…a catchy and upbeat tune that is getting a lot of airplay during my roadhouse blues shows. Witch Child is some sultry funk with great horns accompaniment. Salaryman has a Steely Dan feel to it with great vocals and a nice touch of wah wah on guitar. I loved the ‘remembrance’ tune, Mama’s Chair with it’s charming reminder of gentler times with our mothers. Something Good opens with a cool organ solo and then glides through a rhythmic reminder to us all to do something good everyday. I also loved the roots blues tune, Facing Yourself, and the fifties style blues rock & roller, Hard Luck Daddy. And the tune, Nobody’s Dog, is a tasty little ‘down the bayou’ blues number.

ONE DIME BAND’s diverse sound is crafted with Paul on lead vocals and harmonica, and John on lead guitars as well as the resonator and banjo. Supporting them on various tracks are Alizon Lissance (keyboards and accordion), drummers Chris Anzalone and Jay Gillies, Paul Konchanski and John Grube (bass), David Gordon Jr. (organ), Jackie Damsky (violin), Donna Tritico (vocals), John ‘Blue Horn’ Moriconi (trumpet) and Mario Perrett (tenor sax). As you can see from the band member instrument list, this is not your typical blues quartet just crankin’ out an album. The songs were written by Paul and John with one notable exception. Author Tim Curry sits in on one track playing acoustic guitar and singing for Hard Luck Daddy.

To me, it is always interesting to get band members perspectives on music and learn about the groups that influence them. Below are some questions I put to Paul and his answers:

  • There is a delightful little tune on the new album entitled Little Time.  During the pandemic, how have you all been spending your time? Writing new tunes? Reconnecting with family and friends? WE’VE DEFINITELY BEEN WRITING AND RECORDING DEMOS OF NEW MATERIAL AS WELL AS DOING SOME OUTDOOR LOCATION LIVE VIDEO THAT WE’VE SHARED ON SOCIAL MEDIA…WE’VE ALL BEEN ABLE TO SPEND SOME TIME WITH FAMILY, TOO – THANK GOD!
  • The song Mama’s Chair is about the simpler times of our childhood and our mothers. Who wrote the song? EXACTLY! IT WAS WRITTEN BY JOHN BRAUCHLER AND MYSELF.
  • The keyboard interplay with the harmonica on Nobody’s Dog is pretty badass. Who is playing keyboards and harmonica? ALIZON LISSANCE IS THE INCREDIBLE PIANO PLAYER ON THAT NUMBER – SHE ALSO PLAYS HAMMOND ORGAN AND ACCORDION ON THE ALBUM…I’M PLAYING ALL THE HARMONICA ON THE ALBUM.
  • Can you talk about some artists that have influenced the band since you all first started playing together back in the 1980’s. WELL, THAT’S A LONG LIST – LOL! WE’RE LOVERS OF SUCH A VARIETY OF ROOTS MUSIC FROM DELTA AND URBAN BLUES TO SOUL, R&B, ROOTS COUNTRY AND ROCKABILLY BUT WE WERE VERY INFLUENCED BY ARTISTS LIKE TAJ MAHAL, MUDDY WATERS, HOWLING WOLF, BUDDY GUY, JUNIOR WELLS, WILLIE DIXON, LITTLE WALTER, SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON, CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE, ELMORE JAMES, JIMMY REED, LIGHTNING HOPKINS, SON HOUSE, ALBERT, FREDDIE AND B.B. KING, SONNY TERRY & BROWNIE MCGEE, JOHNNY WINTER, LONNIE MACK, JIMI HENDRIX,  STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN – JUST TO SCRATCH THE SURFACE!
  • Are there any other contemporary blues artists out there that you all really enjoy listening to? OH YES! JUST A FEW FAVORITES ARE GARY CLARK JR., CHRISTONE “KINGFISH” INGRAM, JONTAVIOUS WILLIS, RUTHIE FOSTER, TAB BENOIT, ERIC GALES, PROFESSOR HARP, AND GA-20
  • With so many venues closed now by government mandate, how do you try to stay in touch with your fanbase? WE’VE BEEN POSTING VIDEOS AND LINKS TO OUR MUSIC ON FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM AND YOUTUBE. HOPING TO DO SOME FACEBOOK LIVE PERFORMANCES SOON!
  • What has been your favorite venue to play over the years? Any one that is special to the group? UNFORTUNATELY SO MANY ARE CLOSING DURING THE PANDEMIC, BUT HOPEFULLY A FEW CAN RECOVER…THE CANTAB, JOHNNY D’s, HARPER’S FERRY, THE NEXT PAGE, THE C NOTE, JASPER HILL  – BUT ONE THAT WAS A SPECIAL VENUE  FOR US WAS THE BRIGHTON, MA LOCATION OF JONATHAN SWIFT’S WHERE WE HOSTED A BLUES JAM MANY YEARS AGO.

Hoodoo and Holy Water turns out to be quite a bluzin’ combination………..download and give it a listen. You won’t be disappointed!!!

One Dime Band – Hoodoo and Holy Water (2019 Toneblanket 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.

Sept 29th Roadhouse Blues Nooner on BMFR

It’s Tuesday, September 29th, and time for my Roadhouse Blues Nooner from 12 to 2 pm EDST! Will be featuring a mix of great contemporary blues with artists such as the One Dime Band, Walter Trout, TBelly, John Nemeth, Jade Macrae, The Lucky Losers, and many more! You can listen in at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com!

The intended playlist is below:

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
Kirk FletcherD Is For DennyMy Blues Pathway
TBellyWalk With MePromo Single
Jade MacraeUp Above Your HeadHandle Me with Care
The Lucky LosersHalf a NothingGodless Land
Levon HelmBorrowed Time ft. Dr. JohnMidnight Ramble Music Sessions, Vol 2
Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’That’s Who I AmTajMo
One Dime BandHard Luck DaddyHoodoo and Holy Water
Moreland & ArbuckleWhat You Gonna DoFlood
John NemethCome And Take ItStronger Than Strong
The Smoke Wagon Blues BandSteaming Comrades Harp BoogieThe Ballad Of Albert Johnson
Dave FieldsChloe & OtisForce of Will
Grant DermodyMorning TrainMy Dony
Hector AnchondoWhere’d You Go?Kickin’ Up Dust
Ismo Haavisto One Man BandMake My DayHard Stompin’ Blues
JD TaylorAnastasiaThe Coldwater Sessions
Downchild Blues BandI am Mr. Downchilda case of the blues – best of
Cary MorinNobody Gotta KnowDockside Saints
Levon HelmHurricaneTies That Bind: The Best of Levon Helm 1975-1996
Casey JamesIf You Dont Know By NowIf You Don’t Know By Now
Walter TroutUp Above My SkyOrdinary Madness
Warren HaynesSister JusticeTales Of Ordinary Madness
BabaJackEvery Day The SameRunning Man
Tinsley EllisLast One To KnowIce Cream In Hell
Joe Louis Walker, Waddy WachtelBowlegged Woman, Knock-Kneed ManBlues Comin’ On
Bette SmithSong for a FriendThe Good, the Bad and the Bette
Lauren MoonWhat Goes Round (Comes Round)Promo Single

Roadhouse Blues Nooner for June 9th on BMFR

Join me today, June 9rh, for my Roadhouse Blues Nooner on BMFR from 12 to 2 pm ET. I have new tunes from Dion, the James Pitt Band, Mary Jo Curry, The Nighthawks, Jeff Fetterman and plenty of great contemporary roadhouse blues!! Grab your beverage of choice and tune in at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com.

Below is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
The Little Red Rooster Blues BandRockin’ My Boogie
The Rudy Boy ExperimentJuke Joint
The James Pitts BandLove Me
The Little Red Rooster Blues BandHey, Hey, I Love You
Mary Jo Curry BandFront Porch
Scott EllisonPerfect For You
Etta JamesGotta Serve Somebody
Stephen StillsIsn’t It About Time
Tommy Castro & The PainkillersLive Every Day
Mike ZitoBad News Is Coming
Heather NewmanHis Soul
Lisa MillsSlip Away
Tony HolidayPaying Rent
Tom HambridgeBluz Crazy
Shaun MurphyHappy with the One I Got Now
Sean PinchinSomeone Like You
Daniel CastroCold Hearted Woman
Kenny ParkerHard Times In The Land Of Plenty
Omar Kent Dykes & Jimmie VaughanJimmy Reed Highway
Omar & The HowlersToo Many People Talkin’
The NighthawksChairman Of The Board
Jeff FettermanGoin’ Down To Nashville
Alvin LeeMemphis
Rita ChiarelliTupelo
Blind FaithCan’t Find My Way Home
DionHymn To Him featuring Patti Scialfa & Bruce Springsteen
Harpdog BrownFacebook Woman

May 21st Good Time Roadhouse Blues on BMFR

I have new songs by Lucinda Williams, Jeff Fetterman, Tony Holiday, Eliza Neals, Victor Wainwright, and many more Good Time Roadhouse blues tunes today, May 21st, at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 3 to 5 pm ET. Grab yer favorite beverage and call/message a friend and ask them to share the social distancing blues with ya!!

Below is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Dr. JohnHoney Dripper
Jeff FettermanGoin’ Down To Nashville
Geoff AchisonI Wish You Were Mine
Trevor B. Power BandI Wrote It Down
Three’s Company BluesUncover Me
Eliza Neals/Joe Louis WalkerThe Devil Don’t Love You
Lucinda WilliamsWhen The Way Gets Dark
Mike ZitoI Wouldn’t Treat a Dog (The Way You Treat Me)
Chuck BerryHouse Of Blue Lights
John Lee HookerI Need Some Money
Keb’ Mo’I Remember You
Cash Box KingsHot Biscuit Baby
Wayne Nicholson & John CampbelljohnStanding At The Crossroads
Be Sharp BandPut ‘Em Down
Terry HanckI Still Get Excited
Victor Wainwright & The TrainRecovery
Jersey Swamp CatsI Get Evil
Tony HolidayPaying Rent
The Mighty Mojo ProphetsPawnshop Bound
Jack PearsonI Feel All Right
Eric LindellI Got A Girl
Sam JohnstonTraveler
Meena Cryle & The Chris Fillmore BandTi-Na-Nee-Na-Nu (Live)
Brandon SantiniThis Time Another Year
Crankshaft and The Gear GrindersTrail of Tears
Lucinda WilliamsYou Can’t Rule Me

Roadhouse Hot Blues Bin for May 13th

The contemporary blues scene is very much alive in 2020. Below are some artists that you may not be aware of that are worth a listen. Check ’em out! Links to their albums on Spotify are provided in blue.

Katie KadanKatie Kadan (2019)

A vibrant soul singer out of Chicago, Katie Kadan got her first big break on The Voice back in 2017. Her voice is a delightful mix of Adele and Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes). Her newest release, Katie Kadan, contains a number of great tunes including My Man and Stuck on You.

Harper and Midwest KindRISE UP (2020)

Peter D. Harper hails from Australia where he released his first album back in the mid 1990’s. On his latest album, RISE UP, he cranks out some rockin’ and socially relevant roots blues playin’ a badass harmonica and incorporating the use of the didgeridoo. Give the title cut a listen to see what I mean. I Still Got You and Welcome Home are tunes I also loved…heck…the whole album is great!!

Pinkie RideauBring Me Sugar (2020)

A Sacramento California based artist, Pinkie Rideau has been playin’ music for a long time. On the new album BRING ME SUGAR, she brings together some fine musicians (and life long friends) to produce music with a laid back “down the bayou” feel. I particularly liked Forgetful and I’m On The Outside. She has such a great voice….give her a listen!!

John Primer and Bob Corritore The Gypsy Woman Told Me (2020)

What’s not to like when two of the finest blues artists in America collaborate to produce a spectacular album. If you are not familiar with either of these artists, John Primer is a well known Chicago blues man (who played with Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, and Magic Slim) and Bob Corritore, who is based in Arizona, is one of the genre’s great harmonica players. I love the title cut as well as the grindin’ blues tune Walking The Back Streets And Crying and the Elmore James/Magic Slim inspired Keep A-Driving.

Be Sharp BandASHES (2020)

A great new group out of my ancestral home of Croatia, the BE SHARP BAND features the stellar voice of Marija Gašparić. On their debut album, ASHES, they crank out some badass roadhouse blues. Give Put ‘Em Down and Wolf a listen….and then download and buy the album!!


If you have suggestions for albums that I should give a listen to or are an artist with radio ready material…..just send me an email at ben@benveeblues.com. If I like it, I will give it a spin during my shows on BMFR and, perhaps, write about it.

BMFR Roadhouse Blues Nooner for May 5, 2020

Kind of an eclectic set of the roadhouse blues today with contemporary blues, roots blues, some soul, and a bit of blues rock. A number of tunes are by artists that won awards at Sunday night’s Blues Foundation award ceremonies for 2019.

Hope ya have a chance to tune in from 12 to 2 pm EST today on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com. And since most of us are at home, freshen up your coffee or whatever you are drinking….kick back….and enjoy the tunes.

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Robert Hill BandBig Al
The NighthawksChairman Of The Board
Be Sharp BandMojo Joe
Rynhrd Boegl GroupI Want You To Come Back
Three’s Company BluesSiphon
Kristin DiableGuess It’s Gonna Take Some Time
Red’s BluesFlim Flam Man
Robert Hill BandDogtown Blues
Sweet Mama DeeNever Make Your Move Too Soon
Nico SmoljanAct Like You Love Me
Tony HolidayIt’s Gonna Take Some Time
Southern AvenueWe’re Gonna Make It
Colin James40 Light Years
David GogoVicksburg Call
Nick Moss Band Feat. Dennis GruenlingLucky Guy
Billy PriceWorking On Your Chain Gang
Tad RobinsonChanges
Hazmat ModineGet Get Out
Manx Marriner MainlineRattlesnake
MonkeyJunkIf You Were Mine (2014 Remaster)
Angel ForrestHouse Of The Rising Sun
The Jeff Healey BandWhile My Guitar Gently Weeps
Three’s Company BluesBurn Like Whiskey
Rynhrd Boegl GroupThe Eternal Clock

4/21 Roadhouse Blues Nooner on BMFR 12-2 pm EST

Hope you have time to tune in for today’s Roadhouse Blues Nooner on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 12-2 pm EST. Got a bunch of new contemporary blues tunes just for YOU!

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Isolation Blues CollectiveCabin Fever Blues
GA-20The Whale Has Swallowed Me (Live)
Crimson House BluesSilver Dollars
Crystal ShawandaBlue Train / Smokestack Revisited
Jimmy BurnsEveryday I Have The Blues
Harpdog BrownWhat It Is
Misty BluesI Ain’t No Giving Tree
Mad BojoWon’t See Me No More
Damon Fowler GroupPocket Full of Blues
Tomislav GolubanBag Full Of Troubles
Elvin Bishop & Little Smokey SmothersRoll Your Moneymaker
Hazmat ModineBe There
Southern AvenueRumble
Johnny BurginDaddy’s Got The Personal Touch (Feat. Rae Gordon & Nancy Wright)
Jeremiah JohnsonWhiskey After Midnight
Janie Cribbs & The T.Rust BandWouldn’t Change A Thing
TomCat PlaygroundThat Kinda Feeling
John Primer and Bob CorritoreKeep A-Driving
Chris Shutters With Special Guest Jimmy BurnsUnwind
Justin Saladino BandIrish Bordello (Live)
Ben Rice and RB StoneCrushin’ On The Bartender
The Weary TimesAin’t Done Drinking
Frank Bang & The Secret StashBurnin’ Up In The Wind
Reynhard BoeglI Want You To Come Back
Blue AttitudeChain and Ball
Avey Grouws BandRise Up

Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues Nooner 12-2 pm EST Apr 14th

Join me today, April 14th, on BMFR from 12-2 pm EST for a mix of contemporary blues and blues rock that I call the Roadhouse Blues on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com. My Roadhouse Blues Nooner will feature tunes by Nanette Workman, Muddy Waters & the Rolling Stones, Mike Zito, the Be Sharp Band, Layla Zoe, Joe Bonamassa, and many more.

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Alex DixonChi-Town Boogie (Instrumental)
Buddy GuyCognac (feat. Jeff Beck & Keith Richards)
Mike ZitoMississippi Nights
John FogertyWicked Old Witch
Muddy Waters & the Rolling StonesYou Don’t Have To Go
Jay StollmanI’d Rather Drink Muddy Water
Mississippi ShakedownTalking to My Baby
Joe BonamassaYou Shook Me (Live)
Colin JamesWalkin’ Blues
Nanette WorkmanRide on
Markey Blue Ric Latina ProjectCome And Go
Carie and The SoulshakersMuddy Said
Tinsley EllisA Quitter Never Wins
Layla ZoeLeave You For Good
Sean ChambersSweeter Than a Honey Bee
Ryan McGarveyBlue Eyed Angel Blues
Rob TognoniComin’ Home Tonight
Savoy BrownVintage Man
Billy F GibbonsHollywood 151
Be Sharp BandAshes
Lance LopezLowdown Ways (Bonus Track)
Anthony GomesOne Last Time
Dave MenikettiSay Goodbye

The Good Time Roadhouse Blues on BMFR 3-5 pm EST w/Ben Vee

The world has gone strange…….the news just feeds on the tragedy. Come join us on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com at 3 pm EST for some Good Time Roadhouse Blues! Escape the alarmists and the doom and gloom for a couple of hours! Grab your beverage of choice and let’s enjoy some badass Roadhouse blues! The world can wait…it’ll still be there when we finish the show!

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Sonny LandrethLover Dance With Me
Malford Milligan & The Southern AcesI Won’t Surrender
Mike Zito & The WheelGreyhound
Tab Benoit, Debbie Davies, Kenny NealI Put A Spell On You
Tinsley EllisAnything But Go
George ThorogoodHi-Heel Sneakers (Feat. Buddy Guy)
Duke and The DriversAutomobile
Luther AllisonLow Down And Dirty
Harper and Midwest KindI Still Got You
Coyote KingsDrive Me
Bonnie RaittGypsy In Me
Lloyd SpiegelBetcha Bottom Dollar
Lucinda WilliamsCan’t Let Go
The Allman Brothers BandOne Way Out
Karen LovelyLow Road
Rita ChiarelliLonely Avenue
Doyle Bramhall IIMama Can’t Help You
Dave Steffen BandDrive My Car
Angel ForrestAll The Way
The Rex Granite BandRun Run Away
Sari Schorr & The Engine RoomAin’t Got No Money
Joanne Shaw TaylorDyin’ To Know
Sean PinchinHard Luck
The Record CompanyOff The Ground
Joe BonamassaDrive
Jimmy Thackery & the DriversI’ve Got News for You
Damon FowlerI Don’t Mind

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