Rootin’ in dah Blues 12-2 pm on BlueMusicFan Radio

Gonna be spinning alot of roots blues today during my roadhouse blues Nooner on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 12-2 pm ET today. I will be starting with some new Bonnie Raitt as well as Keb’ Mo’, Taj Mahal, Delbert McClinton, Ray Wylie Hubbard, John Hiatt, Paula Cole, and even a Jackson Browne tune!

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Billy Branch and The Sons Of BluesRoller Coaster
Bonnie RaittWhen We Say Goodnight
Keb ‘Mo’’62 Chevy
Delbert McClintonAin’t That Lovin’ You
Taj Mahal & Ry CooderHooray Hooray
Oliver WoodFine Line
The Blues Against YouthGoin’ To Chicago
Jim KahrLike The Way You Do
Ray Wylie HubbardDesperate Man (& The Band Of Heathens)
Jack BottleneckHalfway To Jackson
Louise HoffstenAsking For Mercy
Big Al and the HeavyweightsWild Tchoupitoulas
Josh HydeWhere to Start
Jack BroadbentGrace
Ilana Katz KatzWoman, Play The Blues
Jhett BlackPecos Kid Final
Chris MayfieldHeard My Angels Singing
John Hiatt With The Jerry Douglas BandLittle Goodnight
Albert CummingsGot You Covered
Angel ForrestEverything Changes (Feat. Wellbad)
Hubert DorigattiBound to New Orleans
The Band of HeathensPapa Was a Rollin’ Stone (feat. Ray Wylie Hubbard)
Jon AllenCan’t Hold Back the Sun
Paula ColeBlack Mountain Blues
Guy DavisI Got A Job In The City
Tami NeilsonTen Tonne Truck
Steve HillAlternate Days
Jackson BrowneStill Looking For Something
AJ FullertonRemind Me Who I Am Again

The Roadhouse Blues 61 – Best Blues Albums of 2021

United States Highway 61 starts in Wyoming, Minnesota and over its 1400 mile length generally follows the mighty Mississippi River to its terminus in New Orleans. It has earned the proud appellation as the “Blues Highway” primarily because of its route through the heart of the Mississippi delta country where the blues was born. It also intersects in Clarksdale Mississippi with Highway 49 at a spot known as the Crossroads that is stamped indelibly on the tale of the blues. In honor of this great highway and all of the blues men and women who have transited lengths of it over their careers , I present my list of the 61 best roadhouse blues albums of 2021.

The year 2021 will not be treated kindly by history. The dark foreboding shadow of the pandemic continued to loom over the months. Strife and division marked our public discourse and even enveloped the blues. But despite it all, thousands of blues artists continued to release new recordings in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia & New Zealand, South America, and Africa. Through my association with BluesMusicFan Radio and my own contacts in the industry, I received hundreds and hundreds of new releases. I reviewed them and rated each album song by song with additional factors for creativity and “paying the blues dues”. This list is not about an individual song but an album as a creative whole. Needless to say, it takes time to do this. I started culling the list down in mid November. First to 300, then 150, and now the final list. While the list includes 61 releases, it is not strictly a numerical listing. Artists are not in a sports competition with their fellow artists and most I have known over the years will be the first to sing the praises of other groups. With this in mind, I break the lists down by album of the year and then Best Ten albums as a group, Top Twenty, and so on. ANY album on this list is worth your time to listen to. And I hope many of you will AND pay the artists the ultimate compliment by purchasing their work.

The Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues Album of the Year 2021 is…..

Colin James – Open Road

Colin James got his big break in the 1980’s when he was drafted as a last minute replacement for a cancelled opening act for Stevie Ray Vaughan. He has been a rocker, blues rocker, and successful Swing music artist over the years and has won dozens of music honors in Canada. For the Open Road recording, he made a conscious decision to emphasize his love of the blues genre and we are all its beneficiaries. It has rockin’ blues songs, traditional blues numbers, and beautiful roots blues tunes. (For an in depth review of the album songs, please see my blog dated November 4, 2021). With echoes of Chuck Berry and Stevie Ray Vaughan in the music combined with Colin’s voice and guitar mastery, I invite you to listen to Leave This House as just one sampling of this incredible recording and my choice as Roadhouse Blues album of the year.

Roadhouse Blues Best Ten Recordings of 2021

This year’s Roadhouse Blues Best Ten recordings include artists from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. One is 22 and has such a bright future, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram. Another is 82 and still kicking out vibrant and thoughtful jams, Dion. There is a great group out of the UK, J Lee and Hoodoo Skulls, that won my award for Blues Rock album of 2021. There are two artists, the JP Williams Blues Band and the Atomic 44’s that I tried to see during the year but Covid raised its ugly head. Polly O’Keary makes the list based on the power of her voice and all the dues she has paid to the blues over the years. Perennial favorite Tommy Castro also shows up as well as John Popper with Blues Traveler. And one of the defining voices of the contemporary blues, Jeff Taylor, makes the list with the Altered Five Blues Band.

Artist2021 AlbumCountry
Colin JamesOpen RoadCanada
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram662USA
DionStomping GroundUSA
Altered Five Blues BandHoller If You Hear MeUSA
J Lee and the Hoodoo SkullsBeggars SoulUK
JP Williams Blues BandJP & EkatUSA
Polly O’Keary & the Rhythm Method50USA
Tommy CastroA Bluesman Came to TownUSA
Atomic 44’sVolume OneUSA
Blues TravelerTraveler’s BluesUSA

Roadhouse Blues Top Twenty Recordings of 2021

My Top Twenty albums for 2021 included artists from Canada (Sue Foley), Australia (8 Ball Aiken), and the street busker from the UK (Markus K.). Carolyn Wonderland, based in Austin, makes the list with an incredible recording. Established stars Mike Zito, Billy Gibbons, and the Black Keys all contributed significant works to the roadhouse blues this year. An emerging artist that I believe still has his best work in front of him, Eddie 9V, makes the list and is well worth a listen as hint of the future of the blues. And Ricci and Krown put out a recording that should warm the heart of anyone that enjoys harmonica based blues. I also highly recommend the Sean Chambers album which is a tribute to his mentor and famed blues man, Hubert Sumlin.

8 Ball AikenIce Cream ManAustralia
Carolyn WonderlandTempting FateUSA
Eddie 9VLittle Black FliesUSA
Sean ChambersThat’s What I’m Talkin’ AboutUSA
Mike ZitoResurrectionUSA
Ricci and KrownCity Country CityUSA
Billy F. GibbonsHardwareUSA
Sue FoleyPinky’s BluesCanada
The Black KeysDelta KreamUSA
Markus K.Live With Looper No. 1UK

Roadhouse Blues Thrillin’ Thirty Recordings of 2021

Band of FriendsSpotlight on the G-Man Vol. 2UK/Ireland
Uncle Watson’s WidowHindsightUSA
Simon Kinney LewisKing BiscuitAustralia
Chickenbone SlimServe It to Me HotUSA
The Dirty Mojo Blues BandIt is What It isUSA
The Doobie BrothersLiberteUSA
Melissa EtheridgeOne Way OutUSA
Dirty Dave OstiRetro-Sonic Blues TrainAustralia
Eldon Backhouse and the Electric Blues BandPortrait GalleryUK
Steve MarrinerHope Dies LastCanada

The Roadhouse Blues Thrillin’ Thirty recordings list has an international flavor with two artists from Australia (Simon Kinney Lewis & Dirty Dave Osti) as well as two from the UK (Band of Friends & Eldon Backhouse and the Electric Blues Band) and one from Canada (Steve Marriner). If you love Rory Gallagher, then I highly recommend the Band of Friends recording which features bassist Gerry McAvoy and the stellar guitar playing of Davy Knowles. If you enjoy what I term “roots blues”, then Steve Marriner’s latest recording is well worth a listen. Additionally two major music artists, Melissa Etheridge and the Doobie Brothers, both released albums that a perfect representations of what I term the “roadhouse blues”…a mix of contemporary blues, blues rock, and roots blues. And I highly recommend a blues rock group out of North Carolina, Uncle Watson’s Widow, that plays a high energy mix of ZZ Top and Joe Bonamassa related music.

Roadhouse Blues Top 61 Recordings of 2021

The rest of the list of the 61 Best Roadhouse Albums of 2021 includes notable names like Steve Cropper, Jimmy Barnes, Gov’t Mule, Joanne Shaw Taylor, and Bernie Marsden as well as established roadhouse blues artists like The Record Company, Davy Knowles, Cactus, Colin Linden, and “up and comers” like Veronica Lewis, The Kokomo Kings, Hendrikse, and Quinn Sullivan. All of them put out quality recordings that I enjoyed listening to!

Steve CropperFire It UpUSA
Jimmy BarnesFlesh And BloodAustralia
Joe MetzkaAnother DisasterUSA
Tom Feldman and Noah LevyBrothers in MudUSA
The Record CompanyPlay LoudUSA
Quinn SullivanWide AwakeUSA
The Kokomo KingsA Drive-By Love AffairDenmark
Vintage TroubleJuke Joint GemsUSA
Delta FuseA Matter of Love and WarUK
Gov’t MuleHeavy Load BluesUSA
AJ FullertonThe ForgiverUSA
Davy KnowlesWhat Happens NextUK
Captain Morgan ExpressNo Weirdos PleaseGermany
SuperdownhomeNo Balls, No Blues ChipsItaly
Dave KalzRelishUSA
Joanne Shaw TaylorThe Blues AlbumUK
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn BandDance Songs for Hard TimesUSA
Tommy ZPlug in and PlayUSA
HendrikseA Good Day for the BluesNetherlands
Big Chief Monk BoudreauxBloodstains and TeardropsUSA
Dionne BennettSugar Hip Ya YaUK
CactusTightropeUSA
Bernie MarsdenMe And My GuitarUK
Teresa James and the Rhythm TrampsRose Colored GlassesUSA
The LiberatorsWaitin’Netherlands
Trainman BluesShadows & ShapesDenmark
Mike Goudreau BandThe Isolation BluesCanada
Colin LindenBlowCanada
Veronica LewisYou Ain’t LuckyUSA
Dennis SiggeryHigher GroundUK
Early Times & the High RollersThe CornerUSA

The Roadhouse Blues 61 Best Blues albums of 2021 is not THE list of lists for 2021. It is based on the types of blues that I enjoy spinning for my audiences and that is a bias that I readily admit to. Other blues writers and organizations (including the BluesMusicFan Radio Top 20) have produced charts that differ, sometimes widely, from mine. However I do believe this list is a representative overview of the state of the blues in 2021 and the forecast is pretty dang good. The blues is not dying…it is not just surviving….it is thriving in terms of the number of great artists that are attracted to the genre. The challenge is to get the mainstream music media to give the blues its proper due and consequentially pump up the sales so that the artists can derive a meaningful income. I am so thankful to the major blues labels like Delmark Records, Ruff Records, Alligator Records, Stony Plain Records, Mascot/Provogue, Gulf Coast Records, KTBA Records, and a whole host of other “indie” labels for encouraging and promoting groups that fit my roadhouse blues format.

And YOU have a part to play also. My part is to listen, select, and spin contemporary blues, blues rock, and roots blues tunes to help get the word out. I do this for no financial renumeration (though I would not begrudge it!). YOUR part, if you love the roadhouse blues, is to pass the word when given the opportunity to friends and family. Particularly to younger audiences that probably have no clue about most, if not all, the artists on this list. AND, once in awhile, when finances permit, you can support your favorite artist(s) on this list by downloading their album. I estimate that I reach about 10,000 people each week through my shows and other social media. That is a pittance compared to the several million people reached by terrestrial radio and media on any given day in a major city in Europe or North America. But if the people I do reach each spent 50 dollars downloading albums (not just listening to streams) this year, that would be an infusion of $500,000 into the blues music market. It is a “drop in the bucket” compared to what artists on the Billboard 200 weekly list of albums generate but it is something. Almost to a person, the blues artists that I have met and conversed with are down to earth people and they definitely haven’t committed their musical lives to the blues seeking fame and fortune. But they do deserve the chance to make a decent living during a period when they can’t perform before live audiences. It starts with you and me…..pass on a link for this list to someone you know….you never know who will be the next convert to the blues. After all, you and I were converted at some point….and I think we are doin’ just fine!


#blues #roadhouse blues

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

An enticing Open Road to the Blues with some new Colin James

Every life is an open road. It’s a lyric from the title cut for Colin James‘ 20th album which was released this week. In Colin’ case, the certainty and direction of his musical journey was cemented when fate intervened back in the 1980’s in his hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan. A late no show and a desperate last minute search for an opening act for Stevie Ray Vaughan led to Colin. After the show, Stevie told him , “I’m opening doors for you….walk through them!”.And that he did!!

In 1988, Colin released his first self-titled album which contained two self-penned hits, Voodoo Thing and Five Long Years that garnered him the first of his 7 JUNO awards and a spot touring with Keith Richards. Over the ensuing years, Colin has rocked it, been credited with reviving swing music in Canada, and, with the last three albums, solidified his standings as one badass roadhouse bluesman.

The OPEN ROAD album is an impressive collection of original songs as well as covers of tunes he recalls first firing his imagination at the age of 12. It has rockin’ blues songs, traditional blues numbers, and beautiful roots tunes. Overcoming the challenges of the pandemic, Colin drew together the talents of Chris Caddell (rhythm guitar), Steve Pelletier and Norm Fisher (bassists), Simon Kendall and Jesse O’Brien (Hammond B3 organ), and Geoff Hicks (drums) to make the recording. It was mixed at the famed Abbey Roads Studios in London by producer Dave Meszaros. And the product, which includes guest appearances by Steve Marriner (harmonica) and Jerry Cook and Steve Hilliam (saxophone) is in my opinion his best overall release to date and worthy of consideration as one of the best blues recordings of 2021 world wide, not just in Canada. To give you a feel for just how good it is, I use a 5 star rating system for songs and there are 13 on the Open Road recording. My overall rating is an incredible 57 out of a possible 65. As context, my normal rating for an album I considered great would be 40 to 45! This recording is special!!

The album opens with some tasty guitar pickin’ on the Tony Joe White song As The Crow Flies. Colin then takes on challenge of covering an Albert King tune, Can’t You See What You’re Doing to Me. He follows that up with some badass lowdown blues on That’s Why I Am Crying. The fourth song Open Road was written by Colin and Craig Northey. It is insightful observation on life and the travails of a traveling musician. On the fifth tune, Change It, Colin pays tribute to his fateful meeting with Stevie Ray with a song written by Doyle Bramhall. The album also contains two songs written by Colin and Colin Linden, another of my favorite Canadian artists, Raging River and There’s a Fire. Colin cranks out a signature rockin blues tune, Leave This House, that he wrote with Tom Wilson as the seventh cut. Colin’s version of the Bob Dylan song, It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry is a showcase for his voice and some more tasty guitar licks. And he absolutely aces another Dylan tune, Down On the Bottom, that served as one of the “promo singles” released back in September. Colin also delivers a fabulous cover of the John Lee Hooker song, Bad Boy. One of my all time favorite bluesmen is Otis Rush and the recording of It Takes Time featuring some exquisite harmonica by Steve Marriner is just simply badass roadhouse blues! And to top it all off, the last song on the album is a soulful rendition of Otis Redding‘s I Love You More Than I Can Say.

I have been told that the average music lover buys a dozen or so albums a year. In what is fast becoming the new age of the single, I highly recommend that you purchase the entire recording to truly appreciate what an incredible recording this is! And in the coming months, I will be more than willing to hit the open road to see Colin James work his musical magic on stage….how about you?

Colin James – Open Road (2021 Stony Plain Records)


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 24 hour stream devoted to the Roadhouse Blues… WRHB

A Bin Full of Roadhouse Blues 2020 (They Make GREAT Christmas Gifts) – Part One

So you still have people on your Christmas list to shop for or maybe just a little something for yourself? No problem!! Here are some roadhouse blues albums that will endear you to your friends and help out the blues artists….all of whom have been financially struggling during this hideous year while producing some fantastic tunes!

Steve Strongman – Tired of Talking (Stony Plain Records 2020)

Steve Strongman drifts effortlessly from traditional blues to R&B and soul and then to roots acoustic music on this fine album, Tired of Talking. This Canadian artist sings, plays the guitar, dobro, and does some damn fine harpin’ also. He’s good enough to have opened for B.B. King, Johnny Winter, and Buddy Guy and that is damn sure good enough for me….and hopefully for YOU! Give Just Ain’t Right a listen!

Grainne Duffy – Voodoo Blues (2020 Independent Release)

With a powerful gritty soulful voice, this Irish lass has delivered a masterful roadhouse blues recording with the release of her seventh album, Voodoo Blues. Part roots blues, southern rock, and blues rock, overall it is representative of the talent and bright future that she has. Her style is ready made for live performances and festival appearances. As soon as the pandemic recedes, expect to hear a lot more from her! Give the title cut, Voodoo Blues, a listen….see what I mean!!

Johnny Iguana – Johnny Iguana’s Chicago Spectacular! (Delmark Records 2020)

If you love some rockin’ vibrant piano blues….have I got the album for you or someone you know! This badass blues man hails from Chicago and on Johnny Iguana’s Chicago Spectacular, he does rousing covers of 44 Blues, Down in the Bottom, Shake Your Moneymaker, and Stop Breaking Down. He was part of Junior Wells Band for a time and has toured or recorded with Buddy Guy, Billy Branch, Billy Arnold, and a number of other Chicago blues greats. Now, on his first album as the band leader, Johnny pounds the ivories through some great contemporary songs as well as blues classics. Cool tunes from a great guy!!

Brother Jon Band – Open Jam (Independent Release 2015)

I’m honored that so many independent artists choose to send me copies of their recordings. Just recently, I got one from Minneapolis that just blew me away. The Brother Jon Band has a badass roadhouse blues sound that is reminiscent of Canned Heat and the Black Crowes with hints of Guns ‘N Roses. Music like this brings back a lot of memories. Give WHEN SHE CRIES a listen (on Spotify) or BOBBY’S BLUES (on Youtube) and see if you don’t agree and then go to this link and download the album, Open Jam!

Duke Robillard – Blues Bash with Duke Robillard & Friends (Stony Plain Records 2020)

Photo by David Lee Black

I absolutely love 1950’s style upbeat blues. It was an era when the blues was in the process of giving birth to rock ‘n roll and the Duke captures the essence of that golden era for music with the new Blues Bash with Duke Robillard & Friends recording. It is an excellent album to have playing for small Christmas party gathering. The tunes are danceable, bright, and energetic. (Try Do You Mean It! This Grammy nominated artist and five time winner of the Blues Music Award as best guitarist has been thrilling audiences all over the world since 1967 and this recordings demonstrates why he won’t be stopping anytime soon.

Kerry Kearney – Tales from the Psychedelta (2020 Highlander Records)

A slide guitar player who I would put up against the likes of Sonny Landreth and Derek Trucks, Kerry Kearney is a Long Island native who released his 18th recording this year, Tales From The Psychedelta. It is actually a compilation album that includes tracks that are no longer in print making it a nice gift for those familiar with him as well as new fans. Listen to his vocals and the badass guitar licks on Voodoo Down The River and I think you will understand why I named this album one of the 40 best blues rock albums of 2020 earlier this week.

Michael “Iron Man” Burks – Show of Strength (2012 Alligator Records)

Michael Burks’ Show of Strength album is one that I place among the pantheon of stellar blues recordings alongside works by Luther Allison and Buddy Guy. Tragically, Michael never got to hear the final mix of his work. He died suddenly of heart failure while returning from a tour of Europe. A son of Arkansas, Michael was the complete blues man; a showman, stellar guitar player, and he possessed a powerful voice that dripped with the soul. There isn’t a bad song among the 12 tracks and my personal favorite is Storm Warning. You can’t go wrong with this as a stocking stuffer for a friend or family member.


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.

The term “roadhouse blues” refers to modern contemporary blues that are primarily upbeat in nature and incorporate the influence of rock, roots music, soul, and R&B.

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