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.

Nov 19th – A Roadhouse Blues Nooner Tuesday on BMFR from 12-2 pm EST

It’s cold outside here in the eastern United States! Keep that blood flowin’ hot by tuning in for my roadhouse blues Nooner at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com. Got tunes by Gracie Curan, Tennessee Redemption, Chris O’Leary, Gov’t Mule, and a bunch more. CYA at High Noon EST for two hours of the best upbeat blues that I can deliver.

Below is the intended playlist.

ARTISTTITLE
Johnny BurginLouisiana Walk (Feat. Nancy Wright)
Frank ChristopherSave Me From Myself
Al BasileSo Called Story Teller
Gregory SuttonJust One Dollar
Frank MagnoliaGot Juice Got Gas
Gracie CurranThings We Love
Tennessee RedemptionWe Got A Thing Going On
Bob Corritore and FriendsI’m Gonna Keep What I’ve Got (feat. Mighty Joe Milsap)
Altered Five Blues BandHalf Of Nothing
Luxuriant SedansWalk In My Shadow
GA-20Naggin’ On My Mind
James HarmanPump Our Own
Amnesia Blues BandNever Loved You Anyway
Giles RobsonLife, With All Its Charms
Ash GrunwaldAin’t My Problem (feat. The Teskey Brothers)
Holler and the BonesJimmy James
Tedeschi Trucks BandWalk Through This Life
HeavyDrunkPick You Up Along The Way
The Allman Betts BandLong Gone
Mark CameronNext Stop Is The Blues
Chris O’LearySecond Time Around
Josh NewcomGirl Got The Mojo
Griff Hamlin and The Single Barrel Blues BandNothing Better
Sparky ParkerThis Old Thing
Gov’t MuleWorried Down With The Blues
Tullie BraeBreak These Chains (Feat. Brandon Santini)

Roadhouse Blues Bin Singles for early October 2019

Here is a selection of Roadhouse Blues Bin tunes that I am listening to and spinning during my roadhouse blues sets on BMFR. (Links to Spotify are in blue).

Beth Hart Bad Woman Blues

Another in a long string of sexy upbeat tunes from my favorite female artist off her new album War In My Mind.

Ronnie Earl and the BroadcastersBaby How Long

The tone of his guitar is entrancing, the harpin’ is incredible, and he always lays down some bad ass blues. Love the new album, Beyond the Blue Door.

Guy Forsyth & Jeska Bailey Amazing Grace/House of the Rising Sun

This tune will raise the hair on your arms….it is that incredible. An awesome and creative mixing of the venerable Amazing Grace with another all time classic House of the Rising Sun is one of them once in a generation tunes. Hope you enjoy it as much as I have. The cut is from their album Conspirators.

Tennessee RedemptionBack to Tennessee

Brandon Santini and Jeff Jensen reunite for a killer tune off a badass self titled debut album. I just love the southern blues infused style of this recording.

Heather NewmanI’m Coming For You

Tune with a badass groove highlighted by Heather’s sultry Kansas City voice. The entire album Rise from the Flames is well worth a listen.

Altered Five Blues BandMischief Man

Building on the success of their last hit single, Charmed & Dangerous, this new tune is vibrant and upbeat with the great voice of Jeff Taylor and some incredible guitar playin’ by Jeff Schroedl. I love EVERY tune on the new release Ten Thousand Watts.

Chris O’Leary Heartbreak Waitin’ to Happen

Chris hails from New York but you would swear from his voice and tunes that he was from down the bayou in my home state of Louisiana. This cut is from 7 Minutes Late….one of my favorite albums of the year.

Tad RobinsonReal Street

An incredible soul blues singer who was born and raised in New York City and attended college in Indiana. Tad traveled to Memphis to record his stellar new album Real Street. This song is the perfect fusion of Memphis soul and the Chicago blues….a damn fine tune. This Friday, October 4th, Tad will have a special album release party at the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis. If you live close …..go see him!!!

Steve Earle and the DukesKing of the Blues

This tune came out in 2015 from his album Terraplane and just keeps makin’ its way back onto my playlists. Best known for Copperhead Road, Steve is one of the premier songwriters of his generation and, along with Ray Wylie Hubbard, a co-regent of the outlaw blues.

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A note about streaming (which is great for exposing new artists and songs)…..it may surprise you to know that for every 10,000 streams of a song, the artist may make as little as $40 (US). But when you buy their CDs, they can make a decent living plying their craft. SO…….if ya love the music…use your favorite site and download the albums. And if you go see the artists live….buy those CDs, tee shirts, and hats at the show…….helps them defray road expenses and, in many cases, eat for the night.

September 10th Roadhouse Blues Nooner on BMFR

It’s almost High Noon EST and time for my roadhouse house blues nooner on BMFR. Tune in at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com for some great new contemporary blues as well as classics by Southside Johnny, Mike Zito, Neal Schon, and many more.

This is the intended playlist

ARTISTTITLE
Mindi Abair And The BoneshakersNot That Kind Of Girl
Southside Johnny & The Asbury DukesHappy
Ash GrunwaldHammer (feat. Terry Evans)
Kat DanserVoodoo Groove
The Seamus McGarvey BandWalk On
Ryan Foret And Foret TraditionHarry Biscuit And The Jam
The Moon DogsThe Little Red Rooster
Mike ZitoLittle Red Corvette
Katarina Pejak – Ina Forsman – Ally VenableSixteen Tons
TOMMY CASTROLeaving Trunk (Live)
Tennessee RedemptionSouls In The Water
Marc BroussardCry to Me (Acoustic)
The Allman Betts BandMelodies Are Memories
Steve Miller BandSay Wow
Seth JamesGet Outside
Bob LanzaWalking After Midnight
Jason BuieWild Woman
Monster Mike Welch and Mike LedbetterGoodbye Baby
Cary MorinJug In The Water
Altered Five Blues BandLet Me Do The Wrong Thing
Monti AmundsonBluesman Moves To Paris
Luxuriant SedansWho Told You That
Southside Johnny & The Asbury JukesKill My Love
Jersey Swamp CatsJump, Jive, And Wail
John Ginty and Aster PheonyxBelieve in Smoke
Beth Hart & Joe BonamassaSoul On Fire
Nick SchnebelenIt Ain’t Me
Neal SchonA Girl Like You

Got the Post Labor Day Roadhouse Blues on BMFR

Got the Post Labor Day Roadhouse Blues on BMFR starting at High Noon EST, Tuesday September 3rd. Join us at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com. Got a great promo cut from Beth Hart’s forthcoming album, new tunes from Coco Montoya and the Altered Five Blues Band, and much more!

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Gerry Joe WeiseBlues Down Under
Mighty Mike SchermerUp All Night
The Allman Betts BandDown To The River
Little QueenieWhatever You Had
Tab BenoitA Whole Lotta Soul
Tiffany Pollack & Eric JohansonGet Lost With Me
Angel ForrestRoll On Down
Popa ChubbyLaya What Ya Tryin to Do
David GogoFrom a Buick 6
Ben LevinLonesome Whistle Blues
Billy Boy ArnoldCatfish
Arsen ShomakhovNo More!
The Kokomo KingsTied To The Tracks
Mick ClarkeBackroom Boy
Amnesia Blues BandNo Escape From The Blues
MonkeyJunkHot Hot Papa
Ghalia & Mama’s BoysHey Little Baby
Beth HartBad Woman Blues
Altered Five Blues BandLet Me Be Gone
Julian SasDon’t Let Me Down
U. Pasanen BandSilent Man
Coco MontoyaGood Man Gone
Travellin’ Blue KingsI Don’t Wanna Stop
Jimmy ThackeryEmpty Arms Motel
Guitar ShortyA Little Less Conversation
The NighthawksHeartbreak Shake
Kelly Bell BandI’m Gone!

The Mid August Roadhouse Blues on BMFR

Join me today at 3 pm EST on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com for some mid August Thursday afternoon roadhouse blues on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com.

Here is the intended playlist:

ArtistTITLE
Mindi AbairHaute Sauce
24 PesosI Am The Blues
Robin TrowerComing Closer to the Day
Rudy RottaNo One Cares
The Weary TimesAnymore
Amnesia Blues BandChampagne & Reefer
Altered Five Blues BandDon’t Rock My Blues
Dave AlvinEast Texas Blues
The Teskey BrothersMan Of The Universe
Ryan Foret And Foret TraditionHarry Biscuit And The Jam
Tab BenoitMedicine
Tiffany Pollack & Eric JohansonBlues In My Blood
Shane DwightLevy Girl
Luther AllisonBad Love
Hubert SumlinBring Your Love To Me
Z.Z. HillDown Home Blues
Freddie KingHoochie Coochie Man
Albert KingAngel Of Mercy
B. B. KingBlue Shadows
Etta JamesCigarettes & Coffee
Big Daddy WilsonAint Got No Money
Sugaray RayfordDark Night of the Soul
Frank BeyWhere You Been So Long
Michael LeeGo Your Own Way

August 13th Roadhouse Blues Nooner on BMFR

Join us for a mix of the contemporary blues during my roadhouse blues nooner today on BMFR starting at High Noon EST. Got some new 24 Pesos, the Altered Five Blues Band, and a fantastic version of Amazing Grace/House of the Rising Sun by Guy Forsyth & Jeska Bailey…ya gotta hear it!

Below is the intended playlist….

ARTISTTITLE
Dr. JohnHoney Dripper
24 PesosBreakdown Paranoia Blues
FatheadMonkey Time
Altered Five Blues BandDollars & Demons
Frank BeyGive It To Get It
Dave AlvinBarn Burning
Guy Forsyth – Jeska BaileyAmazing Grace/House of the Rising Sun
Tony Joe WhiteMojo Dollar
Geoff AchisonI Wish You Were Mine
Guy DavisI Got The Power
Greg KochForever at Last
The GreyhoundsIt’s So Good To Be Alive
Climax Blues BandThe Cat
The Teskey BrothersSo Caught Up
Shaun MurphySame Old You
Gráinne DuffyBad to Worse
Rick VitoMojo on My Side
Long Tall Deb & The Drifter KingsChef Jen’s Kitchen
Chris O’LearyCircus Just Left Town
Jimmy HallToo Tall To Mambo
Jon ButcherFoolish Behavior
Big Joe and the DynaflowsGo On Fool
Kjell Gustavsson Rhythm & Blues OrchestraThat Worries Me
Jersey Swamp CatsTootie Ma Is A Big Fine Thing
Vegas Strip KingsBack To You
Altered Five Blues BandSweet Marie
Guthrie TrappGot My Mojo Workin’ (Feat. Jimmy Hall)
Climax Blues BandStraight Down The Middle