The Blues are Soundin’ Damn Good in 2021 on BMFR 3-5 pm EDT

The Blues are soundin’ pretty damn good in 2021!! Tune in from 3-5 pm today at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com for my roadhouse blues show and find out why……

This is the intended playlist…….

ARTISTTITLE
Steve CropperBush Hog
Joe Lewis BandI Like It
Bishop GunnAin’t It A Shame
Tedeschi Trucks BandNobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out (feat. Trey Anastasio)
Joanne Shaw TaylorIf That Ain’t A Reason
Louisiana’s LeRouxOne Of Those Days
Veronica LewisPut Your Wig On Mama
Tab BenoitMedicine
George Shovlin & The RadarsLord Hear My Prayer
The Dirty Mojo Blues BandMy Little Sue
Altered Five Blues BandI Got All I Need
Jimmy ThackeryFlying Low
Ida MaeDeep river (feat. Marcus King)
Mike ZitoDreaming Of You
Elkie BrooksGroom’s Still Waiting At The Altar
8 Ball AitkenWhat Goes Up
Tito JacksonI Like It
Fantastic NegritoChocolate Samurai
Avey Grouws BandRise Up
HendrikseTry to Save Your Soul
The BluesBonesCruisin’ (Censored)
The Shedmen Blues BandWorking Man’s Blues
Amnesia Blues BandGotta Move On
The Cold StaresIn The Night Time
Louisiana’s LeRouxNew Orleans Ladies
DionBlues Comin’ On (Feat. Joe Bonamassa)

Mid Summer Roadhouse Blues Nooner for August 3rd on BMFR (12-2pm EDT)

Got some mid summer roadhouse blues for ya today on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 12-2 pm EDT. Tunes by Tab Benoit, John Latini, Dana Gillespie, Bo Diddley, Bonnie Raitt, new Tedeschi Trucks Band, Rodney Crowell, Bonnie Bramlett, and a bunch more.

You can find the intended playlist below….

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
Clifton ChenieHot RoLouisiana Blues & Zydeco
George Shovlin & The RadarsDon’t You Just Love The Blues!Nothing To Lose
Lee McBeeRide With MeSoul Deep
Dana GillespieRaise A Little HellHot Stuff
Guitar ShortyWhole Lot Of LovingBillie Jean Blues
Tab BenoitThe Seventh SonBest of the Bayou Blues
R. Bernard & C. ChenierShake, Rattle & RollLouisiana Swamp Pop & Rock
Charlie MusselwhiteThe Blues Overtook MeGreat Blues Harp
John LatiniHard Walkin’ WomanThe Blues Just Makes Me Feel Good
Bo DiddleyCan I Walk You HomeA Man Amongst Men
Elkie BrooksWhite Girl Lost In The BluesElectric Lady
Elvin BishopFannie MaeAlligator Records 20th Anniversary Collection
Johnny & the MongrelsMusic ManCreole Skies
Bishop GunnWhat It DoGypsy Cadillac
Andy Logan & The O.C. 75sMr. Nothin’ (feat. Ed King)Transistors of Mercy
Rodney CrowellI’m All About LoveTriage
Bonnie BramlettAin’t that Loving You Baby?Lady’s Choice
Tedeschi Trucks BandTell The Truth (ft. Trey Anastasio)Layla Revisited (Live at LOCKN’)
UnclePhilIf I Was The DevilA Million Ways To Get The Blues
Albert CummingsWorkin’ Man BluesWorking Man
Bonnie RaittGnawin’ On ItBonnie Raitt And Friends
Ana PopovicSittin’ On Top Of The WorldComfort To The Soul
Colin JamesBig Road BluesBlue Highways
Bugs Henderson & The Shuffle KingsArmadillo ShakeElectric Snow
Hamish AndersonHold on MeHamish Anderson
The Record CompanyFeels So GoodGive It Back To You
Delta GeneratorsWay DownHipshakers and Heartbreakers

Thursday Roadhouse Blues on BMFR 3-5 pm EDT

Got a bunch of great contemporary roadhouse blues for you today with tunes by Polly O’Keary & the Rhythm Method, Sean Chambers, Trainyard Blues Band, Mark Sutherland, Larkin Poe, Nathaniel Rateliff, and many more.

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
Sean ChambersChunkyThat’s What I’m Talkin About – Tribute to Hubert Sumlin
Christone “Kingfish” IngramLong Distance Woman662
Billy F GibbonsStackin’ Bones (Feat. Larkin Poe)Hardware
Polly O’Keary & The Rhythm MethodI’m Not Guilty50
Sean ChambersGoin’ Down SlowThat’s What I’m Talkin About – Tribute to Hubert Sumlin
The Dirty Mojo Blues BandDirty DogIt Is What It Is
JD3 & The Jondo TrioRocks At The MoonSomething Good
Trainyard Blues BandDeep Down SouthLast Call To Memphis
The Black KeysPoor Boy A Long Way From HomeDelta Kream
Mark SutherlandNext To MeThe Good Fight
T & The TeasersOld Man Down The RoadWay Back Home
Larkin PoeFreedomPeach
Ida MaeDeep river (feat. Marcus King)Click click domino
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night SweatsYou Worry MeTearing at the Seams (Deluxe Edition)
New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom RockersShe’s About a Mover (feat. Alvin Youngblood Hart)New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers – Volume 2
The WildRoots634-5789WildRoots Sessions Volume 1
Steve Earle & The DukesChampagne CorollaJ.T.
Kiko And The Blues RefugeesAin’t Gone YetThreadbare
Veronica LewisPut Your Wig On MamaYou Ain’t Unlucky
Edgar BluesFeeling DownThe Next Step
Tullie BraeBreak These Chains (Feat. Brandon Santini)Revelation
Don and the MobstersI Don’t Need a ManFear of the Dark
Honey Island Swamp BandHead High Water BluesDemolition Day
Early Times & The High RollersOn The CornerThe Corner
Dave ThomasOne More Mile To GoOne More Mile
The BluesBonesCruisin’ (Censored)Live on stage
The Trashcan BanditsHere’s Mud in Yer Eye, Señor LogAshes to Ashes
Ghalia VoltReap What You SowOne Woman Band

Dave Kalz – The blues with rock RELISH on the side!

I absolutely love artists that play a mean guitar. And Dave Kalz does just that on his debut release for Gulf Coast Records, RELISH. The album is packed with original songs that celebrate the insistent tones of a guitar with blues rock gusto.

I suggest you listen to Route 666 first. It is a raucous upbeat tune with undertones of ZZ Top dripping from the music. You can just tell Dave is havin’ a blast as his fingers fly over the neck of the guitar. Next give She’s Got A Hemi a listen with it’s great rock and roll rhythm and those fabulous tones that bring back memories of LInk Wray. Up next focus your ears on a song about the bane of many musicians, the Taxman; it’s another blues rocker with a funky starting beat that shifts into some of the loud late night jammin’ that I have always associated with the Allman Brothers. It should be an audience pleaser when Dave hits the road to support the album which was officially released on June 25th.

Just these three tunes alone will help you understand why Dave’s long time friend, Mike Zito (they are both from St. Louis) signed him to a record deal for Mike’s label, Gulf Coast Records. Mike also sits in for one tune, Werewolf Blues. Dave just absolutely tears it up on another of my favorite cuts of the album, I Can’t Quit Ya Baby. It is a song he played with Devon Allman over two decades ago while Dave was a member of the Devon Allman’s Honeytribe and I am damn glad he included it on the album. I also enjoyed Playing the Blues (with some Jimi Hendrix riffs towards the end!), the title cut Relish, and Flying High.

For the recording, Dave has Kevin McDonald on drums, and Greg Hulub on bass and backing vocals; both of whom also attack the blues….forgive the impending pun…. with relish!! Tony Campanella sits in on guitar for Playing the Blues and Lewis Stephens provides the keyboards on the cut Mexico.

As a debut album, RELISH, is simply stellar. If you often love your blues loud and upbeat (and I do!), then you will enjoy this joyful celebration of the electric guitar.

Dave Kalz – RELISH (2021 Gulf Coast 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

Roadhouse Blues 3-5 pm EDT on BMFR

Got some badass Roadhouse Blues for ya today on www.bluesmusicfan.com. Join us from 3-5 pm EDT😎 Hot tunes from the ATOMIC 44’s, Johnny Iguana, JP WILLIAMS, the Amnesia Blues Band, WILY BO WALKER, Mike Zito, and many more!!

Here is the intended playlist….

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
Johnny IguanaHammer And TickleJohnny Iguana’s Chicago Spectacular!
Rockin Johnny BurginLove Me Like I Want ItGreetings from Greaseland
Johnny IguanaStop Breaking DownJohnny Iguana’s Chicago Spectacular!
Wilburt Lee RelifordSomebody’s KnockinSeems Like A Dream
Dennis SiggeryThe Reason WhyHigher Ground
Jensens Juke JointWhile You Let Your Hair Down LowJensens Juke Joint
Colin Linden4 Cars4 Cars
Ajay SrivastavThe LinePowerless
HendrikseA Good Day for the BluesA Good Day for the Blues
The Freaky BudsWay Too WildWay Too Wild
J Lee and the Hoodoo SkullsDon’t Bother MeBeggars Soul
The Lowdown Dirty MojosMystic Highway 6Stone Cold Groovers
Dani WildeWild Women Don’t Have The BluesPromo Single
Eric ClaptonBad Boy (Eric Clapton Mix)Eric Clapton (Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
JP Williams Blues Band Featuring Ekat PereyraRegretJP & Ekat
Guthrie TrappNew Walkin Blues (Feat. Jimmy Hall)Life After Dark
Amnesia Blues BandNever Loved You AnywayHailstone
Atomic 44sFade To BlackVolume One
Mike ZitoIn My BloodResurrection
Wily Bo Walker & E D BrayshawCould Have Loved YouCould Have Loved You
GA-20She’s GoneShe’s Gone (Promo Single)
Trident WatersStorm Cloud BluesLockdown Blues Rock
Rosalie DrysdaleKiss You GoodbyeMumbo Jumbo
Eric BibbWhole World’s Got The Blues (feat. Eric Gales)Dear America Promo Single
Steve MarrinerCoal MineHope Dies Last
Patty Pershayla and The MayhapsApostropheCheap Diction
Gravel & GraceBottlesBringing the Blues
Bridget Kelly BandSometimes You Gotta DanceDark Spaces
The Harvey Blom BandBluestoothOut of the Shadows

July 6th Contemporary Blues on BLUES MUSIC FAN radio 12-2 pm EDT

I have a bunch of new roadhouse blues tunes for you to feast your ears on from 12-2pm EDT (July 6th) at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com : Dave Kalz, Mike Zito, Crystal Thomas, Dennis Siggery, Begbie, and many more!

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
Dave KalzPlaying The BluesRelish
Crystal ThomasOne Good ManNow Dig This!
HendrikseTry to Save Your SoulA Good Day for the Blues
Veronique GayotGood Blues On The RadioAnimal
Amythyst KiahBlack MyselfWary + Strange
Eddie TurnerDignify MeChange in Me
BegbieTouched by the DevilHustle
J Lee and the Hoodoo SkullsCome HomeBeggars Soul
Gaby JogeixKeep Your LampsMeanwhile In New Orleans
JB & The HuggeliWhen I’m In LoveThank You Blues
Delta FuseWandering SoulA Matter of Love and War
Dennis SiggeryGypsy WomanHigher Ground
Joe GoldmarkBeautician BluesBlue Steel
Hangin’ JudgeDevil WomanRising Mountains
Mike ZitoDamned If I DoResurrection
Johnny GallagherShake That TambourineA 2020 Vision
Cedric BurnsidePretty FlowersI Be Trying
B.B. KingCatfish BluesBest of Blues
Crystal ThomasI Don’t Worry MyselfNow Dig This!
Los LobosMiseryMisery
Kirk FletcherAin’t No Cure For The DownheartedMy Blues Pathway
Colin AlvarezHeart AttackLong Time Coming
Blues-Keepers BandDelta HotWord on the Street
Broke FuseThe Ballad of Sonny ShadeRocket Ride
Budda Power Blues and Maria JoaoYou Gotta Let Me LooseThe Blues Experience II
Jack J HutchinsonShake Your Money MakerBack To The Blues
Ivy GoldWithout YouSix Dusty Winds
Jeb CardwellCan’t Stop MeMy Friend Defiance

Willie Dixon – Remembering the Greatest Blues Songwriter of All Time on BMFR 3-5 pm EDT

Willie Dixon is the greatest and most prolific writer of songs in the enduring history of the blues. Today would have been his one hundred and sixth birthday. Tune in at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com today from 3-5 pm EDT as I give you a sampling of his amazing talent both as a songwriter and as a singer and bass player. I hope you enjoy!!

This is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Willie DixonCrazy for My Baby
Koko TaylorTwenty-Nine Ways
Billy D & The HoodoosBack Door Man (Live)
Tomiko DixonWang Dang Doodle
Tommy CastroWhen My Left Eye Jumps
Johnny IguanaDown In The Bottom
Howlin’ WolfEvil
CreamSpoonful
Buddy GuyI Just Want To Make Love To You
Albert CummingsMy Babe
Willie NelsonI Love the LIfe I Live
Los LobosI Can’t Understand
George ThorogoodHelp Me
Bo DiddleyPretty Thing
Muddy WatersI’m Ready
Sonny Boy WilliamsonBring It On Home
B.B. King feat. John Lee HookerYou Shook Me
The Fabulous ThunderbirdsYou Can’t Judge a Book By Its Cover
James CottonCotton Mouth Man
Delaney And BonnieComin’ Home
Willie DixonThe Seventh Son
Jimmy WitherspoonWhen the Lights Go Out
Bo DiddleyPretty Thing
Kirsten ThienI Ain’t Superstitious
Elmore JamesTalk To Me Baby
The DoorsLittle Red Rooster (feat. John Sebastian)
Johnny WinterThird Degree
The Allman Brothers BandHoochie Coochie Man

Southside of Heaven just North of Hell…..the ATOMIC 44s Crank It out at the Roadhouse Blues Epicenter

I’ve often struggled for a mental image of the location of the Roadhouse Blues. The place itself would undeniably be an aged structure with a big dance floor, pool tables, and a large bandstand that serves cold beer and food that scorns calorie counters. The music would be edgy, primarily upbeat, and definitely the roadhouse blues. And now I know the location……southside of Heaven just north of the Hell, thanks to a lyric from the fabulous debut ATOMIC 44s album, VOLUME ONE.

The Atomic 44s are a result of the synergy between two talented and veteran artists; Johnny Main (The 44s) and Eric Von Herzen (The Atomic Road Kings). Johnny sings and plays the guitar with a tone and style that defines the roadhouse blues and Eric wails on a badass harmonica. The music on the album is loud and boisterous with the kind of rhythm and feel you are looking for on a Friday night after another week of slogging through the grind. And Johnny and Eric have surrounded themselves with a band of roadhouse blues luminaries; Kid Ramos of the Proven Ones, The Roomful of Blues, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds (guitar), blues award winning Deb Ryder (backing vocals), Bill Stuve (bass), Gary Ferguson who played with Etta James and Gary Moore (drums), plus Taryn Donath and Jim Pugh (keyboards).

Picking a favorite tune off this recording is tough. THE BOOGIEMAN was released earlier this year as a music video and serves as a gateway to the other eight original tunes on the album. It has already topped several blues charts propelled by Eric’s harpin’, Johnny’s gritty vocals, and the dueling guitars of Johnny and Kid Ramos. Another song, MY ’49, also deserves release as a video as a anthem to car lovers everywhere. OL’ MEXICO and OLIVIA are some straight up Chicago blues that showcase the overall talents of the band. They drift into Omar Kent Dykes territory on SAINTS AND SINNERS that features a hypnotic beat laid down by Gary and some great guitar riffs. It is a perfect tune for a concert jam that I would love to be able to see. CANDY MAN has some tasty keyboard playing and Eric gets yet another chance to wail on that badass harmonica. LYIN STILL is world class low down dirty blues with amazing guitar solos and BARBWIRE AND FENCES provides the memorable lyrics…southside side of Heaven just north of Hell.. which will forever be ground zero for the Roadhouse Blues. But my favorite cut has to be FADE TO BLACK with its film noir feel. It’s a ready made musical vehicle for a future Quentin Tarantino movie featuring stretches of edgy harmonica, dark guitar tones, and the raw and growling vocals of Johnny.

With the pandemic finally beginning to recede, the Atomic 44s should begin to hit the road supporting this incredible recording. It is undoubtedly one of the finest releases of 2021 and well worth your time and money. And for me personally, it will always be the recording that defines the location of the Roadhouse Blues….the end to a lifelong musical search!!

Atomic 44s – VOLUME ONE (Bird Dog Records 2021)


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

June 3rd Roadhouse Blues on BMFR

Join us today, June 3rd, from 3-5 pm EDT on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com for some of the best new contemporary blues on the internet as I feature brand new songs from albums that will be released in the near future by Robben Ford, Billy F Gibbons, Derrick Procell, and Mike Zito! You will get to hear them first on BMFR!!!

Derrick Procell

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
Funkwrench BluesGrandmother’s ChildGrandmother’s Child
AwekWink of an EyeAwek
Golden Big WheelerYou Got Me Messed UpBone Orchard
Trigger HippyDon’t Wanna Bring You DownFull Circle & Then Some
BlackburnGood Woman RepriseBrothers in the World
Eva and The Blue BoysWay Down in the HolePromo Single
Deb RyderBlues Is All I GotMemphis Moonlight
Robben FordWhite Rock Beer…8 centsPure (Promo Single)
Gary MooreLooking At Your PictureHow Blue Can You Get
Gary HoeyUnder The Rug (feat. Eric Gales)Neon Highway Blues
Kenny Wayne Shepherd BandI Want YouThe Traveler
Shawn PittmanThere Will Be a DayMake It Right!
Rio GrandeRambling on My MindBlues Agreement: Tributo À Robert Johnson
Eddie 9VYou Don’t Have To GoLittle Black Flies
Soulful FemmeDead Man s Blues (feat. Bernard Allison)It Is Well With My Soul
Derrick ProcellMuddy RoadMuddy Road (Promo Single)
Billy F GibbonsMy Lucky CardHardware (Promo Single)
Alligator StewTwo WheelsA First Taste of
Willem MakerIn The BedrockThe Earth Is All That Lasts
Wooden HorseMean Old FriscoYou’re In My Heart
Tommy Crain & the Crosstown AllstarsTake Me to the RiverGive It To Ya
The BonnevillesPoor BoyPoor Boy
Mike ZitoI’ll Make Love To YouResurrection (Promo Single)
Cat Myles & the PossessionsLove Me RightGypsy Soul
The Immediate FamilyMachine Gun Kelly – LiveCan’t Stop Progress

JUNE 1 Roadhouse Blues on BMFR

Join us at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com at High Noon EDT for some Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues featuring new tunes by Van Morrison, Davy Knowles, Someday Now, the Black Keys, the Blind Pilots, Vdelli, Soundtruck, and….Southern Gentlemen!

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
Lonnie MackMemphisVolume 2: The Sixties
Van MorrisonDouble BindLatest Record Project Volume I
Kat DanserEnd of DaysOne Eye Open
Davy KnowlesRiverbedComing Up For Air (Revisited)
Someday NowEverything I DoRaised in West Memphis
Wily Bo Walker & E D BrayshawLucky CharmLucky Charm
Will JohnsBluesdaddyBluesdaddy
Tom Feldmann and Noah LevyGoing Away BabyBrothers in the Mud
Eddie Kold BandWithout YouChicago Alley Blues
Donna HerulaI Got No Way HomeBang At The Door
Dede Priest & Johnny Clark’s OutlawsMake That Double A DoubleWhen Birds Were Snakes
Rochelle & The SidewindersRaggedy Ann StompSomething Good
Janiva MagnessEvery Dog Has His DayBlues Ain’t Pretty
Archie Lee Hooker and The Coast To Coast Blues BandNightmare BluesLiving In a Memory
SuperdownhomeBad NatureNo Balls, No Blues Chips
The Dirty Mojo Blues BandDirty DogIt Is What It Is
Atomic 44sCandy ManVolume One
Dogtooth BluesSmokestack Lightnin’Doggy Style
The Black KeysDo The RompDelta Kream
The Blind PilotsProbably Think Of YouAll Kinds Of Crazy
Walter Trout BandHow Much Do You WantBreaking The Rules
VdelliArmchair BluesNow
DucainTenacious SoulDucain
Anthony GomesMake A Good Man (Wanna Be Bad)Containment Blues
Dirty TrainloadImprovised RobberyRevolution and Crime
SoundtruckStayVoodoo
Southern GentlemenEnd of the WorldIt’s a Long Dark Road