Ben Vee’s Good Time Roadhouse Blues 3-5 pm ET Thursday, August 6th

Join me this afternoon for new songs by Savoy Brown, Kirsten Thien, Eric Johanson, Mojomama, and Lucinda Williams on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com. The show runs from 3 to 5 pm ET….hope ya can make it.

Below is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Omar & The HowlersOmar’s Boogie
Omar & The HowlersSnake Oil Doctor
CD WoodburyWang Dang Doodle
Savoy BrownJaguar Car
Eric JohansonDown To The Bottom
Kirsten ThienI Gotta Man
SoulmateI Sing the Blues
Larkin PoeEvery Bird That Flies
Martin HarleyThe Time Is Now
Bettye LaVetteI’m Not The One
Katie KadanTake Me to the River
Bridget Kelly BandFind My Way Back Home
Mo’ JakeThe Queen Of Losers
Kyle YardleyLittle Girl (ft. Johnny Burgin)
The Ryan McGrath BandSpent Like a Dollar
JONNY LANGA Quitter Never Wins
Joshua BattenSilver Dollars
Kara GraingerWorking My Way Back Home
MojomamaWithout Your Love
Lucinda WilliamsYou Can’t Rule Me
TBellyWalk With Me
MandalynBaby On The Run
Mike ZitoCall Of The Wild
Scott Weis BandJesus Just Left Chicago
Main Street BluesBreaking Up Someone’s Home

Tuesday August 4th High Noon EST Roadhouse Blues

Join us on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 12 pm to 2 pm EST today for some great contemporary blues from artists like Jonny Lang, Gravel & Grace, Diane Blue, Moving Blues plus some classics by Freddie King and Omar Kent Dykes and Jimmie Vaughan.

Below is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
George Thorogood2120 South Michigan Ave (Feat. Charlie Musselwhite)
Cigarbox Henri – New American FarmersSound Of The Small Box
Nathan B. SpoonerCayuga Blues Band
Kenny Blues Boss WayneYou Did A Number On Me
Kyle YardleyGoing To St. Louis
Diane BlueThat’s a Pretty Good Love
Evelyn RubioWhat A Way to Go
Zoe Schwarz Blue CommotionLife Goes On
Jan JamesI’m Always Coming Back
Jonny LangCherry Red Wine
The Lucky LosersHalf a Nothing
Jose RamirezGasoline and Matches
The Ryan McGrath BandNo Good to You
Charlie BedfordSteady Driver Man
Charlie Frey’s Blue Plate SpecialsThe Minister’s Daughter
Moving BluesYou Know I Love You Babe
Mo’ JakeUh! Uh!
Micke and Lefty feat. ChefI´m A Steady Rollin’ Man
The SunBearsSet Fire To My Heart
Omar Kent Dykes & Jimmie VaughanBaby What You Want Me To Do/Bright Lights Big City
Freddie KingKey To The Highway (Live)
Anni PiperBlow Up Doll
Gravel & GraceBottles
Bakelite Radio (Joe Camilleri)Country Girl Blues
CD WoodburyFollow The River Home
Hurricane RuthShe’s Golden
Cass Clayton BandDoesn’t Make Sense
GreyhoundsLong Goodbye
Bridget Kelly BandDark Spaces

Good Time Roadhouse Blues on BMFR

Thanks to all of you that are going through my playlists, downloading and paying for tunes, and then letting me know!! And the artists appreciate it too!

Today’s Ben Vee Good Time Roadhouse Blues show for July 23rd at 3 pm EST on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com will feature tunes by Paul Gillings, Ronnie Earl & Duke Robillard, Tomislav Goluban, Mojomama, Popa Chubby, and many more contemporary blues artists. Hope ya get time to tune in!!

Below is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Ben Rice and RB StoneLobo Jam
Paul GillingsWaiting Blues
Mark MayBarbecue And Blues
Ronnie Earl & Duke RobillardLookin for Trouble
The Radio KingsCant Keep A Good Man Down
Matthew CurryDraw The Line
Betty Fox BandPeace In Pieces
Josh FarrowWash Me in the Well (feat. The McCrary Sisters
Gema PearlWhere There’s A Will, There’s A Way (feat. Arthur Neilson)
Santiago PeriottiPerpetual Blues Machine
JunkyardmenJunkyardman
Tomislav GolubanFun Starts Here
Popa ChubbyLet Love Free The Day
Catfish KeithDon’t You Call Me Crazy
Mojo-TGood Ol Shoe
Blues CousinsLet’s Dance
MojomamaSing You The Blues
BluesCorpWelcome To My World
Mike Scott & the HoneypotsLandlord
Josh SmithLetting You Go (Live)
Forrest McDonald BandGoing Back to Memphis
The Derek Trucks BandDown in the Flood
Jimmie VaughanDengue Woman Blues
Redemption RoadHard To Take
The StreamlinersKicking Back The Blues
Ozgur HazarSweet Angel

July 21st Roadhouse Blues Nooner with Ben Vee 12-2 pm EST

Join me today, July 21st, from 12 to 2 pm EST for some great roadhouse blues on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com. Got new tunes by Dion, Lucinda Williams, Doc Span Blues, Paul Gillings plus some classics from John Lee Hooker, Luther Allison, and many more.

Below is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Bernie MarsdenSteal My Thunder
Doc Span BluesJive Four Three Two One
Shirley KingI Did You Wrong (Feat. Elvin Bishop)
Bakelite Radio (Joe Camilleri)You Better Watch Yourself
The AnimalsGin House Blues
Van Morrison & John Lee HookerGloria
Deb RyderGrit Grease & Tears
Stevie Ray VaughanPride and Joy
Bo DiddleyHe’s Got A Key
Luther AllisonLiving In The House Of Blues
John Lee Hooker feat. Ry CooderThis Is Hip
Peter Struijk Feat. Tail DraggerCakewalk Band
Shirley KingGallows Pole (Feat. Harvey Mandel)
Royal Southern BrotherhoodLeft My Heart in Memphis
Danny Del ToroWalking Blues (Feat. Julian Burdock)
The Hi-JiversKnee High & Risin’
The Della Grants2020 (Radio Mix)
SwingadelicMary Ann
CD WoodburyMemphis Heat
Hurricane RuthWho I Am
Simon Kinny-LewisDevil On My Trail
The Olson Brothers BandLove Life
Christone “Kingfish” IngramEmpty Promises
Sean Ardoin + KRSCame thru Pullin’
Paul GillingsIt Beats Me Baby
DionWay Down (I Won’t Cry No More) (Feat. Stevie Van Zandt)
JJ Grey & MofroGeorgia Warhorse
Lucinda WilliamsWhen The Way Gets Dark

The Thursday July 9th Good Time Roadhouse Blues (3-5pm EST)

We have the Ben Vee July 9th Good Time Roadhouse Blues for ya from 3-5 pm EST on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com. The show features plenty of new contemporary blues such as Cass Clayton, The Hi-Jivers, Gravel & Grace, and Odds Lane as well as some badass “keepers” by Buddy Guy, George Thorogood, Keb’ Mo’, and Muddy Waters.

ARTISTTITLE
Kenny Blues Boss WayneLet The Rock Roll
Simon Kinny-LewisEvery Day I Have The Blues
Kerry Pastine And The Crime SceneDown Down
Angel ForrestAin’t No Doubt
Pierce Dipner & The Shades Of BlueDon’t Get No Sleep
Kat PearsonCane Creek
Diane BlueEasy, Easy, Baby
Be Sharp BandMojo Joe
Charlie BedfordGood To Go
Debra PowerAll Night Playing the Blues
Anthony Geraci with Dennis BrennanMister
Cass Clayton BandNo Use In Crying
Zoe Schwarz Blue CommotionIf Only I Could Be with You
Hurricane RuthWhat You Never Had
CD WoodburyI Didn’t Know
The Hi-JiversSomething’s Gotta Shake
SwingadelicYou’re Humbuggin’ Me
Charlie Frey’s Blue Plate SpecialsMarjorie
Misty BluesDon’t Send Me Home
Gravel & GraceBottles
Bakelite Radio (Joe Camilleri)You Better Watch Yourself
Anni PiperCake Walk Into Town
Andrew AlliTexas Woman
Odds LaneSpare Change
Carey BellI’m Gonna Buy Me A Train Ticke
Muddy Waters(I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man
George ThorogoodWillie Dixon’s Gone
Buddy GuyIt Hurts Me Too (When Things Go Wrong)
Keb’ Mo’The Worst Is yet to Come
Rory BlockIts Red Hot
Pete ThelenThought Passing Through

The Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues Nooner for June 30th

Tune into to http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from High Noon to 2 pm ET today, June 30th for new tunes by Kenny ‘Big Boss’ Wayne, Anthony Geraci, Kyle Yardley, Evelyn Rubio, and many more!

Below is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Andrew AlliChrome-A-Thick
Kyle YardleyThat Ain’t Right
Jose RamirezOne Woman Man
Jan JamesI’m Always Coming Back
Anthony Geraci with Dennis BrennanMister
Altered Five Blues BandGonna Lose My Lady
Larkin PoeEvery Bird That Flies
Phantom Blues BandWingin
Los Skeletone BluesStonetown
Andrew AlliGoing Down South
Mike ZitoQuarantine Blues
Johnny BurginOld School Player
Anni PiperBlow Up Doll
Evelyn RubioOne More Last Time
Ray Fuller & the BluesrockersMojo Hand
Big Bone DaddyRack Em Up
Kenny Blues Boss WayneThat’s The Way She Is
Rory BlockWayward Girl Blues
Joshua BattenTell Me I’m Wrong
Bywater CallWalk On By
Popa ChubbyEnough Is Enough
Bill BlueThe King Of Crazy Town
BluesCorpWelcome To My World
Chris Shutters With Special Guest Jimmy BurnsKeep You Satisfied
Blues CousinsCan’t You See


Checkin Out the Blues for June 2020

Some artists that I have checked out during June….that you should too! (Links in blue are to the albums on Spotify.)

Rory Block – Prove It On Me (2020 Stony Plain Records)

A first class acoustic guitar player with a great voice and a true appreciation for the blues, Rory Block (a six time winner of blues awards from the prestigious Blues Foundation) unearths some gems by early female blues singers and applies her special touch to them. This is the second Power Women of the Blues recordings she has done and it is a great listen.

I enjoyed her new song Eagles as well as He May Be Your Man (Helen Humes), It’s Red Hot (Madlyn Davis), and Wayward Girl Blues (Lottie Kimbrough).

Kyle Yardley – St. Louis to Savannah (2020)

Some badass Chicago blues from singer and harmonica player Kyle Yardley who hails from St. Louis and is now lives in Georgia. Particularly loved Little Girl which features some licks from one of my favorite guitarists, Johnny Burgin, and also loved That Ain’t Right, Savannah Georgia Women, and Country Girl (alternate version).

Evelyn Rubio – Crossing Borders (2020 Productions On Seaspeed LLC)

Evelyn Rubio hails from Mexico City and is now based in Houston. A singer and saxophone player, when she turns up the volume and lets it wail, she is at her finest. Really liked I Made a Mistake, Just Like A Drug, and One More Last Time.

Joshua Batten – The City Within (2020 Batten Down Music)

Joshua Batten hails from Australia and at 23 has just released his second recording that features a range of tunes across several genres. I loved the blues rocker Tell Me I am Wrong as well as Silver Dollars and The Fox and The Hound. All three will get airplay during my roadhouse blues shows on Blues Music Fan Radio.

Jose Ramirez – HERE I COME (2020)

Produced by the great Texas bluesman Anson Funderburgh, Jose Ramirez’s new album features some stellar guitar playing and singing and is full of catchy blues tunes. Jose hails from Costa Rica and is now based in Tampa, Florida. With a Robert Johnson tat on his arm and a distinctive guitar tone, he is more than ready to pay his blues dues. I loved One Woman Man as well as Gasoline and Matches and Stop Teasing Me. Keep an ear out for this guy…..he has a very bright bluzin’ future!

Jan JamesJUSTIFY (2020 Blues Palace Records)

Jan James has been singin’ the blues and payin’ her dues for many years. The new album Justify may finally get her the broad based recognition she is due as one of the contemporary blues’ great female singers. I loved the songs A Different Life, Believe in Me, and I’m Always Coming Back. Her long time partner Craig Calvert plays some mean guitar licks as well on all the songs. Overall, a great blues recording!!

What have YOU been listening to over the past month?? Leave a comment with an album that you have enjoyed….we wants to know!!!


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.

DayDreams in Blue with Anthony Geraci

Years ago down in Birmingham, I got my start managing bands and helping to produce concerts. And at least once a month, I would wander into an aging hotel downtown that was long past its prime. Most of the guests were budget vacationers traveling in the South or just off the bus from the Greyhound terminal down the block. But it was a warm and friendly place with a great little smokey piano bar with smiling waitresses, great martinis, and some damn fine jazzy blues. It had a healthy mix of old timers and young people from the local area as well as the occasional hotel guest and was just a fun place to hang out and listen to the music.

Listening to Anthony Geraci on his new album Daydreams in Blue brought back memories of that place and time with his virtuoso piano playing of both upbeat roadhouse style tunes and jazzy blues numbers that let you drift off into memory land. Dennis Brennan does almost all of the singing on the album and his Randy Newman style voice is a perfect fit for Anthony’s music. Monster Mike Welch does most of the guitar playing with other guest appearances by Walter Trout (guitar), Peter Ward (guitar), Troy Gonyea (guitar). Michael Mudcat Ward handles the acoustic bass, Jeff Armstrong is on drums, and Scott Arruda along with Mark Early do some badass horn playing. Overall, it is a fantastic supporting cast for the album.

With regards to the roadhouse blues, I loved the blues shufflin’ Mister. Anthony pounds those ivories and Dennis wails on his harmonica…..badass tune. One note from the guitar on No One Hears My Prayers and you know Walter Trout is in the studio. The back and forth between Anthony’s keyboards and Walter’s guitar is simply awesome. And another little jewel is Tutti Frutti Booty with Anthony on vocals. It is some classic boogie woogie that will get ya boppin’ in your easy chair.

Among the more jazzy blues tunes on the album that highlight Anthony’s keyboard talent, I loved Daydreams of a Broken Fool, Hard to Say I Love You, and the sultry Jelly, Jelly. My favorite Dennis Brennan vocals on the album are on Living in the Shadow of the Blues… the song and lyrics are picture perfect for him.

Every song on the album was enjoyable and I hope you will download and give it a listen. Daydreams in Blue is never a bad way to spend an afternoon or evening sometime soon. In fact, you can catch Anthony and Dennis live online Friday, July 10th at 7:30 pm ET. Just follow these links for more info… https://www.facebook.com/epsfalloutshelter and https://www.youtube.com/user/alternateroot1?fbclid=IwAR1dBUei%20wqPhULzrXjYLvfmeEwCJKa1lkkKHRi3bILcVDLs2eGpguSRqTM .

Anthony Geraci with Dennis Brennan – Daydreams in Blues (2020 Shining Stone 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.

Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne – Doin’ It Mighty Fine!

At the age of 75, Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne has cooked up a fine blues gumbo of 13 songs that range from boogie woogie to a compelling blues rendition of a Lynyrd Skynyrd classic. An expat from the United States who has lived and recorded in Canada since the 1980’s, the Blues Boss released his eleventh studio album, GO, JUST DO IT!, a couple of weeks ago to a chorus of applause from across the blues spectrum. With talent on the keyboards, and a soulful energetic voice, Kenny reminds us with some stunning riffs and rolls that the piano and other keyboard instruments have been as vital a part of the blues over the years as the electric guitar.

My personal favorite on the recording is the title cut that features a vocal duet performance with Canadian Dawn Tyler Watson, a rising blues star in her own right. It’s a funky upbeat tune with lots of horns that sends a message that resonates in my life; don’t let folks tell what you can’t do……Go…just do it!

Another song that made me sit up and listen on the album is You’re In For A Big Surprise. It is 60’s style martini bar jazzy blues number that is splendidly delivered by Kenny and Grammy Award winning Diane Schuur. The keyboard playing is stellar and the horns are terrific. It brought back memories of Nina Simone and that is nevah a bad thing!!

Additionally, That’s the Way She Is is a great roadhouse blues tune that I will be giving a lot of spins during my radio shows. I also enjoyed the boogie woogie instrumental Let the Rock Roll as well as Lost & Found, Motor Mouth Woman, and You Did a Number on Me. Kenny also takes on the Lynyrd Skynyrd classic They Call Me the Breeze and produces a great bluzin’ cover.

Kenny was ably assisted on the recording by a slew of talented musicians including horn players Jerry Cook and Vince Mai (Powder Blues), guitarist Yuji Ihara (Boogie Patrol), renown harmonica player Sherman Doucette, Russell Jackson on bass (B.B. King), Joey “the Pocket” Dimarco on drums (Studebaker John) , Barry Sharbo on tamborine, and additional vocals by Julie Masi (Parachute Club) and Kenny’s son Corey Spruell.

So…if ya wanna hear one of the great singing and piano talents of the blues (and a member of the Boogie Woogie Hall of Fame) givin’ it all he has….buy this album……GO, JUST DO IT!

Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne – Go, Just Do It (2020 Stony Plain 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.

Good Time Roadhouse Blues for June 25th on BMFR

Hope all is still well with you and yours! Tune in today from 3-5 pm ET on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com for the Ben Vee Good Time Roadhouse blues featuring tunes by Keb’ Mo’, Jonny Lang, Carolyn Wonderland, Jan James, Larkin Poe, and many more.

Below is the intended playlist which I publish in the hopes that you will download a tune or two and support the contemporary blues!!

ARTISTTITLE
Sonny LandrethBeyond Borders
Larkin PoeBack Down South
Too Slim and the TaildraggersSnake Eyes
North Mississippi AllstarsBoogie
Bnois KingDiamond Eyes
Jan JamesBelieve In Me
DionMy Baby Loves To Boogie (Feat. John Hammond)
The NighthawksChairman Of The Board
Jeff FettermanLiving With The Blues
Carolyn WonderlandCome Together
Jonny LangBump In The Road
Keb MoThe Itch
Fantastic NegritoHow Long
Earl St. ClairSober
Don BryantYour Love is Too Late
Dojo CutsHere We Are
Ana PopovicLast Thing I Do
Lenny PaulI Do The Job
Kyle YardleyCountry Girl (Alternate Version)
Joshua BattenSilver Dollars
Jose RamirezHere I Come
Jim RuffingLet Me Tell You
Taj MahalDon’t Leave Me Here
Linsey AlexanderGoin’ Out Walkin’
Damon FowlerBlues Guitar Man
Paul ReddickHooks in the Water