The Good Time Roadhouse Blues with Ben Vee (Thursday July 02, 2020)

Join us from 3 to 5 pm ET today (July 2nd) on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com for some Good Time Roadhouse Blues. I will be spinning new Anni Piper, Odds Lane, Bakelite Radio as well as some classic blues rock by Johnny Winter, Free, Fleetwood Mac, and Foghat. PLUS the brand new Walter Trout promo single, Wanna Dance! Ya gotta hear it!

Below is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Johnny BurginPumpkin’s Boogie
Anthony Geraci with Dennis BrennanTutti Frutti Booty
Andrew AlliGood Things
Popa ChubbyThe Best Is Yet To Come
Anni PiperCake Walk Into Town
The Delta SaintsDrink It Slow
Odds LaneSpare Change
Bakelite Radio (Joe Camilleri)Down Home Girl
Buddy GuyWhere The Blues Begins (Feat Carlos Santana)
Albert CollinsMy Woman Has A Black Cat Bone
Hubert SumlinBroke and Hungry
Albert Collins, Robert Cray and Johnny CopelandLion’s Den
Band Of Heysek (Feat. R.L. Boyce & Kenny Brown)Let Me Take You To My Place
Dave NevlingI Need Love
Kenny Wayne ShepherdDark Side Of Love
J.T. ColdfireLet’s Go For A Drive
Selwyn BirchwoodGuilty Pleasures
Jeff BeckBrush With The Blues
Blues SaracenoLow Down Dirty Shame
Coyote KingsTrouble
Walter TroutWanna Dance
FreeGoin’ Down Slow
Johnny WinterHelp Me (Live)
Fleetwood MacRed Hot Mamma
FoghatFeel So Bad

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

May 28th Good Time Roadhouse Blues on BMFR

Join me today, May 28th, from 3 to 5 pm ET on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com for some great Good Time Roadhouse blues! I have new tunes by Dion, The Teskey Brothers, Johnny Burgin, Jeff Fetterman, Kat Riggins, Seasick Steve and plenty of contemporary blues!

You can find the intended playlist below……hope ya download and buy a couple during the show!

ARTISTTITLE
Danny Gatton & Joey DeFrancescoFine
Bushmaster feat Gary BrownThe Blues
Bill Toms and Hard RainI Won’t Go To Memphis No More (Live)
Bernard AllisonSlide Master
DionBam Bang Boom
The RidesThat’s A Pretty Good Love
Moonshine SocietyShake
Jeff FettermanTell Me Baby
The Teskey BrothersHold Me (Live At The Forum, 2019)
Big Bill MorganfieldLove You Right
Kat RigginsCry Out
Johnny BurginOld School Player
Rick PisanoIt Comes And It Goes
Devon Allman’s HoneytribeCould Get Dangerous
Nanette WorkmanJust Another Night
Johnny WinterIt’s My Life, Baby
Too Slim and the TaildraggersDevil’s Hostage
Gary MooreCold Black Night
Hamish AndersonTrouble
Peter Green & Fleetwood MacFast Talking Woman Blues
Seasick SteveLove & Peace
IndigenousFind My Way
The Andy James BandShe’s an Evil Woman
John Butcher20 Years
Dan PatlanskyMayday

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.

The Nighthawks 31st album is STUPENDOUS – Tryin’ To Get To You ….and they do!

There are good bands and there are great bands but there are not many great roadhouse blues bands that have produced THIRTY ONE solid and engaging albums over the years. With the release of TRYIN’ TO GET TO YOU, The Nighthawks, based out of Washington, DC, continue to mesh the sounds of rock ‘n’ roll and the upbeat electric blues into a incredible musical menagerie. And they are worthy of consideration as one of the very best bands in the storied history of the electric blues.

The band is led by Mark Wenner, a first class harmonica player and a singer with the perfect type of voice for the uplifting style of music that they play. The steady beat is provided by drummer Mark Stutso who also adds vocals. And two new group members, Dan Hovey (guitars) and Paul Pisciotta (bass) both contribute vocals for some fabulous harmonies on a number of the new tunes.

The new album has that upbeat rhythm and sound that just transports you to a good place. I loved the driving bass and harmonica on Baby, It’s Time. And Chairman of the Board is some damn fine sultry blues with an insistent hip movin’ beat that cries out to be released as a single. The title cut, Tryin’ to Get to You, is a sweet fusion of doo wap and the electric blues with a tone on Dan’s guitar that is entrancing. Don’t Worry Baby is the kind of rockin’ blues song that has been a signature staple of the band over the years. And Somethin’ Cookin is a delicious blues shuffle…..mhmm…my kinda tune.

This is easily one of the best roadhouse blues releases of 2020. It will wanna make ya call out to your Baby and get them close for some social spacing hip shakin’ in the living room….yeah it is that good! Go On….right now….download this jewel of a recording…I promise you that you won’t regret it!! It will make ya smile, dance, and have a damn fine time while ya listen….and that is the very definition of the roadhouse blues for the weekend!

The Nighthawks – Tryin’ To Get To You (2020 Ellersoul 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.