Savoy Brown – Ain’t Done Yet…and they damn sure aren’t!!

A chance meeting between two musicians at a record shop in England in 1965 led to the formation of one of the most enduring of all the bands from the Golden Age of music. And all these years later, Savoy Brown featuring Kim Simmonds is making an emphatic statement with the release of AIN’T DONE YET. Savoy Brown has been and continues to be a synonym for the term blues rock.

What started with the chance encounter between Kim Simmonds and harmonica player John O’Leary resulted in the release of Shake Down in 1967. They were then known as the Savoy Brown Blues Band and kicked out a mix of blues covers and a couple of instrumentals including High Rise, that I still love.

Over the years, a literal who’s who of rock and blues artists have spent time with the band including bluesmen Hubert Sumlin, Paul Oscher, and Duke Robillard. For the latest album, long time band members Pat DeSalvo (bass) and Garnet Grimm (drums) help flesh out a tight trio of rhythmic sound that is a perfect compliment to the vocals and both harmonica and guitar playing by Kim.

On this, their 41st recording, the band continues a hit run of releases in the last ten years. Voodoo Moon (2011), The Devil to Pay (2015), Witchy Feelin’ (2017), and City Nights (2019) are all great blues rock albums. AIN’T DONE YET is a bit more introspective with the title cut, Borrowed Time, All Gone Wrong, and Devil’s Highway addressing Kim’s blues rockin’ observations from a long life. I loved the guitar tones and easy rhythms of Feel Like a Gypsy. Jaguar Car is some badass boogie about how men identify with their cars.

Rocking In Louisiana is about my birthplace and long time home and Kim’s love for the state where the music he loves was born. He plays a steel dobro to give it a “down the bayou” feel and it works to perfection! To close out the album, Kim chose an instrumental, Crying Guitar. All of Savoy Brown’s albums have included at least one instrumental and this one is another blues rock jewel.

Savoy Brown featuring Kim Simmonds damn sure aren’t done yet! And I, for one, am mighty pleased!

Savoy Brown featuring Kim Simmonds – Ain’t Done Yet (2020 Quarto Valley 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 on BMFR 3 to 5 pm EDST

Tune in from 3 to 5 pm EDST today September 10th for my Good Time Roadhouse blues at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com featuring Martin Harley, Kirsten Thien, Grand Dermody, Lisa Mann, and many more!

Below is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
Ramon TarancoGhost Dance (instrumental)The Adventures of Bo Segovia
Big Joe SheltonStrong AddictionI’d Never Let Her Down
A Band Called SamNothing In The StreetsLegacy
Dave FieldsWhy Can’t You Ever Treat Me RightForce of Will
Martin HarleyThe Time Is NowRoll With The Punches
Robert Connely FarrCan’t Be SatisfiedCountry Supper
DionI Got Nothin’ (Feat. Van Morrison & Joe Louis Walker)Blues With Friends
Mark KnopflerGot to Have SomethingPrivateering
Grant Dermody35-59My Dony
Kirsten ThienShoulda BeenTwo Sides
JD TaylorHoney Honey BabyThe Coldwater Sessions
Wily Bo Walker/Danny FlamBuild My Gallows… (Ain’t No Return)Ain’t No Man a Good Man (Deluxe)
Gregg MartinezEva DelleMacDaddy Mojeaux
Frankie MorenoGood Lookin’ MamaBack To the Boogie
Wayne Nicholson & John CampbelljohnI May Be WrongElmore’s Blues
Jensens Juke JointWhile You Let Your Hair Down LowJensens Juke Joint
Jade MacraeAll over My FaceHandle Me with Care
Glen HansardRoll On SlowBetween Two Shores
Trigger HippyRise Up SingingTrigger Hippy
Simon Kinny-LewisEvil GirlAnother Day In San Jose
Crooked Eye TommySitting In The DrivewayHot Coffee And Pain
Wet WillieLeonaDixie Rock
Lisa MannThat’s AllOld Girl
Kevin CampbellThe RubNostalgia
Walter TroutAll Out Of TearsOrdinary Madness
MandalynBaby On The RunWrecked
Scott Weis BandSimmer Me DownSimmer Me Down

Post Labor Day Roadhouse Blues Nooner 12 to 2 pm EST

It’s back to the real world after a long Labor Day Weekend here in the United States. Join us from High Noon until 2 pm EST today on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com for the Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues Nooner.

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones feat. Little Charlie BatyReel BurnerToo Far from the Bar
New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom RockersNight Time (feat Jimbo Mathis)Volume I
Curtis SalgadoThe Longer That I Live2020 Blues Sampler Alligator Records
Ronnie Earl & the BroadcastersYou Don’t Know What Love IsRise Up
Al BasileSecond WindLast Hand
Mary Bridget DaviesThunder and Lightin’Wanna Feel Somethin’
Chris Bevington OrganisationBad Bad BadSand & Stone
A Band Called SamVoice Of The BluesLegacy
Chris CainI Believe I Got Off Cheap2020 Blues Sampler Alligator Records
Marc BroussardLet The Music Get Down In Your SoulS.O.S.-Save Our Soul
Selwyn BirchwoodLiving In A Burning House2020 Blues Sampler Alligator Records
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones feat. Little Charlie BatyNumb and DumbToo Far from the Bar
Andy Watts featuring Joe Louis WalkerBurning DeepSupergroove
Long Tall Deb & The Drifter KingsHouse On FireDiamonds on the Desert Floor
Luxuriant SedansGot to Keep MovingBorn Certified
Trigger HippyDon’t Wanna Bring You DownFull Circle & Then Some
Crooked Eye TommyCongo SquareHot Coffee And Pain
Christone “Kingfish” IngramRock & RollEmpty Promises
Mark KnopflerGot to Have SomethingPrivateering
Big Joe SheltonLittle WillieI’d Never Let Her Down
Andreas Diehlmann BandGot To Get Over ItMercy On Me
The Barrett Anderson BandNot Your BabyHypnobooge
Dave FieldsBest I CanForce of Will
Seth JamesHouse on the HillBad Luck and Trouble
Mark MayMercury BluesTelephone Road

The Roadhouse Blues Nooner for September 1st on BMFR

It’s SEPTEMBER…finally…as 2020 keeps crawling along! Join us today, September 1st from High Noon til 2 pm EST for a mess of some great contemporary blues featuring tunes by Eric Johanson, Cee Cee James, Kirsten Thien, Paul Buchanan’s Voodoo Preachers, and many more.

Below is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
Greyhound George BandSweet Potato FriesElectrified
Gregg MartinezEva DelleMacDaddy Mojeaux
Cee Cee JamesLet’s All Get LooseBlood Red Blues
Johnny & the MongrelsJust Keep WalkingCreole Skies
Grant DermodyCorner StrutMy Dony
DionI Got The Cure (Feat. Sonny Landreth)Blues With Friends
The James Pitts BandWanna Take You OutCome to Play the Blues
Dave Steffen BandDrive My CarHalf a Million Miles
Captain Morgan ExpressIn The Middle Of The Night (Live)Naked To The Nipple: Live At Slok
Frankie MorenoA Girl Named MemphisBack To the Boogie
Altered Five Blues BandThree ForksCharmed & Dangerous
Kirsten ThienAfter I Left HomeTwo Sides
Lucky PetersonDon’t Cloud Up On MeMore Crucial Guitar Blues
Jade MacraeLet It RideHandle Me with Care
Don Bryant99 PoundsYou Make Me Feel
JD TaylorCocomoThe Coldwater Sessions
Paul Buchanan’s Voodoo PreachersWalkin’ BluesTestimony
Eric JohansonBuried Above GroundBelow Sea Level
Downtown Blues BandBlues DoctorBulldozer Blues
Trevor SewellCalling Me Home (Live)Live In Portugal
Blackie & the Rodeo KingsI’m Still Loving YouKings & Queens
Jeff FettermanTell Me BabySouthern Son
The Harvey Blom BandJust Another Lonely DayOut of the Shadows
Scott EllisonSomething About YouSkyline Drive
Jonny T-Bird & the MPsEverybody Wants To Go To HeavenCommon Cents
Dirty StreetsOn the WayRough and Tumble

Good Time Roadhouse Blues with Ben Vee on BMFR 3-5 pm EST

Got some Good Time Roadhouse Blues for ya from 3-5 pm EST today on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com.

You can find the intended playlist below:

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
Jimmy Thackery & the DriversCandy Apple RedSpare Keys
Thorbjorn Risager and The Black TornadoLast TrainCome On In
Ina ForsmanDevil May Dance TonightIna Forsman
Grace Potter and the NocturnalsMedicineGrace Potter and the Nocturnals
Tiffany Pollack & Eric JohansonBlues In My BloodBlues In My Blood
Larkin PoeEvery Bird That FliesSelf Made Man
Amnesia Blues BandNullabor BluesHailstone
Cold ChiselSummer MoonNo Plans
The Teskey BrothersSan FranciscoRun Home Slow
The Marcus King BandWhere I’m HeadedCarolina Confessions
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night SweatsTearing at the SeamsTearing at the Seams (Deluxe Edition)
Kiko García BandGot AwayMojo Ringer
Seasick SteveCan U Cook?Can U Cook?
Too Slim & The TaildraggersThese Boots Are Made For WalkingEl Rauncho Grundgé
Jim Suhler & Monkey BeatDeja BlueStarvation Box
Albert CummingsUp Your SleeveSomeone Like You
Tinsley EllisLove Me By PhoneHell Or High Water
The RidesMississippi Road HouseCan’t Get Enough
Jimmy Thackery With The Cate BrothersOut Of MississippiIn The Natural State
Buddy FlettMississippi SeaMississippi Sea
John The ConquerorMississippi Drinkin’Single
Bobby RushDown in LouisianaDown In Louisiana
Chris O’Leary BandLouisiana WomanWaiting For The Phone To Ring
Savoy BrownRocking In LouisianaAin’t Done Yet
Tab BenoitLouisiana StyleLive: Swampland Jam
Rocky Jackson & The IgnitersGoin’ Back to TexasBlue Streak

August 18th Roadhouse Blues on BMFR

In the midst of the violence and mayhem we are seeing daily, the blues are my oasis. Come join me from 12 to 2 pm EST for my Roadhouse Blues Nooner on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com.

Below is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
Clifton ChenieHot RoLouisiana Blues & Zydeco
The Doobie BrothersLittle Bitty Pretty OneLong Train Runnin’ – 1970-2000 – Disc 3
Kaz HawkinsMiss PitifulMemories Of
The NighthawksChairman Of The BoardTryin’ To Get To You
Amnesia Blues BandNever Loved You AnywayHailstone
Mark MayBarbecue And BluesDeep Dark Demon
Wet WillieLeonaDixie Rock
Little FeatTwo TrainsDixie Chicken
A. C. Reed with Bonnie RaittShe’s FineCrucial Slide Guitar Blues
Shaun MurphyThat’s A Pretty Good LoveLivin’ The Blues
Tullie BraeBreak These Chains (Feat. Brandon Santini)Revelation
Leon RussellMagic MirrorThe Best Of Leon Russell
Kiko García BandMojo RingerMojo Ringer
Boz ScaggsLittle Miss Night And DayOut Of The Blues
DionBlues Comin’ On (Feat. Joe Bonamassa)Blues With Friends
B.B. King feat. Bonnie RaittBaby I Love YouDeuces Wild
Tiffany Pollack & Eric JohansonIf I Had A HammerBlues In My Blood
Ghost Town Blues BandHeading Nowhere FastShine
HeavyDrunkWalking To The Mission In The RainHolywater
Tennessee RedemptionBack To TennesseeTennessee Redemption
Jimmy Thackery & Tab BenoitAway, Away Too LongWhiskey Store
Bonnie Raitt, Keb MoNo Gettin’ Over YouSilver LIning
Zac HarmonGypsy RoadMississippi BarBQ
Tommy Castro, Johnny Nitro & Kevin RussellYou Got SomethingS.F. Blues Guitar Summit Volume III
Mike ZitoChange My WaysPearl River
Sonny LandrethA World AwayThe story of the blues

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