Live Roadhouse Blues on BMFR 3-5 pm EDT

The Roadhouse blues is best experienced LIVE which has been a challenge for both performers and music lovers since the pandemic raised its ugly head. Today’s show is chocked full of live performances by some of the best artists of the contemporary blues as well as some classic recordings. Tune in from 3-5 pm EDT on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com!

Here is today’s intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Tedeschi Trucks BandSatie Groove
Tedeschi Trucks BandDon’t Know What It Means
Gov’t MuleMillion Miles From Yesterday
Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page & Steve WinwoodTake Me To The River
Steven Tyler & Joe PerryI’m A King Bee
Luther AllisonSoul Fixin’ Man (Live) (Remastered)
Pat FulgoniThink Twice Before You Go
Bluesman Tom LarsenLean & Mean
Artur MenezesDevil’s Own
Dom Martins SavagesMorning Sun
Markus K.Rollin’ and Tumblin’
Don NixBlack Cat Moan
Mark KnopflerDon’t Forget Your Hat
Eric ClaptonTulsa time
J.J. CaleDon’t Cry Sister
Steve MarrinerTake Me To The City
Walter TroutGoin’ Down To The River (Feat. Robby Krieger)
Rory GallagherAdmit It
Blackberry SmokeGrits Ain’t Groceries
Trevor SewellCalling Me Home (Live)
Kenny Wayne Shepherd BandDown For Love
Tommy CastroLeaving Trunk (Live)
Teresa James & The Rhythm TrampsIn The Pink
Captain Morgan ExpressIn The Middle Of The Night (Live)
Albert CummingsMovin’ On (Live)

Roadhouse Blues Nooner from 12-2 pm EDT

Grab your favorite poison and join me for some great roadhouse blues on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 12-2 pm EDT. New music from Steve Marriner, Mick Pini, Mojo Dingo as well as well as a handful of the best contemporary upbeat blues on the planet!

ARTISTTITLE
Mick PiniSnowy Wood
Jimmy BarnesIn The Midnight Hour
Kilborn Alley Blues BandBetter Off Now
Beth HartMight As Well Smile
Malford Milligan & The Southern AcesI’m Glad To Do It
The Crazy RockersOne Dance With You
The Marble TonesWait On Time
Guy TortoraOne Way Ticket (Studio)
Luxuriant SedansMy Back Scratcher
Mojo DingoBorn Under A Bad Sign
Fast Eddy’s Blue BandSlow Down
Eric SteckelJuke Joint
Studebaker John & The HawksRolling & Tumbling Around
Vintage TroubleRun Like The River
Boz ScaggsRich Woman
Kail BaxleyBetter Feeln’ Better Days
The Harpoonist & the Axe MurdererCry a Little
Tedeschi Trucks BandThe Storm
Steve MarrinerHoney Bee
Mick PiniStanding in the Rain
Fleetwood MacLooking For Somebody
Rory GallagherLivin’ Like A Trucker
Walter TroutTomorrow Seems So Far Away
Jeff FettermanBottle Full of Blues
Bryce JaneyBetter Off With the Blues
Albert CummingsRumors
Buddy GuyWhiskey, Beer & Wine

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

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.