Ben Vee’s Tuesday Roadhouse Blues Nooner 12-2 pm ET

Join me today on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 12-2 pm ET for a mix of new contemporary roadhouse blues mixed with a number of classics from Buddy Guy, Duane Allman, Lowell George, Leon Russell, and Wet Willie. I will feature new tunes by The Gayle Harrod Band, Teresa James, Eddie 9V, Ryan Foret, Diane Blue, Dyer Davis, and Jimi Primetime Smith & Bob Corritore. I think this has the makings of a badass show; tune in and let me know what ya think using the BlueMusicFan Radio chat app….it is very simple to use!

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Alastair GreenBack At The Poor House
Buddy Guy & Junior WellsMessing With The Kid
Lowell GeorgeTwo Trains
Eddie 9VDown Along The Cove
Leon RussellRoll Away The Stone
Teresa JamesEverybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
Ryan Foret and Foret TraditionGood Rockin Tonight
Duane AllmanNo Money Down
Wet WillieLeona
The WildRoots634-5789
Atlanta Rhythm SectionI’m Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight
Tinsley EllisAnything But Go
The Gayle Harrod BandYou’re Gonna Miss Me
Brandon SantiniBack To You
Diane Blue All-Star BandCrazy, Hazy, Lazy
Janiva MagnessSlipped, Tripped And Fell In Love
Mike ZitoI Wouldn’t Treat A Dog (The Way You Treat Me)
Tommy CastroGotta Serve Somebody
The AllergiesTreat You Right
Anthony Hamilton & Elayna BoyntonFreedom
Devon AllmanLost
Dyer DavisWalk Away My Blues
Seth RosenbloomGotta Roll
Trampled Under FootWrong Side Of The Blues
Smoke J LawrenceBluesman Baby
Magic SlimBad Boy
Jimi ‘Primetime’ Smith & Bob CorritoreWalkin’
Ronnie Earl and the BroadcastersBaby How Long
John Primer and Bob CorritoreKeep A-Driving

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Ben Vee’s Roadhouse Blues News – Buddy Guy Farewell Tour and a bunch of new Blues album releases

Buddy Guy Farewell Tour begins February 11

At the age of 86 and still at the top of his form, Buddy Guy will be doing his farewell tour during 2023. He starts it in Mumbai, India on February 11, begins the North American leg on February 17th in Rockford, Illinois, and literally crisscrosses the country into the fall. He will also fit in appearances in Australia and a number of places in Europe as he does his final live performances in a career that has spanned over 60 years. Buddy is equally at home with Muddy Waters and Jimi Hendrix and puts on a show that includes playing in the crowd, playing the guitar with his teeth and behind his back, and regaling the audience with little stories about the songs he performs and the life he has lived. I have seen him three times and they were incredible shows. If you haven’t heard him live, check the tour dates on his website and make plans now. I don’t think the tickets will be available for long! AND I have a feeling that a lot of well known blues artists will be popping up on stage with him to say their final farewells to the reigning King of the Blues.

New Roadhouse Blues Releases Out Now

Ryan Foret & Foret Tradition – That’s What’s Happening Here : Vibrant blues and R&B sound out of New Orleans!

Eddie 9V – Capricorn : May be the reincarnation of Lowell George, Leon Russell, & Duane Allman!! He is only 27!

Teresa James – With a Little Help From Her Friends : Teresa bluzin’ the Beatles…well worth a ticket to ride!!

The 2:19 – We Will Get Through This : From Ireland, they kick out some badass rockin’ blues!

Planned Roadhouse Blues Releases in February 2023

Savoy Brown – Blues All Around (Feb 17th) : Kim Simmonds knew he had cancer and just kept recording right up to his death late in 2022..RIP

The Gayle Harrod Band – Temptation (Feb 24th) : Awesome voice and blues from this talent out of Baltimore!

Planned Releases in March 2023

Mike Zito & Albert Castiglia – Blood Brothers (March 17th)

Ally Venable – Real Gone (March 24th)

Eric Bibb – Ridin’ (March 24th)


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Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues 12-2pm ET on BMFR

Join me on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com today from 12 to 2 pm ET for a mighty fine mix of contemporary Roadhouse blues (if I must say so myself!. I have new tunes from Buddy Guy, Edgar Winter, Mud Morganfield, Layla Zoe, Shakura S’Aida, Robert Connely Farr, and some classics from John Lee Hooker, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Jimmie Vaughan.

Here is the intended playlist. I hope you get a chance to listen in!!

ARTISTTITLE
The B. Christopher BandTake It Home
John Lee HookerMaudie (Live)
Edgar WinterLone Star Blues (feat. Keb’ Mo’)
Mud MorganfieldLeave Me Alone
Texas RedLong Distance Lover
Angela StrehliI Love The Life I Live
Shakura S’AidaClap Yo Hands And Moan
The Lucky LosersHigh Two Pair
Judy Blu Band, TheOne Decision
Umberto PorcaroTake Me Home
Stevie Ray VaughanTell Me
Johnny WinterHustled Down in Texas
The SidekicksThis Is the Blues
The JorgensensOld Black Crow
John Duer And The Blues FreaksWhole Lotta Water
Robert Connely FarrGoing Down South
Henrik FreischladerFree
Layla ZoeDark Heart (feat. Henrik Freischlader)
Freddie KingLet The Good Times Roll
Mike FlaniginI Got My Eyes on You
Memo GonzalezCry Baby
The Smokin’ Joe Kubek BandShow You What They See [feat. Bnois King]
Dr. Wu’High Maintenance Baby
Sonny LandrethBroken Hearted Road
Sue FoleyHurricane Girl (ft. Jimmie Vaughan)
Jimmie Vaughan and Bonnie RaittBaby, Please Come Home
Jimmie VaughanRoll, Roll, Roll
Buddy Guy feat. Mavis StaplesWe Go Back
Buddy GuySymptoms Of Love feat. Elvis Costello
Buddy GuyGuilty As Charged

Roadhouse Blues Nooner 12-2 pm ET

Join me today for the Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues Nooner 12-2 pm ET on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com. I’ve got new contemporary blues from Johnny Rawls, The Commonheart, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Hall, Thorbjorn Risager & the Black Tornado, Robert Jon & the Wreck, Tedeschi Trucks Band plus two of my favorite live performances by Gov’t Mule and Eric Clapton.

Comes Out This Friday!

A Veteran’s Day Roadhouse Blues Playlist for Nov 11th

Today is Veterans Day in the USA and I’d like to take this chance to thank the men and women from the United States and around the world that serve their nations and protect the peace. Many spend holidays away from family and do their duty on stations in remote and lonely places. Over the years, I have heard from some of them listening in to my shows from Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. To a person, they all comment on how the blues remind them of home and today it reminds me of all of YOU! Thank you for your service and listening to the songs I spin!!

This is the intended playlist for today’s show from 3-5 pm EST on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com.

ARTISTTITLE
Ben GranfeltBecauAse We Can (Live)
Christone “Kingfish” IngramLong Distance Woman
Roger ChapmanRabbit Got The Gun
Maria DainesDown to the Heart
Grizzlee TrainBurned Him Again
Mark SutherlandSuffocation Blues
Kai FjellbergYour Life
Billy F GibbonsShe’s On Fire
Ally VenablePlayed The Game
Mario Rossi BandMidnight Woman
Bjorn BergeA Matter Of Time
The Cold StaresIn The Night Time
West Side Joe & The Men of SoulKeep On Climbin’
Ben GranfeltMy Soul To You (Live)
Tedeschi Trucks BandJust As Strange
Supersonic Blues MachineRemedy (Feat. Warren Haynes)
Buddy GuyRed House
Guitar PeteIt Rained For Daze
Dennis SiggeryCall Me
Uncle Watson’s WidowJust Got Back From Babys
Gary MooreLove Can Make A Fool Of You
TBellyI Know You’re Mine
Simon Kinny-LewisCrawling Kingsnake ( Feat Andy Just )
Southern GentlemenEnd of the World
SantanaWhiter Shade Of Pale (Feat. Steve Winwood)

Roadhouse Bluzin’ on December 08 2020

Join me today for some great contemporary blues on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 12 to 2 PM EST. Have music by Eric Clapton, Jack de Keyzer, Shaun Murphy, Layla Zoe, Buddy Guy, Janiva Magness and many more!

Below is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers Feat. Eric ClaptonHideawayBluesbreakers
Kai StraussGuest In The House Of The BluesIn My Prime
Eric ClaptonI’m Tore DownGroaning The Blues
Jack de KeyzerOn The MoneyTribute   MP3 VERSION
Shaun MurphyLiving In The Palace Of The KingFlame Still Burns
Steve StrongmanJust Ain’t RightTired of Talkin’
Layla ZoeThis Love Will LastNowhere left to go
The Tasty KingsEvery NightSeven Nights to Rock
Robert Connely FarrAll GoodCountry Supper
Black Tongued Bells, TheSixteen TonsEvery Tongue Has A Tale To Tell
David Rotundo BandI Must Be CrazySo Much Trouble
Wily Bo Walker & Danny FlamTime To Forget You (Bourbon & Candlelight Mix)Time To Forget You (Bourbon & Candlelight Mix)
Buddy GuyChecking on My BabyMy Time After Awhile
Luther AllisonGive It AllTime
Travellin’ Blue KingsInto the NightWired Up
Jimmie VaughanIt’s Love Baby (24 Hours A Day)Baby, Please Come Home
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double TroubleHoney BeeCouldn’t Stand The Weather
NiecieWaiting For The Shoe To DropTrouble With A Capital T
Danielle NicoleSave MeCry No More
Voodoo WaltersHey Now BabyBlues in the Time of Covid
Miss EmilySometimes It’s Better to LoseMiss Emily Live At The Isabel
The Alastair Greene BandBack Where I BelongTrouble At Your Door
Grainne DuffyRoll ItVoodoo Blues
Paul Boddy & The Slidewinder Blues BandMoney On LoveFriends Of Tuesday
Janiva MagnessDirty WaterStronger For It
Red RedLong Black TrainSingle
King KingWhen My Winter ComesMaverick (Deluxe)
When Rivers MeetI’d Have FallenWe Fly Free
Artur MenezesFading AwayFading Away

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

Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues Nooner 12-2 pm EST Apr 14th

Join me today, April 14th, on BMFR from 12-2 pm EST for a mix of contemporary blues and blues rock that I call the Roadhouse Blues on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com. My Roadhouse Blues Nooner will feature tunes by Nanette Workman, Muddy Waters & the Rolling Stones, Mike Zito, the Be Sharp Band, Layla Zoe, Joe Bonamassa, and many more.

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Alex DixonChi-Town Boogie (Instrumental)
Buddy GuyCognac (feat. Jeff Beck & Keith Richards)
Mike ZitoMississippi Nights
John FogertyWicked Old Witch
Muddy Waters & the Rolling StonesYou Don’t Have To Go
Jay StollmanI’d Rather Drink Muddy Water
Mississippi ShakedownTalking to My Baby
Joe BonamassaYou Shook Me (Live)
Colin JamesWalkin’ Blues
Nanette WorkmanRide on
Markey Blue Ric Latina ProjectCome And Go
Carie and The SoulshakersMuddy Said
Tinsley EllisA Quitter Never Wins
Layla ZoeLeave You For Good
Sean ChambersSweeter Than a Honey Bee
Ryan McGarveyBlue Eyed Angel Blues
Rob TognoniComin’ Home Tonight
Savoy BrownVintage Man
Billy F GibbonsHollywood 151
Be Sharp BandAshes
Lance LopezLowdown Ways (Bonus Track)
Anthony GomesOne Last Time
Dave MenikettiSay Goodbye

Best of the Blues 2019 – Five Best Roadhouse Blues Debut Albums of the Year

During the course of 2019, I was thrilled at the number of new artists that released debut albums. It bodes well for the future of the roadhouse blues in the next decade. My selections for the five best debut roadhouse blues artists of 2019 are (in alphabetical order) Christone “Kingfinsh” Ingram, Tennessee Redemption, The Allman Betts Band, The Weary Times, and Tiffany Pollack & Eric Johanson.

Christone “Kingfish” IngramKingfish ( 2019 Alligator Records)

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram hails from the heart of the delta blues in Clarkesdale Mississippi. This rising blues prodigy is only twenty and has already captured the attention of blues lovers with the release of his debut album KINGFISH. Released on the prestigious blues label, Alligator Records, the album shot to the top of the blues charts this past May and has garnered him attention around the blues world.

He started out playing and singing gospel in church and by the time he was fifteen performed at the White House for Michelle Obama as part the Clarksdale Delta Museum Band. In 2017, he was a guest artist on Eric Gales’ Middle of the Road album. Eventually he caught the attention of the living blues legend Buddy Guy, blues maestro Keb’ Mo’, and Grammy award winning artist and producer Tom Hambridge. With the touch of a master, Tom brings out the best in Christone on the debut album.

KINGFISH is a traditional blues album chocked full of great tunes. Fresh Out features the mastery of Buddy Guy, Hard Times is some fine delta acoustic blues, and Listen is a great duet with Keb’ Mo’. Few debut albums feature such a strong cast of world class supporting artists. It is a tribute to Christone’s talent and a beacon pointing to a very bright future.

Tennessee RedemptionTennessee Redemption (2019 Endless Blues Records)

Brandon Santini, my 2019 Roadhouse Bluesman of the Year, received the award in part for the release of this self titled album TENNESSEE REDEMPTION. After years of honing their craft on Beale Street in Memphis (sometimes together sometimes apart), Brandon (lead vocals, harmonica) teamed with long time friend Jeff Jensen (lead vocals, guitar) and incorporated Timo Arthur (guitar, bass), Bill Ruffino (bass, vocals), and David Green (drums, vocals) to form this solid and tight band.

The album includes eight original songs plus a cover of the Tom Waits tune, Come On Up to the House and a great rendition of Little Walter’s Watch Yourself. Back To Tennessee is a fabulous jam tune steeped in the southern sound that emanated out of Macon Georgia back in the 1970’s and features some great guitar playing by Jeff and Timo. Glad To Be recounts Brandon and Jeff’s time playing on Beale Street and collecting dreams that have been realized with release of this recording. Given my love for the beaches, people, food, and tequila found in the small towns of our southern neighbor, it should be no surprise that I also enjoyed I’m Going To Mexico. See About Me, Souls In the Water, and the funky We Got A Thing Going On are also highly recommended.

Tennessee Redemption is an ideal example of the roadhouse blues with its roots in the blues but also reflecting the influences of gospel, southern rock, classic R&B, and soul. I look forward to seeing how they develop and mature their sound as the years go by.

The Allman Betts Band – Down to the River (2019 BMG Rights Management LLC)

Few groups in recent years have debuted an album to such popular and critical acclaim as THE ALLMAN BETTS BAND. The core of the band is three sons of the Allman Brothers Band (ABB): Devon Allman, Duane Betts, and Barry Oakley Jr.. Additionally Johnny Stachela provides some stellar slide guitar playing along with one of my favorite Hammond B3 organ players, John Ginty. The band also features percussionist R. Scott Bryan and drummer John Lum. And as if that wasn’t enough, former ABB keyboard player Chuck Leavall (currently with The Rolling Stones) and the Hammond B3 player for the Greg Allman Band, Peter Levin, make guest appearances on the recording.

Down to the River was recorded at the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama and features nine songs. My favorite on the album is a tune steeped in the legacy of ABB, Shinin’. All Night is a great showcase for Devon’s vocal talent and Melodies Are Memories is reminiscent of The Band and the Grateful Dead at their best and features Duane on vocals. Long Gone is a terrific ballad and the title cut, Down To The River, is some sweet easy classic R&B. Autumn Breeze is a song I can’t wait to see them jam to in concert. And Good Ol’ Days is a beautiful reminder that we need to embrace and live the “good ol’ days” now.

Since the album was released last summer, the Allman Betts Band has been on an ambitious tour of the United States and Europe. It is my understanding that the crowds have been huge and the audience response phenomenal. They are definitely on my bucket list of groups to see in 2020.

The Weary Times – The Weary Times (2019 Way Down Records)

THE WEARY TIMES, a band out of Boise Idaho, first caught my ear this past summer with Why Are You So Lonely. It’s a sad song that captures the feel of early sixties doo wap enhanced by the gravely voice of Ryan Curtis and the sparse and delightful guitar playing of Mike Simon. The tune, Piece of Mind, also grabbed me with the keyboard playing of Mike Swain and is a throwback to the very best that Eric Burdon & the Animals kicked out back in the day. Nick Archibald on bass and Ben Wieland on drums complete this creative quintet of musicians that proudly claim the blues and early rock’n’roll as the basis for their sound.

Nostalgic blues rock is the best way that I can describe The Weary Times debut album overall. Mixing in reverb and fuzz to give several songs an energetic garage band feel just adds icing to the cake. Ain’t Done Drinking and Anymore rock the blues, Best For You is another Eric Burdon & the Animals style tune, I Don’t Know Why and Hard Times are great sixties psychedelia, and Give And Take is a slow insightful song about aging after a hard lived youth.

I listened to literally hundreds of new albums during 2019 and very few were as unique and imaginative as an overall recording as this one. They have captured the essence of the early and mid 1960’s music sound (which was always based on the blues) and reintroduced it, after a fifty year lapse, with contemporary themes. It is music nostalgia for modern times.

After playing small clubs and venues across the Pacific Northwest the past couple of years, the Weary Times have earned the opportunity with this debut recording to expand their fan base and turn the rest of the roadhouse blues world on to their music. I just hope they are ready for the wild ride!!

Tiffany Pollack & Eric Johanson – Blues In My Blood (2019 NOLA Blue Records)

The best debut album by a duet couple since Joe Bonamassa and Beth Hart back in 2011, Blues In My Blood is a solid recording by New Orleans based Tiffany Pollack and Eric Johanson. Tiffany comes to the blues from her roots in jazz music and Eric is an up and coming bluesman who has caught the attention of non other than Tab Benoit!

They combined their writing talents to pen seven of the 11 songs on the recording. My absolute favorite is the title cut, Blues in My Blood. It starts with a gospel inspired delta feel and then builds in intensity with some great guitar work by Eric and a powerful vocal delivery by Tiffany. Another favorite is Diamonds on the Crown with great harmonies and thoughtful social commentary. Eric has a voice similar to another great blues man from Louisiana, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and his guitar style is stellar on the song. Tiffany takes on the Nina Simone classic Do I Move You? and aces it with a sultry jazzy performance. Eric takes the vocal lead on Get Lost With Me, a blues ballad, and again wowed me with his guitar.

I also enjoyed the roots blues tune Memories to Forget as well as a knockout performance by Tiffany of the Joni Mitchell song, River, which I consider a great Christmas time tune. I played it several times during my DJ sets this past season and the response was tremendous!

Musicians that contributed their talents to the recording include Brentt Arcement (drums), Phil Wang (bass), John Gros (keyboards), producer Jack Miele (bass, bass guitar, and percussions), Sean Carey (backing vocals) and a guest appearance by the great Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone as well as the 504 Horns.

My only disappointment is that I have seen no evidence since the release of the album last spring that they have toured to support the recording. Both have returned to their solo careers. Tiffany & Co are playing jazz venues in New Orleans and Eric is touring with Tab Benoit who produced his 2017 highly acclaimed album, Burn It Down. I hear that Tab is playing drums for Eric during his part of the show; I’d pay to see that!!

My hope is that, as Joe and Beth have done, they will get back together from time to time and lay down some more tracks…..they both have blues in their blood!


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.

Gettin Close to Christmas Roadhouse Blues on BMFR

Tune in today on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com for my Gettin’ Close To Christmas Roadhouse Blues Nooner at High Noon EST! I’ll have some new tunes by Lucky Peterson, Diane Blue, Sugaray Rayford as well as some classics by Luther Allison, Freddie King, and Johnny Copeland.

The intended playlist is below:

ARTISTTITLE
Arlen RothTuff Tele
Luther AllisonGive Me Back My Wig
Travellin’ Blue KingsNinety Minutes
Mindi Abiar And The BoneshakersAll I Got For Christmas Is The Blues
Ash GrunwaldTrouble’s Door (feat Mahalia Barnes & Kim Wilson)
Dan Bubien & The Delta StrutsMemphis Sky
Freddie KingThe Danger Zone
Buddy GuyHome For Christmas
Sugaray RayfordSomebody Save Me
Honey HoundsGirl Like That
Dynamite Blues BandI Still Don’t Know
Albert CollinsDon’t Mistake Kindness For Weakness
Ana PopovicSoulful Dress
Coco MontoyaBluesman’s Christmas
Johnny CopelandEverybody Wants A Piece Of Me
Annika ChambersTwo Bit Texas Town
Albert KingAngel Of Mercy
Diane BlueThat’s a Pretty Good Love
Ben Racine BandThe Pleasure’s All Mine (Live)
B.B. KingBack Door Santa
Lucky PetersonThe Blues Is Driving Me
Big Daddy WilsonCrazy World
Zack Walther BandPayin’ For It Now
Angel ForrestRoll On Down
Dave P. MooreFort Necessity
HeavyDrunkPick You Up Along The Way
Delta MoonChristmas Time In New Orleans