YouTube Video for the Ben Vee 2021 Roadhouse Blues Album of the Year

Check out the video at https://youtu.be/TbwKS2rMz3s if ya get a chance!

Roadhouse Blues Nooner on BluesMusicFan Radio (12-2 pm EST)

Hope you get a chance to listen in today to the Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues Nooner on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 12-2 pm EST. We will roll out with a Faces tune featuring Rod Stewart from back in the day and then spend the rest of the show spinning some incredible new contemporary blues from artists all over the USA and around the world:Manny Fizzotti, Joe Louis Walker, Natalia M. King, Malted Milk, Bad Temper Joe, Colin James, Carolyn Wonderland, and a whole bunch more!!

ARTISTTITLECountry
Manny FizzottiSliding AwayItaly
FacesThree Button Hand Me DownUK
Joe Louis WalkerTwo Trains RunningUSA
Son Of DaveGimme A DoctorUK
Natalia M. KingPink Houses (Feat. Elliott Murphy)France
Mick Schafer BandDon’t Wanna B JudgedUSA
Zoom With Shawn KellermanBorn To Sing The BluesCanada
Jesse RoperDoes Anybody KnowCanada
P K MayoTruthUSA
Santana ft. Chris StapletonJoyUSA
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night SweatsI’m On Your SideUSA
Eric GalesI Want My Crown  (Feat. Joe Bonamassa)USA
Altered Five Blues BandAll Suit, No SoulUSA
The Head Hunters Blues BandForty Days And Forty NightsUK
Black PumasI’m ReadyUSA
Manny FizzottiTurn Me OnItaly
Malted MilkLet Me RideFrance
Circle Of MudNative ManFrance
Andreas Diehlmann BandMade It My WayGermany
Bad Temper Joe3rd Floor Elevator BluesGermany
Colin JamesRaging RiverCanada
The Doobie BrothersCannonballUSA
Carolyn WonderlandBroken Hearted BluesUSA
Phillip-Michael ScalesWhen They Put Me in My GraveUSA
Simon Kinny-LewisJust Need A Kind Hearted Woman ( Feat Robben Ford )Australia
Gov’t MuleMake It RainUSA
Tommy CastroBluesman Came To TownUSA
Christone “Kingfish” IngramThat’s What You DoUSA

An enticing Open Road to the Blues with some new Colin James

Every life is an open road. It’s a lyric from the title cut for Colin James‘ 20th album which was released this week. In Colin’ case, the certainty and direction of his musical journey was cemented when fate intervened back in the 1980’s in his hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan. A late no show and a desperate last minute search for an opening act for Stevie Ray Vaughan led to Colin. After the show, Stevie told him , “I’m opening doors for you….walk through them!”.And that he did!!

In 1988, Colin released his first self-titled album which contained two self-penned hits, Voodoo Thing and Five Long Years that garnered him the first of his 7 JUNO awards and a spot touring with Keith Richards. Over the ensuing years, Colin has rocked it, been credited with reviving swing music in Canada, and, with the last three albums, solidified his standings as one badass roadhouse bluesman.

The OPEN ROAD album is an impressive collection of original songs as well as covers of tunes he recalls first firing his imagination at the age of 12. It has rockin’ blues songs, traditional blues numbers, and beautiful roots tunes. Overcoming the challenges of the pandemic, Colin drew together the talents of Chris Caddell (rhythm guitar), Steve Pelletier and Norm Fisher (bassists), Simon Kendall and Jesse O’Brien (Hammond B3 organ), and Geoff Hicks (drums) to make the recording. It was mixed at the famed Abbey Roads Studios in London by producer Dave Meszaros. And the product, which includes guest appearances by Steve Marriner (harmonica) and Jerry Cook and Steve Hilliam (saxophone) is in my opinion his best overall release to date and worthy of consideration as one of the best blues recordings of 2021 world wide, not just in Canada. To give you a feel for just how good it is, I use a 5 star rating system for songs and there are 13 on the Open Road recording. My overall rating is an incredible 57 out of a possible 65. As context, my normal rating for an album I considered great would be 40 to 45! This recording is special!!

The album opens with some tasty guitar pickin’ on the Tony Joe White song As The Crow Flies. Colin then takes on challenge of covering an Albert King tune, Can’t You See What You’re Doing to Me. He follows that up with some badass lowdown blues on That’s Why I Am Crying. The fourth song Open Road was written by Colin and Craig Northey. It is insightful observation on life and the travails of a traveling musician. On the fifth tune, Change It, Colin pays tribute to his fateful meeting with Stevie Ray with a song written by Doyle Bramhall. The album also contains two songs written by Colin and Colin Linden, another of my favorite Canadian artists, Raging River and There’s a Fire. Colin cranks out a signature rockin blues tune, Leave This House, that he wrote with Tom Wilson as the seventh cut. Colin’s version of the Bob Dylan song, It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry is a showcase for his voice and some more tasty guitar licks. And he absolutely aces another Dylan tune, Down On the Bottom, that served as one of the “promo singles” released back in September. Colin also delivers a fabulous cover of the John Lee Hooker song, Bad Boy. One of my all time favorite bluesmen is Otis Rush and the recording of It Takes Time featuring some exquisite harmonica by Steve Marriner is just simply badass roadhouse blues! And to top it all off, the last song on the album is a soulful rendition of Otis Redding‘s I Love You More Than I Can Say.

I have been told that the average music lover buys a dozen or so albums a year. In what is fast becoming the new age of the single, I highly recommend that you purchase the entire recording to truly appreciate what an incredible recording this is! And in the coming months, I will be more than willing to hit the open road to see Colin James work his musical magic on stage….how about you?

Colin James – Open Road (2021 Stony Plain Records)


Ben Vee started out spinning songs on terrestrial radio and at nightclubs back in the 1970’s in his home state of Louisiana. After a career in the construction business, he returned to DJing in 2011. He now hosts two shows each week on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com and writes about the blues at http://www.benveeblues.com from his home in Connecticut. He also has a 24 hour stream devoted to the Roadhouse Blues… WRHB

Roadhouse Blues News – New Singles You Need to Hear!

Hope you enjoy the video links to these new single releases by 4 contemporary roadhouse blues artists that I absolutely love!

Tommy CastroSomewhere

A California bluesman with a southern soul, Tommy Castro premiered his new single on August 9th. The album will be released September 17th and is entitled Tommy Castro Presents A Bluesman Came To Town.

Joe BonamassaNotches

Joe’s new single for his yet untitled new album bears the strong influence of Australia. Featuring the use of the didgeridoo and Australian musicians Lachy Doley, Mahalia Barnes, Bunna Lawrie, the song is somehow still vintage Joe B!

Teresa James & the Rhythm TrampsTakes One to Know One

Teresa is truly one of the great voices of the contemporary roadhouse blues and has been for a long time. This single is from the new album Rose-Colored Glasses Vol. 1 due out on September 17th.

Colin JamesDown On the Bottom

Featuring stellar guitar licks, Colin covers a Dylan tune with a blues rockin’ delivery that has made him one of Canada’s favorite performers over a career that spans 30 years.


Ben Vee started out spinning songs on terrestrial radio and at nightclubs back in the 1970’s in his home state of Louisiana. After a career in the construction business, he returned to DJing in 2011. He now hosts two shows each week on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com and writes about the blues at http://www.benveeblues.com from his home in Connecticut. He also has a 24 hour stream devoted to the Roadhouse Blues… WRHB

The Mid Winter Roadhouse Blues on BMFR 12-2 pm EST

With most of the North America in deep freeze, seems like a perfect time to relax indoors and listen to some contemporary blues! Join me from 12 to 2 pm EST for my Roadhouse Blues Nooner on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com. I have tunes by Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Larkin Poe, the Atomic 44s, Avey Grouws Band, the Band of Heathens, a new Rolling Stones release, Curtis Salgado, Ghalia Volt, and many more.

This is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
New Bayou Swamp BandSlow Sweaty Swampy BluesBayou Detective
Jack J HutchinsonHip Slickin’Back To The Blues
Avey Grouws BandRise UpThe Devil May Care
The Atomic 44sThe BoogeymanPromo Single
The Rolling StonesTerrifying (Remastered)R & B
Kirsten ThienI Gotta ManTwo Sides
Ghalia VoltReap What You SowOne Woman Band
The Band Of HeathensBlack CatStranger
David GogoFrom a Buick 617 Vultures
Larkin PoeMississippiVenom & Faith
Seasick Steve & The Level Devils8-BallCheap
Hazmat ModineCrust of BreadBox of Breath
Wooden HorseMean Old FriscoSingle
JankyThree Ways From SundayHill Country Foot Stomp
Georgia RandallIsolation BluesHound Dog
Curtis SalgadoI Don’t Do That No MoreDamage Control
Johnny Burgin feat. Anson FunderburghCherry On TopPromo Single
James ArmstrongBlues Been Good To MeBlues Been Good To Me
The Lucky LosersAlligator BaptismBlind Spot
Blues ArcadiaSeven Days A WeekCarnival Of Fools
Vanja SkyLow Down And DirtyBad Penny
Val Starr & the Blues RocketWhether Blues (remix 2020)Single Release
Kenny Wayne ShepherdEverybody Gets The BluesLedbetter Heights
Brad James SwallowMelon PatchSingle Release
Bluesman Tom LarsenRolloverThe Hard Way
Odds LaneHard RainLost & Found
Colin JamesSoul of a ManMiles To Go

BMFR Roadhouse Blues Nooner for May 5, 2020

Kind of an eclectic set of the roadhouse blues today with contemporary blues, roots blues, some soul, and a bit of blues rock. A number of tunes are by artists that won awards at Sunday night’s Blues Foundation award ceremonies for 2019.

Hope ya have a chance to tune in from 12 to 2 pm EST today on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com. And since most of us are at home, freshen up your coffee or whatever you are drinking….kick back….and enjoy the tunes.

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Robert Hill BandBig Al
The NighthawksChairman Of The Board
Be Sharp BandMojo Joe
Rynhrd Boegl GroupI Want You To Come Back
Three’s Company BluesSiphon
Kristin DiableGuess It’s Gonna Take Some Time
Red’s BluesFlim Flam Man
Robert Hill BandDogtown Blues
Sweet Mama DeeNever Make Your Move Too Soon
Nico SmoljanAct Like You Love Me
Tony HolidayIt’s Gonna Take Some Time
Southern AvenueWe’re Gonna Make It
Colin James40 Light Years
David GogoVicksburg Call
Nick Moss Band Feat. Dennis GruenlingLucky Guy
Billy PriceWorking On Your Chain Gang
Tad RobinsonChanges
Hazmat ModineGet Get Out
Manx Marriner MainlineRattlesnake
MonkeyJunkIf You Were Mine (2014 Remaster)
Angel ForrestHouse Of The Rising Sun
The Jeff Healey BandWhile My Guitar Gently Weeps
Three’s Company BluesBurn Like Whiskey
Rynhrd Boegl GroupThe Eternal Clock

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

Roadhouse Blues for March 26th on BMFR 3-5 pm EST

The sun has come out…temperatures are mild….great time for some roadhouse blues on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 3-5 pm today, Thursday, March 26th. I will be spinnin’ tunes from the B. Christopher Band, Samantha Fish, John Mayall, Van Morrison, Tommy Castro, Colin James, Janiva Magness, and many more!

The intended playlist is below…if ya like a couple….please take the time to download from your favorite music app! The artists can really really use the money and support in these troubled times!

ARTISTTITLE
The B. Christopher BandStrike Two
Samantha FishHello Stranger
John MayallBlue Midnight
Thorbjørn Risager & The Black TornadoI Used to Love You
Van MorrisonRoll With The Punches
Beth HartLet’s Get Together
Tommy Castro & The PainkillersNonchalant
NiecieThank God For Fools
Colin JamesI Will Remain
Steve KraseBrand New Thing
Janiva MagnessI Can Tell
Coco MontoyaHard As Hell
Ally Venable BandBackwater Blues
Dennis JohnsonWalkin Blues
Sean ChambersAll Night Long
Tinsley EllisNothing But Fine
Jim AllchinVoodoo Doll
Markey Blue Ric Latina ProjectRaised In Muddy Water
Mike ZitoMississippi Nights
Bettye LaVetteThings Have Changed
Sugaray RayfordThe Revelator
Al BasileSo Called Story Teller
Travellin’ Blue KingsNinety Minutes
Manx Marriner MainlineRattlesnake
Ida Bang & The Blue TearsShelter Me
Big Joe SheltonWomen and Whiskey
Ronnie Earl And The BroadcastersI Need You So Bad (ft Michael Ledbetter)

Summertime Blues with Ben Vee 3pm EST on BMFR…June 20th

Well it is SUMMER TIME! Gonna roll out some roadhouse blues featuring a number of Canadian artists AND spin some “outlaw country blues” tunes by performers including Ray Wylie Hubbard, Lincoln Durham, and Colter Wall as well as THE Band.  You can catch it all here… http://www.bluesmusicfan.com  …..beginning at 3 pm EST today!

Below is the intended playlist:

ARTIST TITLE
King Curtis The Weight (ft. Duane Allman)
The Reverend Shawn Amos Will You Be Mine
Chris Robinson Brotherhood Leave My Guitar Alone
Ben Harper I’m In I’m Out And I’m Gone
Billy Boy Arnold Catfish
The Record Company I’m Getting Better (And I’m Feeling It Right Now))
Chickenbone Slim Break Me off a Piece
Sean Pinchin Gotta Move
MonkeyJunk Show Me Yours
Colin James No Time To Get There
David Gogo Fooling Myself
Anthony Gomes Stealin’ From The Devil
Jeff Healey Hoochie Coochie Man
Savoy Brown Conjure Rhythm
Catfish Hodge Band Long Night
Chuck Leavell Wish Me Well
Clas Yngström & Big Tex Three Beyond Here Lies Nothin’
Chris Fitz Band If You See Me Tomorrow …Tell Me About Last Night
Tony Joe White Closer To The Truth
Peter Ward Coffee Song (ft Michelle Willson)
Comanchero The Sniper
The Band Blind Willie Mctell
Colter Wall Sleeping on the Blacktop
Ray Wylie Hubbard Roll And I Tumble
Lincoln Durham Reckoning Lament
Dave Alvin A Woman’s Got A Right

Roadhouse Blues Nooner for April 30th

Today’s Roadhouse Blues Nooner at 12 PM EST will highlight artists from Canada like Sean Pinchin, Colin James, Neil Young, MonkeyJunk, Layla Zoe, Angel Forrest, and Jeff Healey to name a few. Tune in at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com if ya get the time!

Below is today’s intended playlist.

ARTIST TITLE
Albert Castiglia Freddie’s Boogie
Downchild Blues Band With Spencer Davis Rocket 88
Neil Young & The Bluenotes Hey Hey
Alvin Lee And Co. Got To Keep Moving
Mike Zito Shoes Blues W Teresa James
Coyote Kings Drive Me
TOMMY CASTRO Anytime Soon (Live)
Jason Buie Wild Woman
Colin James 40 Light Years
Too Slim & The Taildraggers Killin’ Me
Tiffany Pollack & Eric Johanson Memories To Forget
David Gogo Bad Faces
Sean Pinchin Bad Things
Tedeschi Trucks Band Signs, High Times
Angel Forrest Walkin’ Blues
Matt Baxter & Jake Sampson Little Girl Gone
MonkeyJunk Boogie Man (2014 Remaster)
Jordan Patterson Band She’s Cool
Layla Zoe Breaking Free
Walter Trout Haunted By The Night
Reloaded Norway Listen Now
Nick Schnebelen Crazy All By Myself
Sean Chambers Keep Movin On
The Jeff Healey Band Hoochie Coochie Man
Seth Rosenbloom Crawling Back