Roadhouse Blues News – New Albums On the Way

Over the next several months a number of new roadhouse blues albums will be released. This is just a sampling that includes artists with well established reputations as well as several “up ‘n comers” that I think you will like.

Due in September

Avey Grouws Band – Tell Tale Heart

This band from Iowa was one of my favorites for 2020 and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us in 2021!

Colin Linden – bLOW

Tas Cru – Broke Down Busted Up

Robert Jon & The Wreck – Shine a Light on Me Brother

Another great band from California with a southern blues rockin’ style.

Teresa James & the Rhythm Kings – Rose-Colored Glasses Vol. 1

One of the great voices of the contemporary blues.

Tony Holiday – Porch Sessions Vol. 2

I loved the first Porch Sessions album. This one should be good too!

Altered Five Blues Band – Holler If You Hear Me

Featuring Jeff Taylor, who is an awesome singer, this band out of Wisconsin is a perennial roadhouse favorite.

Due in October

The Doobie Brothers – Liberte

They have had a long and storied career. I have listened to all 4 of the singles released so far and the southern blues rock vibe is great.

Sue Foley – Pinkey’s Blues

A Canadian artist with strong ties to Austin, Texas who is a great guitar player, singer, and songwriter.

Due in November

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Raise the Roof

It has been a long time coming but the new collaboration between these two superstars picks up right where they left off!

Due in Early 2022

Eric Gales – I Want My Crown

Produced by Joe Bonamassa. Should be an incredible blues rock recording.

Elles Bailey – Shining in the Half Light

This British talent is a roots blues and blues rocker with a great voice and style.


As they are released or if I am lucky enough to make the early distribution list, you will find songs from these albums in rotation on my 24 hour roadhouse blues stream at WRHB. They will also be featured during my future Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues shows on BluesMusicFanRadio from 12-2 pm EDT on Tuesdays and from 3-5 pm EDT on Thursdays.

Mary Lane – Lady Regent of the Chicago Blues

She is 83 years young and along with Buddy Guy, who has called her “the real deal”, they are the reigning regents of the Chicago Blues.  And it does not get better than Mary Lane’s new album Travelin’ Woman.

Mary Lane Travelin Woman

The personification of the “great migration” of African Americans from the cotton fields of the American south to the city of Chicago both before and after World War II, Mary sings the blues the way only someone that has endured the degradation and hard times of segregation, and still maintained their pride and spirit, can.  Heartfelt and upbeat, the 10 songs on this album are a testament to the power of song sung by a voice of greatness.

The title cut, Travelin’ Woman, is a reminisce about her journey from Arkansas to the blues stages of Chicago that she shared with B.B. King, A.C. Reed, Elmore James, Magic Sam, Junior Wells, and Howlin’ Wolf. Blues Give Me a Feeling is a great tune about her love affair with the American music genre. Some People Say I’m Crazy, Bad Luck and Trouble, Ain’t Gonna Cry No More, Ain’t Nobody Else,  and Rain in My Heart are all bad ass Chicago blues. And amidst all these great songs, Leave That Wine Alone, is my hands down favorite.

Mary Lane

Produced by Jim Tullio, who also co-wrote most of the songs on the album, the CD features guest appearances by Billy Branch, Corky Siegel, the late Eddie Shaw, Indiara Sfair, Gene (Daddy G) Barge, Colin Linden, and Dave Specter.  This is only her second album, the first was done twenty years ago or so, but she has been a fixture on blues stages all over Chicago for decades. Man…the rest of us have missed it until NOW!

Also, filmmaker Jesseca Ynez Simmons is putting the finishing touches on a documentary about Mary’s life entitled I Can Only Be Mary Lane.  I am looking forward to its release and being able to see it!

Folks, you absolutely HAVE to listen to this slice of blues greatness! Mary Lane has sowed the blues for over sixty years…..with Travelin’ Woman she finally reaps the recognition and fame that she has long deserved.  Keep crankin’ out the blues Mary…we are all now your loyal subjects!

Women of the Blues Records 2018

Thursday Roadhouse Blues with Ben Vee 3 pm EST!

Hope your week is goin’ well and if not…well tune in today at 3 pm EST and I will try to cheer ya up with a set of contemporary upbeat blues on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com .  Below is the intended playlist. (Just in case ya love a tune or two and wanna download it from your favorite music site.)

ARTIST TITLE
Red Young Green Onions
Doug MacLeod Goin’ Down to the Roadhouse
Mannish Boys You Dogged Me
Markey Blue Ric Latina Project Red Room
Meena Try Me
Duketown Dogs Don’t Take Advantage Of Me
Gary Hoey Back Up Against the Wall
Tab Benoit In It To Win It
Jimmy Hall Weep And Moan
J.T. Coldfire Let’s Go For A Drive
Marcus Malone Slow Down
Buddy Guy & Junior Wells Hoodoo Man Blues
Keri Leigh and the Blue Devils Got Love If You Want It
Colin Linden The Hurt
Tony Joe White The Coldness of the Chain
3 Dayz Whizkey Blues Is King
Ryan Bingham Got Damn Blues
King King Stranger to Love
Luther Allison Bad Love
Joe Bonamassa Happier Times
Micki Free Tattoo Burn
Elmo Karjalainen Until We Meet Again