The world has gone strange…….the news just feeds on the tragedy. Come join us on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com at 3 pm EST for some Good Time Roadhouse Blues! Escape the alarmists and the doom and gloom for a couple of hours! Grab your beverage of choice and let’s enjoy some badass Roadhouse blues! The world can wait…it’ll still be there when we finish the show!
It’s time for the March 24th BMFR Roadhouse Blues Nooner at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com. Tune in from 12-2 pm EST as I roll out tunes by Mud Morganfield, Coyote Kings, Samantha Fish, Anthony Geraci, Dana Fuchs, Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa and many more!!
Hope ya stayin’ safe! One small benefit of a bit of home isolation is you get to listen to more music! And the more you listen and purchase and download ones that you like from my playlist, the more it will benefit these great blues artists that are, by and large, really feeling the impact NOW of the lack of gigs to play!! With the exception of a few, most blues artists aren’t wealthy…they are like you and me..bit worried about the immediate future and how to pay the bills as they roll in amidst the pandemic.
Below is the intended playlist:
The Original Blues Brothers Band ft Steve Cropper and Lou Marini
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!!!
Blues Give Me A Feeling
Big Daddy Wilson
Deep In My Soul
Altered Five Blues Band
Ten Thousand Watts
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
Fresh Out (ft Buddy Guy)
Low Down Ways
Tiffany Pollack & Eric Johanson
Blues In My Blood
Blues In My Blood
Bad Woman Blues
War in my Mind
Drive You Off My Mind
The Allman Betts Band
Down to the River
Amnesia Blues Band
Fast Johnny Cool
If I Love You Hard Enough
Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers
Who’s Gonna Save My Soul
No Good Deed
Me My Guitar and the Blues
Lights On But Nobody’s Home
Coming In Hot
Ghost Town Blues Band
Tedeschi Trucks Band
They Don’t Shine
Three Chords and the Truth
Three Chords and the Truth
Howlin’ For My Darlin’
I Still Get Excited
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Woman Like You
Zack Walther Band
Kill or Be Kind
Don’t Give Up on the Blues
Don’t Give Up on the Blues
Pack It Up
50: Just Warming Up!
I’m Coming For You
Rise from the Flames
Left Lane Cruiser
Shake and Bake
A Fool Like Me
Tall, Dark, and Handsome
Miss Bix and the Blues Fix
Follow Me Down
We Don’t Own the Blues
Ain’t My Problem (ft The Teskey Brothers)
The Texas Horns
I’m Doin’ Alright (ft. Carolyn Wonderland)
Get Here Quick
The Mike Duke Project
I’m Not Sad Tonight
….Took a Whlle
Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters
Baby How Long
Beyond the Blue Door
Travelin’ Blue Kings
So Called Story Teller
Ida Bang & the Blue Tears
Good to Me
Women and Whiskey
Rainy City Blues
Road I Call Home
The Teskey Brothers
So Caught Up
Run Home Slow
Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene
City of Love
Somebody Save Me
I Feel the Same (ft Paul DesLauriers)
Kiss My Sass
Back To Tennessee
Start a Fight
Harvesting My Roots
Wentus Blues Band w/ Duke Robillard
Too Much Mustard
Rockin’ Johnny & QuiQue Gomez
Everybody Loves My Baby
Dos Hombres Wanted
Broke And Lonely
Keep On Turning
I Can Fix It (ft Jack Pearson)
Pawn Shop Blues (Roadhouse)
Sweet Or Mean
The Kokomo Kings
Fighting Fire with Gasoline
Coming Closer to the Day
Coming Closer to the Day
Blue Moon Marquee
As I Lay Dying
Bare Knuckes & Brawn
Train to Key Biscayne
Train to Key Biscayne
Don’t Bother Trying To Steal Her Love
Thinkin’ and Drinkin’
For Love & Money
I’m a Bluesman
Jook Joint Jam
Manx Mariner Manline
Hell Bound for Heaven
Girl Got the Mojo
The Blues Gonna Getcha
Big Wolf Band
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.
Have a mix of new contemporary blues and some classics I hope you will enjoy. Stream in at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com at 3 PM EST today, January 23rd.. I will feature new songs by Sass Jordan, Chris Shutters, Bill Blue, Bywater Call, and Angel Forrest plus 20 or so others.
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!
The equinox was yesterday and it’s now spring time in the northern hemisphere and fall has come for our friends down under. But what evah the season……the roadhouse blues roll on. Join us at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com for some great contemporary blues at 3 pm EST today…March 21st.
Below is the intended playlist just in case ya want to download a couple and help the blues to survive & thrive!
Here’s some of the artists and tunes in heavy rotation on my 24 hour rockin blues stream this week!
John Ginty featuring Aster Pheonyx – Rockers (American Showplace Music 2016)
New Jersey performers John Ginty and Aster Pheonyx have turned a chance encounter at a studio into a rockin blues collaboration that could well put them into the same stratosphere as Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa and Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks! She has a powerful voice and he is a world class keyboard/organ player. I hope they recognize the magic in the mesh of their talents and record together for a LONG time. Loved Believe in Smoke and Captain Hook.
Vidar Busk & His True Believers (Stompin Our Feet with Joy Grappa Records 2011)
One of a number of great Nordic rockin’ blues artists that have emerged over the last decade, Vidar and his band from Norway will have you hoppin’ and a boppin to Jelly Roll and the Working Man Blues. The tunes feature some bad ass harpin.
Tiphony Dames With the Coyote Kings (CD Baby 2017)
Robin Barrett and the Coyote Kings lay down some bad ass jams to showcase the voice of this young lady from Harlem on her debut album (and the sixth for the band). Loved the songs Ain’t That a Bitch, Bad News for Me, and Down with the Blues. She’ll be appearing with the band on April 7, 8, and 9 of 2017 at the Walla Walla Guitar Festival. If you live in the Washington state area…get your tickets now!
Rossington – Take It on Faith (Loud & Proud Records, 2016)
After a 28 year hiatus, Gary Rossington and his wife Dale have released another awesome blues rock album. I love their voices and his guitar licks have only gotten better (if that is possible!) from his days with Lynyrd Skynyrd. Loved the cuts Shame on Me and Two Very Different Things.
Johnny Mastro & Mama’s Boys – Never Trust the Living (Independent, 2016)
This is the fifth album for this band from my hometown of New Orleans and it is a great contemporary rockin blues disc. Chocked full of crankin guitars, great harmonica riffs, and solid vocals by Johnny, I just loved Walkin’, Monkey Man, and the title cut, Never Trust the Living. They have also taken Europe by storm with their raw brand of the blues and done over 30 tours of the continent in the last decade. If you are lucky enough to be in New Orleans this coming weekend for the Saint Paddy’s festivities, you can check them out on Frenchmen street at the Apple Barrel (Mar 17th) and Bombouloa’s (March 18th).
My lovely wife and I will be seeing Eric Clapton this coming weekend at the Madison Square Garden….woot…..will give you an update next week!! Checkin’ one off the old bucket list 🙂