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.

The Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues Nooner on BMFR

At High Noon today, March 10th, it’s time for the Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues Nooner on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com! Tune in at 12 Noon EST for the best of the new contemporary blues crossing my desk and a couple of classics by the masters of the genre.

The intended playlist is right below!

ARTISTTITLE
Sonny LandrethBeyond Borders
Glen HansardRoll On Slow
Delbert McClintonDown in the Mouth
Casey HensleyIf I Pray
Jim Gustin & Truth JonesThe Truth
Ben Rice and RB StoneEasy Rollin’ Down The Road
Mary Jo Curry BandLookin’
OSLUWatching The River Flow
Fiona BoyesDon’t Leave Your Feet at Home
Los Skeletone BluesStill Bizarre
Hazmat ModineLonely Man
Mark SelbyDon’t You Throw That Mojo On Me
Lisa MillsSomeone Else Is Steppin’ In
Robert CrayYou Can’t Make Me Change
John MayallDon’t Deny Me
Z.Z. HillDown Home Blues
Ryan PerryHard Times
The OutcropsMiss Melinda
Colin Linden and Luther DickinsonDon’t Let Go (Feat. Rachael Davis, Ruby Amanfu)
The Reverend Shawn Amos & The BrotherhoodTroubled Man
Liz MandevilleJoliet Town
Laura Rain and the CaesarsDon’t Lose Your Way
Albert CastigliaSearching The Desert For The Blues
Blue AttitudeThese Times
Igi ManPunish Him
Carl and the Road DawgsTracks to Nowhere

Down the Bayou Blues on BMFR for a Mardi Gras Tuesday

I thought I would spin some “down the bayou” tunes for a Mardi Gras Tuesday as well as new songs by the Marry Jo Curry Band, Albert Cummings, Hazmat Modine, Los Skeletone Blues, and Lee Holmes. Also will have some classic cuts by Marcia Ball, Johnny Winter, John Hiatt, and Janis Joplin.

Join us from 12 to 2 pm EST today (February 25th) for my Roadhouse Blues Nooner on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com. You can find the intended playlist below.

ARTISTTITLE
Mary Jo Curry BandShake & Bake
Tab BenoitFast And Free
Albert CummingsRed Rooster
Tas CruSave Me
Eric LindellBayou Country (live)
Mary Jo Curry BandFront Porch
Thorbjorn Risager and The Black TornadoTwo Lovers
Johnny WinterIf You Got A Good Woman
Janis JoplinOne Good Man
Blues HangoverTwo Cigars
Hazmat ModineBe There
Marcia BallDown The Road
Screamin’ John and TD LindRollin’ Joanna
Sheri Roberts GreimesSlip Away
The Allman Betts BandTry
Jimmy HallTwenty-Nine Ways
Jimmy CarpenterLove It So Much
Lee HolmesOne Toe
Delbert McClintonA Fool Like Me
John HiattLong Gone
OSLUCrazy Train
Dawn Tyler WatsonBad Seed (Feat. Steve Hill)
Los Skeletone BluesStonetown
Vegas Strip KingsTake It Easy
Big Joe and the DynaflowsSo Mean To Me
Irrma ThomasOld Habits Are Hard to Break
Clifton ChenierAll Night Long
Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp BandDancing With A Feeling

Some Thursday Roadhouse Blues 3-5 pm EST on BMFR

Tune in on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com today from 3-5 pm EST for some new Van Morrison, Miss Bix, John Mayall, Mindi Abair and many more roadhouse blues tunes!

The playlist is below:

ARTISTTITLE
Ronnie Wood & His Wild FiveMad Lad (Live)
Van MorrisonThree Chords And The Truth
Curtis Salgado and Alan HagerYou Got To Move
Rebekah MeldrumCoat Tails
Nick Moss Band Feat. Dennis GruenlingAs Good As It Gets
Wide Mouth MasonBodies in Motion
John MayallDelta Hurricane
Polly O’Keary and The Rhythm MethodHard Act To Follow
Kenny ParkerBaby Come Back To Me
Miss Bix and The Blues FixFollow Me Down
Gurf MorlixMy Heart Keeps Poundin’
Mindi Abair & The BoneshakersMess I’m In
John LatiniMy Town’s Got a River and a Train
Delbert McClinton & the Self-Made MenNeva
Fiona BoyesI Ain’t Fooling
Imelda MayGhost Of Love
The BlastersDark Night
Mark CameronOn A Roll
Guthrie TrappNew Walkin Blues (Feat. Jimmy Hall)
Delta MoonOne Mountain At A Time
Lonesome ShackPast the Ditch
The Kentucky HeadhuntersMuddy Water
Nikki HillHoller out Loud
Tyler Dow BryantPoor White Boy Blues
James House & The Blues CowboysLong Way Down
Ruben Hoeke BandLove Is Blindness
Ben LevinLoad Off My Back

Late August Roadhouse Blues on BMFR

The dog days of summer are coming to an end. Join us for some Thursday afternoon roadhouse blues at 3 pm EST on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com.

The intended playlist is below……

ARTISTTITLE
Nathan CavaleriThe Stumble
Colin Linden and Luther DickinsonHonest I Do (Feat. Rachael Davis)
Annika ChambersWorld Of Hurt
RJ MischoIf You Leave Your Man For Me
Carie and The SoulshakersJust The Way It Feels
Dawn Tyler WatsonDon’t Make Me Mad
Mama’s Blues JointFree
Dirty Red & The SoulShakersTouch Of A Woman
The Blues & Boogie Kings With Mitch KashmarNine Below Zero
Rival SonsStood By Me
Dallas HodgeShame Shame
Mudtrain Blues ExpressOn Schedule
Daryl Roberts and Hey GringoWatch Out
Donna Hourigan & The Lucky Lips BandTalk The Talk
Dr Jellybone SlimJellybone Blues
Andrew Robert EustaceHad Enough
Pete WordenHard Luck Liv’in
Nancy WrightSugar Coated Love
Nick Moss Band Feat. Dennis GruenlingAs Good As It Gets
Paul Gemmell and The Black Magic Blues BandWho Are You
David Reed and The IntrovertsStarted out with Nothin’
DMLCMy Baby’s Lovin’
Derek DavisUnconditional Love
Delbert McClintonDown in the Mouth
Dennis Brennan & The White OwlsGood Lover (Live)
Moonshine SocietyThe One Who Got Away
Luxuriant SedansWhat’s Up
The Blue FlamesEverything Will Disappear
Sugar Queen and the Straight Blues BandBullock Blues
Christone “Kingfish” IngramFresh Out (featuring Buddy Guy)

BMFR Roadhouse Blues Nooner for July 16th

Click the link for www.bluesmusicfan.com and join me for my Tuesday Roadhouse Blues nooner on BMFR!  Got new tunes from Denmark, Australia, Canada, and all over the USA!

Below is the intended playlist.

ARTIST TITLE
Texas Horns, The Better Get Here Quick
Rockin’ Johnny & Quique Gomez Are You Ever
The Allman Betts Band Shinin’
Amnesia Blues Band Never Loved You Anyway
The Cash Box Kings Poison In My Whiskey
AJ Ghent Long Lost Friend
Josh Smith Let Me Take Care of You
Keb’ Mo’ Ridin’ On A Train
Texas Horns, The Better Get Here Quick
David Gogo Tomcat Prowl
Diana Rein One Foot In
Ronnie Baker Brooks Come On Up (Feat. Felix Cavaliere & Lee Roy Parnell)
HeavyDrunk and the Hurricane If I Loved You Hard Enough
Josh Newcom The Blues Gonna Getcha
Big Wolf Band Loving Like A Fool
Delbert McClinton Lie No Better
Jersey Swamp Cats Shiny Gray Corvette
Gary Nicholson The Blues is Alive and Well
Eric Tessmer Simple Solution
Zac Harmon Gypsy Road
The Weary Times Arms Around Me
Michael Lee Love Her
Mojo Hands Ay La Bah
Terry Hanck I Still Get Excited
The Rudy Boy Experiment Helping Me with My Blues
Harpin’ Wolf & The Black Sheep Don’t Shake My Hand
Simon Kinny-Lewis Nobody’s Fault But Mine
Ivy Ford Not In The Right Way
Mark Cameron Dirty Biscuit

Adam Holt’s Kind of Blues

Where southern rock and country meet the blues is the musical space where Adam Holt plies his craft. An Alabama boy , his music is the kind you would hear on a peanut shell strewn roadhouse floor amidst the clack of pool table balls and hearty laughter on a hot humid southern summer night. Roadhousers aren’t music purists so a mix of Muddy Waters, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers, Delbert McClinton, and Bonnie Raitt blares out from the jukebox as people relax and have a good time on a Saturday night. Adam Holt’s new album Kind of Blues fits this style of music like a tight pair of jeans on a southern lady out for a juke joint weekend.

Adam Holt Kind of Blues

All the songs are originals except for a deep velvety voiced rendition of Bob Dylan’s Lay Lady Lay.  He captures the heart of Americana music with Mr. Morning Drive, a song he co-wrote with his wife, Jillian, about her grandfather who was a DJ for many years.  Some tasty guitar picking makes The End a tune worth savoring. And The Story Must Go On is a thoughtful southern rock song about the progress of civil rights in the American south.  Bobby is a great cut that shows off his voice and guitar playing and the talent of keyboardist and organ player Donnie Sundal.

Adam Holt

The song that really caught my ear was the upbeat Before I Trusted You. It should get a lot of airplay on country and southern rock formatted stations and streams. And the lyrics alone make it worthy for inclusion in the roadhouse blues category.

As the album title states, it is Kind of Blues and well worth a listen.


Adam Holt  Kind of Blues (Zenith Records 2019)

Alligators, Aussies, Boston Beats, & Roadhouse Blues on BMFR 3-5 pm EST w/Ben Vee

Gonna feature recording done by artists on Alligator Records (a great blues label) as well as a couple of Australian performers, several Boston area groups, and, of course, plenty of contemporary upbeat blues from 3-5 pm EST today, Thursday, Feb 21! Tune in at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com.  Below is the intended playlist, so if ya hear somethin you luv, you can find it…download it…and help the roadhouse blues to thrive!

ARTIST TITLE
Johnny Winter Sen-Sa-Shun / Got My Mojo Working
Lonnie Mack Natural Disaster
Delta Generators Strike The Bells
Marcia Ball Dance With Me
Ash Grunwald Shake That Thing
Lonnie Brooks Two Headed Man
Electric Blues Collective Swamp Gas
Meena Send Me A Doctor
Jimmy Thackery Empty Arms Motel
Jimmy Barnes Shake Rattle And Roll
Etta James I’d Rather Go Blind
Dominic Schoemaker Let Me Be Your Lover
Haole Kid Local Boy Blues Project Bluesy White Boy
Savoy Brown Memphis Blues
James House & The Blues Cowboys Boomerang
JJ Grey & Mofro That Boy
Cassie Taylor No Ring Blues
Tinsley Ellis Cool On It
Son Seals Look, Now Baby
Jimmie Vaughan Kinky Woman
Albert Cummings Up Your Sleeve
Janiva Magness Hammer (Feat. Charlie Musselwhite)
A.C. Reed She’s Fine
Delbert McClinton B Movie Boxcar Blues
Peter Parcek Ashes To Ashes
Layla Zoe Get Me Some
Albert Collins I Ain’t Drunk
Chris Smither Up On the Lowdown

 

Ben Vee’s Roadhouse Blues Bin for Sept 19, 2018

Well…it’s the last day of summer for 2018….where the heck has the year gone??  Here are some more albums and tunes that made their way onto my DJ sets playlists regularly over the last several months……………….

Casey James –  Strip It Down (2017)

Casey James

Great young talent from Texas, Casey plays a fine guitar and sounds a bit like Kenny Wayne Shepherd.  This album has a number of roadhouse tunes on it including a duet with Delbert McClinton entitled Bullet Proof.  Also enjoyed All I Need, I Got to Go, Killin’ Myself, and Makin’ Up.

Joe Goldmark – Blue Steel (Lo-Ball Records 2018)

joe goldmark

A California pedal steel guitar player crankin out some blues…..you gotta listen to this!  The album is largely instrumental with guest vocalists on a number of cuts. Particularly liked Beautician Blues and The Wobble featuring Glenn Walters on vocals. I got a great response to these by my listeners! The CD also includes a number of country tunes including an instrumental Warm Rain that is pretty sweet!  Joe also is a partner in five San Francisco area pizzerias called “Escape from New York Pizza“.  Pizza and some pedal steel blues….not a bad combination at all!!!!

Mud Morganfield – They Call Me Mud (Severn Records 2018)

Mud Morganfield

A son of the great Muddy Waters, Mud is a fantastic blues man in his own right. On his fourth album, he serves up a blues buffet that spans the Chicago blues, funk, r&b, and a bit of jazz. Loved Oh Yeah, the title track They Call Me Mud, Walkin’ Cane, and a duet with his daughter Lashunda entitled Who Loves You. A number of great artists also helped out on the album including Billy Branch, Studebaker John, Mike Wheeler, and Billy Flynn.  Muddy would have loved a snifter of cognac and a fine cigar while listenin’ to his son carry on the blues tradition….I know I did!

Peter Ward – Blues on My Shoulders (Gandy Dancer Records 2017)

Peter Ward

Several times over this past summer I have started my sets with the instrumental On the Ropes from Peter’s debut album. It is a great upbeat tune; perfect to get a roadhouse blues set goin’!  Peter has a real pedigree in the blues having played with Jimmy Rogers, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, Junior Wells, and toured with the members of the Muddy Water’s inspired Legendary Blues Band and Roomful of Blues.  He wrote all but one of the thirteen tunes on the album and gets some stellar musical help from Ronnie Earl, Anthony Geraci, and Sugar Ray Norcia on a number of the cuts.  She Took It All and What Can I Do To You? are two more of my favorites on the recording.

Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters – The Luckiest Man (Stony Plain 2017)

Ronnie Earl

This past May, Ronnie won his 4th blues award from the prestigious Blues Foundation as Guitar Instrumentalist of the year further cementing his position as one of the great blues men of his generation. I have followed his career for a number of years and he just continues to grow and excel at playin’ the blues.  And he is indeed a lucky man to have such a gifted band with Paul Kochanski (bass), David Limina (piano & organ), Diane Blue (vocals), and Forrest Padgett (drums) to back him up. I absolutely loved Ain’t That Lovin’ You and really enjoyed You Don’t Know What Love Is, and Heartbreak (It’s Hurtin’ Me).    There are also several tasty instrumentals including Southside Stomp, Blues for Magic Sam, and the simply badass roadhouse tune Howlin’ Blues.

 

Hey…..and don’t forget to tune in every Thursday from 3 to 5 pm EST as I play these and other great contemporary roadhouse blues at Blues Music Fan Radio . You can also listen to the roadhouse blues 24 hours a day on my stream at Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues .