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  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!

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


Strike the Bell for the Delta Generators!

Last night, we got to see a bad ass rockin’ blues band called the Delta Generators at Black Eyed Sally’s in Hartford.  I just recently added their song “Strike the Bell” to my DJ set rotations and my 24 hour blues stream, so I was pretty excited at the opportunity to see them live…they did not disappoint!

They are a four piece band out of Boston featuring brothers Rick O’Neal on bass and backup vocals and Charlie O’Neal on guitars along with Jeff Armstrong on the skins and Brian Templeton serving as the new lead vocalist, harmonica player, and on acoustic guitar.

They have been nominated for and won several blues awards since their inception in 2008 and it is readily obvious why  once you get to hear them play. They cranked out tunes last night from the latest CD offering, Hipshakers and Heartbreakers, as well as from their previous three albums. Charlie is a gifted guitarist with an unassuming style but he speaks loudly through his guitar!  Watching him work the slide was pure joy. Jeff and Rick did a good job of laying down a steady groove and Brian was simply GREAT on vocals.  Brian joined the band this past August, after the release of the latest album, and he is a big man with a huge voice that could barely be contained in the small venue.  A cross between Howlin Wolf and Magic Sam, he has the range and grittiness that I associate with the best gut wrenching roadhouse blues singers.

During a break, I got to chat briefly with the brothers. Rick indicated that they are going to focus on building a larger base at clubs in the Northeastern United States over the coming months. Sooooo….strike the bell….pass the word in the Northeast……the Delta Generators are coming soon to a club near YOU!