BMFR Tuesday Roadhouse Blues Noon EST

Hope you can join us today at Noon EST for some of my roadhouse blues! You can tune in at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com.

Below is the intended playlist.

ARTIST TITLE
Tyler Dow Bryant Texas Shuffle
Gary Clark Jr. When I’m Gone
Ian Moss Green River
Davy Knowles And Back Door Slam Saving Myself
J.J. Cale After Midnight (with Eric Clapton)
Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers I’ll Be Your Driver (Where You Wanna Go)
Honey Island Swamp Band Cast the First Stone
Howard And The White Boys The Blues Are Killing Me
Jeff Fetterman Bottle Full of Blues
Keb’ Mo’ The Worst Is yet to Come
Herd of Blues Blues Junkie
Cary Morin Carmela Marie
Jimmy Barnes You From Me
The Jeff Healey Band Who’s Been Talking
Jim Suhler Restless Soul
John Campbell Voodoo Edge
J.B. Hutto & The New Hawks Little Girl Dressed In Blue
The Hitman Blues Band Don’t You Tempt Me
Mandy Barnett More Lovin’
Jay Stollman A Change Is Gonna Come
Jackie Venson Always Free
Vintage Trouble Still And Always Will
Joe Louis Walker 100% More Man
Jimmy Vivino And The Rekooperators Birds Nest on The Ground
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Contemporary Roadhouse Blues on BMFR 3 PM EST

Join me today for some contemporary Roadhouse Blues at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com at 3 pm EST.  Got some new tunes….some classics…and alot of upbeat tunes for ya! Here is the intended playlist.

ARTIST TITLE
Widow Blue Pow Wow Blues
Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page & Steve Winwood Take Me To The River
Tedeschi Trucks Band Hard Case
Chris O’Leary What the Devil Made Me Do
Katarina Pejak Moonlight Rider
Trevor B. Power Band I Wrote It Down
Seth Rosenbloom Come Back Around
Kyle Yardley Treat You Like A Queen
John Mayall Big Town Playboy
Tomislav Goluban Bag Full Of Troubles
Rockin’ Johnny & Quique Gomez Ain’t No High Roller
Jimmy Carpenter You Belong To Me
JP Williams Blues Band Cigar Box Boogie
Tommy Castro, Jimmy Hall & Lloyd Jones Love Will
Victor Wainwright Thank You Lucille
Beth Hart Fat Man
Albert Cummings Girls To Shame
Joanne Shaw Taylor Diamonds In The Dirt
Laurence Jones Can’t Keep Living Like This
Joe Bonamassa Dust Bowl
Supersonic Blues Machine Ain’t No Love (In The Heart Of The City)
Walter Trout All I Want Is You
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now

John Hiatt – The Eclipse Sessions

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He started his recording career back in 1974 and over the course of the last four and half decades has been one of the great songwriters of his generation.  On the new album, The Eclipse Sessions, John Hiatt strips down his rootsy roadhouse sound and gives us a heartfelt view of his life and thoughts at 66. The songs on the new recording have a J.J. Cale and Eric Clapton feel from their “Tulsa period”.  Primarily acoustic, the tunes are musically sparse which only serves to highlight his gravely and unique voice and the power of his songwriting.

On Robber’s Highway, John looks at life’s end with a beauty and honesty that struck me to the core. “Can’t feel the fingers on one hand…mouth full of cotton…feet of clay…I didn’t plan on waking up today….Come and get me Jesus I don’t know…Come and get me Jesus cuz I can’t go.”

The Odds of Loving You looks at a relationship with lyrics that are just witty and penetrating. “I was up on my high horse taking notes and namin’ names….ran out like a dog in shame….Seven nights of heaven…eleven days of who shot who…..seven come eleven….I love the odds of loving you.

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My favorite cut of the album is All the Way to the River.  An upbeat tempo song about a woman on a downward spiral, the life images he paints in lyrics are Hiatt at his best.  “Up late with hollowed out eyes…all the way to the river…..tryin every last trouble on for size….all the way to the river.

I also enjoyed Cry to Me, Poor Imitation of God, Over the Hill, Nothing in My Heart, and Aces Up Your Sleeve.

If anything, John’s voice, music, and songwriting have reached a new majestic plane on his 23rd album.  I hope you take the time to download and experience the music of this roadhouse icon.

John Hiatt – The Eclipse Sessions (2018 New West Records)

BluesMusicFan Radio Playlist for Nov 1st – Ben Vee

My intended playlist for today on Blues Music Fan Radio from 3-5 pm EST! Join us on your computer, tablet, or cellphone if  ya get a chance!

ARTIST TITLE
Bernie Marsden Get You Shorty
Shemekia Copeland Great Rain (ft John Prine)
Eric Clapton Every Little Thing
Marcia Ball Dance With Me
Crystal Shawanda Hound Dog
Anthony Geraci Why Did You Have To Go
Joe Bonamassa King Bee Shakedown
Sean Chambers Red Hot Mama
Kenny Wayne Shepherd She’s $$$
Peter Green Smile
Rita Chiarelli Hey Memphis
Rocky Jackson & The Igniters Let Me Love You Baby
Hamish Anderson Hold On Me
Oli Brown Can’t Get Next to You
Lindsay Beaver She’ll Be Gone
Johnny Jenkins Rollin’ Stone
Jim Allchin Found The Blues
Jimmy Z & The Z-Tribe Li’l Hurricane
Joanna Connor Rock Me Baby
Layla Zoe Are You Still Alive Inside
Marcus Malone Hurricane
Dry Johnson Little Bird
Harry Manx Roses Given
Melody Gardot Preacherman
Joe Louis Walker Ridin’ High
Nick & The Backbone Ridin’ With The Blues

Continuing to Innovate….Dennis Johnson finds the Rhythm!

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Guitars have been widely available in America since back in 1894 when Sears & Roebuck began to sell them in their catalogs.  For $4 to $26 dollars, you could live on a remote ranch in Wyoming or in a shotgun shack in the Mississippi delta, and Sears would mail you an instrument to while the nights…and the blues away.  Certainly the most famous practitioner of the blues on guitar back in the early days of recorded music was Robert Johnson.  Playing throughout the twenties in the deep American south and finally recording in the mid 1930’s, he was an innovator on the guitar blending rhythm and slide phrases that are still marveled at by the likes of Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy. 

Today, we also have blues innovators on the guitar and one of them is Dennis Johnson from San Francisco. The sounds he produces playing slide are a joy to listen to. And on his third studio album, Rhythmland, he continues to explore new and interesting ways to deliver the blues.  The first cut of the album, Walkin Blues, is his interpretation of a classic blues tune that was first recorded by Son House and then adapted by Robert Johnson. Dennis has the perfect voice for this song and uses a 12 string dobro with a tone that leaps out at you as it begins….it is simply bad ass upbeat contemporary blues based on a song that is almost 90 years old!!!

Accompanied by his band the Mississippi Ramblers that consists of Tim Metz (drums), Jonathan Stoyanoff (bass) and Craig Long (keyboards and backing vocals), Dennis delivers a number of other great songs (all originals) that will make my DJ playlists and be featured on my 24 hour blues stream, Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues.  I particularly enjoyed Valley of Love for the slide work and High Heel Shoes and Fillmore Street are great upbeat dancin’ blues tunes.  The recreation of the sounds of a moving train on an acoustic guitar are just part of delightful song, Southbound Train, that always features some nice keyboard work.  The most interesting cut was Timbale featuring a latin cascara beat and some more innovative slide work that I just know my blues listeners and readers will love.

Blues folks all owe a debt to Sears & Roebuck for the innovation of the “home shopping” catalog way back in the day and our grateful thanks to blues slide guitar innovators like Dennis Johnson for his continuing and entertaining pursuit of the best possible contemporary blues while never losing sight of the debt we owe to the early blues men and women.  Download and listen to this CD……you will enjoy it!

Dennis Johnson & the Mississippi Ramblers – Root Tone Records 2017

Eric Clapton – The Cream Always Rises to the Top

In late 1963, Eric Clapton joined the Yardbirds and began a career that few will ever surpass as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter.  He is a three time member of the Rock & Roll hall of fame (solo, Yardbirds, Cream) as well as a member of the Blues and the Songwriters halls.  Often referred to as a guitar god during his youth, Eric has experienced all the highs that fame and fortune can bring to an artist as well as the lows …..drug dependency….and grief at the loss of his 4 year old son, Conor, and his good friend Stevie Ray Vaughan on a fateful helicopter ride from a concert where they had both performed that night.

Eric ClaptonMy lovely wife, Annette, and I finally got to see him on Sunday, March 19th at Madison Square Garden. It was just days before he celebrated his 72nd birthday and frankly, I figured he would be good but……. .    Well, was I ever wrong!  He was absolutely in top form on stage in terms of his voice as well as guitar playing.

 

Starting and ending the concert with Cream tunes, he spent two hours on an impressive foray through a number of his hits.  At times acoustic and others electric, Eric sounded and played as well as he comes across on his studio albums.  He was not particularly talkative but you could tell by his facial expressions as the full house sang along to his songs that he was enjoying himself.  He played rock songs, pretty songs, tunes from his Tulsa period, and of course lot of blues music.  His encore song was “Before You Accuse Me”, a blues standard, and featured both Jimmy Vaughan (brother of Stevie and a great artist in his own right) and Gary Clark Jr. who performed earlier in the night.

To say that we enjoyed ourselves would be an understatement.  It was the most money I have ever paid for a pair of tickets to a concert and it was worth every dime.  He will be returning to the United States for a limited tour in the fall of 2017.  If he is on your bucket list, as he was mine, then check your listings and go see him!