Checkin Out the Blues for June 2020

Some artists that I have checked out during June….that you should too! (Links in blue are to the albums on Spotify.)

Rory Block – Prove It On Me (2020 Stony Plain Records)

A first class acoustic guitar player with a great voice and a true appreciation for the blues, Rory Block (a six time winner of blues awards from the prestigious Blues Foundation) unearths some gems by early female blues singers and applies her special touch to them. This is the second Power Women of the Blues recordings she has done and it is a great listen.

I enjoyed her new song Eagles as well as He May Be Your Man (Helen Humes), It’s Red Hot (Madlyn Davis), and Wayward Girl Blues (Lottie Kimbrough).

Kyle Yardley – St. Louis to Savannah (2020)

Some badass Chicago blues from singer and harmonica player Kyle Yardley who hails from St. Louis and is now lives in Georgia. Particularly loved Little Girl which features some licks from one of my favorite guitarists, Johnny Burgin, and also loved That Ain’t Right, Savannah Georgia Women, and Country Girl (alternate version).

Evelyn Rubio – Crossing Borders (2020 Productions On Seaspeed LLC)

Evelyn Rubio hails from Mexico City and is now based in Houston. A singer and saxophone player, when she turns up the volume and lets it wail, she is at her finest. Really liked I Made a Mistake, Just Like A Drug, and One More Last Time.

Joshua Batten – The City Within (2020 Batten Down Music)

Joshua Batten hails from Australia and at 23 has just released his second recording that features a range of tunes across several genres. I loved the blues rocker Tell Me I am Wrong as well as Silver Dollars and The Fox and The Hound. All three will get airplay during my roadhouse blues shows on Blues Music Fan Radio.

Jose Ramirez – HERE I COME (2020)

Produced by the great Texas bluesman Anson Funderburgh, Jose Ramirez’s new album features some stellar guitar playing and singing and is full of catchy blues tunes. Jose hails from Costa Rica and is now based in Tampa, Florida. With a Robert Johnson tat on his arm and a distinctive guitar tone, he is more than ready to pay his blues dues. I loved One Woman Man as well as Gasoline and Matches and Stop Teasing Me. Keep an ear out for this guy…..he has a very bright bluzin’ future!

Jan JamesJUSTIFY (2020 Blues Palace Records)

Jan James has been singin’ the blues and payin’ her dues for many years. The new album Justify may finally get her the broad based recognition she is due as one of the contemporary blues’ great female singers. I loved the songs A Different Life, Believe in Me, and I’m Always Coming Back. Her long time partner Craig Calvert plays some mean guitar licks as well on all the songs. Overall, a great blues recording!!

What have YOU been listening to over the past month?? Leave a comment with an album that you have enjoyed….we wants to know!!!


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.

Good Time Roadhouse Blues for June 25th on BMFR

Hope all is still well with you and yours! Tune in today from 3-5 pm ET on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com for the Ben Vee Good Time Roadhouse blues featuring tunes by Keb’ Mo’, Jonny Lang, Carolyn Wonderland, Jan James, Larkin Poe, and many more.

Below is the intended playlist which I publish in the hopes that you will download a tune or two and support the contemporary blues!!

ARTISTTITLE
Sonny LandrethBeyond Borders
Larkin PoeBack Down South
Too Slim and the TaildraggersSnake Eyes
North Mississippi AllstarsBoogie
Bnois KingDiamond Eyes
Jan JamesBelieve In Me
DionMy Baby Loves To Boogie (Feat. John Hammond)
The NighthawksChairman Of The Board
Jeff FettermanLiving With The Blues
Carolyn WonderlandCome Together
Jonny LangBump In The Road
Keb MoThe Itch
Fantastic NegritoHow Long
Earl St. ClairSober
Don BryantYour Love is Too Late
Dojo CutsHere We Are
Ana PopovicLast Thing I Do
Lenny PaulI Do The Job
Kyle YardleyCountry Girl (Alternate Version)
Joshua BattenSilver Dollars
Jose RamirezHere I Come
Jim RuffingLet Me Tell You
Taj MahalDon’t Leave Me Here
Linsey AlexanderGoin’ Out Walkin’
Damon FowlerBlues Guitar Man
Paul ReddickHooks in the Water

The Ben Vee Summer Time Roadhouse Blues Nooner on BMFR for Tuesday, June 23rd

Summer is finally here!!! Join me from 12 to 2 pm ET for some great summer time Roadhouse blues at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com. Featuring tunes by Heather Newman, Ozgur Hazar, Lenny Paul, Jim Ruffing, The Teskey Brothers, Theresa Blue, Thorbjorn Risager, and many more.

Below is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Ana PopovicSlideshow
The Lenny Paul BandYou’re Gonna Stumble
The Rudy Boy ExperimentMy 65
Heather NewmanBring The Swing
Kenny ParkerHalf Crazy
Willie Williams  with Carey BellYou Went Away Baby
Widow BlueSlow Blues and a Shot of Gin
Jim RuffingWhy
Jan JamesA Different Life
Linsey AlexanderGoing Back To My Old Time Used
Ozgur HazarBaby Blue
Larry LampkinGot To Get Away
Kyle YardleySavannah Georgia Women
The Teskey BrothersI Get Up (Live At The Forum, 2019)
Too Slim and the TaildraggersHalf A World Away
Malone SibunShe’s My Girl
Joshua BattenThe Fox And The Hound
Jose RamirezGasoline and Matches
Thorbjorn Risager and The Black TornadoLast Train
Tom The Suit ForstEverything is Falling (ft Christine Ohlman)
Crystal ShawandaBlue Train / Smokestack Revisited
Walter TroutHell To Pay
Lucinda WilliamsCar Wheels on a Gravel Road
Van MorrisonI’ll Take Care of You
Tommy CastroBe Careful With a Fool
Theresa BlueWhen You Leave Me
Santana (Feat. Carlos Santana)Everyday I Have The Blues

First Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues Nooner of 2020

Gettin’ ready to start my first Roadhouse Blues Nooner of the new decade!! Come join us on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com at 12 pm EST today, January 7th, for some great contemporary blues by artists like Robert Cray, 11 Guys Quartet, CW Ayon, Hakon Hoye, Hurricane Ruth, the Forrest McDonald Band, and plenty more.

Below is the intended playlist. If ya like em…buy em at your favorite music download site….and help the blues to thrive in 2020!!

ARTISTTITLE
11 Guys QuartetDown and Dirty
Jimmy CarpenterYou Belong To Me
Robert Cray & Hi RhythmYou Must Believe in Yourself
Sean ChambersGonna Groove
Hurricane RuthLet Me Be the One
Anthony GeraciWhy Did You Have To Go
TucciGimme Some of Your Love
The NighthawksThat’s All You Gotta Do
Albert CastigliaWoman Don’t Lie
Forrest McDonald BandBlues in a Bucket.
Andrew Jr Boy, Kerrie Lepai JonesMr. Slick
Tommy Castro & The PainkillersNonchalant
Stone Soup and the Broken TeethMoney
CW AyonCarla (Maybe Someday)
Phil DoubletRattlin’ Bones
Jan JamesBlack Orchid Blues
Delta WiresYour Eyes
Billy FlynnYou Are My Lover
Hakon HoyeMy Darkest Hour
The Gordon Meier Blues ExperienceJust Keep Ridin’
Thorbjørn Risager & The Black TornadoHard Time
Bridget Kelly BandWhat You Need
Van MorrisonThree Chords And The Truth
Gregg AllmanI Love The Life I Live
Kenny Wayne Shepherd BandNothing But The Night
Savoy BrownWhy Did You Hoodoo Me
The Magpie SaluteComin’ Home (Live)

Thursday’s Roadhouse Blues on BMFR

Tune in at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com at 3 pm EST today for some more badass roadhouse blues. Got new tunes by Tullie Brae, Samantha Fox, Eliza Neals & Popa Chubby, Albert Castiglia and the Allman Betts Band!

Below is the intended playlist.

ARTISTTITLE
Roy BuchananShort Fuse
Tullie BraePrice Of The Blues
Albert CastigliaHeavy
Anna SciontiThis World
The Gordon Meier Blues
Experience
Just Keep Ridin’
Eliza NealsLiving With Yo Mama (Feat. Popa Chubby & Dave Keyes)
The Magpie SaluteComin’ Home (Live)
James ArmstrongSecond Time Around
Van MorrisonRoll With The Punches
The Allman Betts BandShinin’
Ida Bang & The Blue TearsShelter Me
Bonita & The Blues ShacksHottest Wings In Town
Karen LovelyNice and Easy
Blues ArcadiaBad Boogaloo
Black Dog FridayOne More Time
Samantha FishBulletproof
The Black CrowesSting Me (slow)
Coco MontoyaHard As Hell
Jan JamesBuild Me A Man
Hurricane RuthBeekeeper
Hamilton LoomisSugar Baby
The NighthawksThat’s All You Gotta Do
Kenny Wayne ShepherdHow Low Can You Go
Anthony Rosano & The ConqueroosBound To You
Corey Dennison BandHear My Plea
Downchild Blues BandMailbox Money
John McNamaraOne, Two of a Kind

Ben Vee’s Roadhouse 66 – The Best Blues Tunes of 2017

Compiling a list of my favorite roadhouse blues tunes of 2017 has been a labor of love. It includes some perennial favorites and some up and coming new artists. I hope you enjoy reviewing the list and hopefully you will buy and download some of the tunes.

TAJMO

At number one is Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’s, Don’t Leave Me Here, from the fantastic album Tajmo.  Two special talents working together have produced the masterpiece of  the 2017 roadhouse blues.

Walter Trout

Coming in at number two, Walter Trout is a perennial favorite of blues rockers and when you combine his guitar playing with that of Joe Bonamassa you get some very special mojo on the tune We’re All in this Together.

Altered Five Band

At number three is the Altered Five band song, Charmed & Dangerous, an upbeat badass song that exudes sexual energy from a group based in Wisconsin.

beth hart fire on the floor

Beth Hart has four songs from the album Fire on Floor in the top 66 and coming in at number four is the title cut.  It is a slow intense tune that plays to all of Beth’s strengths as a song writer and performer.

KWS Band

The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band has three songs in the top 66 from his album Lay It on Down. Nothing But the Night comes in at number five.  We have tickets to see both him and Beth Hart in July….can’t wait!!

the nighthawks

At number six is the song Three Times Your Fool by Washington D.C.’s, the Nighthawks.  This is a slow beautiful song for the ages from a group that has been playing the blues for over forty years!

thorbjorn risager

Based out of Denmark, Thorbjorn Risager & the Black Tornado, have four songs in the top 66. At number seven is the title cut, Change My Game. Featuring a full seven piece band with a compliment of some badass horns, this group is easily my favorite European roadhouse blues band.

tommy castro stompin ground

Californian Tommy Castro & the Painkillers returned to his roots in San Jose to record the album, Stompin’ Grounds, and has four songs included on my list. At number eight is Blues All Around Me.  I have seen him in concert a couple of times and can’t wait to do it again!

Tucci Olivia

At number nine is the band Tucci and the song, High Roller, that feature’s Chicago’s own Larry McCray….just some badass blues.

Dennis Johnson

Rounding out the top ten is Dennis Johnson’s rendition of Robert Johnson’s Walkin’ Blues. Dennis is a guitar virtuoso and his talent shines through on the album, Rhythmland.

Some special notes about the rest of the top Roadhouse 66:

  • Samantha Fish has songs from two different albums included on the list! On one, Hello Stranger, she channels some Amy Winehouse….give it a listen!
  • Sean Chambers has three songs from his album, Trouble & Whiskey, on the list. The album is one of my favorites of the year.
  • Hurricane Ruth, from Missouri, has three songs on the list from her album, Ain’t Ready for the Grave. She belts out tunes with power and intensity……you will enjoy… I promise 🙂
  • Savoy Brown, a British blues band that has been recording for fifty years, has a three songs from their album, Witchy Feelin’, on the list!
  • John Mayall, the elder statesman of the Roadhouse Blues, has a great song, Blues Midnight on the list.
  • Van Morrison makes the list with the title cut of his album, Roll With the Punches.
  • Newcomers Eliza Neal and Anthony Rosano & the Conqueroos are well worth a listen.
  • The list features 14 female roadhouse blues songs.  There are more and more female roadhouse blues singers releasing albums..a fantastic trend for the future.

Here is the full list….enjoy!  And you can listen to all of these songs on my 24 hour roadhouse blues stream at Ben Vee’s Roadhouse Blues!

ARTIST TITLE
1 Taj Mahal Don’t Leave Me Here (ft Keb Mo)
2 Walter Trout We’re All In This Together (feat. Joe Bonamassa)
3 Altered Five Blues Band Charmed & Dangerous
4 Beth Hart Fire On The Floor
5 Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band Nothing But The Night
6 The Nighthawks Three Times Your Fool
7 Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado Change My Game
8 Tommy Castro & The Painkillers Blues All Around Me
9 Tucci High Roller (ft Larry McCray)
10 Dennis Johnson Walkin Blues
11 Savoy Brown I Can’t Stop The Blues
12 John Mayall Blue Midnight
13 Van Morrison Roll With The Punches
14 Tommy Castro & The Painkillers Feat. Mike Zito Rock Bottom
15 James Armstrong Second Time Around
16 Eliza Neals Another Lifetime
17 Coco Montoya Hard As Hell
18 Steve Krase Brand New Thang
19 Tommy Castro & The Painkillers Nonchalant
20 John McNamara One, Two of a Kind
21 Beth Hart Love Is A Lie
22 Sean Chambers Bottle Keeps Staring at Me
23 Kenny Wayne Shepherd Baby Got Gone
24 Popa Chubby Rescue Me
25 Dudley Taft I Lost My Way
26 The Nighthawks That’s All You Gotta Do
27 Savoy Brown Why Did You Hoodoo Me
28 Sean Chambers Trouble & Whiskey
29 Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado Train
30 Corey Dennison Band Hear My Plea
31 Hurricane Ruth Let Me Be the One
32 Anthony Rosano & The Conqueroos Bound To You
33 Karen Lovely Nice and Easy
34 John Ginty And Aster Pheonyx Captain Hook
35 Sean Chambers Gonna Groove
36 Beth Hart Tell Her You Belong To Me (feat. Jeff Beck)
37 Kenny Wayne Shepherd How Low Can You Go
38 Walter Trout Crash And Burn (feat. Joe Louis Walker)
39 Samantha Fish No Angels
40 Downchild Blues Band Mailbox Money
41 Gregg Allman I Love The Life I Live
42 Janiva Magness I Can Tell
43 Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado I Used to Love You
44 Peter Parcek World Keep On Turning
45 Milligan Vaughan Project Dangerous Eyes
46 Hurricane Ruth Beekeeper
47 The Cash Box Kings All Night Long
48 Kim Wilson Bonus Boogie
49 Jan James Black Orchid Blues
50 Hamilton Loomis Sugar Baby
51 Beth Hart Let’s Get Together
52 Billy Flynn You Are My Lover
53 Delta Wires Your Eyes
54 Savoy Brown Vintage Man
55 Samantha Fish Hello Stranger
56 The Original Blues Brothers Band Got My Mojo Working
57 Hurricane Ruth Barrelhouse Joe’s
58 Linsey Alexander Where Did You Take Your Clothes off Last Night
59 Bridget Kelly Band What You Need
60 The Magpie Salute Comin’ Home (Live)
61 Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado Hard Time
62 The Gordon Meier Blues Experience Just Keep Ridin’
63 Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm You Must Believe in Yourself
64 Jimmy Carpenter You Belong to Me
65 Albert Castiglia Woman Don’t Lie
66 Tommy Castro And The Painkillers My Old Neighborhood