Summertime Blues with Ben Vee 3pm EST on BMFR…June 20th

Well it is SUMMER TIME! Gonna roll out some roadhouse blues featuring a number of Canadian artists AND spin some “outlaw country blues” tunes by performers including Ray Wylie Hubbard, Lincoln Durham, and Colter Wall as well as THE Band.  You can catch it all here… http://www.bluesmusicfan.com  …..beginning at 3 pm EST today!

Below is the intended playlist:

ARTIST TITLE
King Curtis The Weight (ft. Duane Allman)
The Reverend Shawn Amos Will You Be Mine
Chris Robinson Brotherhood Leave My Guitar Alone
Ben Harper I’m In I’m Out And I’m Gone
Billy Boy Arnold Catfish
The Record Company I’m Getting Better (And I’m Feeling It Right Now))
Chickenbone Slim Break Me off a Piece
Sean Pinchin Gotta Move
MonkeyJunk Show Me Yours
Colin James No Time To Get There
David Gogo Fooling Myself
Anthony Gomes Stealin’ From The Devil
Jeff Healey Hoochie Coochie Man
Savoy Brown Conjure Rhythm
Catfish Hodge Band Long Night
Chuck Leavell Wish Me Well
Clas Yngström & Big Tex Three Beyond Here Lies Nothin’
Chris Fitz Band If You See Me Tomorrow …Tell Me About Last Night
Tony Joe White Closer To The Truth
Peter Ward Coffee Song (ft Michelle Willson)
Comanchero The Sniper
The Band Blind Willie Mctell
Colter Wall Sleeping on the Blacktop
Ray Wylie Hubbard Roll And I Tumble
Lincoln Durham Reckoning Lament
Dave Alvin A Woman’s Got A Right
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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

Layla Zoe – Gemini

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Great art takes you out of your comfort zone. It often makes you look at life through another lens: Salvador Dali‘s dripping clocks (The Persistence of Memory) or Picasso‘s cubism (Girl Before A Mirror) are two examples.  They distort your perception of what should be and then challenge you to think and perceive in new ways. Layla Zoe’s new album, Gemini, did that for me. I have followed her career for awhile and have found her to be a powerful and sexy Canadian singer of the roadhouse blues; I did not expect the edginess,  depth, and emotion of the lyrics and songs on this album. It has changed my perception of her. She is not just another blues singer with a great voice; she is a crown jewel of the roadhouse blues and worthy of elevation to the same status I give Jeff Healey, her countryman.

As the title cut states she lives two different places …in the pain and the power.  Part of the album is power blues rock, part is great roadhouse tunes, another piece is beautiful  acoustic delta blues, and part is some intensely dark blues portraits of people in pain and crisis. The graphic explicitness of a few of the lyrics will probably offend some (and limit mainstream air play) as she relates through song riveting images of individuals at the crossroads.

layla zoe gemini

I can think of no other contemporary blues or blues rock artist that has put herself on the line and just laid it out there like Layla Zoe has on this album.  Certainly because of her voice, there are the inevitable comparisons to Janis Joplin. But in Layla’s case, I don’t think she is living the darkness in life (as Janis and Amy Winehouse did with their heavy drug use) as much as bringing it to vivid clarity for us.  As she relates in the song, The Deeper They Bury Me, the truth indeed will set you free. And she lays bare on several songs the deep and lonely truth of what the blues is for those in despair: equal parts anger, a need for revenge, and a profound sadness.

There are 20 songs on this double CD and normally I note each of the individual cuts that I liked the most on albums I review.  In this case, no one single will do justice to Layla’s talent or the portraits she conveys in song on this album. Certainly, Are You Still Alive Inside, a beautiful slow tempo blues rocker should get a lot of airplay. But you need to buy the album and experience her music in toto.  Afterwards, I’d love to hear what you think as comments on this web page!

Layla Zoe – Gemini (Self Release 2018)

North of the Border – Great Canadian Blues

Canadian MooseOver the years, I have spent considerable time in Canada in places like Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver.  Canadians as a rule are great people who love their beer and their hockey.  What I was surprised to find was how many love the electric blues and Jeff Healey in particular.  And in the last several years, there has been a surge of high quality blues rock emanating from our blues brothers and sisters north of the border.I thought I might turn you on to several!

David Gogo

Encouraged by Stevie Ray Vaughan at the age of 16 to pursue the blues, David labored at his craft throughout Canada and Europe as a young guy and put out his first album at the age of 25 (1994).  Fourteen albums later, he has created a master piece with the release of Vicksburg Call. The title cut is just bad ass electric blues..yah gotta listen to it!

David Gogo – Vicksburg Call

Layla Zoe

She has a fantastic voice that caught the attention of no less a bluesman than the great Jeff Healey some years ago.  Her love of the blues started with delving through her father’s record collection as a teenager and ten albums later, she is poised to breakout as an international blues star.  Her new album, Breaking Free, features 10 originals and a great cover of the Rolling Stone’s Wild Horses. My favorite Layla tunes are all lusty blues numbers and she continues the tradition on the new album with Wild One.  (Caution….this song contains strong sexual innuendo)

Layla Zoe – Wild One

Monkeyjunk

With the release of their fifth album, this Ottawa based band caught my attention.  Featuring two guitars and drums, but no bass, MonkeyJunk cranks out an exuberant brand of blues rock. Their latest album, Moon Turn Red, has two cuts I love: Light It Up and Show Me Yours.

MonkeyJunk – Light It Up

The Paul DesLauriers Band

This Montreal based trio cranks out some great blues rock.  Their second album, Relentless, is doing well on the blues charts and I look forward to seeing them if they get down in the Connecticut area.

The Paul DesLauriers Band – Up In the Air

Rootbone

Led by Darren Poole (formerly of the super blues group Fathead), this group’s debut album, The Long Road Home, features a cut, Wrong Way Jack, that I just love.  Darren does the lead vocals, all guitars, and serves as co-songwriter along with Ms. Bobbi Richards on vocals and percussions.  A nice tight band with a great future.

Rootbone – Wrong Way Jack

Colin James

A fixture on the Canadian blues rock and swing scene for over 25 year, Colin’s 15th album, Blues Highways, is due out in a couple of months. I can’t wait.  A talented guitar player, vocalist, and songwriter, no list of current Canadian blues rockers would be complete without him on it.  One of my favorite tunes by Colin is his cover of an old Robert Johnson tune, Walkin’ Blues, that he just aces with a blues rockin’ version.

Colin James – Walkin’ Blues

Hope you enjoyed the article and the tunes….and remember to support your local blues club and artists….help us keep the blues alive and vibrant!  All of these tunes will be featured on my 24 hour stream, Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues.