You probably first heard of Jimmy Hall from his recordings with Wet Willie back in the 1970s. Many of those tunes still are getting a lot of airplay on Classic Rock radio. Over the years, Jimmy has sung on stage and played his harmonica with a Who’s Who of the roadhouse blues and put out some great albums including Rendezvous with the Blues in 1996 that is among my personal blues favorites. He still has one of the great voices of his generation and Joe Bonamassa & Josh Smith bring out the best in him as his producers on the new recording, Ready Now. And Jimmy has an all star list of contributors on the album including Warren Haynes, Reese Wynans, Michael Rhodes, Greg Morrow, and Jared James Nichols as well as Joe and Josh.
The title cut for the recording features Warren and is drenched in the sounds that epitomize Jimmy’s southern style. My favorite song on the recording is A Long Goodbye featuring a stellar contribution on guitar by Joe. Jumpin’ for Joy, Girl’s Got Sugar (featuring Josh), and Love For It are also songs that I loved.
Jimmy Hall has stood at the musical crossroads of the blues, soul, R&B, and southern rock all of his life playin’ his harmonica and singin’ his tunes. There are plenty of places to sit and kickback at that junction from where ever you are. Find yourself a spot, relax, and enjoy this album.
Jimmy Hall – Ready Now (KTBA Records 2022)
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Ben Vee started out spinning songs on terrestrial radio and at nightclubs back in the 1970’s in his home state of Louisiana. After a career in the construction business, he returned to DJing in 2011. He now hosts two shows each week on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com and writes about the blues at http://www.benveeblues.com from his home in Connecticut. He also has a personal 24 hour stream devoted to the Roadhouse Blues… WRHB as well as a Youtube channel.
Join us today as I spin some Roadhouse blues rock from artists in Europe, Australia, Canada, and the USA on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 3-5 pm ET. Tunes from Mark Augustine, Rob Tognoni, Black Pearl, Matt Schofield, Marjorie Martinez, Angel Forrest, and Walter Trout are on the playlist!
I have some great new blues rockin’ tunes from Dennis Johnson (one of world’s finest slide guitar players), Eliza Neals, MIcki Free (with Christone “Kingfish” Ingram), Dom Martin (from Ireland), Armin Sabol, Mike Campbell & the Dirty Knobs, Bacon Fat Louis and some classics from Robin Trower, Rocky Athas, and Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood. Sooooo…..join us from 3-5 pm ET on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com. You won’t be disappointed!!
Here is the intended playlist:
Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs
Bacon Fat Louis
It Won’t Be Easy
The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer
Roll with the Punches (Live)
No Other Woman (OurVinyl Sessions)
Cold Coffee and Cigarettes
Train Of Love
The Delta Project
Love My Baby
So Long Lee (Redux)
Need A Place To Hide
The Cadillac Cats
The Wake Woods
R.C. and the 3rd Shift
Bad Harvest (Album Version)
Judicator Blues (feat. Christone “Kingfish” Ingram)
Today I will be spinning a number of live Roadhouse blues tracks by Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Trainman Blues, Hurricane Ruth, Rita Chiarelli, Wellbad, Joe Bonamassa, and more. Join us from 3-5 pm ET on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com!
Here is the intended playlist:
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Tell Me (please be mine) (Live 1989)
Black Cat Bone (Live)
Give Me Back My Wig (Live)
One Kiss Too Late
Warren Haynes Band
Ive Got To Use My Imagination
The Neville Brothers
Robert Randolph & The Family Band
Shake Your Hips (Live)
The Jeff Healey Band
Seven Days A Week
Back To Bayou Teche (Live)
Love You Too Much
The Crumbling of The Berlin Wall (live in Nazare, 25feb22)
Hope you get a chance to listen in today to the Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues Nooner on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 12-2 pm EST. We will roll out with a Faces tune featuring Rod Stewart from back in the day and then spend the rest of the show spinning some incredible new contemporary blues from artists all over the USA and around the world:Manny Fizzotti, Joe Louis Walker, Natalia M. King, Malted Milk, Bad Temper Joe, Colin James, Carolyn Wonderland, and a whole bunch more!!
Three Button Hand Me Down
Joe Louis Walker
Two Trains Running
Son Of Dave
Gimme A Doctor
Natalia M. King
Pink Houses (Feat. Elliott Murphy)
Mick Schafer Band
Don’t Wanna B Judged
Zoom With Shawn Kellerman
Born To Sing The Blues
Does Anybody Know
P K Mayo
Santana ft. Chris Stapleton
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
I’m On Your Side
I Want My Crown (Feat. Joe Bonamassa)
Altered Five Blues Band
All Suit, No Soul
The Head Hunters Blues Band
Forty Days And Forty Nights
Turn Me On
Let Me Ride
Circle Of Mud
Andreas Diehlmann Band
Made It My Way
Bad Temper Joe
3rd Floor Elevator Blues
The Doobie Brothers
Broken Hearted Blues
When They Put Me in My Grave
Just Need A Kind Hearted Woman ( Feat Robben Ford )
This year has been another great one for Roadhouse Blues releases AND they just keep comin’!!!! Here are some that might interest you…….
Santana – Blessings and Miracles
It’s album number 26 for the band Santana and the groove nevah felt better! The band gets an assist from Chris Stapleton and Steve Winwood on a album chocked full of other guest appearances.A bluesey cover of Whiter Shade of Pale is worth the price of admission!
The Kentucky Headhunters – That’s a Fact Jack!
Southern influenced blues rock…oh yeah!
Out this week:
Gov’t Mule – Heavy Load Blues
Warren Haynes says this is the first Gov’t Mule to explicitly focus on the blues. Listen to the promo video single Make It Rain and understand why I can’t wait to get my hands on the entire recording.
Joe Louis Walker – Eclectic Electric
He started out years ago hangin’ backstage with Jimi Hendrix and released his first album in the mid eighties. I have been a big fan ever since and even got to trade shots with him one night at Black Eyed Sally’s in Hartford, CT. The album is truly an eclectic mix of blues’d up songs featuring his prowess on guitar and that distinctive voice.
Coming in December
Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Barn
When ya just want the windows to rumble to the music…..Crazy Horse will always do!
Due out in early 2022
Keb’ Mo’ – Good To Be
Tinsley Ellis – Devil May Care
Willie & the Bandits (UK) – When the World Stood Still
John Mayall – The Sun is Shining Down
John had recently announced that he would no longer tour but only perform locally in California so I was happy to hear he will put out a new album in late January 2022 featuring Marcus King, Buddy Miller, and Mike Campbell. A music icon and elder statesman of the blues; anything he cares to record I want to listen to.
Eric Gales – Crown
This will be an interesting album. Eric collaborated with Joe Bonamassa on the recording and if the first single I Want My Crown is any indication it will be pretty badass.
Hope you get time to tune in for today’s Roadhouse Blues Rock show (Nov 4th) from 3-5 pm EDT on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com. I have some new tunes from Joe Bonamassa, Danny Bryant, Jessie Lee & the Alchemists, Davy Knowles, and Jamie Lynn Vessels as well as an archive block featuring Johnny & Edgar Winter, Taste (early Rory Gallagher), Fleetwood Mac, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Alvin Lee.
A California bluesman with a southern soul, Tommy Castro premiered his new single on August 9th. The album will be released September 17th and is entitled Tommy Castro Presents A Bluesman Came To Town.
Joe’s new single for his yet untitled new album bears the strong influence of Australia. Featuring the use of the didgeridoo and Australian musicians Lachy Doley, Mahalia Barnes, Bunna Lawrie, the song is somehow still vintage Joe B!
Featuring stellar guitar licks, Colin covers a Dylan tune with a blues rockin’ delivery that has made him one of Canada’s favorite performers over a career that spans 30 years.
Ben Vee started out spinning songs on terrestrial radio and at nightclubs back in the 1970’s in his home state of Louisiana. After a career in the construction business, he returned to DJing in 2011. He now hosts two shows each week on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com and writes about the blues at http://www.benveeblues.com from his home in Connecticut. He also has a 24 hour stream devoted to the Roadhouse Blues… WRHB
The Year 2020 was one that we all were glad to see go. Not only were our family, friends, and neighbors ravaged by COVID but our political systems were stressed and our rights to meet and gather were often suspended. And performing artists and musicians took the financial brunt of the frenzied response as outdoor venues, bars, and restraunts closed across the world throwing millions of performers out of work. But musicians are a resilient and creative group. They retreated, like the rest of us, to their homes, their garages, and their basements and began the process of creating new music using novel internet collaborative tools to record and share their music with other band members and recording studios. The product of their work is what I want us to celebrate in this article. It took new thinking, creative use of software, and dogged perseverance to write, record, and release new music during 2020 and EVERY artist and group that did so should be commended for not giving in to the darkness and continuing to bring the joy of music to us all.
During 2020, I played over 7000 songs on my DJ shows and listened to hundreds of albums sent to me by the artists, publicists, and record companies. I received even more as part of the staff of Blues Music Fan Radio. Out of all that music, I have chosen my favorite 66 roadhouse blues songs for 2020 using only two rules; I had to have played the tune during one of my shows in 2020 and I could only select one song per album. The list represents less than 1% of all music that I broadcast during the year and includes both perennial favorites as well as artists you may not have heard of. These are the best of the best and regardless of position on this listing, they are all fabulous tunes in my opinion. I hope you enjoy reviewing the list, listening to the songs, and hopefully, downloading some for your own music collection or as a gift to family and friends.
The Roadhouse Blues Top 66 Songs
The Smoke Wagon Blues Band
The Fat Man
The Ballad Of Albert Johnson
Treat Me Like I Want
Weed ‘Em & Reap
Beyond Here Lies Nothing
Nora Jean Wallace
I’m A Blues Woman
Turn Me Loose
The Rolling Stones
Living In A Ghost Town
Living In A Ghost Town
The Roadhouse Blues Top 50 & 60 songs
John Primer and Bob Corritore
The Gypsy Woman Told Me
Nobody Gotta Know
Bring Me Sugar
Bring Me Sugar
The End Of The Blues
Henrik Freischlader Band
What Have I Done to You
JD3 & The Jondo Trio
Rocks At The Moon
Living In The Palace Of The King
Flame Still Burns
Chairman Of The Board
Tryin’ to Get to You
Paul Buchanan’s Voodoo Preachers
Some Kind Of Voodoo
New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers
Night Time (feat Jimbo Mathis)
Mary Jo Curry Band
Nothin’ Is Easy
Voodoo Down the River
Tales From The Psychedelta
Black Cat Moan
Another Day In San Jose
The Reverend Shawn Amos & The Brotherhood
Counting Down The Days
The Lucky Losers
Half a Nothing
Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar
The Reckless On
Coming In Hot
Anything You Want
That’s What I Heard
Force of Will
Force of Will
The Roadhouse Blues Top 40 songs
Steve Washington (feat Lucky Peterson)
Blues Don’t Cost a Thing
Just A Matter of Time
Tammi Savoy & The Chris Casello Combo
As Long As I’m Movin’
That Rock ‘n’ Roll Rhythm!
Too Slim and the Taildraggers
David Rotundo Band
I Must Be Crazy
So Much Trouble
Ain’t Beggin’ Nobody
Crazy with the Blues
Searching For A Man
Good As Gone
Rebel Moon Blues
Barbecue And Blues
Deep Dark Demon
Walk Until I Ride
The Roadhouse Blues Top 30 Songs
Down To The Bottom
Below Sea Level
Evil Till Sunrise
Ice Cream In Hell
The Immediate Family
Slippin’ and Slidin’
After The Storm
Ain’t Done Yet
Every Bird That Flies
Self Made Man
Since I Been Loving You
Somebody Gotta Make A Move
Church House Blues
The Roadhouse House Top 20 Songs
Rae Gordon Band
Get Right With The World
Wrong Kind Of Love
Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?
My Back Scratcher
Carryout Or Delivery
The War and Treaty
Beautiful (feat. Jason Isbell)
Until The End Of Time
I’m The Beast From The East
It’s A Mighty Hard Road
The Mary Stokes Band
Joanne Shaw Taylor
The Roadhouse Top Ten Tunes for 2020
10. Johnny Iguana – Shake Your Money Maker [Johnny Iguana’s Chicago Spectacular] (Delmark Records)
Johnny Iguana’s cover of the Elmore James song from 1961 should get you movin’ in your easy chair as you listen. Johnny’s energetic keyboard playing is superbly matched by the slide guitar work of Lil’ Ed.
9. Layla Zoe – Nowhere Left To Go [Title Cut] (Self Release)
Though not officially released until January 8, 2021, I got a promo copy in December and started spinning it so it makes the list! Layla’s growling delivery is just badass and harkens back to Janis Joplin.
8. Wily Bo Walker/Danny Flam – Ain’t No Man a Good Man [Title Cut] (Mescal Canyon Records)
Blues rock with a hint of Dr. John in his voice, Wily Bo is a fantastic UK artist with a growing following. Wily’s delivery is theatric in nature and I can’t wait for the opportunity to see him and Danny perform live on stage one day…SOON!
7. Alastair Greene – Bayou Mile [The New World Blues] (Whiskey Bayou Records)
A native of Ventura, California, Alastair got to collaborate with the great Tab Benoit from my home state of Louisiana to make this recording and the result is a haunting beautiful song.
6. Thorbjorn Risager and the Black Tornado – Come On In [Title Cut] (Ruf Records)
A Danish powerhouse and one of my favorite European roadhouse blues artists, Thorbjorn has a unique voice and he is backed by an incredible seven piece ensemble that just continue to crank out catchy and upbeat roadhouse blues tunes.
5. Dion – Blues Comin’ On (ft. Joe Bonamassa) [Blues With Friends] (KTBA Records)
An American treasure, Dion is still creating vibrant music at the age of 81! Produced by Joe Bonamassa’s Keeping the Blues Alive label, Dion got Joe to sit in on this track!
4. Christone “Kingfish” Ingram – Rock & Roll [Empty Promises] (Alligator Records)
This song is about a deal with the angels and a family’s devotion to a young artist’s future. It is simply beautiful and Christone’s delivery is authentic and riveting.
3. Joe Bonamassa – Why Does It Take So Long to Say Goodbye [Royal Tea] (J&R Adventures)
Another Joe Bonamassa ballad that meshes rock and blues like only he can. He is known as a world class guitar player, but I love his voice and his songwriting. This one is a roadhouse jewel!
2. Walter Trout – Make It Right [Ordinary Madness] (Provogue Records)
At 69, Walter is creating some of the best music of his storied career. The guitar playing on this tune is vintage Trout. I hope I get to see him perform it live sometime this year or next!
1……. Avey Grouws Band – Rise Up [The Devil May Care] (Self Release)
A self released debut album by a group from Iowa features a song that is my #1 roadhouse tune for 2020! Who would have thought?? I know I didn’t until I heard Jeni Grouw’s voice and Chris Avey’s guitar playing on Rise Up. It is not only a catchy but topical tune. We all need to rise up, in love, and confront the issues of our times head on without hate or rancor. It’s a song and a message we all need to spread around! Oh…and by the way…..the Avey Grouws Band will be appearing in concert in June with…..Walter Trout. My #1 and #2 artists on the same stage…..if you are close…go see them!!!!
Ben Vee started out spinning songs on terrestrial radio and at nightclubs back in the 1970’s in his home state of Louisiana. After a career in the construction business, he returned to DJing in 2011. He now hosts two shows each week on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com and writes about the blues at http://www.benveeblues.com from his home in Connecticut. He also has a 24 hour stream devoted to the Roadhouse Blues… WRHB.
For my generation, we were introduced to Leslie West via the group Mountain. And over the years, I enjoyed listening to a series of awesome blues rock albums that he put out. Now it is reported that Leslie passed away right before Christmas. He will be missed!!
In 2004, Leslie put out the song “If Heartaches Were Nickels” featuring a young singer and guitar player, Joe Bonamassa, who was then relatively unknown. Written by Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule, the Allman Brothers), the song was also covered by Joe on his first album. I hope you get a chance to give it a listen and to remember the life and times of Leslie West….dead at the age of 75. Rest in Peace Brother!!