It’s St. Patrick’s day and most of us are in self quarantine of one sort or another at home…ugh. BUT it is Tuesday and time for the Ben Vee Roadhouse Nooner from 12 to 2 pm EST on BMFR. Grab your favorite beverage..perhaps a smoke…..and join us for some great contemporary tunes at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com!
We will featuring songs from Italy (T-Roosters), Canada (Liz Brasher), Bali (The Bardogs), the UK (Mick Jagger & the Red Devils), Ireland (Gary Moore) as well as some badass roadhouse tunes from all across the USA!
Got some new Robert Cray, The Reverend Shawn Amos & the Brotherhood, Sonny Landreth, Lisa Mills, Lil Red & The Rooster, and much more during today’s Roadhouse Blues Nooner (12 PM EST) on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com for the 3rd of March.
Below is the intended playlist:
Lil Red & The Rooster
Big Boy Boogie
The Rolling Stones
Shake Your Hips
Rollin’ & Tumblin’
Somebody Gotta Make A Move
The Reverend Shawn Amos & The Brotherhood
The Job Is Never Done
You’ll Want Me Back
Forrest McDonald Band
Blues in a Bucket.
Jim Gustin & Truth Jones
The Only Thing I’ve Got
Mike Zito & The Wheel
The Road Never Ends (With Delbert McClinton)
Billy Branch and The Sons Of Blues
Leela James and The Truth Band
Hoodoo Man Blues
High Water Everywhere
I Wouldn’t Wanna Be You
Lil Red & The Rooster
I’m a Man (feat. Benoit Blue Boy, Geraint Watkins, Stan Noubard Pacha)
Time is flyin’ and January 2020 has almost zipped by. Join us today, Thursday January 30th, at 3 pm EST on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com for the Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues. I have some Mike Goudreau, Joe Bonamassa, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Larkin Poe, and Marcus King as well as a slew of other great contemporary roadhouse blues artists and a couple of blasts from the past for ya!
When I saw a video of Mindi Abair playing a tune with Joe Bonamassa a couple of years ago, I was captivated. Her voice is energetic, her sax playing is excellent, and she is pretty dang easy on the eyes. This blues rock bundle of energy hails from California where, besides playin’ the badass roadhouse blues, she also runs a winery with her husband!
Mindi is an accomplished performer and musician with the pedigree to prove it. A graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, she has been nominated for Grammy Awards for her incendiary sax style, toured with Aerosmith, and earned a reputation as a fiery on stage singer. She joined forces with The Boneshakers in 2014 and they have collaborated on three well received and popular albums in the years since; the latest of which is entitled NO GOOD DEED and one of my favorites of 2019.
NO GOOD DEED was produced by Kevin Shirley (Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, Black Country Communion) and his touch brings out the very best in Mindi on No Good Deed Goes Unpunished, Seven Day Fool, and Movin’ On. Mindi is a natural blues rocker who likes it LOUD with a pulsing rhythm and that is certainly something that Kevin knows a thing or two about. Mindi teams with band drummer and vocalist Third Richardson for an incredible rendition of a tune done back in the day by Ike & Tina Turner, Baby Get It On. Mindi then cranks it on a rousing version of You Better Run, a hit for Pat Benatar in the 1980’s and originally done by the Young Rascals in the 1960’s. All of the cuts also feature an awesome guitar player by the name of Randy Jacobs.
My first awareness of Mindi came with the release of THE EASTWEST SESSIONS in 2017 and the tune Pretty Good for a Girl featuring Joe Bonamassa on guitar. The tune is also the name of her production company….an in your face reminder of what Mindi and other female musicians often deal with while payin’ their dues. One of my pet peeves is writers/reviewers and industry groups that distinguish between male and female instrument players. An instrument has no sex and identifying Mindi as a “fabulous female sax player” will likely get you a stare down from her that intimates potential violence. For a taste of her prowess on the saxophone, I invite you to listen to Not That Kind of Girl. The tune reflects her boisterous style with an upbeat sound and infectious beat.
Additionally, Mindi & the Boneshakers put out a Christmas album in December of 2018 entitled ALL I GOT FOR CHRISTMAS IS THE BLUES. The title cut, Merry Christmas Baby, and I Can’t Wait for Christmas are cool modern tunes and her sax infused version of the classic The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) is something you just have to hear! The overall recording has become an instant blues Christmas favorite of mine.
Based on her most recent album which is a perfect synergy of rock, blues, and R&B, as well as her body of work during the last decade, Mindi Abair rightly deserves her selection as our 2019 Roadhouse Blues Woman of the Year!
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.
How about some Thursday September 5th roadhouse blues on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com? Join me on BMFR for some new contemporary blues as well as classics by Albert King, Muddy Waters, Luther Allison, and many more.
This is the intended playlist.
Waiting Around To Die (feat. Joe Bonamassa, Josh Teskey & Ian
One of the finest guitarists to ever pick up the instrument, British rocker and blues man Alvin Lee had a career that spanned over 45 years. He graced the stage at the Woodstock festival in 1969 and as the years passed by put out some fine blues tunes including this classic song. Alvin passed away in 2013.
Irishman Gary Moore started off in the seventies as a member of Thin Lizzy. He drifted in and out of the band as the years went by and by the nineties was a full fledged blues rocker drawing huge audiences where ever he played. He originally recorded this song in the late seventies but released a live version in 1993 that took the blues world by storm. Gary passed away in 2011.
Inspired by meeting and seeing Stevie Ray Vaughan perform at the age of 7, this native of Shreveport, Louisiana released his first album, Ledbetter Heights, in 1995 at the age of eighteen. It included this blue rock gem that shot the album to #1. In the years since, Kenny Wayne has become one of the most recognized blues rock performers on the planet. And his latest album, The Traveler, is simply fantastic also!