St Paddy’s Day Quarantine Roadhouse Blues Nooner on BMFR

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!

The intended playlist can be found below:

ARTISTTITLE
Sonny LandrethGroovy Goddess
Backtrack Blues BandDixie Grill
Johnny & The HeadhuntersLead Me On
Liz BrasherHand To The Plow
The BardogsCorona
Mick Jagger & The Red Devils40 Days, 40 Nights
Honey CreekDon’t Come Around Too Slow
Jake Green BandDark Clouds
T-RoostersThree Euros And Nintyfive Blues
Casey HensleySearching For A Man
Blue AttitudeHere’s to You
Ben Rice and RB StoneHoodoo Workin’ Overtime
Carl and the Road DawgsWaldrop Street
The OutcropsPeace Of Mind
Rhett TylerTotal Package
Joe BonamassaJust ‘Cos You Can Don’t Mean You Should
Rae Gordon BandHow Much I Love You So
Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois KingCan’t Let Go
Jack Mack & the Heart Attack HornsStandin’ Before the King
Etta JamesHush Hush
Victor WainwrightMoney
Kenny Wayne ShepherdHow Low Can You Go
Barns CourtneyGlitter And Gold
Tommy Castro And The PainkillersMy Old Neighborhood
Riff RidersRumors
Jimmy HallHold What You Got
Gary MooreEvil

March 3rd Roadhouse Blues Nooner on BMFR with Ben Vee

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:

ARTISTTITLE
Lil Red & The RoosterBig Boy Boogie
The Rolling StonesShake Your Hips
Johnny ShinesRollin’ & Tumblin’
Sonny LandrethSomebody Gotta Make A Move
The Reverend Shawn Amos & The BrotherhoodThe Job Is Never Done
Robert CrayYou’ll Want Me Back
Forrest McDonald BandBlues in a Bucket.
Lisa MillsGreenwood, Mississippi
Jim Gustin & Truth JonesNever Forget
Jeremiah JohnsonShowdown
Saverio MaccneThe Only Thing I’ve Got
Marcus MaloneTestify
Mike Zito & The WheelThe Road Never Ends (With Delbert McClinton)
Jimmy ReiterHooked
Devon GilfillianTroublemaker
Billy Branch and The Sons Of BluesLast Night
Leela James and The Truth BandI’m Out!!
DionHoodoo Man Blues
Joe BonamassaHigh Water Everywhere
NiecieRise Up
Coco MontoyaI Wouldn’t Wanna Be You
Beth HartTrouble
Popa ChubbyRescue Me
Studebaker JohnRockin’ Hot
Sean PinchinRiver
Lil Red & The RoosterNarcissistic Blues
Lazy LesterI’m a Man (feat. Benoit Blue Boy, Geraint Watkins, Stan Noubard Pacha)
Liam Ward and Malcolm ThorneBulldoze Blues

One Month Down Roadhouse Blues on BMFR

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!

Below is the intended playlist…..

ARTISTTITLE
Peter ParcekPat Hare
Big Bone DaddyCome to Me
3 Bean SoupLouisiana Zydeco
RedboneThe Witch Queen Of New Orleans
TomCat PlaygroundThat Kinda Feeling
The JimmysWrite A Hit (ft Marcia Ball)
Marcus KingWildflowers & Wine
Southern AvenueThe Tea I Sip
Annika ChambersI Feel The Same (ft Paul DesLauriers)
The Black SorrowsNever Let Me Go
Ray Fuller & the BluesrockersMean And Evil Woman
King Of The WorldFool No More
Larkin PoeMississippi
Jimmy HallWeep And Moan
Tyler Bryant & The ShakedownRamblin Bones
Jontavious WillisDaddy’s Dough
Christone “Kingfish” IngramIf You Love Me
Joanne Shaw TaylorWild Is The Wind
The Cadillac KingsI’m Leaving You Baby
Vegas Strip KingsIt Ain’t
Mike GoudreauBread And Water
The Cold StaresCold Black Water
Joe BonamassaHappier Times
Savoy BrownMemphis Blues
Damon FowlerWe’ve Got a Good Thing
Men In BluesSeeker
Eric HeidemanWild Ride

Best of the Blues 2019 – Mindi Abair – Roadhouse Blues Woman of the Year

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.

Late October Roadhouse Blues Nooner on BMFR

Join me today, October 29th, at High Noon EST for some roadhouse blues on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com. Got some contemporary blues, classics from the masters, and a few blues rock cuts.

You can find the intended playlist below:

ARTISTTITLE
Shun KikutaThe Stumble
The Johnny Max BandRoadhouse Soul
Joss StoneFree Me
Bargel & HeuserThe Heat
Doc Nice & Muddy FeetBlue Sky
Lonesome ShackTrying To Forget
Curtis Salgado and Alan HagerI Want You By My Side
The Fabulous ThunderbirdsRich Woman
Little FeatDixie Chicken
Shemekia CopelandSholanda’s
Rita ChiarelliJust Gettin Started
Albert Collins, Robert Cray and Johnny CopelandBring Your Fine Self Home
Fenton RobinsonYou Don’t Know What Love Is
Rockin Johnny BurginCold Chills
Slim HarpoShake Your Hips
Southern AvenueRumble
Selwyn Cooper & The Hurricane Blues BandHit the Big Time
Zoe Schwarz Blue CommotionHold On
Joe BonamassaAround The Bend
Erja LyytinenGrip Of The Blues
Gary MooreHouse Full Of Blues
Henrik Freischlader BandI Give Up on Loving You
BlindstoneWhat Your Lovin’ Can Do
Lil’ Ed & The Blues ImperialsIt’s Alright

Thurday Roadhouse Blues on BMFR at 3 pm EST

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.

ARTISTTITLE
Mick ClarkeNuthin’burger Blues
Ash GrunwaldWaiting Around To Die (feat. Joe Bonamassa, Josh Teskey & Ian Collard)
Coco MontoyaStop Runnin’ Away From My Love
Mary LaneTravelin’ Woman
Luther AllisonEverything’s Gonna Be All Right
Arsen ShomakhovRain City Blues
George ThorogoodChicago Bound
The Seamus McGarvey BandWillie And The Hand Jive
Johnny Mastro & Mama’s BoysTonight We Ride
Albert KingBorn Under A Bad Sign
Michael OsbornSpellbound
MUDDY WATERS & THE ROLLING STONESHoochie Coochie Man
Freddie KingPalace Of The King
Mighty Mike SchermerHow Much Longer
Mick ClarkeRight And Wrong
Julian SasHowlin’ Wind
Joe BonamassaLove Is A Gamble
Beth HartWar In My Mind
Owen CampbellBreathing Bullets (Album Mix)
The Moon DogsThe Blues’ll Get You
Karen LovelyBlues Ain’t Far Behind
Plain Dirty Blues BandShe Suits me to a Tee
Johnny Fink and the IntrusionLet’s Hear Some Blues
Meantooth GrinDark Was The Night
Gary MooreStill Got The Blues (Single Version)

June Six Pack of Roadhouse Blues

Six blues rock tunes for June!  All have links in Spotify for you to take a listen!!!

Joe BonamassaSloe Gin

Title cut of his 2007 album and the song that elevated Joe Bonamassa from simply a great blues rocker to one of the most talented singers, songwriters, and guitarists of his generation.

Beth HartAm I the One

She burst onto the blues rock scene in 1996 with entrancing live performances that reminded many of Janis Joplin.  From her first album, Immortal, this song represents her at her soul baring finest.

Alvin LeeBluest Blues

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.

Albert CummingsHoochie Coochie Man/Dixie Chicken Medley

A custom home builder by day and fantastic blues man by night, Albert Cummings gives an invigorated live performance of the Muddy Waters and Little Feat tunes on this cut….incredible!

Gary MooreParisienne Walkway

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.

Kenny Wayne ShepherdDeja Voodoo

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!