A Southern Treasure, Jimmy Hall, releases a new album READY NOW

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.

A Roadhouse Blues Rockin’ Thursday on BluesMusicFan Radio 3-5 pm ET

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!

Here is the entire intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Elmo KarjalainenThree Days of Peace
Early Times & The High RollersTippin’ Through The Tulips
Xander and the Peace PiratesHeart Stop
Nathan Quick Blues BandTell My Baby
Jim Suhler & Monkey BeatMexicali Run
Dudley TaftLong Way Down (Left For Dead Part II)
Jim KirkpatrickAin’t Goin’ Down Alone
Matt SchofieldHard Lines
Marjorie MartinezNot Gonna Be Easy
Walter TroutMake It Right
Matt Pearce & The MutinyAll the Gods
Black PearlDelivery Man
Luke Winslow-KingHave a Ball
Matt EdwardsNowhere Else to Hide
Mark AugustineRiverside Blues
Travellin’ Blue KingsToo Many People
Keith ThompsonWhat I Know Now
Julian SasWorld On Fire (Electric Version)
Rob TognoniNew Set Of Rays
Billy F GibbonsShe’s On Fire
Joe BonamassaWhen She Dances
Kenny Wayne Shepherd BandI Want You
Janis JoplinMove Over
Angel ForrestGypsy Heart (Feat. Harry Manx)
Handsome JackOld Familiar Faces
Manx Marriner MainlineEverybody Knows
Snowy White and The White FlamesAnother Blue Night

Rockin’ the Blues on BluesMusicFan Radio 3-5 pm ET

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:

ARTISTTITLE
Dom MartinMaxwell Shuffle
Mike Campbell & The Dirty KnobsLightning Boogie
Bacon Fat LouisIt Won’t Be Easy
The Harpoonist & the Axe MurdererRoll with the Punches (Live)
GreyhoundsNo Other Woman (OurVinyl Sessions)
BluesmanCold Coffee and Cigarettes
AJ PlugTrain Of Love
Dennis JohnsonGoing Down
The Delta ProjectLove My Baby
MudlowSo Long Lee (Redux)
Mesquite CafeNeed A Place To Hide
The Cadillac CatsCatfish
The Wake WoodsElectric Boogie
R.C. and the 3rd Shift7 Years
Armin SabolBad Harvest  (Album Version)
Katie HenryBury You
Malone SibunEvil
Dom Martin12 Gauge
Micki FreeJudicator Blues (feat. Christone “Kingfish” Ingram)
Eliza NealsCan’t Find My Way Home (feat. Lance Lopez)
Nick AndreaSuperstition
Robin TrowerSomething’s About to Change
Joe BonamassaThe Loyal Kind
Eric Clapton/Steve WinwoodLittle Wing
Fred ChapellierTend to it
Rocky AthasMiracle

Some Live Roadhouse Blues Tracks 3-5 pm ET

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:

ARTISTTITLE
Sonny LandrethNative Stepson
Stevie Ray VaughanTell Me (please be mine)  (Live 1989)
Johnny WinterBlack Cat Bone (Live)
Luther AllisonGive Me Back My Wig (Live)
Rory GallagherHands Off
WellBadOne Kiss Too Late
Warren Haynes BandHattiesburg Hustle
Hurricane RuthIve Got To Use My Imagination
The Neville BrothersMojo Hannah
Robert Randolph & The Family BandShake Your Hips (Live)
The Jeff Healey BandCrossroads
Blues ArcadiaSeven Days A Week
Sonny LandrethBack To Bayou Teche (Live)
Rita ChiarelliLove You Too Much
Markus K.The Crumbling of The Berlin Wall (live in Nazare, 25feb22)
Trainman BluesWholesome Treat (Live)
Joe BonamassaThis Train
Orphan Jon & The AbandonedGoing (Live)
Josh SmithHow Long (Live)
Gary MooreThe Blues Is Alright (Live)

Roadhouse Blues Nooner on BluesMusicFan Radio (12-2 pm EST)

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!!

ARTISTTITLECountry
Manny FizzottiSliding AwayItaly
FacesThree Button Hand Me DownUK
Joe Louis WalkerTwo Trains RunningUSA
Son Of DaveGimme A DoctorUK
Natalia M. KingPink Houses (Feat. Elliott Murphy)France
Mick Schafer BandDon’t Wanna B JudgedUSA
Zoom With Shawn KellermanBorn To Sing The BluesCanada
Jesse RoperDoes Anybody KnowCanada
P K MayoTruthUSA
Santana ft. Chris StapletonJoyUSA
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night SweatsI’m On Your SideUSA
Eric GalesI Want My Crown  (Feat. Joe Bonamassa)USA
Altered Five Blues BandAll Suit, No SoulUSA
The Head Hunters Blues BandForty Days And Forty NightsUK
Black PumasI’m ReadyUSA
Manny FizzottiTurn Me OnItaly
Malted MilkLet Me RideFrance
Circle Of MudNative ManFrance
Andreas Diehlmann BandMade It My WayGermany
Bad Temper Joe3rd Floor Elevator BluesGermany
Colin JamesRaging RiverCanada
The Doobie BrothersCannonballUSA
Carolyn WonderlandBroken Hearted BluesUSA
Phillip-Michael ScalesWhen They Put Me in My GraveUSA
Simon Kinny-LewisJust Need A Kind Hearted Woman ( Feat Robben Ford )Australia
Gov’t MuleMake It RainUSA
Tommy CastroBluesman Came To TownUSA
Christone “Kingfish” IngramThat’s What You DoUSA

Roadhouse Blues News – New Music Releases from Santana, Gov’t Mule, Joe Louis Walker, and More

This year has been another great one for Roadhouse Blues releases AND they just keep comin’!!!! Here are some that might interest you…….

Out Now

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.

Elles Bailey (UK) – Shining In the Half Light

Jesse Roper (Canada) – album not yet titled.


Playlist for Nov 4th on BluesMusicFan Radio 3-5 pm EDT

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.

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Danny BryantLooking Good
7HorseGoodnight Sweet Dream
Albany DownSouth Of The City
Hurricane HearnYou Didn’t Do Me No Good
Julian SasComing Home
Papa Don McMinnMean and Evil Woman
Miss Quincy & The ShowdownRoadside Recovery
Jessie Lee And The AlchemistsYou Gotta
Peter Garstenauer BandNo Doubt
Paul BlackBad Man
Miss Marcy & Her Texas SugardaddysStand By Your Man
Eliza NealsRather Go To Jail
Nick Earle & The Reckless HeartsKind Hearted Woman
Johnny & Edgar WinterTobacco Road
TasteDevils Woman
Fleetwood MacLike It This Way
Creedence Clearwater RevivalLong as I Can See the Light
Alvin Lee And Co.Running Round
Jimmy D. LaneHear My Train Comin’
Davy KnowlesDevil And The Deep Blue Sea
Danny BryantTill the Bottle Runs Dry
Joe BonamassaThe Heart That Never Waits
The Stone FoxesI Killed Robert Johnson
Jamie Lynn VesselsSon Of A Lie
Sonny LandrethSomebody Gotta Make A Move
Pontus SnibbPark It Like You Stole It

Roadhouse Blues News – New Singles You Need to Hear!

Hope you enjoy the video links to these new single releases by 4 contemporary roadhouse blues artists that I absolutely love!

Tommy CastroSomewhere

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 BonamassaNotches

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!

Teresa James & the Rhythm TrampsTakes One to Know One

Teresa is truly one of the great voices of the contemporary roadhouse blues and has been for a long time. This single is from the new album Rose-Colored Glasses Vol. 1 due out on September 17th.

Colin JamesDown On the Bottom

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 2020 Ben Vee Roadhouse 66 Best Blues Songs of the Year

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

61The Smoke Wagon Blues BandThe Fat ManThe Ballad Of Albert Johnson
62Misty BluesTreat Me Like I WantWeed ‘Em & Reap
63Peter ParcekBeyond Here Lies NothingMississippi Suitcase
64Nora Jean WallaceI’m A Blues WomanBlues Woman
65Lloyd JonesTurn Me LooseTennessee Run
66The Rolling StonesLiving In A Ghost TownLiving In A Ghost Town

The Roadhouse Blues Top 50 & 60 songs

51John Primer and Bob CorritoreKeep A-DrivingThe Gypsy Woman Told Me
52Cary MorinNobody Gotta KnowDockside Saints
53Pinkie RideauBring Me SugarBring Me Sugar
54Dudley TaftThe End Of The BluesCosmic Radio
55Henrik Freischlader BandWhat Have I Done to YouMissing Pieces
56JD3 & The Jondo TrioRocks At The MoonSomething Good
57Shaun MurphyLiving In The Palace Of The KingFlame Still Burns
58The NighthawksChairman Of The BoardTryin’ to Get to You
59Paul Buchanan’s Voodoo PreachersSome Kind Of VoodooTestimony
60New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom RockersNight Time (feat Jimbo Mathis)Volume I
41Mary Jo Curry BandNothin’ Is EasyFront Porch
42Kerry KearneyVoodoo Down the RiverTales From The Psychedelta
43Simon Kinny-LewisBlack Cat MoanAnother Day In San Jose
44The Reverend Shawn Amos & The BrotherhoodCounting Down The DaysBlue Sky
45The Lucky LosersHalf a NothingGodless Land
46Marcus KingThe WellEl Dorado
47Samantha Martin & Delta SugarSacrificeThe Reckless On
48Coco MontoyaTroubleComing In Hot
49Robert CrayAnything You WantThat’s What I Heard
50Dave FieldsForce of WillForce of Will

The Roadhouse Blues Top 40 songs

31Steve Washington (feat  Lucky Peterson)Blues Don’t Cost a ThingJust A Matter of Time
32Tammi Savoy & The Chris Casello ComboAs Long As I’m Movin’That Rock ‘n’ Roll Rhythm!
33Too Slim and the TaildraggersDevil’s HostageThe Remedy
34David Rotundo BandI Must Be CrazySo Much Trouble
35Mick ClarkeAin’t Beggin’ NobodyCrazy with the Blues
36Casey HensleySearching For A ManGood As Gone
37Tas CruSave MeDrive On
38Sass JordanThe KeyRebel Moon Blues
39Mark MayBarbecue And BluesDeep Dark Demon
40Shemekia CopelandWalk Until I RideUncivil War

The Roadhouse Blues Top 30 Songs

21Eric JohansonDown To The BottomBelow Sea Level
22Tinsley EllisEvil Till SunriseIce Cream In Hell
23The Immediate FamilyCruel TwistSlippin’ and Slidin’
24Mike ZitoAfter The StormQuarantine Blues
25Savoy BrownJaguar CarAin’t Done Yet
26Kirsten ThienShoulda BeenTwo Sides
27Larkin PoeEvery Bird That FliesSelf Made Man
28Eric SteckelSince I Been Loving YouGrandview Drive
29Sonny LandrethSomebody Gotta Make A MoveBlacktop Run
30Crystal ShawandaEvil MemoryChurch House Blues

The Roadhouse House Top 20 Songs

11Rae Gordon BandGet Right With The WorldWrong Kind Of Love
12Fantastic NegritoChocolate SamuraiHave You Lost Your Mind Yet?
13Ben LevinMy Back ScratcherCarryout Or Delivery
14Kat RigginsThe StormCry Out
15Albert CummingsRed RoosterBelieve
16The War and TreatyBeautiful (feat. Jason Isbell)Hearts Town
17Anthony GomesUntil The End Of TimeContainment Blues
18Popa ChubbyI’m The Beast From The EastIt’s A Mighty Hard Road
19The Mary Stokes BandComin’ HomeComin’ Home
20Joanne Shaw TaylorHumanReckless Blues

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.

Leslie West ….Dead at 75….One of the Greatest Blues Rockers of all time!

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!!