Roadhouse Bluzin’ Into the Fall

My first Roadhouse Blues Nooner of the fall season is today (Sept 20th) from 12-2 pm EDST. Tune in for songs by Casey James, Kiko Garcia, Sass Jordan, Keb’ Mo’, Cary Morin, the One Dime Band, and many more!

Below is the intended playlist. I hope you enjoy several enough to download them from your favorite music site and support the artists! During this pandemic, many bands and musicians have been particularly hard hit worldwide because there is no place to perform! Every paid download helps!!

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
Savoy BrownHigh RiseShake Down
Moreland & ArbuckleIn The Morning I’ll Be GoneFlood
Andres RootsBrothers GrimRoots Music
Kiko García BandLate NightsMojo Ringer
Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’Shake Me In Your ArmsTajMo
Katie WebsterTwo-Fisted MamaComin’ Home To The Blues
Casey JamesWish Me LuckIf You Don’t Know By Now
Joe Louis Walker, Keb’ Mo’Old Time Used to BeBlues Comin’ On
The Smoke Wagon Blues BandPoor Man BluesThe Ballad Of Albert Johnson
BabaJackComing HomeRunning Man
Beelzebub JonesWorking For The Devil (Feat. Half Deaf Clatch)A Good Day To Be A Bad Guy
Walter TroutMake It RightOrdinary Madness
Warren HaynesFire In The KitchenTales Of Ordinary Madness
Keb’ Mo’Somebody Hurt YouBluesAmericana
Leif De Leeuw BandJamesWhere I’m Heading
Tinsley EllisEvil Till SunriseIce Cream In Hell
Kirk FletcherRather Fight Than SwitchMy Blues Pathway
Downchild Blues BandDon’t Mind Dyin’A Case of the Blues
Darren Matthew FlowersLight It UpBending Not Breaking
Cary MorinCome the RainDockside Saints
Eric ClaptonWillie and the Hand Jive461 Ocean Boulevard (Deluxe Ed)
One Dime BandHoodoo and Holy WaterHoodoo and Holy Water
Paul Buchanan’s Voodoo PreachersWalkin’ BluesTestimony
Casey JamesGirl’s Got SomethingIf You Don’t Know By Now
Savoy BrownJaguar CarAin’t Done Yet
Sass JordanThe KeyRebel Moon Blues

Good Time Roadhouse Blues 3-5pm EST on BMFR for Sept 3rd

Join us as we get ready for the long Labor Weekend in the United States on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com. Tune in from 3 to 5 pm EST today for new tunes by Paul Buchanan’s Voodoo Preachers, CD Woodbury, The Hi-Jivers, and Gregg Martinez and lots more!

Below is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
Omar & The HowlersOmar’s BoogieI’m Gone
New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom RockersLet’s Work Together (feat Jim Dickinson)Volume I
Wynton Marsalis & Eric ClaptonJoliet BoundPlay The Blues – Live From Jazz At Lincoln Center
Grant DermodyReal Time ManMy Dony
Ash Grunwald180Trouble’s Door
Vintage TroubleNancy Lee (live)Limited Edition Bonus Disc
BMFRARTISTID – The Hi-Jivers – You’re Listening to BMFR****
The Hi-JiversKnee High & RisinSingle
Lucinda WilliamsReal Live Bleeding Fingers And Broken Guitar StringsWorld Without Tears
Eric JohansonLove Is  RebellionBelow Sea Level
James House & The Blues CowboysBallad Of The Troubadour KingsJames House & The Blues Cowboys
Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’Don’t Leave Me HereTajMo
Avey Grouws BandLet’s Take It SlowThe Devil May Care
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones feat. Little Charlie BatyFrom the Horses MouthToo Far from the Bar
Joanne BrohWicked CoolLive
Ronnie Earl & the BroadcastersBig Town PlayboyRise Up
BMFRARTISTID – Voodoo Preachers – You’re Listening to BMFR****
Paul Buchanan’s Voodoo PreachersSome Kind Of VoodooTestimony
Frankie MorenoBack to the BoogieBack To the Boogie
The Barrett Anderson BandGood ManHypnobooge
BMFRARTISTID – Gregg Martinez – You’re tuning in to BMFR****
Gregg MartinezThis HouseMacDaddy Mojeaux
Greyhound George BandDown Home GirlElectrified
Don BryantYour Love is to BlameYou Make Me Feel
BMFRARTISTID – CD Woodbury – You’re Listening to BMFR2****
CD WoodburyI Didn’t KnowWorld’s Gone Crazy
Keb’ Mo’Cold OutsideOklahoma
Eric ClaptonFloating BridgeAnother Ticket
Warren Haynes BandMan In MotionLive At The Moody Theater
Jack Mack & The Heart AttackTake Me To The RiverLive From Centennial Park – Atlanta 1996

Good Time Roadhouse Blues for June 25th on BMFR

Hope all is still well with you and yours! Tune in today from 3-5 pm ET on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com for the Ben Vee Good Time Roadhouse blues featuring tunes by Keb’ Mo’, Jonny Lang, Carolyn Wonderland, Jan James, Larkin Poe, and many more.

Below is the intended playlist which I publish in the hopes that you will download a tune or two and support the contemporary blues!!

ARTISTTITLE
Sonny LandrethBeyond Borders
Larkin PoeBack Down South
Too Slim and the TaildraggersSnake Eyes
North Mississippi AllstarsBoogie
Bnois KingDiamond Eyes
Jan JamesBelieve In Me
DionMy Baby Loves To Boogie (Feat. John Hammond)
The NighthawksChairman Of The Board
Jeff FettermanLiving With The Blues
Carolyn WonderlandCome Together
Jonny LangBump In The Road
Keb MoThe Itch
Fantastic NegritoHow Long
Earl St. ClairSober
Don BryantYour Love is Too Late
Dojo CutsHere We Are
Ana PopovicLast Thing I Do
Lenny PaulI Do The Job
Kyle YardleyCountry Girl (Alternate Version)
Joshua BattenSilver Dollars
Jose RamirezHere I Come
Jim RuffingLet Me Tell You
Taj MahalDon’t Leave Me Here
Linsey AlexanderGoin’ Out Walkin’
Damon FowlerBlues Guitar Man
Paul ReddickHooks in the Water

May 21st Good Time Roadhouse Blues on BMFR

I have new songs by Lucinda Williams, Jeff Fetterman, Tony Holiday, Eliza Neals, Victor Wainwright, and many more Good Time Roadhouse blues tunes today, May 21st, at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 3 to 5 pm ET. Grab yer favorite beverage and call/message a friend and ask them to share the social distancing blues with ya!!

Below is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Dr. JohnHoney Dripper
Jeff FettermanGoin’ Down To Nashville
Geoff AchisonI Wish You Were Mine
Trevor B. Power BandI Wrote It Down
Three’s Company BluesUncover Me
Eliza Neals/Joe Louis WalkerThe Devil Don’t Love You
Lucinda WilliamsWhen The Way Gets Dark
Mike ZitoI Wouldn’t Treat a Dog (The Way You Treat Me)
Chuck BerryHouse Of Blue Lights
John Lee HookerI Need Some Money
Keb’ Mo’I Remember You
Cash Box KingsHot Biscuit Baby
Wayne Nicholson & John CampbelljohnStanding At The Crossroads
Be Sharp BandPut ‘Em Down
Terry HanckI Still Get Excited
Victor Wainwright & The TrainRecovery
Jersey Swamp CatsI Get Evil
Tony HolidayPaying Rent
The Mighty Mojo ProphetsPawnshop Bound
Jack PearsonI Feel All Right
Eric LindellI Got A Girl
Sam JohnstonTraveler
Meena Cryle & The Chris Fillmore BandTi-Na-Nee-Na-Nu (Live)
Brandon SantiniThis Time Another Year
Crankshaft and The Gear GrindersTrail of Tears
Lucinda WilliamsYou Can’t Rule Me

Good Time Roadhouse Blues on BMFR (Thursday May 7th)

Have some great tunes lined up for you for today’s Good Time Roadhouse blues show on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com. Will be playing a beautiful duet by Gregg Allman and Mindi Abair that they recorded in 2014 as well as songs by Danielle Nicole, The Nighthawks, Rynhrd Boegel, Jim Allchin with Keb’ Mo’, Pinkie Rideau, and many more. Grab your favorite beverage and/or smoke and join us at from 3 to 5 pm EST.

Below is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Robert Hill BandSlide On Rye
The NighthawksDon’t Worry Baby
Mike FarrisAre You Lonely For Me Baby?
Mindi AbairJust Say When (ft Gregg Allman)
IAN SIEGALHard-pressed
GA-20The Whale Has Swallowed Me (Live)
Joe BonamassaWoke Up Dreaming (Live)
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double TroubleAin’t Gone N’ Give up on Love
Malford Milligan & The Southern AcesI Won’t Surrender
Katie KadanFire in Me
Be Sharp BandPut ‘Em Down
Pinkie RideauIf The Shoe Fits
Ryan Foret And Foret TraditionThat’s How Strong My Love Is
Harper and Midwest KindHeavy Horses
MaliaFreedom At Last
Jim Allchin feat. Keb’ Mo’Healing Ground (feat. Keb’ Mo’)
John Primer and Bob CorritoreKeep A-Driving
JD SimoMind Trouble
Rynhrd Boegl GroupAlltime Blues
Three’s Company BluesNobody But You
King Solomon HicksHeaded Back To Memphis
Reverend FreakchildHippie Bluesman Blues
Ivan WildboyI Need Your Lovin’
Ben PooleI Think I Love You Too Much (Live)
Danielle Nicole feat. Kelly FinniganSomeday You Might Change Your Mind
Jon Spear BandDevil’s Highway
Johnny A.I Had To Laugh

Good Time Roadhouse Blues w/Ben Vee 3-5 pm EST on BMFR

It’s a sunny day with a bit of a breeze….perfect time for some Good Time Roadhouse Blues. Join us for alot of upbeat contemporary blues tunes on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 3-5 pm EST today, April 16th. Got tunes by Keb’ Mo’, Terry Hanck, Ash Grunwald, the Teskey Brothers, The Derek Trucks Band, and many more!

Below is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Mindi AbairAmazing Game
Rae Gordon BandGet Right With The World
Erin + The Backwoods Blues ProjectShotgun And Radio
The Teskey BrothersSo Caught Up
Brandon SantiniDrive You Off My Mind
Mojo MonkeysBodacious
Keb’ Mo’Cold Outside
Terry HanckHowlin’ For My Darlin’
Bill Johnson BandNine Dollar Bill
John Pagano BandMisbehavin
Jack Mack & The Heart AttackGood Man Gone
Giles RobsonDon’t Give Up On The Blues
J.B. Hutto & The New HawksEighteen Year Old Girl
Jontavious WillisLow Down Ways
Joe BonamassaPack It Up
Ash GrunwaldAin’t My Problem (feat. The Teskey Brothers)
The Allman Betts BandShinin’
The Derek Trucks BandGood Morning Little Schoolgirl
Jeff MichaelsGuitar Sittin’ Right by Me
The Allman Brothers BandGood Clean Fun
Chris O’LearySecond Time Around
Zack Walther BandI’m Going Out of Your Mind
Ghost Town Blues BandShine
Ana PopovicLove Me Again
PedroLast Time
Doug MacLeodGoin’ Down to the Roadhouse

BMFR Roadhouse Blues Nooner for Tuesday, April 7th from 12-2 pm EST

Well the sun is out and the days are gettin’ warmer! Hope you and yours are stayin’ safe during these strange times! Grab your favorite beverage and join us for a mix of new contemporary roadhouse blues and blues rock in equal measures from 12-2 pm EST today on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com.

Got tunes by Malia, Zack Walther, Katie Kadan, King Solomon HIcks, Eric Gales, Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa, Walter Trout, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and many more!

The intended playlist is below:

ARTISTTITLE
King Solomon HicksRiverside Drive
Vince Salerno and Gerald McClendonCome On
Zack Walther BandHold On, I’m Coming
Omar Kent Dykes & Jimmie VaughanBig Boss Man
Kenny Wayne Shepherd(Let Me Up) I’ve Had Enough
Beth Hart & Joe BonamassaCan’t Let You Go
Keb’ Mo’Put A Woman In Charge (Feat. Rosanne Cash)
The Proven OnesWhom My Soul Loves (Feat. Ruthie Foster)
Mavis StaplesStep Into The Light
Z.Z. HillYou’re Ruining My Bad Reputation
Sugaray RayfordDark Night of the Soul
Big Daddy WilsonDeep In My Soul
Zac HarmonHoney Pleez
MaliaLord, I Feel So Bad
Katie KadanDon’t Lie to Me
King Solomon HicksIt’s Alright
Eric GalesFreedom From My Demons
The Rex Granite BandApple Tree
The Russell Barber BandMother In-Law Blues
Tino Gonzales & Los Reyes Del KOWe Gonna Paint The Town Red
[Lowbudget] Blues BandEverybody Wants To Go To Heaven
The Reverend Shawn Amos & The BrotherhoodThe Job Is Never Done
Wide Mouth MasonStay for a Couple More
Harper and Midwest KindWelcome Home
Wes Lee & Th’ Possum Foot MojoCrown Of Fire
Mike ZitoDark Raven
Walter TroutSadie

Best of the Blues 2019 – The Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues 66

The year 2019 was a banner year for the roadhouse blues across the world. From Australia to Copenhagen and along all points in between, both debut artists and well established performers released a stunning number of new recordings. Every month my in box and my mail box were full of some fabulous blues recordings which makes picking the Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues 66 this year much more daunting.

This year’s list includes classic blues, roots oriented blues, R&B, soul, contemporary blues and blues rock artists with songs that span the genre from “almost the blues” tunes to the stellar classic blues sound of Mary Lane. Given that many of us have some extra time on our hands due to the ongoing global pandemic, I hope you enjoy downloading and listening to every one of these songs.

The position of the songs on the list is of little consequence…you might list them in a different order and get no argument from me.  Whether it is song #23 by Samantha Fish or number 66 by the Coyote Kings, all of these tunes made my playlists for my roadhouse blues shows at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com, got mentioned on my Ben Vee Facebook page or Twitter account, and/or got written about on this website at http://www.benveeblues.com during 2019. All 66 are representative of the energy and vitality that permeates the modern contemporary blues….by and large they are upbeat…sometimes loud…and truly international.

The Top Ten (in no particular order other than #1)

#1 Mary Lane – Blues Give Me a Feeling (2019 Travelin’ Woman)

Mary Lane, from Chicago, recorded the Roadhouse Blues 66 number one tune of 2019 at the age of 83!! How cool is that! She is one of the last living legendary singers of the blues to have been part of the great migration from the American Deep South to Chicago in the 1940’s. Just a fabulous tune!

Big Daddy Wilson – Crazy World (2019 Deep In My Soul)

An expat from the United States who has lived in Germany for years, Big Daddy aces an sumptuous slow soul ballad.

Altered Five Blues Band – Mischief Man (2019 Ten Thousand Watts)

Led by the deep blues voice of Jeff Taylor, this group out of Wisconsin once again makes one of my top performer annual blues lists.

Keb’ Mo’ – Cold Outside (2019 Oklahoma)

I played this song over and over when it came out on the album this past summer. You can nevah get enough of Keb’ Mo’!

Christone Kingfish Ingram – Fresh Out (2019 Kingfish)

A 20 year old with a debut album that features a cut with Buddy Guy as well as another with Keb’ Mo’. Life is good for this very talented young man.

Jontavious Willis – Low Down Ways (2019 Spectacular Class)

Another young blues artist that attracted the attention of Taj Mahal as well as Keb’ Mo’, Jontavious has stardom written all over him. It will be interesting to see how he evolves as a blues artist as the years roll by.

Tiffany Pollack & Eric Johanson – Blues In My Blood (2019 Blues In My Blood)

This blues duo hails from my hometown of New Orleans. Tiffany has a haunting voice that is framed by a strong beat and memorable guitar licks by Eric on this song.

Beth Hart – Bad Woman Blues (2019 War In My Mind)

Beth just has a great time with this tune and shows off the chops that have made her a fan favorite amongst blues rockers.

Brandon Santini – Drive You Off My Mind (2019 The Longshot)

This long time resident of Memphis had a great year in 2019. He was my 2019 Roadhouse Bluesman of the Year for both this album and one he did with Tennessee Redemption. A great voice and world class harmonica player; what’s not to like!

Allman Betts Band – Shinin’ (2019 Down to the River)

The sons of the Allman Brothers pick up where their dads left off! Not much else to be said but get yer tickets when they get close by!!


As you look through the rest of the list and hopefully listen to many, if not all, of the tunes, I hope you get an appreciation for what I term as the roadhouse blues. From its roots in the deep American south, the blues has grown and expanded to become a worldwide phenomenon. (And if someone you know states “the blues is dead” just show them this list and ask them how so?!) I am proud to be one of the DJs and influencers helping get the word out about just how great this music is!!!


ArtistSong TitleAlbum
1Mary LaneBlues Give Me A FeelingTravelin’ Woman
2Big Daddy WilsonCrazy WorldDeep In My Soul
3Altered Five Blues BandMischief ManTen Thousand Watts
4Keb’ Mo’Cold OutsideOklahoma
5Christone “Kingfish” IngramFresh Out (ft Buddy Guy)Kingfish
6Jontavious WillisLow Down WaysSpectacular Class
7Tiffany Pollack & Eric JohansonBlues In My BloodBlues In My Blood
8Beth Hart Bad Woman BluesWar in my Mind
9Brandon SantiniDrive You Off My MindThe Longshot
10The Allman Betts BandShinin’Down to the River
11Amnesia Blues BandFast Johnny CoolHailstorm
12HeavyDrunkIf I Love You Hard EnoughHolywater
13Mindi Abair and the BoneshakersWho’s Gonna Save My SoulNo Good Deed
14Walter TroutMe My Guitar and the BluesSurvivor Blues
15Coco MontoyaLights On But Nobody’s HomeComing In Hot
16Ghost Town Blues BandShineShine
17Chris O’Leary7 Minutes7 Minutes
18Tedeschi Trucks BandThey Don’t ShineSigns
19Van MorrisonThree Chords and the TruthThree Chords and the Truth
20Terry HanckHowlin’ For My Darlin’I Still Get Excited
21Kenny Wayne ShepherdWoman Like YouThe Traveler
22Zack Walther BandBad GirlThe Westerner
23Samantha FishDirtyKill or Be Kind
24Giles RobsonDon’t Give Up on the BluesDon’t Give Up on the Blues
25Lucky PetersonPack It Up50: Just Warming Up!
26Heather NewmanI’m Coming For YouRise from the Flames
27Left Lane CruiserSmooth CommanderShake and Bake
28Delbert McClintonA Fool Like MeTall, Dark, and Handsome
29Miss Bix and the Blues FixFollow Me DownWe Don’t Own the Blues
30Ash GrunwaldAin’t My Problem (ft The Teskey Brothers)Mojo
31The Texas HornsI’m Doin’ Alright (ft. Carolyn Wonderland)Get Here Quick
32The Mike Duke ProjectI’m Not Sad Tonight….Took a Whlle
33Ronnie Earl & the BroadcastersBaby How LongBeyond the Blue Door
34Travelin’ Blue KingsNinety MinutesWired Up
35Al BasileSo Called Story TellerB’s Hothouse
36Ida Bang & the Blue TearsShelter MeGood to Me
37Arsen ShomakhovWomen and WhiskeyRainy City Blues
38Elles BaileyHelp SomebodyRoad I Call Home
39The Teskey BrothersSo Caught UpRun Home Slow
40Kerry Pastine and the Crime SceneDown DownCity of Love
41Tad RobinsonReal StreetReal Street
42Sugaray RayfordThe RevelatorSomebody Save Me
43Southern AvenueWhiskey LoveKeep On
44Honey HoundsShine OnThe Flame
45Zac HarmonGypsy RoadMississippi BarBQ
46Annika ChambersI Feel the Same (ft Paul DesLauriers)Kiss My Sass
47Tennessee RedemptionBack To TennesseeTennessee Redemption
48Ivy FordStart a FightHarvesting  My Roots
49Wentus Blues Band w/ Duke Robillard 2:19Too Much Mustard
50Rockin’ Johnny & QuiQue GomezEverybody Loves My BabyDos Hombres Wanted
51Albert CastigliaHeavyMasterpiece
52Seth RosenbloomBroke And LonelyKeep On Turning
53Arlen RothI Can Fix It (ft Jack Pearson)Tele Masters
54Eliza NealsPawn Shop Blues (Roadhouse)Sweet Or Mean
55The Kokomo KingsHeatwaveFighting Fire with Gasoline
56Robin TrowerComing Closer to the DayComing Closer to the Day
57Blue Moon MarqueeAs I Lay DyingBare Knuckes & Brawn
58Peter WardTrain to Key BiscayneTrain to Key Biscayne
59Duke RobillardDon’t Bother Trying To Steal Her LoveEar Worms
60Harpdog BrownThinkin’ and Drinkin’For Love & Money
61Brother YusefI’m a BluesmanJook Joint Jam
62Manx Mariner ManlineRattlesnakeHell Bound for Heaven
63Josh NewcomGirl Got the MojoThe Blues Gonna Getcha
64Savoy BrownConjure RhythmCity Night
65Big Wolf BandBe FreeBe Free
66Coyote KingsDrive MeRocket

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.

Best of the Blues 2019 – Five Best Roadhouse Blues Debut Albums of the Year

During the course of 2019, I was thrilled at the number of new artists that released debut albums. It bodes well for the future of the roadhouse blues in the next decade. My selections for the five best debut roadhouse blues artists of 2019 are (in alphabetical order) Christone “Kingfinsh” Ingram, Tennessee Redemption, The Allman Betts Band, The Weary Times, and Tiffany Pollack & Eric Johanson.

Christone “Kingfish” IngramKingfish ( 2019 Alligator Records)

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram hails from the heart of the delta blues in Clarkesdale Mississippi. This rising blues prodigy is only twenty and has already captured the attention of blues lovers with the release of his debut album KINGFISH. Released on the prestigious blues label, Alligator Records, the album shot to the top of the blues charts this past May and has garnered him attention around the blues world.

He started out playing and singing gospel in church and by the time he was fifteen performed at the White House for Michelle Obama as part the Clarksdale Delta Museum Band. In 2017, he was a guest artist on Eric Gales’ Middle of the Road album. Eventually he caught the attention of the living blues legend Buddy Guy, blues maestro Keb’ Mo’, and Grammy award winning artist and producer Tom Hambridge. With the touch of a master, Tom brings out the best in Christone on the debut album.

KINGFISH is a traditional blues album chocked full of great tunes. Fresh Out features the mastery of Buddy Guy, Hard Times is some fine delta acoustic blues, and Listen is a great duet with Keb’ Mo’. Few debut albums feature such a strong cast of world class supporting artists. It is a tribute to Christone’s talent and a beacon pointing to a very bright future.

Tennessee RedemptionTennessee Redemption (2019 Endless Blues Records)

Brandon Santini, my 2019 Roadhouse Bluesman of the Year, received the award in part for the release of this self titled album TENNESSEE REDEMPTION. After years of honing their craft on Beale Street in Memphis (sometimes together sometimes apart), Brandon (lead vocals, harmonica) teamed with long time friend Jeff Jensen (lead vocals, guitar) and incorporated Timo Arthur (guitar, bass), Bill Ruffino (bass, vocals), and David Green (drums, vocals) to form this solid and tight band.

The album includes eight original songs plus a cover of the Tom Waits tune, Come On Up to the House and a great rendition of Little Walter’s Watch Yourself. Back To Tennessee is a fabulous jam tune steeped in the southern sound that emanated out of Macon Georgia back in the 1970’s and features some great guitar playing by Jeff and Timo. Glad To Be recounts Brandon and Jeff’s time playing on Beale Street and collecting dreams that have been realized with release of this recording. Given my love for the beaches, people, food, and tequila found in the small towns of our southern neighbor, it should be no surprise that I also enjoyed I’m Going To Mexico. See About Me, Souls In the Water, and the funky We Got A Thing Going On are also highly recommended.

Tennessee Redemption is an ideal example of the roadhouse blues with its roots in the blues but also reflecting the influences of gospel, southern rock, classic R&B, and soul. I look forward to seeing how they develop and mature their sound as the years go by.

The Allman Betts Band – Down to the River (2019 BMG Rights Management LLC)

Few groups in recent years have debuted an album to such popular and critical acclaim as THE ALLMAN BETTS BAND. The core of the band is three sons of the Allman Brothers Band (ABB): Devon Allman, Duane Betts, and Barry Oakley Jr.. Additionally Johnny Stachela provides some stellar slide guitar playing along with one of my favorite Hammond B3 organ players, John Ginty. The band also features percussionist R. Scott Bryan and drummer John Lum. And as if that wasn’t enough, former ABB keyboard player Chuck Leavall (currently with The Rolling Stones) and the Hammond B3 player for the Greg Allman Band, Peter Levin, make guest appearances on the recording.

Down to the River was recorded at the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama and features nine songs. My favorite on the album is a tune steeped in the legacy of ABB, Shinin’. All Night is a great showcase for Devon’s vocal talent and Melodies Are Memories is reminiscent of The Band and the Grateful Dead at their best and features Duane on vocals. Long Gone is a terrific ballad and the title cut, Down To The River, is some sweet easy classic R&B. Autumn Breeze is a song I can’t wait to see them jam to in concert. And Good Ol’ Days is a beautiful reminder that we need to embrace and live the “good ol’ days” now.

Since the album was released last summer, the Allman Betts Band has been on an ambitious tour of the United States and Europe. It is my understanding that the crowds have been huge and the audience response phenomenal. They are definitely on my bucket list of groups to see in 2020.

The Weary Times – The Weary Times (2019 Way Down Records)

THE WEARY TIMES, a band out of Boise Idaho, first caught my ear this past summer with Why Are You So Lonely. It’s a sad song that captures the feel of early sixties doo wap enhanced by the gravely voice of Ryan Curtis and the sparse and delightful guitar playing of Mike Simon. The tune, Piece of Mind, also grabbed me with the keyboard playing of Mike Swain and is a throwback to the very best that Eric Burdon & the Animals kicked out back in the day. Nick Archibald on bass and Ben Wieland on drums complete this creative quintet of musicians that proudly claim the blues and early rock’n’roll as the basis for their sound.

Nostalgic blues rock is the best way that I can describe The Weary Times debut album overall. Mixing in reverb and fuzz to give several songs an energetic garage band feel just adds icing to the cake. Ain’t Done Drinking and Anymore rock the blues, Best For You is another Eric Burdon & the Animals style tune, I Don’t Know Why and Hard Times are great sixties psychedelia, and Give And Take is a slow insightful song about aging after a hard lived youth.

I listened to literally hundreds of new albums during 2019 and very few were as unique and imaginative as an overall recording as this one. They have captured the essence of the early and mid 1960’s music sound (which was always based on the blues) and reintroduced it, after a fifty year lapse, with contemporary themes. It is music nostalgia for modern times.

After playing small clubs and venues across the Pacific Northwest the past couple of years, the Weary Times have earned the opportunity with this debut recording to expand their fan base and turn the rest of the roadhouse blues world on to their music. I just hope they are ready for the wild ride!!

Tiffany Pollack & Eric Johanson – Blues In My Blood (2019 NOLA Blue Records)

The best debut album by a duet couple since Joe Bonamassa and Beth Hart back in 2011, Blues In My Blood is a solid recording by New Orleans based Tiffany Pollack and Eric Johanson. Tiffany comes to the blues from her roots in jazz music and Eric is an up and coming bluesman who has caught the attention of non other than Tab Benoit!

They combined their writing talents to pen seven of the 11 songs on the recording. My absolute favorite is the title cut, Blues in My Blood. It starts with a gospel inspired delta feel and then builds in intensity with some great guitar work by Eric and a powerful vocal delivery by Tiffany. Another favorite is Diamonds on the Crown with great harmonies and thoughtful social commentary. Eric has a voice similar to another great blues man from Louisiana, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and his guitar style is stellar on the song. Tiffany takes on the Nina Simone classic Do I Move You? and aces it with a sultry jazzy performance. Eric takes the vocal lead on Get Lost With Me, a blues ballad, and again wowed me with his guitar.

I also enjoyed the roots blues tune Memories to Forget as well as a knockout performance by Tiffany of the Joni Mitchell song, River, which I consider a great Christmas time tune. I played it several times during my DJ sets this past season and the response was tremendous!

Musicians that contributed their talents to the recording include Brentt Arcement (drums), Phil Wang (bass), John Gros (keyboards), producer Jack Miele (bass, bass guitar, and percussions), Sean Carey (backing vocals) and a guest appearance by the great Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone as well as the 504 Horns.

My only disappointment is that I have seen no evidence since the release of the album last spring that they have toured to support the recording. Both have returned to their solo careers. Tiffany & Co are playing jazz venues in New Orleans and Eric is touring with Tab Benoit who produced his 2017 highly acclaimed album, Burn It Down. I hear that Tab is playing drums for Eric during his part of the show; I’d pay to see that!!

My hope is that, as Joe and Beth have done, they will get back together from time to time and lay down some more tracks…..they both have blues in their blood!


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.

The Thursday Dec 19th Roadhouse Blues on BMFR

Tune in for new tunes from CW Ayon, Sean Poluk, Janiva Magness and a bunch of other contemporary blues artists of 2019 on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com at 3 pm EST! Hope you have time to grab your favorite beverage and kick back and enjoy the music!

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Widow BluePow Wow Blues
Hakon HoyeOne Floor Down
Lucky PetersonPack It Up
Mindi Abair & The BoneshakersGood Day For The Blues
Honey HoundsShine On
Dynamite Blues BandMessed It Up
CW AyonI Need You Now
Janiva MagnessSomeday Never Comes
Tedeschi Trucks BandThey Don’t Shine
Ray Wylie HubbardJessie Mae
Jessie Mae HemphillDC 9
Joe KopickiLet’s Boogie
Jack BroadbentThe Other Side
The Allman Betts BandShinin’
Brandon SantiniGoing Home
Heather NewmanHigh Mountain Blues
Keb’ Mo’Put A Woman In Charge (Feat. Rosanne Cash)
The Nick Moss Band with Michael LedbetterHard Luck Woman
Martin HarleyHotel Lonely
Sean PolukEverybody Lies
Rev Neil DownWithout You I Can’t Ride
Left Lane CruiserSmooth Commander
HeavyDrunkMemphis
Dawn Tyler WatsonThe River
Matchedash ParishAfraid
Dom MartinThe Rain Came
Shaun MurphySame Old You
Demian BandWaiting