First Tuesday 12 NOON EST set on Bluemusicfan Radio – Feb 5 2019

NOON EST set today!  Join me at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com! Got some “southern boy blues club” tunes…hope you enjoy!  Below is the intended playlist.

ARTIST TITLE
Johnny & The Headhunters Ace Of Spades
Casey James Fight You For The Blues
Tommy Castro You Only Go Around Once
Mike Zito Mississippi Nights
Jeff Strahan Good Outweighs Bad
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble Wall of Denial
Boz Scaggs Little Miss Night And Day
Omar & the Howlers Dimestore Hoo Doo
Carolyn Wonderland Judgment Day Blues
Billy F Gibbons My Baby She Rocks
ZZ Top Sheik (Remastered Version)
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Nothing But The Night
Jamie Lynn Vessels Gypsy Blues
Tab Benoit Whiskey Store
Lance Lopez Every Time I Turn Around
Tom Hambridge This End of the Road (ft Sonny Landreth)
Foghat Honey Do List
Devon Allman Can’t Lose ‘Em All
Gregg Allman I Can’t Be Satisfied (Live)
Lynyrd Skynyrd Ain’t No Good Life
The Allman Brothers Band Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More
Royal Southern Brotherhood Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire
Johnny Winter Mojo Boogie
Alvin Lee I Hear You Knockin’
Joe Bonamassa King Bee Shakedown
The Nighthawks Night Work
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I’m BACK and live on www.bluesmusicfan.com at 3 pm EST today Jan 31 2019!

Here’s my playlist for today’s set at 3 pm EST on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com!  Hope you get a chance to tune in and listen!

And thanks for all the well wishes as I recover from a heart attack on Jan 2nd….ugh. I am doin’ bettah and bettah!

ARTIST TITLE
Widow Blue Pow Wow Blues
Karen Lawrence and Blue By Nature I’ll Get Along Alright
Walter Trout Out Of Bad Luck
Seth Rosenbloom Come Back Around
Dr. Helander & Third Ward Woman’s Trust
Dany Franchi Run Around
Rich Hope Runnin’ Shoes
Dennis Johnson Timbale
Niecie Waiting For The Shoe To Drop
Too Slim And The Taildraggers Broad Mindeo
Jamie Lynn Vessels Don’t Look Back
Kat Danser Train I Ride
Joe Bonamassa Love Is A Gamble
Sonny Landreth Blues Attack
Dana Fuchs Ready To Rise
Ray Bonneville South Of The Blues
John Hiatt All The Way To The River
Buddy Guy End Of The Line
Mike Zito I Wouldn’t Treat A Dog (The Way You Treat Me)
Boz Scaggs Those Lies
Markey Blue Ric Latina Project Raised In Muddy Water
Tom Hambridge What You Leave Behind
Colin James Ooh Baby Hold Me
The Nick Moss Band Crazy Mixed Up Baby
Damon Fowler Ain’t Gonna Rock with You No More
Teresa James and The Rhythm Tramps Ground Zero

Best of the Blues 2018 – Ben Vee’s Roadhouse 66 Song List

Similar to the old Route 66 that wound from the heart of the United States in Chicago to the west coast and captured some of the best of what America has to offer, the Ben Vee Roadhouse 66 song list meanders world wide from Africa to Europe to North and South America.. on then to Australia and up to Asia capturing the best blues songs of 2018. The roadhouse blues is situated at the crossroads of the blues and rock genres so there are plenty of upbeat tunes and a number of belly grinders on the list. The selection includes 15 female singers..a dozen blues rockers…several roots blues tunes and numbers of hot contemporary blues recordings…I hope you download and enjoy listening to all the songs!!

As a DJ, in 2018 I played over 200 sets and 500 hours of blues music or roughly 6,000 songs for listening audiences. On my 24 hour Roadhouse blues stream, I streamed thousands more. Picking the best 66 from my broadcasts was both a labor of love and a huge challenge.  The position of the songs on the list is of little consequence…you might list them in a different order or include ones that I didn’t.  The important thing is that these 66 tunes are a “top shelf” sampling of a vibrant and growing contemporary blues market. Don’t let ANYONE tell you that the blues are dead or dying!!  I encourage you to turn your friends on to songs on the list and help spread the news that, as Buddy Guy said on his latest album, the blues is alive and well!!

1 Joe Bonamassa King Bee Shakedown
2 Anthony Gomes Whiskey Made Me Do It
3 Lance Lopez Blue Moon Rising
4 Larkin Poe Bleach Blonde Bottle Blues
5 Billy F. Gibbons Hollywood 151
6 Danielle Nicole Save Me ft. Kenny Wayne Shepherd
7 Boz Scaggs Little Miss Night And Day
8 Buddy Guy Cognac (feat. Jeff Beck & Keith Richards)
9 Shemekia Copeland Ain’t Got Time For Hate
10 Widow Blue Who’s Gonna Take Care of Lucille?
11 Bettye LaVette Things Have Changed
12 Mike Zito Mississippi Nights
13 Layla Zoe Are You Still Alive Inside
14 Ray Bonneville South of the Blues
15 Markey Blue Ric Latina Project Raised in Muddy Water
16 Colin James I Will Remain
17 Jim Allchin Voodoo Doll
18 Tinsley Ellis Nothing But Fine
19 Sean Chambers All Night Long
20 Ryan McGarvey Ain’t Enough Whiskey
21 The Nick Moss Band The High Cost of Low Living
22 Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps The Day The Blues Came To Call
23 Delta Moon Skinny Woman
24 Chris Smither Maybelline
25 Janiva Magness Down Below
26 Curtis Salgado/Alan Hager You Got to Move
27 Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats Coolin’ Out
28 The Record Company Roll Bones
29 Travis Bowlin Vicksburg Blues
30 Damon Fowler Ain’t Gonna Rock With You No More
31 Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa Give It Everything You Got
32 Dana Fuchs Ready To Rise
33 Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite The Bottle Wins Again
34 Sue Foley The Lucky Ones (ft Jimmie Vaughan)
35 Anthony Geraci Why Did You Have to Go
36 Joe Goldmark Beautician Blues
37 Mud Morganfield Oh Yeah
38 The Lucky Losers The River
39 Fiona Boyes Ember
40 Johnny & The Headhunters Watch And Chain (Hey Gyp)
41 Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones Mama Said
42 The Reverend Shawn Amos Moved
43 Dry Johnson Drunk Girl With a Tamborine (feat Snit)
44 Tom Hambridge The End of the Road (ft Sonny Landreth)
45 Anthony Gomes Take Me Back Home
46 Ally Venable Backwater Blues
47 Kat Danser Hol’ Up Baby
48 Dan Patlansky Judge A Man
49 Marcia Ball Take a Little Louisiana
50 Sari Schorr Thank You
51 Too Slim And the Taildraggers Trouble
52 Jamie Lynn Vessels Done Me Wrong
53 Lindsay Beaver Dangerous
54 Steve Krase Dirty Dirty
55 Black River Delta Keeps Me Bleeding
56 The Marcus King Band Side Door
57 Kris Barras Band Wrong Place, Wrong Time
58 Dany Franchi Wanna Know
59 Niecie Thank God for Fools
60 Eric Steckel We’re Still Friends
61 Luke Winslow King Chicken Dinner
62 John Akapo Maui Blues
63 Kat Riggins A Girl in the Boys’ Club
64 The Bob Lanza Blues Band Hey Baby
65 Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne That Raggedy Shack
66 Elvin Bishop That’s the Way Willy Likes It

Ben Vee’s Roadhouse Blues Playlist for Dec 6, 2018

Join me at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 3-5 pm EST!  Hope you enjoy the contemporary roadhouse blues tunes!

 

ARTIST TITLE
Widow Blue Pow Wow Blues
Johnny And The Jailbirds Roll On (Clickety Clack)
Mike Zito Mississippi Nights
Buddy Guy Guilty As Charged
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers Blues All Around Me
Widow Blue That’s What I’m Talkin’ About
Dana Fuchs Same Sunlight
Deb Rhymer Cry For Me
Popa Chubby Long Way Home
Delta Moon Christmas Time In New Orleans
Colin James Dig Myself a Hole
Katie Knipp I Will Stick Around
Jim Allchin Give It Up
Niecie Thank God For Fools
Boz Scaggs Those Lies
Beki Brindle Band What Kind Of Man Is This
Sean Chambers All Night Long
Anthony Gomes Blues In The First Degree
Joe Bonamassa Love Is A Gamble
Beth Hart Picture In A Frame
Danielle Nicole I’m Going Home
The Allman Brothers Band Trouble No More
Too Slim and the Taildraggers Trouble
Peter Parcek Ashes To Ashes
Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado Holler n Moan
Eliza Neals Another Lifetime

Ben’s Playlist for Thursday, Oct 25, 2018 on BluesMusicFan Radio

Here’s the intended playlist for today’s show from 3-5 pm EST. Hope you have time to tune in from your computer, tablet, or phone on BluesMusicFan Radio .  Doin’  all I can to bring YOU the best of the contemporary roadhouse blues each and every week!

ARTIST TITLE
Lurupean Dub Stars The Blues Ain’t Never Gonna Die
Delta Moon Nobody’s Fault But Mine
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers Feat. Mike Zito Rock Bottom
Mike Zito I Wouldn’t Treat A Dog (The Way You Treat Me)
Sue Foley Fool’s Gold (feat. Billy F Gibbons)
Beth Hart Drive
Trigger Hippy Rise Up Singing
JJ Grey & Mofro Georgia Warhorse
Fiona Boyes What You Put on Me
Lance Lopez Never Came Easy To Me
Travis Bowlin Vicksburg Blues
Boz Scaggs Down In Virginia
John Fogerty Blueboy
Jim Allchin Two Bad Dreams (ft Bobby Rush)
Reloaded Squeeze My Jeeves
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band Poor Until Payday
Sean Chambers Black Eyed Susie
Dry Johnson Long Live Them Blues (Feat. Trudy Lynn & Steve Krase)
Jeff Strahan Hard Headed Woman
Joe Bonamassa Love Is A Gamble
Jim Allchin Enough Is Enough (ft Mike Zito)
Lindsay Beaver Dangerous
Billy F Gibbons Standing Around Crying
Eugene Hideaway Bridges I Can’t Stop Loving You Baby
Kirk Fletcher Two Steps Forward
Gov’t Mule Mule

Ben’s Best – 2016 Rockin’ Blues Bundle (Part Two)

As I stated in part one of this blog, there were some great tunes and albums released in 2016 by both established stars of the rockin’ blues genre and some exciting new artists. The artists noted are in no particular order….I encourage you to buy their music to help the blues to continue to thrive!

 

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Melissa Etheridge – Memphis Rock & Soul

This is a GREAT album by one of the world’s best music artists.  Her voice and soul/rhythm & blues music were meant for each other.  She can rock it…she can funk it…she sings with soul…every cut on this album is a jewel! I particularly loved her covers of Rock Me Baby and Born Under a Bad Sign that feature John Mayer on guitar!  Kudos to Stax Records for releasing this masterpiece!!

 

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Colin James – Blue Highways

A Canadian national treasure, Colin’s latest album just reinforces his status as one of the best artists of the rockin’ blues. I loved the cuts HooDoo Man Blues, Going Down, and Gypsy Woman.  He is on my bucket list to see and interview!!

 

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Layla Zoe – Breaking Free

She’s a sultry rocker with a blues soul and a voice that brings the inevitable comparisons to Janis Joplin.  Another Canadian to make my 2016 Rockin’ Blues Bundle, I can’t wait for the chance to see her belt out her tunes. I loved the title cut, which is a rockin’ blues anthem to a woman taking charge of her life, as well as Work Horse and Wild One (a very adult tune..grins).

 

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Sonny Landreth – Bound by the Blues

An artist from my birthplace in Lafayette, Louisiana, Sonny Landreth is one of the best slide guitarists on the planet according to Eric Clapton!  Though this album was released in 2015, it has so many great tunes on it that it continued to top the charts throughout 2016. Featuring a distinctive vocal style and tone on guitar, Sonny cranks out great covers of Walkin’ Blues, Dust My Broom, and Key to the Highway as well as the autobiographical original The High Side and the title cut.  Another selection for this list where you should enjoy all the tunes on the album.

monkeyjunkMonkeyjunk – Time to Roll

Following in the footsteps of their great 2015 album, Moon Turn Red, their latest offering builds on their reputation as one of the best of the contemporary blues artists out there.  From Ottawa, they are yet another Canadian group to blues their way onto the 2016 list! I loved the title cut, Undertaker Blues, and their cover of a Albert King tune, The Hunter.

 

 

stonesblueandlonesomeThe Rolling Stones – Blue & Lonesome

With the December 2016 release of this fantastic blues album, the Rolling Stones pay tribute to their roots.  Though arguably the greatest rock & roll band of all time, the Rolling Stones started out back in early sixties as a blues band. On this album, they pay tribute to the artists that made them who they are and they do it with respect. They play almost all the tunes on the album “straight up” with little attempt to embellish on the original arrangements…what emerges is a powerful blues sound played by band members in love with the music.

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Ally Venable Band – No Glass Shoes

It has been many years since I have heard a SEVENTEEN year old play guitar like this young lady based in Houston, Texas. She also has a good voice and obvious song writing talent. I enjoyed Wise Man, Train Wreck Blues, and her cover of a Bonnie Raitt tune written by Chris Smithers, Love Me Like a Man. She will have to pay her blues dues as the years go by but her talent reserves her a place on the stage for years to come.

popa-chubby-the-catfishPopa Chubby – The Catfish

When you want bad ass blues played from the heart with shredding guitar solos and lyrics sung by someone you know has lived them….you want Popa Chubby and his latest album. He tours worldwide..he plays hundreds of venues a year..he has bad ass cover art…he is THE ROCKIN BLUES.  Enuff said.

balkun-brothers-280x280Balkun Brothers – Balkun Brothers

A perfect representation of the contemporary rockin’ blues, this duo hails from my current home in Connecticut. I loved the cuts She Got It All and I Know What Ya Did off their debut self titled album.  Their music takes a traditional blues structure and then rocks it out with an interesting mix of both vocal and musical talent.  They are bringing their high energy sound to Memphis in late January to participate in the International Blues Challenge. I hope to make their fund raising gig for the trip in Berlin, CT on January 17th!!

danielle-nicole-wolf-denDanielle Nicole – The Wolf Den

Danielle’s debut album as a solo artist was released in 2015 but dominated the blues charts through all of 2016. Former lead singer for Tangled Under Foot, she is from Kansas City and has a powerful sultry voice and rockin’ blues stardom written all over her. I loved the title cut as well as It Ain’t You and her version of I Feel Like Breakin’ Up Somebody’s Home. She is definetely on the “must see” list!

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Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch – Champagne Velvet

A three piece band out of Texas, these guys play some smooth badass blues. Jason has a great blues voice and his guitar work is first class. (He reminds me a good bit of a young Jimmy Thackery.) I love Midnight in Memphis, Cross-Eyed Woman, and Double My Money.

 

 

lisa-mannLisa Mann – Hard Times, Bad Decisions

I fecommended this album earlier in the year in a separate blog. Lisa is based out of Portland Oregon (which is a hot bed of the blues!). She is blessed with a strong voice and some very good songwriting skills. AND she happens to be the reigning blues bassist of the world….for two years running. (Blues Music Award from the Blues Foundation, 2015 & 16). With her fourth album, Lisa has matured into a genuine contender for Female Blues artist of the year. The title cut is a great heart wrenching song, autobiographical in nature, that pulls no punches. I also enjoyed the thought provoking Judge a Man Forever and My Father’s House.

mikezito-makebluesnotwarMike Zito – Make Blues, Not War

Mike is the quinessentail rockin’ bluesman. A talented guitar player, songwriter, singer, and music producer, he has captivated blues audiences all over the place since he started crankin’ it out in 2008.  He is also the cofounder of the Royal Southern Brotherhood band which has captured the attention of the blues world in a big way.  His album Pearl River (one of my favorites) won Blues Album of the Year in 2010 and his latest work seems destinied to garner similar nominations. I loved the title cut as well as Bad News is Comin, Chip Off the Block, and Wasted Time.

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Ina Forsman – Ina Forsman

I have stated repeatedly over the past several years that the European blues scene is HOT and none is hotter than Ina Forsman.  A young Finnish artist with a strong sexy voice, she represents the leading edge of the next wave of European rockin’ blues women. I enjoyed Don’t Hurt Me Now and the “down the bayou” and New Orleans feel of the tune Hanging Loose.

 

thorbjorn-risagerThorbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado – Songs from the Road

Though released in 2015, this live album by Swedish artist Thorbjorn Risager got extensive airplay during 2016. It features some great crankin rockin’ blues and jump blues tunes that highlight Thorjorn’s gravely blues voice.  I loved If You Wanna Leave, Paradise, Too Many Roads, and Rock ‘N’ Roll Ride.

 

Well, I hoped you enjoyed this bunch of rockin’ blues tunes reviews that I assembled to represent the year 2016. As with all such lists, the constraints of time and space prevent me for listing and reviewing all the other great artists and tunes from the past year. (I can think of at least another 20 or so that could have easily made this listing.) Thanks for taking the time to read this and here’s wishing the best of the rockin’ blues for YOU in 2017.