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.

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

Gettin Close to Christmas Roadhouse Blues on BMFR

Tune in today on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com for my Gettin’ Close To Christmas Roadhouse Blues Nooner at High Noon EST! I’ll have some new tunes by Lucky Peterson, Diane Blue, Sugaray Rayford as well as some classics by Luther Allison, Freddie King, and Johnny Copeland.

The intended playlist is below:

ARTISTTITLE
Arlen RothTuff Tele
Luther AllisonGive Me Back My Wig
Travellin’ Blue KingsNinety Minutes
Mindi Abiar And The BoneshakersAll I Got For Christmas Is The Blues
Ash GrunwaldTrouble’s Door (feat Mahalia Barnes & Kim Wilson)
Dan Bubien & The Delta StrutsMemphis Sky
Freddie KingThe Danger Zone
Buddy GuyHome For Christmas
Sugaray RayfordSomebody Save Me
Honey HoundsGirl Like That
Dynamite Blues BandI Still Don’t Know
Albert CollinsDon’t Mistake Kindness For Weakness
Ana PopovicSoulful Dress
Coco MontoyaBluesman’s Christmas
Johnny CopelandEverybody Wants A Piece Of Me
Annika ChambersTwo Bit Texas Town
Albert KingAngel Of Mercy
Diane BlueThat’s a Pretty Good Love
Ben Racine BandThe Pleasure’s All Mine (Live)
B.B. KingBack Door Santa
Lucky PetersonThe Blues Is Driving Me
Big Daddy WilsonCrazy World
Zack Walther BandPayin’ For It Now
Angel ForrestRoll On Down
Dave P. MooreFort Necessity
HeavyDrunkPick You Up Along The Way
Delta MoonChristmas Time In New Orleans

Thursday Dec 5th Roadhouse Blues on BMFR

Hope ya get a chance to tune in for my Roadhouse blues show today, December 5th at 3 pm EST on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com. I will be featuring a brand new tune from Marcus King and several songs from Louisiana artists Tab Benoit, Sonny Landreth, Eric Johanson, Tiffany Pollack, Charlie Wooten, and the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band.

You can find the intended playlist below:

ARTISTTITLE
Widow BluePow Wow Blues
Laurence JonesLong Long Lonely Ride
Mike ZitoDown Bound Train
The Cornbread ProjectHobo Blues
JC Gafford And FriendsBackseat Blues
Christone “Kingfish” IngramBefore I’m Old
Black Cat BonesNot so Funny
The Mick Fleetwood Blues BandBlack Crow Blues (Live) [feat. Rick Vito]
Mindi Abair & The BoneshakersGood Day For The Blues
The B. Christopher BandIt’s Alright
Crazy HambonesCornbread, Peas And Black Molasses
Noah WotherspoonHip to Your Jive
Brother Snakeoil & The Medicine MenEarly In The Morning
HeavyDrunkI Can’t Be Satisfied
Nico Duportal & The SparksSweet Brown Eyed Woman
Lloyd SpiegelTrack Her Down
The WolvesWatch What You Do In The Night
Lazy EyeGame Over
Laurie McVayHoochie Coochie Man
Tennessee RedemptionSee About Me
Marcus KingThe Well
David GogoTomcat Prowl
Kenny Wayne Shepherd BandTailwind
Tiffany Pollack & Eric JohansonRiver
Eric JohansonSo Cold
Tab BenoitShelter Me
Mike Zito & The WheelRainbow Bridge (With Sonny Landreth)
Charlie Wooten Project feat. Sonny LandrethTell Me A Story
Sonny LandrethCongo Square

Some Thursday Roadhouse Blues 3-5 pm EST on BMFR

Tune in on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com today from 3-5 pm EST for some new Van Morrison, Miss Bix, John Mayall, Mindi Abair and many more roadhouse blues tunes!

The playlist is below:

ARTISTTITLE
Ronnie Wood & His Wild FiveMad Lad (Live)
Van MorrisonThree Chords And The Truth
Curtis Salgado and Alan HagerYou Got To Move
Rebekah MeldrumCoat Tails
Nick Moss Band Feat. Dennis GruenlingAs Good As It Gets
Wide Mouth MasonBodies in Motion
John MayallDelta Hurricane
Polly O’Keary and The Rhythm MethodHard Act To Follow
Kenny ParkerBaby Come Back To Me
Miss Bix and The Blues FixFollow Me Down
Gurf MorlixMy Heart Keeps Poundin’
Mindi Abair & The BoneshakersMess I’m In
John LatiniMy Town’s Got a River and a Train
Delbert McClinton & the Self-Made MenNeva
Fiona BoyesI Ain’t Fooling
Imelda MayGhost Of Love
The BlastersDark Night
Mark CameronOn A Roll
Guthrie TrappNew Walkin Blues (Feat. Jimmy Hall)
Delta MoonOne Mountain At A Time
Lonesome ShackPast the Ditch
The Kentucky HeadhuntersMuddy Water
Nikki HillHoller out Loud
Tyler Dow BryantPoor White Boy Blues
James House & The Blues CowboysLong Way Down
Ruben Hoeke BandLove Is Blindness
Ben LevinLoad Off My Back

A Two for Tuesday Roadhouse Blues Nooner on BMFR

Time for the Tuesday Roadhouse Blues Nooner with Ben Vee on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com! It starts today (July 30th) at High Noon EST and will feature tunes that are related to each other by some measure.

Below is the intended playlist. See if you can pick out why I related the tunes!

ARTISTTITLE
Dominic SchoemakerDom’s Train
Blues ArcadiaI’m Your Man
Amnesia Blues BandGotta Move On
Bonita and The Blues ShacksMomma’s Goin’ Dancin’
The Kokomo KingsFooled By The City Lights
Travellin’ Blue KingsI Cannot Believe
Julian SasA Light In The Dark
Brandon IsaakI Wanna Be Your Man
Blue Moon MarqueeHard Times Hit Parade
The Reverend Shawn AmosHave Love Will Travel
Mindi Abair And The BoneshakersVinyl
Boo Boo DavisWhat The Blues Is All About
Southern AvenueWhiskey Love
Tomiko DixonI’m Ready
Zakiya HookerDirty Things
ThirtyTwo20Wildest Dreams
Dominic SchoemakerFly Away
Lachy Doley GroupA Woman
Rob TognoniAnother Tequila
Black WaterWalking Blues
Dan PatlanskyJump On
Jason RicciThink It Over
Brandon SantiniDrive You Off My Mind
HeavyDrunk and the HurricaneMidnight in Harlem
The Rolling StonesThe Harlem Shuffle
Beth HartFat Man
Beth Hart, Joe BonamassaSinner’s Prayer (Live)

Ben Vee’s Roadhouse Blues Christmas 3-5 pm EST Dec 20, 2018

Come join us at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 3-5 pm EST today as I do the Roadhouse Blues Christmas Style!  Hope you get a chance to tune in…but if not…..have a damn fine Christmas in any case!

Here’s the intended playlist….

ARTIST TITLE
Widow Blue Pow Wow Blues
Mindi Abair And The Boneshakers I Can’t Wait For Christmas
Joe Bonamassa Christmas Boogie (One Little Kiss)
Coco Montoya Bluesman’s Christmas
C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band Zydeco Christmas
Shemekia Copeland Stay A Little Longer, Santa
Warren Haynes Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday
Joe Louis Walker Christmas Comes but Once a Year
Dave Hole Fattening Up The Turkey
Kara Grainger Man With Soul
Melissa Etheridge Merry Christmas Baby (Album Version)
Joe Bonamassa King Bee Shakedown
The Black Tongued Bells Kingbee Jam
Tinsley Ellis Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin’
Eva Cassidy Take Me to the River
Mark Knopfler Just A Boy Away From Home
Freddie King Woman Across The River
Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials Christmas Time
Lynyrd Skynyrd Santa’s Messin’ With The Kid
Margit Bakkens Please Come Home For Christmas
Rachelle Coba High and Dry
Steve Cropper Let’s Make Christmas Merry, Baby
Kara Grainger Working My Way Back Home
Saverio Maccne The Only Thing I’ve Got
Joe Bonamassa Merry Christmas Baby
Lonnie Brooks Christmas On The Bayou
B.B. King Christmas Comes But Once A Year