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.

September 10th Roadhouse Blues Nooner on BMFR

It’s almost High Noon EST and time for my roadhouse house blues nooner on BMFR. Tune in at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com for some great new contemporary blues as well as classics by Southside Johnny, Mike Zito, Neal Schon, and many more.

This is the intended playlist

ARTISTTITLE
Mindi Abair And The BoneshakersNot That Kind Of Girl
Southside Johnny & The Asbury DukesHappy
Ash GrunwaldHammer (feat. Terry Evans)
Kat DanserVoodoo Groove
The Seamus McGarvey BandWalk On
Ryan Foret And Foret TraditionHarry Biscuit And The Jam
The Moon DogsThe Little Red Rooster
Mike ZitoLittle Red Corvette
Katarina Pejak – Ina Forsman – Ally VenableSixteen Tons
TOMMY CASTROLeaving Trunk (Live)
Tennessee RedemptionSouls In The Water
Marc BroussardCry to Me (Acoustic)
The Allman Betts BandMelodies Are Memories
Steve Miller BandSay Wow
Seth JamesGet Outside
Bob LanzaWalking After Midnight
Jason BuieWild Woman
Monster Mike Welch and Mike LedbetterGoodbye Baby
Cary MorinJug In The Water
Altered Five Blues BandLet Me Do The Wrong Thing
Monti AmundsonBluesman Moves To Paris
Luxuriant SedansWho Told You That
Southside Johnny & The Asbury JukesKill My Love
Jersey Swamp CatsJump, Jive, And Wail
John Ginty and Aster PheonyxBelieve in Smoke
Beth Hart & Joe BonamassaSoul On Fire
Nick SchnebelenIt Ain’t Me
Neal SchonA Girl Like You

The Mid August Roadhouse Blues on BMFR

Join me today at 3 pm EST on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com for some mid August Thursday afternoon roadhouse blues on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com.

Here is the intended playlist:

ArtistTITLE
Mindi AbairHaute Sauce
24 PesosI Am The Blues
Robin TrowerComing Closer to the Day
Rudy RottaNo One Cares
The Weary TimesAnymore
Amnesia Blues BandChampagne & Reefer
Altered Five Blues BandDon’t Rock My Blues
Dave AlvinEast Texas Blues
The Teskey BrothersMan Of The Universe
Ryan Foret And Foret TraditionHarry Biscuit And The Jam
Tab BenoitMedicine
Tiffany Pollack & Eric JohansonBlues In My Blood
Shane DwightLevy Girl
Luther AllisonBad Love
Hubert SumlinBring Your Love To Me
Z.Z. HillDown Home Blues
Freddie KingHoochie Coochie Man
Albert KingAngel Of Mercy
B. B. KingBlue Shadows
Etta JamesCigarettes & Coffee
Big Daddy WilsonAint Got No Money
Sugaray RayfordDark Night of the Soul
Frank BeyWhere You Been So Long
Michael LeeGo Your Own Way

Ben Vee’s Roadhouse Blues Nooner

Join us today, March 12th,  at high noon EST for some Roadhouse blues on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com!

Below is the intended playlist…just in case you want to download some of the tunes!

ARTIST TITLE
Mindi Abair Kiddo’s Revenge
Mindi Abair And The Boneshakers Done Me Wrong
Supersonic Blues Machine This Is Love
Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown Ramblin Bones
Janie Cribbs & The T.Rust Band Queen Of Fire
Nick Curran Drivin’ Me Crazy
Paradise Kings I’d Sing the Blues If I Had ‘Em
Paul Mark & The Van Dorens 40 Foot Of Rope
Randall Bramblett Devil Music
Smokehouse Mr. So and So
Oli Brown Missing You
Mojo Monkeys Girl Might Do
Robert Fetzer Band On My Knees
Tommy Bankhead & The Blues Eldorados Down With The Blues
Kathy Boye & The DTG Gang No More Baby
Jim Kahr Like The Way You Do
Banditos Old Ways
Matt Anderson Face to Face
Michael Jerome Brown Skeletons
Anders Osborne Two Times
Bonnie Raitt Ain’t Gonna Let You Go
Michelle Shocked If Love Was A Train
Christina Skjolberg Close The Door
Nick & The Backbone Crackin’ Under Pressure
Rebel Soul Revival Turn It Up

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