Got the Post Labor Day Roadhouse Blues on BMFR

Got the Post Labor Day Roadhouse Blues on BMFR starting at High Noon EST, Tuesday September 3rd. Join us at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com. Got a great promo cut from Beth Hart’s forthcoming album, new tunes from Coco Montoya and the Altered Five Blues Band, and much more!

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Gerry Joe WeiseBlues Down Under
Mighty Mike SchermerUp All Night
The Allman Betts BandDown To The River
Little QueenieWhatever You Had
Tab BenoitA Whole Lotta Soul
Tiffany Pollack & Eric JohansonGet Lost With Me
Angel ForrestRoll On Down
Popa ChubbyLaya What Ya Tryin to Do
David GogoFrom a Buick 6
Ben LevinLonesome Whistle Blues
Billy Boy ArnoldCatfish
Arsen ShomakhovNo More!
The Kokomo KingsTied To The Tracks
Mick ClarkeBackroom Boy
Amnesia Blues BandNo Escape From The Blues
MonkeyJunkHot Hot Papa
Ghalia & Mama’s BoysHey Little Baby
Beth HartBad Woman Blues
Altered Five Blues BandLet Me Be Gone
Julian SasDon’t Let Me Down
U. Pasanen BandSilent Man
Coco MontoyaGood Man Gone
Travellin’ Blue KingsI Don’t Wanna Stop
Jimmy ThackeryEmpty Arms Motel
Guitar ShortyA Little Less Conversation
The NighthawksHeartbreak Shake
Kelly Bell BandI’m Gone!
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These Ladies Got the Rhythm and dah Blues!

Been listening to the blues and writing in the man cave in the sweltering summer heat…..just so YOU get to know some great female artists!! Grab a cold one, maybe a cigar, and read on……….

(links to songs in Youtube or Spotify are in light blue)

Eliza Neals – Sweet or Mean (2019 E-H Records LLC)

What is there not to love about the pairing of a great artist with a fantastic blues man and producer. Detroit based Eliza Neals launches it into the blues stratosphere on her new EP Sweet or Mean which is produced by the renown Popa Chubby. The new EP has a rock & roll edge and a gritty blues rhythm and beat…you don’t have to give up one to love em both! 

Loved Bitten By the Blues and the roadhouse version of Pawn Shop Blues. Also, enjoyed Living With Yo Moma featurng some badass roadhouse bluzin’ guitars by Popa Chubby and Dave Keyes. Blackish Grey is some great blues and Knock Knock Knockin’ is acoustic blues that highlights Eliza’s voice.

Ida Bang & the Blue Tears – Good to Me (2019 Ida Bang Musik)

Based out of Sweden, Ida Bang has one heck of a voice and she is backed by a band that can lay down the groove. Good To Me is a snappy little tune and I also enjoyed the rhythm and beat of Not the Same featuring some stellar guitar work by Leo Henriksson and John Bergstrom, great bass playing by Patrik Engstrom and badass drums by Leo Sund. Shelter Me, Don’t You Worry. and You Can’t Have It Both Ways are also pretty tasty!

Anna Scionti – Orphan Blues (2019)

This Australian artist plays the guitar and sings the blues with an intensity that just draws you in. A blues rocker to the core, Anna Scionti reminds me of George Thorogood and Buddy Holly, particularly on the cut Never Let Her Go. Bury My Hurt and Too Much Drinkin’ are some crankin’ roadhouse blues. Also enjoyed You’re My Keeper. Overall Orphan Blues is a fantastic listen!!

Tullie Brae – Revelation (2019)

Tullie Brae has the looks of a superstar and a voice steeped in the blues. On her new album Revelation, she melds brash powerful vocals with songwriting that reflects on love, life, anger, and perseverance. Most of the tunes have a driving roadhouse rhythm that I absolutely loved.

Particularly enjoyed Break These Chains featuring Brandon Santini on harmonica. The tunes Watch Her Move, Devil in Deville, and Price of the Blues are also all badass roadhouse blues.

She appeared at the Beale Street Cigar Festival last year during Labor Day weekend in Memphis. Dang…if I had only known!!!!!!


Feel free to leave a comment below or email me at ben@benveeblues.com. AND likes and shares are ALWAYS appreciated!!

April 23rd Roadhouse Blues Nooner with Ben Vee – 12 pm EST

Join us for some tried and true blues classics along with a bunch of brand new contemporary blues tunes by Julian Sas, Rick Vito, Kenny Parker, Big Daddy Wilson, Susan Santos, and many more. Catch today’s Nooner at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com!!

Here is the intended playlist!  Download a couple from your favorite music website and support dah BLUES!

ARTIST TITLE
Johnny A. I Had To Laugh
Elmore James, Jimmy Reed & Eddie Taylor Coming Home
Popa Chubby Black Hearted Woman
Slim Harpo Mailbox Blues
Tim Gartland You Best Think Twice
Bad Influence Got What You Need
Guitar Shorty Blues In My Blood
The Bones of J.R. Jones The Heat
The Dynamics Whole Lotta Love
The Fabulous Thunderbirds Got Love If You Want it
Kenny Parker Baby Come Back To Me
Sonny Boy Williamson (II) Ninety Nine
Big Daddy Wilson Cross Creek Road (Live)
Cream Outside Woman Blues
Chris Thomas King The Wind Cries Mary
Benny Turner & Cash McCall Poison Ivy
Tommy Castro and The Painkillers That’s All I Got
Bob Dylan Rollin’ And Tumblin’
Shady Frank Five Weeks
Matt Andersen Better Than You Want
Reese Wynans & Friends So Much Trouble (ft Joe Bonamassa)
Dave Keyes Not So Nice Anymore
Jeff Fetterman Bad Feeling
Layla Zoe When You Gonnah Learn
Rick Vito I Do Believe
Susan Santos Slow Down
Meg Williams Played by the Blues
Julian Sas Don’t Let Me Down

It’s Time for a Blues NOONer with Ben Vee on BMFR

Join us for a Blues NOONer today March 26th on BMFR at 12 pm EST! Tune in at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com! Got some upbeat contemporary roadhouse blues just for YOU!

Here is the intended playlist just so you can download a couple if ya like em!

ARTIST TITLE
Ron Hacker Gonna Miss You
Gurf Morlix Turpentine
Ray Wylie Hubbard Cooler-N-Hell
Roots & Dore Better Treat Me Better
Hector Anchondo Candy Shop
Jay Jesse Johnson Business At Hand
Rob Tognoni Drink Jack Boogie
Rocky Athas Group Back On The Road
Jeff Beck Rollin’ And Tumblin’
Five Horse Johnson Mexico
Rb Stone Gone as Gone Can Be
Boz Scaggs Cadillac Walk
Rev.Jimmie Bratcher Tobacco Road
CEE CEE JAMES Black Raven
Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys Diving Duck Blues (Live) [feat. Benny Rickun]
Guitar Shorty Get Busy
Jim Kahr Better Days Are Comin
Popa Chubby Rock Me Baby
Harlis Sweetwater Band I Can’t Justify
Joe Bonamassa I Know A Place (With John Hiatt)
The Proven Ones If You Be My Baby
Fabrizio Poggi Forty Days And Forty Nights (ft Mike Zito)
Elam McKnight Band Well I’m Bad
The Rides I’ve Got To Use My Imagination
Randy Volin She’s Fine

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 Vee’s Roadhouse 66 – The Best Blues Tunes of 2017

Compiling a list of my favorite roadhouse blues tunes of 2017 has been a labor of love. It includes some perennial favorites and some up and coming new artists. I hope you enjoy reviewing the list and hopefully you will buy and download some of the tunes.

TAJMO

At number one is Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’s, Don’t Leave Me Here, from the fantastic album Tajmo.  Two special talents working together have produced the masterpiece of  the 2017 roadhouse blues.

Walter Trout

Coming in at number two, Walter Trout is a perennial favorite of blues rockers and when you combine his guitar playing with that of Joe Bonamassa you get some very special mojo on the tune We’re All in this Together.

Altered Five Band

At number three is the Altered Five band song, Charmed & Dangerous, an upbeat badass song that exudes sexual energy from a group based in Wisconsin.

beth hart fire on the floor

Beth Hart has four songs from the album Fire on Floor in the top 66 and coming in at number four is the title cut.  It is a slow intense tune that plays to all of Beth’s strengths as a song writer and performer.

KWS Band

The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band has three songs in the top 66 from his album Lay It on Down. Nothing But the Night comes in at number five.  We have tickets to see both him and Beth Hart in July….can’t wait!!

the nighthawks

At number six is the song Three Times Your Fool by Washington D.C.’s, the Nighthawks.  This is a slow beautiful song for the ages from a group that has been playing the blues for over forty years!

thorbjorn risager

Based out of Denmark, Thorbjorn Risager & the Black Tornado, have four songs in the top 66. At number seven is the title cut, Change My Game. Featuring a full seven piece band with a compliment of some badass horns, this group is easily my favorite European roadhouse blues band.

tommy castro stompin ground

Californian Tommy Castro & the Painkillers returned to his roots in San Jose to record the album, Stompin’ Grounds, and has four songs included on my list. At number eight is Blues All Around Me.  I have seen him in concert a couple of times and can’t wait to do it again!

Tucci Olivia

At number nine is the band Tucci and the song, High Roller, that feature’s Chicago’s own Larry McCray….just some badass blues.

Dennis Johnson

Rounding out the top ten is Dennis Johnson’s rendition of Robert Johnson’s Walkin’ Blues. Dennis is a guitar virtuoso and his talent shines through on the album, Rhythmland.

Some special notes about the rest of the top Roadhouse 66:

  • Samantha Fish has songs from two different albums included on the list! On one, Hello Stranger, she channels some Amy Winehouse….give it a listen!
  • Sean Chambers has three songs from his album, Trouble & Whiskey, on the list. The album is one of my favorites of the year.
  • Hurricane Ruth, from Missouri, has three songs on the list from her album, Ain’t Ready for the Grave. She belts out tunes with power and intensity……you will enjoy… I promise 🙂
  • Savoy Brown, a British blues band that has been recording for fifty years, has a three songs from their album, Witchy Feelin’, on the list!
  • John Mayall, the elder statesman of the Roadhouse Blues, has a great song, Blues Midnight on the list.
  • Van Morrison makes the list with the title cut of his album, Roll With the Punches.
  • Newcomers Eliza Neal and Anthony Rosano & the Conqueroos are well worth a listen.
  • The list features 14 female roadhouse blues songs.  There are more and more female roadhouse blues singers releasing albums..a fantastic trend for the future.

Here is the full list….enjoy!  And you can listen to all of these songs on my 24 hour roadhouse blues stream at Ben Vee’s Roadhouse Blues!

ARTIST TITLE
1 Taj Mahal Don’t Leave Me Here (ft Keb Mo)
2 Walter Trout We’re All In This Together (feat. Joe Bonamassa)
3 Altered Five Blues Band Charmed & Dangerous
4 Beth Hart Fire On The Floor
5 Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band Nothing But The Night
6 The Nighthawks Three Times Your Fool
7 Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado Change My Game
8 Tommy Castro & The Painkillers Blues All Around Me
9 Tucci High Roller (ft Larry McCray)
10 Dennis Johnson Walkin Blues
11 Savoy Brown I Can’t Stop The Blues
12 John Mayall Blue Midnight
13 Van Morrison Roll With The Punches
14 Tommy Castro & The Painkillers Feat. Mike Zito Rock Bottom
15 James Armstrong Second Time Around
16 Eliza Neals Another Lifetime
17 Coco Montoya Hard As Hell
18 Steve Krase Brand New Thang
19 Tommy Castro & The Painkillers Nonchalant
20 John McNamara One, Two of a Kind
21 Beth Hart Love Is A Lie
22 Sean Chambers Bottle Keeps Staring at Me
23 Kenny Wayne Shepherd Baby Got Gone
24 Popa Chubby Rescue Me
25 Dudley Taft I Lost My Way
26 The Nighthawks That’s All You Gotta Do
27 Savoy Brown Why Did You Hoodoo Me
28 Sean Chambers Trouble & Whiskey
29 Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado Train
30 Corey Dennison Band Hear My Plea
31 Hurricane Ruth Let Me Be the One
32 Anthony Rosano & The Conqueroos Bound To You
33 Karen Lovely Nice and Easy
34 John Ginty And Aster Pheonyx Captain Hook
35 Sean Chambers Gonna Groove
36 Beth Hart Tell Her You Belong To Me (feat. Jeff Beck)
37 Kenny Wayne Shepherd How Low Can You Go
38 Walter Trout Crash And Burn (feat. Joe Louis Walker)
39 Samantha Fish No Angels
40 Downchild Blues Band Mailbox Money
41 Gregg Allman I Love The Life I Live
42 Janiva Magness I Can Tell
43 Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado I Used to Love You
44 Peter Parcek World Keep On Turning
45 Milligan Vaughan Project Dangerous Eyes
46 Hurricane Ruth Beekeeper
47 The Cash Box Kings All Night Long
48 Kim Wilson Bonus Boogie
49 Jan James Black Orchid Blues
50 Hamilton Loomis Sugar Baby
51 Beth Hart Let’s Get Together
52 Billy Flynn You Are My Lover
53 Delta Wires Your Eyes
54 Savoy Brown Vintage Man
55 Samantha Fish Hello Stranger
56 The Original Blues Brothers Band Got My Mojo Working
57 Hurricane Ruth Barrelhouse Joe’s
58 Linsey Alexander Where Did You Take Your Clothes off Last Night
59 Bridget Kelly Band What You Need
60 The Magpie Salute Comin’ Home (Live)
61 Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado Hard Time
62 The Gordon Meier Blues Experience Just Keep Ridin’
63 Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm You Must Believe in Yourself
64 Jimmy Carpenter You Belong to Me
65 Albert Castiglia Woman Don’t Lie
66 Tommy Castro And The Painkillers My Old Neighborhood

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!

 

memphis-rock-and-soul-album

 

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!!

 

colin-james-bule-highways

 

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!!

 

layla-zoe-breaking-free

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).

 

sonny-landreth

 

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!

jason-elmore

 

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.

ina-forsman

 

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.