The Roadhouse blues is best experienced LIVE which has been a challenge for both performers and music lovers since the pandemic raised its ugly head. Today’s show is chocked full of live performances by some of the best artists of the contemporary blues as well as some classic recordings. Tune in from 3-5 pm EDT on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com!
Here is today’s intended playlist:
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Don’t Know What It Means
Million Miles From Yesterday
Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page & Steve Winwood
I was late gettin’ on the Sean Chambers blues train which has been rollin’ along since his first recording back in 1998. It was his 2017 album, Trouble and Whiskey, that grabbed my attention with a blistering guitar style that reflects what he learned playing with Hubert Sumlin for over 4 years and puts him in the company of guitar virtuosos Gary Moore and Alvin Lee. Sean also has just the right amount of gruff in his voice and conveys an honesty that makes him a natural born bluesman.
As a special tribute to Hubert Sumlin, long time band member for Howlin’ Wolf and one of the most influential blues electric guitar players of all time. Sean records 10 songs that he regularly performed with Hubert as part of the band from 1998 to 2002 and contributes one original about his life and times with the great bluesman, Hubert’s Song. The title for the recording, That’s What I Am Talkin’ About, reflects a phrase that Hubert loved to use according to Sean.
The tune on the album that best epitomizes why some organizations have rated Sean as one of the top contemporary guitar players on the planet is Rockin’ Daddy. He attacks this blues standard by Chester Burnett with gusto and the guitar solo right near the end is incredible. As many of you know, I love music with a beat you can dance to and Do The Do and Hidden Charms fill the bill nicely. Sean can also get into the lowdown and dirty blues as he did on Goin’ Down Slow. I have to believe that Hubert hearing Sean wear out the guitar on this song back in 1998 helped get him the permanent gig with Sumlin.
Also included on the album is a great version of the Roosevelt Sykes song, Forty Four, that was a mainstay of Howlin’ Wolf’s performances with Hubert back in the 1950’s. The martial cadence of the snare drum on this classic song is the perfect backdrop for Sean’s vocals and features some sweet guitar playing. Seans cranks out some badass roadhouse blues on the tracks Taildragger and Sitting on Top of the World. And Sean has the perfect voice to pull off a rousing version of the Howlin’ Wolf classic, Howlin’ for my Darling.
Throughout the recording, there are delightful performances on the Hammond B3 Organ by Bruce Katz and a favorite keyboard player of mine, John Ginty. John contributed to Sean’s last album and now is a mainstay of the Allman Betts Band. Drums and percussion are handled by Andrei Koribanics. And the insistent bass is played by Antar Goodwin.
The album closes with another Chester Burnett song that was a featured song for Hubert Sumlin’s shows, Louise. (The suggestion to include the song along with Taildragger came from none other than Kim Simmonds of Savoy Brown!) From the first song on the album, an instrumental entitled Chunky, to the last one Sean provides an intense and artful rendering of tunes that are truly classic blues music that should please both blues purists and blues rock and roadhouse blues fans.
On a sad note, the producer of the album, Ben Elliot, passed away sometime after its recording in the spring of 2020. It was the last production by one of the greats of the blues rock genre. Ben had recorded or produced songs and albums by Leslie West, Rory Gallagher, Savoy Brown, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and…..Hubert Sumlin.
Sean dedicates the album to the memory of Hubert Sumlin and Ben Elliot. It will serve as a lasting tribute and is certainly one of the finest roadhouse blues albums released in 2021.
Sean Chambers – That’s What I’m Talkin’ About (Tribute to Hubert Sumlin) (2021 Quatro Valley Records)
Ben Vee started out spinning songs on terrestrial radio and at nightclubs back in the 1970’s in his home state of Louisiana. After a career in the construction business, he returned to DJing in 2011. He now hosts two shows each week on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com and writes about the blues at http://www.benveeblues.com from his home in Connecticut. He also has a 24 hour stream devoted to the Roadhouse Blues… WRHB
The pandemic is starting to lift here in the USA! It’s a beautiful May Day and time for my Roadhouse Blues Nooner on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 12-2 pm EDT. Join me for new tunes by Markus K, Donna Herula, The Black Keys, and Christone “Kingfish” Ingram plus classics from Doyle Bramhall, Magic Sam, Hubert Sumlin, and many more.
This is the intended playlist:
Back At The Poorhouse
The New World Blues
J.B. Hutto & The New Hawks
Rock With Me Tonight
I’m Your Baby
Wake Up Call
Yes, I’ve Been Crying
Danny B. Harvey & Mysti Moon
St. James Infirmary Blues
Danny B. Harvey & Mysti Moon
Rollin’ and Tumblin’
Live With Looper No. 1
Gabe Stillman, The Nighthawks
Moving Up In Class
Love Me Like A Man
Flame Still Burns
I Wish You Would
I Can Tell
I Need You So Bad
West Side Soul
Can’t Wait To See My Baby
Bang At The Door
Sonny Boy Terry
I’ll Be Your Fool
Last Night’s Dream
Archie Lee Hooker and The Coast To Coast Blues Band
Living In a Memory
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
Fabulous Thunderbirds, The
Can’t Tear It Up Enough (Alt. Version) (Bonus Track)
Life By The Drop
I Wouldn’t Treat a Dog (The Way You Treat Me)
First Class Life
Nick & The Backbone
Just A Little Time
Crackin’ Under Pressure
Perfectly Good Guitar (single remix)
The Mostly Good, The Sometimes Bad, But The Never Ugly
Hope you have time to join us today, April 6th, from 12 to 2 pm EDT for the Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues Nooner on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com. I have new tunes by the Jon Strahl Band, the Cadillac Cats, JD3 & the Jondo Trio, Son of Dave, Mojomama, and Kurt Allen as well as a birthday tune for Warren Haynes!
Join me today for tunes from Bywater Call, Aaron Frazier, Kiko and the Blues Refugees, JD3 & the Jondo Trio, The Allman Brothers, The Rolling Stones, Johnny Winter, Mojomama, Michelle Malone, and many more great roadhouse blues artists. The show is from 12-2 pm EDT on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com. Grab yer favorite beverage and kickback and enjoy some badass tunes!!
Thanks to everyone that tuned in for today’s impromptu “POST OP Recovery” Roadhouse Blues show on Blues Music Fan Radio from 5 to 7:30 am ET! It is a joy to be spinning again. As promised, below is the playlist for the show. I should be back to doing my regular shows next week!
For my generation, we were introduced to Leslie West via the group Mountain. And over the years, I enjoyed listening to a series of awesome blues rock albums that he put out. Now it is reported that Leslie passed away right before Christmas. He will be missed!!
In 2004, Leslie put out the song “If Heartaches Were Nickels” featuring a young singer and guitar player, Joe Bonamassa, who was then relatively unknown. Written by Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule, the Allman Brothers), the song was also covered by Joe on his first album. I hope you get a chance to give it a listen and to remember the life and times of Leslie West….dead at the age of 75. Rest in Peace Brother!!
It’s Election Day in the USA! Go vote! And……………..join us for some badass Roadhouse blues on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 12 to 2 pm ET! I gotz new tunez from Gabe Stillman, Kim Wilson, Dennis Jones, Laura Rain, Grainne Duffy, and many more!
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:
Omar & The Howlers
New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers
Let’s Work Together (feat Jim Dickinson)
Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton
Play The Blues – Live From Jazz At Lincoln Center
Real Time Man
Nancy Lee (live)
Limited Edition Bonus Disc
ARTISTID – The Hi-Jivers – You’re Listening to BMFR
Knee High & Risin
Real Live Bleeding Fingers And Broken Guitar Strings
World Without Tears
Love Is Rebellion
Below Sea Level
James House & The Blues Cowboys
Ballad Of The Troubadour Kings
James House & The Blues Cowboys
Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’
Don’t Leave Me Here
Avey Grouws Band
Let’s Take It Slow
The Devil May Care
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones feat. Little Charlie Baty
From the Horses Mouth
Too Far from the Bar
Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters
Big Town Playboy
ARTISTID – Voodoo Preachers – You’re Listening to BMFR
Paul Buchanan’s Voodoo Preachers
Some Kind Of Voodoo
Back to the Boogie
Back To the Boogie
The Barrett Anderson Band
ARTISTID – Gregg Martinez – You’re tuning in to BMFR
Greyhound George Band
Down Home Girl
Your Love is to Blame
You Make Me Feel
ARTISTID – CD Woodbury – You’re Listening to BMFR2