Best of the Blues 2019 – The Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues 66

The year 2019 was a banner year for the roadhouse blues across the world. From Australia to Copenhagen and along all points in between, both debut artists and well established performers released a stunning number of new recordings. Every month my in box and my mail box were full of some fabulous blues recordings which makes picking the Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues 66 this year much more daunting.

This year’s list includes classic blues, roots oriented blues, R&B, soul, contemporary blues and blues rock artists with songs that span the genre from “almost the blues” tunes to the stellar classic blues sound of Mary Lane. Given that many of us have some extra time on our hands due to the ongoing global pandemic, I hope you enjoy downloading and listening to every one of these songs.

The position of the songs on the list is of little consequence…you might list them in a different order and get no argument from me.  Whether it is song #23 by Samantha Fish or number 66 by the Coyote Kings, all of these tunes made my playlists for my roadhouse blues shows at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com, got mentioned on my Ben Vee Facebook page or Twitter account, and/or got written about on this website at http://www.benveeblues.com during 2019. All 66 are representative of the energy and vitality that permeates the modern contemporary blues….by and large they are upbeat…sometimes loud…and truly international.

The Top Ten (in no particular order other than #1)

#1 Mary Lane – Blues Give Me a Feeling (2019 Travelin’ Woman)

Mary Lane, from Chicago, recorded the Roadhouse Blues 66 number one tune of 2019 at the age of 83!! How cool is that! She is one of the last living legendary singers of the blues to have been part of the great migration from the American Deep South to Chicago in the 1940’s. Just a fabulous tune!

Big Daddy Wilson – Crazy World (2019 Deep In My Soul)

An expat from the United States who has lived in Germany for years, Big Daddy aces an sumptuous slow soul ballad.

Altered Five Blues Band – Mischief Man (2019 Ten Thousand Watts)

Led by the deep blues voice of Jeff Taylor, this group out of Wisconsin once again makes one of my top performer annual blues lists.

Keb’ Mo’ – Cold Outside (2019 Oklahoma)

I played this song over and over when it came out on the album this past summer. You can nevah get enough of Keb’ Mo’!

Christone Kingfish Ingram – Fresh Out (2019 Kingfish)

A 20 year old with a debut album that features a cut with Buddy Guy as well as another with Keb’ Mo’. Life is good for this very talented young man.

Jontavious Willis – Low Down Ways (2019 Spectacular Class)

Another young blues artist that attracted the attention of Taj Mahal as well as Keb’ Mo’, Jontavious has stardom written all over him. It will be interesting to see how he evolves as a blues artist as the years roll by.

Tiffany Pollack & Eric Johanson – Blues In My Blood (2019 Blues In My Blood)

This blues duo hails from my hometown of New Orleans. Tiffany has a haunting voice that is framed by a strong beat and memorable guitar licks by Eric on this song.

Beth Hart – Bad Woman Blues (2019 War In My Mind)

Beth just has a great time with this tune and shows off the chops that have made her a fan favorite amongst blues rockers.

Brandon Santini – Drive You Off My Mind (2019 The Longshot)

This long time resident of Memphis had a great year in 2019. He was my 2019 Roadhouse Bluesman of the Year for both this album and one he did with Tennessee Redemption. A great voice and world class harmonica player; what’s not to like!

Allman Betts Band – Shinin’ (2019 Down to the River)

The sons of the Allman Brothers pick up where their dads left off! Not much else to be said but get yer tickets when they get close by!!


As you look through the rest of the list and hopefully listen to many, if not all, of the tunes, I hope you get an appreciation for what I term as the roadhouse blues. From its roots in the deep American south, the blues has grown and expanded to become a worldwide phenomenon. (And if someone you know states “the blues is dead” just show them this list and ask them how so?!) I am proud to be one of the DJs and influencers helping get the word out about just how great this music is!!!


ArtistSong TitleAlbum
1Mary LaneBlues Give Me A FeelingTravelin’ Woman
2Big Daddy WilsonCrazy WorldDeep In My Soul
3Altered Five Blues BandMischief ManTen Thousand Watts
4Keb’ Mo’Cold OutsideOklahoma
5Christone “Kingfish” IngramFresh Out (ft Buddy Guy)Kingfish
6Jontavious WillisLow Down WaysSpectacular Class
7Tiffany Pollack & Eric JohansonBlues In My BloodBlues In My Blood
8Beth Hart Bad Woman BluesWar in my Mind
9Brandon SantiniDrive You Off My MindThe Longshot
10The Allman Betts BandShinin’Down to the River
11Amnesia Blues BandFast Johnny CoolHailstorm
12HeavyDrunkIf I Love You Hard EnoughHolywater
13Mindi Abair and the BoneshakersWho’s Gonna Save My SoulNo Good Deed
14Walter TroutMe My Guitar and the BluesSurvivor Blues
15Coco MontoyaLights On But Nobody’s HomeComing In Hot
16Ghost Town Blues BandShineShine
17Chris O’Leary7 Minutes7 Minutes
18Tedeschi Trucks BandThey Don’t ShineSigns
19Van MorrisonThree Chords and the TruthThree Chords and the Truth
20Terry HanckHowlin’ For My Darlin’I Still Get Excited
21Kenny Wayne ShepherdWoman Like YouThe Traveler
22Zack Walther BandBad GirlThe Westerner
23Samantha FishDirtyKill or Be Kind
24Giles RobsonDon’t Give Up on the BluesDon’t Give Up on the Blues
25Lucky PetersonPack It Up50: Just Warming Up!
26Heather NewmanI’m Coming For YouRise from the Flames
27Left Lane CruiserSmooth CommanderShake and Bake
28Delbert McClintonA Fool Like MeTall, Dark, and Handsome
29Miss Bix and the Blues FixFollow Me DownWe Don’t Own the Blues
30Ash GrunwaldAin’t My Problem (ft The Teskey Brothers)Mojo
31The Texas HornsI’m Doin’ Alright (ft. Carolyn Wonderland)Get Here Quick
32The Mike Duke ProjectI’m Not Sad Tonight….Took a Whlle
33Ronnie Earl & the BroadcastersBaby How LongBeyond the Blue Door
34Travelin’ Blue KingsNinety MinutesWired Up
35Al BasileSo Called Story TellerB’s Hothouse
36Ida Bang & the Blue TearsShelter MeGood to Me
37Arsen ShomakhovWomen and WhiskeyRainy City Blues
38Elles BaileyHelp SomebodyRoad I Call Home
39The Teskey BrothersSo Caught UpRun Home Slow
40Kerry Pastine and the Crime SceneDown DownCity of Love
41Tad RobinsonReal StreetReal Street
42Sugaray RayfordThe RevelatorSomebody Save Me
43Southern AvenueWhiskey LoveKeep On
44Honey HoundsShine OnThe Flame
45Zac HarmonGypsy RoadMississippi BarBQ
46Annika ChambersI Feel the Same (ft Paul DesLauriers)Kiss My Sass
47Tennessee RedemptionBack To TennesseeTennessee Redemption
48Ivy FordStart a FightHarvesting  My Roots
49Wentus Blues Band w/ Duke Robillard 2:19Too Much Mustard
50Rockin’ Johnny & QuiQue GomezEverybody Loves My BabyDos Hombres Wanted
51Albert CastigliaHeavyMasterpiece
52Seth RosenbloomBroke And LonelyKeep On Turning
53Arlen RothI Can Fix It (ft Jack Pearson)Tele Masters
54Eliza NealsPawn Shop Blues (Roadhouse)Sweet Or Mean
55The Kokomo KingsHeatwaveFighting Fire with Gasoline
56Robin TrowerComing Closer to the DayComing Closer to the Day
57Blue Moon MarqueeAs I Lay DyingBare Knuckes & Brawn
58Peter WardTrain to Key BiscayneTrain to Key Biscayne
59Duke RobillardDon’t Bother Trying To Steal Her LoveEar Worms
60Harpdog BrownThinkin’ and Drinkin’For Love & Money
61Brother YusefI’m a BluesmanJook Joint Jam
62Manx Mariner ManlineRattlesnakeHell Bound for Heaven
63Josh NewcomGirl Got the MojoThe Blues Gonna Getcha
64Savoy BrownConjure RhythmCity Night
65Big Wolf BandBe FreeBe Free
66Coyote KingsDrive MeRocket

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.

One Month Down Roadhouse Blues on BMFR

Time is flyin’ and January 2020 has almost zipped by. Join us today, Thursday January 30th, at 3 pm EST on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com for the Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues. I have some Mike Goudreau, Joe Bonamassa, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Larkin Poe, and Marcus King as well as a slew of other great contemporary roadhouse blues artists and a couple of blasts from the past for ya!

Below is the intended playlist…..

ARTISTTITLE
Peter ParcekPat Hare
Big Bone DaddyCome to Me
3 Bean SoupLouisiana Zydeco
RedboneThe Witch Queen Of New Orleans
TomCat PlaygroundThat Kinda Feeling
The JimmysWrite A Hit (ft Marcia Ball)
Marcus KingWildflowers & Wine
Southern AvenueThe Tea I Sip
Annika ChambersI Feel The Same (ft Paul DesLauriers)
The Black SorrowsNever Let Me Go
Ray Fuller & the BluesrockersMean And Evil Woman
King Of The WorldFool No More
Larkin PoeMississippi
Jimmy HallWeep And Moan
Tyler Bryant & The ShakedownRamblin Bones
Jontavious WillisDaddy’s Dough
Christone “Kingfish” IngramIf You Love Me
Joanne Shaw TaylorWild Is The Wind
The Cadillac KingsI’m Leaving You Baby
Vegas Strip KingsIt Ain’t
Mike GoudreauBread And Water
The Cold StaresCold Black Water
Joe BonamassaHappier Times
Savoy BrownMemphis Blues
Damon FowlerWe’ve Got a Good Thing
Men In BluesSeeker
Eric HeidemanWild Ride

First Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues Nooner of 2020

Gettin’ ready to start my first Roadhouse Blues Nooner of the new decade!! Come join us on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com at 12 pm EST today, January 7th, for some great contemporary blues by artists like Robert Cray, 11 Guys Quartet, CW Ayon, Hakon Hoye, Hurricane Ruth, the Forrest McDonald Band, and plenty more.

Below is the intended playlist. If ya like em…buy em at your favorite music download site….and help the blues to thrive in 2020!!

ARTISTTITLE
11 Guys QuartetDown and Dirty
Jimmy CarpenterYou Belong To Me
Robert Cray & Hi RhythmYou Must Believe in Yourself
Sean ChambersGonna Groove
Hurricane RuthLet Me Be the One
Anthony GeraciWhy Did You Have To Go
TucciGimme Some of Your Love
The NighthawksThat’s All You Gotta Do
Albert CastigliaWoman Don’t Lie
Forrest McDonald BandBlues in a Bucket.
Andrew Jr Boy, Kerrie Lepai JonesMr. Slick
Tommy Castro & The PainkillersNonchalant
Stone Soup and the Broken TeethMoney
CW AyonCarla (Maybe Someday)
Phil DoubletRattlin’ Bones
Jan JamesBlack Orchid Blues
Delta WiresYour Eyes
Billy FlynnYou Are My Lover
Hakon HoyeMy Darkest Hour
The Gordon Meier Blues ExperienceJust Keep Ridin’
Thorbjørn Risager & The Black TornadoHard Time
Bridget Kelly BandWhat You Need
Van MorrisonThree Chords And The Truth
Gregg AllmanI Love The Life I Live
Kenny Wayne Shepherd BandNothing But The Night
Savoy BrownWhy Did You Hoodoo Me
The Magpie SaluteComin’ Home (Live)

Got the 7-11 Blues at 3 pm EST on BMFR!

I have got a passel of roadhouse blues from Australia, Europe, and across the USA today at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com (BMFR) from 3 to 5 pm EST.  Tune in…I promise ya these are some BADASS tunes!

Below is the intended playlist.

ARTIST TITLE
Ronnie Baker Brooks Pick Power
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram It Ain’t Right
Jimmie Vaughan It’s Love Baby (24 Hours A Day)
The Cash Box Kings Back Off
Peter Frampton Band I Just Want To Make Love To You (Feat. Kim Wilson)
Shemekia Copeland In The Blood Of The Blues
Savoy Brown Ain’t Gonna Worry
Diana Rein It’s You
The Rudy Boy Experiment This is How My Life Goes
John Pops Dennie You Got Another Thing Comin’
Little Billie Band Last Dollar
Josh Smith Half Blues
Keb’ Mo’ I Should’ve
Whitney Shay Love’s Creeping up on You
Southern Avenue Keep On
Michael Lee This Is
Jontavious Willis Liquor
Fruteland Jackson Two Steps To Hell
Lonesome Shack Trying To Forget
HeavyDrunk and the Hurricane If I Loved You Hard Enough
Grizzlee Train Gone Away
The Allman Betts Band Down To The River
Rockin’ Johnny & Quique Gomez The Jinx
Amnesia Blues Band Fast Johnny Cool
David Gogo From a Buick 6
Big Wolf Band Just Can’t Find You
Marcus Malone One More Time

Summer Vacation Cuts

Been on vacation with the daughters and grandkids. Had a fabulous time with family and friends.  Here are some of my favorite singles from albums I listened to while hangin’ out. (Most of the song links lead you to Spotify, Soundcloud, or Youtube.)

Aussie Blues

Simon Kinny-LewisCrossroads – Great version of one of my favorite roadhouse blues tunes. (A Day in San Jose 2019 SKL Music Label)

Grizzlee TrainOh Honey – Blues rockin’ from down under! (Burn Him Again EP 2016 Self Release)

British Blues

Big Wolf BandBe Free – Some crankin blues rock with great harmonies. Bit reminiscent of Ten Years After.  (Be Free 2019 Self Release)

Savoy BrownConjure Rhythm – The group that helped coin the term “blues rock” just keeps crankin’ it after all these years. (City Night 2019 Quatro Valley Records)

Danish Blues

Mojo HandsCry to Me – A great cover of the classic Solomon Burke tune…mhmm. (High Blood Pressure 2019 CDBaby)

Harpin’ Wolf & the Black SheepWorkin’ Man – Some badass harpin’ blues! (Workin’ Man 2018 Self Release)

USA Blues

HeavyDrunk and the HurricaneIf I Loved You Hard Enough – AWESOME Tune…the beat grabs ya and the lyrics hold ya! No stream link for this one yet….soooo…you just have to request it during my roadhouse blues sets on BMFR! (HeavyDrunk and the Hurricane 2019 4142 Music)

The Rudy Boy ExperimentHelping Me With My Blues – Strong George Thorogood influence on this upbeat New Mexico blues rockin tune. (Shade Tree Mechanic 2019 DSN Music)

Josh NewcomGirl Got the Mojo – Just a great upbeat tune from a multi talented southern boy! ! (The Blues Gonna Getcha 2019 Warpaint Entertainment)

Ivy FordStart a Fight – Out of Northern Illinois, this lady can sing and play a guitar. Reminds me a bit of Danielle Nicole and that ain’t a bad thing! (Harvesting My Roots 2019 Ivy Ford Music)

Jersey Swamp CatsJump, Jive, And Wail – Some great blues swing! (Go Cats Go 2019 Jersey Swamp Cats Music)

Michael LeeThis Is –  This Texas boy has a gift for RnB and soul! On some other songs on the new album, he can rock the blues also. (Michael Lee 2019 Ruff Records)

The Weary TimesPeace of Mind – A back to the 1960’s feel to this tune…love it!! (Peace of Mind 2019 Ryan Curtis Music)

I’ll be working tunes from all these albums into my upcoming sets on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com at 12 pm EST on Tuesdays and 3 pm EST on Thursdays

 

Summertime Blues with Ben Vee 3pm EST on BMFR…June 20th

Well it is SUMMER TIME! Gonna roll out some roadhouse blues featuring a number of Canadian artists AND spin some “outlaw country blues” tunes by performers including Ray Wylie Hubbard, Lincoln Durham, and Colter Wall as well as THE Band.  You can catch it all here… http://www.bluesmusicfan.com  …..beginning at 3 pm EST today!

Below is the intended playlist:

ARTIST TITLE
King Curtis The Weight (ft. Duane Allman)
The Reverend Shawn Amos Will You Be Mine
Chris Robinson Brotherhood Leave My Guitar Alone
Ben Harper I’m In I’m Out And I’m Gone
Billy Boy Arnold Catfish
The Record Company I’m Getting Better (And I’m Feeling It Right Now))
Chickenbone Slim Break Me off a Piece
Sean Pinchin Gotta Move
MonkeyJunk Show Me Yours
Colin James No Time To Get There
David Gogo Fooling Myself
Anthony Gomes Stealin’ From The Devil
Jeff Healey Hoochie Coochie Man
Savoy Brown Conjure Rhythm
Catfish Hodge Band Long Night
Chuck Leavell Wish Me Well
Clas Yngström & Big Tex Three Beyond Here Lies Nothin’
Chris Fitz Band If You See Me Tomorrow …Tell Me About Last Night
Tony Joe White Closer To The Truth
Peter Ward Coffee Song (ft Michelle Willson)
Comanchero The Sniper
The Band Blind Willie Mctell
Colter Wall Sleeping on the Blacktop
Ray Wylie Hubbard Roll And I Tumble
Lincoln Durham Reckoning Lament
Dave Alvin A Woman’s Got A Right

Alligators, Aussies, Boston Beats, & Roadhouse Blues on BMFR 3-5 pm EST w/Ben Vee

Gonna feature recording done by artists on Alligator Records (a great blues label) as well as a couple of Australian performers, several Boston area groups, and, of course, plenty of contemporary upbeat blues from 3-5 pm EST today, Thursday, Feb 21! Tune in at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com.  Below is the intended playlist, so if ya hear somethin you luv, you can find it…download it…and help the roadhouse blues to thrive!

ARTIST TITLE
Johnny Winter Sen-Sa-Shun / Got My Mojo Working
Lonnie Mack Natural Disaster
Delta Generators Strike The Bells
Marcia Ball Dance With Me
Ash Grunwald Shake That Thing
Lonnie Brooks Two Headed Man
Electric Blues Collective Swamp Gas
Meena Send Me A Doctor
Jimmy Thackery Empty Arms Motel
Jimmy Barnes Shake Rattle And Roll
Etta James I’d Rather Go Blind
Dominic Schoemaker Let Me Be Your Lover
Haole Kid Local Boy Blues Project Bluesy White Boy
Savoy Brown Memphis Blues
James House & The Blues Cowboys Boomerang
JJ Grey & Mofro That Boy
Cassie Taylor No Ring Blues
Tinsley Ellis Cool On It
Son Seals Look, Now Baby
Jimmie Vaughan Kinky Woman
Albert Cummings Up Your Sleeve
Janiva Magness Hammer (Feat. Charlie Musselwhite)
A.C. Reed She’s Fine
Delbert McClinton B Movie Boxcar Blues
Peter Parcek Ashes To Ashes
Layla Zoe Get Me Some
Albert Collins I Ain’t Drunk
Chris Smither Up On the Lowdown