Roadhouse Blues News – Hot Blues In August

It’s a typically hot and humid August day here…….perfect time to be inside and letting you know about some even hotter roadhouse blues!

Roadhouse Blues Albums I am spinnin’ this summer that you will rock you (link to a single included)

Mike Zito – Resurrection I’ll Make Love To You

Mike is one of the contemporary roadhouse blues’ great singers, songwriters, guitar players, producers, and now co-owner of Gulf Coast Records who just keep rollin’ out awesome roadhouse tunes!

Billy F. Gibbons – Hardware She’s On Fire

Well into his seventies, Billy has lost none of his verve and the man can just crank it out!

Tedeschi Trucks Band – Layla Revisited (Live) Little Wing

They cover the 1970 Derek and the Dominos album live and it is awesome! Features Trey Anastasio (Phish) and Doyle Bramall II on guitars alongside the fabulous voice of Susan Tedeschi and slide guitar wizardry of Derek Trucks.

Sean Chambers – That’s What I’m Talkin’ About (Tribute to Hubert Sumlin) Rockin’ Daddy

One of blues rock’s great guitar players pays tribute to his mentor Hubert Sumlin and also dedicates the album to the memory of Ben Elliot, a legendary music producer, who died shortly after finishing the album with Sean.

Blues Traveler – Traveler’s Blues Roadhouse Blues

An awesome blues album by John Popper and company. They get help from Keb’ Mo, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Warren Haynes and crank out a great version of the signature tune for the Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues!!

Cactus – Tightrope Papa Was a Rolling Stone

Carmine Appice continues to pound the skins to perfection. I have been a big fan since his days with Vanilla Fudge back in the 1960’s. I love this cover of The Temptations number 1 hit from 1972.

Andy Lindquist – Stand.abide.endure The River Queen

Andy is a native of North Dakota and is now ensconced in the hot and humid climes of Florida. This album of one of the great blues rock releases of 2021.

The Brothers – March 10, 2020 Madison Square Garden (Live) Midnight Rider

Recorded live right before the pandemic closed down most of the world, the alumni of the Allman Brothers keep the jams flowin’ led by Warren Haynes.

Bishop Gun – Gypsy Cadillac Ain’t it a Shame

From Natchez, Mississippi, Bishop Gunn is one of my “break out” artists of 2021. The album is an incredible mixture of Rhythm & Blues and southern rock AND he has an incredible R&B voice as you will hear on this tune!

Bernie Marsden – Kings Me And My Guitar

He was a mainstay of Whitesnake back in the day and has evolved into a master bluesman with a touch on the guitar that few can rival!

Jimmy Barnes – Flesh & Blood This Is the Truth

Jimmy is simply one of the great voices of his generation. Just kick back and drift way as ya listen!

New Tunes to be released in the next couple of months

Doobie Brothers – Liberte

I heard the first single, Oh Mexico, the other day. Can’t wait to get my hand on the album when released in October. If the single is any indication, it will be a great roadhouse release.

Altered Five Blues Band – Holler If You Hear Me

Jeff Taylor is another of my favorite blues singers. The band is allowing us to spin the album now on BMFR. It will officially be released in early September.

In Remembrance

Dusty Hill – He was out on tour with ZZ Top this past month and wasn’t feeling well so he went home to recuperate. Dusty passed away in his sleep on July 28, 2021. Rest in peace brother…..you brought us all some damn fine times and that insistent bass that was a signature of the little band from Texas! La Grange


You will find all these tunes in rotation on my 24 hour roadhouse blues stream at WRHB. They will also be featured during my upcoming roadhouse blues shows on BluesMusicFanRadio from 12-2 pm EDT on Tuesdays and from 3-5 pm EDT on Thursdays.

That’s What I’m Talkin’ About – Sean Chambers pays tribute to Hubert Sumlin

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

Roadhouse Blues Music News — New and Upcoming Music Releases

Some new and upcoming music releases that I thought you might like to know about! When you get a chance to listen to them, leave a comment here on my blog with your thoughts!!

Out now:

Van Morrison – Latest Record Project Volume 1

Nancy Wilson (of Heart) – You and Me

Upcoming Releases:

The Black Keys – Delta Kream (May 2021)

Mike Zito – Resurrection (May 2021)

John Hiatt with the Jerry Douglas Band – Leftover Feelings (May 2021)

Robert Finley – Sharecropper’s Son (May 2021)

Eddie 9V – Little Black Flies (May 2021)

Various Artists – Alligator Records 50 Years of Genuine Houserockin’ Music (June 2021)

Billy F Gibbons – Hardware (June 2021)

Sean Chambers – That’s What I Am Talking About….Tribute to Hubert Sumlin (July 2021)

Ben Vee Roadhouse Blues Nooner 12-2 pm EST Apr 14th

Join me today, April 14th, on BMFR from 12-2 pm EST for a mix of contemporary blues and blues rock that I call the Roadhouse Blues on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com. My Roadhouse Blues Nooner will feature tunes by Nanette Workman, Muddy Waters & the Rolling Stones, Mike Zito, the Be Sharp Band, Layla Zoe, Joe Bonamassa, and many more.

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Alex DixonChi-Town Boogie (Instrumental)
Buddy GuyCognac (feat. Jeff Beck & Keith Richards)
Mike ZitoMississippi Nights
John FogertyWicked Old Witch
Muddy Waters & the Rolling StonesYou Don’t Have To Go
Jay StollmanI’d Rather Drink Muddy Water
Mississippi ShakedownTalking to My Baby
Joe BonamassaYou Shook Me (Live)
Colin JamesWalkin’ Blues
Nanette WorkmanRide on
Markey Blue Ric Latina ProjectCome And Go
Carie and The SoulshakersMuddy Said
Tinsley EllisA Quitter Never Wins
Layla ZoeLeave You For Good
Sean ChambersSweeter Than a Honey Bee
Ryan McGarveyBlue Eyed Angel Blues
Rob TognoniComin’ Home Tonight
Savoy BrownVintage Man
Billy F GibbonsHollywood 151
Be Sharp BandAshes
Lance LopezLowdown Ways (Bonus Track)
Anthony GomesOne Last Time
Dave MenikettiSay Goodbye

Roadhouse Blues for March 26th on BMFR 3-5 pm EST

The sun has come out…temperatures are mild….great time for some roadhouse blues on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 3-5 pm today, Thursday, March 26th. I will be spinnin’ tunes from the B. Christopher Band, Samantha Fish, John Mayall, Van Morrison, Tommy Castro, Colin James, Janiva Magness, and many more!

The intended playlist is below…if ya like a couple….please take the time to download from your favorite music app! The artists can really really use the money and support in these troubled times!

ARTISTTITLE
The B. Christopher BandStrike Two
Samantha FishHello Stranger
John MayallBlue Midnight
Thorbjørn Risager & The Black TornadoI Used to Love You
Van MorrisonRoll With The Punches
Beth HartLet’s Get Together
Tommy Castro & The PainkillersNonchalant
NiecieThank God For Fools
Colin JamesI Will Remain
Steve KraseBrand New Thing
Janiva MagnessI Can Tell
Coco MontoyaHard As Hell
Ally Venable BandBackwater Blues
Dennis JohnsonWalkin Blues
Sean ChambersAll Night Long
Tinsley EllisNothing But Fine
Jim AllchinVoodoo Doll
Markey Blue Ric Latina ProjectRaised In Muddy Water
Mike ZitoMississippi Nights
Bettye LaVetteThings Have Changed
Sugaray RayfordThe Revelator
Al BasileSo Called Story Teller
Travellin’ Blue KingsNinety Minutes
Manx Marriner MainlineRattlesnake
Ida Bang & The Blue TearsShelter Me
Big Joe SheltonWomen and Whiskey
Ronnie Earl And The BroadcastersI Need You So Bad (ft Michael Ledbetter)

March 24th BMFR Roadhouse Blues Nooner 12-2 pm EST

It’s time for the March 24th BMFR Roadhouse Blues Nooner at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com. Tune in from 12-2 pm EST as I roll out tunes by Mud Morganfield, Coyote Kings, Samantha Fish, Anthony Geraci, Dana Fuchs, Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa and many more!!

Hope ya stayin’ safe! One small benefit of a bit of home isolation is you get to listen to more music! And the more you listen and purchase and download ones that you like from my playlist, the more it will benefit these great blues artists that are, by and large, really feeling the impact NOW of the lack of gigs to play!! With the exception of a few, most blues artists aren’t wealthy…they are like you and me..bit worried about the immediate future and how to pay the bills as they roll in amidst the pandemic.

Below is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Mick ClarkeNuthin’burger Blues
The Original Blues Brothers Band ft Steve Cropper and Lou MariniGot My Mojo Working
Mud MorganfieldOh Yeah
Damon FowlerAin’t Gonna Rock with You No More
Coyote KingsDrive Me
Jimmy CarpenterYou Belong To Me
Johnny & The HeadhuntersWatch And Chain (Hey Gyp)
Luke Winslow-KingChicken Dinner
Sue FoleyThe Lucky Ones (feat. Jimmie Vaughan)
John AkapoMaui Drive
Fiona BoyesEmber
Delta WiresYour Eyes
The Lucky LosersThe River
Peter ParcekWorld Keep On Turning
Joe GoldmarkBeautician Blues
Anthony GeraciWhy Did You Have To Go
Ben Harper & Charlie MusselwhiteThe Bottle Wins Again (Live At Machine Shop)
Sean ChambersGonna Groove
Samantha FishNo Angels
Kenny Wayne ShepherdHow Low Can You Go
John Ginty And Aster PhoenyxCaptain Hook
Mike ZitoChip off the Block
Anthony Rosano and The ConqueroosBound to You
Dana FuchsReady To Rise
Walter TroutCrash And Burn (feat. Joe Louis Walker)
Beth Hart & Joe BonamassaGive It Everything You Got
Corey Dennison BandHear My Plea
Big Wolf BandBe Free
Savoy BrownConjure Rhythm

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)

Roadhouse Blues Nooner for April 30th

Today’s Roadhouse Blues Nooner at 12 PM EST will highlight artists from Canada like Sean Pinchin, Colin James, Neil Young, MonkeyJunk, Layla Zoe, Angel Forrest, and Jeff Healey to name a few. Tune in at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com if ya get the time!

Below is today’s intended playlist.

ARTIST TITLE
Albert Castiglia Freddie’s Boogie
Downchild Blues Band With Spencer Davis Rocket 88
Neil Young & The Bluenotes Hey Hey
Alvin Lee And Co. Got To Keep Moving
Mike Zito Shoes Blues W Teresa James
Coyote Kings Drive Me
TOMMY CASTRO Anytime Soon (Live)
Jason Buie Wild Woman
Colin James 40 Light Years
Too Slim & The Taildraggers Killin’ Me
Tiffany Pollack & Eric Johanson Memories To Forget
David Gogo Bad Faces
Sean Pinchin Bad Things
Tedeschi Trucks Band Signs, High Times
Angel Forrest Walkin’ Blues
Matt Baxter & Jake Sampson Little Girl Gone
MonkeyJunk Boogie Man (2014 Remaster)
Jordan Patterson Band She’s Cool
Layla Zoe Breaking Free
Walter Trout Haunted By The Night
Reloaded Norway Listen Now
Nick Schnebelen Crazy All By Myself
Sean Chambers Keep Movin On
The Jeff Healey Band Hoochie Coochie Man
Seth Rosenbloom Crawling Back

Some Thursday Southern Roadhouse Blues 3 pm EST on BMFR

Got a mix with a lot of southern roadhouse blues today on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com! Tune in at 3 pm EST for tunes from the Allman Brothers, Susan Tedeschi, Gov’t Mule, and many more!

Below is the intended playlist.

ARTIST TITLE
Kentucky Headhunters With Johnnie Johnson Fast Train
Jack Pearson I Feel All Right
Susan Tedeschi Little By Little (with The Derek Trucks Band)
The Allman Brothers Band Things You Used to Do
Gov’t Mule Million Miles From Yesterday
Eric Clapton Losing Hand
Devon Allman Back to You
Niecie Baby It’s Working
Tinsley Ellis Drivin’ Woman
Sean Chambers Cry On Me
Tucci High Roller
Albert Castiglia Triflin’
Damon Fowler Trouble
Gregg Allman Band Demons
Bonnie Raitt Million Miles
B.B. King & Eric Clapton Days Of Old
Jack Bruce & Friends Send For Me
Shaun Kirk Let Me Put My Love Into You
Shaun Murphy Go Away
WYNONNA JUDD That Was Yesterday
Tiffany Pollack & Eric Johanson Keep It Simple
Mike Zito 39 Days
Joe Bonamassa Down Around My Place (With John Hiatt)
Tom Hambridge This End of the Road (ft Sonny Landreth)
Chris Rea Never Tie Me Down

Best of the Blues 2018 – Ben Vee’s Roadhouse 66 Song List

Similar to the old Route 66 that wound from the heart of the United States in Chicago to the west coast and captured some of the best of what America has to offer, the Ben Vee Roadhouse 66 song list meanders world wide from Africa to Europe to North and South America.. on then to Australia and up to Asia capturing the best blues songs of 2018. The roadhouse blues is situated at the crossroads of the blues and rock genres so there are plenty of upbeat tunes and a number of belly grinders on the list. The selection includes 15 female singers..a dozen blues rockers…several roots blues tunes and numbers of hot contemporary blues recordings…I hope you download and enjoy listening to all the songs!!

As a DJ, in 2018 I played over 200 sets and 500 hours of blues music or roughly 6,000 songs for listening audiences. On my 24 hour Roadhouse blues stream, I streamed thousands more. Picking the best 66 from my broadcasts was both a labor of love and a huge challenge.  The position of the songs on the list is of little consequence…you might list them in a different order or include ones that I didn’t.  The important thing is that these 66 tunes are a “top shelf” sampling of a vibrant and growing contemporary blues market. Don’t let ANYONE tell you that the blues are dead or dying!!  I encourage you to turn your friends on to songs on the list and help spread the news that, as Buddy Guy said on his latest album, the blues is alive and well!!

1 Joe Bonamassa King Bee Shakedown
2 Anthony Gomes Whiskey Made Me Do It
3 Lance Lopez Blue Moon Rising
4 Larkin Poe Bleach Blonde Bottle Blues
5 Billy F. Gibbons Hollywood 151
6 Danielle Nicole Save Me ft. Kenny Wayne Shepherd
7 Boz Scaggs Little Miss Night And Day
8 Buddy Guy Cognac (feat. Jeff Beck & Keith Richards)
9 Shemekia Copeland Ain’t Got Time For Hate
10 Widow Blue Who’s Gonna Take Care of Lucille?
11 Bettye LaVette Things Have Changed
12 Mike Zito Mississippi Nights
13 Layla Zoe Are You Still Alive Inside
14 Ray Bonneville South of the Blues
15 Markey Blue Ric Latina Project Raised in Muddy Water
16 Colin James I Will Remain
17 Jim Allchin Voodoo Doll
18 Tinsley Ellis Nothing But Fine
19 Sean Chambers All Night Long
20 Ryan McGarvey Ain’t Enough Whiskey
21 The Nick Moss Band The High Cost of Low Living
22 Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps The Day The Blues Came To Call
23 Delta Moon Skinny Woman
24 Chris Smither Maybelline
25 Janiva Magness Down Below
26 Curtis Salgado/Alan Hager You Got to Move
27 Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats Coolin’ Out
28 The Record Company Roll Bones
29 Travis Bowlin Vicksburg Blues
30 Damon Fowler Ain’t Gonna Rock With You No More
31 Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa Give It Everything You Got
32 Dana Fuchs Ready To Rise
33 Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite The Bottle Wins Again
34 Sue Foley The Lucky Ones (ft Jimmie Vaughan)
35 Anthony Geraci Why Did You Have to Go
36 Joe Goldmark Beautician Blues
37 Mud Morganfield Oh Yeah
38 The Lucky Losers The River
39 Fiona Boyes Ember
40 Johnny & The Headhunters Watch And Chain (Hey Gyp)
41 Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones Mama Said
42 The Reverend Shawn Amos Moved
43 Dry Johnson Drunk Girl With a Tamborine (feat Snit)
44 Tom Hambridge The End of the Road (ft Sonny Landreth)
45 Anthony Gomes Take Me Back Home
46 Ally Venable Backwater Blues
47 Kat Danser Hol’ Up Baby
48 Dan Patlansky Judge A Man
49 Marcia Ball Take a Little Louisiana
50 Sari Schorr Thank You
51 Too Slim And the Taildraggers Trouble
52 Jamie Lynn Vessels Done Me Wrong
53 Lindsay Beaver Dangerous
54 Steve Krase Dirty Dirty
55 Black River Delta Keeps Me Bleeding
56 The Marcus King Band Side Door
57 Kris Barras Band Wrong Place, Wrong Time
58 Dany Franchi Wanna Know
59 Niecie Thank God for Fools
60 Eric Steckel We’re Still Friends
61 Luke Winslow King Chicken Dinner
62 John Akapo Maui Blues
63 Kat Riggins A Girl in the Boys’ Club
64 The Bob Lanza Blues Band Hey Baby
65 Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne That Raggedy Shack
66 Elvin Bishop That’s the Way Willy Likes It