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.

Tuesday Feb 11th Roadhouse Nooner on BMFR

I got dem Tuesday Roadhouse Nooner Blues on BMFR at High Noon EST. Join us at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com!

Below is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLE
Arsen ShomakhovThree Arrows
CW AyonEnd of My Rope
Jason Lee McKinney BandNormal Is Just An Exit
Albert CummingsQueen Of Mean
Avey Grouws BandDevil May Care
Layla ZoeSomeday
Bernard AllisonSlide Master
Robert CrayAnything You Want
JD SimoI Got Love If You Want It
Tomislav GolubanHayloft Blues
Whitney ShayGetting In My Way
Phantom Blues BandIm Just Your Fool
Debbie DaviesDone Sold Everything
Gary MooreAll Your Love (Live)
Eliza NealsPawn Shop Blues (Roadhouse) (Feat. Popa Chubby & Dave Keyes)
Widow BlueBroken Heart for Sale
John McVeyI Don’t Stutter
Jeff FettermanBad Feeling
Dudley TaftMeet Me In The Morning
Mary Bridget DaviesTrick The Devil
Ryan Foret And Foret TraditionThat’s How Strong My Love Is
Buddy Guy & Junior WellsHoodoo Man Blues
Mike FarrisLet Me Love You Baby
Jamie Lynn VesselsDon’t Look Back
Seth RosenbloomI Can’t Help It
Jimmy Z & The Z-TribeHoneyman

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

Contemporary Roadhouse Blues on BMFR 3 PM EST

Join me today for some contemporary Roadhouse Blues at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com at 3 pm EST.  Got some new tunes….some classics…and alot of upbeat tunes for ya! Here is the intended playlist.

ARTIST TITLE
Widow Blue Pow Wow Blues
Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page & Steve Winwood Take Me To The River
Tedeschi Trucks Band Hard Case
Chris O’Leary What the Devil Made Me Do
Katarina Pejak Moonlight Rider
Trevor B. Power Band I Wrote It Down
Seth Rosenbloom Come Back Around
Kyle Yardley Treat You Like A Queen
John Mayall Big Town Playboy
Tomislav Goluban Bag Full Of Troubles
Rockin’ Johnny & Quique Gomez Ain’t No High Roller
Jimmy Carpenter You Belong To Me
JP Williams Blues Band Cigar Box Boogie
Tommy Castro, Jimmy Hall & Lloyd Jones Love Will
Victor Wainwright Thank You Lucille
Beth Hart Fat Man
Albert Cummings Girls To Shame
Joanne Shaw Taylor Diamonds In The Dirt
Laurence Jones Can’t Keep Living Like This
Joe Bonamassa Dust Bowl
Supersonic Blues Machine Ain’t No Love (In The Heart Of The City)
Walter Trout All I Want Is You
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now

I’m BACK and live on www.bluesmusicfan.com at 3 pm EST today Jan 31 2019!

Here’s my playlist for today’s set at 3 pm EST on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com!  Hope you get a chance to tune in and listen!

And thanks for all the well wishes as I recover from a heart attack on Jan 2nd….ugh. I am doin’ bettah and bettah!

ARTIST TITLE
Widow Blue Pow Wow Blues
Karen Lawrence and Blue By Nature I’ll Get Along Alright
Walter Trout Out Of Bad Luck
Seth Rosenbloom Come Back Around
Dr. Helander & Third Ward Woman’s Trust
Dany Franchi Run Around
Rich Hope Runnin’ Shoes
Dennis Johnson Timbale
Niecie Waiting For The Shoe To Drop
Too Slim And The Taildraggers Broad Mindeo
Jamie Lynn Vessels Don’t Look Back
Kat Danser Train I Ride
Joe Bonamassa Love Is A Gamble
Sonny Landreth Blues Attack
Dana Fuchs Ready To Rise
Ray Bonneville South Of The Blues
John Hiatt All The Way To The River
Buddy Guy End Of The Line
Mike Zito I Wouldn’t Treat A Dog (The Way You Treat Me)
Boz Scaggs Those Lies
Markey Blue Ric Latina Project Raised In Muddy Water
Tom Hambridge What You Leave Behind
Colin James Ooh Baby Hold Me
The Nick Moss Band Crazy Mixed Up Baby
Damon Fowler Ain’t Gonna Rock with You No More
Teresa James and The Rhythm Tramps Ground Zero