Roadhouse Music Reviews – The Commoners, Derrick Procell, and The Hungry Williams

Just back from a long weekend in southern California with my younger daughter and her husband. We had a blast…..lots of music, food, friends and tequila! Here are three new recording that I enjoyed listening to on the plane trip there and back.

Butter cake at Nick’s in Laguna Beach with Amanda

The Commoners – Find a Better Way (Gypsy Soul Records 2022)

The debut album, Find a Better Way, by The Commoners out of Toronto Canada is downright badass southern style music. The group is fronted by Chris Medhurst, who’s voice reminds me of another Canadian star, Burton Cummings. Melodious wafts of the sounds of The Black Crowes, the Eagles, and the Allman Brothers also drift through the music. The first video single of the recording, Fill My Cup, should give you a good feel for the talent of the band that includes Ross Hayes Citrullo (lead guitar), Ben Spiller (bass/piano), Adam Cannon (drums) and long time friend Miles Evans-Branagh (organ). Kevin Shirley (of Joe Bonamassa fame) even helps a bit producing the title cut. Overall the album has some mighty fine tunes…..give it a listen!!

Favorite cut: More Than Mistakes

Derrick Procell – Hello Mojo (Catfood Records 2022)

Derrick Procell is another of those great talents of the modern blues that you probably haven’t heard of though he was been writing, singing, and performing for well over 40 years. His latest album, Hello Mojo!, is a showcase for his soulful voice and harmonica playing. He has a video out for the first cut from the recording, Skin In the Game, that is contemporary blues at its best.

Though you may not know who Derrick Procell is, my bet is that you have heard his music on True Blood, The Office, Boston Legal, The Americans, or King of the Hill television shows over the years. He has even won a songwriting award at the annual Billboard Magazine get together. And, closer to my heart, he has written music for American Cancer Society events. (As some of you know, I do a fundraiser of my own and participate in the Second Life Relay for Life event for the American Cancer Society each year.)

Overall this album grades out high enough to receive serious consideration for Contemporary Blues Album of the year awards. If you listen to the recording, leave your own comments below. I’d love to know what you think!

Favorite cut: The Contender

The Hungry Williams – Let’s Go (Rochelle Records 2022)

Out this Friday September 9th, on my birthday, The Hungry Williams will be releasing their second album, Let’s Go. When I heard their debut recording in 2019, Brand New Thing, I thought for sure they were from my hometown of New Orleans. Now after listening to the new tunes, I can say confidently that they are a Big Easy R&B band, regardless of their claims to be from Milwaukee!!

The songs on the recording have a largely “back in the day” sound from the 1950’s. There are tunes originally done by Lavern Baker, Big Maybelle, and Fats Domino guitarist Roy Montrell as well as a number of fabulous originals. The band consists of Kelli Gonzalez (lead vocals), Joe Vent (guitar and vocals), Jack Stewart (keyboards), Mike Sieger (bass), John Carr (founder, drums), and a horn section of Jason Goldsmith, Casimir Riley, and Lech Wierzynski.

This past February, they released the first video for the album, Mardi Gras Day in time for the Crescent City holiday. I encourage you to give it a listen. I love good time music that makes you feel good; it’s what the concept of the roadhouse blues is all about!! The Hungry Williams kick out music that is fun and captures the magic of New Orleans….well worth your time!

Favorite cut: Oooh Wow!


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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 personal 24 hour stream devoted to the Roadhouse Blues… WRHB as well as a Youtube channel.

Springtime Roadhouse Blues 12-2 pm EDT

Join me today for some Springtime Roadhouse Blues at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 12-2 pm EDT. I will have tunes by Mike Zito, Casey James, Misty Blues, Kat Riggins, Lloyd Jones, Bette Smith, Dion, and a bunch more contemporary blues.

This is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
The Little Red Rooster Blues BandRockin’ My BoogieUnder the Covers
Greg Copeland & Steve ‘Guitar’ GillesDon’t Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down (Live)Live In Aotearoa / New Zealand
Casey JamesBulletproof (Duet With Delbert McClinton)Strip It Down
Shawn PittmanTake A Real Good LookStompin’ Solo
Dione TaylorRunningSpirits in the Water
The WildRootsKing Snake Crawl RevisitedWildRoots Sessions Volume 1
Louis MezzasomaValley Of ShadowsMercenary
Misty BluesI Can’t WaitNone More Blue
Kerry KearneyWorld TrainTales From The Psychedelta
Vanessa CollierTake a Chance On MeHeart On The Line
Kat RigginsThe StormCry Out
The Hungry WilliamsGo on FoolBrand New Thing
Lloyd JonesTurn Me LooseTennessee Run
New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom RockersShe’s About a Mover (feat. Alvin Youngblood Hart)New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers – Volume 2
Cathy GrierBackroad BluesI’m All Burn
Joakim WallCan’t Find the Switch (feat. Rastafarfar, Surjo Benigh, Marcus Olsson & Daniel Karlsson)Promo Single
Gary NicholsonStay Away (feat. Wendy Moten)Stay Away (feat. Wendy Moten)
Michele BiondiDown By The RiverDown By The River
Bette SmithFistful of DollarsThe Good, the Bad and the Bette
Sonny LandrethSomebody Gotta Make A MoveBlacktop Run
Anthony GomesMake A Good Man (Wanna Be Bad)Containment Blues
Thorbjorn Risager and The Black TornadoLast TrainCome On In
DionWhat If I Told You (Feat. Samantha Fish)Blues With Friends
Mike ZitoAfter The StormQuarantine Blues
Walter TroutMake It RightOrdinary Madness
Albert CummingsCall Me CrazyBelieve
Wily Bo Walker/Danny FlamAin’t No Man a Good ManAin’t No Man a Good Man (Deluxe)
Eliza Neals/Joe Louis WalkerThe Devil Don’t Love YouBlack Crow Moan

Roadhouse Blues Nooner on BMFR 12 -2 pm EDT

There is so much great new Roadhouse contemporary blues being created around the world that is very hard to keep up…..but I do it! Join me today at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 12 to 2 pm EDT for music by Ghalia Volt, Lindsey Alexander, Brad Palmer, Tami Neilson, Joe Lewis Band, Tinsley Ellis, The Blues Side, Robbert Duijf, the J. Houston Band, and many more.

Here is the intended playlist. I publish it in the hopes that you will enjoy several of the tunes and then whip out a credit card number at your favorite music download website and buy ’em!!

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
Sugarmill SlimBoogie, Ya FoolsSugarmill Slim
Ghalia VoltReap What You SowOne Woman Band
Alias Smith & Jones Featuring The Button MenHot Box BoogieHit & Run
Cristina VanePreachin’ BluesOld Played New – EP
J. Harvey And The Inner DemonsFor Crying Out LoudQuarantine Demos Vol 2
Dustin Arbuckle and Matt WoodsI’m A BloodhoundDustin Arbuckle & Matt Woods
Robbert DuijfDangerous MoodDangerous Mood
Keb’ Mo’I Remember YouOklahoma
The Allman Brothers BandLow Down Dirty MeanSeven Turns
Paul Butterfield’s Better DaysCountrysideLive At Winterland Ballroom
Linsey AlexanderGoing Back To My Old Time UsedLive at Rosa’s
Johnny BurginTwo TelephonesNo Border Blues
Grant HauaGot SomethingAwa Blues
Brad PalmerSlow Down WomanStreet Sessions, Vol. 3
The Jake Levinson BandGit Up And GoBurnin’ Daylight
Eric Starczan, Jennifer Jordan, Ian SiegalBluesoramaBluesorama
Tami NeilsonYou Were MineCHICKABOOM! (Deluxe Edition)
The Hungry WilliamsFor You My LoveBrand New Thing
J Houston BandDrivin My BabeMilestone
Joe Lewis BandBaby Rocks The BoatUP NEXT
Altered Five Blues BandThree ForksCharmed & Dangerous
Tinsley EllisEvil Till SunriseIce Cream In Hell
City Blues ConnectionLove My Baby40 Years 1979 – 2019
The Blues SideThe CureThe Blues Side
Nick Moss BandBeen Gone So LongTime Ain’t Free
James SolbergRockin’ The Cradle…..Real Life
Rita ChiarelliHighway 61 RevisitedRoad Rockets

The 3/11 Roadhouse Blues on BMFR from 3-5 pm EST

I have a bunch of new roadhouse tunes for you today from contemporary blues artists all over the world! Tune in at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com from 3-5 pm EST for songs by Cristina Vane (featured in the photo), Ledfoot, Tami Neilson, Catfish, Brad Palmer, Grant Haua, Johnny Iguana, Miss Bix, Sunday Wilde, and plenty more!

Here is the intended playlist:

ARTISTTITLEALBUM
Tom GilbertsZoot Suite ShuffleOld School
John Henry and the RainmakersThat’s AlrightJohn Henry and the Rainmakers
Brad Curtis & The SOME x 6 BandI Saw YouPromo Single
The JujubesChange is ComingWhere Are We Now
Sunday WildeOne Day We Will (Featuring Harpdog Brown)Peace In Trouble
Dustin Arbuckle and Matt WoodsYou Got To KnowDustin Arbuckle & Matt Woods
Sugarmill SlimMe And Piney BrownSugarmill Slim
J. Harvey And The Inner DemonsSince You Came AlongQuarantine Demos
Eric Starczan, Jennifer Jordan, Ian SiegalSave My SoulBluesorama
Crooked Eye TommyHot Coffee & PainBackyard Blues
Miss Bix Featuring Keeshea PrattRed WallsBackyard Blues
The Blues SideShake My HeadThe Blues Side
J Houston BandTwenty CentsMilestone
Brad PalmerRisin’ MoonStreet Sessions, Vol. 3
Cristina VaneBanty Rooster BluesOld Played New – EP
Grant HauaTough Love MummaAwa Blues
LedfootTake Away the HurtPromo Single
CatfishSoulbreakerBurning Bridges
Tom GilbertsOld SchoolOld School
City Blues ConnectionMuddy Waters40 Years 1979 – 2019
Kenny James Miller BandBlues ManTear In My Eye
Joe Lewis BandCan I Get With YouUP NEXT
Johnny IguanaShake Your MoneymakerJohnny Iguana’s Chicago Spectacular!
Tami NeilsonCall Your Mama (Live at RNZ)CHICKABOOM! (Deluxe Edition)
The Hungry WilliamsWhere’s My Baby?Brand New Thing
Jed Potts & the Hillman HuntersWhere’s Your ManWhere’s Your Man
Øernes Blues BandAngel Of MercyI Need You Tonight
The MustangsDidn’t I SayShaman & The Monkey
Ida MaeBoom Boom BoomChasing Lights