Best Blues of 2022 – Notable Live and Compilation Roadhouse Blues Releases

ZZ Top – RAW (That Little Ol’ Band From Texas Original Soundtrack) (2022 Shelter Records/BMG)

Recorded in 2019 as part of the documentary “That Little Ol’ Band from Texas“, this legendary trio retreated to their garage rock roots by renting the oldest dance hall in Texas, the Gruene Hall, and then crankin’ out versions of a dozen of their classic tunes. There were no crowds; just the band and recording staff. Dusty Hill was magical on the bass, Frank Beard kept a tight pocket with an insistent beat, and Billy Gibbons provided his signature guitar licks and raw vocals. With the death of Dusty, the magic that was ZZ Top will never pass this way again. And as the last recording of the group, it stands as a mighty testament to their fusion of rock and blues. It is well worth every nickel you pay for the download or the vinyl.

Creedence Clearwater Revival – At the Royal Albert Hall April 14, 1970 (2022 Craft Records)

Recorded by the BBC during Creedence Clearwater Revival’s first tour of Europe in 1970, this music was never released because of the never ending battles between the band and their original label, Fantasy Records. Now, after 52 years, you get to hear CCR at their finest with John Fogerty on vocals and guitars, his older brother Tim Fogerty on rhythm guitars, Stu Cook on bass and Doug ‘Cosmo’ Clifford on drums.

CCR sprang to fame in 1968 with a cover of Dale Hawkin’s Suzy Q, burned brightly as a true super group for 4 years and then they were gone; the victim of internal band strife and business battles. But on this spring night in 1970, they were in top musical form for the 13 songs on the recording kicking out what I have always referred to as swamp blues rock. For me, this was a nostalgic trip back to the golden era of music. For those of you who may have never have heard CCR live, this recording is well worth a listen and representative of the talent of Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Joan Osborne – Radio Waves (2022 Womanly Hips Records)

Joan Osborne is one of those artists that I have always included in the pantheon of Roadhouse Blues artists because her music and songwriting are an outpouring of her soul; to me the essence of the blues. She got her start singing at blues mic open nights at clubs in New York City in the 1980’s. She had a mega hit with One of Us in the 1990’s but I have never felt the song was representative of her body of work which is much more blues, soul and R&B influenced. In fact, she was nominated for a Grammy for the best blues album of 2013, Bring It On Home.

Her newest recording, Radio Waves, is an interesting compilation of 13 songs that she recorded at radio stations between 1995 and 2012. Normally these type recordings are done as part of a promotional tour and have more of a live feel to them which is a strong suit for Joan. Give Shake Your Hips, Only You and I Know, and My Love Is Alive a listen They should help remind you of the talent of this gifted songwriter and singer.

Hundred Seventy Split – The Story So Far (2022 Repertoire Records )

Formed in 2010, this blues rock trio features the legendary Leo Lyons of Ten Years After on bass, Joe Gooch on vocals and guitars, and Damon Sawyer on drums. They are a fabulous band and this recording features songs from five of their recordings over the past decade. Joe on guitar is a fantastic replacement for the late great Alvin Lee. Take a listen to Going Home to see what I mean. Devil To Pay is some straight up badass blues rock and I Grew Up on Muddy Waters is a live tribute to the man who is the father of the electric Roadhouse Blues. This compilation recordings should serve as a great introduction to the many of you that are not yet familiar with this great British roadhouse blues group!!

Tuesday Roadhouse Nooner on BMFR at 12 pm EST

I am back from vacation and ready to roll out some badass roadhouse blues for you on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com at High Noon EST. Have a mix of new contemporary tunes by Mike Duke, Zack Walther, and the Tedeschi Trucks Band as well as some classics from the archive.

Here is the intended playlist that I post with the hope that if you like the some of the tunes that you will go to your favorite music shop and buy them! Help the blues to thrive in 2019!

ARTISTTITLE
William ClarkeHittin’ Heavy
Etta JamesDown Home Blues
John HammondBarrelhouse Woman Blues
Little FeatA Apolitical Blues
Steve MarrinerHow In The Devil
The Michael Mills BandMy New Woman
Blues BrothersShotgun Blues
Dr. FeelgoodCheque Book
Bo DiddleyCan I Walk You Home
Little WalterYou’re So Fine
Quique Gomez and His VipersI´m Gonna Keep What I Got
Tedeschi Trucks BandHigh and Mighty
The Nick Moss Band with Michael LedbetterHard Luck Woman
Zack Walther BandHold On, I’m Coming
The Mike Duke ProjectI Can’t Let You Go (ft Elvin Bishop)
Marie MarxAm I Enough
Candye Kane & Laura ChavezI’ve Got To Ride
Marcia BallLouella
North Mississippi AllstarsLonesome in My Home
Martin HarleyRoll With The Punches
ZZ TopMushmouth Shoutin’
Johnny WinterIt’s My Own Fault (2004 Digital Remaster)
Paul RodgersMuddy Water Blues (live)
Buddy GuyLove Her with a Feeling (feat. Junior Wells)
Miss Bix and The Blues FixVoodoo Man
Heather NewmanHowling For Love

BMFR Roadhouse Blues set 3-5 pm EST Thur. Feb 7 2019

If you enjoy upbeat blues….log on today for my Roadhouse Blues set at 3 pm EST on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com.   Hope you can join us!

Below is my intended playlist….

ARTIST TITLE
Widow Blue Pow Wow Blues
Chris Rea Cool Cool Blue
George Thorogood Help Me
Guthrie Trapp New Walkin Blues (Feat. Jimmy Hall)
Eric Lindell I Got A Girl
Angel Forrest Hold on Tight… Mr. I’m Alright
Koko Taylor Trying To Make A Living
Creedence Clearwater Revival Before You Accuse Me
ZZ Top Just Got Back From Baby’s
Taj Mahal Don’t Leave Me Here
Romi Mayes Bee Sting
JJ Grey & Mofro Mississippi
Geoff Achison I’m Gonna Ride
Julian Sas My Love Is Tumblin’ Down
Ron Hacker And The Hacksaws Bad Boy
Rita Chiarelli Drivin’ Wheel
The Steve Miller Band Can’t Be Satisfied
Steven Van Zant (Little Steven) Soulfire
24Pesos Rise Up
Joe Bonamassa You’ve Got To Love Her With A Feeling (Live)
Lewis Hamilton And The Boogie Brothers Empty Roads
Gary Moore Evil
Larry Tillery If You’re Here Who’s Running Hell
R.J. & the Houndogs My Baby’s Down in Louisiana
Harrison Brown Spirit in the Sky
Bare Bones Boogie Band Sittin’ Here Sewin’
Nick Moss Band Been Gone So Long

First Tuesday 12 NOON EST set on Bluemusicfan Radio – Feb 5 2019

NOON EST set today!  Join me at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com! Got some “southern boy blues club” tunes…hope you enjoy!  Below is the intended playlist.

ARTIST TITLE
Johnny & The Headhunters Ace Of Spades
Casey James Fight You For The Blues
Tommy Castro You Only Go Around Once
Mike Zito Mississippi Nights
Jeff Strahan Good Outweighs Bad
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble Wall of Denial
Boz Scaggs Little Miss Night And Day
Omar & the Howlers Dimestore Hoo Doo
Carolyn Wonderland Judgment Day Blues
Billy F Gibbons My Baby She Rocks
ZZ Top Sheik (Remastered Version)
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Nothing But The Night
Jamie Lynn Vessels Gypsy Blues
Tab Benoit Whiskey Store
Lance Lopez Every Time I Turn Around
Tom Hambridge This End of the Road (ft Sonny Landreth)
Foghat Honey Do List
Devon Allman Can’t Lose ‘Em All
Gregg Allman I Can’t Be Satisfied (Live)
Lynyrd Skynyrd Ain’t No Good Life
The Allman Brothers Band Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More
Royal Southern Brotherhood Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire
Johnny Winter Mojo Boogie
Alvin Lee I Hear You Knockin’
Joe Bonamassa King Bee Shakedown
The Nighthawks Night Work

Doin’ Some Roadhouse with Billy Gibbons on “The Big Bad Blues”

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He has been a superstar for decades: an iconic figure complete with sunglasses, beard, hat, and a smoke of one sort or another hangin’ from his lip. Billy Gibbons is the epitome of the Texas roadhouse blues.  On only the second solo album of his illustrious career, The Big Bad Blues,  Billy celebrates his roots.  Big guitar sound, insistent beats, and that rough gravely voice melt together into a robust roadhouse jambalaya of the electric blues and rock..

Hollywood 151 is just pure badass Billy Gibbons crankin’ it out on his Gibson guitar. Missin’ Yo Kissin’ is classic ZZ Top style Boogie. Mo’ Slower Blues, My Baby She Rocks, That’s What She Said, Let the Left Hand Know, and his cover of Rollin’ and Tumblin’ are all stellar Texas Roadhouse tunes. On Second Line, he rolls down the bayou to create some great swamp blues. On Standin’ Around Crying, he takes the blues low and grindin’…tasty tune!  Crankin’ Up is an interesting song with a late fifties feel that I really enjoyed…Buddy Holly came to mind immediately.

Billy Gibbons Big Bad Blues

This is a perfect album to play while drinkin’ beer and grillin’ steaks or boilin’ crawfish with a bunch of friends. The ZZ Top influence is refreshingly familiar and the upbeat sound will have folks swaying, chatting, and havin’ a damn fine time!

Billy F. Gibbons – The Big Bad Blues (Concord 2018)