December 31, 2007
- 2007 Recap: Bob Corritore would like to say "thank you" to all the friends, fellow musicians, blues fans, talent buyers, festivals, radio show hosts and program directors, record labels, magazines and e-publications, photographers, blues societies, The Blues Foundation, NARAS, Karen Leipziger, Tempest Recording, Porcupine Studios, Mona Watkins & The Rhythm Room, Rack Shack Barbeque, KJZZ, Bill Wax, Jim O'Neal, Michael Frank, Bruce Iglauer, Dick Shurman, Bob Koester, Dale Baich and Blue Witch Records, Randy Chortkoff and our friends at Delta Groove, Blind Pig Records, Scott Cable, Vizztone Records, Harry Turner, Terry Buckalew, Big Pete Pearson & The Rhythm Room All-Stars, Dave Riley, Tomcat Courtney, Bob Margolin, the Phoenix Blues Society, Scott Dirks, Paul Oscher, Kim Wilson, Jocelyn Richez, Michel Remond, Hohner Harmonicas, Joe Filisko, and my lovely Kim Danielson for making this another banner year. Though there were some sad losses of beloved artists and blues people, there were also great adventures, recording sessions, recognitions, airplay and CD sales, festivals and performances, musical growth, and lots of love and support.
- Great Year at KJZZ: Bob's radio show Those Lowdown Blues on KJZZ turned 23 years old. It was honored by The Blues Foundation with a KBA Award (Keeping The Blues Alive) in which Bob went to Memphis to receive a special award. Every week, this is a time that Bob gets to play music from his vast collection of blues recordings. Some special shows that come to mind are:
Jerry Lawson, former lead singer of The Persuasions, stopped by to share his latest release with his new A Capella group, Jerry Lawson & Talk Of The Town. Jerry's interviews always include lots of delightful "on the spot" singing
An interview and live performance with Phoenix's blues boss, Big Pete Pearson
A five-hour tribute to Chico Chism on the day of his passing frantically put together by Bob and his loyal blues assistant Jennifer Waters (thank you, Jennifer) which included loving commentary mostly received that day by Koko Taylor, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Sam Lay, Tail Dragger, Hubert Sumlin, Richie Villiger (formerly of the Lucerne Blues Festival), Johnny Rapp, Chris James and Patrick Rynn, Lil' Ed, Kim Wilson, and many others. It was the hardest show ever on so many levels; but it was so important to give this great bluesman his due. He added so much to the Phoenix Blues Community and to the blues world at large
A tribute show to the late Ike Turner, of which about four of the show's five hours were focused on Ike's amazing recorded contributions to blues. Many listeners commented that they never realized all that Ike had done: recordings with B.B. King, Elmore James, Howlin' Wolf, Charlie Booker, Otis Rush, Jackie Brenston, Little Milton, Billy "The Kid" Emerson, Boyd Gilmore, Ike and Tina Turner, and much more
A live on-air performance by Johnny Rawls where he went back to his gospel roots
Thanks to Scott Williams and everyone at KJZZ for providing a safe and supportive home for a blues radio show.
- Press Recognition:
Juke Blues Magazine (UK) did a spectacular article about my friend Middle Walter (by Dave Williams and Cilla Huggins) where they included my recollections plus photos and posters of Middle Walter from my archives
Numerous mentions and features in Blueswax
Plus great reviews of this year's releases from all the blues magazines (thank you)
- CDs/DVDs Released:
Big Pete Pearson/I'm Here Baby (Blue Witch) with The Rhythm Room All-Stars (Bob Corritore, Chris James, Patrick Rynn, and Brian Fahey) plus guests Ike Turner, W.C. Clark, Joey DeFrancesco, Johnny Dyer, Kid Ramos, Chico Chism, Johnny Rapp, and more. Produced by Bob Corritore.
Nappy Brown/Long Time Coming (Blind Pig) with one cut featuring Bob Corritore, Henry Gray, Kid Ramos, Johnny Rapp, Mario Moreno, and Chico Chism. That one track was produced by Bob Corritore and the rest of the CD produced by Scott Cable.
Various Artists/House Rockin' & Blues Shoutin' (Blue Witch) was produced by Bob Corritore & Clarke Rigsby and features live at the Rhythm Room performances by The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Robert Lockwood, Jr., Floyd Dixon, The Mannish Boys featuring Finis Tasby, Billy Boy Arnold, Sonny Rhodes, Paul Oscher, Big Pete Pearson & The Rhythm Room All-Stars, Louisiana Red, Chief Schabuttie Gilliame, Johnny Dyer, Henry Gray, Kid Ramos, and Long John Hunter.
- Recording Sessions: With Honeyboy Edwards, Pinetop Perkins, Duke Robillard, Henry Gray, Billy Flynn, Johnny Dyer, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Diunna Greenleaf, Bob Margolin, Mookie Brill, Chuck Cotton, "Little Frank" Krakowski, Eddie Kobek, Chris James & Patrick Rynn, Brian Fahey, David Maxwell, Sam Lay, Tomcat Courtney, Big Pete Pearson, Dave Riley, two Fabulous Thunderbirds live recording sessions; some sessions as a producer, some as a player, but most sessions in both roles.
Thank you to my dear friend Clarke Rigsby of Tempest Recording for being my recording partner through the years, and for delivering the quality in recording and mixing. Thanks to John Wroble and Jeff Harris of Porcupine Studios for being my patient post production saints. Thanks to Dave Shirk of Sonorous Mastering for his amazing touch, and for Tony Amato of Amato Image Design for some spectacular and soulful cover art. A big thanks to Dale Baich, Beth Lipham, and Judy Marut from Blue Witch Records for three wonderful releases this year, and for their unbelievable ability to make a label a family. Thanks to Karen Leipziger for a stunning publicity campaign on this year's three Blue Witch Releases. Also, thanks to the publicity teams at Blind Pig Records, Vizztone, and Delta Groove for their great efforts in putting the word out. Lots of great recordings in the pipeline and more announcements of releases to follow shortly.
Passings: Susan Greenberg, Chico Chism (my longtime partner in blues and one of my closest friends), Crown Prince Waterford, Paul DeLay, Leroy Brown, Richard Cason, Carey Bell, Big Joe Duskin, Bill Perry, Walter "Sunny" Gaines, Jimmy "T-99" Nelson, Eddie Berner, Ernest Withers, Johnnie Mae Dunson, Gary Primich, Jerry Ricks, Ike Turner, Cotton Candy, Pookie Hudson (of the Spaniels), Luther Ingram, Zola Taylor (of The Platters), Nellie Lutcher, Chantel Rey (Michael Cloeren's significant other), Backwards Sam Firk, Bois Sec Ardoin, Little Sonny Warner (who sang "There Is Something On Your Mind"), Lefty Bates, James Davis (Georgia Blues Artist), James B. Davis (of the Dixie Hummingbirds), Slim Hunt (of the Supreme Angels), Peter Dames, Esmond Edwards (Producer for Chess Records), Hy Weiss (owner of the Old Town Record label), John E. Johnson (of The Starlings and The Twilighters), Jimmy Cheatham, Joe Hunter (of the Funk Brothers), Jesse James Johnson AKA Jesse Brown (bassist for Bo Diddley), Dakota Staton, Alvin Batiste, Billy Richard (Of The Robins), and "Uncle John" Turner.
We will miss you.
Awards, Recognition, and Nominations:
New Times Best Of Phoenix: The Rhythm Room received editorial awards for "Best Club For Blues" and "Best Gig Posters", as well as Reader's Choice Award for "Best Club For Blues". KJZZ has yet again won the New Times Best Of Phoenix Reader's Choice Award for "Best Blues/Jazz Radio Station".
Phoenix Mayor's proclamation of "Bob Corritore Day": Saturday, September 29, 2007 was proclaimed "Bob Corritore Day" in honor of Bob's cultural contributions to the city. The particular day was chosen to coincide with Bob's 51st birthday party.
Big Pete #1 on Powerblues Radio Chart, January 2007: Click here for the chart listing. Powerblues is a classification made by French blues radio show hosts and appears both on the Powerblues web site and in the popular French rock magazine Crossroads.
Grammy® nomination under the Traditional Blues Category: The Pinetop Perkins CD On The 88's - Live In Chicago on Sagebrush Productions/Vizztone Label Group has made it into the final five in the Grammy® nominations under the Traditional Blues Category. On this CD are 9 live tracks recorded in Chicago, with a band that includes Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (drums), Bob Stroger (bass) and "Little Frank" Krakowski (guitar). Also included is one bonus studio track called "Rather Quit Her Than Hit Her" recorded in Phoenix by Bob Corritore (producer) and Clarke Rigsby (engineer), that features Pinetop backed by Chico Chism (drums), Johnny Rapp (guitar), Paul Thomas (bass), and Bob Corritore (harmonica). This is the first time that a recording with Bob's harmonica playing has been up for a Grammy®!
Blues Music Awards nominations: Bob Corritore is proud to be associated with many great projects nominated for awards this year: Dave Riley and Bob Corritore's album Travelin' The Dirt Road on Blue Witch Records was nominated as Acoustic Album of the Year, Pinetop Perkins' CD/DVD Born In The Honey on CDMojo was nominated for Best DVD of the year, House Rockin' And Blues Shoutin!: Celebrating 15 Years Of The Rhythm Room on Blue Witch Records was nominated for Historical Album of the Year, and Nappy Brown's album Long Time Coming on Blind Pig Records was nominated for Traditional Blues Album of the Year.
Independent Music Awards nominations: Big Pete Pearson was nominated for Independent Music Awards in the category of "Best Blues Album" for I'm Here Baby on the Blue Witch record label, and "Best Blues Song of the Year" for the title cut of that record.
- Festivals and Great Gigs:
Delta Groove Show at Gibson Beale Street Showcase in Memphis: Big Pete Pearson and Bob Corritore made a guest appearance with The Mannish Boys, in a star-studded show that included the amazing Delta Groove roster, as well as the Blue Bella label. Click here for photos taken that night, and here for the poster
Arkansas Blues & Heritage Festival appearing as a guest of the Mannish Boys, playing harmonica behind two Johnny Dyer songs. Also made guest appearances on the sets of Diunna Greenleaf and Mississippi Spoonman & Carla Robinson
Paul Butterfield Fund and Society's Conference and Gathering in Clarksdale, Mississippi with the Sam Lay Blues Band where Bob also met and played with the talented young bluesman from St. Louis, Marquise Knox.
Chief Schabuttie Gilliame's 81st Birthday Party
Though the saddest day of the year, it was an honor to perform at Chico Chism's repast and honor the man who has filled my life with great music, joy and friendship for over 20 years
Mini Colorado tour with Big Pete Pearson
Blues Harmonica Showcase - Calling up Bill Tarsha during my portion of the show to join me for a wild harmonica duet
Special thanks to Rhythm Room general manager Mona Watkins who runs The Rhythm Room with such love and dedication that it allows me to concentrate of being an artist and the travel that this entails. Mona, you are the best!
Thank You: For your part in allowing this great year to happen. The new year brings the promise of more great shows, recordings, travel, new friendships and renewed bonds and the sacred gift of blues music. My humble appreciation for your support.
Wishing you a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year,