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Friday, May 23, 2008

Bob Corritore Blues News

May 22, 2008

  • New Tomcat Courtney Reviews Added: Tomcat Courtney/Downsville Blues was officially released this week on Blue Witch Records. The excitement is great for this highly anticipated CD of straight, no-nonsense down home blues. The reviews have just begun to come in, and have all been raves. We have posted the first 4 reviews, which you can read by clicking here. Tomcat Courtney will have his CD Release Party on Friday May 20, 2008 at the Rhythm Room. To see the album art for this CD click here, and to see some great vintage shots of Tomcat, click here.
  • DC Minner Passes: More sad news to report as Oklahoma City blues veteran DC Minner has passed on Tuesday May 13, 2008. He was 73. DC had worked all over the country with Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Tony Matthews, and many others in his long blues career. He and his wife Selby organized and promoted the annual Dusk To Dawn Blues Festival in Rentiesville, OK with a 17 year run to their credit. He was very active in Blues In The Schools programs, and he brought great joy to all that knew him. For an article on his legend and his passing, and to visit his website, click here.
  • Little Arthur Health Update: Chicago blues harmonica great and Delmark recording artist Little Arthur Duncan continues recuperation from his brain surgery last month. His guitarist, Rick Kreher, reports: "Little Arthur has been moved to a long term facility, Advocate Bethany, at 3435 W. Van Buren, Chicago, IL 60624. They are trying to get Arthur slowly off the ventilator and begin his rehab sessions. A few friends visited him in the last week, and he seemed to be awake and fairly mobile one day; and totally out of it the next day. He can have visitors at the new facility, and hopefully they can give Arthur the care he needs. Let's keep him in our prayers."
  • Chicago Blues Guide: A great online source for blues events in and around the Chicago area is the Chicago Blues Guide, which features event listings, news items, blues radio shows, record labels, clubs, bands, CD and concert reviews, interviews and more. To access this valuable blues resource, click here.
  • Some great photos from the Blues Music Awards and The Delta Groove Showcase: Some photos from Blues Music Awards in Tunica, Mississippi and the 3rd Annual Delta Groove Showcase at Ground Zero in Clarksdale (the day after the BMAs) have been posted on various photographers websites:

Photos of BMAs by Dusty Scott of Dusty Blues: click here

Photos of the 3rd Annual Delta Groove Showcase by Aigars Lapsa: click here

Photos of BMAs by Arnie Goodman: click here


  • Goodbye, Sistah Blue! One of Phoenix's most popular blues bands, Sistah Blue, will be having their final performance Thursday, May 22, 2008 at the Rhythm Room. Sistah Blue were mainstays of the Phoenix scene, performing for over a dozen years and earning a strong and loyal following. Their charismatic approach to their music boasted of the appeal of an all, or mostly all (depending on the year) female lineup with clever songwriting and well chosen covers. They served the blues in the Phoenix community with grace and exuberance, and they will be greatly missed. To see the poster for this event, click here. The Rhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014. Doors open at 7pm, cover charge is $15. Rack Shack Barbeque will be available at this event. This night will be a patio smoking only event; no indoor smoking will be permitted.

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