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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Bob Corritore Blues News

The latest blues news from Bob Corritore

August 6, 2008

  • Jimmy Rogers in the News: Jimmy Rogers is simply one of the greatest blues artists of all time. His late 40s/early 50s work with Muddy Waters and Little Walter defined the genre to become celebrated as Chicago Blues. His voice was perhaps the sweetest voice in the blues; and his clever, yet understated guitar work was the perfect foil to the styles of Muddy and Walter. His hits include "That's All Right", "Ludella", "You’re The One", and "Walking By Myself". He passed away over ten years ago, but his music and memory are kept alive through the timelessness of his music. Some recent news concerning Jimmy Rogers:

1) Unissued Jimmy Rogers Studio Tracks Produced by Bob Corritore to be Released as Bonus Tracks on Blind Pig Limited-Edition LP Release of Feelin' Good: Blind Pig Records plans a limited-edition, LP only, re-release of the Jimmy Rogers album Feeling Good. This highly acclaimed record features backing by Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers (featuring Junior Watson on guitar!) from sessions conducted in 1983 and 1984. The original LP release on the Murray Brothers label featured only nine songs, and so Blind Pig was looking to fill the special edition re-release with some bonus tracks. Jerry Del Giudice and Edward Chmelewski approached Bob Corritore this summer at the Chicago Blues Festival, asking if he had any unissued Jimmy Rogers tracks. Bob researched his master tape vaults, and located two beautiful unissued songs from a 1992 Phoenix session. The tracks are an alternate take of “Out On The Road” (different from the one appearing on Bob Corritore/All-Star Blues Sessions) and a remake of “She Loves Another Man”. The session artists are Jimmy Rogers (guitar and vocals), Bob Corritore (harmonica), Buddy Reed (guitar), S.E. Willis (piano), Bruce Lopez (bass), and the great Chico Chism (drums). These two cuts will be added to the re-release of Feeling Good as bonus tracks! Look for this limited-edition, LP only pressing out in early 2009!

2) Harmonica Ace Mark Hummel to Release Unissued Live Recordings by Jimmy Rogers, Eddie Taylor, Luther Tucker, and Mississippi Johnny Waters: Mark Hummel reports that he will release a CD titled Mark Hummel's Chicago Blues Party featuring live recordings by Jimmy Rogers, Eddie Taylor, Luther Tucker, and Mississippi Johnny Waters. These artists were backed on West Coast concert dates by Mark Hummel's Blues Survivors featuring a young Rusty Zinn. Though these tapes are from the sound board, they have been mixed and mastered to bring out a great sound quality, and the performances are stunning. Mark plans to release this on his own Rockinitis label.

3) Jimmy Rogers Book in Review Stage at University Of Illinois Press: Dr. Wayne Everett Goins has been working on a Jimmy Rogers biography called That's All Right: The Jimmy Rogers Story. Wayne reports that he has completed years of extensive research, has written the book, and it is currently being reviewed by the University of Illinois Press for publication approval. This will be an exciting and timely biography of a great bluesman whose influence in the blues cannot be overstated.

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