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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Bob Corritore Blues News

September 4, 2008
Elmore James Junior this Saturday Night at the Rhythm Room! Direct from Chicago, Elmore James, Jr., the son of slide guitar legend Elmore James, makes a rare Phoenix appearance at the Rhythm Room on Saturday, September 6, 2008! Like his father, Elmore Jr. is also a masterful slide player and stirring vocalist who carries forward his dad's eloquent blues style. His most recent CD, Daddy Gave Me The Blues on JSP Records, was produced by guitarist Cadillac Zack, whose band will be backing Elmore Jr. for this date. Opening the show will be a performance by Australia's Fiona Boyes in a duet setting with Bob Corritore. All this adds up to a great blues party this Saturday at the Rhythm Room. The Rhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014. Doors open at 7:30pm, cover charge is $12. Rack Shack Barbeque will be available at this event. This night will be a patio smoking only event; no indoor smoking will be permitted. To see a flier for this event, click here; and to visit Elmore James, Jr.'s MySpace, complete with song samples, click here.
Chief Schabuttie Gilliame Added to the Lineup of Bob Corritore's Birthday Bash! Chief Schabuttie Gilliame will perform at Bob Corritore's Blues Birthday Bash on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at the Rhythm Room. Chief joins a stellar lineup that already includes Big Pete Pearson & The Rhythm Room All-Stars (with Chris James, Patrick Rynn, Brian Fahey, & Bob Corritore), and Texas guitar great Long John Hunter. To view the flyer for this event, click here. Please also note that Friday, September 12, 2008 we will honor drummer Brian Fahey's birthday, with Big Pete Pearson & The Rhythm Room All-Stars performing at the Rhythm Room. The Rhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014. Doors open at 8pm both nights, cover charge is $7 both nights. Rack Shack Barbeque will be available at these events. These will be patio smoking only events; no indoor smoking will be permitted.
Tomcat Courtney/Downsville Blues Nominated for San Diego Music Award: Congratulations to Tomcat Courtney for his nomination for Best Blues Album by the San Diego Music Awards. His 2008 CD, Downsville Blues on Blue Witch Records, has been well received around the world. To read the entire list of nominees in all the categories, click here. To see a photo page devoted to Tomcat Courtney, click here.
Chris James & Patrick Rynn Podcast Plus Dave Myers Videos Posted on Chris and Patrick's Website: Chris James and Patrick Rynn's new CD, Stop And Think About It on Earwig Music, has been receiving a wave of national and international attention and praise. Numerous radio stations around the country are giving this CD regular rotation, and each week numerous positive reviews come in. To see some of these reviews posted on Chris and Patrick's website, click here. On that same page to the far right, you will see a number of film clips recently posted of Chris and Patrick performing with their dear friend, Dave Myers. Note that on the first clip, Chris, who is a spectacular guitar player, demonstrates that he also has great prowess on the harmonica. Also check out this recently posted article/podcast interview on A1 Artist Spotlight by clicking here. Congratulations to Chris and Patrick for the well-deserved attention received for their fine CD.
More Photos of Dave Riley and Bob Corritore from Cognac: Here are some links to some wonderful photos just posted of Dave Riley and Bob Corritore's recent appearance at Cognac Blues Passions Festival in France. Click here and here to view the photos.
Virus De Blues Airs Bob Corritore Radio Special: Thanks to J.P. Savouyaud of France's Virus De Blues for his recent radio show titled Bob Corritore and Friends which featured selections from Chris James and Patrick Rynn's new Earwig CD Stop And Think About It, Tomcat Courtney/Downsville Blues, Chief Schabuttie Gilliame/Snakes Crawls at Night, Big Pete Pearson/I'm Here Baby, Various Artists/House Rockin' And Blues Shoutin!: Celebrating 15 Years Of The Rhythm Room, and Bob Corritore/All-Star Blues Sessions. Bob Corritore either played on or produced all these CDs. To see the playlist, click here.
DVDs From American Folk Blues Festivals 1967, 1968, and 1969 Forthcoming! This information from Scott Dirks: A German company called Tropical Music has obtained some extremely rare footage of tours produced by Lippmann & Rau in the 1960s, which included the American Folk Blues Festival tours, as well as tours by South American artists, plus gospel, country, and folk music tours of U.S. artists. (The man who runs Tropical Music worked for Lippmann & Rau as a road manager beginning in 1964, and worked with the daughter of the late Horst Lippmann to track down and obtain permission to release this rare footage.) The great news for blues fans is that Tropical Music is releasing a series of DVDs of complete German TV programs produced during the 1967, 1968, and 1969 AFBF tours. Of course, the 1967 tour is the one that included Little Walter, and unlike the footage from Denmark that was released a few years ago which shows him only as an accompanist behind Hound Dog Taylor and Koko Taylor, the German TV program prominently features Little Walter leading the band for three songs, “My Babe”, “Mean Old World”, and an untitled harmonica instrumental. In addition to these songs, he is also featured backing Koko and Hound Dog. All of the others from the '67 AFBF tour are featured as well: Son House, Skip James, and Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee. The company has a website devoted to the DVDs, which includes sample clips from all of them. To see these preview clips, click here. At least as interesting, if not more so, is the footage from the 1968 AFBF tour, which will also be released. As far as video is concerned, 1968 was the one 'lost year' from the AFBF tours; although at least two programs were televised (one in Germany and one in England on the BBC), no footage from the 1968 tour has ever been uncovered until now. That year's tour featured T-Bone Walker, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed, Eddie Taylor, Big Walter Horton, Big Joe Williams, and Curtis Jones, and all are featured on the video. The company is also releasing the full TV program from the 1969 AFBF tour, which included Magic Sam, Earl Hooker, Carey Bell, Clifton Chenier, and others. A few segments of the 1969 program have been released, but this is the first time the entire program will be available on DVD. Currently these DVDs are scheduled for October release in Europe only, and only in the PAL format (i.e., not playable on standard US video equipment, which uses the NTSC format.) U.S. distribution is still being sought, and if any company is interested in distributing the U.S. versions of these historic DVDs, they should contact Tropical Music at For more information, check – it’s mostly in German, but it’s pretty easy to figure out, and once a U.S. distributor is secured, that info will be posted there.

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