November 20, 2008
- Bob Corritore Cover Story in Back To The Roots Magazine is out! Belgium's Back To The Roots Magazine has just published its current issue featuring a cover story on Bob Corritore, complete with an 8-page interview/article by editor Franky Bruneel. The article (published in Nederlands or Dutch) features numerous great photos and a beautiful layout. We have posted this article online, and you can check it out by clicking here. Thank you, Franky!
- Rhythm Room All-Stars to Perform at the 2009 Spring Blues Festival in Belgium: This just booked: The Rhythm Room All-Stars are honored to be part of the 2009 lineup of the famed Spring Blues Festival in Ecaussinnes, Belgium on May 16, 2009. The Rhythm Room All-Stars feature a highly credentialed lineup consisting of Big Pete Pearson, Bob Corritore, Chris James, Patrick Rynn, and Brian Fahey.
- Chris James & Patrick Rynn CD on the Roots Music Radio Charts for 13 Straight Weeks! Chris James and Patrick Rynn are one of the great partnerships in the blues. Firmly rooted in the traditional Chicago blues sound, they have performed for decades together in their own Blue Four band, as well as with Sam Lay, Jody Williams, Dennis Binder, Tomcat Courtney, Rob Stone and the C-Notes, and of course, The Rhythm Room All-Stars. It is very gratifying to see the way that Chris and Patrick's CD, Stop And Think About It on the Earwig Music label, has been received. In addition to earning over 20 great reviews so far (click here to see them), this CD has been on the Roots Music Report's Blues Radio Charts for 13 weeks now, and as of November 14, 2008 it was at #6! The CD also debuted the Living Blues Radio charts in September at #8, was #6 in October, and #11 in November!
- Tomcat Courtney Nominated For Independent Music Award! Beth Lipham of Blue Witch Records just emailed to inform us that Tomcat Courtney/Downsville Blues has been nominated for an Independent Music Award for best blues CD! Tomcat is now 79 years old, and possesses one of the greatest voices in down home blues. Anyone can vote for the IMAs, so we encourage you to consider voting for the amazing Tomcat Courtney by clicking here to make your ballot choice. To see some great photos of Tomcat, click here and here. To read some of the great reviews of this record, click here.
- New Louisiana Red CD Released! Little Victor informs us that the new CD Louisiana Red/Back To The Black Bayou has just been released on Bluestown Records, based in Norway . Victor produced, arranged, and played on this wonderful Louisiana Red record and guests include Kim Wilson, David Maxwell, and Bob Corritore. This CD will remind the world of the great talent of the legendary Louisiana Red. To see the beautiful CD artwork, click here. Thank you, Little Victor, for this great album!
- Earwig Music to Release Bea and Baby Masters: Michael Frank, owner of Earwig Music, reports his plans to release a multiple CD set of music from Chicago's famed Bea and Baby Records. Frank states that this reissue will be an extensive release that will include not only the better-known blues tracks, but also some doo-wop performances from the label. Apparently, there are a number of rare and unissued sides that will appear on CD for the first time, including a session by Sleepy John Estes and Hammie Nixon. Bea and Baby Records was formed in 1959 by Narvel Eatmon, who went by the name Cadillac Baby. He named his label after himself and his wife, Bea. Eatmon recorded many great Chicago artists such as Sunnyland Slim, Little Mack Simmons, Eddie Boyd, Detroit Junior, James Cotton, L.C. McKinley, Willie Williams, Johnny Littlejohn, Homesick James, Hound Dog Taylor, and others. The label's biggest hit was Bobby Saxton's "Trying To Make A Living", which was released in 1960. The label also released records by vocal groups such as The Daylighters, Faith Taylor and The Sweet Teens, and The Chances. Eatmon also owned a club called Cadillac Baby's Show Lounge on 47th and Dearborn in Chicago, where many of his recording artists played. Michael Frank met Cadillac Baby in 1974, and the two became good friends; they even produced a session together in the 80s by a rapper named 3D (this session will be included in the CD). Eatmon passed away in 1991, but he left us with a treasured legacy of great recordings, which will be lovingly re-released next year on Earwig Music.
- Bob's Blues Radio Show to Celebrate 25 Year Anniversary in February 2009 with Commemorative CD and Special Event: Bob Corritore has hosted his radio program, Those Lowdown Blues on KJZZ in Phoenix, since February of 1984. Over the course of these 24 plus years, the show has been highly celebrated by both the Phoenix blues community and the blues world at large. The show has been annually recognized by the New Times Best Of Phoenix Awards, as well as winning a KBA Award from The Blues Foundation in 2007. Just this year, the show was honored at the Cognac Blues Festival in France, as an honorary membership to Collectif des Radios Blues was presented to Bob onstage just before his set with Dave Riley. Bob's radio show has always stood for the deep traditions of the blues, and the majority of the music heard on a typical show is from the 1950s. The show draws from Bob's extensive personal library of blues recordings. A CD has been compiled featuring highlights of on-air performances from the course of the program's history. The disc will be titled Broadcasting The Blues, and will feature great artists such as Lowell Fulson (from 1984 performing a solo version of "Sinner's Prayer"), Billy Boy Arnold, Louisiana Red, Dave Riley, Otis Clay and Johnny Rawls (together singing a spiritual), Willie Dixon (giving a spoken plug for the show), Chief Schabuttie Gilliame, Lazy Lester, Tomcat Courtney, Jerry Lawson (of The Persuasions), CeDell Davis, Chris James (who beautifully backed many of these artists on guitar), Margo Reed, Johnny Dyer, Henry Gray, Billy Flynn (doing a great harmonica instrumental), and more. This CD will be released on the Southwest Musical Arts Foundation label, and will be available in early 2009. To see the beautiful cover design by Tony Amato, click here. Also, Bob plans a big party on February 20, 2009 at the Rhythm Room, which will also be the pre-party for the Phoenix Blues Society's annual Blues Blast Festival. Bob's radio show can heard in Phoenix each Sunday night from 6 to 11pm at 91.5FM, or on 89.5 in Cottonwood, 98.9 in Tucson, and 99.1 in Kingman. It can be heard anywhere in the world (real-time) via online streaming at www.kjzz.org.
- More Blues Blast Music Awards Photos posted: Thanks to Lordy of Chicago Blues Beat for posting these wonderful images remembering a great party. The Blues Blast Music Awards, sponsored by Illinoisblues.com, happened Sunday, November 2, 2008 at Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago. Lordy has divided his photos into two sections: the performances (click here to see) and the party (click here to see). Images include Magic Slim, Sugar Ray Norcia, Johnny Drummer, Michael Frank, Dave Riley and Bob Corritore, Lurrie Bell, Nick Moss, Deak Harp, John Németh, Eden Brent, Kilborn Alley Blues Band, Too Slim, Lonnie Brooks, Jennifer Wheeler, Mary Lane, and more!
- Odetta Hospitalized: Odetta was admitted to a New York hospital last week with kidney failure. Well known among fans of blues and folk music, Odetta has been called "The Voice Of The Civil Rights Movement". She is doing better and hopes to be able to perform at Obama's inauguration ceremony. You may send get well cards to:
Ms. Odetta Gordon
Room # 719, 7th Floor ICU Unit
100 East 77th Street
New York, NY 10021
- Doris Carr additional Funeral Information: A little more complete information on Doris Carr's funeral:
Visitation is Friday, November 21, 2008 from 5pm to 7pm. Doris's "Homegoing Celebration" services will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, November 22, 2008. Both take place at:
506 Ashton Ave.
Clarksdale, MS 38614