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Friday, January 11, 2008

Bob Dorr And The Blue Band Update

Bob Dorr's update for the Blue Band

It's really late and I need to get my sleep so I can carry all that stuff up the 24 stairs to The Reverb stage for this month's TGI Friday show, which just so happens to be my 28th birthday, celebrated for the 29th time! (I think that's 392 in dog years!) I've only got two words to say about the show: BIRTHDAY CAKE! (no jokes about calling the Fire Marshall after lighting all the candles) That's TONIGHT (1/11) The Reverb, 2nd & Main (upstairs) in Sparkle City USA (Cedar Falls) 5:30ish to 9pm. Heath says he's gonna leave right from school in Ankeny and fly up Interstate 35 to join us on sax and Phil Maass (the Wizard of Wires) (the Sultan of Solder) (The Deacon of Decibels) (The Noble Knight of Knobs) will be the sound man. Should be ALOT of fun, especially if you bring CAKE!...

Jeff and I will be traveling to Storm Lake on Monday (1/14) to be part of Tom Gary's Blues Class at Buena Vista University. The performance part of the show will be held in Anderson Auditorium which is the small theater located underground next to the library. Show time is 7pm and is open to the public, free of charge...

Next Saturday (1/19) we play Lombardi's, 6 miles south of Dubuque on Hwy 52, 8:30-12:30 (there is a dress code-no blue jeans/t-shirts) the place is smoke free. I've never been there (either) We'll do it for the first time together!...

My Backtracks Rock'n'Roll History show on Iowa Public Radio-KUNI, Saturday night, (1/12, my actual birthday) will be mostly vinyl records that I collected as a kid. I REALLY had fun producing the program. If you've been 28 as many times as I have, I think you're gonna remember alot of these tunes. (unless you have a memory like mine) The show runs 7-10pm (CST) and can be heard anywhere on the planet at

Because I worked the radio on Xmas Eve, Xmas night and New Years Day night, I get the next two Sundays off. What a great time to have a couple of Sundays off!! The BEST NFL playoff games happen the next two weekends! GO PACK!...

I'm fadin' fast. See ya on the Blue Parkade, Bring yer washboard to the party, and just make a wish and blow...Happy Birthday! Eat Cake! We love you, Bob Dorr & The Blue Band

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Richie Valens: Ooh My Head

A short and rare clip of Richie Valens.

Gene Vincent: Be Bop A Lulu

Gene Vincent sings his big hit!

2008 BMA's To Be Held In Tunica Mississippi

According to the Sun Herald, the Blues Music Awards will be held in Tunica Mississippi. To read more about it Click HERE.

Bob Corritore Blues Newsletter

January 9, 2008

Also, please enjoy some great video clips of Ike Turner that are up on YouTube:

Ike and Tina Turner 1965 killer performance; click here. Note that the white guitarist is reportedly Jimmy Knight, who was based in Phoenix and played years ago with Big Pete Pearson. (Bob has a fond memory of playing Ike old, rare Jimmy Knight records who enjoyed them immensely)

Tribute to the song "Rocket 88", complete with period memorabilia; click here.

1959 clip of Ike Turner and his Kings Of Rhythm performing "Charlie Brown"; click here.

1959 clip of Ike Turner performing "So Fine", and then Jimmy Thomas singing "Splish Slash" with Ike Turner and his Kings Of Rhythm; click here.

Ike Turner at Green Bay 2005. Great boogie-woogie piano workout; click here.

Ike Turner 2007 Grammy® press conference; click here.

Ike and Tina Turner turner performing "I Smell Trouble" with great vocals by Tina and killer blues guitar by Ike; click here.

Ike and Tina Turner performing a very sexy version of "I’ve Been Lovin’ You Too Long"; click here.

Ike and Tina Turner performing "River Deep, Mountain High" from 1966. This is obviously lip sync'd for TV; click here.

In addition, here are some select Big Walter video clips on YouTube

Big Walter Horton and Floyd Jones at B.L.U.E.S. in Chicago from 1979 or '80; click here.

Big Walter Horton, 1965; click here.

Big Walter Horton, 1960s; click here.

Big Walter Horton with Honeyboy Edwards and Johnny Shines; click here.

  • Janiva Magness this Friday at the Rhythm Room: Janiva Magness's appearance this Friday at the Rhythm Room marks a triumphant return to the valley for this great blues singer. Janiva has recently signed with Alligator Records, and will have a new CD out this year. She has won a Blues Music Award two years in a row under the category of Contemporary Blues Woman, and she is up for a Blues Music Award this year under the Blues Entertainer category. Janiva lived in Phoenix for a period in the 1980s. For some photos of Janiva back in the Phoenix days, click here. Doors open at 8pm; cover charge is $10. The Rhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014. Rack Shack Barbeque will be available at this event. This night will be a patio smoking only event, no indoor smoking will be permitted.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Marty Robbins: Singing The Blues

It is amazing how you can take a little blues, a little country, a little swing, and a touch of a yodel, and you can have a hit song!!!!!!!! Nice!!!!

Buddy Guy: Mary Had A Little Lamb

Buddy Guy was the first to do this song, years before Stevie Ray had a hit with it. Also check out how young David Letterman is !!!!! Also Paul still had hair:-)

Hot Show Alert!!!!!!

Andy is playing Thursday night in Raleigh NC!! Stop in and tell Andy hi from Iowa:-)

Hope you can join us for some great fun and music!

AC & the Bank Walkers (band show)
Thurs., Jan. 10, 8 pm - mid.
The Blue Martini
116 N West St # 100
Raleigh, NC 27603
(919) 899-6464


Murali Coryell Update

Some of these are repeats from the last post, but go check out Murali if he is in your area.

Get ready for a soulful and fun weekend as we raise the roof in these
great American cities!

Friday, January 11th, 2008
Fat Fish Blue -
21 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland, OH

Cleveland's best live music bar & restaurant

Saturday, January 12th, 2008
Fat Fish Blue -
21 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland, OH

Sunday, January 13th, 2008
Your Place Lounge -
17326 East Warren Ave.
Detroit, MI 48224
(313) 881-4850

with special guests

Saturday, January 19th, 2008
JJ's Blues -
3439 Stevens Creek Blvd
San Jose, CA 95117
Price: TBA

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008
Lakeland Community College -
Larry Coryell, Murali Coryell, Paul Wertigo, Jeff Berlin - 8:00pm
7700 Clocktower Drive
Kirtland, OH

Jazz Festival
Jazz clinic w/Larry Coryell @ 5pm

Friday, March 7th, 2008
Mid-Hudson Civic Center -
14 Civic Center Plaza
Poughkeespie, NY 12601
(845) 454-5800

opening for B.B. King

Saturday, March 8th, 2008
The Night Eagle Cafe -
200 State St.
Binghamton, NY 13901
(607) 217-7334
Price: TBA

Binghamton's Best Live Music Listening Room!

Saturday, March 15th, 2008
Shea's Performing Arts Center -
646 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 847-1410

opening for B.B. King

Friday, March 28th, 2008
The Towne Crier Cafe -
130 Route 22
Pawling, NY
845 855-1300
Price: TBA

Friday, April 18th, 2008
Columbia-Greene Community College -
The Coryell's featuring Larry Coryell & Murali Coryell - 7:00pm
4400 Route 23
Hudson, NY 12534
518 828-4181
Price: TBA

an evening of jazz/blues/rock & soul

Monday, January 7, 2008

Kevin Spacey: Beyond The Sea

Kevin Spacey from the movie Beyond The Sea. Okay, not really a blues song, but Darin was ultra cool, and certainly did blues. However, as good as Spacey sings Bobby's songs, I still think that he looks more like Carl Maldin than Bobby Darin. The only part where he really looks like Bobby is towards the end when he is dancing by himself in the dark, and for a second it looks like Darin, but for the most part I think it is Carl Maldin.

Taylor Hicks: Its A Mans World

Taylor Hicks jamming on some blues.

Cherokee Jazz And Blues Festival

KMEG, the local NBC affliate in Sioux City Iowa, has a very very very short blurb about the festival. it is sooooooooooooooooooo short that I will just paste and copy it here:-)

Cherokee, Iowa was the home of the Jazz and Blues Festival for the eighth time this weekend. The three day event is Northwest Iowa's premier winter music festival.

The festival brings people, students, and musicians together through performances, clinics, and lots of fun times. Jim Adamson said, "I've seen a lot of smiles and people just raving about the quality of the music and variety of styles of music."

"It's moving to be a musician when you've got this many people out here rocking out with you," added Jimmy Davis, one of the musicians who performed during the festival.

I highlighted in Blues the qoute from Jimmy Davis since he plays guitar for my band:-) Way to go Jimmy!!!!

I also highlighted Jim Adamson's quote since he is the guy that put the band together. Thanks Jim!!!!

Elvis Honored With Blues Trail Marker

Just found this article from the Associated Press, Elvis Presley is being honered with a Blues trail marker in Mississippi. The marker is being placed in his hometown of Tupelo Mississippi. To read the AP article Click HERE.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Artist Of The Week: Ike Turner

Ike Turner will always be a mystery. He had tremendous talent, and had a good eye for recruiting talented players and singers for his band. Yet, he also had an evil side that is hard to understand. Regardless of his personal life, he made some great music. So in honor of his music, he is our artist of the week.

Photo Of The Week: Jimmy Pryor and Steve George

I havent updated the photo for a few weeks so here is a photo from a few years back that I took during one of our New Years eve shows down at Raccoon River Brewery. Jimmy as always dressed up for the occasion.

Weeping Willie Robinson RIP

The Boston Herald has the tragic story of "Weepin" Willie Robinson a blues singer who's career was a tragic up and down affair. Robinson who was homeless just three years ago tragically died in a fire at a nursing home. For more information about Willie and his life Click HERE.