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Friday, April 18, 2008

Bob Dorr And The Blue Band Update

With Public TV fundraising in March and Public Radio fundraising in April, I'm just about all begged out! Still, if it takes begging for you to stop out to the horse track tonight (Friday 4/18) then I'm beggin' ya baby...Prairie Meadows Casino, Altoona IA (suburban Des Moines) The Finish Line Lounge, right after the horse races (about 10pm) until 1am. Get there early for the great buffet, place a wager on the ponies, (always bet on horses with a jocky named Sally, so you can scream RIDE SALLY, RIDE during the stretch run for the finish) and stay around for dancing. It's been two weeks since we've played, I'm REALLY looking forward to it...

Some other stuff that's goin' on: I am indeed on the cover of the statewide arts and music magazine Art Scene for the month of April. You can check out the story at or get one at your local magazine rack...

Nathan called saying that he's planning a summertime visit to Ioway and was hoping to play some dates with us, so expect the New Years Eve horns for all the dates June 27- July 5! (Saturday July 5 is still open, in case you'd like to have us out at your lakeside property for that BBQ you're planning for 4th of July weekend)...

Speaking of New Year's Eve, we have not made much progress on preparing those recordings from last year, but should have a few songs posted on our website and on the My Space page sometime in the next few weeks...

Speaking of website updates, the Meet The Band page on the website has needed revision for at least 6 months. The changes have finally happened! Check out Who's Who in Blue at

I also wanted to let you know that tickets for the KUNI Blues Cruise, June 6 in Dubuque, are now on sale at This is always one of the most fun events of the year. The boat only holds 300 people. Get your tickets soon. This is currently the only riverboat cruise scheduled for this season...

We have no bookings again next week, (May and June are starting to fill up nicely, tho) so there probably won't be a Blue Note either. The next time we play will be the monthly TGIF party at The Hub, 4th and Main, here in Sparkle City, Friday May 2, 5:30-9:00pm. This will be the final TGIF party until the Fall (which means that it will be the last time that you can smoke cigarettes at that gathering, as Iowa has enacted an indoor smoking ban starting July 1) (I have never been a smoker and generally no longer visit places with clouds of smoke, but the Libertarian in me strongly objects to the government mandating that business owners can't make their own decision as to whether smoking is allowed or not) (ooops, sorry, I know, you don't want me to get started on some Libertarian rant)...

I'm hoping all these April showers DO bring May flowers (how's yer clematis?) and we all have a FABULOUS summer outdoor season (after this past winter we deserve it, don't we?!) See ya on the Blue Highway in our 10 MPG band truck (ouch), keep rubbin' yer washboard, good luck playin' the ponies, and don't forget to celebrate your winnings by bringing CAKE! We love you, Bob Dorr & The Blue Band

Iowa Blues Challenge Finals Set


Press Release-2008 Iowa Blues Challenge Finals

The Finals for the 2008 Iowa Blues Challenge are now set!

Come join the party at the Hotel Fort Des Moines at 10th & Walnut in Des Moines, Iowa. On Sat., May 17th, 2008, performances will start at 9:00 PM with Avey Brothers, followed by The Soul Searchers and Smokin’ Mojo Kings.

Cover will be $9 for Blues Society members and $10 for non-members. Call 515-243-1161 or 1-800-532-1466 and ask for the Blues fan rate to book rooms.

The competition will be stiff as these three great bands square off to determine who is the best Blues band in Iowa and play for the opportunity to advance to the International Blues Challenge held in Memphis, TN, among other prizes, so come out and support your favorite band!

For the 15th year, the Central Iowa Blues Society, in cooperation with the Mississippi Valley Blues Society and Lizard Creek Blues Society, presents the 2008 Iowa Blues Challenge, an all-Iowa Blues band contest. This contest is open to any Iowa Blues band that has not been nominated for the Blues Music Awards (Handy’s).

The Iowa Blues Challenge features one of the finest prize packages, for a contest of this kind, in the country. Prizes are awarded to the top bands, including---cash, travel expenses, recording time, as well as spots in the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Davenport, IA; The Nitefall on the River in Des Moines, IA; 2009 Simply The Blues Fest in Ft. Madison, IA and the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee.

The 2008 Iowa Blues Challenge is proudly sponsored by Central Iowa Blues Society, Mississippi Valley Blues Society, Lizard Creek Blues Society, Budweiser, Citadel Broadcasting/94.9KGGO & 98.3WOW, Junior’s Motel, Rieman Music and Russell Bird Foundation

Check out for more information.

Bob Corritore Newsletter: Update Sean Costello

Important news from Bob Corritore including an update on Candye Kane, Chris Gaffney, and Sean Costello

April 18, 2008

1) La Hora de Blues (Spain) reviews: Dave Riley & Bob Corritore/Travelin' The Dirt Road and Various Artists/House Rockin' And Blues Shoutin!: Celebrating 15 Years Of The Rhythm Room on Blue Witch Records are reviewed by Vicente "Harmonica" Zumel in the online blues magazine La Hora Del Blues. Click here to see.

2) Blues Art Studio's Photo Gallery of Lucerne Blues Festival 2007: Wonderful photos by Dragan Tasic featuring images of Koko Taylor, Sonny Rhodes, Philipp Fankhauser, Janiva Magness, Billy Branch, Big Pete Pearson, Bob Corritore, Bob Margolin, Mike Morgan, Lee McBee, and Zac Harmon performing at this amazing event in Switzerland. Click here to view the photos.

3) Supporting The Blues MySpace: This amazing website has posted reveiws of two of Bob's earliest album productions, Little Willie Anderson and Big Leon Brooks done in the late 70s and early 80s in Chicago, and reissued on CD by Earwig Music. Also on the site are reviews of Nappy Brown/Long Time Coming on Blind Pig Records, Dave Riley & Bob Corritore/Travelin' The Dirt Road on Blue Witch Records and Various Artists/House Rockin' And Blues Shoutin!: Celebrating 15 Years Of The Rhythm Room on Blue Witch Records. Thanks to site proprietor Rob Lehrian for your true support! To see the Supporting The Blues MySpace site, click here.

4) Robert Lockwood, Jr. Tribute Article in Seventh Hour Blues (US): This memorial article of blues master Robert Lockwood, Jr. by Anthony Sapienza appeared last year in Seventh Hour Blues, an online blues magazine, and includes quotes by Bob Corritore as well as photos from Bob's archives. We have added it to the article section of Click here to read it. Also, Anthony sent a link to a short documentary of the blues that he put together (Click here to see).

5) Tail Dragger Article in Back To The Roots (Belgium): Franky Bruneel just sent us the Tail Dragger cover story, which includes Bob's quotes and photos. Bob and Tail Dragger used to play together in the late 70s and early 80s, and remain good friends. Click here (article, cover) to see this beautiful article. Click here to see a photo of Tail Dragger holding the issue on magazine's website.

6) Robert Nighthawk Photo Page Added to Robert Nighthawk was simply one of the greatest of bluesmen. His deep, molasses-like vocal delivery and crying slide guitar was like that of no other. This photo page was inspired and approved by Robert Nighthawk's daughter, Geni McCollum-Ward, who is currently collecting information regarding her father for a forthcoming book. If you can help, provide any information, photos, or memorabilia, please contact Geni at or (773) 994-4468. To see an amazing film short of Robert performing on Maxwell Street, click here. To see this new photo page devoted to Robert Nighthawk, click here.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Hacienda Brothers - Cry Like a Baby

It was hard to find a video with Chris playing accordion, but here is a short cool clip.

Chris Gaffney:

Chris Gaffney from years ago on Art Feins Poker Party

Chris Gaffney RIP

According to the OC Register Chris Gaffney roots rock legend has died of Cancer. Gaffney played the last few years with the Hacienda Brothers. To read more about him Click Here.

Jason Williams: It Ill Be Me

Jason D Williams, the alleged illigitmate son of Jerry Lee Lewis. You must admit they piano a lot alike, and they sing and talk a lot a like. I met him over 10 years ago. during about a 2 year period I opened up for him at least 5 times. Needless to say I never let him touch my keyboard, because dude could really destroy a piano:-)

Louis Jordan: Caldonia

Another clip gone from Youtube, but found on Daily Motion. This is the unsung father of rock and roll, jump blues master Louis Jordan. This is coooooooooooooooooool Daddy Oooooooo!

Robert Johnson: Love In Vain

I found those cool haunting animated videos of the delta musicians again. This one features the Robert Johnson singing Love In Vain.

Blogcritic Review: Larry Carlton, Robben Ford, and Autour Du Blue

A new DVD is out that features American blues performers Larry Carlton and Robben Ford, with a French all star blues band, Autour Du Blues. To check out the Blog Critic review Click HERE. The only real complaint I have here, is once again the old argument that Europe loves the blues and America ignores it. Certainly it is a dry market right now for blues, but it is ebb and flow. It certainly is ebb and flow in Europe as well. The blues has never gone away here, and I am sure the blues is going to have a banner year this summer.

Murali Coryell Update

New CD "The Same Damn Thing" featuring "In the Room with Jimi"comes
out in Two Weeks plus look for upcoming interview in Guitar Player

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

an evening of jazz/blues/rock & soul

Saturday, April 19th, 2008
Black-eyed Sally's -
350 Asylum St
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 278-7427
Price: TBA

w/Larry Coryell-guitar Tracey Coryell-vocals, Victor Bailey-Bass,
Thierry Arpino-drums

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

River Front Blues Festival: June 20-21

Just got this from the folks at the River Front Blues Fest

Fort Smith Riverfront Blues Fest
June 20th & 21st, 2008
Harry E. Kelley Park
Fort Smith, Arkansas
We will be featuring Jonny Lang, Ana Papapvic, Larry McCray, Ruthie Foster, and many other artists.