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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Last Chance To Vote !!!

Time is Running Out!

Hey Blues Fans,

DON'T FORGET TO VOTE for your favorite Blues artists ! Voting ends at midnight (Pacific Time) on Sunday, August 31st, 2008!

If you vote you could win a FREE Blues Blast T-shirt, a CD by one of the BBMA nominees or even A TABLE FOR TWO AND HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THE 2008 BBMA AWARDS CEREMONY at Buddy Guy's Legends on November 2nd.


Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Bob Dorr And The Blue Band Update

A quick note from Bob.

I'm beat, so this is only part 1 of this week's note. See ya tonight (Wednesday)
for another Porky's Parking Lot Party, 44th & Douglas in Des Moines. It's
our first time ever playing the Wednesday Car Night (as opposed to our usual
Thursday Bike Night) Remember, this is the last summer for Porky's and this is
the last scheduled time we have to play there (I'd like to think we could
squeeze in one more date, but nothing's FER SURE.) We play 6-9pm, Al & Heath
are scheduled for the horn section and Dave Altemeier, who played many dates
with us last year, will be subbing for Davis on the bass. BTW, Davis' dad seems
to be doing better after his heart attack, but certainly isn't back to normal...
Part 2 of the note will have to come at it's usual time (Thursday
night/Friday morning) and will give you some details on all three cool gigs for
this Labor Day weekend. If you've got to know RIGHT NOW go here: for details on dates in Ames on Friday,
Bankston (outside of Dubuque) on Saturday and right here in Sparkle City on
I have to admit that I agree with the people who have mentioned
the lack of humor in recent Blue Notes. What's So Funny About Peace Love And
Understanding??!! To be continued, when the CAKE gets here...Bob Dorr & The
Blue Band

Murali Coryell Update

The latest from Murali Corell. check out his new cd!

Help a talented and generous musician, performer and nice guy get
welldeserved recognition. If you don't already own one buy the CD "TheSame Damn
Thing" @ If you are a talentbuyer, book
Murali Coryell, if you are a music writer, write about hisrecordings and
performances. If you are a DJ, play his CD's. If youare a member of the Grammy
foundation, vote for Murali Coryell. Youwill make it happen! Friday, August
29th, 2008Cooperstown Blues Express - Hwy.
28Milford, NY(607)-432-2429Price: $15 blues train party, adults only! Sunday,
August 31st, 2008Torches on the Hudson - show -
2:00pm-5:00pm120 Front StreetNewburgh, NY 12550845 568-0100Price: Free Friday,
September 5th, 2008Bull's Head Inn - acoustic - 8:00pm120 Sarah
Wells TrailCampell Hall, NY845 496-6758Price: Free Friday, September 12th,
2008Bull's Head Inn - acoustic - 8:00pm120 Sarah
Wells TrailCampell Hall, NY845 496-6758Price: FreeTuesday, September 16th,
2008Hickey Tavern - West
Main St.Allegany, NY 14706716-372-9657Price: TBA Wednesday, September 17th,
2008Dinosaur Bar-B-Que -
Court St.Rochester, NY 14604585-325-7090 Thursday, September 18th, 2008Dinosaur
Bar-B-Que - W. Willow
St.Syracuse, NY 13202315 476-4937 Friday, September 19th, 2008Magic City Music
Hall -"Sons of Thunder"-featuring
Murali Coryell, Ronnie Baker Brooks!365 Harry L DriveJohnson City, NY 13790(607)
729-2322 Saturday, September 20th, 2008Lafayette Tap Room Bar-B-Que & Blues
Saloon - Washington
StreetBuffalo, NY(716) 854-2466Price: TBA Buffalo's Blues Room Friday, September
26th, 2008Frank Guido's Little Italy - Thomas
St.Kingston, NY 12401845-340-1682Price: Free Welcome back Teachers! Friday,
October 17th, 2008Central Market CafeLos Jazz Vatos w/special guest Murali
Coryell - 6:30pmAustin, TXPrice: TBA 40th and Lamar Saturday, October 18th,
2008Evangeline Cafe - Brodie Lane
#110Austin, TX 78745512 282-2586Price: TBA w/Ernie Durawa-drums & Brad
Taylor-bass Sunday, October 19th, 2008Garrison Park Harbor9:00pm730 W Stassney
#120Austin, TX 78745512.462-2664Price: TBA w/Ernie Durawa-drums & Brad
Taylor-bass Saturday, December 6th, 2008Black-Eyed Sally's - Asylum StHartford, CT
06103860.278.7427Price: $10

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Chick Willis CDC Release

From CDC Records the great Chick Willis


"The Don Of The Blues"


NEW LIVE "Obama"


Blues News From The Blues Triangle

More blues news from the Crawling Blues Snake

BLUES TRIANGLE UPDATE-  Thursday Aug 28th, 2008

"UPDATE" ( is a semi-weekly 'lectric newsletter
covering the "Upper-South/Southern-Yankee Blues Triangle" and sometimes beyond.
Brought to you by the Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society of the Mid-Ohio Valley
( "Update" began in October 2004, as a service to our
friends wherever they may be. Within the "Blues Triangle" stretching from
Charleston to Columbus to Pittsburgh, "Update" tries to CONNECT & INFORM
of the happenings in and at times outside our area. We never use your
e-mail address for anything without your consent, and no one has access
to our e-mail list. If you know of someone who would like to receive "Update"
in the future let me know. If you do NOT want to receive any future updates
please reply with, Please No More.

Aug 27 1902 Mary McClain aka "Diamond Teeth Mary" Huntington or Logan, WV
Aug 29 1924 Dinah Washington Tuscaloosa, AL

Aug 27 1990 Stevie Ray Vaughn East Troy, WI

Dustin Smith is the son of Jimi Vincent and drummer of Jimi Vincent Band from
Mansfield, OH. He has been in a motorcycle accident and is now in intensive
care in Columbus awaiting surgery. Friends and fans can help the family in
their time of need. Donations can be made to: Ron See/Jimi Vincent, 868 Hover Rd.
Mansfield, OH. 44905
*update Sunday 8/24* from Sam Romagnoli
Surgery on Friday was scheduled to last about eight hours but took nearly twelve.
Doctors found more damage than expected. Jimi said that Dustin looks better
than he could ever imagined in light of all that has happened. The surgeon
had to remove the wisdom teeth. All of the other teeth are intact. The doctors
are waiting until Tuesday (8/26) to see if they have to wire the jaw shut.
Dustin is being kept under sedation for a couple days.
Jimi and family would like to thank everyone for the prayers, emails and all
the love that has been sent their way during this crisis. Fox rock radio
stations are planning a benefit concert to help with medical bills on Oct 18h
in the Mansfield area. (thanks Sam)

It was reported to us a couple weeks ago while in Wheeling that Greenville,
Mississippi native, T-MODEL FORD aka "Taildragger"
( was dealing with some health issues.
Spider, HoodooBub and crawlinkingsnake saw him at Sarah's Kitchen in Clarksdale
last April. Later that weekend I had an absolutly great time sitting beside T-Model
while his grand-son, "STUD" played drums for ROBERT BELFORE. As T-Model says,
"and that's for got damn sho!" Since I hadn't heard anymore about his health
situation, I decided to some checking around. Went directly to "THE SOURCE"
for anything Mississippi; that of course being Roger Stolle of Cat Head Delta Music
( Roger says that two (now three) weeks ago T-Model had
been in the hospital for about a week. Had a pacemaker implanted and is now taking
medication for some blood clots in his legs. Right now he is home and doing better.
There is a benefit for him on Thursday 8/28 at the Walnut Street Blues Bar
( in Greenville. He says he plans on driving
down for it and will know more after that. (thanks Roger)

Picked up Sept issue of "Americana Rhythm - Music Magazine" at The Purple Fiddle
last week. Noticed an article by SCOTT PERRY (
Scott is very active in the Floyd, VA area with blues and roots music.
Events like the Blues Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival, Floyd Fest, The Pickin' Porch
and much more. First saw Scott at The Court Street Grill what seems like years ago.
Uh wait, it was years ago... Article titled "Old Time Influence" where he says
old-time music today is becoming like 'folk' music did in the 60's...
smoother more commercial. However more young people recognize this trend
and are trying not to sound like it. Also African roots and other
cultural influences are exposed more and people are open to more rustic sounds.
(thanks Scott)

The Foothills Blues & Arts Festival (
was held last week "somewhere near Harrisonville, OH." This was the 2nd blues fest
held in scenic Meigs County this year. New territory to me... had never been
down Ohio Rt 143 or Mudfork Road. Their website had a number to call if ya got lost.
But after dark, probably the best thing to do was look for the glow off
Willie Pooch's suit. Awesome! Jarred Sheets, the Sheets family and the
many volunteers had to have been happy with this weekend. Held on the Sheets
farm that covers over 500 acres of beautiful southeast Ohio country side.
This was the 3rd year for the event and best so far. The crowd on Saturday
seemed to be very good although never heard any numbers. Talked with people
as far away as Dayton, OH and Keyser, WV. Favorite acts for me were
IZZY & CHRIS. Congrats to all those who worked hard to pull this event off and
lookin' forward to 2009!

*Friday Aug 29th:
Dennis McClung Blues Band- Black Bear Tavern, McHenry, MD
Ms Freddye & Blue Faze- Roadworthy Restaurant & Tavern, West Liberty, WV
Liz Pennock & Dr Blues- The Brewery, Marietta, OH
The Catch Blues Band- Mountaineer Bar & Grill, Wheeling
Strange Brew- Chic N Bones, Morgantown
Colin John [acoustic]- City BBQ Cleveland Ave, Columbus
Mike Lenz Band- Rascals Saloon, Dover, OH
Men of Leisure- The Thirsty Ear, Columbus
Willie Phoenix- The Mudflats, Galena, OH
Indigenous- Rex Theater, Pittsburgh

*Saturday Aug 30th:
Cracker Stackwell- Black Bear, Morgantown
Sue Foley & Peter Karp- The Purple Fiddle, Thomas, WV
Norm Nardini- Roadworthy Restaurant & Tavern, West Liberty, WV
Sam Lamont- String Swing, Friendly, WV
Izzy & Chris- Chimney Corner USA, Ansted, WV
Diablo Blues Band- The Empty Glass, Charleston
Station Break Band- The Mudflats, Galena, OH
The Shrunken Heads- The Thirsty Ear, Columbus
Mojo Theory- Lucky's Pizza, Lakeview (Indian Lake), OH
Delyn Christian & The Fret Shop Band- Cementos, Columbus
Ms Freddye & Blue Faze- The Hop House, Carnegie, PA
Erin Burkett- Stone Villa Wine Cellars, Mt Pleasant, PA
Sweaty Betty Blues Band- Penn Brewery, Pittsburgh
Dave Iglar Band- Casa Tomas, Latrobe, PA
Strange Brew- Verona Eagles, Verona, PA
Ian Arthurs Band- Larry's Roadhouse, Pittsburgh
Mahajibee Blues- Renziehausen Park, McKeesport, PA

*Sunday Aug 31st:
"Diamond Teeth Mary" McClain Day- The V Club, Huntington
Janiva Magness [Mountain Stage]- Cultural Center Theater, Charleston
Lady D- Greenbrier Valley Theater, Lewisburg, WV
Mojo Theory- Blueberry Hill, Columbus
Patrick Scanga- Paparazzi's (South Side), Pittsburgh
Jill West & Blues Attack- Boston Waterfront, Boston, PA

*Wed 8/27:
PAM ROBERTS @ El Gran Sabor, Elkins, WV
JASON RICCI & NEW BLOOD @ Moondogs, Blawnox, PA
open-mic w/CRACKER STACKWELL @ Blue Moose Cafe, Morgantown

*"support your local juke joint!" Court Street Grill
Fri 8/29 RANDY McALLISTER Texas singer/songwriter
Wed 9/17 MONTE MONTGOMERY guitar virtuoso
Wed 10/8 PAUL GEREMIA acoustic blues legend

*...ain't but 2 reasons to go into a jook joint, cause ya either feel good or
ya feel bad...

*Dusty Scott ( nice photo of BB KING inside front cover
Oct/Nov issue Blues Revue...

*although a little outa our coverage area, still worth mentioning...
"African American Cultural Works" presents the '08 Blues/Jazz Music Fest at
Yellow Springs, OH (near Dayton) Sept 3rd thru 7th... click on
for more... (thanks Jackie)

( should be great @ The Purple Fiddle
( this Saturday 8/30... be sure to try the
jalapeno/turkey wrap with an Anchor Summer Beer...

*benefit set for Sept 7th @ the Milwaukee Ale House, Milwaukee, WI to help
raise funds for NICK MOSS & THE FLIP TOPS ( to get
new gear... they lost everything July 5th in Montreal when their van was stolen.

*word from ROY BOOK BINDER ( '09 workshops scheduled
for Jan 12-16 @ Fur Peace Ranch (on the road) Miracle Springs Resort,
Desert Hot Springs, CA; May 1-4 Fur Peach Ranch (,
Pomeroy; Oct 16-19 Fur Peace Ranch, Pomeroy... interested persons are advised
to sign up early as class size is limited... check out "the Book" in discussion
of PINK ANDERSON from 1987 at

*mention PINK ANDERSON ( wouldn't hardly
seem right not to say something about FLOYD COUNCIL
( along with him... also great site for
other Piedmont Blues artists at reckon outa throw

*Officials of "Memphis International Airport" say they probably won't change the
airport's name to honor the late singer ISAAC HAYES... at a memorial service for
Hayes, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen publicly suggested changing the name of the airport...
Airport board chairman Arnold Perl said Hayes was a great ambassador for Memphis,
but the current airport name best serves the city's needs. Hayes died Aug 10th of
an apparent stroke at age 65. (blueswax)

*don't y'all forget now... if you get yerself up into northeast Ooo-hi-ooo this
weekend... be sure to check out the "Broadside of the Barn"
( somewhere out in the Hinterlands
southwest of Cleveland?

*next week:
Sept 4-5-6 Carnegie Arts & Heritage Fest (
Sat Sept 6th DENNIS McCLUNG BLUES BAND @ WV Black Heritage Festival
(, Clarksburg

*two weeks;
Sept 13-14 Wine & Jazz Fest ( w/BILLY PRICE BAND,

in a little bit,

Pearson Lakes Art Center 2009 Performing Arts Season

Press release from the Pearson Arts Center in Okoboji Iowa.

For Immediate Release: The Pearson Lakes Art Center’s 2009 Performing Arts Season

For information and tickets call 712.332.7029

General Information:

  • It takes almost a year to put together the season
  • Tickets for members of the Pearson Lakes Art Center went on sale Friday, August 22, 2008
  • Tickets will go on sale for non-members on Thursday, August 28, 2008 at 10am.
  • Members get a 15% discount on tickets until September 6th and Non-members get 10%

The Pearson Lakes Art Center is thrilled to be able to present your 2009 performance season. Many hours and months have gone into creating this schedule. We have designed this season much like the last three years, so that there is something for everyone! We have 24 events planned including the third installment of the “Growing Iowa’s Economy Speaker Series.”

Many of our performances will have educational components for youth or the public. These performances are marked with an E. Keep an eye out for the public and student workshops being offered throughout the year by our various performers. All of our performances include our ever popular “Final Set,” a meet and greet with every performer that comes through our building. This is the perfect opportunity to get your memorabilia signed by the artists themselves and ask any questions you may have. We offer most of our shows as packages, individual tickets, or as a season pass. This year’s packages are as follows: National Package, Jazz, Blues & Zydeco Package, Performance Package, the Pomerantz Hall Summer Fun Package, Children’s Series, Speaker Series and Lakes News Shopper Free Performances. Let’s take a closer look at these packages!

NATIONAL PACKAGE: The national package is an exciting mix of national and international artists with remarkable credentials. This year’s national package performers are Roger McGuinn from the legendary band The Byrds, Grammy Award Winning Singer/Songwriter Michael Johnson, The ever popular Irish Party band, Gaelic Storm, One of the best Showbands from the 70’s, New Odyssey and the BEST sketch comedy troupe touring, Chicago’s The Second City!

ROGER MCGUINN: September 18, 2009

The PLAC is thrilled to present Mr. Roger McGuinn, one of the most important names in rock and pop music history. Mr. McGuinn is a music legend and perhaps one of the most accomplished and versatile musicians in the history of rock and roll. He has played on, arranged, written and produced some of the most famous records in the history of popular music. Founder of one of the most important groups in the history of pop music, THE BYRDS, his legendary status is well established.

MICHAEL JOHNSON: August 17, 2009

Michael is an artist the PLAC has tried to bring to our stage for a number of years, and in 2009 he’ll be finally performing at Okoboji. His voice quickly identifies him as the man who sings “Bluer than Blue” and “That’s That”, a soundtrack for our lives. He has toured with John Denver, performed on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and released 20 albums.

GAELIC STORM: February/March 2009

Holders of the record for the largest attended show ever in the Lauridsen Performing Arts Theater-it’s GAELIC STORM! How could we not bring them back? Gaelic Storm is known world-wide as one of the finest Irish performing groups, period! They are regular visitors to Billboard’s World Music Charts and have released five CD’s internationally. Comprised of six talented musicians, they appeared in the blockbuster movie Titanic as the “party band” in the steerage scene. GET YOUR TICKETS EARLY!!


NEW ODYSSEY: June 9, 2009

Three guys...40 instruments! Remember the days of the great Okoboji Showbands like Dave Major & the Minors, the Upson Downs, and The Fall Guys? Well those days are back! New Odyssey last appeared here in the late 1970’s at the Grand- View Show Room and since then they have gone on to be the nations #1 rated show band. They perform the best Big Band hits to hilarious musical comedy sets. This is a show for everyone.


In the world of stand-up and improvisational comedy, NO name is bigger than Second City. They are the “Beatles of Stand-Up Comedy.” This Chicago based comedy troupe hosts such alumni as John Belushi, Gildna Radner, and Dan Akroyd, to name a few. We are excited to bring them back after the 2007 sellout show. Believe us!! GET TICKETS EARLY!!!


We are always asked to bring in top quality jazz and blues and we aim to please so this year we have a great mix of blues, jazz and a little zydeco as well. Artists include Zydeco artist ever: Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience, Delfeayo Marsalis, and a big night of blues and soul with The Chicago Rhythm and Blues Kings and soul singer Tad Robinson


We are so pleased to present the 2008 Grammy winner as the best Zydeco musician performing today...Lafayette, Louisiana’s Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience. Terrance has been performing for 23 years and was the first Zydeco artist to be asked by the U.S. State Dept. to tour and perform in Cuba. He is the creator of one of the finest children’s music education programs in the country that teaches about Zydeco music and the Creole culture...Creole for

Kidz. In addition to his public performance, he will be hosting three workshops for grade school students. In true Mardi Gras style we will have Gumbo samples from Remington’s Restaurant.


Marsalis...need we say more! The Marsalis family is the “best of the best” when it comes to Jazz and we are thrilled to have trombone player, Delfeayo and his band come to the PLAC. Delfeayo is currently serving as the curator for the Minnesota Orchestra’s jazz series.

BIG NIGHT OF BLUES & SOUL: October 22, 2009

The PLAC Big Blues Night was named one of the best nights in blues by Blues Revue Magazine in 2008!

CHICAGO RHYTHM & BLUES KINGS: Hailing from Chicago is one of the most respected blues and rhythm groups! The Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings is a six man powerhouse performance. TAD ROBINSON: Tad has been hailed as one of the finest blue eyed soul singers performing today. Tad is a 3 time W.C. Handy Award Nominee. When a singer cites his music influences as Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and Dusty Springfield you know you are in for an incredible evening of live “old school” soul!

POMERANTZ HALL SUMMER FUN CONCERT Package is always a lot of fun and this year is no exception. We have Dave Rowley & Friends, The Headliners and Rockin' Jake

DAVE ROWLEY & FRIENDS: August 20, 2009

Dave Rowely brings his talented group of friends back to the PLAC for an “end of summer” show that people talk about! It is an incredible evening of pop music with great vocals. Dave Rowley & Friends: A truly fun summer show!

ROCKIN JAKE: July 8, 2009

It’s a night of BBQ, Hot Sauce and High Steppin’ New Orleans Fun! Rockin’ Jake’s live show is one not to be missed. It is a mix of zydeco, blues, swamp funk, and second line. Jake is considered THE finest harmonica player to ever hail from “The Big Easy” and is a 5 time winner of New Orleans’ OFF BEAT magazine’s coveted “Best of the Beat” Award for best harmonica player. And if that isn’t enough, Jake is an award winning barbecue chef and will be cooking up some sweet and spicy samples for all of the PLAC patrons.

THE HEADLINERS: June 17, 2009

It’s a tradition that the PLAC present The Headliners for another night of fun and great music. People enjoy their eclectic mix of all kinds of jazz; from Latin jazz, to standard jazz favorites. This is always one of our best received shows of the summer.

PERFORMANCE PACKAGE consists of top quality classical performances by professional performers. Our Hancher Show is always the highest quality, Michael Antonello Event, Dancers in Company and the return of John Moore


We will schedule a performance presentation through Hancher Auditorium for the 2009 season. At this time we don’t know the exact artist but a special show is planned. We expect this performance to be held in November 2009. There may be a workshop associated with this show.

MICHAEL ANTONELLO (E): Fall/Spring 2009

We are very fortunate to be able to bring back Violin Master, Michael Antonello for our 2009 performance season. A special event will be announced soon regarding his performance.

A JOHN MOORE CHRISTMAS: December 10 & 12, 2009

From Milford, Iowa to New York City’s Metropolitan Opera, we are thrilled to bring back the Lake’s Area’s own John Moore. John is currently working in New York City’s Metropolitan Opera’s Young Artist Program; a master’s degree type program for extraordinary opera singers. You will have to wait a long time to hear vocals this outstanding. He will be hosting two performances for the 2009 holiday season!


One of the finest college based dance companies will come to the Lauridsen Performing Arts Theatre stage as the University of Iowa’s Dancers in Company return to the PLAC. Dancers in Company is comprised of graduate and undergraduate students selected through a rigorous audition process. Their performance will be a combination of jazz, ballet and modern dance; something U of I is known for! They will also host a workshop for area dance students.


We will once again be working with TheatreworksUSA from New York City to bring TWO children’s theatre shows to Okoboji. These shows will be added to our regular public schedule.

February 15, 2009

Our spring performance will be IF YOU GIVE A PIG A PANCAKE & OTHER STORIES.

The fall show will be announced soon!

LAKES NEWS SHOPPER FREE PERFORMANCES – We are thrilled to work with the Lakes New Shopper to provide free entertainment throughout the year for the community. These are all professional and exciting performances.

THE PINES: April 9, 2009

We are excited to present Red House Records recording artists, The Pines. This group consists of Benson Ramsey, son of the legendary Iowa musician Bo Ramsey and his musical partner David Huckfelt. They have recently signed with the nations premier roots and fold record label, Red House Records, and are on tour of their new CD, “Sparrows in the Bell”. If you like Greg Brown, Bo Ramsey, Mason Jennings, then you will want to experience The Pines Live at the PLAC

AN EVENING WITH SHAKESPEARE: Returning in 2009 will be the PLAC and the Lakes News Shopper’s popular “An Evening with Shakespeare”. Mission Theatre Company, the first professional, year round theatre company in the Iowa Great Lakes, will be performing Renegade Shakespeare; a pastiche of the Bard’s great plays. It is a mix of the comical, tragical, historical and much more. In addition members of OST will be invited to appear in this outdoor setting


Do not hesitate to secure your packages. Call the box office at 712.332.7029

Schedule subject to change at any time.

We hope you enjoy the offers from our 2009 performing arts season…remember these are great gifts for friends and family…or a wonderful treat for yourself.

Case Of Blues Wins CIBS, Solo, Duo, Blues Challenge

From the fine folks at CIBS

Press Release-2008 Iowa Blues Challenge-Solo/Duo Acts Finals

Congratulations to Case Of The Blues, winners of the 2008 Iowa Blues Solo/Duo Challenge held August 24th at Blues on Grand. Case Of The Blues received $250 cash plus $300 travel expenses to Memphis as our state representative at the International Blues Challenge, February 4th – 7th, 2009.
They were one of five acts from across Iowa to participate in this event.

The 2008 Iowa Blues Challenge has been proudly sponsored by Central Iowa Blues Society, Mississippi Valley Blues Society, Lizard Creek Blues Society, Budweiser and Citadel Broadcasting/94.9KGGO & 98.3WOW and the Russell Bird Foundation.

Check out for photos!

Bob Corritore Blues News

The latest from Bob Corritore

August 26, 2008


Friday, August 29, 2008 (after 4pm)

AA Rayner & Sons Funeral Home

318 East 71st Street

Chicago, IL 60619

Tel. (773)846-6133


Saturday, August 30, 2008 10AM-11am visitation; 11am-12pm service

Second Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church

7922 South Hoyne Ave.

Chicago, IL 60620

Tel. (773)874-4510

Sunday, August 24, 2008

John Dee Holeman: One Black Rat

Here is the legendary John Dee Holeman playing some mean down home blues on the guitar. This guy is a national treasure! Durham is lucky to have some one of his caliber still around.

John Dee Holeman Benifit Concert With Andy Coats

Andy sent me an email about a nice event he is particpating in to help defray some medical costs for John Dee Holeman. Holeman is one of the last authenic Piedmont style musicians around and he has had a big influence on Andy. If you are in the North Carolina area then check them out.

As you know these old bluesman are living treasures. Unlike other styles of music where yesterdays artists are quickly thrown into the dustbin of one hits wonders and hasbeens. The blues celebrates it past and it living breathing history. We never throw aside our old artists but embrace them. So if near Durham NC, go check out the real blues of John Dee Holman.


This is one you won’t want to miss – a special benefit concert for Mr. John Dee Holeman, where the living legend himself will be joining me onstage.

Mr. Holeman has had some unexpected medical expenses of late, and so the Triangle Blues Society, Triangle Rockin’ Blues, and the Pizza Palace of Durham have put together this unique event to help defray those costs.

Friday, Aug. 29, 7-10 pm

Andy Coats, with very special guest John Dee Holeman

Pizza Palace of Durham

3128 Guess Rd., Durham


NO COVER CHARGE, donations encouraged!

As you know, Mr. Holeman has become a mentor and friend to me, and is one of the few “real deal” Piedmont blues musicians still living.

Here’s a brief summary of his accomplishments, from Sherry Johnson:

John Dee Holeman, a history lesson in blues, is a 1988 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, the highest honor that the U.S. bestows upon traditional artists (profile at In 1994, he was awarded the North Carolina Folk Heritage Award (see No artificial sweetener here -- this is the real stuff. Pure raw cane sugar blues!!

One Black Rat:

UNC-TV interview:

I hope all of you within driving distance can join us for this wonderful event!

All the best,



Tom Gary Blues Band: Holly Golightly Blues

Well, I wasn't sure about posting this since it is very plain, but it took several hours to make so I figure better to post than to have spent half a night working on nothing! Here is my video tribute to Holly Golightly. If you are over 50 you probably saw the movie Breakfast At Tiffany's, starring Audrey Hepburn, and George Peppard. Those of you below 40 probably have no clue what the song is about, but hey thats okay! Its got a catchy beat and you can dance to it!!:-)

I combined the story from the original Novella, by Truman Capote, and parts of the movie, and a little bit of a friend of mine. If you thinking where is the blues, well, it is there. Originally, I was trying to write sort of a Peidmont style song, but when I added the bridge, (which had a memphis soul sound to it) then it became a pop song.

I guess the running joke at our live shows is that all my songs are about my failed romances, and I have had plenty. So at least here is a song that about a failed romance that has nothing to do with me! Enjoy, and buy my CD:-)