June 8, 2009
- Off To The Chicago Blues Festival: Simply put, this is a major blues event. Each year, the Chicago Blues Festival features a great lineup of blues, combining the cities rich musical talent with careful chosen out of town acts. The festival is free, and takes place right on the beautiful lakeshore of downtown Chicago at Grant Park. It features numerous stages, panels, vendors, and satellite events around town. Chicago and its great blues scene is extra-alive during this time, as people from all over the world pour into town to embrace this festival and the rich blues history of the city that hosts it. Bob returns to his hometown each year to visit during the festival, as it gathers many of Bob's friends in one spot, and allows many enjoyable performance opportunities. The entertainment lineup coordinated by Barry Dolins is always satisfying. This year the festival honors the 30th anniversary of Michael Frank's brilliant Earwig Music label with numerous events. West Side blues guitar master Eddie C. Campbell's 70th birthday will also be celebrated (Eddie just released a stunning and highly anticipated CD called Tear This World Up on Delmark Records, lovingly produced by Eddie's longtime friend, the great Dick Shurman). A few of the acts included in this year's festival lineup are Pinetop Perkins, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Charlie Musselwhite, Mud Morganfield, Big Bill Morganfield, Sam Lay, Eddie C. Campbell, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, Nolan Struck, Lurrie Bell, John Primer, , Bettye LaVette, Terry "Harmonica" Bean, Eden Brent, Lou Pride, Big Jack Johnson, Honeyboy Edwards, Johnny Drummer, & The Dap Kings, Ernest Lane & The Kings Of Rhythm, and many more. To see the complete fest lineup and schedule, click here. Note that Chris James and Patrick Rynn, though not mentioned in the schedule, will serve as the backing unit on Earwig's piano set on Saturday backing Allen Batts, Aaron Moore, and Dennis Binder.
- Bob's Scheduled Chicago Performances: Bob will be performing at a number of shows around town in conjunction with the fest. Bob's appearances include:
Thursday, June 11, 2009, 7pm-10pm - Chris James, Patrick Rynn, and Bob Corritore perform and conduct a class "How To Create A Blues Trio" at Fat Tone Guitars, 1857 Janke Dr., Northbrook, IL (847)272-5117. This event is part of a series of events honoring Earwig Music's 30th anniversary. This all-ages event is free, but reservations are required. Click here for the Pioneer Press article.
Friday, June 12, 2009, 9pm - Blues On The North Shore honoring Earwig Music, will happen Friday June 12, 2009 - 9:00pm at S.P.A.C.E., 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston, Illinois with a great lineup including Honeyboy Edwards, Dennis Binder, Big Jack Johnson & The Oilers with Allen Batts, John Primer, and Chris James and Patrick Rynn (with Bob Corritore and Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith). Bill Wax, host of Sirius/XM Satellite Radio's B.B. King's Bluesville will be the Master Of Ceremonies. This show will be recorded and aired at a future on Bluesville at a later date. Advance tickets are available at www.evanstonspace.com. To see the Pioneer Press article, click here. To see the beautiful poster for this event, click here.
Saturday, June 13, 2009, 9pm - Bob will participate in the Delmark Records Revue Concert happening 9pm at Reggie's Music Joint, 2105 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 312-949-0120. This show is produced by Cadillac Zack's American Blues Legends Management, who put on a brilliant show last year. Acts include Eddie C. Campbell, Rockin' Johnny, Tail Dragger, Johnny B. Moore, Jesse Fortune, and Cadillac Zack. Bob will likely play a few numbers behind Tail Dragger with other fine harmonica players (Scott Dirks confirmed that he would be there). To see the beautiful poster for this event, click here.
- Big Pete Pearson/Finger In Your Eye Gets First Reviews! Special Thanks to Larry Rodgers of the Arizona Republic and Ben the Harpman of Juke Joint Soul for the first published reviews of Big Pete Pearson's forthcoming release called Finger In Your Eye. Big Pete Pearson is highly regarded as "Arizona's King of the Blues". Pete is a powerhouse vocalist filled with charisma, and this release takes up where the prior release I'm Here Baby left off. To see these reviews, click here.
- Bob Corritore Featured in Hohner Harmonica's Easy Reeding Newsletter: Special thanks to Hohner harmonicas for spotlighting Bob Corritore in their most recent edition of Easy Reeding. Bob is an official endorser of Hohner harmonicas. To check out the newsletter, click here. To see Hohner's wonderful website with lots of harmonica information, click here.
- Blue Monday Monthly Online Review of Simply The Blues Festival: Thanks to Gary Eckhart for his kind words in reviewing last month's Simply The Blues Festival in Fort Madison, Iowa, and for his "nuclear powered harp" description! To see this review on the Blue Monday Monthly website, click here.
- Video of the Rhythm Room All-Stars on Baker Street Site: Special thanks to Xavier Boulanger of France's Radio Baker Street program for including a clip of The Rhythm Room All-Stars on his MySpace site. The clip shows The All-Stars (Big Pete Pearson, Bob Corritore, Chris James, Patrick Rynn, and Brian Fahey) performing "You Don't Have To Go" at Blues Station in Tournon d' Agenais, France. Click here to see. Thanks also, Xav, for your airplay of Big Pete Pearson/Finger In Your Eye, and for all your great support throughout the years.
- Louisiana Red Wins Record Critics Award: Congratulations to Louisiana Red for winning the Record Critics Award in Germany for his latest album, Back To The Black Bayou (Ruf Records). It seems like the legendary Louisiana Red is finally being given the attention that he so rightly deserves. Thanks to Little Victor who produced, arranged, and played on this record with a master's touch. To view many of the great reviews this CD has received, click here. To view the award information, click here (German) or here (English).