July 7, 2010
- Happy Birthday Pinetop Perkins! Today Pinetop Perkins turns 97 years old! Born Joe Willie Perkins on July 7th, 1913, Pinetop is still an active touring musician, and is widely considered the greatest living blues piano player. His new album Pinetop Perkins & Willie "Big Eyes" Smith / Joined At The Hip on Telarc is receiving high praise. As a testament to his longevity, Pinetop will be traveling to Spain today to participate in the Hondarribia Blues Festival. Please take a moment to write Pinetop a happy birthday wish on his Facebook page (click here to access Pinetop's facebook). To see a photo page devoted to Mr. Perkins, click here. Thanks Pinetop, for being our inspiration!
- Chico Chism, Sam Moore, and the Reed Family inducted into Arizona Music And Entertainment Hall Of Fame! The Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall Of Fame has a diverse group of inductees from all types of entertainment, and all genres of music. This year the inductees include three from the blues corner: Chico Chism, who was best known as Howlin' Wolf's last drummer, moved to Phoenix in 1986, and thrived as a blues performer and celebrity until his death in 2007, Sam Moore is best known as the Sam of Sam & Dave, the Stax and Atlantic Records soul sensation, and the Reed family which includes Francine, Margo, Michael, Bucko, Mellody, Laverne, and Girley have brought rich gospel, blues, soul and jazz vocal textures to the Phoenix area. Thanks to AMEHOF for including a healthy showing for the blues in the recently announced new inductees. The ceremony will take place on February 13th, 2011 at the Orpheum Theater in Phoenix. Please visit the AMEHOF web site by clicking here.
- Special Thanks to the IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival and to Wilbeski's Blues Saloon! Dave Riley & Bob Corritore are appreciative of this past weekend's gigs in the Midwest! Dave & Bob had the honor at performing at the legendary Wilebski's Blues Saloon in St. Paul, MN, which has been the home of many great blues performances. Then it was off to Davenport, Iowa, for the spectacular IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival! Thanks to these venues and to the many fans that came out to see us. Thanks also to the IHMVBF for another exceptional lineup, their warm hospitality, and the ridiculously fun nightly after-party/jams!
- Blues Blast Music Awards voting begins tomorrow! The voting for the 2010 Blues Blast Music Awards begins on Thursday, July 8th. Voting is open to anyone who is a Blues Blast Magazine subscriber. Subscriptions are free and you can sign up as part of the voting process. Please consider a vote for Dave Riley & Bob Corritore / Lucky To Be Living, which is nominated under the category of "Best Traditional Blues Recording." To see a complete list of all nominees and to vote please click here. The awards, put on by Blues Blast Magazine, will take place on Thursday, October 28th, at Buddy Guy's Legends new location of 700 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60605
- Dave Riley and Bob Corritore interviews appear in current issue of Austria's Concerto Magazine! Special thanks to interviewer Dietmar Hoscher of Austria's Concerto Magazine, for including interviews by Dave Riley and Bob Corritore in the July issue. Also in that issue is an interview with our dear friend Mud Morganfield, the son of Muddy Waters. These interviews were conducted last November at the amazing Lucerne Blues Festival. To see the interviews, click here.
- Phoenix Vintage Blues Anthology gets reviews in Living Blues and ABS magazines! Earlier this year the Southwest Musical Arts Foundation released a compilation of vintage Phoenix Blues titled Flyin' High, A Collection Of Phoenix Blues, Rhythm, and Spirit from the 1950's and 60's. The CD's 27 tracks include Big Pete Pearson's first recordings, Reverend Louis Overstreet, J.C. Arline, The Lone Wolf, Duke Draper, Maxine Johnson, John "Oklahoma Zeke" Lewis, Dumas King, Roosevelt Nettles, Budd Spudd & The Sprouts, Jimmy Knight, Baby Jean, the Curtis Gray Combo, and more. Flyin' High recently received 2 more great reviews, one in Living Blues Magazine by Jim DeKoster, and the other in France's ABS Magazine by Vincent Joos. You can read these and other reviews on-line by clicking here. To see the cover art for Flyin' High, click here, and to read the extensive liner notes by John Dixon, click here. This CD is currently available through Bluebeat Music and can be purchased by clicking here. Proceeds from the sales of this CD will go to the Southwest Musical Arts Foundation, who are planning more historically important blues releases.
- Amanda's Roller Coaster Update. Nighthawks to host Thursday preparty concert / harp jam! Amanda's Roller Coaster is a spectacular 3 day harmonica happening that takes place at the Rhythm Room Room on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Acts include James Cotton, Billy Boy Arnold, Lazy Lester, Kim Wilson, Paul Oscher, James Harman, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Johnny Dyer, Bharath Rajakumar, Johnny Sansone, Jerry Portnoy, Al Blake, Dave Waldman, Bob Corritore, Troy Gonyea, RJ Mischo, Steve Marriner, Billy Flynn, Scott Dirks, Chef Denis Depoitre, Lynwood Slim, and Vincent Bury. As an additional feature of the event, Thursday, September 30th, has just been added as a preparty with the Nighthawks, who will perform a concert set at 8pm, and then host a harmonica showcase. This will serve as a wonderful preparty, and as a way for many of the attending harmonica players who are not on the main bill, to have an outlet to showcase their playing. So far Martin Lange has signed on as the first special guest harmonica player for the preparty. Please be aware that at the time of this e-mail only 50 tickets remain for this soon to be sold out event, and only 20 discount rate hotel rooms remain at our host hotel. For more details, a schedule of performances, hotel information, and to order tickets, check out the Amanda's Roller Coaster website by clicking here.
- Acoustic Freddie King on YouTube! Please enjoy these great performances by Freddie King at Travis County Jail from April 11, 1976. Freddy and his brother play acoustic guitars and cover "Sweet Home Chicago", and "Let The Good Times Roll". You can really see the star quality of Freddie from these clips. Click here to see.