October 21, 2010
- Tail Dragger howls in Phoenix this weekend! The unstoppable Tail Dragger travels from Chicago to Phoenix this weekend to play a 2 night engagement at the Rhythm Room on Friday and Saturday, October 22nd, and 23rd, with the Rhythm Room All-Stars (Bob Corritore, Chris James, Patrick Rynn, andBrian Fahey). Tail Dragger is perhaps the leading Howlin' Wolf styled vocalist, and was named after the famous Wolf song by the man himself. His CDs and DVDs on the Delmark record label have earned him world-wide recognition. To see a photo page devoted to Tail Dragger click here.
- Blues Blast Music Awards at Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago on Thursday, October 28th! The 3rd annual Blues Blast Music Awards ceremony happens this year at Buddy Guy's new location of 700 S. Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605, (312) 427-1190 on Thursday October 28th, 2010, 5pm doors, 7pm show. Performers slated to perform are Candye Kane (with Laura Chavez), Dave Riley & Bob Corritore (with Dave "Yahni" Riley, Jr. on bass, and Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith on drums), Jackie Scott & The House Wreckers, Little Ray Neal, Marquise Knox, Eddie Shaw, Zora Young, Shaun Murphy Band, Mississippi Heat, Kilborn Alley Blues Band, Quintis McCormick, Cash Box Kings, Joel Paterson, and a special tribute pertormance with surprise guests honoring Otis Rush who will receive a lifetime acheivement award that night. To see a complete list of all nominees, click here. For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, click here. Thanks to the Blues Blast Music Awards for providing another avenue to reflect and celebrate the music and musicians keeping this music alive.
- Bob Reidy Chicago Blues Band reunion with Eddie Clearwater and Sam Lay on Friday, Oct 29th!Blues pianist Bob Riedy was a pioneer bandleader in the early 1970s in Chicago, and was a major force in bringing blues artists to the North Side. He will be reuniting members of his 1970s outfit including Eddy Clearwater, Sam Lay, Mark Wydra, Jon Hiller, and of course, Bob Riedy. Also joining in the lineup will beBob Corritore who has in recent years served as the reunion's harmonica player. This night will certainly be a celebration of old school Chicago blues! The reunion takes place at the Blue Rooster Lounge at Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket at 645 Joliet Road in Willowbrook, Illinois. To see some of the photo collection ofBob Riedy reflecting many of the artists he worked with in the 1970s, click here.
- New photo page of last November's European Tour! In November of 2009, Dave Riley & Bob Corritore, along with Tomcat Courtney, made numerous festival, club and school appearances in Switzerland and France. They appeared at Visp Blues Night, The Lucerne Blues Festival, Blues Sur Seine Festival,Semaine Blues, Blues Station, The Beautiful Swamp Blues Festival, various clubs in the Bordeaux region of France, various schools, and the Poisy Prison! Note that the Rhythm Room All-Stars joined in the fun for the Lucerne Blues Festival. Please click on the various festival links to see this year's wonderful lineups! Though a wonderful trip, we should mention that the night we played at Blues Station in Tournon De Agenes, Dave Riley got the news that his ailing mother had passed away. Dave decided to continue the tour per his mother's wishes. The photo page shows some of the visual highlights of this very special trip including the wonderful blues musicians that we ran into on the road. Special thanks to webmasterGeorge Vaught for his hard work constructing this page. To see this page click here.
- Dave Blake's Images of Amanda's Roller Coaster - There have been many great photos and videos posted from the amazing event called Amanda's Roller Coaster held earlier this month at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix. It was a spectacular showcase of the blues harmonica tradition. You can see these photos and videos all over Facebook, and YouTube and each one shows a different facet of this wonderful blues gathering. We thought we would highlight a photo page by blues photographer David Blake who has put together a set of images of this event in an exceptionally fine presentation. Click hereto see Dave Blake's photos from Amanda's Roller Coaster.
- Robert Lockwood on YouTube! Robert Lockwood pays tribute to Robert Johnson, his teacher and stepfather, on his version of the Johnson song, "Steady Rollin' Man". Though no credits are given, it is likely that this was recorded live in Japan with a Japanese Band who lovingly back him. Lockwood made regular trips to perform in Japan where he was a very popular and influential blues performer. Lockwood sings beautifully and plays marvelously understated guitar. Click here to see.