December 17, 2010
- 2011 Jay Sieleman of the Blues Foundation sent out an announcement of the 2011 Blues Music Award Nominees. The nominations consist of 26 categories with 5 or 6 nominees listed in each category. These nominations serve as prestigious recognition of an artist and their work over the year. They are an important annual reflection of the achievements within the blues community. Bob Corritore is honored to have received two nominations under the categories of "Instrumentalist - harmonica", and for Bob Corritore and Friends / Harmonica Blues under the "Historical" category. Note that Harmonica Blues features 15 songs recorded between 1989 and 2009 with a who's who of special guests: Koko Taylor, Little Milton, Robert Lockwood, Jr., Pinetop Perkins, Honeyboy Edwards, Nappy Brown, Eddy Clearwater, Louisiana Red, Carol Fran, Dave Riley, Big Pete Pearson, Tomcat Courtney, The Rhythm Room All-Stars, Chief Schabuttie Gilliame, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Eddie Shaw, Chico Chism, Bob Margolin, nominees announced. Bob Corritore get two nominations! On Wednesday, December 15th, Kid Ramos, David Maxwell, Eddie Taylor, Jr., Bob Stroger, and more! Here are the listings of the two nominations that Bob is involved in:
Chicago Blues Buddies (Little Smokey Smothers & ) on Black Derby
Jimmy Dawkins Presents the Leric Story (various Artists) on Delmark
As you can see, Bob's nominations are among some amazing company. We must also acknowledge Patrick Rynn, bassist of the Rhythm Room All-Stars, for his nomination for "Instrumentalist - Bass". Congratulations to all the nominees! The 2011 Blues Music Awards will take place at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, TN on May 5, 2011. To see al the noninations in all the categories, to purchace tickets for this great event, and to enjoy the Blues Foundation's wonderful newsletter, click here. Blues Foundation members may place there votes starting today, and voting continues through 8am on March 1st, 2011.
- Correction concerning blues Grammy news. In our listing of Grammy blues and blues related nominations from the newsletter of December 9th, we unintentionally failed to mention that Mavis Staples / You Are Not Alone is nominated under the category of "Americana". Congratulations Mavis! To see an archive of all past newsletters, click here.
- Rod Piazza, Candye Kane, and Jimmie Vaughan this week at the Rhythm Room! The Rhythm Room features Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers tonight, Candye Kane's "Let's put the X back in X-mas" naughty Christmas show on Saturday, and Jimmie Vaughan and the Tilt-A-Whirl band featuring Lou Ann Barton on Tuesday. Some other upcoming blues shows at the Rhythm Room include Tail Dragger, Mud Morganfield, T-Model Ford (a show that also includes Gravel Road and Bill Abel), James Harman, Johnny Rawls, Guitar Shorty, Janiva Magness, Dave Riley & Bob Corritore, Guy Davis, and many more. To see the Rhythm Room website and to sign up for their newsletter, click here.
- Christmas blues radio special this Sunday! On Sunday, December 19th, Bob Corritore's annual Christmas Blues special will air on his radio show on KJZZ. Bob will feature a full 5 hours of Christmas blues and R&B. You can expect to hear Christmas blues by such artists as Charles Brown, Smokey Hogg, Little Esther Phillips, Clarence Carter, Eddie C. Campbell, Chuck Berry, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Freddie King, and much, much more! Bob's show is called Those Lowdown Blues and it airs each Sunday from 6pm to 11pm on 91.5FM. in the Phoenix area. TLB can also be heard anywhere in the world via the internet at www.KJZZ.org.
- The Delta Groove Newsletter! Click here to see the amazing Delta Groove Newsletter, filled with great graphics and information about recent happenings with this great blues label. Check out the great holiday card! Thanks to Randy Chortkoff, Jeff Fleenor, Josh Tempkin, Frank Roszak, Steve Dixon, and everyone at Delta Groove for their brilliant work. To sign up for Delta Groove's great newsletter, click here.
- Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine article about Amanda's Roller Coaster! Special thanks to Big City Blues Magazine for their most recent issue recapping the 4 days at the Rhythm Room for Amanda's Roller Coaster blues harmonica extravaganza (props to Amanada Taylor). The article, written by Marnie Ring with photos by Marilyn Stringer, does a "play by play" of the proceedings. To quote the closing of the article "We had nothing but the greatest players in the world! And they played for each other and us! Way Cool!" Thanks for the kind words Marnie! Also congratulations to Chris James & Patrick Rynn for being one of the 3 winners of the magazine's "Coolest Song of the Year" contest. For more information about Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine, click here.
- Blues for the Gulf downloadable benefit CD now available! A new Topical blues album called Blues for the Gulf is now available online for download only. The CD contains 20 songs written about the Gulf oil spill, featuring performances by Candye Kane, Bob Margolin, Hamilton Loomis, Gary Allegretto, Dave Riley & Bob Corritore, Lionel Young, Matt Hill, Laurie Morvan, and many others. Here is the description given on the website: "BLUESFORTHEGULF.ORG originally intended to produce a CD which could be sold at the September 26, 2010 benefits for the victims of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The benefits are over for now, though we may generate some more next year. The exploded well has been capped, but the economic and environmental impact of the spill continues and the need for help remains. On any given day, you’ll see a story about it in the news reminding us of ongoing problems. Our “Plan B” is to make all the songs we received available here. Please enjoy the songs written specifically and enthusiastically for this project. Please donate whatever you feel is appropriate for the songs you select." To see the website and hear song samples click here. Thanks to Honey Sepeda, Bob Margolin, Chip Eagle, Jack Sullivan, Christina Kogos, Dan King, Jill Watkins, and Richard Rosenblatt, who made up the team that championed this project.
- Big Walter Horton On YouTube! Please enjoy this wonderful performance by harmonica legend Big Walter Performance from the touring American Folk Blues Festival of 1970, recorded in Copenhagen. The band includes Willie Dixon, Lee Jackson, Lafeyette Leake, and Clifton James. Big Walter and the band perform a nice instrumental followed by a great version of "Hard Hearted Woman". Click here to see.