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Friday, October 8, 2010

The Sean Costello Memorial Fund For Bipolar Research Newsletter

Bipolar Disorder Resources
Debbie Costello Smith

Vice President
Glenn H. Smith

Allison Dellamaggiora
Scientific Advisory Committee
Chair - Sheri L. Johnson, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Richard Bolton, Esq.

Debbie Costello Smith

Thilo Deckersbach, Ph.D., Partners Healthcare, Boston, Massachusetts

Julie Malbrancq

Greg Murray, Ph.D., Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia

Andrew Nierenberg, MD

Ihsan Saloum, MD, MPH University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida.

Jonathan Schooler, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

Jonathan Smallwood, Ph.D.

Eric Youngstrom, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Lauren Arno

Melissa Bauer

Patti Beaman

Bridget Costello

Aileen Kenneson, Ph.D.

Darlene Lopez

Amy Pollick, Ph.D.

Richard "Rosy" Rosenblatt

Michael Rothschild
Jon Liebman

Manda Pullen Turetsky
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Issue 6

Oct 2010
Second Annual Benefit ConcertThe Second Annual Benefit Concert
A Roots & Blues Festival

Sunday, October 10, 2010
Doors at 4pm; Music from 5-11pm.
Location: Cotton Club/Tabernacle
152 Luckie Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Lineup: Burnt Bacon, Jon Justice, Seth Walker, Coy Bowles and the Fellowship, Candye Kane and Band, Sonia Leigh
Special Guests: Paul Campanella and Aaron Trubic

A limited number of advance tickets are available at

Tickets are also on sale at (search Sean Costello) and at the Tabernacle Box Office.
Advance ticket purchases will include a special DVD of Sean. Ticket cost is $30.00 (plus applicable service fees) in advance and $35 (plus applicable service fees) at the door. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Donations are tax deductible according to IRS guidelines.
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 About the 10/10/10 Roots and Blues Benefit Concert Performers

Sonia LeighSonia Leigh
Sonia Leigh is a singer/songwriter hailing from Atlanta, Georgia. With gritty vocals and poetically compelling lyrics, Sonia grabs her listeners with her raw honesty and primal emotion, all while wearing her heart on her guitar strap. Sonia Leigh brings an electrifying excitement to the stage with her unbridled passion and rebellious charm. She easily and immediately establishes a bond with her audience through the sincerity of her haunting voice, soulful lyrics, excellent musicianship and sultry appearance.

Candye Kane
Candye Kane and Band
Superhero is the name of Candye's original song and the title of her latest CD for Los Angeles based label, Delta Groove records.  It is also an apt description of the jump blues singer and songwriter from East Los Angeles who has earned this moniker the hard way. Nominated for four National Blues Foundation Awards for BB King Entertainer of the Year, Best Blues Contemporary CD and Best Contemporary Blues Female and beating down pancreatic cancer in the last two years, Kane is one tough cookie. She has performed worldwide for presidents and movie stars but her path to success was not always glamorous or easy.
Raised in a dysfunctional, blue-collar family, Candye became a teenage mother, a pin up cover girl and a punk rock, hillbilly and blues-belting anarchist by the time she was just 21 years old.  Ten cds, six record labels, millions of international road miles and countless awards later, Miss Kane has proven to be a true survivor as she scrambled her way to the top of the roots music heap, creating a world renowned reputation that has spanned two decades.

Coy BowlesCoy Bowles and the Fellowship
Coy Bowles is a member of the Zac Brown Band. He plays guitar and organ for ZBB as well as writes and arranges music. He also leads his own Atlanta based project, Coy Bowles and The Fellowship, for which he writes all the music and performs lead guitar, piano, organ and lead vocals. Most recently Bowles has been motivated by a desire to give back to his hometown community. In 2010 he founded the Coy Cares Foundation. The group participates in, and organizes events in Thomaston to raise money for Gilmore Center; an organization that provides assistance, resources and job opportunities to mentally and physically handicapped citizens.

Seth WalkerSeth Walker
Music audiences around the world were first introduced to Seth Walker with the release of his eponymous long-player on Hyena Records in 2007. It would hit the top twenty of the Americana and Living Blues charts, while receiving praise from publications like No Depression, Blues Revue and Maverick UK Magazine. Creative Loafing wrote, "Seth Walker is a splendid mix of roots styles: blues, soul and Americana, featuring deep-fried guitar licks, churchy organ and crisp horns, mostly delivered over spot-on shuffles. " Westword declared, "Seth Walker serves Southern roots guit-pickin' and blues songcraft with ease and grace. Echoing a variety of artists, from Jimmy Reed to Ray Charles, he slips expertly from loose-jointed shuffles to organ-inflected feel-good fare and a whole lot more. An old soul with new fingers, Walker cooks from start to finish."

Jon JusticeJon Justice
Possessing a soulfulness that belies his youth, Justice is constantly exploring musical influences and expanding his repertoire. The "Jon Justice sound", is always pushing outward towards fresh expression, reverberating as it does with Justices' singular take on the events of day and building innovatively on the bedrock of the pioneers that came before him. "Write what you know, play what you feel. That's what I try to bring to the table," Justice says. "I don't know any other way!" Justice was recently sited as Best of Cincinnati 2008 Blues Singer/Slinger, won the Cincinnati Blues Challenge representing the Queen City at the IBC in Memphis. In 2007 Justice was nominated for three C.E.A's for Best Blues Artist, Best Live Act, and Best Up and Coming Artist. Jon was also honored with a C.U.LA.N award by the city of Cincinnati for his artistic contributions to the community in 2008.

BurnBurnt Bacont Bacon
With core players (Jon Liebman, Oliver Wood, Dave Roth & Chris Uhler) well-seasoned by over 30 cumulative years in the Atlanta music scene, Burnt Bacon takes pride in ensuring that each time you see them, you'll never know what is coming next. Indeed, each set list effortlessly spans many genres. Delta blues segues into soul or maybe some Hank Williams, followed by some swampy R&B or maybe a quick song peppered with the distinct flavors of New Orleans. The result is a blend of music that swells and ebbs, swings and sways. In a word, "fun." Burnt Bacon offers an intentionally loose and wonderfully eclectic approach to music, gleefully reaching into a grab-bag full of rich influences best described as "Americana."

Paul Campanella, Jr.Paul Campanella
Paul has toured over 18 countries around the world and appeared on more than 20 albums, compilations, and soundtracks as a drummer, percussionist, songwriter, and vocalist. Currently he is a background vocalist with rock legends Cheap Trick in Sgt. Pepper Live at Paris Hotel & Casino. In 2007/2008 Paul toured with the late blues phenom Sean Costello and contributed drum tracks to 6 songs on Sean's acclaimed album "We Can Get Together" which reached #10 on the Billboard Blues Album Chart. In 2009 he teamed up with Michael Bacich (Oingo Boingo) and software company Acoustica to record a drum sample library for a new product to be released in late 2010.

Aaron TrubicAaron Trubic
As an experienced studio and touring musician, recording engineer, producer, vocalist, cellist and writer, Aaron Trubic has proudly garnered numerous commercial recording credits for both major and independent labels spanning 18 years as well as tour performances in Europe, Asia and North America and has been described as "outstanding" and "inspiring" by the national press.
A bass player steeped in traditional Blues and Soul, Aaron has backed some of the world's greatest performers in this genre including Lou Pride (Severn Records), Sean Costello (Landslide, Artemis/Tone-Cool Records) and Hubert Sumlin (Howlin' Wolf).
In 2008, We Can Get Together was released worldwide on Delta Groove Music. Not only did Aaron co-produce this landmark album by Sean Costello but also contributed 2 songs to it, including the title cut, "Anytime You Want". In April 2008, "We Can Get Together" peaked at #3 on the Billboard Blues chart and was nominated for a Blues Foundation Award for Contemporary Blues Album of The Year.

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Bob Corritore Blues News

October 5, 2010
On Sunday, October 10th, Pinetop Perkins' annual homecoming celebration happens at Hopson’s Plantation in Clarksdale, Mississippi. There is a big commissary, which has been converted into a bar, and once again, this year the host band is Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, including many special guests such as Pinetop Perkins (of course), Bob Margolin, and many more. Special thanks to Patricia Morgan, who promotes this event each year. Pat is the manager of Pinetop Perkins and Willie "Big Eyes" Smith. Pat is a simply amazing woman, who, in addition to the demands of looking out for Pinetop, makes sure that this event is flawlessly organized; kudos to Pat.
  • Bob Corritore Helena CD Release party this Saturday at the Biscuit! Each year as part of the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival, the Delta Cultural Center hosts a series of showcases at their annex located on the ground floor of the Miller Hotel, located at 223 Cherry Street. On Saturday, Oct 9, at 12:30pm Bob Corritore will have a release party for his new CD Harmonica Blues on the Delta Groove record label. The band will include Bob Margolin, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Bob Stroger, Bob Corritore and other special guests. They will perform a 75 minute set.There is no cover charge
  • Bob Corritore / Harmonica Blues CD rises on the charts!  Bob Corritore / Harmonica Blues on the Delta Groove label continues to receive great airplay support. It appears at #6 in this week's Roots Music Report Blues Charts (click here to see). We also just heard from Jim McGrath that Harmonica Blues rose to # 2 for September on the Living Blues Radio charts! Thanks for all the support! To see the growing number of great reviews for the CD click here .
  • Big Pete Pearson Health Concerns. Per a recent posting by French blues journalist Jocelyn Richez on Blindman's Blues Forum: "I just got from his European agent, my friend Georges Lemaire, that just before he planned to come to Europe, Big Pete had a few tests and was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Fortunately, the cancer is at a very early stage, so chances are it can be cured. Still, Big Pete has to undergo an uninterrupted 45 days treatment that prevents him from coming over." Big Pete Pearson, who recently relocated from Phoenix, Arizona, to Maine, was unavailable for further comment. Prayers and best wishes to Big Pete for successful treatments.
  • Amanda's Roller Coaster Recap. About 6 months ago I received a phone call from Amanda Taylor (Kim Wilson's wife). She told me of a dream she had the night before that she would have the greatest harmonica show ever at the Rhythm Room. She wanted to showcase different generations; from the surviving legendary inventors, to the generations that followed, all the way to some select up and coming harmonica greats. She wanted this to be an important event that people would travel from far away places to attend. She wanted to document the show through filming, photography and sound recordings. She wanted to include her friends and have it be a family reunion of sorts. Amanda had seen the Rhythm Room in a similar role in the past as she and Kim had participated in the filming and recording of Time Bring About A Change, A Floyd Dixon Celebration, as well as Kim Wilson's Smoking Joint live recording (Thank you to Clarke Rigsby who's talent and hard work make live recording at the Rhythm Room a positive and great sounding experience). I was so honored to get the call and without hesitation opened my calender as we started this huge undertaking.
Amanda's dream was realized last weekend with a 3 day show called Amanda's Roller Coaster, named after the brilliant Little Walter instrumental. The harmonica players included 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, Scott Dirks, Chef Denis Depoitre, Joe Filisko, and Vincent Bury. Fans came from all around the world and were treated to a simply unreal experience. The backing bands mostly alternated between Kim Wilson's All-Stars with Larry Taylor (bass) , Richard Innes (drums), Barrelhouse Chuck (piano), and / or Billy Flynn (guitar), Junior Watson (guitar), or the Fabulous Thunderbirds with Randy Bermudes (bass),  Jason Moeller (drums), Jon Moeller (guitar), and Mike Keller (guitar). Some of the additional players were Hubert Sumlin (guitar) who guested on the James Cotton set, Laith Toma, who played guitar on Vincent Bury's set, Dave Riley, his son Dave Riley Jr., and Leon Blue, who played on my set, and an appearance by the Swedish band Trick Bag. Various combinations were used and the top notch backing always sounded fresh and accommodating to the artist featured
Prior to all this music was the frantic 6th month, full time preparation done by Amanda Taylor, who had never done anything like this before. She booked and contracted all the artists, made the film arrangements, booked flights and hotels, oversaw poster designs, had numerous meetings and conferences, interviewed on Sirius/XM Satellite radio(Thank you Bill Wax), and did everything that could possibly be done. She innately knew or soon discovered how all the resources would work together; having the Rhythm Room to do its part (Thanks to Rhythm Room GM Mona Watkins), leaning on her husband Kim Wilson as the musical glue needed to connect the various elements, seeking the advice of Mark Carpentieri, Rand Chortkoff, Rueben Williams, myself and others, and knowing that she could count on Clarke Rigsby to make the recording agenda work flawlessly. She and I talked on the phone numerous times a day, often for no other reason then focus and moral support.
So fast-forwarding to last week, Kim and Amanda came into Phoenix early and set up camp in a wonderful rental house. They hosted a wonderful Wednesday night casual dinner party with a small group of musicians and friends as a perfect warm up for the week. On Thursday the proceeding began with a pre-party at the Rhythm Room that I had set up to compliment Amanda's event and to provide an outlet for many of the harmonica players who had come into town but were not on the bill. Many people from far away places had come to Phoenix to celebrate the blues harmonica and this was a perfect way to kick off the proceedings. After a great set from the Nighthawks, Bill Tarsha opened a harmonica player's showcase with three masterful songs before an array of special guest harmonica players made their appearances. Everyone sounded great with Dennis Gruenling especially being a crowd pleaser. Kim and Amanda did not make it to this event as they were hosting another dinner party to greet the many artsits on the bill that had just come in that day.
On Friday the three days of Amanda's Roller Coaster officially began with non-stop greatness. From the opening notes of Vincent Bury (the first act) everyone knew they were in for something very special. Simply everyone brought their A game to the proceedings. Each performance had a unique craftsmanship and personality. The backing bands did an unimaginably good job in finding just the right groove behind each artist. What impressed me was the generational aspect with the originators being represented by Billy Boy Arnold, Jame Cotton, and Lazy Lester, to the next generation of veterans represented by Kim Wilson, Paul Oscher, Jerry Portnoy, James Harman and Al Blake, to the "coming of age' generation represented by RJ Mischo, Joe Filisko, Johnny Sansone, Dave Waldman, Scott Dirks, and myself, to the young-bloods represented by Bharath Rajakumar, Steve Marriner, and Vincent Bury. Chef Denis Depoitre (who had a wonderful set) was in a category of his own, being of the veteran generation with his fine harmonica work being little known outside of his community. Denis is best known as a supporter and booker of other harmonica players as well as a masterful chef. The audience was such a spectacular part of the event by showing a universal love for harmonica blues. The "hang aspect" was indescribable with every possible combination of people gathered in conversation. It should be mentioned that three prominent blues authors were in attendance: Scott Dirks (Blues With A Feeling: The Little Walter Story) Mark Hoffman (Moanin' At Midnight: The Life and Times of Howlin' Wolf) and Kim Field (Harmonica's, Harps, and Heavy Breathers: The History of the Harmonica and Its Role in American Music). Two blues label chiefs were in attendance: Mark Carpentieri of MC Records who will be releasing the CD next year, and Randy Chortkoff of Delta Groove Productions. Amanda looked stunningly beautiful, and wore a simply gorgeous outfit each of the three nights. She was glowing with love for all the harmonica players, and she was so happy to see her event flawlessly fall into place. So many photos were snapped. Rather then giving the event a play by play, I will just say that every part of every performance was magical.
In summary, Amanda conceptualized, strategized, and accomplished perhaps the greatest harmonica blues event that has ever been done. Looking ahead, there must be over 16 recorded hours of great performances to sort through, and some hard choices to try to fit the best into a CD. We will keep you posted on this process. Photos from this event will follow shortly. I will leave this by stating my gratitude to Amanda Taylor for accomplishing a modern miracle. Thank you Amanda.
To see a great example of the high quality at Amanda's Roller Coaster, please enjoy this video of Johnny Dyer with Kim Wilson & Junior Watson (Click here to see.)
  • Dave Riley & Bob Corritore to open for Eric Bibb at Mesa Arts Center. On Friday, October 15th, Dave Riley and Bob Corritore will have the honor of opening for the masterful blues/singer/songwriter Eric Bibb at the at the Piper Repertory Theater at the Mesa Arts Center. One East Main Street, Mesa AZ 85201. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
  • Muddy Waters & Sonny Boy Williamson II together on YouTube! Here is a wonderful video of Muddy singing his hit "Got My Mojo Working" with a great band including Sonny Boy Williamson II on harmonica, Otis Spann on piano, Matt "Guitar" Murphy, on guitar, Billy Stepney on drums, and Willie Dixon on the bass. This was filmed in 1963, in Germany for the American Folk Blues Festival. Click here to see.


OK!  I think I know what is going on here.  Si is releasing his hit single Dynamo on Monday October 11th, and he wants you all to buy it on the 11th.  The idea I think is to get his song noticed out here in the World Wide Web, and perhaps get the music industry interested in Si Cranstoun.  I am not sure if it will work, but I have to admit that Si certainly is channelling the great Jackie Wilson on this song.  Si has a great voice, and his eclectic mix of ska, and jump blues is a nice change up, from the ska crap coming out of Germany right now. (sorry folks, but that stuff is sooooooooooooooooooooooo 1980s:-)  At least Si is doing something original and cool with it daddy O!  Sooooooooo go to I tunes and buy Dynamo on MONDAY October 11th!!!!!!!

Bob Dorr And The Blue Band Update

It's late, there's not much to say. Saturday night is our last waltz at Blues On Grand, 15th & Grand, downtown Des Moines. Sam is bringin' the Hammond, so we'll be the seven piece version for this special occasion. What a great way to take us out from that storied venue. Many of the 7 of us have our pictures on the wall as members of the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame. The closing of Blues On Grand is a far greater blow to the blues scene in our state than it is to our band. With all the great national talent that passes thru that place every week, we only get to play there a few times a year, but the prestige that the place has (it won the Keepin' The Blues Alive award from the Blues Foundation in Memphis a few years back) really lent a certain credibility to the Iowa blues scene that we never would have gotten without Blues On Grand. I'm sad to see it go. It makes me think too much. We play 9:30-1:30, bring CAKE to this wake!...
Another thing that makes me think too much is the fact that we don't have another gig scheduled until the geeeezer gig at The Hub on Nov. 5. (yes, we'd still be available for a Freaker's Ball kinda thing at your Halloween party!) YIKES! Who knows if I can even remember how the songs go with a FOUR week layoff!...
On the personal front, Carolyn and I are trying to get in one more garage sale before the invasion of the snow flies, so it looks like next weekend (Fri & Sat. Oct. 15/16) we'll be trying to clean out the storage shed, garage, and band storage shed. I'll send along more details next week. And don't forget about the return of a LIVE, RequestFest on the Backtracks radio show, Sat. Oct. 23 and I'll look forward to seeing you at the Bob Dylan concert right here in Sparkle City, Sunday Oct. 24. It's been years since I've gone to a show and to see and hear the greatest songwriter of our time, 10th row center, less than 5 miles from my house, is something I'm really looking forward to...
I wanted to give you plenty of advance warning (Pam) that, without any gigs for awhile, I'm likely to go off on some ranting tangent in the next few weeks in these Blue Notes (hey, it IS political season) If all you want from these notes is WHERE THE HELL IS THE BLUE BAND THIS WEEK??!! then delete 'em before opening them in the next few weeks. Or, I might just take a month off (how can you miss me if I won't go away?) and go looking for exotic CAKE!...
See ya on the Blue Highway to Blues On Grand one more time. Bring yer washboard tie, cuz we're gonna have Sam sing They All Axed For You, spread the True Blue word that we need work, and don't forget we love you. Bob Dorr & The Blue Band