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Friday, October 29, 2010

Reggie Boyd RIP

From Bob Corritore

RIP Reggie Boyd - Birthdate information unavailable - October 17th, 2010. Sad news via Dave Specter and Dick Shurman from David Bloom of the Bloom School of Jazz and a former student of the man. Bloom writes:
"Reggie Boyd Sr., an icon Chicago Jazz guitarist-teacher died Sunday October 17. He taught three generations of great jazz musicians on all instruments. Reggie did some recording on his own, including his Age 45 "Nothing But Good"/"Nothing But Poison" which also featured Earl Hooker, bass on the Vibrations' hit "Watusi" and guitar on Fenton Robinson (I Hear Some Blues Downstairs) and Milt BucknerLPs, plus other sessions with Syl JohnsonJimmy RogersEtta James, etc. He did the horn charts on Fenton's Blues In Progress/Nightflight LP which I co-produced in '84; seeing those two old friends work together was quite a treat. But he may have been best known for being THE teacher other Chicago guitarists turned to, including many blues legends. Otis RushHowlin' WolfJames WheelerLouis Myers,Willie JohnsonJimmy JohnsonDave Specter, Syl and Fenton were just a few who took lessons from Reggie. Not long before he died, Robert Jr. Lockwood wanted to record Reggie and tried to discuss it with him, but it was too late for various reasons. Some purists criticized Reggie for "ruining" Chicago blues guitarists by teaching them too much sophistication; there's a well known story of Wolf waving a $1,000 bill at Reggie while telling him that he (Wolf) couldn't make that kind of money playing the "progressive sh*t" Reggie was trying to teach him. But he obviously had something a lot of his peers wanted, and his knowledge of theory and technique were truly formidable. Hopefully he's in a better place today, surrounded by his former students." Dick Shurman adds "Reggie was from Jackson, Tennessee, and Billy Boy Arnold also took lessons from him." Reggie's blues guitar work is most prominently exemplified with his fleet fretwork on Jimmy Rogers' "Rock This House" and "My Last Meal" cut in 1959 for Chess Records. Unfortunately, Reggie Boyd was a "behind the scenes" giant of a musician, so not much information is available. His work will live on through the recordings he made and by the many musicians that he influenced.

Bob Corritore Blues News

From Bob Corritore

October 27, 2010
  • Off to Chicago! Dave Riley & Bob Corritore to perform Thursday at Blues Blast Music Awards! Bob Riedy Reunion on Friday with Eddy Clearwater & Sam Lay! Bob Corritore heads back to his old stomping grounds for 2 shows in the Chicago area. Dave Riley & Bob Corritore will be a part of a star-studded lineup at the 3rd annual Blues Blast Music Awards on Thursday at Buddy Guy's Legends (700 S. Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605, (312) 427-1190). The following night Bob Corritore will participate in theBob Riedy Chicago Blues Band reunion show featuring Eddy Clearwater and Sam Lay at Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket at 645 Joliet Road in Willowbrook, Illinois.
  • Bob Corritore & Friends / Harmonica Blues in the news! Thanks to all for the warm reception for Bob Corritore & Friends / Harmonica Blues on the Delta Groove record label. In addition to being #2 last month in the Living Blues Radio Charts and # 5 the month before, the CD is currently a "Clicks To Pick" on XM /Sirius Satellite Radio's Bluesville station. There are currently 55 great reviews posted for this release with more coming in every few days (click here to see these reviews). Thanks to the great Delta Groove label for their fantastic advertising campaign, and all their great promotional effort. Thanks to all the radio programmers, reviewers and writers for their wonderful support. Thanks to all the amazing musicians who participated in this project and gave it their all. And thank you to all the wonderful fans who have encouraged and embraced this release.
  • Bob Corritore to accompany country legend Jessi Colter for Shooter Jennings opening set. Country music legend Jessi Colter and Bob Corritore join forces for an opening set for Shooter Jennings (Shooter is Waylon Jennings and Jessi's son). Jessi Colter and Bob have worked together occasionally over the last 7 years. They stylistically meet each other in the middle with a warm mix of country ballads, some gospel and some blues. The show happens on Thursday, November 4th, 2010 at the Rhythm Room and Jessi & Bob hit at 8pm.
  • Nissan names car after the famous Little Walter song! Coincidence or not, it has come to our attention that Nissan has new car model called Juke! This is also the name of Little Walter's classic harmonica instrumental hit of 1952, that launched his solo career. Juke also is a term widely used for a roadhouse or rural bar where blues music is performed (also known as a Juke Joint). To find out more about the Nissan Juke click here. To hear the classic Little Walter instrumental called Juke click here. To see some photo pages devoted to Little Walter click here, and here.
  • Additions and correction to past newsletter items.
    1) Concerning the Robert Lockwood YouTube, Sumito "Ariyo" Ariyoshi tells us that the video was indeed recorded in Japan and the lineup is a fine U.S. band with Robert Lockwood, Jr, (Vocal&Guitar), Odie Payne Jr. (Drums & Vocal), Gene Schwartz (Bass), and Sumito "Ariyo" Ariyoshi (Piano). Ariyo reports that it is an excerpt from a P-Vine Video (recently DVD) called "Annie's Boogie -- Live in Japan," recorded on July 10th 1985. For more information on this DVD click here. Thanks Airiyo!
    2) Paul Oscher reports that his new CD, Bet On The Blues, on the Blues Fidelity label, is now available on CD Baby. To see this CD and to order click here.
    3) Concerning the Dennis Taylor obit, Eric LeBlanc provided the birth-date and place of November 13, 1953, Barton, VT, and adds that "Dennis died in a Greenville, TX hospital while on tour with Delbert McClinton. He lived in Nashville, TN., with his wife, publicist-songwriter
    Karen A. Leipziger."
  • Staple Singers On YouTube! The Staple Singers provide such an amazing sound complete with their family formed gospel harmonies and Pops' Mississippi blues guitar. Please enjoy their wonderful adaptation of the Buffalo Springfield hit "For What It's Worth" converted into a freedom song. Click here to see.

Murali Coryell Update

Buy Murali Coryell CD's @ cdbaby

See Murali Coryell perform live:

 Friday, November 12th, 2010
Joe Louis Walker featuring Murali Coryell
Warm Daddy's

Philadelphia, PA

Saturday, November 13th, 2010
Joe Louis Walker featuring Murali Coryell

Philadelphia, PA

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010
Joe Louis Walker featuring Murali Coryell
Treasure Lake Ski Lodge

Dubois, PA

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010
Joe Louis Walker featuring Murali Coryell
Canal House

Tuscarawas, OH

Thursday, November 18th, 2010
Murali Coryell Band w/special guest Joe Louis Walker - 7:30pm
Shea's Performing Arts Center
658 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 847-1410
Price: TBA

Opening for B.B. King

Friday, November 19th, 2010
Murali Coryell with special guest Joe Louis Walker - 9:00pm
Hickey Tavern
96 West Main Street
Allegany, NY 14706-1204
(716) 372-9657
Price: TBA

Saturday, November 20th, 2010
Murali Coryell with special guest Joe Louis Walker - 9:00pm
Rounding Third Sports Pub
255 West Water St
Elmira, NY
Price: TBA

Saturday, November 27th, 2010
Solo Acoustic - 8:00pm
The Gilded Otter
3 Main St
New Paltz, NY 12561-1742
(845) 256-1700
Price: Free!

Great Restaurant & Brewery

Saturday, December 4th, 2010
Joe Louis Walker featuring Murali Coryell also Roomful of Blues
Lynn Auditorium
3 City Hall Square
Lynn, MA 01901
(781) 581-2971

Saturday, December 18th, 2010
Private Party - 6:00pm
The Stone Barn
175 Shelton Road (Rte 110)
Monroe, CT
(203) 268-4612

Friday, January 14th, 2011
Szechuan Tokyo Restaurant
1245 New Britain Ave
West Hartford, CT 06110-2404
(860) 561-0180

with Liviu Pop-Drums and Lenny Bradford-Bass

Saturday, January 15th, 2011
201 Worthington Street
Springfield, MA 01103-2304

with Liviu Pop-Drums and Lenny Bradford-Bass

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011
Murali Coryell Band
The Falcon
1348 Route 9W
Marlboro, NY 12542
Price: TBA

Thursday, February 24th, 2011
Sighisoara Blues Festival


with Liviu Pop-Drums and Lenny Bradford-Bass

Friday, February 25th, 2011
Sighisoara Blues Festival


with Liviu Pop-Drums and Lenny Bradford-Bass

Saturday, February 26th, 2011
Sighisoara Blues Festival


with Liviu Pop-Drums and Lenny Bradford-Bass

Murali Coryell

Bob Dorr And the Blue Band Update

Somehow, I wish the media outlets could all be held responsible for the truthfulness of the political ads that they profit from airing. Granted, my Radio-TV Speech degree came in a completely different era, but I still hold onto the naive notion that "the airwaves" belong to the citizenry and we (supposedly represented by the Federal Communications Commission) allow stations to use those airwaves "in good faith". Instead, media outlets are allowed to run half truths (often times COMPLETE lies) in the name of free speech and capitalism. (somehow the enormous amount of political ad revenue and "free speech" just sounds SO disingenuous doesn't it?)...
But that's not why you signed up for The Blue Notes. The Blue Band did not find gainful employment for this Halloween weekend. We are REALLY looking forward to next week's First Friday (YIKES, it's November, the swarms of snow flies will get here any day now) Geeezer Gig at The Hub, 4th & Main, Sparkle City USA 6-9:30p (maybe later if ya wanna) and the Saturday Nov. 13th, 1st Anniversary Party for the 503 Nightclub in Iowa Falls (503 Estes St.) 9-mid. We are also honored to have been invited back to the The New Bo Festival fundraiser in Cedar Rapids, the Friday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 26) Proceeds from this fundraiser support the revival of the arts community that was washed away from the 2008 floods in Cedar Rapids and it's Labor Day weekend festival in the New Bohemian neighborhood in Cedar Rapids...
So far, that's it for November Blue Band dates. December has LOTS of open dates too (our thanks to the wonderful folks at ReMax Okoboji/Spirit Lake for inviting us to be part of their Xmas party again this year) Let us know if we can help with your holiday party entertainment and I am told that tickets/room packages for this year's New Year's Eve extravaganza are now ready. Start your reservations here:
OK, that's it for Blue News. If all you want from these notes are the facts on Blue Band appearances, your work here is done. Buh-bye, see ya later alligator, time to make like a baby and head out, make like a tree and leave, make like a scissors and cut out, See ya next week, bring CAKE!...
But for people like you and me, life goes on whether The Blue Band has a gig or not. And what seems to go on and on and on and on these days is the endless ads that scream, I WILL FIX EVERYTHING THAT'S WRONG (real or stuff I made up before "approving this message") AND IT'S WRONG BECAUSE MY OPPONENT MADE IT THAT WAY AND THAT'S JUST WRONG!!!...
I have been a third party voter for most of my adult life. I understand the frustration and anger that is currently manifesting itself in the Tea Party (I DON'T understand the Tea Party, but I DO feel their pain!) I have not heard an explanation for the middle class frustration that rings true for me. For me, this pain and frustration is born by the stark realization that the myth that was taught to all Boomer Generation kids that says if you go to work, (often 6-7 days a week) play by the rules, make the right decisions both morally and ethically, pay as you go, and do the right thing, you will be rewarded, is nothing but A BALD FACED LIE! After a lifetime of pursuing the dream in that fashion, we are now confronted with the fact that if you lie and cheat and wink at the rules, and make decisions that are not only morally and ethically wrong, but they are greedy beyond the wildest imagination (like the banks and investment institutions or General Motors that are all "too big to fail") (making many of us too little to succeed!) not only will you be rewarded with bonuses but those bonuses will be paid for by those of us who were stupid/naive enough to work hard and play by the rules! I am looking for a candidate that has just one message on his or her commercial: I will work hard to reward people who do it the right way and will penalize and punish people who are feloniously making the wrong decisions. But I haven't seen an ad like that yet. And that's just wrong!...
Quick, if you don't want to hear some takes on the political races in Ioway, jump to the next paragraph. I feel Iowans are fortunate in that both men who are running for governor have Iowa's best interests at heart. Governor Culver got stuck with the worst tornado day our state has ever seen, followed by the worst year of floods we've ever seen, followed by the worst worldwide economic downturn we have seen in my lifetime. His administration has navigated these major challenges and we are currently in the top tier of states for solvency, education, green energy production, and potential growth and employment. Former governor Branstad worked thru a lot of similar (tho' smaller scale) problems, but he was a much younger man then. I believe it is true that you can't go home again and have it be the same. I would like to see Culver allowed to reap the benefits from steering the ship thru such constant turbulent waters, but I don't see the ship sinking if Branstad takes the helm (how's that for a wishy washy endorsement?!) Bruce Braley vs. Ben Lange? Sorry Ben, I will NOT vote for someone who puts his 4 year old daughter on TV saying "vote for my daddy". Who's yer daddy? Braley! Grassley vs. Conlin? Senator Chuck has so much seniority power and congressional standing/chairmanships that manifest into Iowans having a stronger voice in Congress that it's hard to vote for the perennial second place finisher Conlin. (OK, I just lost Shelly Sheehy) And please God (some of you will get the irony) do NOT let Bob Vanderplaats politicize our court system. I am voting YES for retention of all Iowa Supreme Court justices. Can you imagine the ads if judges had to run for office? It'd give an all new meaning to VOTE FOR ME, I'LL SET YOU FREE!...
Oooops, if you jumped down one paragraph to avoid political ramblings, jump down one more, cuz I've got one more thing! My wife and I both got married for the first time in our 50s. Obviously, it's not about procreation for us. It's about building a household, developing trust, and developing a relationship that transcends sex. (don't get me wrong, the sex is really great too) This is the same as two same-sex people who want to make that commitment to sharing and growing their lives together. Please inform me (because I'm seemingly ignorant) of how this can possibly negatively impact MY life...
Being Halloween weekend, the radio shows all have Halloween content. Backtracks (Sat. 7-10p) has mostly a combination of leftover requests from last week's live show and rock 'n' roll Halloween songs from many decades. The 8 o'clock hour will start with a quick recap of my attending the Bob Dylan concert in Sparkle City last Sunday night. Blue Avenue (Sun. 5-6:30p) is entirely made up of blues songs dealing with hoodoo, voodoo, deals with the devil, and yer Black Cat Bone! Even the Beatles Medley (Sun. 6:30-7p) has a spooktacular theme! Get the frequency in your area or listen on line at
And finally, we've put it off as long as we could, but we're still busting at the seams with too much stuff here at the little/big house, so IT'S GARAGE SALE TIME, ONE MORE TIME!! Saturday, 10:30am-2pm, in the garage behind the house at 1216 Iowa St. in Cedar Falls. (keep it just between you and me, we're having an EARLY SALE, tonight, Friday 5-7pm) There's a bunch of new stuff including conga drums, old tyme snare drum, saxophone, microphones, bicycle, (one wheel needs work, let's make a deal!) dehumidifier, 27" color TV, lots of Iowa band CDs, card table with 4 chairs, computer desk, shelving, women's and men's clothes, and lots of misc. household stuff. There might even be CAKE! The later it gets on Saturday, the cheaper the stuff gets! We might even pay you to take it after 2pm!...
Be careful of the little spooks if yer out on the Blue Highway, rub yer washboard tie to the tune of The Monster Mash, you'll be the hit of the neighborhood if you give the trick or treaters CAKE, and no matter who you vote for, we'll still love you! Bob Dorr & The Blue Band

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

john hammer Blues News

'It Must Be The Blues'
 'Space Age Blues'

Joe Pitts
'Ten Shades of Blue'
James Cotton
Important Links
Zombie-licious on the Radio
  On all Hallows Eve we will dance thru Sleepy Hollow without fear. October 31th on 
Hammered By The Blues  (every Sunday on KOWZ 1170AM at 10pm) we will conjure up ghouls, goblins and demons for our haunted house party. From the depths of the Roadhouse from Hell rise the screech of banshees and the howl of lost souls as Brent Bennett serves up pieces of his beating heart off 'It Must Be The Blues'. As we unleash the hellhounds, the anointed sons, Devon Allman's Honeytribe take flight with selections off 'Space Age Blues'. Knowing whats behind the crimson curtain of Hades your blood curdles asJoe Pitts does battle with his demons off 'Ten Shades of Blue'. To insure you will never forget your time spent in the spiders lair we turn loose the ancient juggernaut James Cotton as he runs roughshod over your heart with his latest creation'Giant'. Yes my children, this not for the faint of heart, but we play no tricks, we just share the treats!
 When the moon rises it may get scary;  
 In the dark forest you should not tary;
Salvation we offer and our word are trues;
Love conquers all when you gots dem blues!
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