February 25, 2011
- Dave Riley & Bob Corritore appear Saturday at the Rhythm Room! The Dave Riley / Bob Corritore Juke Joint Blues Band (with Dave, Bob, Dave "Yahni" Riley, Jr., and Brian Fahey) appear on Saturday, February 26, 9pm at the Rhythm Room. There will be plenty of down-home Mississippi and Chicago style blues being played! the Rhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85014. To see the Rhythm Room website, click here.
- BMA voting ends 8am, Tuesday March 1. Voting for the 2011 http://www.blues.org/ will come to an end at 8am this Tuesday, March 1st, 2011. You must be a Blues Foundation member to vote. The winners will be announced at The Blues Music Awards, which are held on May 5, at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee. 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, Kid Ramos, David Maxwell, Eddie Taylor, Jr., Bob Stroger, and more! To become a member of the Blues Foundation, see all the nominations in all the categories, make your voting choices, to purchase tickets for the BMAs, and to enjoy the Blues Foundation's wonderful website, click here.
- Bob Corritore & Friends / Harmonica Blues CD remains in the news! In addition to the BMA nomination under the Historical category, Bob Corritore & Friends / Harmonica Blues on Delta Groove Records, released in 2010, has recently received much great critical praise. To see 67 reviews, including a recent review in Downbeat, click here. Harmonica Blues also appeared as # 15 in the "Top 50 Releases Of 2010" in Living Blues Magazine. It was #9 in Sound Guardian's "Top 25 of 2010". It won a "Shoutie Award" under the category of "Best Historical Blues CD" in WXCI's radio show "Shout Brother, Shout!" (thank you Brian Mulvihill). Harmonica Blues was rated #2 in WMWV's Blues Summit Top 50 for 2010. And Blues Underground awarded the CD "Best USA Blues Harmonica Album" (click here to see!). Harmonica Blues has also found its way into many critics and reviewers top 10 lists! Thanks to everyone for their loving support of this milestone CD.
- Bob's recent recording projects! Bob Corritore is in the middle of many different productions currently. Dave Riley and Bob are busy at work recording their 3rd album together. Bob went to Chicago earlier this month (Brrr!) to produce a CD by the great Mud Morganfield (the eldest son of Muddy Waters) with an all-star band that included Billy Flynn, Rick Kreher, Barrelhouse Chuck, E.G. McDaniel, Kenny Smith, and Harmonica Hinds (Hinds and Bob alternated the harmonica chores). Bob also produced 6 songs for a forthcoming Diunna Greenleaf CD called Trying To Hold On that includes guitar great Bob Margolin. Also on Diunna's new CD will be tracks from other producers with special guests Blue Mercy, Anson Funderburgh, Smokin Joe Kubek, Billy Branch, Rich Delgrosso, and more. Bob Corritore and Clarke Rigsby of Tempest Recording are coproducing a Rhythm Room 20 year anniversary CD that will include tracks by Pinetop Perkins, Floyd Dixon, Kim Wilson, Cedell Davis, Tail Dragger, Dave Riley & Bob Corritore, The Rhythm Room All-Stars, Billy Boy Arnold, Paul Oscher, The Mannish Boys, Robert Lockwood, Sam Lay and more! Bob and Clarke will also have co-production credits on the forthcoming MC Records release of Amanda's Roller Coaster with a simply amazing harmonica lineup. Bob's harmonica will be included on 4 tracks of the forthcoming Louisiana Red & Little Victor's Juke Joint CD, to be released on Ruf Records. Bob also appears with Louisiana Red and Little Victor's Juke Joint on the new DVD of the 2010 Blues Music Awards, put out by The Blues Foundation. Bob also plays harmonica on a song on Little Victor's newest LP only release Boogie All Night on El Torro Records from Spain. Bob also wrote the liner notes for the forthcoming Lazy Lester release called You Better Listen which will be coming out on the Bluestown label out of Norway. No rest for Bob!
- Video clip of Pinetop Perkins and Willie "Big Eyes" Smith winning their Grammy! Please enjoy this great moment in time where Pinetop Perkins and Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, two legendary Chicago blues artists, have a moment of glory as they receive their Grammy for the Telarc CD Joined At The Hip! Word has it that Pinetop, now 97, is the oldest living recipient of the award! To see this clip, click here.
- Blind Pig to re-release Henry Gray and Yank Rachell albums! Blind Pig Records has announced a March 29th release date for two traditional blues albums from its storied past. The label will re-issue long out of print titles; Henry Gray / Lucky Man, and Yank Rachell / Blues Mandolin Man. These were originally released as LPs and will be available for the first time on CD!
- Photos of Jim O'Neal & Amy van Singel Posted. We have just posted a new page featuring some great photos taken by Jim O'Neal & Amy van Singel during the 1970s and early 1980s, when they were the editors of the then Chicago based Living Blues Magazine. Included are images of Honeyboy Edwards, Robert Lockwood, Albert King, Sunnyland Slim, Jeanne Carroll, Henry Townsend, Junior Wells, Johnny Dollar, Louisiana Red, Carey Bell, Hubert Sumlin, Big Walter Horton, Kansas City Red, Thomas Dorsey, and more! Click here to see.
- Mississippi Blues from the Alan Lomax archives on YouTube! Please enjoy these 1978 film clips of down-home Mississippi blues that come to us courtesy of Alan Lomax, the most noted of all folklore researchers.
Boyd Rivers sings a great version of "Take Sick And Die". Click here
Belton Sutherland sings a powerful blues. Click here
George Jackson sings "Casey Jones". Click here.