August 11, 2011
- Dave Riley / Bob Corritore Juke Joint Blues Band perform Friday at the The Rhythm Room in Phoenix and Saturday at the Boondocks in Tucson! Dave Riley, Bob Corritore, Brian Fahey and Dave's son Dave "Yahni" Riley, Jr (AKA the Dave Riley / Bob Corritore Juke Joint Blues Band) appear Friday, August 12th at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix, and Saturday at the Boondocks in Tucson. Dave and Bob will also make a guest appearance on Marty Kool's blues radio show on KXCI before their Tucson show. Look for some down home Mississippi meets Chicago blues. Dave and Bob will preview some selections from their forthcoming CD, Hush Your Fuss, to be released in early 2012.
- Edmonton's Labatt Blues Festival, August 19, 20 and 21 in Alberta, Canada! Edmonton's Labatt Blues Festival, is a three day event of international blues held every August at the beautiful "Heritage Amphitheatre" in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The festival is produced by Carrol Deen and Cam Hayden, whose deep understanding and love of the blues is reflected in each year's thoughtful lineup. The 2011 roster, in order of appearance, features (Fri. Aug 19) David Gogo Reba Russell Band, Kim Wilson's All-Star Blues Band with Kim, Billy Flynn, Barrelhouse Chuck, Randy Bermudes, and Richard Innes, (Sat. Aug 20) Duffy Bishop Band, Dave Riley / Bob Corritore Juke Joint Blues Band, Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band, John Nemeth Soul Revue, Nick Moss & The Flip Tops with special guest Guitar Shorty, (Sunday Aug 21) David Vest, Sean Carney, RJ Mischo with Mike Morgan & The Crawl, Diunna Greenleaf & Blue Mercy, the Delta Blues Harp Blast with Randy Chortkoff, Mitch Kashmar, Bob Corritore, and Big Pete plus Kirk Fletcher, Paris Slim, Rob Rio, Willie Campbell, and Jimi Bott. Sounds like a party! For more information and to purchase tickets, please check out the festival website at http://www.bluesinternationalltd.com/tickets-a-info/18
- Rhythm Room 20th Anniversary Celebration announced! It is quite a milestone for any music venue to make it for 20 years, and the Rhythm Room can boast that after all these years it remains a thriving and symbolic institution. The Rhythm Room opened on Sept 18th, 1991 and has since been Phoenix's standard bearer for presenting live music (with a special focus on the blues). To celebrate it's two decade anniversary, the Rhythm Room plans a weekend of blues parties with 3 full days of pure fun and music. Here is the lineup:
Friday, Sept 16th (early) 5pm doors 6-8pm early show with Tommy Castro.
Friday, Sept 16th (late show) starting at 9pm Soul Music Party with host band Cold Shott & The Hurricane Horns, plus featured artists Jerry Lawson (of Persuasions fame) Stan Devereaux, Gloria Bailey, George Bowman, Lucious Parr, Kenneth Williams, Rochelle Whitehead, Andy Gonzales, Paris James and more! Phoenix's rich soul music legacy will be on display this night!
Saturday, Sept 17th Bob Corritore & His Blues Friends 7pm doors 8pm show with Mud Morganfield, Bob Margolin, Diunna Greenleaf, Dave Riley, Billy Flynn, Barrelhouse Chuck, Mookie Brill, Johnny Rapp, Brian Fahey and more!
Sunday Sept 18th (the actual day of the 20th anniversary) All Day Blues and Rhythm Festival featuring 11 of the greatest Phoenix based blues and soul bands. Doors at 11am and music kicks at noon. Free Big Pete Pearson CDs will be given to the first 75 people. Acts in order of appearance include
Chico Chism Tribute with George Thomas & The Flamekeepers (Chico's last band) with guest appearance by Gypsy!
Hoodoo Kings Tribute with Mario Moreno, Jim Dorholt, Paul Thomas and other alumni of this historic Phoenix band
George Bowman & Badness featuring Lucious Parr
Discount hotel room rates of $69.00 plus tax are available for out of town attendees from the Residence Inn Black Canyon. To make reservations call 602-864-1900 and ask for the Rhythm Room rate. The Rhythm Room thanks it's loyal clientele and looks forward to this forthcoming celebration.
- Magic Slim & The Teardrops to play Bob Corritore's 55th birthday party! Bob Corritore will throw a party, open to all, to celebrate his 55th birthday on Saturday, September 24th at the Rhythm Room. Bob's actual birthday is Sept 27, so he is having the party on the closest Saturday. Entertainment that night will be provided by Magic Slim & The Teardrops which is both a musical and symbolic choice. Bob Corritore first heard and met Magic Slim at age 18, back when both of them were living in Chicago (Slim now resides in Lincoln, Nebraska and Bob in Arizona). During the '70s and '80s, Bob would frequent Slim's shows at the famed Florence's Lounge, Biddy Mulligan's, The Checkerboard Lounge, and many other blues clubs around Chicago. Dave Riley & Bob Corritore will provide a brief opening set. For more information on the Rhythm Room visit www.rhythmroom.com. To see a photo page devoted to Magic Slim click here http://www.bobcorritore.com/photos50.html.
- Honeyboy Edwards officially announces his retirement. Honeyboy Edwards, now 96 years old, is perhaps the last of the great Delta bluesmen who made pre-WWII recordings. Honeyboy has missed most of this year's scheduled performances. Michael Frank of Earwig Music (Honeyboy's mainstay record label) has recently made it official and announced “Honeyboy Edwards has retired, due to ongoing health issues. Send him a get well note to firstname.lastname@example.org.” Honeyboy's wonderful recording career started in 1942 when famed folklorist Alan Lomax recorded him in Clarksdale Mississippi for the Library Of Congress. Since those first recordings, Honeyboy has continued to record regularly, cutting many sides over the years for ARC, Sun Records, Chess, Folkways, Trix, Testament, Evidence, Roots, Blue Suit, Blue Horizon, Genes, Blue Shoe, APO, Wolf, and of course the Earwig Record Label. He has received 2 Grammy Awards, 2 BMAs (Blues Music Awards), has been inducted in the Blues Hall Of Fame, received a fellowship from The National Endowment for the Arts, and won a KBA (Keeping The Blues Alive Award) in the literature category for his brilliant biography The World Don't Owe Me Nothing. His performances and recollections have provided us a window into the past. Since he is still with us, this is not a goodbye, it is just a reflection of this great bluesman and his wonderful contributions. Here is a nice interview and performance clip by Honeyboy at WBEZ in Chicago, click here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRgg_9TmI-w. To see a photo page that we put together to honor Honeyboy Edwards, click http://www.bobcorritore.com/photos101.html
- Blues Blast Music Awards voting continues until August 31! Voting for the 2011 Blues Blast Music Awards is currently in progress and will continue until August 31st. Voting is open to anyone who is a Blues Blast Magazine subscriber. Subscriptions are free, and you can sign up as part of the voting process. Bob Corritore & Friends / Harmonica Blues has been nominated for a Blues Blast Music Award in the category of "Traditional Blues CD." To see a complete list of all nominees, and to vote please click http://www.thebluesblast.com/, and then click the voting link. The awards ceremony, put on by Blues Blast Magazine, is always a big blues party filled with many blues celebrities. It will take place on Thursday, October 27th, at Buddy Guy's Legends, 700 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60605
- News from Little Victor! The rich, downhome blues sound of Little Victor became well known to blues audiences through his work with Louisiana Red on the highly celebrated Back To The Black Bayou CD released in 2009. Little Victor reports that his new CD, Little Victor/Boogie All Night will be released Sept 6 on the El Torro record label from Spain. This CD was recorded a few years ago in Phoenix and features Little Victor's raw old-school blues supported by some great Phoenix blues players including Johnny Rapp, Bill Tarsha, Mario Moreno, Brian Fahey and Bob Corritore. To see the El Torro website click here http://www.eltororecords.com/, and to order the CD in the USA through Bluebeat Music (they have this CD already available) click http://www.bluebeatmusic.com/product_info.php?products_id=18979. Little Victor also reports that the highly anticipated new Louisiana Red CD called Memphis Mojo will be out on August 20th on Ruf Records! To check out the CD album art and to read more about this release click here. http://www.rufrecords.de/catalogue/louisiana-red-memphis-mojo.c1171.html Keep these CDs coming Little Victor!
- Living Blues Magazine interviews Mud Morganfield! Special thanks to Deitra Farr who astutely interviewed Mud Morganfield in her Artist to Artist column in the August 2011 issue of Living Blues. Mud speaks candidly about growing up as the son of Muddy Waters. Also featured in this issue are a brilliant photo presentation of Maxwell Street during the early 1980s by Paul Procaccio with great commentary by Justin O'Brien. Features on The Bo-Keys, Nat Reese, Homemade Jamz, and Little Jerry Jones are also included.
- Bob Corritore in the studio! Bob Corritore has been very active in the recording studio. In addition to the newly released CD, Diunna Greenleaf /Trying To Hold On, Bob has some other productions in the pipeline! Dave Riley & Bob Corritore / Hush Your Fuss is their third collaboration together and this CD is currently being readied for release. Mud Morganfield's forthcoming CD Catfish Fishing has just been mastered and will soon be shopped to labels. Mud's new CD boast a lineup of A-list Chicago sidemen including Billy Flynn, Rick Kreher, Barrelhouse Chuck, Kenny Smith, E.G. McDaniel, and Bob and Harmonica Hinds switching off on harmonica duties! Bob recently recorded a nice duet session with Valerie June, and then recorded a powerful collaboration CD with his longtime friend Tail Dragger with an all-star band with Henry Gray, Kirk Fletcher, Chris James, Patrick Rynn, and Brian Fahey. Bob and Clarke Rigsby just mixed Amanda's Roller Coaster (the amazing star-studded harmonica event hosted by Amanda Taylor last year at the Rhythm Room) and we hope that Amanda will release this CD later this year. More news coming soon!
- Tommy Johnson in the News! This word just in from Scott Barretta concerning the grave site for legendary Delta blues pioneer Tommy Johnson; "Yesterday, the Copiah County board of supervisors decided to build and maintain a road to the Warm Springs cemetery, just north of Crystal Springs, where Tommy Johnson is buried. A gravestone was dedicated in his honor in 2001, but it couldn't be placed because of legal issues concerning cemetery access, which have now been resolved." For the full article concerning this news, click http://www.highway61radio.com/?p=3535. To hear Tommy Johnson's amazing "Cool Drink Of Water Blues" click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MezmaVBNV8.