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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Maceo Parker and Taylor Hicks

Taylor Hicks joining in with Maceo Parker.  Not sure where this is at, but the digital camera that person has, has an inceadable zoom lens.  From the start of the video it looks like they were way up on the upper deck of a boat!  Nice video!

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'The Todd Wolfe Band LIVE'


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Ya gots to know when ta hold 'em and when to fold 'em to be a winner. January 30th on Hammered By The Blues  (every Sunday on KOWZ 1170AM at 10pm) we will make sure absolutely every neophyte walks away a winner. It was the least we could do for ya; we checked. First off we're tossin' nothin' but sevens and elevens as we roll out a little live action from The Todd Wolfe Band entitled (what else?) 'The Todd Wolfe band LIVE'. We are holdin' a royal flush in our sweaty hands as The Vincent Hayes Project doubles down with a smart bet off 'Reclamation'. As that shiny roulette ball bounces and comes to rest right in your number John-Alex Mason soothes your mojo with a bit of old school magic off Jook Joint Thunderclap. Now pick up yer winnings, head home and plan to come back next week. We'll leave a light on for ya!
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Singin' the blues while takin' our good livin' test!
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Fred Sanders RIP

  •  From Bob Corritore

    RIP Fred Sanders - 1939 to January 17. 2011. Longtime Memphis blues guitarist Fred Sanders died on January 17th, at age 71, after a long battle with cancer.  His album Long Time Coming  was released just last year on the I55 Productions label, and Fred was a regular performer on Beale Street. A great guitarist and stirring vocalist, Fred was a beloved blues hero of his community. To read more about Fred Sanders and to see a nice video as reported by the Memphis Flyer, click here. To see a nice tribute written by Robert "Nighthawk" Tombs on the American Blues News website, click here.

Bob Corritore Blues News

January 21st, 2011
  • Dave Riley & Bob Corritore appear tonight at the Rhythm Room! Dave Riley makes Phoenix, Arizona his winter residence and this weekend welcomes Dave back to the Valley of the Sun. Dave Riley & Bob Corritore, along with Dave "Yahni" Riley, Jr., and Brian Fahey will appear Friday at the Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85014. Dave and Bob are now working on their third CD together, which should be out later this year!
  • Mud Morganfield and the Rhythm Room All-Stars to appear Friday and Saturday January 28 and 29 at the Rhythm Room. Mud Morganfield is the eldest son of Muddy Waters (not to be confused with Muddy's other  musician son, Big Bill Morganfield). Mud Morganfield's voice is so similar to his father it is hard to beleive. Mud makes his way from Chicago to Phoenix on Friday and Saturday, January 28 and 29, for 2 nights at the Rhythm Room. Mud will be backed by the Rhythm Room All-Stars with Bob Corritore, Chris James, Patrick Rynn, and Brian Fahey plus special guest RRAS alum, Johnny Rapp! Expect some real deal Chicago Blues from this weekend.
  • Phoenix's Blues Blast Festival on Febrauary 19th! Preparty and Afterparty announced! Each year in February, the Phoenix Blues Society presents a great festival at the beautiful Mesa Amphitheater, with a wonderful mix of national and home grown blues talent. It is called Blues Blast (Not to be confused with the popular on-line magazine on the same name). It is a great excuse for blues fans to come visit one of the greatest winter climates in the US. This year the event takes place on Saturday, February 19th. Appearing at Blues Blast 2011 will be Tommy Castro Band, Deanna Bogart, Trampled Under Foot, Krimson Chord, and Cold Shott & the Hurricane Horns. The show will start at 11:00 am; gates will open at 10:00 am. The Rhythm Room will surround the event with a preparty on Friday, February 18 with The James Harman Band and opening set by Nathan James, and an Afterparty/Celebrity Jam hosted by Johnny Rawls! For more information about Blues Blast 2011, click here. For more information about the preparty and afterparty, click here.
  • B.B. King on YouTube! Please enjoy this great live version of B.B. King performing "How Blue Can You Get" filmed in Chicago in 1977. Click here to see.

Bob Dorr And The Blue Band Update

Before I get started, a quick apology to you, if you, like my Aunt Dolores, did not care for the use of a few words in last week's note. Those words included the one that started with P and rhymes with kissed and the first 5 letters of the word Christmas. Dolores is my mom's last living sister. I am fortunate to have her occasionally remind me that "your mother raised you better than that!" And altho' I may, sometimes, continue to use "inappropriate words" (the four letter word I despise most recently is SNOW) I appreciate that there is still someone out there who is willing to hold me to the high standards of my parents. So be advised that at any time, terms like YIKES! and JIMMINEY CHRISTMAS might be substituted for what I really want to say...
Like now. JIMMINEY CHRISTMAS is it cold! 8 below zero right now. But it's early. It might get down to 15 below zero. YIKES! (yes, it's sad to realize that I've had the weather channel on for five cycles of "weather on the 8s" just to watch the temperature dropping like the ball in Times Square on New Year's Eve) DOUBLE YIKES!! (or is that DOUBLE DIGIT below zero?) At least we're not playing in Minneapolis this week, where it's currently 26 below zero. We played in Minneapolis the last week of January a few years ago and it was so cold THEY CANCELLED THE ICE CARNIVAL! (too cold for ice?)...
Fortunately it's predicted to warm up all the way to 18 degrees ABOVE zero on Saturday when Birthday Celebration Month continues with The Blue Band playing a 50th Birthday celebration for two longtime friends in their favorite hometown watering hole, The 503 in Iowa Falls. (503 Estes St.) This dance is open to the public. We play 9-midnight. Mark's wife has again kidnapped him and is holding him hostage in a double wide trailer in Florida until March 1 (why she wants to miss out on all this glorious record setting weather we're having, I'll never know) (YIKES!) So our longtime friend Muddy Watson, from Des Moines, will be playing bass with us for the next few weeks and former Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials sax player Eddie McKinley (on loan from Iowa City's Diplomats of Solid Sound) will join Al in the horn section. It's a birthday party. You know what to do. BRING CAKE!...
The Blue Band does not have a gig next weekend (we could still do that houseWARMING party in your living room) We're looking forward to our First Friday of the month gig at The Hub on Feb. 4 and being part of a fundraising effort for The Waterloo Center For The Arts on Feb. 11....
I am convinced that human beings are more susceptible to sickness when they are emotionally in the doldrums. The combination of the post holiday/birthday blues, shoveling 4 more inches of snow last weekend, and the dastardly temperatures (the Weather on the 8s now says it's 14 below) wore my attitude down enough so that I got a cold on Tuesday. It's been about three years since I've had a cold. I don't do sick very well. I generally think that if you become an angry bully, screaming at your sickness in between sneezes and coughs and blowing your nose every 45 seconds, that you'll scare the sickness away. I usually only succeed in scaring my wife and friends away. Fortunately three gig offers of significant importance came in during the last two days and all of a sudden, my attitude and cold have significantly improved. There are two summer events that mean the world to me. One is The Iowa State Fair. I told you we got our dates for that last week. The other is the hometown festival Sturgis Falls Days, right here in Sparkle City. Yesterday we were offered our traditional spot on Sunday, early evening (5-7) June 26. I think it's because The Blue Band was born in Cedar Falls and has gone through our 30 year Iowa Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame legacy of experiences while being based in Cedar Falls, that being part of this hometown festival is so important to me. Thank you Marcus, Jay, and Sturgis Falls Entertainment Committee for making the opportunity available to us again for this 30th Anniversary year. Then, on Thursday afternoon, I got a call from a long lost friend in Peoria IL saying that he was back helping book the annual Illinois Blues Festival and did we want to come back to Peoria and be part of it! This is HUGE. A high profile festival in an area that we used to play very often. So we'll kick off Labor Day weekend (Sept. 2) with our friends in Peoria. And then, to put me well on the way to full sickness recovery, our annual invitation to the Urbandale (suburban Des Moines) FridayFest concert series came in! AND we got a pretty nice review of the Blue Moon Honeymoon cd in the brand new Blues Blast on-line Blues Magazine early Thursday evening! Call me honey butter cuz I am on a roll! We've still got some prime weekend dates open for the summertime (still looking for the proper party on Friday June 10th, our actual 30th Birthday) Please continue to tell your local town festival entertainment committees, business party planners, and local nightspots about us. It's beginning to shape up to be a really nice 30th Anniversary summer...
It's dropped another two degrees (-16) if we don't find work for next week, I think I'll take the week off from writing the Blue Notes (maybe I'll try to rescue Mark down there in Florida) See ya on the Blue Highway to Eye Waffles (Iowa Falls) rub yer washboard tie cuz the friction might generate some heat, CAKE will help improve your attitude (to help ward off colds) and don't forget we love you. Bob Dorr & The Blue Band