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Friday, February 4, 2011

Shots Of Blues


Various Artists "Shots Of Blues, Volume 1"

  1. "Forever Young"   
  Gregg A. Smith & Bobby Rush, Carl Marshall & Lucky Peterson
  2. "Don't Get Too Comfortable (Live)"
   Travis "Moonchild" Haddix
  3. "That Kinda Love"     
Clarence Dobbins
  4. "One Stop Man"    
Ken Tucker
  5. "Trouble Blues"
  Vel Omarr
  6. "A Little Snack"   
Travis "Moonchild" Haddix
  7. "Alberta" 
Carl Marshall
  8. "Howling For My Darling"
    Uvee Hayes
  9. "Looking For My Baby"
    Chick Willis
10. "Street Walking Woman"
   Ken Tucker
11. "Pain In The Gas Lane" 
Dicky Williams
12. "Amnesia"
   Nellie Tiger Travis

Bob Dorr And The Blue Band Update

From Bob Dorr

Did ya miss me? You'll have to take better aim next time... This is going to be such a fantastic weekend. I hope you can be part of it. I finally got the band truck (Larry) dug out from the latest snow/blizzard this afternoon and I think the path down the alley is wide enough to make it to the street so I can get to the February First Friday Geeezer Gig at The Hub, bub, on the notorious corner of 4th & Main, right here in Sparkle City USA. We start playing at 6pm and if Al has his way, we'll be playing until 4:30 on Saturday morning, but we'll probably be finished by 9:30p so you can catch the 10 o'clock news. Great in-house sound system, run by skilled professionals, with a fabulous bar staff, pizza by the slice, and a spacious dance floor packed by longtime friends and neighbors. It's predicted to be the nicest weather day of the week so what's not to like, right Avis? And Avis and her husband Bob are back from their golfing trip with Alice Cooper in Palm Springs (ok, I know I'm prone to exaggeration, errr, writer's embellishment, but that's for real, Avis has pictures) and we're hoping that Bob brings out the green guitar (this week painted with gold stripes and emblazoned with the Packer G) just so I can hear that cool rhythm guitar part he does on Good Legs. But we're hoping Avis leaves her new pet toad at home. Mark is still being held kidnapped in an undisclosed location in a double wide trailer somewhere in western Florida, so our friend Muddy Watson is driving in from Des Moines to play bass and Eddie McKinley will join Al in the horn section. If you bring CAKE the night will be complete...
Then, Saturday night, I've been given the OK by Iowa Public Radio to do my Backtracks rock 'n' roll history show LIVE!! This often results in a RequestFest, so call me at 800-772-2440 ext. 5. The show runs 7-10pm CST. Advance requests usually make it easier for me to find and play your requested tune. You can do that by simply replying to this note or email me at my official radio address at Remember, the show deals exclusively in songs that are at least 25 years old. And next Saturday (2/12) will be the annual Rock'n'Roll LUV show so feel free to let me know your favorite LUV song so I can include it in that Valentine edition of the program. Get the IPR frequency in your area or listen anywhere on the planet (except Egypt) at
And then. Super Sunday. With two of my favorite teams. Every year I love to watch this game at home by myself with every TV in the house tuned to the game with the volume set on MAX!!! That is as close as I'll ever get to a luxury suite at The Super Bowl. This is the first year I have a High Definition TV I can watch it on. (my friend Diane, the self proclaimed "grammer nazi", is gonna have a fit with that sentence) It's not near as big as the HDTV my friend Bear has (Jimminey Christmas, he had to knock down a wall to bring that TV in the house!) This will be the first such Super Bowl that my wife and I will be living in the same house. I wonder how that's gonna go over since she doesn't give a damn about football. I am hoping for a double overtime game, finally won by the Packers 51-49 on a safety by Charles Woodson, tackling Roethlisberger one yard deep in the end zone after the third string substitute center for The Steelers is pushed back on Ben's foot by Clay Matthews...
Also wanted to draw your attention to next Friday night, 2/11. We have been invited, for the first time, to be part of the Waterloo Center For The Arts Winter Music Series. This is a fun way to try and raise some funds for The Center. This is an all ages dance so bring the kids and grandkids. Advance tickets are only $5, they'll be $8 at the door. The Cedar Valley Pulse Magazine is offering a chance to win free tickets, you can register for that at the deadline for that drawing is Tuesday the 8th. The event runs 7-11p, we play 7:15-10:45p. With arts funding down from government sources, it's up to all of us to keep things going, please help us help the arts. Get more information at 319-291-4490 or
It's really the good news and the bad news on booking shows for this 30th anniversary year. We added a few more really cool summer dates since the last note, but it's a VERY sparse looking March/April. Please continue to tell your company party planners, local casino talent buyers, (can you believe we get to be part of Blues Weekend at Riverside Casino? Robert Cray, Jonny Lang, John Mayall, Shemekia Copeland! YIKES!) block party organizers, and favorite nightclubs about us. Or how 'bout that house or deck party at your mansion on the outskirts of town? Start your Blue Booking adventure at and then make me an offer I can't refuse, especially if it's in March or April!...
So I want to complain about the weather, but I think you've heard enough about that from EVERYONE ELSE! Really, show of hands here, who else is ready to go looking for Mark in Florida and maybe catch a few spring training games? (and I don't even LIKE baseball) I thought last winter was bad. I saw on the local weather station where Sparkle City has seven more inches of snow at this time of year than it did last year. And it's only the 4th of February. Damn the swarms of snowflies...
See ya on the Blue Highway (if I can see around the mounds of snow piled on all the corners between here and The Hub) Rub yer washboard tie to the tune of There's No Business Like Snow Business, bet on the team that has gold as part of their team colors on Sunday, remember, every Super Bowl party goes better with CAKE and don't forget we love you. Bob Dorr & The Blue Band

Jeannie Webster RIP

From Bob Corritore

  • RIP Blues Sister Jeannie Webster - July 17, 1941 - January 28, 2011. The sad news of the passing of the woman affectionately known as "Blues Sister Jeanie" comes to us from harmonicist Dave Berntson. Blues Sister Jeanie was based in Tulsa, Oklahoma and was a loving mother figure to all blues artists, fans, and festivals, who she consistently went out of her way to support. She could often be found at the blues fesivals such as the King Biscuit Blues Festival and the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, volunteering for the cause. Here is an excerpt from David Berntson's obit; Growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, she listened to r&b music, enjoying songs by the likes of Hank Ballard, Fats Domino, Bill Doggett, and other great American artists. As a teenager, she could be found at live R & B shows, showing off the latest dance steps.  Jeanie was a founding member of the Tulsa Blues Club, and later, the Blues Society of Tulsa, where she was a tireless volunteer in helping to promote blues events in Tulsa. She often came to shows with her sister Linda, and they soon had the nickname of the Blues Sisters. Jeanie’s husband, Arnold was always supportive as Jeanie’s love for blues spread from Tulsa across the country. Over the years, Jeanie traveled to and attended countless blues festivals, volunteering for blues societies throughout the country. She was gifted at staffing the poster signing table, making sure that every artist signed scores of posters.  It was a tough job corralling road-weary blues artists, but Jeanie managed it with great wit and charm. Jeanie and Arnold welcomed many blues artists to their home as they passed through Tulsa. She would offer a home-cooked meal and a place to stay, providing a short respite to traveling blues performers. Through her good friendships with many blues artists, Jeanie built a world-class collection of blues memorabilia. Much of it can now be found at the Delta Cultural Center on Cherry Street, in downtown Helena, Arkansas. Jeanie’s down-home blues style and her love for the music and its people made her one of the grand ambassadors of the Blues. She is survived by Arnold, her husband of 44 years, 5 children, and many grandchildren.

Bob Corritore Blues News

February 3, 2011
  • Off to Memphis for the IBCs! The International Blues Challenge is going on as we speak (it runs from February 1 to 5) with many bands from all over the world competing for a chance at great recognition in the blues community. It is a time when the blues community comes together to greet the up-and-coming artists that will be part of the future of this music. In addition to this event there are many side attractions such as the Keeping The Blues Alive awards presentations, Various showcases, a now famous jam after hours at the Rum Boogie hosted by Bob Margolin, and much networking. Blues societies, booking agents, labels, festivals, publications, photographers, and every possible blues industry type is in attendance, as well a multitude of fans who come to take part in this blues spectacle! For more information on this event click here.
  • Chico Chism, The Reed Family, and Sam Moore to be inducted into the Arizona Musician's and Entertainer's Hall of Fame on Feb 13th! The Arizona Musicians and Entertainers Hall of Fame is now in it's 10th year, and on Feb 13th, it will host an induction ceremony to take place at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix. This year the inductees include three from the blues corner: Chico Chism, who was best known as Howlin' Wolf's last drummer, moved to Phoenix in 1986, and thrived as a blues performer and celebrity until his death in 2007, Sam Moore is best known as the Sam of Sam & Dave, the Stax and Atlantic Records soul sensation, and the Reed family which includes Francine, Margo, Michael, Bucko, Mellody, Laverne, and Girley have brought rich gospel, blues, soul and jazz vocal textures to the Phoenix area. Other non-blues inductees this year include Goose Creek Symphony, Dick Van Dyke, Tanya Tucker, JD's Nightclub, Billy Williams, Al McCoy, Dolan Ellis, and Marshall Trimble. During the presentation, Chico Chism will be honored with 2 of his songs being performed by Hans Olson and Bob Corritore. In honor of our close friend Chico Chism, we have constructed a new photo page which you can see by clicking here. Some other Chico Chism photo pages can be seen here, here, here,  here, and here. Chico Chism left his indelible mark on the Phoenix blues scene, and we will continue to honor his legacy. To see the poster for the AMEHOF event with show details, click here.
  • Lightnin' Hopkins on YouTube! Please enjoy this great version of the classic "Baby Please Don't Go" performed by Texas blues master Lightnin Hopkins. Click here, to see.

Taylor Hicks: Various Jamming With Taylor Hicks

After the first couple minutes of a video montage, the live video kicks in.  Watch the volume because it will jump up at ya during the switch if you are not paying attention!!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

John Hammer Blues News

'Devil Got is Way'

'Know Your Driver'

'The Essential Popa Chubby'

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Struttin' The Dark Side on the Radio
It is sooo true; ya gotta know the dark to appreciate the light. February 6th on Hammered By The Blues  (every Sunday on KOWZ 1170AM at 10pm) we will walk the other side of the devils music as banshee guitars wail and demon rhythm sections howl. Hold on tight to your mojo lest it be seduced by Damon Fowler and a tempting taste off his latest project 'Devil Got His Way'. As we careen thru the dark, we hold your hand with some excellent advice from The John Stephan Band off their new CD 'Know Your Driver'. We wrap our romp on the raucous side today with a maelstrom of cliff hangin' hooks by Popa Chubby from his must have CD 'The Essential Popa Chubby'. It's OK; That's just salvation comin' up behind ya right now!
 When ya walk thru the dark don't be alone;
    Friends by yer side are better than cell phone;
We gots yer back while yer payin' life's dues;
Hangin' wit' you at Hammered By The Blues!
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