Bob Corritore & Friends – Don’t Let The Devil Ride

Blues 21
Don And Sheryl’s Blues Blog
Keys And Chords (Dutch)
Making The Scene
Midwest Record

Midwest Record (May 11, 2018)

Corritore is a cat you can always count on for interesting, offbeat album covers. You can also count on the harmonica ace to deliver some white boy blues that make it sound like Butterfield never made his way to west side Chicago while Corritore was taking all his meals at the Checkerboard lounge. Traditional without being dusty, looka here for your new Highway 61 tour guide. Hot stuff.

Don And Sheryl’s Blues Blog (June 3, 2018)

Bob Corritore continues to be one of the finest harp players on the scene today. He’s recorded with the likes of Dave Riley and John Primer, as well as having released an album of all harp instrumentals a few years back. Blues fans are the winners again with his latest set for Vizztone, Records, “Don’t Let The Devil Ride.” On these twelve cuts, there is an added treat–Bob is paired with a veritable Who’s Who In The Blues as far as guest vocalists and sidemen go, and this one is as good as it gets. Bob and his best friends serve up some of the finest blues it has been our pleasure to review lately, with such a plethora of talent in one set. These cuts were laid down over nine different sessions from 2014 to 2017. OK–let’s play some blues….

Leading off is the ol’ Cell Phone Man himself, Wilie Buck, with one of his originals, “Went Home This Morning, I found my baby gone!” Sugaray Rayford and Bob get into a loping, Jimmy Reed-ish groove on the humorous tale of that “three-legged horse they call The Glide!” Alabama Mike is on vocals, and Big Jon Atkinson is on guitar on the slow-smoked story of the “Laundromat Blues,” with Bob workin’ that big ol’ chromatic. Mike returns for the vocals on the spooky title cut, with its nods to the devil and the Crossroads. Bill “Howl’N’ Madd” Perry adds vocal on the rapid-fire Fifties-style groove of “Willie Mae,” and Bob and old friend Tail Dragger close the set with the story of a storm brewing on the horizon, “Thundering And Raining,” with piano from the iconic Henry Gray, and guitar from another of our friends, Rockin’ Johnny Burgin.

Henry brings the piano heat on our favorite, too. Oscar Wilson of the Cash Box Kings is the vocalist as Bob lays down the galloping groove of “Tell Me Mama, when I came in, who went out that back door?”

Ol’ Tail Dragger put it best–“tornado’s coming,” and it’s Bob Corritore blowing up a storm on a harp fest that brings together many of the best players on the planet. Pour yourself a cold one and enjoy some fine, low-down and down-home blues, “Don’t Let The Devil Ride.” Until next time….Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

Blues 21 (June 6, 2018)

Bob Corritore once again with an atonishing new album. The master of Chicago Blues harmonica has surrounded himself in the studio of a group of friends among those who find the best of the contemporary blues scene, impossible to highlight anyone. Twenty-six musicians among them, 10 guitar players, 3 piano players, 6 singers, 4 bassists and 3 drummers, and Bob commanding all with powerful harmonica licks. Mostly Chicago Blues – twelve bar mode – interpreted from the most modern conception of revisiting the classic sound of the Windy City. Let no one doubt that you put this album in your digital preferences.

Making The Scene (June 6, 2018)

Bob Corritore was born in Chicago and got hooked on blues harmonica when he was twelve years old. He studied and received playing tips from Carey Bell, Big Walter Horton, Junior Wells and others. At the age of twenty-five Corritore moved to Phoenix, Arizona. Ten years later he opened his own club there called The Rhythm Room. With his house band, The Rhythm Room All-Stars, he backed musicians when they came to town. Corritore has been nominated for five Blues Music Awards. This is Corritore’s thirteenth album although he appears on over seventy others.

This album is a collection of songs recorded at sessions held between 2014 and 2017. These previously unreleased tracks feature harpist Corritore with numerous vocalists, guitarists, and rhythm sections. The opening track “Went Home This Morning” is written and sung by Willie Buck who has two albums of his own on the Delmark label. Corritore gets that high reedy sound on his harp and is joined by Big Jon Atkinson and Mojo Mark, on guitars, Troy Sandow, bass, and Brian Fahey, drums. “Tell Me Mama” from Little Walter is sung by Oscar Wilson the front man for The Cash Box Kings. Wilson sings again on a Corritore original “Fork in The Road”. Henry Gray is featured on piano on both of these.Two songs are written and sung by “Sugarray” Rayford; “The Glide” features Corritore, guitarist Junior Watson, Fred Kaplan, piano; and the rhythm section of Kedar Roy, bass and Rene Beavers, drums. On “Steal Your Joy” the band includes Corritore, guitarists Chris James and Mojo Mark; Patrick Rynn, bass; and Fahey, drums.“Laundromat Blues”, first recorded in 1984 by Albert King, is sung by Alabama Mike. Corritore plays on a Chromatic harp with Atkinson, Sandow, Dodson, and Bob Welch, piano. Mike sings again on the title track “Don’t Let The Devil Ride” and on “Blues Why You Worry Me?” with guitarist Danny Michel joining in. “Lovey, Dovey, Lovey One” features Bob Welch with some absolutely fabulous guitar as Mike shouts words of encouragement. “Willie Mae” is written and sung by guitarist Bill “Howl-N-Madd” Perry. He and Corritore are joined by Malachi Johnson on drums. That’s Perry howlin’ in the background. On “I Was A Fool” written and sung by George Bowman; the band is Corritore, Atkinson, Michel, Sandow and Fahey. The closer “Thundering and Raining” is from Chicago vocalist James Y. Jones a.k.a. Taildragger, Corritore and Fahey are joined by guitarists Rockin’ Johnny and Illinois Slim, Henry Gray, piano, and Bob Stroger, bass.

Not only is Corritore a great harmonica player, producer, bandleader and arranger but he is also a 2011 Blues Music Award winner for Historical Album of The Year. Corritore is relentless as he continually chooses “the rough and rocky path” to give us yet another great traditional blues recording.

– Richard Ludmerer

Keys And Chords (Dutch) (June 6, 2018)

Bob Corritore werd geboren in Chicago op 27 September 1956 en schuimde er als tiener de blues clubs af. Bob verhuisde naar Phoenix, Arizona waar hij al geruime tijd de befaamde club The Rhythm Room uitbaat. Hij is tevens radiopresentator, record producer en talentenschout.

Ik heb in al die jaren dat ik in het blues wereldje meedraai nooit niemand zo overtuigend zien performen als Bob. Als hij ook maar 5-minuten tijd heeft speelt hij op zijn harp. Wachtend op de tourbus, voor het hotel, bij een pitstop in een tankstation… bij iedere gelegenheid tovert Bob wel een mondharmonica uit zijn zak om wat te spelen. Na heel wat projecten met collega artiesten had Bob met ‘Taboe’ een schitterend instrumentale release in de cd-rekken. Nu heeft

harmonica ‘ace’ Bob Corritore een schitterende all-star blues band rond zich verzamelt voor zijn nieuwe release. Het album ‘Don’t Let The Devil Ride!’ laat ook horen hoe belangrijk een traditionele blues release kan klinken! Naast het verbluffende harmonica werk van Bob Corritore, tonen deze opnames ook Bob’s talent als producer, bandleider en arrangeur. Deze collectie presenteert de hoogtepunten van diverse opname sessies tussen 2014 en 2017. Chicagoan Willie Buck opent met het knappe Chicago blues nummer ‘Went Home This Morning’. Big Jon Atkinson’s gitaarriffs accorderen meteen met de harp schikkingen van Corritore. Henry Gray is van de party in het boogiewoogie chapiter ‘Tell Me Mama’. Oscar Wilson neemt hier de vocale honneurs waar, net zoals Jimi “Primetime” Smith samen met Johnny Rapp de gitaarsnaren beroeren. En dan is het beurt aan Sugaray Rayford in de blues slijper ‘The Glide’, waar Junior Watson gitaar groove al even belangrijk zijn. Vocalist Alabama Like is verantwoordelijk voor ‘Laundromat Blues’, met alweer die schitterende Jon Atkinson op gitaar. Oscar Wilson mag ‘Fork In The Road’ inzingen. Piano legende Henry Gray zit alweer op de pianostoel, Marty Dotson hanteert de drumstick en Johnny Rapp is , naast Corritore’s blues harp, belangrijk met zijn gitaarriffs. In de verbluffende rocker ‘Lovely Dovey Lovey One’ komt vocalist Alabama Mike opnieuw in beeld, net zoals Bob Welsch’ gitaar groove. En Mike blijft nog even achter de microfoon voor de slow blues ‘Don’t Let The Devil Ride’. En dan is het de beurt aan zanger/gitarist Bill “Howl-N-Mad” Perry in het geïnfluenceerde ‘Willie Mae’. Sugaray komt ons nog eens overdonderen in het bonzende ‘Steal Your Joy’ dat is gekenmerkt door Brian Fahey drumpartijen en Mojo Mark ingetogen gitaarsolo’s. Big Jon Atkinson gitaar groove’s zijn samen met zanger George Bowman verantwoordelijk voor de track ‘I Was A Fool’. Alabama Mike komt ons een laatste keer vergenoegen in de slow bluesy ‘Blues Why You Worry Me?’. En ook Tail Dragger mocht niet ontbreken op de release van zijn vriend Bob Corritore. Drummer Brian Fayhe, Bob Stroger (bas) en gitaarmaster Rockin’ Johnny begeleiden samen met Bob’s hemelse harp arrangementen de legendarische Tail Dragger.

Het album ‘Don’t Let The Devil Ride!’ levert een frisse en gepassioneerde blues stijl die het ‘old- school’- blues gevoel nieuw leven inblaast. Terwijl dit misschien toch niet zo relevant blijkt in deze hedendaagse blues scéne. Met deze release competeert Bob Corritore zijn positie als een van de beste Chiacgo blues mondharmonicaspelers van de laatste decennia. Genieten!

– Philip Verhaege (5)