2008 Archives

December 31, 2008

December 26, 2008

December 19, 2008

  • Dave Riley & Bob Corritore Opening for Leon Russell this Monday: Dave has just arrived in Phoenix for his annual winter stay, and he and Bob will open for the legendary Leon Russell for a special show on Monday, December 22 at the Rhythm Room. This show is very close to being sold out at this point, but a few tickets are still available throughTicketmaster or at the Rhythm Room. The Rhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are $31 in advance or $33 on the day of the show; advance tickets are available at the Rhythm Roomall Ticketmaster store locations, Charge by Phone: (800)745-3000, or Ticketmaster.com.  Rack Shack Barbeque will be available at this event. This night will be a patio smoking only event; no indoor smoking will be permitted.
  • Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers appear Saturday at the Rhythm Room: Rod Piazza, the king of West Coast harmonica, brings his groovin’ blues band to the Rhythm Room this Saturday. The Rhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014. Doors open at 8pm, Tickets are $15 in advance or $15 on the day of the show; advance tickets are available at the Rhythm Roomall Ticketmaster store locations, Charge by Phone: (800)745-3000, or Ticketmaster.com.  Rack Shack Barbeque will be available at this event. This night will be a patio smoking only event; no indoor smoking will be permitted.
  • BMA Nominations Announced – Chris James & Patrick Rynn CD Nominated! Congratulations to all of the nominees for the 2009 Blues Music Awards. These awards (formerly known as Handy Awards) are presented by The Blues Foundation, and feature 26 categories with five or six nominees in each category. The event tales place May 7, 2009 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee, and will feature performances by many of the nominees in between awards presentations. We are very proud that Chris James and Patrick Rynn’s CD Stop And Think About It on Earwig Music have been nominated in the category of Best New Artist Debut. So many of our friends are in the running, and we are very happy for everyone. To read more about this event, click here; and for the full list of nominees, click here.
  • RIP Texas Pete Mayes – 3/21/1938-12/16/2008: Texas Blues guitar great Texas Pete Mayes passed away Tuesday after a long fight with heart troubles and diabetes that left him unable to play in his last years. He was 70. Mayes was born in the small Texas town of Double Bayou, where he took up guitar at an early age after being inspired by the music of T-Bone Walker and Lightnin’ Hopkins. He moved to Houston in 1960, where he was based for the rest of his life. He performed in the bands of Junior Parker and Bill Doggett before fronting his own band, the Houserockers, which he kept going for over 40 years. Mayes made a handful of well-respected recordings that are definitive of Texas Blues guitar. His song “Lowdown Feelin’” was recently covered by The Mannish Boys, and is the title track of their latest CD. For more information of this great bluesman’s life and passing, click here.
  • RIP Bobbye King – 2/12/1954-12/5/2008: Birmingham, Alabama born blues singer, Bobbye A. King Beavers, AKA Bobbye King, is not a well-known name in the blues, but she was considered to be “the Queen of the Peoria, Illinois blues scene”. She passed away on December 6, 2008 at age 54. She brought great joy to her community. To read more about her life in the blues, click here and here.
  • André Hobus Photo Library, Part 1: The amazing blues photos of the André Hobus Library have been added to the photo section of www.bobcorritore.com. The André Hobus Photo Library features images taken by photographers Bob Vanderschueren, Claude Meyer, Annique Massange, André Hobus, and Marc De Jonghe. Included in the images posted are Eddie TaylorJimmy RogersJunior WellsBuddy and Phil GuyLowell FulsonRobert Lockwood, Jr.Johnny Shines,Big John WrencherLouisiana RedHomesick JamesSnooky PryorB.B. KingLightnin’ SlimBilly Boy ArnoldLonnie BrooksOtis RushDr. RossDave MyersFreddy BelowLouis MyersKoko TaylorEddie “Cleanhead” VinsonFenton RobinsonEtta JamesFreddie King, and many others. There are many more photos yet to be posted, so a part 2 will be added to the website at a future date. To view the posted pages click here; then follow the “next page” links at the bottom of the page to view all 14 pages.
  • Thank you, Spain! Dave Riley and Bob Corritore had a wonderful time performing in Spain last week. Special Thanks toVicente and Roser Zumel and the Societat de Blues Barcelona for their warm hospitality, and for some wonderful gigs at beautiful venues. Barcelona is an amazing, upbeat city with spectacular architecture and fantastic food. It seems that wherever we go in the world, we meet with blues lovers and are drawn together by our common bond. We are reminded of the universal appeal of this music. We also had the opportunity to enjoy Barcelona’s top blues and roots record store,Disco 100, which featured an amazing blues selection and showed a real commitment to the music. Thanks to our new friend Felix Slim who opened Friday’s show, and whom we went to see on our last night in town at his gig at the Honky Tonk Blues Bar (owned by harmonica player Blas Picón). It was also great to meet many other blues musicians and blues enthusiasts from Barcelona including Lluís Souto (harp player with The King Revelers), The Suitcase BrothersRon Burke, Ana Piana, Francesc FernandezPedro Aguilar and his young harp playing son Daniel Aguilar, and others!
  • Cadillac Records Reflection: The long-anticipated movie Cadillac Records made its debut a couple of weeks ago to great fanfare and mixed reactions. It is the story of Chess Records, and some of the artists who made the label famous (Muddy WatersLittle WalterEtta JamesHowlin’ WolfWillie Dixon, and Chuck Berry). The movie was a major production filled with much star power (BeyoncéJeffrey WrightAdrien BrodyCedric The EntertainerMos Def, and others). Though great liberties were taken with the historical facts, the movie presented an entertaining tale of some beloved characters in the blues. Those of us that know the actual history will have many “gulp” moments — as we bust the flick for its inaccuracies —  but the movie does present a captivating story that will surely bring a new audience to this music. It is also successful in its use of great musicians for the soundtrack (Kim WilsonBilly FlynnEddie Taylor, Jr.Larry Taylor, and Barrelhouse Chuck). Already, sales of the original Chess recordings by MuddyWolfEttaChuck, and Little Walter have been boosted. A complete Little Walter collection on Hip-O Select is planned as a direct tie-in with the film. Hopes abound thatCadillac Records will bring a new generation of people into an awareness of this precious musical form and one of the greatest blues labels of all time.
  • Bob’s Annual Christmas Blues Radio Special this Sunday: Tune in to KJZZ this Sunday for Bob’s radio show, Those Lowdown Blues, as he features his annual Christmas blues special. Bob will spin a full 5 hours of Christmas blues, soul and doo-wop. Bob’s radio show can heard in Phoenix each Sunday night from 6 to 11pm at 91.5FM, or on 89.5 in Cottonwood, 98.9 in Tucson, and 99.1 in Kingman. It can be heard anywhere in the world (real-time) via online streaming at www.kjzz.org. To get you in the holiday spirit here is a video of a live performance from 1982 of Charles Brown performing his hit “Merry Christmas Baby”; click here to see.

December 10, 2008

December 3, 2008

  • More Info on Chico Banks: News has come in Chico Banks apparently died just today Word from Katherine Davis via Chris James is that Chico was pronounced brain dead yesterday and died this afternoon. Apparently yesterday’s word around Chicago of Chico’s passing was premature, but was nonetheless circulating throughout the city. After receivingMichael Freeman’s notification, we did a web search and found other listings of Chico’s passing before we published our newsletter notification. We apologize for our part in spreading inaccurate news on such a hurtful subject. We just pass on what information comes to us and we always list our sources. Let’s hope that Chico is at peace now, and that those of us who cared about him can heal and focus on celebrating his life’s contributions. Rest in peace, Chico Banks.

December 3, 2008

  • RIP Odetta 12/31/1930-12/2/2008: It is with great sadness that we write about the passing of Odetta Holmes. Known in the circles of blues, spirituals, and folk, as well as being a beacon for the civil rights movement, Odetta was one of the most memorable musical personalities to emerge from the 1960s. She died of a heart attack on December 2, 2008 after being hospitalized for kidney failure. She was 77. Odetta was born on December 31, 1930, and at age 3, she moved to Los Angeles with her mother where she started singing and playing guitar. She earned a music degree from Los Angeles City College, focusing on musicals and classical, but her real love was the expressiveness of folk songs and spirituals. While working in the West Coast theater circuit, she found her way to the then emerging San Francisco folk scene, where she felt right at home. She made her first record, Odetta Sings Ballads & Blues, of which Bob Dylan stated in a 1978 interview with Playboy, was “The first thing that turned me on to folk singing”. She recorded several albums during the 1960s, and became perhaps the most prominent musical voice in the civil rights movement, highlighted by a famous performance of the song “Oh Freedom” at the August 1963 March On Washington. She married three times, with one of her husbands being Louisiana Red, whom she wed in 1977. In recent years, her career was revitalized by her recorded work with Mark Carpentieri’s MC Records. She recorded three CDs for MC, which earned her a W.C. Handy Award nomination (now called Blues Music Awards) and two Grammy® nominations. In 1999, Odetta was awarded the National Medal of the Arts and Humanities by President Clinton. In 2003, the Library Of Congress presented her with a Living Legend Award. She was a great musician and a kind and insightful person with a purposefulness to all her actions. God bless Odetta. To see a brief clip of her performing at Newport during the 1960s, click here, and to see a beautiful gospel duet with Tennessee Ernie Ford performing “What A Friend We Have In Jesus“, click here.

December 2, 2008

December 1, 2008

November 24, 2008

November 20, 2008

  • Doris Carr additional Funeral Information: A little more complete information on Doris Carr’s funeral:Visitation is Friday, November 21, 2008 from 5pm to 7pm. Doris’s “Homegoing Celebration” services will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, November 22, 2008. Both take place at:Century Funeral Home
    506 Ashton Ave.
    Clarksdale, MS 38614
    (662) 627-4182

November 16, 2008

  • Doris Carr Memorial Information: This just in from Geni Ward, Sam Carr’s sister: Doris’s services will be held at noon on Saturday, November 22, 2008 at the Century Funeral Home in Clarksdale, Mississippi: For further information:

Century Funeral Home

506 Ashton Ave.

Clarksdale, MS 38614

(662) 627-4182

November 13, 2008

  • RIP Doris Carr: This sad news just in from Roger Stolle: Mrs. Doris Carr of Lula, Mississippi, passed away early this morning at age 80, according to long-time Carr Family friend and former Rooster Blues co-owner Patty Johnson of Clarksdale. Known by many as the beloved wife of legendary blues drummer Sam Carr, Miss Doris was also a blues singer in her own right and a caretaker of other Deltans in the past. She is survived by her husband, Sam Carr — the son of slide guitar master Robert Nighthawk and drummer of the world-famous Jelly Roll KingsSam and Doris Carr have been together since she was 13 years old. Mrs. Carr had been in poor health for some time. Mr. Carr still resides in Lula. Funeral arrangements are pending with more information forthcoming.

November 11, 2008

1) Agent: Steve HechtPiedmont Talent, Charlotte, NC

2) Art & Photography: Dusty & Val ScottDusty Blues, Pittsburgh, PA

3) Blues Club: B.L.U.E.S., Chicago, IL

4) Education: Monroe County Black History Month, Monroe County, MI

5) Festival: Telluride Blues and Brews Festival, Telluride, CO

6) Film, Television and Video: Willy Bearden, Memphis, TN

7) Historical Preservation: Shack Up Inn, Clarksdale, MS

8) International: Associazione Roots And Blues, Parma, Italy

9) Internet: Pandora.com, Oakland, CA

10) Journalism: Hal Horowitz, Marietta, GA

11) Literature: Craig Hopkins, Cedar Hill, TX

12) Manager: John Hahn, New York, NY

13) Organization: Washington Blues Society, Seattle, WA

14) Print Media: Il Blues, Milan, Italy

15) Producer: David Z., Nashville, TN

16) Promoter: Omega Events, Van Nuys, CA

17) Publicist: Betsie BrownBlind Raccoon, Memphis, TN

18) Radio (Commercial): Kai Turner, Denver, CO

19) Radio (Public): John Kessler, Seattle, WA

20) Record Label: Delta Groove, Van Nuys, CA

21) Retailer: Manifest Disc, Charlotte, NC

22) Sponsor: Barbara Hammerman, Gig Harbor, WA

Congratulations to all these worthy recipients for their great work in the blues. The awards ceremony will take place in Memphis on Wednesday, February 4, 2009, in conjunction with the International Blues Challenge (IBC). For more information on these awards and their recipients, click here.

  • Biscuits & Blues Celebrates the Life of Francis Clay: Legendary drummer Francis Clay passed away on January 21, 2008. He was known best for his work in the Muddy Waters band, though he also worked and recorded with James Cotton,John Lee HookerBig Mama ThorntonLightnin’ Hopkins and many others. In later years, he settled in the San Francisco bay area, where he became an esteemed community figure. For our complete obituary, please reference the newsletter of January 23, 2008 by clicking here, and scrolling to the date. This Sunday, November 16, 2008, Biscuits & Blues will host an event of reflection on this great man’s life. The club’s website titles this event “Music and Words Honoring DrummerFrancis Clay” and the show will include speakers, musical performances, a slide show, a video presentation and cake (it would have been Francis’s 85th birthday on this date). Biscuits & Blues is located at 401 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, tel. (415)292-2583. Doors open at 1:30pm, and the event runs from 2pm to 5pm. There is no cover charge, but donations are accepted for a headstone fund. To see a clip of Francis Clay performing with Muddy Waters on a classic 1960 performance of “Got My Mojo Working” live at Newport, click here.
  • Additions and Corrections to Last Newsletter: 1) The Robert Lockwood, Jr. Article in ABS Magazine was written byMark Hoffman (Co-author of the Howlin’ Wolf bio Moanin’ At Midnight), and translated into French by Jean-Luc Vabres. 2) Apparently, Honeyboy Edwards did see the mystery photo speculated to be that of Robert Johnson, and did not give it his seal of approval. 3) Please note that we misspelled and omitted some of the names of the people at the Blues BlastMusic Awards, and you can see an amended article by clicking here, and scrolling down.

November 5, 2008

After the gig on Saturday, Kim and I drove to Chicago in preparation for Sunday’s Blues Blast Music Awards at Buddy Guy’s Legends. This was the first year of these awards, which promises to be an annual event. Bob Kieser and Ann Caldwell from IllinoisBlues.com ran a very successful, well-organized show that was filled with hospitality. Performers included Magic Slim & The TeardropsLurrie BellNick Moss & Gerry HundtTim “Too Slim” Langford (from Too Slim and the Taildraggers), John NémethKilborn Alley Blues BandEden BrentSugar Ray NorciaTeeny Tucker, and Gina Siciliaand Dave Gross, and the duo of Dave Riley and myself. The winners included The Holmes Brothers – State Of Grace for Best Contemporary Blues Recording, Lurrie Bell – Let’s Talk About Love for Best Traditional Blues Recording, Nick Moss –“Mistakes from the Past” for Best Blues Song, Magic Slim & The Teardrops for Best Blues Band, Buddy Guy for Best Male Artist, Koko Taylor for Best Female Artist, John Németh – Magic Touch for Best New Artist Debut Recording, andJohn Németh for the Sean Costello Rising Star Award. Presenters included James Walker (primary reviewer for Blues Blast Magazine), Ben Cox (also a reviewer for Blues Blast Magazine), August “Lordy” Lord (writer for Chicago Blues Beat),Linda Cain (of Chicago Blues Guide), Eric Steiner (President of the Washington Blues Society), Deb Seitz, and Matt Eimer (festival promoter for the Simply Blues Festival in Fort Madison, Iowa). Some of the celebrities in attendance were Ben Cox of Juke Joint SoulMark Thompson, Cyndy Lee of WDCB Radio and Jennifer from Chicago Blues GuideJerry Del Giudice from Blind Pig Records, Deak HarpMatthew Skoller, Marty Salzman, manager of Magic SlimJohnny Drummer(with whom I reminisced about seeing him as a featured vocalist with The Aces during the early 1970s), Lonnie Brooks(who I found out was a neighbor and good friend of Dave Riley’s), Kate Moss of Blue Bella RecordsPat Smillie, and others. Though Dave and I did not win in our nominated category, we were thankful for the honor of being part of this great event.

After Sunday night, all my scheduled performances were over; so on Monday, I made it a point to stop by to visit my dear friend and longtime mentor, Bob Koester at his famous record store, the Jazz Record MartBob Koester and I visited forabout an hour and a half, as I listened to him tell his pearls of wisdom and stories of his adventures in the music business. I had arranged to also meet Chris and PatrickBill Dahl, and Scott Dirks there, making it a great afternoon of story telling and record shopping. That night I took Kim to one of Chicago’s many excellent restaurants, Rhapsody, which was in walking distance of our hotel. The next night was the main reason for our extended stay; to attend the election nightObama rally at Grant Park. Please note that politics is not the focus of our newsletter; but I will say this: aside from my support of Obama, he was the only candidate to buy a full page ad in Living Blues Magazine, and has recently been the subject of numerous blues and R&B songs; also of note were his blues fundraisers at Rosa’s Lounge during his past campaigns. Rolling Stone Magazine reported in a candidate IPod playlist comparison that Barack had included Howlin’ Wolf among his favorite music. As we piled into Grant Park, the joy and hopefulness was contagious among the quarter million people who were there. Since we did not have tickets to get up close, we were in an outlying area of the park, where we watched CNN on a Jumbotron (there were a number of screens scattered throughout the park). As we settled into our spot, we realized that we had landed in the exact area that was where at the 2006 Chicago Blues Festival, we had a wonderful backstage conversation with Robert Lockwood, Jr., and Kim and I reflected on this great man and wished he was still alive to see this moment. During the CNN announcements, commentator Roland Martin referenced Chicago Blues, and before Obama’s acceptance speech, one of the songs played was a version of “Sweet Home Chicago”. Aside from all of these blues connections, it was great to be back in my hometown and be a part of this amazing moment in American history. We write this newsletter as we wait in the airport on Wednesday morning, ready to head back to Phoenix, after the most satisfying of trips.

Bob Corritore

October 22, 2008

October 14, 2008

October 9, 2008

October 5, 2008

Bob Corritore

September 22, 2008

  • Nappy Brown Funeral Information: Arrangements have been made for Nappy Brown’s funeral. The viewing will be 1pm-1:30pm on Saturday, September 27, 2008, with services to follow. Both the viewing and the service will be held at:

St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church

1401 Allen St.

Charlotte, NC 28205

Tel: (704)334-5309

Fax: (704)376-0072

September 21, 2008

  • RIP Earl Palmer 10/25/1924-9/19/2008: Legendary New Orleans drummer Earl Palmer passed away on Friday. He was 83. Earl Palmer was simply one of the greatest drummers of all time. He created a number of distinctive beats and drum accents that became synonymous with the early sound. of Rock ‘N Roll. Can you imagine Little Richard’s “Lucille” or Fats Domino’s “I’m Walkin’” without Earl Palmer’s catchy beat? His session credits from both New Orleans and his later home of Los Angeles read like the greatest hits of all music, but his contributions to early Rock ‘N Roll are perhaps his most influential. To read the LA Times obituary, which contains a beautifully written biographical overview of Earl Palmer’samazing musical life and achievements, click here. Thank you, Earl Palmer, for the grooves!

September 21, 2008

  • RIP Nappy Brown 10/12/1929-9/20/2008: The legendary blues shouter Nappy Brown left us Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 10:30 pm. He was 78. In addition to being blessed with one of the greatest voices the blues has ever known,Nappy was a true character, and his action-packed stage performances were simply amazing. He had experienced a comeback of late after the release of his brilliant 2007 CD Long Time Coming, produced by longtime Nappy friend and advocate Scott Cable for the Blind Pig record label. He was born Napoleon Brown Culp on Oct 12, 1929 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and started his music career singing gospel before switching to Rhythm & Blues in the early 1950s. He landed a contract with Savoy Records in 1954 which yielded numerous hits, including “Don’t Be Angry”, “I Cried Like A Baby”, and “Night Time Is The Right Time” (which Ray Charles would cover shortly afterwards). His music career had a resurgence in the 1980s with albums on AlligatorIchiban, and Black Top. He also made guest appearances on albums by Bob Margolinand Bob Corritore, as well as appearing on the Rhythm Room Blues anthology released on HighTone (Nappy’s photo appeared on the cover of that CD). His powerhouse performance last May at the 2008 Blues Music Awards ceremony was the highlight of that event. Shortly after that, Nappy was hospitalized; and never was able to get his health back. Information regarding his services (forthcoming on Saturday, September 27, 2008) will be posted as it comes in. Bob Corritore will play a number of sets of Nappy’s unforgettable music throughout the course of his 5 hour show tonight; listeners may hear Those Lowdown Blues, anywhere in the world (real time Sunday nights from 6pm-11pm Phoenix time)via web streaming by clicking here, or on KJZZ in Phoenix at 91.5 FM in Phoenix, Arizona, 89.5 in Cottonwood, 98.9 in Tucson, and 99.1 in Kingman. Rest in peace, Nappy.

September 18, 2008

September 10, 2008

September 5, 2008

September 4, 2008

August 26, 2008

  • Down Home Blues Festival at the Rhythm Room this Sunday: For those of us that love an earthy, real quality with a strong sense of tradition in our blues, the Rhythm Room‘s 2nd Annual Labor Day Weekend Down Home Blues Festival is cause for celebration. The event combines the talents of a number of great national recording artists in a quickly-paced rotation, showcasing the individuality of each artist. Tail Dragger will be coming from Chicago, with his larger-than-life personality, and his Howlin’ Wolf-influenced vocals. Eddie Taylor, Jr. is the son of Chicago blues guitar legend Eddie Taylor, and has an uncanny way of playing and singing in his father’s beautiful, understated style. Tomcat Courtney is a master of Texas country blues, and possesses a beautiful style somewhat reminiscent of Lightnin’ HopkinsBig Pete Pearson is “Arizona’s King of the Blues”, and his zesty, energetic vocals are always a crowd pleaser. Paris James is a student of the late Reverend Louis Overstreet, and has represented down home blues in Phoenix for decades. TheRhythm Room All-Stars feature the full-toned Chicago harmonica playing of Bob Corritore, the unstoppable deep blues groove of guitarist Chris James and bassist Patrick Rynn, and the seasoned beat of Brian FaheyThe Rhythm Room All-Stars will serve as the house band for the event. The Rhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014. Doors open at 7pm, cover charge is $12. This night will be a patio smoking only event; no indoor smoking will be permitted. To view the poster for this event, click here.
  • New Photos Added to Tail Dragger Page! Thanks to Scott Dirks and photographer Rob de Fries for contributing additional photos just added to the Tail Dragger page. Rob provided some beautiful portraits of Tail Dragger appearing earlier this year at the Botermarkt Blues Festival in the Netherlands. Scott provided a photo of the poster for the 5105 Club(a regular gig for Tail Dragger in the 90s), and an amazing vintage photo of a 5 year old Tail Dragger! To see these new photos, click here.
  • Dave Riley and Bob Corritore Interviews Posted on France’s Route 66 Website! David Baerst, host of the blues radio show Route 66 (on RDL Radio in Colmar, France) held separate interviews with Dave Riley and Bob Corritore right after their July 28, 2008 performance at the Cognac Blues FestivalDavid reports that he will also air the interview and do a radio program devoted to Bob Corritore in October and to Dave Riley in October or November (exact dates forthcoming). The Route 66 interviews have been transcribed to French, and now appear on the Route 66 website. To see Dave’sinterview, click here; and to see Bob’s interview, click here. Thank you, David!
  • Another Dave Riley & Bob Corritore Cognac Performance Posted on YouTube! Here is a clip of Dave Riley and Bob Corritore performing at the Cognac Blues Festival in France last July. This is a version of the John Weston song “I’m Not Your Junkman”. To see this clip, click here. Thanks to Nico and Soazig from the band Lazy Buddies for posting it!
  • Bob Corritore’s Birthday Party Announced: Bob was not going to have his annual birthday bash at the Rhythm Room, because he would be in Germany performing at the Lahnstein Blues Festival on his actual birthday (September 27). But with some persuasion, he will throw his party on September 13, 2008 at the Rhythm Room with his band The Rhythm Room All-Stars performing (Big Pete PearsonChris JamesPatrick RynnBrian Fahey, and Bob). A special guest appearance with Long John Hunter will take place in the middle set, which will allow Bob to get around and greet his guests. If you attend, Bob requests no presents (just a card is great), as your attendance will be the greatest gift. TheRhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014. Doors open at 8pm, cover charge is $7. This night will be a patio smoking only event; no indoor smoking will be permitted.
  • Maxwell Street Documentary Finally Available on DVD: The movie And This Is Free: The Life And Times Of Chicago’s Legendary Maxwell Street is a 1964 documentary of Chicago’s open-air market that brought together a melting pot of musicians, street corner evangelists, businessmen, and hustlers in a true cultural phenomenon. The street’s deep tradition of blues is prevalent throughout the movie, with performances by Johnny YoungBlind Arvella GrayRobert Nighthawk, and Blind Jim Brewer. This spectacular “slice of life” cinematic achievement brings you right into the hectic, glorious hustle that gathered all elements of a diverse Chicago together each Sunday morning. Maxwell Street was redeveloped and moved, and will never be the same; but at least this documentary exists as a time machine to reflect of the beauty and character of the Maxwell Street Market. Also included is the film Maxwell Street: A Living Memory, as well as a CD featuring some of the great blues artists who emerged from Maxwell Street (Little WalterJimmy RogersJ.B. Hutto,Snooky PryorJohnny WilliamsJohn Henry BarbeeBaby Face LeroyRobert Nighthawk, and more!), and a beautiful booklet filled with classic photos. For more information on this DVD, click here. Thanks to Shanachie Records for finally making this priceless film available, and for presenting it in such a lovingly articulate package.
  • Koko Taylor Band in Van Accident; Koko was not in Van and is OK: This news from Jim ThemelisKoko Taylor’sband was in an accident on Saturday, August 23, 2008. The van hit an embankment and threw all passengers out of the vehicle. Vino LoudenShun Kikuta, and Ricky Nelson were named as being in the van, and sustaining serious but non-fatal injuries. Bassist Melvin Smith (who was in Brazil on tour with Lurrie Bell) was not in the vehicle.
  • Little Arthur Duncan Funeral Information: Here is the information for the services for Little Arthur Duncan:

Visitation

Friday, August 29, 2008 (after 4pm)

AA Rayner & Sons Funeral Home

318 East 71st Street

Chicago, IL 60619

Tel. (773)846-6133

Funeral

Saturday, August 30, 2008 10AM-11am visitation; 11am-12pm service

Second Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church

7922 South Hoyne Ave.

Chicago, IL 60620

Tel. (773)874-4510

August 20, 2008

  • RIP Little Arthur Duncan 2/5/1934-8/20/2008: It is with great sadness that we report yet another passing in this terrible week of losses to our blues community. Chicago harmonica ace Little Arthur Duncan passed away Wednesday morning, August 20, 2008 at Kindred Hospital in Northlake, IL. He was 74. He had been incapacitated for months with little hope of recovery. Born February 5, 1934 in Indianola, Mississippi, Arthur moved to Chicago at age 16, where he heard and befriended Little Walter, who inspired him to take up the harmonica. While holding down a construction day job, he began performing around Chicago with John BrimFloyd Jones, and Hip Lankchan. He would later own and operate the Artesia Lounge on Lake Street, which moved to West Madison Street and reopened as Backscratcher’s Social Club. Owning a club gave Arthur a regular place to perform, and he became a popular neighborhood attraction on the West Side. Twist Turner produced some of Arthur’s first recordings, which appeared first on cassette and then on Cannonball RecordsBlues Across America series. As Arthur’s stature grew in Chicago, he recorded more, cutting two beautiful CDs forDelmark (Singin’ With The Sun and Live At Rosa’s Blues Lounge), and one for Random Chance (Live In Chicago). He was a simply great vocalist, with tremendous power and expressiveness; and his sparse harmonica was always on the money. He specialized in third position and chromatic harmonica. His final band included Illinois SlimRick Kreher, and Twist Turner. He had a warm and gracious personality, and his passing leaves a huge hole in the Chicago blues scene, as he was one of a handful of the dwindling old school harmonica masters. We will miss you, Arthur.

August 20, 2008

  • RIP Phil Guy 4/28/1940-8/20/2008: This news form Steve Hecht of Piedmont Talent and Buddy Guy’s Legends: Guitarist/vocalist Phil Guy, the younger brother of the legendary Buddy Guy, passed away today at St. James Hospital in Olympia Fields, IL, after a battle with kidney and liver cancer. He was 68. Born April 28, 1940 in Lettsworth, Louisiana,Phil learned to play guitar as a child. He followed in Buddy’s footsteps, playing after him with Baton Rouge artists Big Poppa and Raful Neal. He recorded as accompanist for his brother in 1957, for Raful Neal around 1958, and for Slim Harpoin the mid-60s. He joined his brother’s band in Chicago in 1969, and has been based there ever since. He has worked and recorded with many of the city’s leading artists, such as his brother, Junior WellsByther Smith, and Jimmy DawkinsPhilbegan focusing his efforts on advancing his own musical career during the 80’s and he developed a solid reputation as a tough, electrified Chicago blues guitarist. He toured all around the world; and though he never achieved the fame or recognition that his brother did, he was considered a star in his own right. His recordings are numerous and appear on labels such as JSPWolfIsabel, and Red Lightning. Memorial info forthcoming.
  • RIP Hosea Leavy 11/26/1927- 08/12/2008: Another great one is gone. Fresno, California blues singer and guitarist Hosea Leavy died on Monday, August 12, 2008 of liver cancer. He was 80 years old. Born in Altheimer, Arkansas, just outside of Little Rock, he learned blues guitar from his father, and played throughout Arkansas before venturing out west during the 1960s. In 1968, Hosea’s younger brother Calvin Leavy would record the hit record “Cummings Prison Farm” for Soul Beat Records, featuring Hosea’s combo as the backing band. This led to a string of subsequent singles for both Calvin andHosea. In 1977, Hosea settled permanently in Fresno, where he became a major part of that town’s blues scene. In the 1990s, drummer Chris Millar produced sessions with Hosea that led to his only CDs, You Gotta Move, and a collaboration with Harmonica Slim called Cold Tacos and Warm Beer on the Fedora record label. A few additional cuts appear on the now out of print CD West Fresno Blues Masters, also on Fedora. A stirring vocalist and down home guitarist, Hosea had toured Europe and recently made a well-received appearance at the San Francisco Blues Festival. Don Heflin of Central Valley Blues Society and Deja Blues reports the following funeral information: The funeral service for Hosea Leavy(Granddaddy of the Blues) will be held this Friday, August 22, 2008 at 1pm. It will be at the Cooley Funeral Home, located at 1830 S. Fruit Ave, Fresno, CA 93706, tel. (559)268-6123. Afterwards, there will be a music celebration of life at theHinton Community Center, 2385 S. Fairview Ave, Fresno, CA 93706, tel. (559)497-0795. To read the Hosea’s obituary in the Fresno Beehive, click here.

August 19, 2008

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August 6, 2008

1) Unissued Jimmy Rogers Studio Tracks Produced by Bob Corritore to be Released as Bonus Tracks on Blind Pig Limited-Edition LP Release of Feelin’ Good: Blind Pig Records plans a limited-edition, LP only, re-release of theJimmy Rogers album Feeling Good. This highly acclaimed record features backing by Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers(featuring Junior Watson on guitar!) from sessions conducted in 1983 and 1984. The original LP release on the Murray Brothers label featured only nine songs, and so Blind Pig was looking to fill the special edition re-release with some bonus tracks. Jerry Del Giudice and Edward Chmelewski approached Bob Corritore this summer at the Chicago Blues Festival, asking if he had any unissued Jimmy Rogers tracks. Bob researched his master tape vaults, and located two beautiful unissued songs from a 1992 Phoenix session. The tracks are an alternate take of “Out On The Road” (different from the one appearing on Bob Corritore/All-Star Blues Sessions) and a remake of “She Loves Another Man”The session artists are Jimmy Rogers (guitar and vocals), Bob Corritore (harmonica), Buddy Reed (guitar), S.E. Willis (piano), Bruce Lopez(bass), and the great Chico Chism (drums). These two cuts will be added to the re-release of Feeling Good as bonus tracks! Look for this limited-edition, LP only pressing out in early 2009!

2) Harmonica Ace Mark Hummel to Release Unissued Live Recordings by Jimmy Rogers, Eddie Taylor, Luther Tucker, and Mississippi Johnny Waters: Mark Hummel reports that he will release a CD titled Mark Hummel’s Chicago Blues Party featuring live recordings by Jimmy RogersEddie TaylorLuther Tucker, and Mississippi Johnny Waters. These artists were backed on West Coast concert dates by Mark Hummel’s Blues Survivors featuring a young Rusty Zinn. Though these tapes are from the sound board, they have been mixed and mastered to bring out a great sound quality, and the performances are stunning. Mark plans to release this on his own Rockinitis label.

3) Jimmy Rogers Book in Review Stage at University Of Illinois Press: Dr. Wayne Everett Goins has been working on a Jimmy Rogers biography called That’s All Right: The Jimmy Rogers StoryWayne reports that he has completed years of extensive research, has written the book, and it is currently being reviewed by the University of Illinois Press for publication approval. This will be an exciting and timely biography of a great bluesman whose influence in the blues cannot be overstated.

August 4, 2008

  • Actor/Blues Supporter Morgan Freeman Hurt in Crash: Actor and high profile blues supporter Morgan Freeman was involved in an injury auto accident last weekend. Morgan Freeman is a co-owner of Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Click here to view a Yahoo! news article covering the details of the accident. We wish Morgan a speedy and full recovery.

July 31, 2008

Friday began with a luncheon sponsored by Hennessy at Château de Bagnolet (originally the home of the Hennessyfamily, which can also be viewed by going to the Hennessy website and viewing the “Our House” section), a beautiful walled mansion surrounded by miles of sculptured trees with a perfectly manicured grassy lawn and tranquil lake. We shared a wonderful meal with Bobby RushMary FlowerWashboard ChazMichel Rolland, plus other festival organizers, and Isabelle Decitre, International Marketing and Communications Director of Hennessy. I had brought some copies of a photo I took of my late friend Robert Lockwood, Jr. holding up a Hennessy bottle, and gave them away as gifts. Then it was off to the sound check for our first show, which took place in the courtyard of a beautiful historic building, now a showroom and facility for Camus Cognac. After our sound check, we were given an in-depth tour explaining the age-old process of the manufacturing and storage of Cognac. This tour ended with each of us creating our own custom cognac blend, which was bottled, corked, sealed, labeled, boxed, and given to us as a gift. We then gave our first appearance to a packed courtyard filled with a loving and enthusiastic audience, which included many of our European friends and advocates. Dave was at his rowdy best, and our set included Dave’s originals mixed with some Frank Frost and John Weston songs. Dave had a new audience participation song called “I Don’t Know”, which was a big hit. After the show, we greeted our friends, signed autographs, and took photos, before we were driven to the festival hospitality tent for a nice dinner. We then enjoyed an excellent set on the main stage by Joan Baez while hanging out at the Hennessy VIP area with our driver Eric and Willie King and his band.

The next day (Saturday) began with conversation in the hotel restaurant with Elmore James, Jr.Cadillac ZackRick ReedBill Bates, and Steve Mugalian. After a quick lunch at the festival hospitality area, we went to Saturday’s venue, theChâteau de Cognac, now affiliated with Otard Cognac but also once the ancestral Court of François 1er, King of France 1515-1547. Before our performance, blues DJ Xavier Boulanger gave a speech, then called me up to the stage where he declared me a “Membre d’Honneur et Parrain du CRBLUES” and presented me with a beautiful award trophy. CRBLUESstands for the French Blues Radio Collective, and it was so special to be honored by this great organization. To read about this award and see a photo of Xav and I holding the award, click here. Then Dave and I gave a great performance that I must give Dave the credit for. He was simply at the top of his game! Since it was in an echo-filled stone chamber (theState Room), we played at a whisper, and the packed house hung on every note. To see a video tour of this venue with performances by Willie King on the day before our performance, click here. After the show, we hung out with our friends and fans, before being taken to an interview area where Dave and I were individually interviewed by David Baerst of the blues radio show Route 66. Then all the bands that were free at that time went to an amazing dinner party hosted byHennessy in the courtyard of another beautiful château, called Château Batailley. This party was a unique mixture of blues musicians, Hennessy executives (including the very gracious CEO Bernard Peillon), CNN personnel, and Craig Stapleton, the US Ambassador to France, complete with an entourage of secret service agents. Of course, the very finest vintage XO Hennessy Cognac and vintage French wines were served. The extravagant meal included a wide array of wonderful food including canapés of tuna sushi, steak, mushroom pastry, pâté de foie gras, and other morsels, Gazpacho soup, scrambled eggs with truffles, salad de fines herbes with assorted Mediterranean olives, gravadlox and sliced fishes, assorted Kebabs, crusty French breads, a smorgasbord of aged French cheeses, coffee, apple tarte, chocolate torte, tiramisu, berry tartes, plus numerous other dishes; though Dave Riley stuck with (you guessed it) the steak.

Dale and Dave left the next Morning but Kim and I scheduled an extra day to relax a little. We went to the festival for a few hours, and enjoyed the company of our dear friend Jocelyn Richez and Jean Guillermo of Blues sur Seine, as well as Gary Erwin, Simon Boyer, and Brian Slack of Zeb Productions. We called it early to have some time to pack and rest before leaving an amazing town and dream-like trip. We must mention some of our friends not previously noted that we saw in Cognac (sorry if we are forgetting anyone) Marcel Benedit of ABS Magazine (and his lovely wife), André and Lil Hobus(Soul Bag Magazine)Blues DJ Ben Buijs Boue (who was also a driver for the festival), Shanna Waterstown and her manager Christophe Litvine, Elizabeth Levanier (Blues en Loire Festival), Francis Rateau (Crossroads Magazine), Marc Loison, Alain Enjalbert of Radio Terre Marine FM, Jean-Pierre Savouyaud of Virus De Blues (thanks for the issue!), Luc and Annie Drouffe-Noe, Marc Loison of www.soubock.comJoel Bizon, Christian Boncour of Blues StationDidier Marty,Luc Ghyselen of Blues PromotionThibaux ChopinClaude DannicMaria Giulia Sorrentino (our dear friend who runs theMarco Fiume Memorial Blues Passions Festival in honor of her late son), André Cochepin-Mingarro, and others.

Check out a beautiful slide show of photos from the Cognac Blues Passions Festival by Jean-Pierre Savouyaud of Virus De Blues (click here to view). Also, some nice shots by Fannybluesrock on her MySpace (click here to view).

Bob Corritore

July 23, 2008

July 14, 2008

  • Paris James and Bob Corritore Performing Wednesday at the Rhythm Room: Whenever Paris James and BobCorritore perform down-home blues together, their friendship and musical camaraderie are always apparent. They will appear together this Wednesday for a rare get-together at the Rhythm Room, with an opening set by Nina Curri. TheRhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014. Doors open at 7:30pm, cover charge is $5. This night will be a patio smoking only event; no indoor smoking will be permitted. Check out a video of Paris and Bobperforming at the Rhythm Room on Paris’s MySpace (click here).
  • Thank You, Mississippi Valley Blues Festival: Over the 4th Of July weekend, The Rhythm Room All-Stars featuring Big Pete Pearson had the extreme pleasure of performing at the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Davenport, Iowa. This annual event, now in its 24th year, is considered one of the greatest blues festivals in the US, and they subtitle the event “Where Legends Come to Play”. Because of the flooding in the region, this year’s festival was moved to the downtown area, and we performed in the beautiful Adler Theatre to a full house and a warm and enthusiastic reception. Earlier that day, Bob Corritore (with the help of Chris James) ran a harmonica workshop, which was also a wonderful experience. We earned many new fans, and added another great experience to the band’s resume. We cherished running into many friends: Billy Boy ArnoldBilly Flynn, Blues Sister Jeannie, Dirk Wissbaum (whose photo exhibit at the festival included an image of Bob visiting Sonny Boy Williamson’s grave), The Kinsey ReportOtis Taylor, his daughter Cassie, Jonn RichardsonSteve James, Del Rey, Phil GuyJimmy ThackeryJody WilliamsBob StrogerKenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith,David HorwitzDoug MacLeodKilborn Alley Blues BandDeak HarpKaren McFarlandTony BraunagelLittle Bobby,Mike LivermoreAngela Dooley, Jeff Collier, Koko Taylor and her daughter Cookie, Roz GoldbergWestside Slim, and many others. Thanks to the Harry Turner Agency for getting us this gig.
  • Article on BMAs and Delta Groove Showcase in Blues Art Studio: Check out another overview and photo recap of the amazing 3rd Annual Delta Groove Showcase last May in Clarksdale. Blues Art Studio is a wonderful website that has been a gathering point for information from all over the blues world. To see the recap, click here.
  • New CD of Unissued William Clarke Material Released: Jeanette Clarke-Lodovici, the widow of the late West Coast harmonica master William Clarke, has gone into the vaults to release a beautiful CD by her late husband titled One More Again on Watch Dog Records. This disc features 10 unreleased studio tracks recorded around 1993 in Los Angeles with a great band featuring Alex SchultzRick Reed, Eddie Clark, Steve F’dor, and of course, William Clarke. These simply joyous recordings showcase a fully realized artist, singing and playing harmonica at the top of his game. The West Coast approach to harmonica has a particular character that combines swinging 50’s sounding bands with stand-up bass, and full toned harmonica playing that often uses an octave approach that was first introduced by George “Harmonica” Smith. Though often likened to the harmonica-driven Chicago blues of the 1950s, the West Coast harmonica approach actually has a much different character and sound. William was a master and a pioneer that helped to define and develop that West Coast style. His great records on the Alligator record label helped to bring this zesty, swinging sound to a wider audience. William died an untimely death in 1996 due to complications of a bleeding ulcer. He was 45 years old. His wife Jeanette has blessed us with this gorgeous look at a great man who passionately lived his music every day of his too-short life. This CD may be hard to find in your local record store, but it can be ordered from Bluebeat Music, which specializes in hard-to-find blues issues. Jeanette hopes to issues future CDs of more unreleased material by William Clarke. For now, we have this one to celebrate.
  • Tomcat Courtney Featured on XM-Satellite Radio & Reviewed in Poland’s Twój Blues Magazine! Special thanks to our friend Bill Wax who heads Bluesville, the blues channel on XM Satellite Radio for featuring Tomcat Courtney/Downsville Blues on Blue Witch Records on his “Picks To Click” for this week. Bill is a true friend of the blues, and our cheerleader and support system! Thanks to Bill and to all of the blues radio hosts all around the world who are supporting this release with airplay. Also, the latest issue of Poland’s Twój Blues Magazine features a glowing review ofDownsville Blues by writer Paweł Yoda Jodko. Thank you to Twój Blues, and all our blues fans in Poland.
  • Nappy Still Hospitalized! Steve Hecht of Piedmont Talent sent this press release today: Blind Pig recording artist Nappy Brown, one of the first R&B stars in the mid-50s and one of the last classic blues shouters, has been hospitalized in Charlotte, North Carolina for about a month now. The rhythm and blues pioneer has been enjoying a heady career resurgence since the release of his universally acclaimed CD, Long Time Coming last September, culminating in two recent Blues Music Award nominations. His summer tour has been canceled due to his illness. It is uncertain when he will be released. This extended stay in the hospital is a lonely and trying time for Nappy. If you would like to send get cards or pass on your appreciation, you may send to:

Napoleon Culp c/o

Carolinas Medical Center

1000 Blythe Boulevard

Charlotte, NC 28203

July 2, 2008

June 26, 2008

  • Great video of Jimmie Lee Robinson! Check out this wonderful performance by the late Jimmie Lee Robinson from 1965. Jimmy is introduced by Eddie Boyd, and the drummer (who is not shown) is Fred Below. What a wonderful reminder of Jimmy Lee‘s spellbinding approach to a song; and his eerie, high-pitched voice is at its maximum effectiveness here. This is from a filming of the American Folk Blues Festival tour in Germany; click here to see the video.

June 20, 2008

June 10, 2008

  • Chris Gaffney Memorial Show Tonight at the Rhythm Room: Bob will perform at a show honoring his friend Chris Gaffney on Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at the Rhythm Room. The show is put on by Chris Gaffney’s musical partner in theHacienda BrothersDave Gonzalez, also of The Paladins. Other acts include Mike EldredBrian FaheyBig Nick, and more. Chris Gaffney passed away a few weeks ago of complications of liver cancer. He possessed an amazing voice and sense of song. He was no stranger to Phoenix, Arizona; and this show will honor our memories of his great music. TheRhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014. Doors open at 7pm; in lieu of a cover charge, a voluntary donation is asked to help Gaff’s family with expenses. For more information, visit www.helpgaff.com. This night will be a patio smoking only event; no indoor smoking will be permitted.
  • West Coast Harmonica Party Saturday Night at the Rhythm Room: Bob Corritore will appear at the Rhythm Room on Saturday, June 14, 2008 as part of the West Coast Harmonica Party. Other acts include The FremontsJohn “Juke” LoganBilly Watson, Country Soul Bob, and Marco Pandolfi (our special guest from Italy). The Rhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014. Doors open at 8pm, cover charge is $10. Rack Shack Barbeque will be available at this event. This night will be a patio smoking only event; no indoor smoking will be permitted.
  • Janiva Magness at the Rhythm Room This Weekend: Bob’s friend and former bandmate Janiva Magness will appear at the Rhythm Room this Friday, June 13, 2008 for a concert and CD release party for her new recording on Alligator Records. The Rhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014. Doors open at 8pm, cover charge is $10. Rack Shack Barbeque will be available at this event. This night will be a patio smoking only event; no indoor smoking will be permitted.
  • Tomcat Courtney Great Reviews! Tomcat Courtney is one of the greatest down-home blues artists on the scene today. 10 great reviews of Tomcat Courtney’s recent release, Downsville Blues on Blue Witch Records, are posted onwww.bobcorritore.com. These reviews include such publications as Big City BluesBlues & Rhythm (who featuredDownsville Blues as their CD of the Month), Living Blues, a French review from Juke Joint Blues & Soul, and more. To read these wonderful reviews, click here. Thank you to all the reviewers and listeners who have already discoveredTomcat’s great music!
  • Nappy Hospitalized; Doing Better: Vocalist Nappy Brown was admitted to the hospital for a stomach ulcer and dehydration after a concert appearance at the Crawfish Festival in Augusta, New Jersey on June 1, 2008. Scott Cablereports that Nappy is feeling much better and was released yesterday from the hospital.
  • Bo Diddley Tribute this Sunday on Bob’s Radio Show: Bob will pay tribute to the late, great Bo Diddley on his next radio program, to be aired on Sunday, June 15, 2008. Listeners may hear Bob Corritore’s KBA-Award-winning radio show,Those Lowdown Blues, anywhere in the world (real time Sunday nights from 6pm-11pm Phoenix time) via web streaming by clicking here, or on KJZZ in Phoenix at 91.5 FM in Phoenix, Arizona, 89.5 in Cottonwood, 98.9 in Tucson, and 99.1 in Kingman.
  • Chicago Recap: Last Tuesday, Kim Danielson and I traveled to Chicago to make our annual blues pilgrimage to my hometown. The trip always revolves around the Chicago Blues Festival, which this year celebrated its 25 year anniversary. In addition to the festival, the City of Chicago is steeped in blues tradition with numerous blues clubs and musicians. This trip allows me the opportunity to reconnect with many of my old friends and associates, have a few performances in my old stomping grounds, as well as meeting and networking with people all over the country and all over the world who come during the festival to honor Chicago blues. The trip was a nonstop whirlwind of great performances and interactions, but here are a few of the highlights of this wonderful week:

I had two scheduled club performances this week (though I was not scheduled to play at the festival this year). The first was at Buddy Guy’s Legends with my longtime friend and musical associate, the legendary Louisiana Red. The band includedChris James and Patrick Rynn of The Rhythm Room All-Stars, drummer Eddie Kobek, and of course Louisiana Red and myself. Red was in terrific form, and his show was warmly received. In the audience was club proprietor Buddy Guy, as well as Magic SlimBarrelhouse Chuck, and Nick Moss and The Fliptops.

My other gig was the American Blues Legends Showcase at Reggie’s put on by organizer/musician Cadillac Zack. I appeared as a special guest with my old boss Tail Dragger. Also that night were fine sets by Eddie C. CampbellByther Smith, the great Elmore James, Jr. (whose new CD Daddy Gave Me The Blues on JSP Records was being celebrated that night), andCadillac Zack. Also performering that night, some serving in a backing capacity, were Twist TurnerScott DirksRick Kreher,Chris JamesPatrick RynnKarl MeyerMartin Lange, and Big Rockin’ Daddy. This show was spectacular in that it  showcased four of Chicago’s greatest blues performers all in one night. On a side note, Scott Dirks, who served as the house harmonica player during the course of the evening, brought along a vintage Fender Concert amplifier once owned by Louis Myers, that I had the pleasure of playing through. This amp was the one that Louis used when he recorded his brilliant “Top Of The Harp”. Word has it that Little Walter played through this amp on a number of occasions. Another interesting story is that once in the 1960s, Jimi Hendrix was making a guest appearance at a Boston club that Louis was playing at, and had used that amplifier; but when Louis saw Hendrix turn up all of the controls to maximum, he became very upset. Years laterLouis told Scott Dirks the story, with Louis stating in his own words, “I wanted to kick that boy’s ass!”

I also sat in for a couple numbers on Rob Stone and the C-Notes‘ show Friday at the House Of Blues Chicago, which also featured Sam Lay, and Chris James and Patrick Rynn (of The Rhythm Room All-Stars). Later that night, I sat in with Billy Flynn‘s band with guest drummer Kelly Littleton of Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials at Billy‘s gig at Smoke DaddyBilly and I tore it up on a Jimmy Rogers number followed by two Muddy Waters songs which were warmly received from the audience. Also performing that night at Smoke Daddy were James WheelerMartin LangeScott DirksCadillac ZackScott Bradbury, and Joe Nosek of the Cash Box Kings.

I was interviewed on three separate occasions during the week. The first was on Wednesday, for the Blue Shoe Project. This was a filmed interview organized by Jeffry Dyson and Fernando Jones. The concert that became Blue Shoe Project’sGrammy®-winning CD Last Of The Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen: Live In Dallas (featuring Pinetop PerkinsRobertLockwood, Jr.Henry Townsend, and Honeyboy Edwards) was filmed; and the purpose of the interviews was to add perspective to the performances. Willie “Big Eyes” Smith and Bob Stroger were interviewed about their history with Pinetop Perkins, and I was interviewed about my 30 year friendship and musical association with the late Robert Lockwood, Jr. Look for clips from these interviews and more in the forthcoming DVD version of this performance. The second interview was at the Koko Taylor Foundation tent by Clarence Stevens of Blues You Can Use out of Gary, Indiana. Clarence and Koko co-host this radio show, which is broadcast Thursday nights from 7-10pm in Gary, Indiana at WGVE 88.7, and on the web atwww.blueswebradio.com. The third interview was by radio show host and photographer Robert Barclay, whose blues showJuke Joint airs on WCMU 89.5FM in Mount Pleasant, Michigan on Sunday nights from 8pm to 11pm or on the web (clickhere). Robert asked me specific questions with the idea of telling a story to lead into songs. I told stories of Chico ChismBo DiddleyBig Walter HortonBig Pete PearsonDave Riley, and more. Thank you to all the interviewers for taking interest in my music and blues experiences.

There were many wonderful performances at the festival, such as the legendary Little Willie Littlefield, who was in great voice and amazingly nimble on the piano. Little Willie currently lives in Holland, so this U.S. appearance was a rare treat for festival-goers. I also enjoyed a great set on the Front Porch Stage with Honeyboy EdwardsLouisiana RedJohnny “Yard Dog” Jones, and Billy Branch. I was especially knocked out by Johnny “Yard Dog” Jones‘ strong voice on his rendition of theMuddy Waters song “Honey Bee“. Harmonica player/vocalist Reginald Cooper did a great set at the Louisiana Bayou stage –Reginald was called at the last minute to substitute for the hospitalized Little Arthur Duncan, and was backed by Arthur’sband, The Backscratchers, which included Illinois SlimRick Kreher, and Twist Turner. This combination had a great sound, which we hope will someday be recorded. L.C. Ulmer, from Ellisville, Mississippi, had a spectacular voice, and his down-home guitar really hit the spot. I loved the feisty solo set by my dear friend Sam Lay, accompanied by his own guitar playing. A nod to the Fat Possum sound, with Cedric Burnside and Lightnin’ Malcolm was followed by T-Model Ford. And I could not forget the always-satisfying, house-rockin’ Chicago blues of Magic Slim & The TeardropsB.B. King, whose dignified ambassadorship of the blues never ceases to amaze, closed out the fest as the headline attraction. There were many other great festival performances too numerous to mention.

We also enjoyed visiting Dave Specter‘s beautiful new performance venue in Evanston called S.P.A.C.E. for Honeyboy Edwards‘ birthday celebration on Wednesday night, which also featured great sets by Barrelhouse Chuck with Kenny “Beedy Eyes” SmithEddy “The Chief” Clearwater, and Katherine Davis. Congratulations to Lynn Orman for honoring the greatHoneyboy Edwards in this way.

It was so great to see so many dear friends, old and new, as everyone came together for the fest – Richie and Teresa VilligerDick ShurmanBill DahlDonovan AllenBob and Linda PorterIllinois SlimMatt SoceyJeffry and Ann DysonJef JaisunPat MorganPinetop PerkinsBob MargolinJonn RichardsonClaude DannicJocelyn RichezJean-Luc Vabres,Marcel BeneditAndré Cochepin-MingarroJerry Del Giudice and Edward Chmelewski from Blind Pig RecordsRobert Jr. Whitall and Shirley Mae Owens of Big City Blues MagazineKevin and Brianna JohnsonMarion and Rein Wisse (of Block Magazine), Dave WaldmanJoe FiliskoJennifer WheelerLouisiana Red and his wife Dora Minter, David Whiteis, Jillina Pope, “Right-Hand Frank” BandySam LayBilly BranchJim and Lynn ThemelisTheodis EaleyAmy Brat“Little Frank” KrakowskiDeak Harp, Dusty Scott of Dusty BluesBilly and Mary FlynnLurrie Bell, Martin Bruendler and his lovely wifefrom the Lucerne Blues FestivalBruce IglauerKoko Taylor’s family including her daughter Cookie, Cassie Taylor (Otis Taylor’s daughter), Michael FrankHoneyboy EdwardsBarry Dolins, Kenny Kimbrough, Adam Phillips, Blythe Lopez,Matthew SkollerArnie GoodmanBuzz KrantzWillie “Big Eyes” Smith, Roz, KarenBob StrogerMark Carpentieri, Steve Dolins of Sirens Records, André and Lil HobusChad KassemAndrej Matysik, Rita Warder of Earwig MusicMichael FreemanKenny “Beedy Eyes” SmithSteve ArveyFruteland Jackson, Robert Riesman, Bob RiedyLarry Hoffman, Tony from Rosa’s LoungeJim O’Neal, Hannes Folterbaur from Wolf Records, Joe Rutin of Earwig MusicLuca GiordanoIvan MarcioRichard SkellyRich GordonSharon Lewis, David Koppel, Raúl de la Rosa, Bogie Kwasny, Davy Knowles, Harvey Stauffer, Lordy of the Chicago Blues BeatDennis McMastersJoe MancusoGreg FreerksenClarence StevensDanny DraherSteve SalterTom MarkerDaniel SwadenerMark Zaresky“Brother John” Kattke, Gilles Aniorte, Ira Padnos,Robert Barclay, Michael Elrod, Morry SochetKeith Clements, and many others.

Congratulations to the Chicago Blues Festival for its 25 year anniversary and its brilliant legacy. Check out the latest Living Blues Magazine devoted to Chicago blues in honor of this festival’s milestone. Thanks to all the friends, fans, supporters, artists, and tireless workers at this year’s festival. It would be impossible to mention everyone who makes this wonderful event such a success, but nevertheless a heartfelt thanks to all for the friendship, camaraderie, and great music in Chicago!

Bob Corritore

June 6, 2008

  • Bo Diddley Services: On Saturday, June 7, 2008 there will be a public viewing for Bo Diddley from 1-2pm at Showers of Blessings Harvest Center. Funeral services will be from 2-5pm at Showers of Blessings Harvest Center. The services will be followed by a memorial tribute from 6-9pm at MLK Center (Non-religious, band will play, city officials will make presentations). Showers of Blessings Harvest Center (church) is located at 2615 SE 15th Street, Gainesville, FL 32641; Tel.: (352)375.3589, Fax: (352)375-5613 or on the web at www.showersofblessings.org. Martin Luther King Center is located at 1028 NE 14th Street, Gainesville, FL 32601; Tel. (352)334-5053.

June 2, 2008

  • RIP Bo Diddley 12/30/1928-6/2/2008: This sad news just in: Blues and Rock ‘N Roll pioneer Bo Diddley passed away today of heart failure at his home in Florida. He was 79. Bo had various health issues in the last year, which rendered him unable to perform live concerts. Bo was born Ellas Bates in McComb, Mississippi on December 30, 1928. He moved to Chicago at age seven, and got his musical start playing blues on the Maxwell Street market. There are many stories about his stage name, one being that he used to play a homemade instrument called the Diddley Bow, and the other that he adapted a name of a comical character that he happened upon. He lived to say the name served him well; and his early recordings for Chess were instant hits. Songs such as “Bo Diddley”, “Bring It To Jerome”, “I’m A Man”, “Diddy Wah Diddy”, “Diddley Daddy”, “Who Do You Love“, “Mona“, “Before You Accuse Me“, and countless others presented a new sound that was steeped in blues, yet so danceable and rhythmic that it is considered the bedrock of early Rock ‘N Roll. The “Bo Diddley Beat”, taken from the “shave and a haircut” rhythm, was so popular and influential that numerous other hits by other artists adapted this beat. He maintained public attention through high-profile appearances such as John Lennon’sLive Peace In Toronto concert, playing an acting role in the Dan Akroyd/Eddie Murphy hit Trading Places, a memorable pool hall scene in the music video of George Thorogood’s “Bad To The Bone” (based on a Bo Diddley guitar hook), and a Rock ‘N Roll star/basketball star comparison for Nike remembered fondly by the catch phrase “Bo Knows”. He played a characteristic rectangular guitar which became his trademark. He was inducted in The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1987. Bo remained active musically his whole life until stricken by a stroke in 2007. His passing today leaves an unfillable void, as he is one of the undisputed founders of Rock ‘N Roll. For his complete biography, discography, and wonderful website, click here; to see a photo tribute page to Bo Diddley on Bob Corritore’s website, click here; and to read theAssociated Press article regarding his passing, click hereBob feels privileged to have known, performed with, and recorded with Bo DiddleyBo was a great man whose music brought joy to multitudes of people. May this musical icon rest in peace.

May 28, 2008

  • RIP Jimmy McGriff 4/3/36-5/24/08: Jimmy McGriff was an amazingly gifted Hammond B3 Organ player who, though most embraced by jazz audiences, always considered himself to be a blues musician. His pioneering and spirited performances have left an indelible imprint on the legacy of his instrument. He passed away Saturday from what is believed to be heart failure at a nursing home in New Jersey. He was 72. Some of his most memorable hits include his instrumental version of Ray Charles‘ “I’ve Got A Woman”, the tonally textured “MG Blues”, and the rowdy blues shuffle “All About My Girl”. In later years, Jimmy teamed up with saxophonist Hank Crawford for some memorable albums (some produced by Bob Porter) and zesty live performances. His passing is great loss for both the blues and jazz communities. His masterful touch will never be replaced, while at the same time his influence will never be denied. For a complete bio ofJimmy McGriff, click here. For the Los Angeles Times article on Jimmy’s passing, click here.

Jimmy McGriff on YouTube:

Turn Blue” (with slide show)

I Got A Woman

Interview and organ demonstration

  • RIP Danny Rhodes 1950-5/23/08: Though not a household name in the blues, Arizona blues singer/guitarist Danny Rhodes was loved by those that new him. He passed away on May 23, 2008 after a long bout with gastric cancer. He was 58 years old. Danny was based in Cottonwood, Arizona, and in addition to fronting his own popular band, he generously provided guest slots to many of Arizona’s blues veterans at some of his standing casino gigs (Chico ChismBig Pete PearsonTommy DukesSmall Paul, and Sam Taylor, to name a few). Born in Cairo, Illinois and blues bred in Louisiana,Danny settled in Arizona in the 1980s. He wrote songs that were covered by Etta James, and was inducted into theArizona Blues Hall Of Fame in 2006. To find out more about Danny, visit his website by clicking here. Memorial services for Danny will be held on Saturday, May 31, 2008 at the Riverfront Park softball field in Cottonwood, Arizona at 10am. More services on June 7, 2008 in West Monroe, Louisiana and June 14, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee are scheduled; check Danny‘s website for more details. We are sorry to say goodbye to our friend.

May 27, 2008

  • Tomcat Courtney CD Release Party this Friday at the Rhythm Room: Tomcat Courtney, though relatively unknown to the mainstream, is one of the great national treasures of traditional blues. At 79 years young, Tomcat is a contemporary ofLightnin’ HopkinsLil’ Son Jackson, and Smokey Hogg, and he carries forth the blues tradition of his native home of Texas. Tomcat possesses one of he greatest voices in country blues around today, and has a stirring, down-home guitar style. He will be appearing Friday, May 30, 2008 at the Rhythm Room for a CD release party. His new CD, Downsville Blues on Blue Witch Records, is his first national release. The CD came out on May 20, 2008, and is already receiving worldwide radio airplay and critical applause from reviewers (click here to see some of these reviews). Backing Tomcat Courtney will be Chris JamesPatrick RynnBrian Fahey, and Bob Corritore, who are Tomcat‘s band on the CD. TheRhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014. Doors open at 8pm, cover charge is $8.Rack Shack Barbeque will be available at this event. This night will be a patio smoking only event; no indoor smoking will be permitted.
  • BluesWax to feature a Bob Corritore interview this Thursday: Perhaps the greatest online blues magazine, BluesWaxis a brilliant source for a wide overview of blues news. Their weekly news email comes out each Thursday to a huge list of subscribers from around the world. This week, BluesWax will feature an interview with Bob Corritore by New York Blues kingpin Bob Putignano. To sign up for the email blast and to see the BluesWax website, click here. Thank you, BluesWax!
  • Janiva Magness Interview this Sunday on Bob’s Radio Show: Janiva Magness will appear on Bob‘s radio show this Sunday for an interview and a preview of her forthcoming CD on Alligator RecordsJaniva is simply a great blues singer, and we cheered her on over the years as she has risen to stardom in the blues world. She is now a 2-time Blues Music Award winner in the Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year category, and is a national spokesperson for Casey Family Programs for Foster Care children. Janiva will be in Phoenix to sing the National Anthem at the Arizona Diamondbacks game on May 31, 2008 (May is National Foster Care Month), and will be able to stop in at Bob‘s radio show. Look for an hour (or so) interview starting around 6:30pm. Janiva is scheduled for a Rhythm Room appearance on Friday, June 13, 2008. Listeners may hear Bob Corritore’s KBA-Award-winning radio show, Those Lowdown Blues,anywhere in the world (real time Sunday nights from 6pm-11pm Phoenix time) via web streaming by clicking here, or onKJZZ in Phoenix at 91.5 FM in Phoenix, Arizona, 89.5 in Cottonwood, 98.9 in Tucson, and 99.1 in Kingman.
  • Chicago Blues Festival, Bob’s Gigs in Chicago: Next week, Bob will make his annual visit to his hometown of Chicago during the Chicago Blues Festival. This festival always presents some of the city’s greatest talent, combined with great national acts. Appearing at the fest this year will be B.B. KingJames CottonLittle Willie LittlefieldPinetop Perkins,Louisiana RedLurrie BellLil’ Ed & The Blues ImperialsMagic Slim & The TeardropsBarbara Lynn, and many others. For a complete list of the fest lineup, click here. While in Chicago, Bob Corritore will have two scheduled performances and likely a few impromptu sit-ins. Bob‘s scheduled appearances will be:

Thursday, June 5, 2008 – Louisiana Red at Buddy Guy’s LegendsBob Corritore will appear with Louisiana Red from 7:30pm to 9:00pm at Buddy Guy’s Legends, 754 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605. Louisiana Red’s backup band will include Bob CorritoreChris JamesPatrick Rynn, and Eddie Kobek.

Saturday, June 7, 2008 – American Blues Legends Management Showcase at Reggie’s, This great showcase will include Elmore James, Jr. (who will celebrate his new release Daddy Gave Me The Blues on JSP Records), Byther Smith,Eddie C. CampbellTail Dragger, The Hayes Brothers, Cadillac ZackRick KreherScott DirksBob Corritore, and Donna Oxford. Bob will be making a guest appearance backing his old boss Tail Dragger on this show; Bob‘s set will be at approximately 11:15pm. Show time is 9pm; cover charge is $15. Party alert: there will be a free shuttle service to the show leaving from the corner of Columbus and Monroe at the following times: 8pm, 9pm, and 10pm. American Blues Legends Management is a booking and management organization founded by guitarist/producer Cadillac Zack, and its primary focus is advancing the cause of traditional blues. Reggie’s is located at 2105 S. State Street, Chicago, Illinois 60616. To see a flier for this event, click here. For more information about this show, call (323)377-5291.

As always, Chicago is a real blues treat, and the festival serves as a great center point for a spectacular gathering of blues people. Also, while in town, check out Honeyboy Edwards‘ annual birthday bash on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at a new venue (managed by Dave Specter) called Society for the Preservation of Arts and Culture in Evanston (S.P.A.C.E.). This event is being called Blues On The North Shore, and is produced by Lynn Orman. Also included in the show’s lineup are Eddy “The Chief” ClearwaterBarrelhouse Chuck, and Katherine Davis. For more information, click here.

  • Little Arthur Health Update: Here is the latest information about Chicago Blues harmonica ace Little Arthur Duncan, who was hospitalized on April 11, 2008 and had surgery for a brain tumor. This news from Rick Kreher, his guitar player:

“I stopped by to check on Little Arthur yesterday at his new hospital, Advocate Bethany Specialty Hospital, at 3435 W. Van Buren. The hospital is very nice and easy to get to, off the Eisenhower Expressway. That is about the only good news. Arthur is once again hooked up to a battery of machines, and the nurse that was attending to him said that he ‘had a lot going on’. I think he knew who I was, and tried to talk, but he would then fade away for a few minutes. His main problem (among many others) is still his breathing, which is still assisted by a ventilator. It’s sad, because if he does know what’s going on, it has to be very depressing at this point. If any of you are in the area, stop by; because if he does know what’s happening, a visit might help his spirits. The hospital is on Van Buren just west of Homan (Kimball); enter from those directions as the streets run weird around there. There is parking right in front. I wish there was better news to report.”

  • Mojo Buford Heath Update: As reported in the newsletter of May 14, 2008, longtime Muddy Waters harmonica playerMojo Buford was hospitalized on May 12, 2008 with diabetic shock and heart complications. Good news came our way viaMojo’s drummer and manager, Doug McMinn, who reports: “Mojo is doing great. He is back home. His strength is almost back up. He is planning a November tour to replace the one he had to cancel.” Thank you, Doug, for this good news!

May 22, 2008

  • New Tomcat Courtney Reviews Added: Tomcat Courtney/Downsville Blues was officially released this week on Blue Witch Records. The excitement is great for this highly anticipated CD of straight, no-nonsense down home blues. The reviews have just begun to come in, and have all been raves. We have posted the first 4 reviews, which you can read by clicking here. Tomcat Courtney will have his CD Release Party on Friday May 20, 2008 at the Rhythm Room. To see the album art for this CD click here, and to see some great vintage shots of Tomcat, click here.
  • DC Minner Passes: More sad news to report as Oklahoma City blues veteran DC Minner has passed on Tuesday May 13, 2008. He was 73. DC had worked all over the country with Chuck BerryBo DiddleyTony Matthews, and many others in his long blues career. He and his wife Selby organized and promoted the annual Dusk To Dawn Blues Festival in Rentiesville, OK with a 17 year run to their credit. He was very active in Blues In The Schools programs, and he brought great joy to all that knew him. For an article on his legend and his passing, and to visit his website, click here.
  • Little Arthur Health Update: Chicago blues harmonica great and Delmark recording artist Little Arthur Duncan continues recuperation from his brain surgery last month. His guitarist, Rick Kreher, reports: “Little Arthur has been moved to a long term facility, Advocate Bethany, at 3435 W. Van Buren, Chicago, IL 60624. They are trying to get Arthur slowly off the ventilator and begin his rehab sessions. A few friends visited him in the last week, and he seemed to be awake and fairly mobile one day; and totally out of it the next day. He can have visitors at the new facility, and hopefully they can giveArthur the care he needs. Let’s keep him in our prayers.”
  • Chicago Blues Guide: A great online source for blues events in and around the Chicago area is the Chicago Blues Guide, which features event listings, news items, blues radio shows, record labels, clubs, bands, CD and concert reviews, interviews and more. To access this valuable blues resource, click here.
  • Some great photos from the Blues Music Awards and The Delta Groove Showcase: Some photos from Blues Music Awards in Tunica, Mississippi and the 3rd Annual Delta Groove Showcase at Ground Zero in Clarksdale (the day after theBMAs) have been posted on various photographers websites:

Photos of BMAs by Dusty Scott of Dusty Blues: click here

Photos of the 3rd Annual Delta Groove Showcase by Aigars Lapsa: click here

Photos of BMAs by Arnie Goodman: click here

Enjoy!

  • Goodbye, Sistah Blue! One of Phoenix’s most popular blues bands, Sistah Blue, will be having their final performance Thursday, May 22, 2008 at the Rhythm RoomSistah Blue were mainstays of the Phoenix scene, performing for over a dozen years and earning a strong and loyal following. Their charismatic approach to their music boasted of the appeal of an all, or mostly all (depending on the year) female lineup with clever songwriting and well chosen covers. They served the blues in the Phoenix community with grace and exuberance, and they will be greatly missed. To see the poster for this event, click here. The Rhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014. Doors open at 7pm, cover charge is $15. Rack Shack Barbeque will be available at this event. This night will be a patio smoking only event; no indoor smoking will be permitted.

May 14, 2008

  • Mojo Buford Hospitalized: Mojo Buford’s Manager Doug McMinn reports that Mojo Buford has been hospitalized in Minneapolis, and has had to postpone a European tour that would have started today. “It is with a sad heart that I inform you that Mojo Buford had to be rushed to the hospital last night (May 12, 2008). He was in diabetic shock, and was having trouble breathing. It turns out that he is suffering from congestive heart failure, and that’s why he was having trouble breathing. Because of some new medicine he was prescribed, he was forgetting to take other medicines, like his insulin; and that’s what threw him into diabetic shock. Mojo is doing better today, as the hospital balances his medications.” Mojo Buford is best known to blues fans as the long time harmonica player in the Muddy Waters Band, but Mojo is a great blues artist in his own right with a beautiful voice, great harmonica sound, and a wonderful repertoire. Thanks to Michel Hofkens from Belgium, who first made us aware of this.
  • BMA/Delta Groove Recap: As I begin to catch up after three days of non-stop blues activity, my reflections turn to theBlues Music Awards gathering, which included a pre-party, the big night of the Blues Music Awards, and the 3rd Annual Delta Groove Showcase at Ground Zero. At this point, many lists of the winners have been posted and emailed, but for the full list of 2008 BMA winners, click here. Big congratulations to all the winners and nominees! Please note that this recap will cover only my tiny perspective of this huge event, in which every attendee had their own great moments filled with interactions unique to their experience. When you put together an event that draws all aspects of the blues community/industry, there is a tremendous amount of mutual interest, camaraderie, and just plain love going around. Unique combinations of people, introductions, networking, and acknowledgment of both veteran masters and new talent abounded. Each year we all feel a special joy and privilege to a part of this big family of the blues. This year was very special for me, because I was a nominee for the first time for my collaboration with Dave RileyTravelin’ The Dirt Road onBlue Witch Records was up for Best Acoustic Blues Album. A number of CDs that I have played on or produced were up for awards before, but this was the first time that my name specifically was on the ballot. This was a great thrill for me to be recognized this way, and it was a dream come true to be asked to perform at the event.

Our journey began on Wednesday morning as Kim and I caught our plane from Phoenix to Memphis. Big Pete Pearson, who landed a little before us on a different airline, greeted us upon arrival. We ran into Paul Benjamin (Blues Foundationpresident) and his wife at the airport, and so it began: the wonderful non-stop greetings of blues friends that would not cease until we would board our flight home three days later. We rented a car, and Kim, Big Pete, and I drove downHighway 61 to the Grand Casino in Tunica, Mississippi, where the BMAs were being held for the first time away from Memphis. The scenic ride was filled with Big Pete‘s great stories of touring the south during the 50s, and the memories jogged by various landmarks. When we arrived at the Grand Casino’s Veranda Hotel, we said hello to Sam LayNick and Kate MossGaye AdegbalolaAndra Farr, and many others.

Kim and I had just enough time to check in and freshen up for a moment before the 5:30 bus left for a riverboat pre-party before the Hall of Fame Dinner. Before catching the bus, we met up in the lobby with Dave Riley and his wife Tanja, andDale Baich and Beth Lipham of Blue Witch Records, as well as a large crowd headed to the event. Getting on the bus, I realized that it was filled with friends: Hubert Sumlin in the front row, followed by Nappy Brown, followed by Magic Slim,Scott Cable, and the list goes on. When Kim and I arrived at the Tunica River Park to board the Tunica Queen Riverboat, everyone took a photo next to a life preserver bearing the boat’s name. Great appetizers were served below deck, and the socializing began as we talked with Bob KoesterArt Tipaldi (who I had last seen in Lucerne), Jimmy McCracklin (my first time meeting this legendary blues singer), Blues Foundation Director Jay Sieleman and his lovely wife Priscilla Hernandez,Willie “Big Eyes” Smith (who introduced me to the young Kenny Wayne Shepherd), Janiva MagnessBruce Iglauer ofAlligator RecordsMark Hoffman and James Segrest (co-authors of the Howlin’ Wolf bio, Moanin’ At Midnight), Bill Wax ofXM Satellite Radio and his lovely wife Sheila, Bob Porter of WBGO and Music Choice and his lovely wife Linda, Big George BrockFruteland JacksonGina SiciliaDave GrossRichard Rosenblatt of VizzTone, and many others. The scenic view of the “Big Muddy” and its river banks was spectacular.

Upon landing, we headed to the adjacent meeting area at the Tunica River Park where the dinner and awards would take place. There we said hello to Bob StrogerDavid MaxwellBobby RushDenise LaSalleDiunna GreenleafNora Jean BrusoPinetop PerkinsJumpin’ Johnny SansoneJohn NémethPat MorganDuke RobillardBob and Pamela Margolin,Hugh Southard of Blue Mountain ArtistsJoe Whitmer from The Blues FoundationMichael CloerenSharrie Williams,Steve Simon, and many others. The dinner and company were great, and set the stage for the Hall of Fame Awards, which inducted great recordings, literature, producers, and musicians in the blues. For a complete list of this year’s Hall of Fame inductees, click hereBill Wax and Bob Porter were excellent hosts as they alternated in presenting the awards. When Big Joe Williams‘ Piney Woods Blues was announced, it was accepted by the great Bob Koester of DelmarkRecords, who told heartwarming stories of Big Joe and the recording session. Bob Koester noted how the blues LP album was a relatively new and unique thing at that time. When Moanin’ At Midnight: The Life And Times Of Howlin’ Wolf was announced, authors James Segrest and Mark Hoffman related their passion for this project, and told stories of their years of research. An inspiring reflection of the life of record producer icon John Hammond, Sr. was told by Sony/BMG Senior Vice President/A&R Man Steve Berkowitz. The Legendary Hubert Sumlin was enthusiastically cheered as they announced his induction into the Hall of FameHubert was escorted to the podium by the youthful rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd, who awkwardly gave the majority of Hubert’s acceptance speech for him. The legendary blues hit maker Jimmy McCracklin also was inducted, and gave a riveting acceptance speech. On the bus ride home, Big George Brock started playing gospel classics on harmonica, which lead to a beautifully enthusiastic chorus of numerous singers switching off on the lead vocal and support roles. We arrived at the hotel to see Evan Caleb (Candye Kane‘s son and fine drummer) as well as Jerry Del Giudice and Edward Chmelewski from Blind Pig Records and Scott Allen and Jen Taylor of Vivid PixMark Hoffman then introduced me to Vera L. Johnson-Collins, the niece of Mississippi Blues legend Tommy Johnson (how cool is that!). She has started a foundation in her uncle’s name; the website can be accessed by clicking here. The day was completed with a conversation by my dear friend Sam Lay before retiring to the room.

The next day started with a 12:15pm sound check for Dave Riley and I, who would perform later that night as a duo.Dave’s son, Dave Riley, Jr., and I drove to the casino, and we met up with Big Pete Pearson and Patrick Rynn there. The room at the venue was very nice, and had a good sound to it. They were running a little late, which allowed conversations with Bob MargolinDale BaichMichael Cloeren, and others. We got to hear the sound checks of Sharrie WilliamsGina Sicilia (with Dave Gross and David Maxwell) and the John Németh Band (with Junior Watson) before Dave and I breezed through our stage settings. Then back to the hotel, where I had plans to meet Charlie Hussey, host of the Dublin, Ireland blues radio show Blues Train, who did a 45 minute interview with me, and will edit it, combine it with songs, and broadcast it at a later date. We then went looking for Tomcat Courtney, who had arrived the night before with Chris James andPatrick Rynn. Upon finding Tomcat he and Charlie went off to do a second interview as I stayed in the lobby, saying hello to Chris JamesRonnie JamesDebbie Davies, German Blues DJ and photographer Horst-Dieter FischerSteve Hecht ofPiedmont Talent who introduced me to his new artist signing Samuel JamesLurrie BellScott Dirks, and others. Then it was time to catch a moment in the room before Kim and I would get ready for the awards night. My beautiful Kim looked stunning, as always, as we headed down to the lobby where the next 10 hours would be wonderfully filled with well-dressed blues musicians and fans, greetings, introductions, photo ops, and of course, the Blues Music Awards! As we arrived at the venue, we gathered at an outdoor pre-party where we heard Lionel Young followed by Trampled Under Foot (both wereIBC winners this year). To see some photos from this pre-party and to get a second account of the event, check out Lew Jetton’s blog recap by clicking here.

We walked into the venue, and were greeted by the spellbinding Mississippi blues of Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, whose brilliant CD on Broke & Hungry Records was up for an award. We sat at a table with Charles and Lori Ragsdell, with Dale Baichand Beth Lipham sitting next to us and Dave, Tanja, and Dave Riley, Jr. as well as photographer Donovan Allen (some great company). Koko Taylor was at the next table, and our other table was also close by, and included Big Pete Pearson,Tomcat CourtneyChris JamesPatrick Rynn, and Judy Marut of Blue Witch Records. Also in attendance were Robert Jr. Whitall and Shirley Mae Owens of Big City Blues MagazineChip EagleDarRandy Chortkoff and his lovely girlfriend Kelly, Michael Frank of Earwig MusicFrank Roszak and Josh Tempkin of Delta GrooveArnie GoodmanDon CrowRick Booth and Jake Lankheit from Intrepid ArtistsOnnie HeaneyPatricia MorganDerek O’Brien, Pamela Taylor, Fred Litwinof Northern Blues, David Earl of Severn RecordsDavid Berntson of Crossroads Learning ExperienceMr. and Mrs. “V”, who host of Houston’s Blues On The Move on 90.1FM KPFTAmanda GreshamDave Wright of Champaign, Illinois’Dave’s Blues on 90.1FM WEFT, Carol Marble of Mississippi Delta Blues, Inc, any many other blues VIPs. The night proceeded with numerous awards and performances, and included a greeting by Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour. Some highlights for us included watching our dear friends and musical associates Sam LayBob StrogerKoko Taylor,Diunna Greenleaf, and Bob Margolin receive BMAs, and great performances by Lurrie BellBig George BrockDiunna GreenleafThe Holmes Brothers, and more. The unquestionable performance highlight was Nappy Brown’s explosive version of “Night Time Is The Right Time“. Nappy had recorded this song before Ray Charles, and Ray’s version closely mimics Nappy’s original. Nappy’s performance was complete with whoops and hollers, rolling around on the stage, waving his legs in the air, and stalking the crowd in search of woman to sing to (Nappy appeared to have a special attraction toJen Taylor of Vivid Pix!). Nappy combined his show stopping stage antics with his amazingly rich and versatile voice, and the audience was beside themselves with his performance. It was so great to perform at this event, and Dave and I felt good about our duet performances of “Travelin’ The Dirt Road” (a Dave Riley composition), “Jelly Roll King” (written byFrank Frost) and “Sharecropper’s Blues” (written by John Weston), which were aired live on XM Satellite Radio’s Bluesville Station, along with all performances and acceptance speeches of the night. Though none of the four CDs I played on won, I felt very privileged to be nominated and belong to this great musical family of the blues. We heard that the event went on until 3am, so we missed the last hour, as Kim and I visited with friends in the lobby before heading back to the room to get a little rest before the next day’s activity. We enjoyed seeing Tommy Castro, photographer Aigars Lapsa from Latvia (who presented me with beautiful photos that he took at the Lucerne Blues Festival), Mookie Brill, and Nappy Brown. We went back to the hotel with Nappy Brown, as he and I caught up on some of our mutual friends. Nappy and Tomcat Courtneysettled in the hotel lobby and stayed up till the early morning swapping stories, while Dale and Beth of Blue Witch andChris and Patrick of The Rhythm Room All-Stars watched on.

Friday was the 3rd Annual Delta Groove Showcase at Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, which for the last three years has been the prime after-party for the BMAs. Label chief Randy Chortkoff is legendary in his ability to throw some of the most elaborate musical events in the blues. Many of us in the Southwest fondly remember Randy‘s amazing annual Little Walter festivals of the 90s. Randy‘s gracious hosting and star-packed lineups were certainly part of this year’s event. In addition to being a stunning showcase for his Delta Groove label, Randy included a number of artists from other labels on the bill, including a Blue Witch Showcase. When we arrived at around 1:30pm, the place was already packed with a who’s who of blues people. After sets by Lionel Young and Bill Sims (with Mark LaVoie on harmonica), it was time for our showcase. Randy gave a great introduction, and then turned it over to me to announce the set and call all the featured artists to the spotlight. The core band for our set was The Rhythm Room All-Stars with Chris James (guitar), Patrick Rynn(bass), and myself on harmonica, and we switched drummers between Tony Braunagel of the Phantom Blues Band andEvan CalebCandye Kane‘s son and drummer (both are great drummers). We began the set with Italian harmonica greatMarco Pandolfi, who did a jumpin’ instrumental. Then I took over on harmonica as the All-Stars spotlighted singers Chris JamesDave RileyTomcat Courtney, and Big Pete Pearson (in that order). We felt great about the set, and everyone shined. From there, Kid Ramos‘s side project Los Fabulocos did a great set of Tex-Mex and roots-rock songs. In the parking lot, there was a stage set up with the great Cedric Burnside and Lightnin’ Malcolm, who served as core band and kept a spontaneous jam going all through the day with many special guests. To the side of the jam stage was Deak Harp, who, in between jam sets, played great amplified harp and foot-driven drums for a wild and wonderful sound. The Insomniacs did an inspired set, as did the amazing Jackie Payne/Steve Edmondson Band, before the West Coast’s prideThe Mannish Boys hit the stage and brought the night to new level of energy. With The Mannish Boys‘ great lineup of talent, they alternated singers, harp players, and guitarists to the stationary solid rhythm section of Richard Innes andRonnie James. We were treated to features by Franck GoldwasserRandy ChortkoffKirk FletcherKid RamosJunior WatsonBobby JonesJohnny Dyer, and Finis Tasby, as well as special guest appearances by Phillip WalkerDebbie Davies, and Mikey Junior. The entire set was stunning, but the true highlight for me was Johnny Dyer’s spectacular take on Little Walter’s “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”. After The Mannish Boys set, we heard a few by Mike Zito before calling it a long, great day. A few of the many high points of that day:

Art Tipaldi‘s expressed enthusiasm after hearing Tomcat Courtney‘s CD Downsville Blues for the first time on his car ride that day to Clarksdale

-Hanging out with cinema movers and shakers Mars Callahan and David Hughes on the front porch of Ground Zero

-Meeting Holger Peterson of Stony Plain Records and hearing stories of Robert Nighthawk’s performances and recording session in Canada

-Connecting with Cam Hayden and his wife Carrol Deen of the Edmonton Labatt Blues Festival in Canada; Cam also hosts the Friday Night Blues Party radio show on CKUA

-Eating spectacular catfish with Kim, Big Pete Pearson, and Judy Marut at the Delta Amusement Cafe

-Stopping by the Gimme Gumbo Gallery and having artists John M. Fewkes and Ilse Jouette personally show Kim and I their blues art

-Spending time in the backstage green room with my dear friend and harp mentor Johnny Dyer

-Taking a break from the showcase and going to the upstairs hotel at Ground Zero to Kid Ramos and his wife Linda’s room while Kid and members of Los Fabulocos casually played beautiful Mexican songs on accordion and guitar

-Playing a great set of blues with my favorite musicians on the stage as part of an amazing lineup of talent, while people I admire in the blues listened with approval to our performance. In attendance during our set were Bruce IglauerDuke RobillardDoug James (a fine harmonica player as well as a legendary saxophonist), Bob and Linda Porter, DJ Gary Miller,Bill WaxSteve Simon (who had never heard me play live before), Roger Naber of The Legendary Blues CruiseRandy Chortkoff, and many others

Thanks, Randy, for allowing us to be a part of your great event!

All in all, an amazing three days of nonstop activity. If you have never been to the BMAs, I would encourage you to make plans for next year. Simply the greatest blues gathering around! It’s an event that brings together encouragement, friendship, reflection, and recognition in the blues!

Bob Corritore

May 4, 2008

Bo performing “Let The Kids Dance” on Hollywood A-Go-Go from1965 (click here)

Bo on the TNT Show performing “Hey Bo Diddley” (click here)

Bo performing “Road Runner” (click here)

May 1, 2008

Willie Buck performing “Walkin’ Thru The Park” on 4/20/08: click here

Willie Buck performing “She’s 19 Years Old” and “Trouble No More“: click here

April 25, 2008

April 18, 2008

1) La Hora de Blues (Spain) reviews: Dave Riley & Bob Corritore/Travelin’ The Dirt Road and Various Artists/House Rockin’ And Blues Shoutin!: Celebrating 15 Years Of The Rhythm Room on Blue Witch Records are reviewed by Vicente “Harmonica” Zumel in the online blues magazine La Hora Del Blues. Click here to see.

2) Blues Art Studio’s Photo Gallery of Lucerne Blues Festival 2007: Wonderful photos by Dragan Tasic featuring images of Koko TaylorSonny RhodesPhilipp FankhauserJaniva MagnessBilly BranchBig Pete PearsonBob CorritoreBob MargolinMike MorganLee McBee, and Zac Harmon performing at this amazing event in Switzerland. Clickhere to view the photos.

3) Supporting The Blues MySpace: This amazing website has posted reveiws of two of Bob’s earliest album productions, Little Willie Anderson and Big Leon Brooks done in the late 70s and early 80s in Chicago, and reissued on CD by Earwig Music. Also on the site are reviews of Nappy Brown/Long Time Coming on Blind Pig RecordsDave Riley &Bob Corritore/Travelin’ The Dirt Road on Blue Witch Records and Various Artists/House Rockin’ And Blues Shoutin!: Celebrating 15 Years Of The Rhythm Room on Blue Witch Records. Thanks to site proprietor Rob Lehrian for your true support! To see the Supporting The Blues MySpace site, click here.

4) Robert Lockwood, Jr. Tribute Article in Seventh Hour Blues (US): This memorial article of blues master RobertLockwood, Jr. by Anthony Sapienza appeared last year in Seventh Hour Blues, an online blues magazine, and includes quotes by Bob Corritore as well as photos from Bob’s archives. We have added it to the article section ofwww.bobcorritore.com. Click here to read it. Also, Anthony sent a link to a short documentary of the blues that he put together (Click here to see).

5) Tail Dragger Article in Back To The Roots (Belgium): Franky Bruneel just sent us the Tail Dragger cover story, which includes Bob’s quotes and photos. Bob and Tail Dragger used to play together in the late 70s and early 80s, and remain good friends. Click here (articlecover) to see this beautiful article. Click here to see a photo of Tail Dragger holding the issue on magazine’s website.

6) Robert Nighthawk Photo Page Added to www.bobcorritore.com: Robert Nighthawk was simply one of the greatest of bluesmen. His deep, molasses-like vocal delivery and crying slide guitar was like that of no other. This photo page was inspired and approved by Robert Nighthawk’s daughter, Geni McCollum-Ward, who is currently collecting information regarding her father for a forthcoming book. If you can help, provide any information, photos, or memorabilia, please contact Geni at PgMkr41@aol.com or (773) 994-4468. To see an amazing film short of Robert performing on Maxwell Street, click here. To see this new photo page devoted to Robert Nighthawk, click here.

April 15, 2008

  • RIP Sean Costello 4/16/79-4/15/08: This shocking and sad news just in from Steve Hecht of Piedmont Talent: Blues singer/guitarist Sean Costello was found today dead in his hotel room in Atlanta, Georgia. He would have been 29 tomorrow. Cause of death is not known at present but details will posted on the Piedmont Talent website as they are revealed. Sean had recently released his fourth CD, We Can Get Together on the Delta Groove Record Label, and was a featured guitarist on the acclaimed new Nappy Brown CD Long Time Coming on Blind Pig Records. A handsome young man with amazing guitar ability, a fine voice, and a strong sense of carrying forward the tradition of the blues, Sean was a rising star with a brilliant career in front of him. In a world where we sorrowfully watch so many elder statesman of the blues pass, the loss of this youthful bright light is especially hard to take. Rest in peace, Sean.

April 14, 2008

April 9, 2008

  • Bob’s Busy Week of Performances:

Thursday, April 10, 2008: Bob Corritore will appear with Dave Riley on the KTVK (Phoenix, Arizona – channel 3) show “Good Morning Arizona” at 8:30am to promote the 25th Annual Gibson Glendale Jazz & Blues Festival.

Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12, 2008: Bob Corritore will appear at the Rhythm Room Phoenix, AZ with TheRhythm Room All-Stars featuring Big Pete Pearson, with Chris JamesBrian Fahey, and Patrick Rynn. Each night will have a bonus midnight show by Dave Riley. Doors open at 8pm, cover charge is $7. The Rhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014. Rack Shack Barbecue will be available at these events. These nights will be patio smoking only events; no indoor smoking will be permitted.

Sunday, April 13, 2008: Bob Corritore will appear with Dave Riley at the 25th Annual Gibson Glendale Jazz & Blues FestivalDave and Bob‘s set will be in Historic Downtown Glendale on the Blues Stage from 5pm-6:15pm. Also performing on that day will be Roomful of BluesDavid “Fathead” Newman with Papa John DeFrancesco TrioBig Pete PearsonBlues BandDennis RowlandCold Shott and the Hurricane Horns, the Chuck Hall Band, and more. For More information on this event including the Saturday lineup, which includes Tommy Castro and Mark Hummel, clickhere. Admission is free.

Monday, April 14, 2008: This is a benefit show for Candye Kane, who has been diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. It takes place at Candye‘s Phoenix home, the Rhythm RoomCandye will be there and will perform just days before her big surgery. Bob Corritore will appear with Dave Riley and with Big Pete Pearson & Rhythm Room All-Stars (with Big Pete PearsonChris JamesBrian FaheyPatrick Rynn and Bob) Also on bill are Sistah BlueThe Rocket 88sMike Eldred,The Flamekeepers (Chico Chism’s last band), Kevin CasenhiserJoann PowersDarryl PorrasJim GlassTommy Grills,Rich Brydle, Rich Arnold, Gordie Lynde, and many others. The Rhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014. Doors open at 6pm, a minimum donation of $10 is asked, with opportunities to win gift raffles. This night will be a patio smoking only event; no indoor smoking will be permitted. Please support this event and help our dear friend Candye.

April 6, 2008

March 30, 2008

  • Robert Lockwood, Jr. Featured Tonight on Bob’s Radio Show: This past Thursday would have been RobertLockwood, Jr.’s 93rd birthday. Though he left us in November of 2006, his music and legend will live forever. A pioneer of electric guitar and the inventor of many of the great guitar lines of classic Chicago blues, Robert never quit growing; and late in life switched his preferred instrument from 6 string to 12 string guitar. His music is remembered this evening with feature sets each hour of Bob’s show. (show details) Here are some YouTube clips of RobertRobert singing Leroy Carr’s“In The Evening” (click here), Robert and Johnny Shines live (click here), Pre-Grammy® TV short (click here), and Robertperforming “Stormy Monday” (click here). Listeners may hear Bob Corritore’s KBA-Award-winning radio show, Those Lowdown Blues, anywhere in the world (real time Sunday nights from 6pm-11pm Phoenix time) via web streaming by clicking here, or on KJZZ in Phoenix at 91.5 FM in Phoenix, Arizona, 89.5 in Cottonwood, 98.9 in Tucson, and 99.1 in Kingman.
  • Dave Riley & Bob Corritore Duet to appear Wednesday at the Rhythm Room: On Wednesday, April 2, 2008Bob Corritore  will appear with Dave Riley at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix, AZ. Doors open at 7:30pm, cover charge is $5.Rack Shack Barbeque will be available at this event. This night will be a patio smoking only event; no indoor smoking will be permitted.
  • Photos from Spring Harp Fest and Tomcat Courtney San Diego Gig: Check out some of these recently posted photos from Bob’s recent gigs in San Diego with Tomcat Courtney at Patrick’s II by Bengt Nyman (click here), and the Spring Harp Fest photos by Joan Hart (click here).
  • Bob Corritore Interview to Air Next Sunday in India! Ravi Khanolkar will be airing a Bob Corritore interview on World Space Satellite’s Radio’s Spin Station; which, according to Ravi’s description, has the majority of its listeners in India.Ravi has been a big advocate of Bob’s recordings on his radio show. Ravi describes his radio program as “the only exclusive blues show in the country (India). I do not play any specific genre or era of the blues, but give my listeners an entire spectrum of the same, along with a little bit of history about the origins of the song, era, influences and the like”.Ravi’s show is aired from 10 pm to midnight (India time) on World Space Satellite Radio. Thanks, Ravi.
  • Big Pete Pearson/I’m Here Baby CD is # 6 on Spain’s Blues Radio Charts! Thanks to Vicente “Harmonica” Zumel for sending a copy of Spain’s SBB Blues Magazine (Societat de Blues Barcelona)(Hivern 2008 issue), in which the “Top Blues En La FM Estatal” chart lists Big Pete Pearson/I’m Here Baby on Blue Witch Records as # 6! This chart lists 16 blues radio shows from various parts of Spain as their source. ¡Gracias, Spain!

March 26, 2008

March 23, 2008

March 20, 2008

March 14, 2008

March 11, 2008

  • Big Pete & The Rhythm Room All-Stars to appear at Santa Barbara Blues Society Anniversary Party this Saturday:Come celebrate the thirty-first anniversary of the award-winning Santa Barbara Blues Society with a special concert. Big Pete Pearson & The Rhythm Room All-Stars will appear Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 8:30pm (doors open at 7:30pm) atEarl Warren Showgrounds3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. Thanks to SBBlues Society’s Steve Daniels for all his great work in the blues. Bob Corritore was a call-in guest interview yesterday on Steve’s blues radio show, Views On The Blues on KCSB 91.9FM. Thanks also to freelance writer and musician Joe Woodward, who interviewed Big Pete Pearson for a forthcoming piece in the Santa Barbara News-Press in advance of our show.
  • New band photo for Big Pete Pearson & The Rhythm Room All-Stars: Check out our new band photo taken over the weekend by David Blake, who was also the photographer of the cover photo of Big Pete Pearson/I’m Here Baby. Clickhere to see the low-res photo and here to see the high-res (300 DPI) photos available for your use.
  • Candye Kane health concerns: In her recent newsletter, our dear friend Candye Kane has some shocking news to report. She has been diagnosed with a form of pancreatic cancer. She is undergoing tests, and will have a medical game plan shortly. She is feeling fine, and is continuing to gig; though, at some point may need some down time for treatment. More information is available at her MySpace site by clicking here. Please send Candye your love, and sign up for her newsletter by e-mailing her at candyekanetour@aol.com. Prayers to Candye.
  • More Blues In The Movies: Since posting the first “Blues In The Movies” mention, we have received a number of emails by newsletter subscribers illuminating other places where blues on film exists. Robert Hagnas of the DP Agency contacted us about two films by Mukul Filmi Oy from Finland.

1) Mississippi-Nedervetil is a documentary showing a teacher student relationship with blues elder statesman Louisiana Red, and the young Finnish guitarist Niko Riipa of the Wentus Blues Band. For more information, click here.

2) Family Meeting documents a blues gathering in Finland to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Wentus Blues Band that includes special guests Eddie KirklandLazy LesterLouisiana RedKim WilsonMick TaylorTore Berglund,Eric BibbClas YngstromOmar Kent DykesSven Zetterberg, and Barrence Whitfield. By documenting this blues reunion of musicians from the US, Sweden, UK, and Finland, this film illustrates the worldwide community the blues has become. To see the trailer, click here.

March 6, 2008

  • Big Pete Pearson & The Rhythm Room All-Stars appear this Friday and Saturday, March 7-8, 2008 at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix! Every time that Big Pete and the All-Stars play at their home base, it is a special party. Please join them for two nights of pure, old-school blues and rowdiness. The Rhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014. Doors open at 8pm, cover charge is $7. Rack Shack Barbeque will be available at these events. These nights will be patio smoking only events; no indoor smoking will be permitted.
  • More Blues in the Movies: Regarding our “Blues In The Movies” spotlight, Mary Flynn (blues radio host on WPR in Wisconsin and the wife of Billy Flynn) writes: “A movie is in development right now called Cadillac Blues, the story ofLeonard ChessBeyoncé Knowles is executive producer, as well as playing the part of Etta JamesAdrien Brody will star as Leonard ChessJeffrey Wright as MuddyCedric The Entertainer as Willie Dixon, and Columbus Short as Little Walter. A lot of good music should come out of this, as well as renewed exposure to a whole generation!” Thanks for this information, Mary! Check out these links (link onelink two) for more info on Cadillac Blues.

February 21, 2008

  • Calvin Owens passes: Word came from Diunna Greenleaf that blues trumpeter Calvin Owens passed away this morning in Houston, Texas. He was the longtime bandleader of the B.B. King band, a tireless promoter, and a great man. He was 78. For his full story, please click here. God bless him for his wonderful music and spirit.

February 20, 2008

February 11, 2008

  • Grammy® recap: Our trip to the Grammies® this year was truly a celebration of the veteran blues artists whose music and company we cherish so much. This was the first time that I was a sideman in a Grammy®-nominated release, which was thrilling. (I play harmonica on one track of Pinetop Perkins’ On The 88’s).

After a night of performance at the Rhythm Room with Big Pete Pearson and The Rhythm Room All-Stars, Kim and I caught an early flight from Phoenix to LA. Upon arriving at the Millennium Biltmore, it felt like old home week, with Hugh Southard of Blue Mountain Artists greeting us directly out of the taxi. Then we ran into producer/recording engineerMichael Freeman, as well as MikeJeffry, and Ann DysonMike Dyson invited us to a Louisiana luncheon put on by theLouisiana Economic Development Office, where we met Lynn Orman, publicist for the Blue Shoe Project. We were also introduced to Alonzo Townsend, the 22-year-old son of the late Henry Townsend. I greatly enjoyed telling him stories of my experiences with his father. (Alonzo was born when Henry was age 75; ain’t that a man?) After some gumbo, étouffée, crab salad, and bread pudding, we ran into Amanda GreshamHoneyboy EdwardsMichael FrankBruce IglauerBettye LaVetteKoko and Cookie Taylor, and Mary Lockwood. We met the hosts of the party including Lynn Ourso of theLouisiana Music Commission (who was also the guitarist of the famed John Fred & His Playboy Band). When we finally got up to the room to catch a little catnap before that night’s events, we felt like we already had quite a party.

That night we caught a ride with Michael Freeman and his wife to the Special Merit Awards Ceremony and Nominees Reception. On the way there, Michael told us about his forthcoming production of Pinetop Perkins to be released later this year on Telarc Records. This record includes guest appearances by B.B. KingJimmy VaughanNora Jean BrusoEric Clapton, and others. This great event was held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre. Among those honored were Burt Bacharach,The BandCab CallowayDoris DayItzhak PerlmanMax RoachEarl ScruggsClarence AvantJac HolzmanWillie Mitchell of Hi RecordsAMPEX Corporation, and John Eargle. The reception was filled with great food, great company, and great music. At the reception, we hung out with Pinetop Perkins and his manager Pat Morgan, his caretaker, Barry Nowlin, and Mary Lockwood and her niece, Auntunesia (Niecey), who was responsible for proposing Robert Lockwood, Jr.’s honorary doctorate at Case Western Reserve UniversityMichael Frank, and the Dysons. Also at this party were members of The BandQuincy JonesEarl ScruggsClarence Avant, recording engineers, label bosses, and all sorts of music industry people. It was great to meet the legendary Willie Mitchell, whose Hi Records brought us classics by Al GreenAnn PeeblesOtis ClaySyl Johnson, and others.

The next day, in the breakfast buffet, we enjoyed breakfast and conversation with Honeyboy EdwardsMichael Frank, theDysons, and Lynn Orman. We were told that morning that the Pinetop/Honeyboy/Koko Grammy® performance would be at 3pm, with the award happening afterwards, so we planned our arrival accordingly. We arrived approximately on time with our entourage, which included my brother John and his date, and my cousin Mark and his life partner, Aleta Ring. Unfortunately, the performance apparently was moved up so we weren’t able to catch that, but we were there for the blues awards. We were delighted at the announcement of the traditional blues category, and the album Last Of The Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen: Live In Dallas. This release highlighted four of the then oldest living bluesmen (Pinetop Perkins and Honeyboy Edwards; as well as Henry Townsend and Robert Lockwood, Jr., who have passed since this recording). All of these artists combined into one package meant that the old school as a whole could be honored with one award. It was joyous to see Pinetop happily accept his award and give his brief acceptance speech, to see Honeyboy Edwards tell a brief story of traveling with Robert Johnson, recording for the Library of Congress, and moving to Chicago.Mary Lockwood was beside herself with joy, as her late husband was finally honored with a long-hoped for Grammy®.Alonzo Townsend recalled that his father was the only bluesman to have recorded every decade since the 1920s. In addition, the Dysons spoke of the educational purpose of putting on the show, which they documented in the fine form of this record. This release was such a noble effort, in that it was done on a level of artistic preservation by a nonprofit organization with no commercial overtones or agenda; and it had an astute focus on four of the greatest bluesmen who ever lived. In the world of the Grammies®, where so many awards are bestowed on the pop culture phenomenon, it is great to see a purely historical record by the real pioneers get its due. Please note that all of the nominees in this category had great merit, in that they all drew upon some of the greatest legends in the blues. However, this one, above the others, found its place in time in Grammy® history. Congratulations also to contemporary blues winner, J.J. Cale and Eric Clapton.

From there, it was on to the televised awards, which was a dizzying array of fast-paced performances, high-profile presenters, film clips, and stage productions. A sold-out Staples Center held an enthusiastic crowd and a show that boasted a broad commercial appeal. In the lobby, we saw Kim Wilson’s road manager, and he introduced us to Doyle Bramhall. Among the performers, those of blues interest included a gospel performance by Aretha Franklin and Bebe Winans, a duet with Beyoncé and Tina Turner, in which Tina, sadly and conspicuously, did not acknowledge her late husband Ike, who had recently passed, even while doing Ike’s arrangement of “Proud Mary”. Ike was validated, however, in the memorial section, as well as in a tribute to old-school Rock ‘N Roll, that included Jerry Lee LewisJohn Fogerty, andLittle Richard, who performed “Good Golly Miss Molly”, a song in which Richard always acknowledges that the piano intro was taken directly from Ike Turner’s piano intro of “Rocket 88“. Other performances outside of the blues genre includedAmy Winehouse (via satellite from London), Josh Groban and Andrea BocelliAlicia KeysKanye WestThe Foo Fighters,Carrie UnderwoodThe TimeHerbie HancockRihanna, a performance art rendition of The Beatles‘ “Let It Be“, and Keely Smith and Kid Rock doing “That Old Black Magic“. The after-party was another opportunity for all of us in the blues to gather. We ran into Richard Rosenblatt of VizzTone, and then were joined by Michael FrankAlonzo TownsendHugh Southard, and of course, the great Pinetop, who held court at our table. A great memory was taking Pine out to the smoking area, where his simple joy became our joy, as he related stories of early days with B.B. KingIke Turner, and others. When Pine called it a night, just as Cyndi Lauper hit the party stage, it felt like our time to exit also.

The next morning, we had breakfast with a delighted Honeyboy Edwards and his manager, Michael Frank, and theDysons, who were simply beside themselves with joy. A very satisfying trip and a special privilege to be witness to this point in time in blues history.

Bob Corritore

February 6, 2008

Choo Choo Ch’Boogie“, Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five (1946)

Crying in the Chapel”, The Orioles (1953)

Don’t Go to StrangersEtta James (1960)

Hoodoo Man BluesJunior Wells (1966)

Juke”, Little Walter (1952)

Sitting on Top of the World”, The Mississippi Sheiks (1930)

St. Louis Blues“, Louis Armstrong (1929)

The Wallflower” (aka “Roll With Me Henry“), Etta James (1955)

I’m a King Bee”, Slim Harpo (1957)

Thanks to NARAS for honoring these great recordings that are true classics of blues.

Friday, February 22, 2008 – Bob Corritore will appear at the Rhythm Room Phoenix, AZ as part of the Blue Witch Records Showcase/Blues Blast Pre-Party with The Rhythm Room All-Stars featuring Big Pete Pearson, with Chris JamesBob CorritoreBrian Fahey, and Patrick Rynn, plus Dave Riley & Bob Corritore, and Tomcat Courtney. Doors open at 8pm, cover charge is $10 ($8 for Phoenix Blues Society card carrying members). Rack Shack Barbeque will be available at this event. This night will be a patio smoking only event; no indoor smoking will be permitted.

Saturday, February 23, 2008 – Johnny Rawls will appear at the Rhythm Room Phoenix, AZ for the Blues Blast After-Party. Doors open at 8pm, cover charge is $8. Rack Shack Barbeque will be available at this event. This night will be a patio smoking only event; no indoor smoking will be permitted.

February 3, 2008

Saturday February 9, 2008

Visitation 11am – 1pm

Service 1pm – 3pm

Orr’s Mortuary

1326 4th Avenue

Rock Island, IL

(309)786-3468

There will be a repast at a location revealed after the service. There won’t be a service at the grave site; however, if anyone is ever interested in visiting his grave site, he’ll be at:

Chippiannock Cemetery

2901 12th Street

Rock Island, IL

(309)788-6622

Francis Clay’s gravestone will be erected at a later date, plus a San Francisco celebration of Francis Clay is planned with details to be announced later. A big “Thank You So Very Much” from Lonnie Lowe for “love and support of this man that had a humongous heart, who always saw the best in someone, and was willing to help”.

January 30, 2008

  • Pre-Super Bowl Blues Events this weekend at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix: As thousands of visitors pour into Phoenix from all around the world for the Super Bowl, there are two blues events of note at the Rhythm Room in the days prior to this spectacular sports event:

Friday, February 1, 2008: Little Charlie & The Nightcats – Charlie is retiring! This Friday’s show may be the last time Phoenicians will have the opportunity to see this notorious and spirited blues band. Charlie Baty, the guitarist and bandleader of the Nightcats, has announced his intentions of retiring after the band’s European dates in March. After over 30 years of performing and ten albums on the Alligator record label, the dynasty will finally come to an end. Little Charliehas told Bob in a personal phone call that he was tired of life on the road. Charlie also mentioned that Nightcats harmonica ace and frontman Rick Estrin is working up a new, yet to be named project, and will keep the tradition of this band going.Little Charlie is simply an amazing guitarist and his dynamic playing will be missed on the national and international touring circuit. A press release put out by Piedmont Talent seems to leave the door open for a “reunion” tour or special appearances. Let’s hope that we have not heard the last of this great guitarist. The Rhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014. Doors open at 8pm, cover charge is $15. Rack Shack Barbeque will be available at this event. This night will be a patio smoking only event; no indoor smoking will be permitted.

Saturday, February 2, 2008: Super Bowl Blues Pre-Party with Dave Riley & Bob Corritore Band, Long John Hunter, andBig Pete Pearson. A night of pure traditional blues. The night will be hosted by the BMA-nominated Dave Riley and BobCorritore and their band, including Dave Riley, Jr. on bass, and Tom “Hacksaw” Coulson on drums. Look for guest appearances by Arizona’s King of the Blues, Big Pete Pearson; and Long John Hunter, who says this is his first live appearance anywhere in four years. The Rhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014.Doors open at 8pm, cover charge is $10. Rack Shack Barbeque will be available at this event. This night will be a patio smoking only event; no indoor smoking will be permitted.

  • New Articles and postings on the Internet: Some recent kind words and postings:

VizzTone Label Group artist Gina Sicilia’s Blog. Thanks Gina!

-Benjamin Cossel’s article on Bob Corritore.

-Special thanks to BluesWax for quoting items from this newsletter. Check out and sign up for BluesWax’s spectacular e-newsletter by clicking here.

-Also special thanks to Blues Art Studio for including the Bob Corritore Blues Newsletter along with other fine e-publications on the news section of their website. Check out their recent news updates by clicking here.

  • New Mannish Boys CD and Bobby Jones CD forthcoming on Delta Groove: Randy Chortkoff has just been in the studio recording two amazing new CDs. The Mannish Boys, now one of the greatest touring blues units around, recorded what will be their fourth CD. Johnny DyerFinis TasbyBobby Jones, special guest Little Sammy Davis and others will be featured on this new release out later this year. Former Aces vocalist Bobby Jones also laid down his own CD at the same time. Bobby is a stunning singer who can handle a wide range of material. It will be great to finally have a whole CD to capture the depth of this man’s talent. Randy has played a few selections from these forthcoming releases to Bob over the phone, and they are simply top-notch performances. Thanks to Delta Groove for releasing some of the greatest straight ahead blues releases on the current music landscape. Check out this late 50’s picture of Bobby Jones and The Aces onBob’s website by clicking here.
  • Bob’s Radio Show Turns 24 Years old! This week marks the 24-year anniversary of Those Lowdown Blues on KJZZ91.5 FM. Look for the same great traditional blues programming that you get each week on Bob’s show plus a special live on the air performance by Dave Riley. Each week Bob shares selections from his vast collection of blues recordings. Last year Bob’s show won a Keeping the Blues Alive Award from The Blues Foundation in the category of Public Radio.Listeners may hear Those Lowdown Blues anywhere in the world (real time Sunday nights from 6pm-11pm Phoenix time)via web streaming by clicking here, or on KJZZ in Phoenix at 91.5 FM in Phoenix, Arizona, 89.5 in Cottonwood, 90.1 in Prescott, 98.9 in Tucson, and 99.1 in Kingman.
  • 2008 KBA Awards and International Blues Challenge to take place in Memphis this weekend: Speaking of Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) awards, congratulations to the class of 2008 KBA recipients, who will be honored in Memphis this weekend. Each year, The Blues Foundation presents KBA Awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Blues world. For a complete list of this year’s KBA recipients, click hereThe Blues Foundation will present the 2008 KBA Awards during a recognition brunch Saturday, February 2, 2008, at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. The KBA ceremony will be part of the International Blues Challenge (IBC) weekend of events. For complete information about the 2008 International Blues Challenge weekend, click here, and to see the weekend schedule, click here.
  • Magic Sam on YouTube: Please enjoy this film clip of Magic Sam in Europe. First an interview, then a great live performance of “All Your Love“, followed by Sam’s amazing guitar boogie “Looking Good“. Click here to see a very satisfying look at this legendary Chicago Bluesman. Note that Magic Sam is playing Earl Hooker’s guitar.

January 24, 2008

  • Plans for Jimmy Rogers Book announced: Though still in the research stages, Dr. Wayne Everett Goins has announced his intentions to author a book that will be titled That’s All Right: The Jimmy Rogers Story. Jimmy Rogers is simply one of the greatest blues artists that ever lived, and he, along with Muddy Waters and Little Walter, were architects of the classic Chicago Blues style of the early 1950s. I had heard about this book project last year from Jacque Lane,Jimmy’s daughter who had called me to tell me to expect a call from Dr. Goins. The call came this week, and I found Dr. Goins to be a simply wonderful person with a great love for Jimmy’s music. I was able to provide him with photos, stories, contacts, and support. He has already compiled a long list of interviews with others who knew and worked with Jimmy, but his work is far from complete. If anyone would be willing to share stories, information, photos or memorabilia on Jimmy Rogers, please contact Dr. Goins as soon as possible. His contact information:

Wayne Everett Goins, Ph.D.

Director of Jazz

Associate Professor of Music

222 McCain Auditorium

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS 66506-4703

(785) 532-3822 Office

(785) 532-3817 Fax

weg@ksu.edu

Any help that can be provided for this worthy cause would be greatly appreciated. To see a photo page dedicated toJimmy Rogers on the Bob Corritore website, please click here. For a brief bio of Jimmy Rogers, please click here.

  • Chico Chism Remembered on Bob’s Radio show: It was January 28th, 2007 when the legendary Chico Chism passed away. Chico was Howlin’ Wolf’s last drummer, and for his last 20 years he was a pinnacle figure in the Phoenix blues scene. With this week marking the one year anniversary of his death, Chico will be remembered with a one hour tribute from 6-7pm on Bob’s radio show, Those Lowdown Blues on KJZZ, this Sunday. Listeners may hear Those Lowdown Bluesanywhere in the world (real time Sunday nights from 6pm-11pm Phoenix time) via web streaming by clicking here, or onKJZZ in Phoenix at 91.5 FM in Phoenix, Arizona, 89.5 in Cottonwood, 90.1 in Prescott, 98.9 in Tucson, and 99.1 in Kingman. Also thanks to blues wildman Little Victor for dedicating his new EP Blues Shakedown on Witchcraft International Records to Chico’s memory. Chico left an indelible mark on so many people’s lives. His name will always be synonymous with Phoenix blues. Click herehere, and here for some photo pages devoted to Chico Chism.
  • Also on this week’s Radio Show: In addition to the Chico Chism tribute, Bob will also have a live on-air performance byLong John Hunter, a tribute to the late Francis Clay, and special guest Phoenix music historian John “Johnny D” Dixon for the annual Phoenix vintage R&B special. Johnny will treat us to selections from his vast collection of rare vinyl and unreleased masters.

January 23, 2008

Bob Corritore

January 17, 2008

  • Travelin’ The Dirt Road is #1 in France! The CD Dave Riley and Bob Corritore/Travelin’ The Dirt Road on Blue WitchRecords is #1 on the January Powerblues chart of France! This is a collective rating done by the blues DJs of this country. A huge thank you to the radio show hosts and blues lovers of France for this beautiful honor. To view thePowerblues listing, click here. This CD also has received a Blues Music Award nomination from The Blues Foundation for “Acoustic Blues Album”. Please remember this CD in your BMA voting.
  • Bob Margolin, Diunna Greenleaf, Big Pete Pearson and the Rhythm Room All-Stars Friday and Saturday at the Rhythm Room! Joining Big Pete Pearson and The Rhythm Room All-Stars Friday and Saturday, January 18-19, 2008 will be our dear friends guitarist/vocalist Bob Margolin and vocalist Diunna Greenleaf. Look for some zesty blues performances that all the participants in this line-up are known for. To view the poster for this event, click here. TheRhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014. Doors open at 8pm, cover charge is $10.Rack Shack Barbeque will be available at this event. These nights will be patio smoking only events; no indoor smoking will be permitted.
  • Tomcat Courtney CD Cover Unveiled: The cover of Tomcat Courtney/Downsville Blues has been completed. This is one of the most anticipated of Bob Corritore’s productions in that it is the first national release by this amazing blues master who has been the secret treasure of San Diego. Tomcat, now 78, was originally from around Waco, Texas, and grew up in the neighboring small town called Downsville (therefore the name of the title song of the album). The cover photo is byNena Anderson, and cover design by Tony Amato of Amato Image Design, who has designed numerous great CD covers for Bob. Thanks to Dale Baich and Beth Lipham of Blue Witch Records. The rest of the packaging will be unveiled shortly and will include some vintage Tomcat photos plus additional images by Nena Anderson and Tony Tomlinson (of The Fremonts) as well as liner notes by Bill Dahl. But the real treat will be the amazing music that will be coming soon with a release date soon to be announced for later this year. Look for some real down home blues by this spectacular vocalist/guitarist and songsmith. To see the cover of Tomcat Courtney/Downsville Blues, click here.
  • Thanks Juke Blues: The latest beautiful issue of the UK’s Juke Blues Magazine features glowing reviews of Chief Schabuttie Gilliame/Snakes Crawls at Night and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith/Way Back, both of which are Bob Corritore’sproductions. Also in this great issue is an in depth article about the One-Derful label from Chicago, Sherman Robertson,Leon Haywood, and Evejim Records, and a great photo of Bobby Robinson at a rally in Harlem to save his landmark record store from landlord eviction.
  • Superbowl Blues Pre-Party at Rhythm Room announced: Dave Riley and Bob Corritore (with band) will be the hosts of Super Bowl Eve Blues showcase on February 2, 2008 that will include special guests Long John Hunter and Big Pete Pearson. The Rhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014. Doors open at 8pm, cover charge is $10. Rack Shack Barbeque will be available at this event. This night will be a patio smoking only event; no indoor smoking will be permitted.
  • Johnny Shines on YouTube: One of the greatest country blues singers and guitarists, Johnny Shines has frequently been overlooked . He was a traveling companion of the legendary Robert Johnson. Shines was a stirring slide player and had a rich and electrifying voice. He started his recording career in the 1950’s cutting sides on J.O.B. and Chess. He would make an easy transition back and forth between solo country blues and ensemble Chicago blues, of which he played both styles to perfection. For his bio, click here. Seeing these videos reminds us of his brilliance in the blues. Please enjoy.

Johnny performing a fantastic version of “Sweet Home Chicago” on acoustic guitar. Done in the style of Robert Johnsonbut with all of Johnny’s amazing musical personality, click here.

Johnny Shines performing a shortened version of his song Ramblin’ on electric guitar, originally recorded on the J.O.B.label. Great slide guitar, click here

Johnny Shines performing Ramblin’ on acoustic guitar live in concert, click here.

Bob

January 14, 2008

January 9, 2008

Also, please enjoy some great video clips of Ike Turner that are up on YouTube:

Ike and Tina Turner 1965 killer performance; click here. Note that the white guitarist is reportedly Jimmy Knight, who was based in Phoenix and played years ago with Big Pete Pearson. (Bob has a fond memory of playing Ike old, rare Jimmy Knight records who enjoyed them immensely)

Tribute to the song “Rocket 88“, complete with period memorabilia; click here.

1959 clip of Ike Turner and his Kings Of Rhythm performing “Charlie Brown“; click here.

1959 clip of Ike Turner performing “So Fine”, and then Jimmy Thomas singing “Splish Slash” with Ike Turner and hisKings Of Rhythm; click here.

Ike Turner at Green Bay 2005. Great boogie-woogie piano workout; click here.

Ike Turner 2007 Grammy® press conference; click here.

Ike and Tina Turner performing “I Smell Trouble” with great vocals by Tina and killer blues guitar by Ike; click here.

Ike and Tina Turner performing a very sexy version of “I’ve Been Lovin’ You Too Long”; click here.

Ike and Tina Turner performing “River Deep, Mountain High” from 1966. This is obviously lip sync’d for TV; click here.

In addition, here are some select Big Walter video clips on YouTube

Big Walter Horton and Floyd Jones at B.L.U.E.S. in Chicago from 1979 or ’80; click here.

Big Walter Horton, 1965; click here.

Big Walter Horton, 1960s; click here.

Big Walter Horton with Honeyboy Edwards and Johnny Shines; click here.

  • Janiva Magness this Friday at the Rhythm Room: Janiva Magness‘s appearance this Friday at the Rhythm Roommarks a triumphant return to the valley for this great blues singer. Janiva has recently signed with Alligator Records, and will have a new CD out this year. She has won a Blues Music Award two years in a row under the category of Contemporary Blues Woman, and she is up for a Blues Music Award this year under the Blues Entertainer category.Janiva lived in Phoenix for a period in the 1980s. For some photos of Janiva back in the Phoenix days, click here. Doors open at 8pm; cover charge is $10. The Rhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014. Rack Shack Barbeque will be available at this event. This night will be a patio smoking only event, no indoor smoking will be permitted.

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