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The complete list of 35th Blues Music Award nominees follows:
There’s a Time – Doug MacLeod
Juba dance – Guy Davis featuring Fabrizio Poggi
Soulscape – Harrison Kennedy
Avalon – Rory Block
Unleashed – The Hound Kings
Little G Weevil
Get Up! – Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite
Remembering Little Walter – Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia & James Harman
Rhythm & Blues – Buddy Guy
Cotton Mouth Man – James Cotton
Blues in My Soul – Lurrie Bell
Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials
Rick Estrin & the Night Cats
Tedeschi Trucks Band
The Mannish Boys
Trampled Under FootBest New Artist Debut
Double Crossing Blues – Adrianna Marie and Her Groovecutters
Rooster – Clay Swafford
Proof of Love – Gracie Curran & the High Falutin’ Band
What’s the Chance… – Paul Gabriel
Daddy Told Me – Shawn Holt & the Teardrops
Pushin’ Against a Stone – Valerie June
Contemporary Blues Album
Get Up! – Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite
This Time Another Year – Brandon Santini
Rhythm & Blues – Buddy Guy
Magic Honey – Cyril Neville
Badlands – Trampled Under Foot
Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Gary Clark, Jr.
High John Records – Time Brings About a Change (Floyd Dixon)
J&R Adventures – An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House (Joe Bonamassa)
Shake-It-Sugar Records – Live (Murali Coryell)
Ruf Records – Songs from the Road (Royal Southern Brotherhood)
Blue Star Connection – Live at Knuckleheads (The Healers)
The Sun Blues Box (Various Artists) – Bear Family
The Original Honeydripper (Roosevelt Sykes) – Blind Pig Records
The Jewel/Paula Blues Story (Various Artists) – Fuel Records
Death Might Be Your Santa Claus (Various Artists) – Legacy Recordings
The Complete King/Federal Singles (Freddie King) – Real Gone Music
Gary Clark, Jr.
Big James Montgomery
Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female)
Rock Blues Album
Gone to Texas – Mike Zito & the Wheel
Made Up Mind – Tedeschi Trucks Band
Can’t Get Enough – The Rides
John the Conquer Root – Toronzo Cannon
Luther’s Blues – Walter Trout
Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
“Blues in My Soul” – Lurrie Bell
“He Was There” – James Cotton, Tom Hambridge & Richard Fleming
“That’s When the Blues Begins” – James Goode
“The Entitled Few” – Doug MacLeod
“The Night the Pie Factory Burned Down” – Johnny Sansone
Soul Blues Album
Down In Louisiana – Bobby Rush
Soul Changes – Dave Keller
Soul for Your Blues – Frank Bey & Anthony Paule Band
Remembering O. V. – Johnny Rawls
Truth Is (Putting Love Back Into the Music) – Otis Clay
Soul Blues Female Artist
Soul Blues Male Artist
Traditional Blues Album
Driftin’ from Town to Town – Barrelhouse Chuck & Kim Wilson’s Blues All-Stars
Remembering Little Walter – Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia, James Harman
Cotton Mouth Man – James Cotton
Blues in My Soul – Lurrie Bell
Black Toppin’ – The Cash Box Kings
Traditional Blues Male Artist
Billy Boy Arnold
December 8, 2013
2014 Grammy Awards nominees announced! Congratulations to all nominees of all genres. The blues nominations this year show an interesting trend, as 4 of the 5 nominations were harmonica players! Here are the blues category nominations:1) Remembering Little Walter with Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia & James Harman (Blind Pig)
5) Bobby Rush / Down In Louisiana (Deep Rush Records)
And blues people ended up in cross categories; Gary Clark, Jr. had nominations for both “Best Rock Song” and “Best Traditional R&B Performance.” Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite got an additional nod in the “Best Music Film” category for a documentary on the making of their collaboration CD. Terrance Simien / Dockside Sessions (Musicmatters) received a nomination in the “Best Regional Roots Music Album” category. Allen Toussaint got 2 nominations in the categories of “Best American Roots Song” for “Shrimp Po-Boy, Dressed,” and “Best Americana Album” for Songbook (Rounder). Also in the “Best American Album” category was Mavis Staples / One True Vine (Anti). And “Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media” included Muscle Shoals with Various Artists (Universal Republic) which includes music by Etta James, Jimmy Hughes, Arthur Alexander, Percy Sledge, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, and Clarence Carter. Winners will be announced at theGrammy Awards Celebration held on January 26, 2014 at The Staples Center in Los Angeles. For a complete list of all 2014 Grammy nominees in all genres, click here.
Sugaray Rayford & The Rhythm Room All-Stars to play Phoenix’s Blues Blast Festival! On March 8, 2014, Phoenix Blues Society will present its annual Blues Blast Festival at Margret T Hance Park in Phoenix. The full lineup includes Samantha Fish, Mike Eldred Trio, Sugaray Rayford & The Rhythm Room All-Stars,Hans Olson, Paul CruiZe Blues Crew and Leon J’s Juke Joint! There will a festival pre-party on Friday, March 7 at The Rhythm Room with The Smokin’ Joe Kubek Band featuring B’Nois King. There will be a festival after-party / celebrity jam on the night of March 8, also at The Rhythm Room, hosted by Bob Margolin & Bob Corritorewith The Rocket 88s! Tickets and an official announcement will be available soon on the Phoenix Blues Society website at PhoenixBlues.org.
- Sonny Boy Williamson I Documentary! Please enjoy this documentary of the masterful and influential harmonica pioneer John Lee Williamson AKA Sonny Boy Williamson I. Thanks to Janine Harty for this tip! Click here for part 1, and here for part 2!
- Sonny Boy Williamson II plays guitar! Please enjoy this performance of renowned harmonica master Rice Miller AKA Sonny Boy Williamson II in a rare guitar performance of Kind Hearted Woman with the Robert Johnson and Robert Jr. Lockwood guitar style stamped all over it! Thanks to Little Victor for making us aware of this gem. Click here to enjoy!
- Chicago area benefit for Eddie C. Campbell this Saturday! Earlier this year Chicago blues guitar great Eddie C. Campbell suffered a massive stroke and for a period of time was seriously debilitated. Though a long road to full recovery, Eddie C. has made significant strides, is able to get around with a walker, and is now singing and playing harmonica (he is still unable to play guitar). Eddie C.’s long time associate, Mojo Mark Cihlar had organized a tribute / benefit fo this Saturday, 5pm at The Uptown, 12 W. Burlington Ave. Westmont, IL 60559. The lineup includes a guest appearance by Eddie C. Campbell himself, plus Scott Dirks, Elmore James Jr, Willie Buck, Rockin’ Johnny, Tail Dragger, Sandra Lee, Vivian Vance Kelly, Robert Lorenz, Vuyani Wakaba, Al Spears, Mojo Mark, Paul James, and many more. Well wishes and much support to Eddie C. Campbell.
- Aaron Moore’s Birthday. Because of conflicting information from various stated credible sources, our last newsletter listed the late Aaron Moore‘s birthdate as in question. Michael Frank writes to illuminate: “Katie Moore has a census record showing Aaron’s birthdate as February 11, 1918. His birth certificate was not available.” Thanks Michael!
- RIP Joe Bihari – May 30, 1925 to November 28, 2013. Joe Bihari, with brothers Jules and Saul, formed Modern Records in 1945. Modern was arguably the most influential R&B label, with an amazing catalog that included such greats as John Lee Hooker, Elmore James, Hadda Brooks, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Howlin Wolf, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Lowell Fulson, B.B. King, Etta James, Floyd Dixon, Jimmy McCracklin, Young Jessie, Pee Wee Crayton, Ike Turner, and many others. Located in Los Angeles’ Watts district, the label actually grew out of brother Jules Bihari’s frustration with distributors. Jules ran a jukebox concession in the black neighborhoods and grew increasingly frustrated by the fact that he couldn’t get enough copies of hit records. So, along with his other brothers, he decided to form a label. And what a label it was! Modern Records released some of the greatest blues hits of all time. To see a listing of the Modern’s amazing releases click here. To read more about Modern records click here. Joe Bihari, as the last surviving brother, was there to accept his induction to the Blues Foundation‘s Blues Hall Of Fame in 2006. Joe Bihari’s great contributions to blues music will live forever.
- RIP Chick Willis – September 24, 1932 to Dec 8, 2013. Atlanta-based singer/guitarist Chick Willis passed away yesterday at age 81 after a struggle with lung cancer. He was best known for his ribald, crowd-pleasing 1972 song “Stoop Down Baby” and his great live performances he recorded numerous albums for. He was the cousin of the popular Chuck Willis, and during the 1950s, chauffeured for him before launching his own music career. To hear Chick Willis’s “Stoop Down Baby” click here.
RIP Larry McKinley – 1928 to Dec 8, 2013. This obit is summarized from WWLTV‘s article. Larry McKinley, an influential radio personality, music promoter and pivotal figure in the history of New Orleans’ rhythm and blues and rock ‘n’ roll scene, as well as the longtime voice of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, has died. He was 85. McKinley had been a fixture on New Orleans radio waves as far back as 1953, on WMRY, which later became WYLD-AM. He was also the co-founder of Minit Records, which produced many hits in the golden era of New Orleans early rhythm and blues. In addition to the Minit success and his radio career, McKinley worked as a concert promoter, booking local shows by R&B superstars, including James Brown,Aretha Franklin, the Four Tops, Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson. McKinley was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and awarded an OffBeat MagazineBest of the Beat Award in 2005. For the full article click here.
- Charlie Sayles on YouTube! Please enjoy this 2008 club performance by Washington DC harmonica bluesman Charlie Sayles as he performs a beautiful slow blues. Click here to see.
December 5, 2013
- Block Magazine retires. After a nearly 40 year run, Block, the pioneering blues magazine from the Netherlands, has decided to cease. Though you would never know it from the magazine’s high quality and well researched content, the husband and wife owners Rien and Marion Wisse ran Block Magazine as a part time job. Rien sites a changing blues world and recent health issues as the reason for retiring the magazine. Block provided a window for the Dutch to see American blues from a far away place, and through the magazine’s efforts many American blues artists were able to perform in the Netherlands. Rien and Marion would regularly travel to the USA to gather research and experience the blues firsthand. Rien lists some of his favorite interviews as Eddie Taylor, Jimmy Johnson, Albert Collins, Hubert Sumlin, and Irma Thomas. Block Magazine was recognized in 2010 by The Blues Foundation with a KBA (Keeping The Blues Alive Award). Rien will still remain active in the blues and states “I’m in The Board Of Advice of The Dutch Blues Foundation and I’ll continue to write articles for several magazines, including Jazzism, a magazine that’s in most of our newsstands in The Netherlands. And I’ll be working to help lesser known artists make it to the bigger stages over here.” Thank you Rien and Marion Wisse!
RIP Aaron Moore – Birthdate in question to November 27, 2013. Chicago blues piano great Aaron Moore passed away on Wednesday, November 27 after numerous ongoing health issues. His elegant piano playing and sweet vocals charmed audiences in Chicago for years. His birthdate has been reported differently by different sources; Sheven Sharp states in the liner notes of Aaron’s Boot ‘Em Up CD that the birthdate is February 11, 1928 (this reportedly from Aaron himself) but Aaron’s wife (via a note from Michael Frank) reports the birthdate as 10 years before.
“Chicago-based blues pianist, singer and songwriter Aaron Moore is locally famous, but still rather obscure on the national blues scene. Moore spent most of the last 40 years in Chicago, backing up a long list of musicians including Little Walter, Lonnie Brooks, Hound Dog Taylor, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and B.B. King. Born and raised in Greenwood, Mississippi, Moore was encouraged in his piano playing by his mother, who was a music teacher and church piano player; early on, he was influenced by Curtis Jones, and later Memphis Slim. Later on, after moving to Chicago, he learned from boogie-woogie paragon Roosevelt Sykes, and the two would often team up in blues clubs around Chicago. Moore worked for the city of Chicago for 36 years and played blues strictly on a freelance basis on weekends, backing up local bluesmen in club shows. After retiring from the Chicago Sanitation Department, Moore relocated to Milwaukee in 1990 and has been poised to make blues his full-time vocation in his retirement years.”
Aaron Moore had a late start in his recording career but should have been a star for his great talent. He had 2 wonderful albums on the Delmark label and was a major part of the Brewer Phillips “Home Brew” CD. Aaron also made guest appearances on CDs by Cleveland Fats, Rob Stone and Chris James & Patrick Rynn. Aaron’s glorious singing and piano work will be greatly missed.Aaron Moore’s wake and funeral service will be Friday, December 6wake/visitation from 5:00pm – 6:00pmand his funeral service 6:00pm – 7:00pmMcCullough Funeral Chapel851 E 75th St, Chicago, IL 60619
- Mississippi blues captured in photos! Slate.com published this wonderful photo expose of Mississippi blues images by Lou Bopp. Included are Super Chikan, Pat Thomas, Big George Brock and more! Click here to see.
- Rhythm Room All-Stars, Diunna Greenleaf, Barrelhouse Chuck to play 2014 Mönsterås Blues Fest in Sweden! Sweden’s great Mönsterås Blues Festival will take place on May 30 & 31, 2014, and will featureThe Rhythm Room All-Stars (Bob Corritore, Chris James, Patrick Rynn, Brian Fahey), Diunna Greenleaf andBarrelhouse Chuck! More information about the festival full lineup forthcoming!
- Little Walter statue in Germany! A statue of blues harmonica trail blazer Little Walter by sculptor Detlef Kraft stands in front of the Jazz Institute in Darmstadt, Germany, a suburb of Frankfurt. For more information and to see the statue, click here.
- Wasser-Prawda Magazine Blues Awards! Germany’s Wasser-Prawda Magazine has just announced their nominations for best blues CDs of 2013. John Primer & Bob Corritore / Knockin’ Around These Blues is nominated in the category of Best Electric Blues Album, and Dave Riley & Bob Corritore / Hush Your Fuss is nominated in the category of Best Acoustic Blues Album! To see all the categories and nominations click here.
- BBC airs Big Bill Broonzy documentary! Big Bill Broonzy was a key figure in Chicago blues in the pre-WWII days and adapted to the 1950s folk music trend which brought him to Europe frequently. The BBC is now airing a documentary called Big Bill Broonzy: The Man Who Brought The Blues To Britain, about the man and his great influence on the UK. To read more about Big Bill and this documentary, click here. Thanks to Robert Riesman (Broonzy bio author) for this information.
- Antone’s nightclub sold and will relocate. The Austin Chronicle reports that the famous Antone’s Nightclub has been purchased by a group of music-minded investors who will relocate the venue to a new Austin address and maintain its great legacy. To read the article, click here. The late Clifford Antone opened his namesake club in 1974 and made it a safe haven for blues – often importing Chicago’s greatest musicians for extended stays and presenting star studded blues parties combining veterans with Austin’s finest up and comers. Special thanks toBlues Music Magazine, who brought this article to our attention.
- Rosebud Agency to close. The Rosebud Agency, one of the upper echelon blues and roots music booking agencies, has announced it’s closure at the end of the year (3 weeks from now). Rosebud’s long tenure began in 1976. Acts on the most recent agency roster are Charlie Musselwhite, Mavis Staples, James Cotton, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Marcia Ball, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Tommy Castro, John Hammond, Duke Robillard, Elvin Bishop,Allen Toussaint, Ruthie Foster and Trombone Shorty. This will certainly create a re-shuffling of the industry. Here is the full story from the agency themselves (click here to see). Thank you, Rosebud Agency, for all the good things that you have done.
- Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup on YouTube! Please enjoy this 1972 back-porch performance of Arthur “Big Boy” Cruduprevising his hit song “My Baby Left Me,” which was covered and made a hit by Elvis Presley. Click here to see.
November 22, 2013
- Dave Riley & Bob Corritore Tucson and Phoenix CD Release Parties this weekend! Dave Riley & Bob Corritorecelebrate their new release Hush Your Fuss on Friday (tonight) in Tucson, and Saturday in Phoenix. Friday the CD Release Party will be at the Monterey Court Studio Galleries, 505 W. Miracle Mile, Tucson, AZ 85705, and the event will be part of KXCI-FM‘s 30th Anniversary Celebration (click here for poster). Dave and Bob will do a live performance and interview on KXCI at 4pm Mountain Standard Time, which you can hear online here. Saturday will be at The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014 (click here for poster). Both nights will feature the band that includes Dave Riley, Jr. on bass, and Brian Fahey on drums. Dave Riley & Bob Corritore / Hush Your Fuss was released earlier this year to much fanfare and critical acclaim. To see some of the great reviews from all around the world, click here.
- Blues Foundation announces 2014 Keeping The Blues Alive Award recipients! Congratulations to those individuals and organizations who will be recognized by the Blues Foundation for significant contributions to blues music. The KBA class of 2014:
- Chicago Blues Guide reflects on the Sin City Soul & Blues Revival! Thanks to writer Stella Ponce and Photographer Dianne Bruce Dunklau for their recap of the amazing Sin City Soul & Blues Revival that took place September 15, 16 & 17 in Las Vegas. To see this article in the Chicago Blues Guide click here.
- Photo credit. Please note that the recent obituary for Michael Blakemore contained a wonderful un-credited photo of Michael and Magic Slim. That very special photo was by Corinne Préteur / Soul Bag Magazine. Many thanks for their graciousness in allowing us to use that image.
- Muddy Waters 1970 interview with Peter Guralnick! Thanks to Rolling Stone Magazine for this very cool e-article that includes sound bites of an amazing interview with the Hoochie Coochie Man himself by noted music authorPeter Guralnick (Feel Like Going Home: Portraits in Blues and Rock & Roll). Of special interest is Muddy‘s glowing commentary of Little Walter‘s harmonica work. To enjoy this article click here.
November 19, 2013
RIP Michael Blakemore – April 30, 1951 to November 16, 2013
Anyone who has ever worked with Junior Wells or Magic Slim will attest that Michael Blakemore was a behind the scenes hero of the blues. He was the ultimate road manager who kept perfect business order for musicians whose entire show and persona was based on naughty fun-loving unruliness. He was the counterpart that offered balance and made sure that the show went smoothly. He was a sharp, determined person who enabled great blues artists to do great things. Here are some words by Marty Salzman, who worked closely with Michael for many years:
“Michael’s passed away from cancer on Saturday, November 16, 2013, leaving behind his wife of 40 years, Patricia (Pat), two children, Thomas and Alexis Michelle, and three grandchildren. Michael was born in Chicago and resided here his entire life. Michael’s mother, Bertha, was Junior Wells’ sister. Michael was very close with Junior and grew up in a blues environment. Junior was like a second father to Michael. In the mid-80s, when I thought Junior needed some assistance on the tours, I hired Michael to be Junior’s road manager because I knew Michael was the only one who could take charge and deal with all the issues involved in touring with a large band. Michael soon became a super road manager, tour manager, technical and sound man, producer, CD retailer, PR man, and all around good will ambassador. Michael took care of everything that needed to be taken care of and wore so many different hats, it was like having a large support crew without the additional expenses such a crew necessitated. When Junior passed away, I had the perfect place for Michael to move on to. Magic Slim, like Junior, needed help with the touring demands and taking care of the business side of things. Michael Blakemore had the skills and inherent toughness to provide a professional and efficient business approach to Slim’s demanding touring schedule. He and Slim developed a wonderful relationship. Slim loved him like a son and wouldn’t make a move without him.”
In addition to his work as road manager, Michael Blakemore produced Magic Slim’s final CD Bad Boy on the Blind Pig label, and co-produced Junior Wells / Live Around The World on Sony. Michael had also worked consistently with documentary producer Peter Carlson as VP Of Artists Relations for Sagebrush Productions. Those of us who had the joy of working with Michael Blakemore will miss him greatly. Those blues fans that did not directly know this great man were likely unknowingly touched in some way by his great work. May he now rest in peace after his job well done.
Michael Blakemore & Magic Slim
(Photo by Corinne Préteur / Soul Bag Magazine)
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September 27, 2013
- Janiva Magness to perform at Bob Corritore’s birthday bash! Each year Bob Corritore‘s birthday bash is a hysterically fun gala with some spectacular music. This year the party happens on September 28 at The Rhythm Room in Phoenix. Janiva Magness and her fine band will perform at The Rhythm Room with Bob making a guest appearance with the band as part of the second set. Janiva and Bob go way back and worked together for a number of years in the 1980s so this will be a reunion of sorts. To see flashback photos of Janiva in her Phoenix days in the 1980s click here. To see the event poster designed by Amy Brat click here.
- Rhythm Room and KJZZ win New Times 2013 Best Of Phoenix Awards! Thanks to the Phoenix News Times for acknowledging The Rhythm Room as Best Blues Club (click here to see the article) and for acknowledging KJZZ as Best Blues / Jazz Radio Station (click here to see)!
- Dave Riley & Bob Corritore / Hush Your Fuss off to a great start! Dave Riley & Bob Corritore / Hush Your Fuss! on Southwest Musical Arts / VizzTone Label Group has been out for about a week now and has received a some powerful airplay and some sterling reviews. VizzTome describes the release as “original songs, rootsy old-school storytelling blues that puts you in rural Mississippi by way of Chicago, all in the well-honed style of Dave Riley and Bob Corritore.” To see some of the recent radio chart placements click here, and to read the first 8 glowing reviews of this CD click here. Thanks everyone for this acceptance.
- Blues harmonicas in the news! Here are some new and forthcoming blues releases featuring harmonica: The Delta Groove label owned by harpist Randy Chortkoffhas always been haven for this instrument. Their two most recent releases; Smokin’ Joe Kubek & B’Nois King / Road Dog’s Life and Sugaray Rayford/ Dangerous were recorded back to back early this year, and both feature harpwork by Chortkoff and Kim Wilson and the Sugaray also includes some fine harpwork bySugaray Norcia. Speaking of which, David Earl of Severn Records reports that his 2014 crop will include new issues from both Sugaray Norcia and Steve Guyger.Electro-Fi Records will release new offerings from Harmonica Shah (Havin’ Nothin’ Don’t Bother Me) and Snooky Pryor‘s son, Rip Lee Pryor (Nobody But Me). Bling Pig Records has announced the signing of Chicago’s Billy Branch with a 2014 release called Blues Shock. VizzTone Label Group has recently released Dave Riley & Bob Corritore / Hush Your Fuss. Dave Specter‘s forthcoming Delmark release will feature a guest appearance by Bob Corritore and the forthcoming Delmark 60th Anniversary release will feature an unreleased Junior Wells track from the Southside Blues Jam session and a rare alternate take of the Little Walter Trio never before on CD! Chris James & Patrick Rynn‘s just released CD Barrelhouse Stomp on the Earwig label features harmonica work by both Rob Stone and Chris James himself! Wolf Records from Austria will release a new Harmonica Hinds CD and reissue a CD each by Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon, which will undoubtedly feature harmonica. These are what we are aware of, and if you have any more news of blues harmonica releases please feel free to send us information.
- Ray Charles commemorative stamp! This week the United States Postal Service released a limited edition stamp honoring the late Ray Charles! To see this stamp and read the Rolling Stone article click here.
- Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Primer! We are delighted to report that the longtime beloved couple John Primer and Lisa Becker were wed last Sunday. We have a few photos to share courtesy of Lynn Orman and Jennifer Noble which you can see by clicking here! Way to go John and Lisa!
- King Biscuit Blues Festival coming right up! The King Biscuit Blues Festival takes place October 10, 11 & 12 in Helena, Arkansas. Each year this amazing festival combines Helena’s deep traditional blues heritage with the contemporary blues world for an always rewarding experience. Helena is the home of the historic KFFA andKing Biscuit Time, which in the 1940s and ’50s featured live radio broadcasts by Sonny Boy Williamson. Though Sonny Boy left us long ago, the program still is going strong with famed DJ “Sunshine” Sonny Payne at the helm. It is from this heritage that the festival gets its proud name. This year the King Biscuit Blues Festival lineup includes headliners Greg Allman, Robert Cray and Marcia Ball plus Bobby Rush, Earnest “Guitar” Roy, Kenny Smith Band with Bob Margolin, James Cotton, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Hamilton Loomis, Sharrie Williams, CW Gatlin, Reba Russell Band, Andy T. & Nick Nixon Band, Cedell Davis, Guitar Mac McNally,Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets, Billy Branch & The Sons Of The Blues with Carl Weathersby, Spoonfed Blues featuring Mississippi Spoonman, Don McMinn,Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Peterson Brothers, Bill Perry, David Kimbrough, Jr., Joe Louis Walker, Dixie Wonders, Blind Mississippi Morris, Larry McCray, and many more. For a full lineup and for festival information check out the website. In addition the many street performers, KFFA Broadcasts, The Delta Culural Center, food vendors and Bubba’s Blues Corner are essential parts of the proceedings!
- Bob Corritore’s October shows! Some amazing shows at amazing places on the schedule:10/11/13: Helena, AR – King Biscuit Blues Festival – 4:35pm set on the Main Stage with the Andy T. / Nick Nixon Band with Anson Funderburgh
10/11/13: Memphis, TN – Rum Boogie with Bob Margolin
10/13/13: Clarksdale, MS – Hopson Plantation. Pinetop Perkins Memorial Homecoming Show with Bob Margolin, Clay Swafford, Bob Stroger, Jimmi Mayes, Tom Holland and more!
10/17/13: Rotterdam. Netherlands – Lantaren Venster with Mud Morganfield, Tail Dragger, The Rhythm Room All-Stars, Rockin’ Johnny, Rick Kreher
10/18/13: Luxemburg City, Luxemburg – Sang A Klang with Mud Morganfield, Tail Dragger, The Rhythm Room All-Stars, Rockin’ Johnny, Rick Kreher
10/19/13: Brugge, Belgium – Stadsschouwburg with Mud Morganfield, Tail Dragger, The Rhythm Room All-Stars, Rockin’ Johnny, Rick Kreher
10/20/13: Dongen. The Netherlands – De Gouden Leeuw with Mud Morganfield, Tail Dragger, The Rhythm Room All-Stars, Rockin’ Johnny, Rick Kreher
10/31/13: Chicago Illinois – The Blues Blast Music Awards at Buddy Guy’s Legends. Bob Corritore to perform with Mud Morganfield and others.
- AZ Blues Showdown finals this Sunday at the Rhythm Room! The Phoenix Blues Society is seeing who they will send to the IBCs in Memphis to represent Phoenix. Last week the preliminary rounds were held, and 6 acts advanced to the finals, of which one band winner and one solo / duo will further advance to Memphis. The finals take place at noon at The Rhythm Room; doors open at 11:30am.Here is a list of acts and the schedule for the finals:JC & The Juke Rockers: 12:00 – 12:25 p.m.
Leon J & Juke Joint: 12:35 – 1:00 p.m.
Paul Cruize Blues Crew: 1:10 – 1:35 p.m.
BREAK: 1:35 – 2:00 p.m……
Tommy Dukes / Jim Glass: 2:00 – 2:25 p.m.
RD Olson Blues Band: 2:35 – 3:00 p.m.
Jimmy Pines / Washboard Jere: 3:10 – 3:35 p.m.
Terraplane Station: 3:45 – 4:10 p.m.Good luck everyone!
- Pinetop Perkins Annual Memorial Homecoming October 13th in Clarksdale Mississippi! Each year the unofficial Sunday afterparty for the King Biscuit Blues Festival is the Pinetop Perkins Homecoming Celebration, which takes place at Hopson’s Plantation in Clarksdale, where Pinetop used to live in his youth. Pinetop left us in March of 2011, at age 97, but his memory and influence lives on through events like these, and through the Pinetop Perkins Foundation with youth scholarships for a master class blues workshops. Each year the homecoming event is a dizzying array of great talent, and this year’s roster is amazing. The Pinetop Perkins Homecoming happens Sunday, October 13, from 2pm to 7pm, with proceeds going to the foundation. To see the beautiful event poster with the complete lineup, click here! For more information on the Pinetop Perkins Foundation, click here. We are eternally grateful for Pinetop Perkins.
- Blues Blast Music Awards happen October 31st at Legends! The Blues Blast Music Awards will take over Buddy Guy’s Legends, in Chicago on Thursday, October 31st. Though last year was interrupted, this otherwise annual event has been an amazing celebration and reflection of the blues world. This year the lineup includesAlbert Castiglia, Andy Poxon, Andy T. / Nick Nixon Band, Bob Corritore, Brandon Santini, Cee Cee James, Deanna Bogart, Doug Demming, Eddie Shaw & The 757 All-Stars, James Buddy Rogers, John Nemeth, Kevin Selfe, Little Joe McLerran, The Mannish Boys, Mike Wheeler Band, Mud Morganfield, Sena Ehrnhardt, Shaun Murphy Band, and the Teeny Tucker Band. For more info, and to buy advance tickets click here.
- Thanks Sin City Soul & Blues Revival! The Sin City Soul & Blues Revival, held in Vegas at the Riviera Hotel & Casino, was nothing short of amazing. Many of the greatest names in blues gathered and performed in this fabled city. Kudos to Terry O’Halloran for booking, promoting and organizing this powerful event! Thanks also to the Delta Music Experience and the Honeyboy Edwards Foundation for their wonderful stage at this event! Much gratitude for this fantastic blues occurrence! For a look at some of the fun photos from this event, click here for the fest Facebook page, here for the Voila Valentine website, and here for the American Blues Scene’s Facebook page.
- Fats Domino vintage clip on YouTube! Please enjoy this 1957 Fats Domino appearance on the Perry Como Show. This is a slice of ’50s television complete with music, dancing, humor skits and an S&H Green Stamps commercial! Note that Dave Bartholemew is on the trumpet! Click here to see.
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Dave Riley & Bob Corritore’s new album Hush Your Fuss!
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- Dave Riley / Bob Corritore / Hush Your Fuss to be released September 17! The 3rd collaborative CD of Dave Riley & Bob Corritore is called Hush Your Fuss! and will be released on September 17th. Dave and Bob started making music together in 2005 (8 years) and have performed at major blues festivals and venues throughout the world. The CD was produced by Bob Corritore and recorded by Clarke Rigsby and is to be released on the Southwest Music Arts label in tandem with the VizzTone Label Group. Hush Your Fuss! presents a program of downhome juke joint blues with a contemporary edge and mostly original songs! To see beautiful CD cover designed by Tony Amato with a great image by photographer Dave Blake. Click here to see. A few initial reviews have already come in and can be seen by clicking here!
- The Magic Slim legacy continues! Magic Slim left us in February of this year after decades of delivering pure house-rocking Chicago blues. Though gone, Magic Slim’s lasting impact will not be forgotten. Wolf Records of Austria will release Magic Slim & The Teardrops / Pure Magic in November 2013 (Europe), and January 2014 (US). The CD presents 12 never released titles and will include material reaching as far back as the 1980s. This CD will also serve as a reminder of all the great band lineups that Slim maintained through the years, including backing work by John Primer, Nick Holt and Jon McDonald. Meanwhile Blind Pig Records is releasing a CD by Magic Slim’s son, Shawn Holt & The Teardrops / My Daddy Told Me out on September 24th with a guest appearance by John Primer. Both these great labels were huge parts of the Magic Slim legacy and continue to keep Slim’s memory alive. Meanwhile John Primer, the Teardrops’ most celebrated alumni, continues his active and highly regarded work, very much in the Magic Slim tradition.
- Sin City Soul & Blues Revival coming right up on September 15, 16 & 17! The Sin City Soul & Blues Revival takes place in Las Vegas on Sunday, Monday & Tuesday, September 15, 16 and 17, and boasts a simply amazing lineup of both contemporary and traditional blues acts. Included in this years lineup are Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Tab Benoit, James Harman, Robert Cray, Los Lonely Boys, John Nemeth, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Henry Gray & Bob Corritore, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, Tommy Castro,Monophonics, Tad Robinson, Curtis Salgado, Ruthie Foster, Karen Lovely, Mike Zito, Selwyn Birchwood and many more! The Revival is excited to be collaborating with Amanda Gresham‘s Delta Music Experience and Hammerman Philanthropic Partners for some addition tributes and showcases including a show honoring Honeyboy Edwards and supporting his educational fund. For the full lineup and ticketing information visit the festival website here.
- Sugaray Rayford & The Rhythm Room All-Stars appear September 20 & 21 in Phoenix! Sugaray Rayford is now officially a Phoenix resident and now working regularly withThe Rhythm Room All-Stars when off the road from his main gig as lead singer for The Mannish Boys. The audiences around Phoenix are building as people become aware of this vocalist powerhouse and how good he sounds with the Rhythm Room All-Stars. Sugaray’s new CD Dangerous on the Delta Groove label will be out next Tuesday. Also RRAS members Chris James & Patrick Rynn have a new release called Barrelhouse Stomp just out on the Earwig label. Sugaray Rayford & The Rhythm Room All-Stars appear Friday and Saturday, September 20 & 21 at the Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85014 – www.rhythmroom.com
- Janiva Magness to perform at Bob Corritore’s birthday bash! Each year Bob Corritore‘s birthday bash is hysterically fun gala with some spectacular music. This year the party happens on September 28 at The Rhythm Room in Phoenix. Janiva Magness and her fine band will perform at the with Bob making a guest appearance with the band as part of the 2nd set. Janiva and Bob go way back and worked together for a number of years in the 1980s so this will be a reunion of sorts. To see flashback photos of Janiva in her Phoenix days in the 1980s click here.
- Bear Family release classic Little Walter album on vinyl! Thanks to Bear Family Records for keeping the blues coming. It has come to our attention that this great German label has reissued Little Walter / Hate To See You Go on audiophile high grade vinyl LP! This album originally released in 1969 is a timeless classic. For more information on this LP reissue, clickhere.
August 30, 2013
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August 29, 2013
August 21, 2013
- Valerie June to appear tonight on Letterman! It was just a few years ago that Valerie June was street performer at the King Biscuit Blues Festival, and now with the release of her new CD Pushing Against A Stone, she has crossed over into mainstream high profile! Per her facebook post: “Hey y’all!!!! Remember to watch me on “The Late Show” with David Letterman tomorrow @11:30 EST.” Go Valerie June! Make us proud!
- Unreleased Magic Sam CD forthcoming! This exciting news from Kevin Johnson of Delmark Records: “Its Official now! Delmark will be releasing a previously unissued live recording from the one and only MAGIC SAM!!!! June 22, 1968 full show at the famous Avant Garde Coffehouse in Milwaukee!”
- Eddie C. Cambpell recovery news! Eddie C. Campbell suffered a debilitating stroke early this year while touring Europe. Here is some good news about Eddie C. from our friend Dick Shurman:”Barbara and I moved Eddie C. Campbell back into his own apartment tonight, almost seven months since his Jan. 21 stroke. He still may have a short stay elsewhere ahead, and he still needs constant vigil (which Barbara plans to provide), but it’s a great step for him. I continue to note (happily) positive changes every time I see him; here’s hoping that continues. The plan is for him to sing a couple songs at the Delmark show at SPACE this coming Friday.” Prayers for Eddie C. Campbell to have a swift and full recovery.
- Sugaray Rayford moves to Phoenix! Sugar and Rhythm Room All-Stars to pair up for forthcoming Rhythm Room dates! Texas born, San Diego based Sugaray Rayford has become a recent blues sensation as a featured vocalist with the Mannish Boys. He was a crucial part of the BMA winning Mannish Boys CD Double Dynamite and has his own CD calledDangerous out next month on the Delta Groove record label (click here for more info on this release). Sugaray now has a residence in the Phoenix suburb of Maricopa, Arizona and will be pairing up the Rhythm Room All-Stars for a number of forthcoming shows with the next being Friday and Saturday August 30 and 31! Sugaray was also highlighted in the article on Phoenix’s jazz and blues scene in the September issue of Phoenix Magazine! Please note that his work with the Rhythm Room All-Stars is a side project for Sugar while not touring with the Mannish Boys.
- Blues Music Magazine debuts first issue and online radio! Thanks to “zine” chief Jack Sullivan who has announced the launch of the new blues music magazine called, ironically, “Blues Music Magazine.” The 1st issue of this magazine is being mailed as we speak and is a sterling fully realized publication from inception! Jack sent over a press release that includes info about the mag, the new online radio, and some links to an online version of the first magazine that is free for you to see. You can see this press release by clicking here.
- Blues Blast Music Award Voting underway but closes on Aug 31! Kid Ramos / Bob Corritore Phoenix Blues Sessions nominated! Blues Blast Magazine has recently announced the nominees for the 2013 Blues Blast Music Awards and voting is underway! We were pleased to find out that among the nominations for “Traditional Blues Album” was The Kid Ramos / Bob Corritore Phoenix Blues Sessions! This CD, by the way, was created to help West Coast guitar ace Kid Ramos through his cancer struggles and can be purchased here. Bob’s close associate Mud Morganfield (the eldest son of Muddy Waters who has had a very nice run of recognition) is up for “Male Blues Artist” and Bob and Mud also participated on two tracks together on The Mannish Boys / Double Dynamite CD which, along side the Kid / Bob CD, is also up for “Traditional Blues Album.” Voting is open to the public until the closing date of August 31st and you can make your choices at www.thebluesblast.com and then hit the Vote Now prompt. Winners will be announced on October 31st at a ceremony at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago and the awards party is always a fun, star-studded event filled with great performances. Thank you Blues Blast Magazine!
- Sin City Soul & Blues Revival announces a 4th stage! The Sin City Soul & Blues Revival takes place in Las Vegas on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, September 15, 16 and 17, and boasts a simply amazing lineup of both contemporary and traditional blues acts. The festival recently announced the following:”The Delta Music Experience Musician’s Lounge & Stage, where festival artists will be featured in unique combinations, and where guests will enjoy an informal atmosphere in which to meet and greet friends and musicians, purchase artist merchandise and learn more about the 24,000 sq. ft. National Blues Museum being built in St. Louis. The Revival is excited to be collaborating with Amanda Gresham‘s Delta Music Experience and Hammerman Philanthropic Partners on this 4th Stage.”For more information, the full festival lineup, and ticketing information for the Sin City Soul & Blues Revival visit the festival website here.
- Dave Riley / Bob Corritore / Hush Your Fuss to be released Sept 17! The 3rd collaborative CD of Dave Riley & Bob Corritore is called Hush Your Fuss! and will be released onSeptember 17th. Dave and Bob started making music together in 2005 (8 years) and have performed at major blues festivals and venues throughout the world. The CD was produced by Bob Corritore and recorded by Clarke Rigsby and is to be released on the Southwest Music Arts label in tandem with the VizzTone Label Group. Hush Your Fuss! presents a program of downhome juke joint blues with a contemporary edge and mostly original songs! To see beautiful CD cover designed by Tony Amato with a great image by photographer Dave Blake. Click here to see.
- Robert Lockwood on YouTube! Please enjoy this amazing show of dexterity by a true guitar master as Robert Lockwood plays his “Lockwood’s Boogie” on 12 string guitar. Robert would exercise and practice guitar everyday and lived into his 90s. The physical feat of this song shows the fruits of those efforts. Click here to see the clip.
August 15, 2013
August 2, 2013
- Blues Blast Music Award Voting is underway! Kid Ramos / Bob Corritore Phoenix Blues Sessions Nominated! Blues Blast Magazine has recently announced the nominees for the 2013 Blues Blast Music Awards and voting is underway! We were pleased to find out that among the nominations for ‘Traditional Blues Album’ was The Kid Ramos / Bob Corritore Phoenix Blues Sessions! This CD, by the way, was created to help West Coast guitar ace Kid Ramos through his cancer struggles and can be purchased here. Bob’s close associate Mud Morganfield (the eldest son of Muddy Waters who has had a very nice run of recognition) is up for “Male Blues Artist” and Bob and Mud also participated on two tracks together on The Mannish Boys / Double Dynamite CD which, along side the Kid / Bob CD, is also up for “Traditional Blues Album.” Voting is open to the public until the closing date of August 31st and you can make your choices at www.thebluesblast.com and then hit the Vote Now prompt. Winners will be announced on October 31st at a ceremony at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago and the awards party is always a fun, star-studded event filled with great performances. Thank you Blues Blast Magazine!
- Nashville’s Andy T. / Nick Nixon Band appear Saturday at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix! Earlier this year the Andy T. / Nick Nixon Band released their debut album, Drink Drank Drunk produced by Anson Funderburgh on the Delta Groove label. This release was warmly received with a feature in Living Blues Magazine and a cover story in Belgium’s Back to The Roots Magazine. Andy, Nick and band bring their Nashville Blues / R&B sound to Phoenix this Saturday for a show at the Rhythm Roomwith Bob Corritore making a guest appearance. The Rhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014 – http://www.rhythmroom.com
- Sin City Soul & Blues Revival happens September 15, 16 & 17! The Sin City Soul & Blues Revival takes place in Las Vegas on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, September 15, 16 and 17, and boasts a simply amazing lineup of both contemporary and traditional blues acts. Included in this years lineup are Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Tab Benoit, James Harman, Robert Cray, Los Lonely Boys, John Nemeth, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Henry Gray & Bob Corritore, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, Tommy Castro,Monophonics, Tad Robinson, Curtis Salgado, Ruthie Foster, Karen Lovely, Mike Zito, Selwyn Birchwood and many more! For the full lineup and ticketing information visit the festival website here.
- Knockin’ Around These Blues in the news! Released April 16th of this year on the Delta Groove label, John Primer & Bob Corritore / Knockin’ Around These Blues has had quite a powerfully positive media reaction. The CD debuted the Living Blues Radio Charts at #1 in April and has stayed strong with a #2 position in May and a #4 position in June! It was also #1 in June on the French Powerblues Radio Charts (click here to see). Not only well received within the blues community, the release has had some great reviews in some more mainstream publications such as Mojo and Downbeat (who also included a nice photo of John and Bob!). Chicago Blues Guide just gave this release the most glowing of reviews which you can see be clicking here. Thank you to all the writers, publications, radio show hosts, and fans for this acceptance.
- Chicago Blues Network internet radio show debuts! Steve Wagner has announced the recent launch of his new internet radio project called Chicago Blues Network, which offers exclusive live club recorded performances by some of the greatest of Chicago blues artists. The website is free to the public and includes live performances by Eddie Shaw & The Wolf Gang, Lil’ Ed & Dave Weld, Big Time Sarah, Tail Dragger & Bob Corritore, Rockin’ Johnny Band, Rob Stone & The C-Notes, Vance Kelly, John Primer & The Real Deal Blues Band, Toronzo Cannon, Sharon Lewis, Lurrie Bell, Nellie “Tiger” Travis, Mary Lane, Jimmy Johnson & Mike Wheeler, Dave Specter & Tad Robinson, Mississippi Heat, Eric “Guitar” Davis, Studebaker John & The Hawks, Nick Moss & The Fliptops with Curtis Salgado, Quintus McCormick, Rob Blaine, and more! Shows have been recorded in venues like B.L.U.E.S., Buddy Guy’s Legends, Rosa’s Lounge, The Water Hole, SPACE, Reggie’s Music Joint and Harlem Avenue Lounge. CBN’s chief Steve Wagner is well-known for his great work for Delmark Records and the launch of his new project has been years in the making. You can check out this unique internet offering here. Thank you Steve!
- Muddy Waters & James Cotton on YouTube! With the fanfare of James Cotton‘s recent star-studded CD, Cotton Mouth Man on Alligator Records, it seems like the right time to highlight the roots of this great harmonica player. Here is James Cotton backing the great Muddy Waters on a 1966 film clip of “You Can’t Loose What You Never Had”. Click here to see.
July 30, 2013
July 19, 2013
July 17, 2013
- Blues Blast Music Award Voting is underway! Kid Ramos / Bob Corritore Phoenix Blues Sessions nominated! Blues Blast magazine has recently announced the nominees for the 2013 Blues Blast Music Awards and this week voting is underway! We were pleased to find out that among the nominations for ‘Traditional BluesAlbum” was The Kid Ramos / Bob Corritore Phoenix Blues Sessions! This CD, by the way, was created to help West Coast guitar ace Kid Ramos through his cancer struggles and can be purchased here. Bob’s close associate Mud Morganfield (the eldest son of Muddy Waters who has had a very nice run of recognition) is up for “Male Blues Artist” and Bob and Mud also participated on two tracks together on The Mannish Boys / Double Dynamite CD which, along side the Kid / Bob CD, is also up for “Traditional BluesAlbum.” Voting is open to the public until the closing date of August 31st and you can make your choices at www.thebluesblast.com and then hit the Vote Now prompt. Winners will be announced on October 31st at a ceremony at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago and the awards party is always a fun, star studded event filled with great performances. Thank you Blues Blast Magazine!
- Bob Corritore to appear in Tucson Friday with the Paladins for KXCI fundraiser! Bob Corritore heads to Tucson on Friday, making a guest appearance with The Paladins for a KXCI fundraiser at the amazing El Casino Ballroom! The show called KXCI House Rockin’ Blues Review will feature a lineup of The Paladins, Bob Corritore,Mike Eldred, Bad News Blues Band, Tom Walbank, Johnny Strasser, Mike Hebert and The Rockabilly Strangers! Bob Corritore will be guesting on 3 songs with the Paladins and participate in the finale jam. The show benefits Tucson’s fantastic community radio station KXCI! The Paladins are one of the leading American Roots Bands and have recently come out of a hiatus to perform live again and work on a new album. Bob has been friends with the Paladins since the early 1980s and Paladin’s drummer Brian Fahey is also a member of The Rhythm Room All-Stars and The Dave Riley / Bob Corritore Juke Joint Blues Band, so this is all one big musical family. A big thanks to show organizer Jeb Schoonover. To see the event flyer click here. To see the Tucson Citizen article on the event click here. El Casino Ball Room is located at 427 E 26th St. in Tucson. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm.
- Rhythm Room All-Stars with guest Dave Riley appear Saturday at the Rhythm Room! On Saturday, July 20, 2013, The Rhythm Room All-Stars bring their groovin’, traditional blues sounds to their home base of the Rhythm Room. The Rhythm Room All-Stars include Bob Corritore, Chris James, Patrick Rynn, and Brian Fahey, plus Dave Riley will stop in to do a guest set in the middle of the night! The Rhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ. 85014.
- Kadmus Arts interviews Bob Corritore! Thanks to Kadmus Arts for their support of the arts and for their recent interview with Bob Corritore. In this podcast, Bob talks about the many facets of the harmonica, the Blues festival circuit in Europe, and how to keep the blues alive and well in the hearts and minds of audiences. To hear the podcast click here.
- The Little Walter Foundation! It was a joy to come upon the booth for the Little Walter Foundation at this year’s Chicago Blues Festival. Formed in Chicago by Little Walter‘s daughter and legal heir, Marion Diaz Reacco, the Foundation was set up to preserve the legacy and genius of her father. To see the Foundation web-site click here. To see a photo of Marion, who bears a striking resemblance to Little Walter, click here.
RIP T-Model Ford – Unknown birthdate to July 16th. 2013. Mississippi blues guitarist / vocalist T-Model Ford was one of the great musical personalities of his time. He passed away yesterday from respiratory problems after a number of stroke induced illnesses. T-Model Ford represented the free-wheeling good time of Juke Joint Blues and he possessed a spectacular singing voice and raw but powerful guitar sound. Ford recorded seven albums with three labels, including three albums with Fat Possum Records in Oxford, Miss. He was a part of Fat Possum’s Mississippi blues renaissance, a 1990’s marketing movement that helped to popularize Ford and musical cohorts R.L. Burnside,Junior Kimbrough, Paul “Wine” Jones, Cedell Davis, Elmo Williams & Hezekiah Early and other southern down home blues artists. The Associated Press said this: “James Lewis Carter “T-Model” Ford, a hard-living blues singer who taught himself to play guitar when he was 58 years old and his fifth wife left him, died Tuesday at his home in Greenville, Miss. His age was uncertain. Washington County Coroner Methel Johnson said the family told her Ford was born in 1924 and had already had his birthday this year, which would have made him 89. But a blues expert and longtime friend, Roger Stolle, said Ford didn’t remember what year he was born and claimed to be 93.” A documentary on T-Model Ford’s life called Put A Stamp On It from Chickenhead Man Productions, headed by Chas Geisler is forthcoming, and you can see the Facebook Page for this film by clicking here.Here are some examples of T-Model’s music and personality:“Chicken Head Man” – click here“Sallie Mae” – click here“I Asked Her For Water” with the band Gravel Road – click here
T-Model Ford touched many as he joyously expressed life through his beautiful down-home music. He will be greatly missed.
- Muddy Waters performs “Long Distance Call” on YouTube! Please enjoy this 1971 live clip of the great Muddy Waters performing his classic hit “Long Distance Call” with a great band that includes Pinetop Perkins, George “Harmonica” Smith, Pee Wee Madison, Sammy Lawhorn, Calvin Fuzz Jones and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith! Click here to see.
July 12, 2013
- Voting For Living Blues Awards ends Monday! Please Vote! The 2013 Living Blues Awards represent a reflection of the blues music industry through eleven categories of achievement. Voting is open to everyone! We are pleased to announce that the Tail Dragger & Bob Corritore CD is up for “Best Blues Album,” andBob Corritore is nominated for “Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica).” Bob Corritore won in the harmonica category last year and you can click here to see last year’s award certificate! Voting is going on as we speak and will conclude on July 15th. There is a voting ballot inside the latest issue of Living Blues. You can also vote online at www.livingblues.com. Just go to the site and click the vote icon! Thank you Living Blues!
- Dave Riley / Bob Corritore Juke Joint Blues Band appear Saturday at the Rhythm Room! This Saturday in Phoenix, the Rhythm Room presents a night of raw, real juke-joint blues with the Dave Riley / Bob Corritore Juke Joint Blues Band! Filling out the band are Dave’s son Dave “Yahni” Riley, Jr. and guest drummer Tom Coulson who is substituting from Brian Fahey that night. Tom Coulson appeared on Dave and Bob’s first two CDs; the BMA nominated Travelin’ The Dirt Road and Lucky To Be Living, both released on the Blue Witch record label. The Rhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85014 – www.rythmroom.com. To see the flyer for this event click here.
- Dave Riley / Bob Corritore to release 3rd CD this fall! Cover Art unveiled! The road tested, rowdy, down-home blues formula of Dave Riley & Bob Corritore will see its 3rd CD release on Sept 17th with Hush Your Fuss. Bob and Dave have been making music together since 2005 (8 years) and there is an unspoken sameness of purpose in their performances. The CD is titled Hush Your Fuss! and will be released on the Southwest Music Arts label in tandem with theVizzTone Label Group. Rarely these days do you find such an album of down home blues songwriting as will be presented here for this set of mostly original songs. Here is a sneak peak at the beautiful CD cover designed by Tony Amato and with a great image by photographer Dave Blake. Click here to see.
- Bear Family Records releases the complete early recordings of Dr. Ross! Isaiah “Doctor” Ross was a Mississippi born singer/guitarist/harmonica player who was often known as a one-man band for playing these instruments simultaneously (harmonica in a neck rack) along with foot-pedaled drums. He would become popular in Memphis and develop a repeated riff melodic that became is trademark. His recordings are deep south down-home blues at its finest. So it is with great pleasure that we can say that the amazing Bear Family label has released Juke Box Boogie featuring 32 vintage recordings (1950s and early 1960s) from the Sun, Chess, and Fortune labels. For more information on this great recording click here! For an example of Dr. Ross’s sound click here.
- Photos from recent Brazil Blues Fest posted on Facebook! Henry Gray, Tail Dragger and Bob Corritore recently traveled to Pocos de Caldas, Brazil to headline last weekend’s Pocos & Jazz Festival. Photos from this wonderful and well-received occasion have been posted on Facebook and can be seen at www.facebook.com/bobcorritore. Thank you Brazil!
- YouTube clip B.B. King and Bobby Bland Live On Soul Train! Please enjoy this 1975 clip of the great combo of B.B. King and Bobby Bland together on Soul Train, complete with an intro interview by show host Don Cornelius! B.B. and Bobby do a slow blues medley that includes “My Own Fault” and “Sweet Little Angel” and you can see the fun they are having! Click here to see.
July 1, 2013
- Henry Gray, Tail Dragger, and Bob Corritore to perform this week in Brazil! It is off to Brazil for Henry Gray, Tail Dragger and Bob Corritore who will headline the Pocas de Caldes Jazz & Blues Festival on Saturday, July 6th. This combination has an especially hard-hitting sound, as was demonstrated on the acclaimed 2012 CD Longtime Friends In The Blues on the Delta Groove label. Thanks to festival promoter and Brazilian blues harmonica great Luciano “Big Mouth” Boca for putting this together. To see the poster for this festival, click here.
- Little Walter documentary forthcoming! A trailer has appeared on YouTube for Blue Midnight, the upcoming film biography of Little Walter, widely considered to be the greatest blues harmonica player of all time. The film was produced and directed by Mike Fritz, a Boston-based film maker and musician. Here is some insight about this project from Scott Dirks, co-author of the Little Walter book:”After many year on the back burner, it appears that the long awaited Little Walter documentary film may be finally be getting closer to completion. A preview / trailer for the film was posted on YouTube, and a couple of months ago the filmmaker, Mike Fritz, posted in the comments section mentioned that he’s still working on it and is trying to gather the funds to finish it. Fritz came to Chicago in 1992 and filmed interviews with many of those who were close to Walter, both personally and professionally – interviews which are especially valuable now, since most of the subjects have since passed on.”To see this very cool trailer click here.
- Living Blues Awards voting closes on July 15th. Bob Corritore up for 2 nominations! The 2013 Living Blues Awards represent a reflection of the bluesmusic industry through eleven categories of achievement. Voting is open to everyone! We are pleased to announce that the Tail Dragger & Bob Corritore CD is up for “Best Blues Album,” and Bob Corritore is nominated for “Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica).” Bob Corritore won in the harmonica category last year and you can click here to see last year’s award certificate! Voting is going on as we speak and will conclude on July 15th. There is a voting ballot inside the latest issue of Living Blues. You can also vote online at www.livingblues.com. Just go to the site and click the vote icon! Thank you Living Blues!
- Jimmy Rushing sings the blues on YouTube! Please enjoy this flawless performance by Jimmy Rushing and the Count Basie orchestra playing “I Left My Baby” on this well recorded vintage clip. Click here to see.
June 25, 2013
Singer Bobby Bland possessed one of the greatest voices in the blues – a voice that could alternate between a sweet croon, a zesty shout or a tortured scream. He had an uncanny sense of how to deliver the message of each song for it’s full emotional impact. Though everyone enjoyed Mr Bland’s music, he was especially popular among the ladies since he could sing some of the most romantic and thought provoking songs known to rhythm and blues. His long and fruitful career spanned over 6 decades and always reflected the musical relevance of the time. He surrounded himself with great musicians and arrangers and a brilliant repertoire of songs. He had numerous R&B hits and at times crossed over into the pop charts. He had a suave appearance, a great touring band and a dynamite stage show which kept him in high concert demand throughout his career. The legendary Bobby Bland passed away Sunday, June 23 after some years of deteriorating health. He was 83 and he was the greatest.
Bland’s recordings from the early 1950s show him striving for individuality, but any progress was halted by a spell in the U.S. Army. When the singer returned to Memphis in 1954 he found several of his former associates, including Johnny Ace, enjoying considerable success, while Bland’s recording label, Duke, had been sold to Houston entrepreneur Don Robey. In 1956 Bland began touring with Junior Parker. Initially he doubled as valet and driver, a role he reportedly fulfilled for B. B. King and Rosco Gordon. Simultaneously, Bland began asserting his characteristic vocal style. Melodic big-band blues singles, including “Farther Up the Road” (1957) and “Little Boy Blue” (1958) reached the US R&B Top 10, but Bobby’s craft was most clearly heard on a series of early 1960s releases including “Cry Cry Cry”, “I Pity The Fool” and the sparkling “Turn On Your Love Light“, which became a much-covered standard. Despite credits to the contrary, many such classic works were written by Joe Scott, the artist’s bandleader and arranger.
Bland continued to enjoy a consistent run of R&B chart entries throughout the mid-’60s. Never truly breaking into the mainstream market, Bland’s highest charting song on the pop chart, “Ain’t Nothing You Can Do” peaked at #20 in the same week that the Beatles held down the top five spots. Bland’s records mostly sold on the R&B market and he had 23 Top Ten hits on the Billboard R&B charts and in the 1996 Top R&B book by Joel Whitburn, Bland was rated the #13 all-time best selling artist.
Financial pressures forced the singer to cut his touring band and in 1968 the group broke up. He suffered from depression and became increasingly dependent on alcohol. He stopped drinking in 1971; his record company Duke was sold by owner Don Robey to the larger ABC Records group. This resulted in several successful and critically acclaimed contemporary blues/soul albums including His California Album and Dreamer, arranged by Michael Omartian and produced by ABC staff man Steve Barri. The albums, including the later “follow-up” in 1977 Reflections in Blue, were all recorded in Los Angeles and featured many of the city’s top sessionmen at the time.
The first single released from His California Album, “This Time I’m Gone For Good” took Bland back into the pop Top 50 for the first time since 1964 and made the R&B top 10 in late 1973. The lead-off track from Dreamer, “Ain’t No Love In the Heart of the City“, was a strong R&B hit. Later it would surface again in 1978 by the hard rock band Whitesnake featuring singer David Coverdale. Much later it was sampled by Kanye West on Jay-Z‘s hip hop album The Blueprint (2001). The song is also featured on the soundtrack of the crime drama The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) starring Matthew McConaughey. The follow-up, “I Wouldn’t Treat A Dog” was his biggest R&B hit for some years, climbing to #3 in late 1974, but as usual his strength was never the pop chart (where it hit #88). Subsequent attempts at adding a disco/Barry White flavor were mostly unsuccessful. A return to his roots in 1980 for a tribute album to his mentor Joe Scott, produced by music veterans Monk Higgins and Al Bell, resulted in the album Sweet Vibrations, but it failed to sell well outside of his traditional “chitlin circuit” base.
In 1985, Bland was signed by Malaco Records, specialists in traditional Southern black music for whom he made a series of albums while continuing to tour and appear at concerts with fellow bluessinger B. B. King. The two had collaborated for two albums in the 1970s. Despite occasional age-related ill-health, Bland continued to record new albums for Malaco and perform occasional tours alone, with guitarist/producer Angelo Earl and also with B.B. King, plus appearances at blues and soul festivals worldwide. Bland was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. The hall of fame described him as “second in stature only to B. B. King as a product of Memphis’s Beale Street blues scene”.
The Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison was an early adherent of Bland (he covered “Ain’t Nothing You Can’t Do” on his 1974 live album It’s Too Late to Stop Now) and has on occasion had Bland as a guest singer at his concerts. He also included a previously unreleased version of a March 2000 duet of Morrison and Bland singing “Tupelo Honey” on his 2007 compilation album, The Best of Van Morrison Volume 3.
Instrumentalist-Bass: Bob Stroger
DVD: Eagle Rock Entertainment – Muddy Waters & Rolling Stones, Live at Checkerboard Lounge
Instrumentalist-Horn: Eddie Shaw
Soul Blues Female Artist: Irma Thomas
Acoustic Artist: Eric Bibb
Traditional Blues Male Artist: Magic Slim
Acoustic Album: Not Alone – Ann Rabson w/ Bob Margolin
Contemporary Blues Album: Show of Strength – Michael Burks
Gibson Guitar: Derek Trucks
Rock Blues Album: Everybody’s Talkin’ – Tedeschi Trucks Band
Band: Tedeschi Trucks Band
Instrumentalist-Harmonica: Rick Estrin
Instrumentalist-Drums: Cedric Burnside
Soul Blues Male Artist: Curtis Salgado
Pinetop Perkins Piano Player: Victor Wainwright
Contemporary Blues Male Artist: Tab Benoit
Historical: Bear Family Records for Plug It In! Turn It Up! Electric Blues by Various Artists
Soul Blues Album: Soul Shot – Curtis Salgado
Best New Artist Debut: They Call Me Big Llou – Big LLou Johnson
Contemporary Blues Female Artist: Janiva Magness
Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female): Ruthie Foster
Album: Show of Strength – Michael Burks
Song: “I Won’t Cry” written by Janiva Magness & Dave Darling – Stronger For It (Janiva Magness)
B.B King Entertainer: Curtis Salgado
- John Primer & Bob Corritore / Knockin’ Around These Blues appears #1 in April Living Blues Radio Charts! Thank you to all the blues DJS for playing John Primer & Bob Corritore / Knockin’ Around These Blues. Jim McGrath who heads the Living Blues Radio Charts tells us that the combined playlists from all reporting stations put the CD at #1. Thanks also to Steve Dixon, publicity director at Delta Groove Music, for getting the CD to all the DJS! To see the April Living Blues Radio Chart click here.
- Off to Memphis for the Blues Music Awards! Each early May the Blues Foundation presents the Blues Music Awardswhich serves as a reflection and celebration of the prior year’s activities and achievements in the blues. This year the Blues Music Awards will happen on May 9, 2013 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis. Artists will be recognized in 26 categories and from each category one of the five nominees will emerge a winner. To see a complete listing of nominees click here. In attendance will be many musicians, labels, producers, booking agents, festivals, publicists, artist managers, photographers, writers, and blues fans. Simply put, this is the best blues party of the year. For those unable to attend, the event will be simulcast on XM/ Sirius Satellite radio on the Bluesville station. Bob Corritore is nominated for a BMA in the “Harmonica” catagory. Also two releases that Bob is associated with are up for a couple awards each; Mud Morganfield /Son Of The Seventh Son, and The Mannish Boys / Double Dynamite. In addiition to the BMAs there are numerous events and side shows happening in Memphis before and after the BMAs. To find out more about the Blues Music Awards, click here.
- Bob Corritore’s scheduled appearances around the BMA weekend! Bob Corritore will be making the rounds on the days after the BMAs. Here are the great events Bob will participate in:
- Friday, May 10, Hard Rock Cafe, Memphis, 1pm to 5pm. The Pinetop Perkins Foundation – Celebrating what would have been Pinetop’s 100th birthday (Pinetop passed away at age 97). Featured enterainers will include Janiva Magness, BobMargolin, Bob Corritore, John Primer, David Maxwell, Bob Stroger, Diunna Greenleaf, Tony Braunagel, Patrick Rynn, Chris James, Popcorn Lauden, Lectric Liz Lottmann, Andy T, Clay Swafford, The Peterson Brothers, Kingfish Ingram, and Larry Van Loon and many many more special guests! John Primer and Bob Corritore will host one hour of this event, and will call up numerous guests. Proceeds to The Pinetop Perkins Foundation and the Blues Foundation Scholarship Fund.
- Friday May 10, Rum Boogie, Memphis, 7 pm to 10pm Brandon Santini’s Beale Street Messaround – Proceeds to Raise The Roof Fund. Bob Corritore will appear with Mud Morganfield. Other acts include John Nemeth, Dennis Gruenling, SugarayRayford, Terry Hanck, Little G Weevil, Jeff Jenson, Bryan Lee, Greg Nagy, Red Velvet and, of course the great BrandonSantini. To see the event poster click here.
- Friday May 10th Rum Boogie, Memphis, 10pm until ? VizzTone Blues Party On Beale. Hosted by Bob Margolin, DougDeming & the Jewel Tones, Dennis Gruenling, Long Tall Deb, E.G. Kight, Gina Sicilia, Dave Gross, Gaye Adegbalola, Greg Nagy, Scissormen, J.W. Jones, Diunna Greenleaf, Bob Corritore, David Maxwell, Tony Braunagel, Little G Weevil, Colin John, Peter Parcek, Richard “Rosy” Rosenblatt and more! To see the poster click here.
- Saturday, May 11th, Ground Zero Blues Club, Clarksdale, Mississippi, 8pm. Clay Swafford CD Release Party. Young piano maestro Clay Swafford celebrates his powerful new CD Rooster with an all-star cast that includes Diunna Greenleaf, BobMargolin, Bob Corritore, Bob Stroger, and Lee Williams. To see the poster click here.
- RIP Artie “Blues Boy” White – April 16, 1937 to April 20, 2013. Beloved Chicago based soul and blues singer Artie “Blues Boy” White passed away on April 16th of complication from pneumonia. He was 76. Born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, White relocated to Chicago in ’55 and sang with the Full Gospel Wonders. In the early ’60s White crossed over to blues and soul music. He became a prominent recording artist in the 1970s and remained in that stature for the rest of his life. His large recorded legacy saw releases on Ronn, Ichiban, Waldoxy, PM, Gama, and Gold Circle. He frequently collaborated with writer Bob Jones and had hits with “Leaning Tree” and “Don’t Pet My Dog.” He owned and operated the South Side Chicago venue Bootsy’s near 22nd and Cottage Grove. This great vocalist will be missed by the legions of fans and friends he built over many years. To hear Artie sing his hit “Leanin’ Tree” click here.
- Billy Boy Arnold on YouTube! Please enjoy this 2008 clip of harmonica legend Billy Boy Arnold as he covers the Sonny Boy Williamson classic “My Little Machine” live at the Hondarribia Blues Festival in Spain with Johnny Iguana on piano andKenny Smith on drums. This was part of a show promoting the Chicago Blues; A Living History CD. To see the clip, click here.
May 4, 2013
- Sugaray Rayford appears with Rhythm Room All-Stars tonight and Saturday in Phoenix! Sugaray Rayford has emerged as a powerful figure in the contemporary blues world as a direct result of his recent work (over the last 2 years) as featured vocalist of the West Coast super-group, The Mannish Boys. Feature articles in numerous blues magazines have highlighted this rising star of the blues. Sugaray has recently found a second home in Maricopa, Arizona where he divides his time with Los Angeles, Californa. Tonight and Saturday Sugaray Rayford will appear at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix with The Rhythm Room All-Stars (Bob Corritore, Chris James, Patrick Rynn, Brian Fahey ). To see the poster for this event courtesy Amy Brat click here. The Rhythm Room website is http://www.rhythmroom.com/ and is located at 1019 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85014.
- 1970s Chicago Blues images by photographer Hasse Andréasson! We have posted a beautiful collection of Chicago blues photos from the early 1970s provided by photographer Hasse Andréasson from Stockholm, Sweden who visited the windy city to seek out its rich blues. Included are images of Jimmy Reed, Eddie Taylor, Big Walter Horton, Carey Bell,Lucille Spann, Mighty Joe Young, Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis, Hound Dog Taylor, Blind Arvella Gray, Howlin’ Wolf, Big Bad Ben, Arthur King, Sammy Lawnhorn, James Cotton, Lefty Dizz, John Brim and more! Thank you Hasse for sharing these precious images! To see this collection click here.
- John Primer / Bob Corritore CD Chicago area release party to be held at SPACE during Chicago Blues Fest! Advance tickets available! John Primer and Bob Corritore‘s acclaimed new CD Knockin’ Around These Blues on the Delta Groove label will be celebrated at SPACE, an amazing venue in Evanston, on Thursday, June 6th. On hand will be John and Bob with a crack Chicago blues group of Barrelhouse Chuck, Dave Specter, Melvin Smith, and Willie Hayes! Advance tickets are available now by clicking here. To see the first 20+ reviews of this CD that just came in click here! SPACE is located at 1245 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60202
- Johnny Shines performs Sweet Home Chicago on YouTube! Please enjoy this clip of vocalist / guitarist Johnny Shinesplaying a solo acoustic version of the Robert Johnson classic “Sweet Home Chicago.” Shines was a friend and musical partner to Robert Johnson and performs this song in the true Johnson style. To see, click here.
May 1, 2013
April 24, 2013
April 19, 2013
- John Primer & Bob Corritore CD now officially released! As of Tuesday, April 16th the CD John Primer & Bob Corritore /Knockin’ Around These Blues has been officially released! Delta Groove‘s promotional department has done a great job of getting the word out in advance. (Thank you Steve Dixon!) The initial response has been exceptional and some of the first reviews can be seen by clicking here! Some solid Chicago Blues here, played by folks who specialize in playing it. To see the Delta Groove webpage about this release click here.
- Texas Red / Bob Corritore / Rocket 88s reunite for a show tonight at the Rhythm Room! Texas Red was a prominent figure of the 1980s Phoenix blues scene before relocating to the Midwest where he released two CDs on the now defunctBlue Loon record label. He now resides in Los Angeles where he works in television production and is the VP of Business Affairs at Authentic Entertainment. Texas Red returns to his old Phoenix stomping grounds for a show tonight at The Rhythm Room, performing with the Rocket 88s and his longtime friend Bob Corritore. Look for a houserockin’ mix of Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf songs. The Rhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indain School Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85014.
- Bob Corritore to perform in Poland! Bob Corritore will appear for the first time in Poland thanks to the invitation of MarekWojtowicz, better known as Polish based blues artist Harsh Guitar Mark! Harsh Guitar Mark is a keeper of the flame in his country for traditional down-home blues and the pairing of he and Bob seems very natural. Bob and Harsh Guitar Mark will appear at The Motywy Blues Festival in Racibórz. Poland on April 26th, and 27th. Also appearing at this festival are Murphy Blue (Poland), Jura Bostak, Kamil Quis, Premysl Vecerek (Czech Republic). To see the poster for this festival click here!
- Phoenix Magazine includes Bob Corritore in feature of 25 Most Influential Arizona Musicians! Special thanks toPhoenix Magazine for deeming Bob Corritore among the “25 Most Influential Arizona Musicians” in their forthcoming May issue that is currently being mailed to subscribers! Also on this list are Duane Eddy, Alice Cooper, Glen Campbell, Stevie Nicks, Linda Ronstadt, Waylon Jennings, Rex Allen, Hans Olson, The Meat Puppets,The Tubes, Charles Mingus, CeCe Penison and more! Thank you to writer Niki D’Andrea for putting Bob in such good company. To see Bob’s page of this article click here and to see the preface of the article click here. For more information about Phoenix Magazine and to purchase this issue go to http://www.phoenixmag.com/
- Floyd Dixon Concert Documentary to be shown at Arizona Film Festival in Tucson this weekend! The music documentary Time Brings About A Change; A Floyd Dixon Celebration was released on DVD on March 6 on Bob Auerbach‘sHigh John Records label. This documentary includes interviews and concert footage of Floyd Dixon, Pinetop Perkins, andHenry Gray who were all part of a two day live recording and filming in June of 2006 at the Rhythm Room. This film has been selected for inclusion in the 22nd annual Arizona International Film Festival in Tucson with a viewing time of Saturday April 20, 6pm at The Screening Room, 127 E Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701. The film was created as an act of kindness by Bob Auerbach upon hearing news of Floyd Dixon‘s terminal cancer. Bob Auerbach immediately initiated this project to stand as a testament to his friend. He called upon the services of Kid Ramos as the musical coordinator and the project came together on very short notice. In addition to the trio of legendary piano greats and Kid Ramos, guests include Johnny Tucker, Joe Banks, Kim Wilson, Fred Kaplan, and Lynwood Slim with a great rhythm section that includes Larry Taylor andRichard Innes and a fine horn section. The project’s credits include director Phillip Cruess, producers Kid Ramos, Lisette Cruess, Bob Corritore and Clarke Rigsby, and executive producer Bob Auerbach who will all plan to be in attendance at the event (Kid has been dealing with some post surgery issues but is hoping to be in attendance). This will be a rare opportunity to see this work on a big screen! To see the DVD cover click here and to read about the CD and DVD on the High John Records website, click here. For information on the Arizona International Film Fest visit their website at www.filmfestivalarizona.com.
- New photo page of 2012 BMA photos! As we all gear up for this year’s BMAs in Memphis on Thursday May 9th, we look back at the great party that this event was last year (and every year!) This is an event were all the blues family unite for a fantastic night of reflection, music, friendship, style and just plain fun. Thank you Blues Foundation! To see this page click here.
- Delmark releases Tail Dragger’s first recordings! The unstoppable Tail Dragger has received world-wide acclaim for his powerful, take-no-prisoners blues. He has has had numerous CD and DVD releases throughout his long career. A welcome addition to the Tail Dragger catalog will be a full album of his earliest recordings of which only two songs “So Eeze”, and “My Head Is Bald” have been previously released. The CD is called Stop Lyin’, and these early 1980s recordings feature Johnny B. Moore, Willie Kent, Eddie Burks, Little Mack Simmons, Lafeyette Leake and more. Also included are 3 vintage Tail Dragger photos from the Bob Corritore archives! Justin O’Brien’s excellent liner notes state “This is the sound of genuine west side Chicago blues from the 1980’s – a melding of traditional blues with some rule-bending rawness.” For more information on this release and to see the cover, click here. (This just in – Tail Dragger now recalls that these sides are actually late 1970’s, not 1980’s as he originally told Delmark)
- Blues News from Italy! Blues is a universal art form that no longer has any borders. Italy has its own great blues community with lots of activity and commitment. Marino Grande, editor of the longstanding Italian blues magazine IL Blues, writes that his magazine is now available to subscribers on-line and that he has a new website at www.ilblues.org, which Marino says is “for constantly updated news and concert reviews to be closer to our blues fans all around the world.” Also from Italy comes a solid, straight ahead traditional blues release by Italian harmonica ace Egidio “Juke” Ingala & The Jacknives titled Tired Of Beggin’ on Vintage Roots Records. Italian blues guitar great Luca Giordano has forthcoming collaborations out with both Kathrine Davis and Spanish harp man Quique Gomez (separate releases). Itailian harp wizardMarco Pandofi reports that he is a guest on a new CD by Piero De Luca & Big Fat Mama called Beware Of The Wolf (A Tribute To Howlin’ Wolf) which is co-produced by noted Italian blues writer Luigi Monge. Harmonica player Fabrizio Poggireleased an all instrumental CD called Harpway 61 dedicated to all his harmonica heroes, and with all proceeds going to the Blues Foundation. Italian promoter and producer Tano Ro of Feeling Good Productions is consistently active in his efforts to present blues to Italian audiences. Radio host Simone Bargelli hosts the program Rock ‘n’ Blues Today which can be heard on podcast by clicking here. Thanks to our blues friends in Italy for keeping the blues alive!
- New Trickbag CD with star-studded cast! The new CD Trickbag / With Friends Vol. 1 features this top European blues combo with an huge array of special guests including James Harman, John Nemeth, Lynwood Slim, Barrelhouse Chuck, Sven Zetterberg, Bob Corritore May 24 by clicking here.
- Forthcoming documentary on America’s iconic blues venues! 24 Seven Concepts is producing a 12 episode documentary, focusing on America’s iconic blues venues that will be called Blues, Brews & BBQ. Per the website:
“In each episode of America’s Blues, Brews & BBQ, we take viewers on a tour of one of America’s iconic blues music venues. During the 12 episodes, we travel from coast-to-coast exploring the rich history of these entertainment landmarks and their influence on the musicians, the community and the blues genre itself. We’ll look at the uniqueness of each venue and also discover the common elements that connect each of them to one another: delicious foods, custom drinks and micro brews, an eccentric atmosphere and an obvious passion for the music by owners and customers alike. Each episode connects to the total content and flow of the entire series. It will inspire viewers to want to experience these legendary blues venues firsthand.”
Venues featured will be:
Rosa’s Blues Lounge – Chicago, IL
The Slippery Noodle – Indianapolis, IN
The Jewish Mother – Virginia Beach, VA
Black Eyed Sally’s – Hartford, CT
BB’s Jazz, Blues & Soups – St. Louis, MO
Knuckleheads Saloon – Kansas City, MO
The Rhythm Room – Phoenix, AZ
The Arcadia Blues Club – Arcadia, CA
Biscuits & Blues – San Francisco, CA
Oskar’s Blues – Lyons, CO
The Rum Boogie Café – Memphis, TN
Ground Zero – Clarksdale, MS
Thank you 24 Seven Concepts for celebrating this aspect of the blues!
- Muddy Waters sings “Tiger In Your Tank” on YouTube! Please enjoy this great footage of the Muddy Waters band performing “Put A Tiger In Your Tank” at the 1960 Newport Jazz Festival. To see this clip click here.
April 12, 2013
- Bob Corritore’s 2012 in photos! This year was the first that Bob Corritore did not do his written “2012 Year In Review”. After a 5 week European tour in November and December and the upon return home the preparation for the April 2013 release of Bob’s collaboration with John Primer made it impossible to prepare the normal in depth reflection of the year. Instead we have put together a photo page of some of many highlights of the year. In 2012 Bob Corritore won the Living Blues Award in the harmonica category and is nominated in the same category for a BMA (Blues Music Award). He was also nominated for a Blues Blast Music Award for “Male Artist Of The Year” and won a Star Blues Award for “Blues Artist Of The Year.” Also 2012 was the year that Hohner Harmonicas put Bob’s image on their packaging for the Blues Harp model harmonica (next to Junior Wells and Dan Smith!). In May of 2012, the UK online magazine World Of Harmonicafeatured Bob as thier first artist highlight with a great tribute page. Bob was represented by numerous releases in 2012 including Tail Dragger & Bob Corritore / Longtime Friends In The Blues, Mud Morganfield / Son Of The Seventh Son (Also produced by Bob and the recipient of 2 Blues Blast Music Awards and two forthcoming Blues Music Award nominations),Kid Ramos & Bob Corritore / The Phoenix Blues Sessions, plus guest appearances on the Mannish Boys / Double Dynamite, and Smokin’ Joe Kubek & B’Nois King / Close To The Bone CDs. Bob made major festival appearances in twoMuddy Waters Tribute Sets (at Simi Valley Fest and Chicago Blues Fest) and a Hubert Sumlin Tribute Set (Chicago Blues Festival) as well as playing the last major festival appearance with Ann Rabson (In the Kenny Smith & Friends set) at theKing Biscuit Blues Festival. Bob organized a Chicago Blues Showcase for the Lucerne Blues Festival in Switzerland with headliners Eddie C. Campbell, John Primer, and Elmore James Jr. and then segued into the month long Chicago Blues Festival Tour, hitting 5 European countries and featuring the all-star package show of John Primer, Billy Flynn, Peaches Staten, Willie Hayes, Melvin Smith (who organized the line-up) and Bob. Sadly Bob Corritore lost one of his closest life-long friends with the passing of Louisiana Red and flew to Germany to attend the funeral and play a memorial show. Bob would play at the BMAs with Diunna Greenleaf and Bob Margolin and organized and co-hosted (with Bob Margolin) a star-studdedLouisiana Red Memorial Tribute at the Hard Rock Cafe in Memphis on the day after the BMAs. Bob and Tail Draggerheadlined the Stompin’ At The Savoy festival in Helsinki, Finland and Bob worked with Diunna Greenleaf at The Bisbee Blues Festival. Bob consistently performed with some of the greatest artists in the blues. All this and much, much more is brought to light through Bob Corritore‘s 2012 Year In Photos which you can see by clicking here. A heartfelt thank you to all the great friends and supporters who made this undeniably great 2012 happen! Note that some photos are uncredited and we would be grateful to anyone who can identify the photographers so we can add their credits.
- Dave Riley / Bob Corritore Juke Joint Blues Band appear this Saturday at the Rhythm Room! The 8 year blues partnership of Dave Riley and Bob Corritore will be presented this Saturday, April 13th at the Rhythm Room. Dave and Bob will appear with Dave’s son Dave “Yahni” Riley, Jr. on bass and Brian Fahey on drums. Look for some good down home blues this night. To see a photo page devoted to Dave and Bob’s blues adventures click here and here. To hear some samples of Dave and Bob’s recorded music click here. The Rhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School, Phoenix, AZ 85014
- John Primer & Bob Corritore / Knockin’ Around These Blues to be released next week! The formal release date for the collaborative CD by John Primer & Bob Corritore in Tuesday April 16! The CD, titled Knockin’ Around These Blues will be released on the Delta Groove label and the initial reaction to the CD has been exceptionally positive! The CD features some great musicians: Barrelhouse Chuck, Chris James & Patrick Rynn, Billy Flynn, Bob Stroger, Brian Fahey and Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith! The Kentucky Blues Society says “This is one of those records that could have been released onChess back in the 50′s, only with modern production standards” and Chris Spector of Midwest Record says “a set of purist, south side Chicago blues.” Much appreciation for all the e-mails, Facebook posts, radio playlist inclusions, interviews, and compliments that this CD has already received. To see the album art for this CD, click here. To see the first few reviews that have come in, click here.
RIP Jimmy Dawkins – October 24, 1936 to April 10, 2013. Legendary Chicago blues guitarist/singer Jimmy Dawkinspassed away yesterday after a long ordeal with numerous health issues. He was 77. Originally from Tchula, Mississippi,Jimmy Dawkins moved to Chicago in 1955 and began to emerge as an in-demand session guitarist in the 1960s. He had a new, more electric approach to blues guitar than was ever heard before and it took the blues world by a storm. While making these innovative new sounds, Jimmy was simultaneously firmly rooted in the deep traditions of the blues. In 1969 he made his debut CD Fast Fingers for the Delmark label, which firmly established Jimmy Dawkins as an artist in his own right. He was a good, understated vocalist, but his biting single string lead guitar was his strongest selling point. He made many albums in his career for a number of labels: Delmark, Earwig, Ichiban, Black & Blue, Excello, Evidence, JSP, Wild Dog Blues, Fedora, Storyville, and Rumble. Jimmy also recorded some brilliant backing on sessions by Johnny Young & Big Walter Horton, George “Wild Child” Butler, Carey Bell, Andrew “Blueblood” McMahon, Luther “Guitar Jr.” Johnson, and others. Jimmy activated his Leric Records label in the 1980s, issuing singles by up and coming blues artists such as Nora Jean, Mojo Elem, Little Johnny Christian, Queen Sylvia Embry, Vance Kelly, and Tail Dragger (Delmark recently reissued these sides in their 2010 release Jimmy Dawkins Presents the Leric Story). With Jimmy’s passing we lose one of the great developmental stylists of contemporary Chicago blues guitar.His bold, forward thinking sound influenced those that followed him.
Some examples of Jimmy Dawkins music as both a leader and as a sideman:
Jimmy Dawkins “Serves Me Right To Suffer” (click here)
Wild Child Butler “Hippies Playground” (click here)
Johnny Young & Big Walter “Ring Around My Heart” (click here)
Carey Bell “Sad Dreams” (click here)
Jimmy Dawkins with Big Voice Odom on vocals “Welfare Blues” (click here)
- RIP Di Anne Price (February 21, 1950 to March 13, 2013). Memphis had a great blues secret in singer/pianist Di Anne Price whose robust style revived some of the early sounds of classic blues woman. Despite her immense talent and showmanship she was little known outside of her native home of Memphis. The Memphis Flyer described her this way; “Di Anne Price was easily one of Memphis’s most beloved performers. She played anywhere and everywhere. Her superb albums Wild Women, To Hell With Love, A Good Man Is Hard To Find, and Reekin’ With Love, all showcase her smoky vocals, barrelhouse piano, and her fascination with a variety of blues and jazz styles from 1920s throwback to more contemporary arrangements.” Her huge personality used sas, wit and kindness to win over her audiences and her tight, jazz-oriented band (collectively called Di Anne Price & Her Boyfriends) backed her perfectly. She passed away on March 13 after a battle with some ongoing health issues. Special thanks to promoter Jay Sheffield and to the venue Huey’s in Memphis for their great support of Di Anne. To learn more about the late Di Anne Price check out her website athttp://www.dianneprice.net/. To see a great tribute to Di Anne Price by the Memphis Flyer and see a spectacular video of this great artist click here.
- RIP Johnnie Billington (1935 to April 1, 2013). Lambert, Mississippi blues singer/ guitarist/educator Johnnie Billingtondied on Monday, April 1st at a Clarksdale hospital from complications of a heart attack. He was 77. Johnny was a true beacon of blues purity who never strayed from a traditional blues sound. Born in Crowder, MS in 1935, Johnnie spent some time in the 1950s in Arizona and then Chicago before returning to Mississippi in 1977 where he became active in education. He received a number of awards; a Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Blues Foundation’s “Keeping the Blues Alive” Education Award, the Sunflower River Blues Association’s Early Wright Award, and the Mississippi Arts Commission’s Folk Arts Fellowship. He was a good and honorable man and a true bluesman. To read more about Johnnie Billington click here.
- First blues reality show!?! Roger Stolle and Jeff Konkel have announced a forthcoming weekly series called Moonshine And Mojohands, a reality show about the blues experience in Mississippi. The projected first season will consist of 10 edisodes each of approximately 12 minutes in length and available free online at http://www.moonshineandmojohands.com/. Currently on the website you can see the series trailer that incldes snippits of scenes with Super Chikan, Artheice “Gas Man” Jones and Frank Ratliff (the recently deceased priopieter and tour guide of Clarksdale’s historic Riverside Hotel).Roger Stolle and Jeff Konkel have previously produced the highly acclaimed documentaries M For Mississippi, and We Juke Up In Here. Roger would not be pinned down to a specific debut date but promised us the first episode in early fall!
- Valerie June appears at ACM Awards! It is always a proud pleasure when someone from our blues family gets a shot at major mainstream exposure. Valerie June is a self proclaimed purveyor of “Moonshine Roots Music” which includes elements of blues, folk, gospel and country music. Hailing from Jackson, Tennessee, she is a youthful musical embodiment of her Southern heritage with a downhome guitar and banjo style, and accented vocals. She also possesses an intoxicating beauty with her slim silhouette, angelic face and Medusa-like dreadlocks. Valerie June recently had a feature article in Living Blues Magazine. Last Sunday, April 7th she appeared unannounced and uncredited on CBS’s broadcast of the AMC Awards (AMC stands for Academy of Country Music) as she sang sweet harmony in a duet with country music superstar Eric Church on his hit “Like Jesus Does.” To see this performance on YouTube, click here. Her memorable, poised performance and striking look surely made a powerful impression on the millions of viewers that tuned in to this televised event. Look for Valerie’s forthcoming CD Pushing Against A Stone. co-produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, to be out later this year. For a nice interview/performance with Valerie June from Crane TV click here.
- Walter Davis Tribute CD to be Released! Album art revealed! Walter Davis was an immensely popular blues singer/pianist/songwriter who made scores of influential recordings in the 1930s and 40s. His somber, heartfelt blues is considered to some of the deepest ever recorded, and his songs have been covered by Muddy Waters, Ray Charles, John Lee Hooker, Pinetop Perkins, Champion Jack Dupree, and many more. More recently however, German pianist Christian Rannenberg has produced a marvelous concept album reconstructing the sound and mood of Mr. Davis. This project features Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Jimmy McCracklin, Christian Rannenberg, Keith Dunn, and Davis’ close associate Henry Townsend (with Bob Corritore). The CD is titled The Walter Davis Project and will be released on Electro-Fi Records on May 21. To see the cover art for this record click here. Look for some powerfully deep blues from this one.Here are some Walter Davis original recordings:”Oh Me Oh My” (click here)
“Ashes In My Whiskey” (click here)
” Please Remember Me” (click here)
“Come Back Baby” (click here)
April 5, 2013
February 27, 2013
- Tail Dragger & Bob Corritore are off to the Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival in Panama! The city of Boquete, Panama will become a music hub for Central America on February 28th – March 3. Those are the dates for the Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival which features music, parades, parties, art shows, concerts and jam sessions. This year the music lineup will include Tail Dragger & Bob Corritore, B3, Andy Egert, Randy Oxford Band, Carlos Ubarte Latin Jazz Quintet, Ron Hacker & The Hacksaws, Spicy Latin Jazz Band, Rigobertto Coba Big Band, Maria Rivas & Her Libertango Band, Sounds like a party to us! For more information on this event please click here.
- RIP Cleotha Staples April 11, 1934-February 21, 2013. Cleotha died on Thursday, after years of battling Alzheimer’s disease. She was 78 years old. Cleotha “Cleedi” Staples gave the world years of joy as the high voice in the unworldly great harmonies of the Staples Singers. Though Cleotha was the oldest of Pops Staples children, it was her sister Mavis that received the most attention as the most frequent lead vocalist of this cherished family band. But Cleotha’s contributions were essential to the Staple Singers sound. “A lot of singers would try to sing like her,” Mavis Staples said “Her voice would just ring in your ear. It wasn’t harsh or hitting you hard, it was soothing.” To find out more about her distinguished music career, click here.
- John Primer & Bob Corritore CD Album Art! The forthcoming album John Primer & Bob Corritore / Knockin’ Around These Blues will be released Aril 16th on the Delta Groove label. This album features a fantastically traditional sound with John amd Bob in top form surrounded by the all-star cast of Barrelhouse Chuck, Chris James and Patrick Rynn, Billy Flynn,Bob Stroger, Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith and Brian Fahey. The beautiful album design featuring a cover photo by Dave Blake, inside photos by Daniel Swadener, and graphic design by Josh Temkin is now complete and can be seen by clicking here.
- Blues Music Awards voting closes at 7:59 AM on March 1. Voting for the 2013 Blues Music Awards (BMAs) is in progress and Blues Foundation members can make their choices now until 7:59am on March 1. To see the list of this year’s nominations click here. Bob Corritore is nominated for a BMA in the “Harmonica” category. Also two releases that Bob is associated with are up for a couple awards each; Mud Morganfield / Son Of The Seventh Son, and The Mannish Boys /Double Dynamite. The award winners will be anounced at the formal ceremony which takes place on Thursday, May 9th at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis. For more on the awards and the Blues Foundation go to www.blues.org.
- Bear Family Records to release updated, definitive Sun Records blues box set! Sam Phillips‘ Sun Records from Memphis, Tennessee was certainly one of America’s most defining record labels. Though best known for artists such asElvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and others, Sun had it’s start with the blues. Being at the center of the South, producer Sam Phillips launched and furthered the career of many blues artists: Howlin’ Wolf, Little Milton, Big Walter Horton,Ike Turner, Rosco Gordon, Rufus Thomas, Earl Hooker, and Pinetop Perkins to name a few. On March 15th Bear Familywill release The Sun Records Blues Box, a 10 CD set complete with a booklet containing photos and discography. This is in conjunction with Sun’s sixtieth anniversary, and Bear Family is also releasing two other definitive box sets showcasing the labels vast contributions to county music and to a rock ‘n’ roll. The Sun Records Blues Box has been released in two forms already on England’s Charly Records. But this appears to be the most inclusive set possible to date, including items not available at the time of the past releases. Here is what the info sheet says: “Finally, the last word on the SUN, and pre-SUNblues recordings! Nearly 30 years after the original Sun Blues Box was released on LP, it’s back on CD with so much more than was on the original set. Recently discovered music from well-known artists … and incredible artifacts like Sam Phillipsnarrating a radio commercial for a West African herbalist who would soon be jailed for selling bogus patent medicine. Recordings produced by Phillips but issued on Chess, RPM, TRUMPET and other labels were unavailable in 1983, but are now included. Researcher Steve LaVere finally allowed the world to hear the Sun audio and see the Sun -related photos he collected back in the late 1960s. In fact, the entire blues research community came together to make this a once-in-a-lifetime blues experience!” Thank you Bear Family.
- Magic Slim Funeral Services. This comes to us from Magic Slim‘s Manager Marty Salzman. The funeral service for Magic Slim will be at Horizons Community Church , 3200 Grainger Parkway , Lincoln Nebraska on Saturday, March 2, at 10AM. A musical memorial tribute is currently being planned in Chicago IL. The Zoo Bar in Lincoln is also planning a musical tribute. Both tributes will be announced when details are finalized. These memorial tributes will be benefits with all proceeds going to Ann Holt and her family.
- T-Bone 1966 performance on YouTube! Please enjoy this 1966 clip of T-Bone Walker leading an all-star band at a Jazz At The Philharmonic concert in London. The band includes Dizzy Gillespie, Teddy Wilson, Louis Bellson, Clark Terry,Coleman Hawkins, Zoot Sims, Jimmy Moody, Benny Carter and Bob Cranshaw. T-Bone performs a medley that includes “Going To Chicago”, click here to see, and to see Norman Granz’s introduction, and T-Bone singing “Woman, You Must Be Crazy”, click here.
February 16, 2013
February 15, 2013
- Magic Slim health update. Magic Slim has been hospitalized for a few weeks now, and this is the information that his manager, Marty Salzman has released; “Magic Slim remains hospitalized in Pennsylvania under treatment for bleeding ulcers complicated by pre-existing issues with his kidneys, his lungs, his weight and his heart. Although seriously ill, he has been stable for the past three days, his kidneys have improved, the bleeding has stopped and his heart rate has improved. He still has a long road ahead of him but things are moving in the right direction. We thank everybody for their kind words and prayers and ask that you keep Magic Slim in your prayers”.
- Blues In The Schools Benefit Saturday at the Rhythm Room! This Saturday, February !6 from 3pm to 6pm, Reverend Charlie F. Edwards “The Preaching Bluesman” will present a Blues In The Schools Benefit at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix. This show is all ages. Reverend Charlie will present a seminar / workshop on the birth of the blues to be followed by performances that will include Dave Riley & Bob Corritore, Paris James and Revernd Charlie. To see the event flyer click here.
- Tail Dragger & Bob Corritore to appear at Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival in Panama! The city of Boquete, Panama will become a music hub for Central America on February 28th – March 3. Those are the dates for the Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival which features music, parades, parties, art shows, concerts and jam sessions. This year the music lineup will include Tail Dragger & Bob Corritore, B3, Andy Egert, Randy Oxford Band, Carlos Ubarte Latin Jazz Quintet, Ron Hacker & The Hacksaws, Spicy Latin Jazz Band, Rigobertto Coba Big Band, Maria Rivas & Her Libertango Band, Sounds like a party to us! For more information on this event please click here.
- Petition to reactivate two Grammy blues categories! In April of 2011 NARAS (The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) announced their unfortunate decision to eliminate numerous award categories. The most shameful of these eliminations was reducing the blues from 2 categories: “Traditional Blues” and “Contemporary Blues,” into just one general blues category. What that did was effectively wipe out the chance that the less commercial traditional blues performed by some of the musics pioneers would have any representation at all. Earlier that year, before this elimination, the Traditional Blues Category was won by Pinetop Perkins and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith for their Tel-Arc CD Joined At The Hip. If there would have just been one general blues category as exists right now, then Pinetop and Willie, both elder statesmen of the blues who died later that year, would have likely never even made it into the nominees category from being swept away by more comercial contemporary blues artists who have more crossover appeal to the mainstream. This move by NARAS is nothing short of an atrocity as it dismisses the value of the tradition of the blues. If we sound angry well, you guessed it, we are! A petition movement has been activated by Micheal Freeman and Patricia Morgan (Micheal produced Joined At The Hip, and Patricia manager Pinetop and Willie). For more information on this movement with an explanation of its reasoning and importance, click here. You can help this cause by printing out the petition form and actively seeking signatures in your community. Michael Freeman will need all petitions back on or before February 28 for his meeting with NARAS officials on March 1st. Please help this cause. You can access the petition form by clicking here. Thank you!
- 2013 Hall of Fame Inductees Annouced! The Blues Foundation has announced the class of 2013 Blues Hall Of Fameinductees. The induction dinner will be Wednesday May 8 at the Downtown Memphis Marriott. Congrats to all:
Classic of Blues Recording – Single or Album Track
Classic of Blues Recording – Album
Complete Recorded Works (Herwin, 1975)/Texas Worried Blues – Henry “Ragtime Texas” Thomas– (Yazoo, 1989))
Classic of Blues Literature
For more information on the Blues Hall of Fame, and for bios and information on the recipients, click here.
- Big Walter Horton remembered and a glimpse at Chicago Blues in 1970! Thanks to Clas “Volvo Slim” Ahlstrand from Sweden, who has shared his story of travelng to Chicago with Lasse Lindedal in January of 1970. Volvo Slim posted this two part story a few years back in Blindman’s Blues Forum and recently wrote us with these links. His story includes some wonderful descriptions, photos, and recordings made during this trip. Harmonica master Big Walter Horton is the primary subject, but many other Chicago artists of that time period are also discussed. These links are:Part one, click herePart two, click hereBig Walter with Johnny Young sound recordings:Song one, click hereSong two; click hereThanks Volvo Slim for this trip back in time, and for documenting the experience so that we can all enjoy it some 43 years later!
- Time Brings About A Change; A Floyd Dixon Celebration DVD to be released March 6!. Movie premire announced! The long awaited documentary DVD companion to the 2006 CD Time Brings About A Change; A Floyd Dixon Celebration will be released on March 6 on Bob Auerbach‘s High John Records. This DVD includes interviews and concert footage ofFloyd Dixon, Pinetop Perkins, and Henry Gray who were all part of a two day live recording and filming that took place in June of 2006 at the Rhythm Room. Floyd had been diagnossed with a terminal illness and Bob Auerbach immediately initiated this project. Kid Ramos was the musical director of the event and special guests include Johnny Tucker, Joe Banks, Kim Wilson, Fred Kaplan, and Lynwood Slim with a great rhythm section that includes Larry Taylor and Richard Innes and a fine horn section. The project’s credits include director Phillip Cruess, producers Kid Ramos, Lisette Cruess,Bob Corritore and Clarke Rigsby, and executive producer Bob Auerbach. This film will premire at the Cinema City Theatre, 5635 E. La Palma Ave, Annaheim, California 92807 with a 6:30 to 7:30 meet & greet and a 7:45 movie presentation. You will be able to pick up this DVD at the premire, or at finer music stores and at http://www.highjohnrecords.com/. This film represents the last stand of an influential West Coast blues pioneer and the meeting of three legendary piano masters. It also provides a great look at Kid Ramos‘ amazing guitar playing and bandleading. This show will be right before Kid’s cancer surgery and Kid plans to attend!. To see the DVD cover click here and to read about the CD and DVD on the High John Records website, click here.
- RIP Roscoe Chenier – November 6, 1941 to February 7, 2013. Louisiana blues singer / guitarist Roscoe Chenier was the cousin of Clifton Chenier but a fine blues artist in his own right. He lived his whole life in the Opelousas, Louisiana area and though he had solid reputation in Europe, he was little known in the USA outside of his hometown. Processing a rich full voice and downhome blues guitar style, he was able to make numerous albums and European tours playing Holland’s Blues Estafette Festival in 1992, 1993, 1996, 1998 and 2001, and performed at the very prestigious North Sea Jazz Festival in the Hague. His first recording, a 1961 single “Born For Bad Luck” on the Reynaud label led to numerous albums on labels such as Vidrine, Maison de Sol, Black and Tan, APO, Rhino, and Avenue Records. In recent years his diabetes would limit his travel and performance and eventually take his life. Here are some examples of his powerful music (click here and here).
- Sin City Soul & Blues Revival announces a spectacular three day lineup! Las Vegas, Nevada will be the home of a 3 day blues event called the Sin City Soul & Blues Revival. The event happens on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday September 15, 16, and 17. Acts include Royal Southern Brotherhood, Tad Robinson, John Cleary, John Nemeth, Trampled Under Foot,Henry Gray & Bob Corritore, Tab Benoit, Sister Sparrow, Kris Lager Band, Orgone, Brad Cordle, Mike Zito, Karen Lovely,Curtis Salgado’s Big Band, Austin All-Stars featuring Malford Milligan and W.C. Clark, Monophonics, Tommy Castro, Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials, Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Selwyn Birchwood, Hadden Sayers Band, Contino, Ruthie Foster, Los Lonely Boys, Deanna Bogart, The Iguanas, Scottie Miller Band, Carolyn Wonderland, Josh Hoyer, James Harman Band,.and more! Mark your calendars for this huge blues event. To find out more about this festival and to order tickets go to their website at www.sincitysoulandbluesrevival.com.
- Memphis Slim and Matt Murphy on YouTube! Please enjoy these fantastic 1963 recordings by blues piano champion Memphis Slim and Matt “Guitar” Murphy from a Belgian documentary of the 1963 American Folk Blues Festival tour. Note that the drummer is the great Billy Stepney!
“I’m Lost Without You” click here.
“Wish Me Well” click here.
“Matt’s Guitar Boogie” click here.
“My Gal keeps Me Crying” click here.
A multi-song clip with a few different songs, click here.
February 8, 2013
February 7, 2013
- IBC’s in Memphis recap! Each year in early February, the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Competition (IBCs) in Memphis unites the blues world. It is a gargantuan contest in which each blues society in each community sends the winner of their local competition as their representative. Beale Street (the venue filled strip where the IBCs take place) is bursting with all the ambitious energy of these bands and the people who came to cheer them on. Is there any other genre of music that has such a well-organized network come together with this force? The Blues Foundation must be commended for creating this forum and for handling the huge organizational responsibility that goes along with it. There are also jams, and showcases that take place before, and after these events, and of course the Keeping The Blues Alive (KBA) Brunch is a great way to honor the lifetime work of many hardworking blues devotees. I fully enjoyed the IBCs and I performed 5 times during the week, making music with such great artists asJonn Del Toro Richardson, Rich DelGrosso, Cassie Taylor, The Andy T. / Nick Nixon Band (with Anson Funderburgh and Markey Jeanette), The Nick Moss Band (with stunning vocalist Mike Ledbetter), Phil Pimberton & Doug Woolverton (from Roomful Of Blues) Big Bill Morganfield, Clay Swafford,Tony Braunegal, Marie Woodford, Micah Ian Kesserling, and others. There was also some fun off-stage playing with harmonica players Dennis Gruenling, Andrew Ali, and Big John! Great to see so many friends and to play for some many blues lovers. Congratulations to IBC winner Selwyn Birchwood from Florida who you will hearing a lot from in the years to come. Here is a nice photo page from the IBCs from Blues Festival Guide Magazine (click here). Thank you to the Blues Foundation for creating this forum for all of us to gather to celebrate the music, and to legitimately raise up-and-comers into the international spotlight.- Bob Corritore
- Living Blues lists Top 50 Blues Albums Of 2012! Bob Corritore appears on 4 of them! The current issue of Living Blues Magazine compiles of list of the “Top 50 Blues Albums For 2012.” Congratulations to all the great releases that appear on this list. Bob Corritore plays harmonica on 4 of these 50 Cds; Mud Morganfield / Son Of The Seventh Son (which came in #3), The Mannish Boys / Double Dynamite ( #5), Tail Dragger & Bob Corritore / Longtime Friends In The Blues(#13) and Smokin’ Joe Kubek & B’Nois King / Close To The Bone (# 22)! You can find out more about Living Blues Magazine at www.livingblues.com and to see the complete listing of their “Top 50 Blues Albums of 2012,” click here.
- Bob Corritore’s blues radio show celebrates it’s 29 year anniversary this Sunday! In February of 1984 Bob Corritore began broadcasting his very traditionally oriented blues show on KJZZ (then called KMCR). This Sunday, 29 years later Bob is still hosting his 5 hour weekly program and enjoying every minute of it. In 2007 this radio show was honored by the Blues Foundation with a Keeping The Blues Alive Award! You can tune in this and each Sunday online at http://www.kjzz.org/ or if in Phoenix at 91.5 FM from 6pm to 11pm Arizona time. Thanks to KJZZ for providing a safe and consistant place for blues to be broadcast!
Eddie C. Campbell Health Update. This information cones via The Chicago Blues Guide about Chicago blues guitar greatEddie C. Campbell who recently suffered a heart attack and a stroke while on tour in Germany. The CBG quotes Eddie’s longtime partner Barbara Mayson Campbell as saying “Eddie is out of intensive care and stablized. However, he is at present paralyzed on his right side. Time is of the essence, Eddie’s prognosis for a full recovery is dependent upon him receiving the appropriate medical attention including neuro/physical therapy. Eddie has no medical coverage in Germany and, due to his condition, he may only be able to fly comercially with a medical escort, or in an air ambulance. The costs will be staggering in the coming weeks and months. Donations are being accepted through the Eddie C. Campbell Assistance Fund PayPal account at the following link (click here)” Note that a benefit for Eddie C. Campbell is being planned for Sunday February 17 at Rosa’s in Chicago.
- Jimmy Vaughan doing well after last week’s heart attack. This from Jimmy Vaughan‘s press people: “Jimmie Vaughanwas admitted to Pomona Hospital Medical Center on January 23rd, 2013 with an acute Myocardial Infraction. He had aCoronary Angioplasty and Stent placement. He is progressing well after this routine procedure and was discharged from the hospital on January 25th. Jimmie feels fine but was advised by his cardiologist to rest at home for a month. He regretfully had to cancel a scheduled trip to The Mahindra Blues Festival in Mumbai, India as a result. Mr. Vaughan said, ‘I feel really good and I can’t wait to get back to work with my band.’”
- Blues Music Awards voting going on right now! Voting for the 2013 Blues Music Awards (BMAs) is in progress andBlues Foundation members can make their choices now until 7:59am on March 1. To see the list of this year’s nominations click here. Bob Corritore is nominated for a BMA in the “Harmonica” catagory. Also 2 releases that Bob is associated with are up for a couple awards each; Mud Morganfield / Son Of The Seventh Son, and The Mannish Boys / Double Dynamite. The award winners will be anounced at the formal ceremony which takes place on Thursday, May 9th at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis. For more on the awards and the Blues Foundation go to http://www.blues.org/.
- Junior Watson / Fred Kaplan Band to appear Friday at the Rhythm Room! West Coast heaveyweights Junior Watson,Fred Kaplan, Richard Innes and Kedar Roy will appear this Friday, February 8 at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix with a guest appearance by Bob Corritore. The show is appropriately titled “West Coast Blues Masters” and you can expect the highest quality of musicianship from these great players. Go to http://www.rhythmroom.com/ for more information. To see the beautiful poster for this event designed by Amy Brat click here.
- Muddy Waters home will not be torn down! After a number of newspapers reported the possible demolition of Muddy Waters historic Southside residence, we are relieved to have a recent report that this landmark is to remain. Thanks to Tom Marker of WXRT’s Blues Breakers program for posting this news, which you can read by clicking here.
Eddie Taylor Photo Page started! Guitarist Eddie Taylor was among the greatest blues guitarists, and his work defined the instrument’s role in Chicago Blues. Last week in our newsletter we requested photo contributions for a tribute photo pageand we were very pleased by offerings from Scott Dirks, Hasse Andreasson, Barrelhouse Bonni McKeown, Tom Buckley,Justin O’Brien, and Bert Lek. Due to time constraints we have not added all these submissions yet but they are coming! Here is the start of our Eddie Taylor photo page with more images to be added very soon! Click here to see.
- RIP Precious Bryant – January 4, 1942 – January 12, 2013. Georgia blueswoman Precious Bryant was a spectacular down- home singer and guitarist who combined her love for Memphis Minnie, Jimmy Reed and Muddy Waters with thespirituals and rags that characterize her region. She passed away on Jan 12, 2013 at age 71. Her petite stature was no indication of her powerful full-bodied vocals, accomplished finger picking guitar, and rabble-rousing personality. Precious Bryant was born in Talbout County, Georgia and raised on her family’s farm. Discovered and recorded first in 1969 by folklorist George Mitchell, Precious would go on to make 4 records; My Name Is Precious on the Music Maker FoundationLabel, and Fool Me Good and The Truth on Terminus Records, and a shared album with Algia Mae Hinton called Gran’mas I Have Never Had on Moi J’Connais Records. She was featured on a number of songs on the National Downhome Blues Festival album on Southland Records, and her song “Morning Train” appears in the soundtrack of the motion picture Black Snake Moan. Though a rich talent, she lived lived a humble life, residing in a trailer home in the woods near Waverly Hall, Georgia. To read a beautiful article about Precious Bryant from Access Atlanta, click here.
- Precious Bryant on YouTube! The zesty music of the recently deceased blues gem Precious Bryant is captured on these great clips:Performing the Memphis Minnie song “Me & My Chauffeur.” Click here to see.
Performing “I’m Broke And Ain’t Got A Dime.” Click here.
Performing “Buck Dance.” Click here.
Performing “Black Rat Swing.” Click here.
February 2, 2013
January 30, 2013
- Ann Rabson RIP April 12, 1945 – January 30, 2013. We’re saddened to report the passing of Ann Rabson, a friend and motherly figure to the entire blues community. She was known as a blues singer, pianist and guitarist and founding member of Saffire-The Uppity Blues Women. Ann recently colloborated with Muddy Waters alumni Bob Margolin on a recording of duets titled Not Alone. It has been nominated for a Blues Music Award as Acoustic Album of the Year. She is has also been recognized for her first solo album for Alligator Records Music Makin’ Mama. She will be remembered fondly for personifying a woman’s perspective of the blues, and her warm smile and universal kindness. For more information about the wonderful life of Ann Rabson click here.
- International Blues Competition going on now in Memphis! As you read this, the Blues Fountation’s International BluesCompetition (or IBCs) is in full swing in Memphis, Tennesse. Hundreds of bands, industry folks and blues fans come together for this week of blues celebration that started Tuesday January 28, and will end Saturday February 2. Prior to this event, blues societies from all over the world have run regional contests and from each a winner advances to the IBCs! It is an exciting time as you see the many talented artists give heartfelt performances, hoping to advance their blues careers. On top of that, blues fans and industry people gather for what is secondarily a musical convention of sorts. Along with that week is the presentation ceremony for the Keeping The Blues Alive Awards (or KBA’s) which happens this year at a Friday afternoon brunch, and will formally honor some amazing people who have devoted their lives to advancing the cause of the blues. Add to that, numerous showcases, and nightly jams, and you have a fun filled program of blues activity. Bob Corritore will arrive on Wednesday night and will will participate in the VizzTone Showcase on Friday after hours at the Rum Boogie hosted by Gina Sicilia and Dave Gross with an impressive list of guest performances. To see the poster for the VizzTone Showcase click here. To read more about the IBCs click here. To read more about the KBA’s click here.
- Historic Chicago residence of Muddy Waters in danger of being torn down. Chicago Blues father Muddy Waters held a famous residence on Chicago’s South Side at 4339 S. Lake Park Drive form 1954 until he moved to the suburb of Westmont two decades later. This was truly a home of the blues as a number of his band members such as Otis Spann,James Cotton and Paul Oscher found a home in the basement. One can only imagine some of the glorious gatherings at that house in the heyday of Chicago blues! Now it seems that this building is in danger of being torn down when it should berenovated and made into a national monument. We pray that someone will start a petition or a movement to stop such an atrocity. To read an eye-opening article on this subject by Heather Gillers, click here.
- John Primer & Bob Corritore to release collaboration on Delta Groove Records! The Delta Groove record label has anApril 16th release date for John Primer & Bob Corritore / Knockin’ Around These Blues. This collaborative effort will provide a program of deep Chicago blues from two artists steeped in that tradition. Produced by Bob Corritore, this CD includes an all star cast of players; Barrelhouse Chuck, Chris James & Patrick Rynn, Bob Stroger, Kenny Smith, Billy Flynn and Brian Fahey. Look for program of hard-hitting Chicago blues on this CD!
- RIP Chicago Bob Nelson – July 4, 1944 to January 17, 2013 Louisiana Born, Atlanta based Chicago Bob Nelson was a masterful harmonica player and vocalist who merged his Louisiana roots with his love of Chicago Blues. He was 69. The following information is quoted from Reverend Keith A. Gorden‘s blog at about.com;
Nelson would play anywhere and with anybody during this time, gigging with well-known bluesmen like Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy Guy, Earl Hooker, and Muddy Waters, his sound a unique mix of Southern blues, zydeco rhythms, and urban Chicago blues. It was Waters that gave him his “Chicago Bob” nickname after saying that he saw the young harp player “all over Chicago.” Nelson would later tour extensively with Luther “Snake Boy” Johnson and John Lee Hooker. Nelson formed the Heart Fixers with guitarist Tinsley Ellis in 1981, recording two albums with the band – 1981’s The Heart Fixers and 1983’sLive At The Moon Shadow – the latter for the Landslide Records label.
- Sometime during the early 1980s, Nelson relocated to Atlanta, where he would become part of the regional blues scene, performing at the Atlanta blues club Blind Willie’s when he wasn’t touring the Southeast United States or Europe. Poor health eventually sidelined the talented harp player, although he continued to perform locally. Nelson recorded sporadically throughout his career, and is perhaps best known for two albums recorded during the 1990s for King Snake Records, 1992’sHit and Run Lover and 1996’s Back to Bogalusa. During the latter part of his life, Nelson hooked up with the folks at theMusic Maker Relief Foundation, which released his final album, Tell Me Mama, a collection of acoustic blues that displayed a different facet to the Chicago bluesman’s talents, in 2009. Our thoughts go out to Nelson’s family, friends, and many fans around the world.
- Eddie C. Campbell suffers stroke and heart attack. Sad news about our dear friend Eddie C. Campbell from our friendDick Shurman: “Send your kind thoughts and prayers to Chicago bluesman Eddie C. Campbell, who suffered a stroke and heart attack in Germany last weekend. He’s improving, but it’s going to be a hard road back. His wife Barbara is doing a good job from afar of staying on top of things but any support, if only in thought, is appreciated.”
- Unreleased Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup 1969 session forthcoming on Delmark! How grand that Delmark Records has announced the late February issue of a previously unreleased 1969 studio session from the legendary Arthur “Big Boy”Crudup. The CD is titled “Sunny Road” and features backing from Jimmy Dawkins and the late Willie “Big Eyes” Smith. This much anticipated session also has Crudup’s guitar amped through the rotating Leslie speaker, Ala Buddy Guy on “Hoodoo Man Blues”! Very exciting!
- Eddie Taylor photos needed! We are compiling a photo page honoring the late Chicago blues guitar master Eddie Taylor who sound helped to define the music of Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker and Chicago blues in general. Eddie Taylor‘s beautiful guitar work masterfully transitioned his deep Mississippi country blues upbringing into a vibrant, electric, city sound. If you have any photos, handbill’s, or posters relating to this subject and would be willing to share them with the world please send to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to presenting this photo page soon!
- Amos Milburn, Cab Calloway and Big Joe Turner on YouTube! Please enjoy this classic footage of a 1954 variety show featuring three fantastic rhythm & blues vocalists; Amos Milburn, Cab Calloway and Big Joe Turner. To see this clip, click here.
January 19, 2013
January 11, 2013