2017 Archives


April 12, 2017 – KM Williams Medical Emergency

Texas Country Blues Preacher KM Williams was to perform at the Rhythm Room this Friday. He is unable to make the trip due to a medical emergency. KM became disoriented at his gig on Friday night, and thankfully his wonderful wife Yollie was with him and recognized his unusual behavior. She immediately took him to a Dallas area hospital where he underwent emergency surgery early Saturday morning. The surgery was successful in correcting the issue.
His wife Yollie has conveyed that she appreciates everyone’s prayers and kind words.
If you would like to send a card or a note, it would be much appreciated. Please send it to:
KM Williams
c/o Blue Lisa
PO Box 721384
Dallas, TX 75372
Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers as he recovers. He hopes to do a make-up performance at the Rhythm Room later this year. So The Dave Riley / Bob Corritore Juke Joint Blues Band will be covering the full night and will perform down home blues in KM’s honor.

April 11, 2017 – Reverend K.M. Williams & Dave Riley / Bob Corritore This Friday at The Rhythm Room

April 10, 2017 – John Primer & Bob Corritore “Ain’t Nothin’ You Can Do” CD Out April 21

Pre-order link and CD release party info! (click here to pre-order)
John Primer & Bob Corritore – “Ain’t Nothin’ You Can Do” on the Delta Groove Record Label will be released on April 21, 2017.
If you are in Arizona, please come to the CD Release Party of your choice!
Tucson – Friday, April 21st
Phoenix – Saturday, April 22nd

March 28, 2017 – Downhome Blues Revue This Saturday at The Rhythm Room

March 16, 2017 – Bob Corritore Bay Area Dates With Big Jon Atkinson!

Bob Corritore returns to Northern California for a string of dates and recording sessions with Big Jon Atkinson. You can see them and the band at these places where they will play selections from their Blues Music Award nominated CD “House Party At Big Jon’s!”

03/19/17: Santa Cruz, CA – Moe’s Alley with Big Jon Atkinson – 4pm early show

03/23/17: Aptos, CA – Aptos BBQ with Big Jon Atkinson
03/24/17: San Jose, CA – Smokin’ Pig with Big Jon Atkinson
March 14, 2017 – Dave Riley’s Birthday Bash This Saturday at The Rhythm Room

March 8, 2017 – Superstition Blues Brews & Arts Fest This Sunday

March 2, 2017 – New John Primer / Bob Corritore CD To Be Released In April!

Did we hear you say you wanted a follow-up to John Primer and Bob Corritore’s critically acclaimed Delta Groove debut, “Knockin’ Around These Blues?” Well then, here’s a peek at the cover art for their upcoming platter, which is primed and ready for release on Friday, April 21st, 2017! “Ain’t Nothing You Can Do!” is jam-packed with Chicago blues greatness and includes appearances by Henry Gray, Barrelhouse Chuck, Big Jon Atkinson, Troy Sandow, Chris James, Patrick Rynn and Brian Fahey.
“…Corritore and Primer demonstrate repeatedly why both are considered to be among the finest purveyors of blues alive.” – Chicago Blues Guide
Cover photography by Marjani Viola Hawkins / MVHPhoto.com. CD Design by Tony Amato / Amato Image Design.

March 1, 2017 – Harp Blast This Saturday At The Rhythm Room

Also celebrating Yahni Riley’s birthday on this night!

February 28, 2017 – Last Day Of Blues Music Awards Voting!

The 2017 Blues Music Awards voting process is coming to a close tonight, Tuesday, February 28th at 11:59pm. The Blues Foundation would like to thank all of our members who have already submitted their BMA Ballots. 

Thank you to those of you who have already voted. Please encourage your friends and family to become members of The Blues Foundation and to cast a vote for their favorite blues artist.
Big Jon Atkinson & Bob Corritore are humbled and honored that our CD House Party At Big Jon’s is up for Best Traditional Blues Album!
Please check out this wonderful video clip that our label Delta Groove Records put out:
And congratulations to Henry Gray for his upcoming induction to the Blues Hall Of Fame as well as his BMA nomination in the Piano category!
Thanks everyone for your love and support of the blues!

February 27, 2017 – The Blues Foundation Announces 2017 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees


The 2017 Blues Hall of Fame Inductions


Six performers, one album, five singles, one book and one magazine founder will be inducted at the Blues Foundation’s 38th Annual Induction Ceremony on May 10, 2017.

Purchase tickets here!

The Blues Foundation welcomes the 38th class of Blues Hall of Fame inductees in a ceremony taking place on May 10, 2017. This year’s 14 richly deserving honorees represent all five of the Hall of Fame’s categories: Performers, Non-Performing Individuals, Classics of Blues Literature, Classics of Blues Recording (Song) and Classics of Blues Recording (Album).

The six performers chosen for induction include two distinctive vocalists, Mavis Staples and Latimore; a pair of legendary guitarists, Magic Slim and Johnny Copeland along with longtime Howlin’ Wolf sidemen guitarist Willie Johnson; and piano-man Henry Gray. They will join the more than 125 performers who already are Hall of Fame members. The year’s non-performer selection is Living Blues magazine co-founder and radio show host Amy van Singel, who passed away in Sept. 2016.

The Classic of Blues Literature pick is the rightfully recognized Father of the Blues, W.C. Handy’s 1941 memorable autobiography. John Lee Hooker was among the Hall’s first inductees in 1980 and now his 1966 Chess album Real Folk Blues will enter the Hall of Fame in the Classic of Blues Recording Album category. The quintet of Classic of Blues Recording songs includes Bo Diddley’s signature tune “Bo Diddley,” Tommy Tucker’s much covered classic “Hi-Heel Sneakers,” the Albert King hit “I’ll Play the Blues For You,” Son House’s “Preachin’ the Blues” and “I Ain’t Superstitious,” which features 2017 inductee Henry Gray playing on Howlin’ Wolf’s well-known 1961 recording.

The Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony takes place Wednesday, May 10 at Memphis’ Halloran Centre for the Performing Arts and Education. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a Cocktail Reception, followed by the Induction Ceremony at 6:30 pm. Tickets for this open-to-the-public ceremony are $100 per seat and can be purchased online at blues.org or by calling The Blues Foundation Offices at (901) 527-2583.

More festivities occur the following day, May 11, with the Blues Music Awards. Celebrating the past year’s best in blues recordings and performances, this event will be held at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. A pre-ceremony party commences at 5:30 p.m., while the Awards Show, including a seated dinner and featuring performances by many of the nominees, starts at 7 pm. Individual tickets and tables may be purchased for $150 per seat at the same link as above.



Henry Gray, who played piano in the Howlin’ Wolf band and other Chicago blues groups before returning to his native Louisiana in 1968, has rarely been in the spotlight, but has steadily built an impressive resume entertaining audiences around the world with his blues-drenched piano pounding. Gray, born in 1925, is still performing regularly six decades after his first recording sessions in Chicago.

Willie Johnson (1923-1995) recorded only a few songs on his own, but as a sideman his storming barrage of distortion and incendiary guitar licks in the 1950s, especially on the early records of Howlin’ Wolf, earned him a lasting reputation as a groundbreaking commando in the annals of electric guitar playing. Mentored by Wolf in their Mississippi days, Johnson played in Wolf’s band in the South and in Chicago, and recorded for Sun Records in 1955.

Mavis Staples, one of America’s premier singers of gospel and soul music, has expanded her musical mastery with her performances in more blues-based settings in recent years. The blues is nothing new to the Staples family, as Mavis’ father and founder of the Staple Singers, Roebuck “Pop” Staples, was a devotee of Delta blues master Charley Patton back in Mississippi. Mavis, born in Chicago in 1939, remains on her lifelong mission to inspire and uplift her listeners no matter what musical genre she employs.

Johnny Copeland (1937-1997) was one of a bevy of blazing guitar slingers to emerge from the vibrant Third Ward of Houston, Texas, and one of the city’s most powerful singers as well. Establishing himself with a series of blues and soul singles beginning in 1958, he attained national prominence in the 1980s recording blues albums for Rounder Records. His daughter Shemekia has followed in his footsteps by winning multiple Blues Music Awards.

Magic Slim led one of the most relentless, hard-driving bands in Chicago blues history for several decades until his death in 2013. Born Morris Holt in Mississippi in 1937, he earned his nickname from his friend and fellow blues guitar ace Magic Sam. Slim was also known for possessing perhaps the largest repertoire of any blues artist, always able to pick up another song from the radio or the jukebox, enabling him to record more than 30 albums and garner dozens of Blues Music Awards nominations. His son Shawn “Lil Slim” Holt is ably carrying on the family blues tradition. Latimore, the abbreviated stage name of singer, keyboardist and songwriter Benny Lattimore, has cut a dashing figure on the Southern soul circuit ever since he began touring in the 1970s on the strength of hits such as “Stormy Monday” and his best-known original, “Let’s Straighten It Out.”

Latimore, who was born in Tennessee in 1939 but has called Florida home since the 1960s, is now a distinguished and still spirited love philosopher and elder statesman of the scene.



Amy van Singel, known to blues radio audiences as “Atomic Mama,” was a cofounder of Living Blues magazine in Chicago in 1970. She and her former husband Jim O’Neal published the magazine from their home in Chicago until they transferred the publication to the University of Mississippi in 1983. Her radio career began at Northwestern University and included stints at stations in Chicago, Mississippi, Memphis, Alaska and Maine. Amy died in her sleep at her home in Maine on Sept. 19, 2016, at the age at 66.


Father of the Blues by W.C. Handy is a monumental opus that is indispensable to the study of American musical history. Published in 1941, the book traces Handy’s background as a trained orchestra leader, his discovery of the blues and the struggles he endured to become a successful music publisher. It is often cited as a primary resource on the earliest years of blues history. No book is more deserving of designation as a Classic of Blues Literature.


The 1966 John Lee Hooker album Real Folk Blues is the latest of several Chess Records’ Real Folk Blues albums to be elected to the Blues Hall of Fame. Whereas the rest of the LPs in the series by Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and others were compilations of older recordings, the Hooker album was newly recorded in May of 1966 in Chicago. Hooker was his inimitable and spontaneous self, reworking some of his older songs and improvising new ones, accompanied by his Detroit guitarist Eddie Burns and Chicago sidemen Lafayette Leake and S.P. Leary.


“Bo Diddley” was not only the 1955 hit record that made Ellas McDaniel famous — it also gave him his professional name. The famed “Bo Diddley beat,” an energized update of the old “Hambone” rhythm, rocked the world, and Bo continued to create classics for Checker Records in Chicago with his innovative blend of blues and rock ’n’ roll.

“Hi-Heel Sneakers” by Tommy Tucker was the last blues record from the mighty Chess Records catalogue to hit No. 1 on the charts. Recorded in New York in 1963, the single on Chess’ Checker subsidiary label topped the Cash Box magazine R&B charts in 1964. Tucker’s enticement to “put on your red dress” and hi-heel sneakers has resounded on countless bandstands ever since.

“I Ain’t Superstitious,” an ominous Willie Dixon composition recorded by Howlin’ Wolf in 1961, is best known to rock audiences through the Jeff Beck Group’s 1968 cover version featuring Rod Stewart on vocals. On the original session for Chess Records in Chicago, Wolf’s band included Hubert Sumlin, Jimmy Rogers, Sam Lay and 2017 Blues Hall of Fame inductee Henry Gray.

“I’ll Play the Blues for You,” recorded by Albert King in Memphis for the Stax label in 1971, was written by Jerry Beach, a longtime fixture on the Shreveport, Louisiana, music scene who died in 2016. In Beach’s lyrics, sung with warmth and tenderness by King, the blues becomes a source of soothing and comfort. King’s 45 spent eight weeks on Billboard magazine’s Best Selling Soul Singles chart in 1972

“Preachin’ the Blues,” a two-part single by Son House on the Paramount label from 1930, is a prime example not only of House’s intensity as a Delta blues singer and guitarist but also of his lifelong inner conflict between the lure of the blues life and devotion to the church. House, who did preach in church at times, also sang of the hypocrisy he saw in religion with lyrics such as “I’m gonna be a Baptist preacher and I sure won’t have to work.”

For more information about the Blues Foundation, visit www.blues.org

February 21, 2017 – This Weekend In Phoenix Is Our Blues Blast Festival, Plus Pre & After Parties!

Click each poster below to purchase tickets!

February 7, 2017 – Star-Studded Valentine’s Day Blues Celebration This Saturday at The Rhythm Room

February 1, 2017 – Bob Corritore & Jimi Primetime Smith Perform Saturday at The Rhythm Room

January 24, 2017 – Dave Riley & Bob Corritore Juke Joint Blues Band in Tucson This Weekend

Visit www.montereycourtaz.com and www.rhythmroom.com for more info and tickets!

January 23, 2017 – Big Jon Atkinson & Bob Corritore Nominated For 2017 Blues Music Awards – Voting Begins Today!

Please join us in congratulating Delta Groove Music’s 2017 Blues Music Award nominees John Long, Big Jon Atkinson, Bob Corritore, Henry GrayAnthony GeraciMonster Mike Welch and John Primer, as well as Mannish Boys‘ vocalist Sugaray Rayford and drummer Jimi Bott! Kudos gentlemen, well deserved!
Voting begins today! Anyone interested in casting a vote to decide this year’s winners may receive a ballot by joining or renewing their membership with The Blues Foundation at any time up to February 28, 2017.
Check out this video featuring this year’s Delta Groove nominees:

January 17, 2017 – Henry Gray To Celebrate 92nd Birthday In Phoenix This Friday at The Rhythm Room!

Henry Gray is arguably the most important surviving figure from the post-war Chicago blues legacy. He played on historically important recordings by Howlin’ WolfJimmy ReedJimmy RogersLittle WalterBilly Boy ArnoldDusty BrownG.L. Crockett and many more! Amazingly enough Henry still is performing at the top of his game! His recent collaboration CD with Bob Corritore on the Delta Groove label garnered numerous nominations and accolades. Speaking of which, Henry Gray was just nominated for a 2017 Blues Music Award for Best Piano Player! Henry performs in Phoenix on Friday, January 20th to celebrate his 92nd birthday in true Rhythm Room blues extravaganza style! Please make your plans now to attend this historically important event showcasing this wonderful blues master with an all-star cast of special guests!
January 12, 2017 – AZ Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony This Sunday at The Rhythm Room

January 9, 2017 – BMA Nominations – Big Jon & Bob Get Traditional Blues Album Nod

Big Jon Atkinson and I are humbled and honored to have our album nominated for a Blues Music Award in the Traditional Blues Album category! And in very esteemed company! Thank you to our amazing label Delta Groove for believing in us! Thanks to all the sterling musicians that joined us on this album! And a big congratulations to all the nominees in all the categories! We are very proud to be a part of this wonderful blues family!



The Blues Foundation Announces the 2017 Blues Music Award Nominees
Ticket sales and the Sheraton hotel reservation block for the 38th Blues Music Awards are officially open! And once again, the 2017 Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be a ticketed event, open to the public. Please plan accordingly as the Sheraton Hotel reservation block closes Tuesday, April 18th.


The Blues Music Awards Ballot will be released to current Blues Foundation Members on January 23, 2017. If you would like to participate in voting for the best in blues music, please make sure your membership is current or join now.




Thursday, May 11th at 5PM
Memphis Cook Convention Center – Memphis, TN
$150 Individual Tickets
$1500 Regular Table
$1800 Premium Table


Wednesday, May 10th at 5:30pm
Halloran Centre for Performing Arts – Memphis, TN
$100 per person
(announcement of our 2017 Induction Class will be released in mid-February)





Acoustic Album
Doug MacLeod – Live in Europe
Eric Bibb – The Happiest Man in the World
Fiona Boyes – Professin’ the Blues
Jimmy “Duck” Holmes – Live at Briggs Farm
John Long – Stand Your Ground
Luther Dickinson – Blues and Ballads (A Folksinger’s Songbook) Vol I and II


Acoustic Artist
Doug MacLeod
Eric Bibb
Fiona Boyes
Jimmy “Duck” Holmes
Luther Dickinson


Bobby Rush – Porcupine Meat
Kenny Neal – Bloodline
Nick Moss Band – From the Root to the Fruit
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones – Seeing is Believing
Toronzo Cannon – The Chicago Way
William Bell – This Is Where I Live


Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue
Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials
Nick Moss Band
Sugar Ray and the Bluetones
Tedeschi Trucks Band


B.B. King Entertainer
Joe Bonamassa
John Nemeth
Lil’ Ed Williams
Sugar Ray Norcia
Sugaray Rayford


Best Emerging Artist Album
Corey Dennison Band – Corey Dennison
Guy King – Truth
Jonn Del Toro Richardson – Tengo Blues
Terrie Odabi – My Blue Soul
Thornetta Davis – Honest Woman


Contemporary Blues Album 
Al Basile – Mid Century Modern
Kenny Neal – Bloodline
Nick Moss Band – From the Root to the Fruit
The Record Company – Give It Back To You
Toronzo Cannon – The Chicago Way


Contemporary Blues Female Artist 
Alexis P Suter
Ana Popovic
Janiva Magness
Shemekia Copeland
Susan Tedeschi


Contemporary Blues Male Artist 
Albert Castiglia
Kenny Neal
Mike Zito
Sugaray Rayford
Toronzo Cannon


Historical Album
Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, A Music Man Like Nobody Ever Saw, Bear Family Records
B.B. King, More B.B. King: Here’s One You Haven’t Heard, Ace Records
Bobby Rush, Chicken Heads: A 50-Year History of Bobby Rush, Omnivore Recordings
Michael Burks, I’m A Bluesman, Iron Man Records
Pinetop Perkins & Jimmy Rogers, Genuine Blues Legends, Elrob Records


Biscuit Miller
Bob Stroger
Michael “Mudcat” Ward
Patrick Rynn
R W Grigsby


Cedric Burnside
Jimi Bott
June Core
Tom Hambridge
Tony Braunagel


Bob Margolin
Joe Bonamassa
Kid Andersen
Monster Mike Welch
Ronnie Earl


Dennis Gruenling
Jason Ricci
Kim Wilson
Mark Hummel
Sugar Ray Norcia


Al Basile
Nancy Wright
Sax Gordon Beadle
Terry Hanck
Vanessa Collier


Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female)
Annika Chambers
Diunna Greenleaf
Inetta Visor
Shaun Murphy
Trudy Lynn


Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
Anthony Geraci
Barrelhouse Chuck
Henry Gray
Jim Pugh
Victor Wainwright


Rock Blues Album of the Year
Albert Castiglia – Big Dog
Mike Zito – Keep Coming Back
Moreland & Arbuckle – Promised Land or Bust
Tedeschi Trucks Band – Let Me Get By
Walter Trout – Alive in Amsterdam


“Blues Immigrant” written by Matthew Skoller & Vincent Bucher and performed by Matthew Skoller on Blues Immigrant
“I Gotta Sang The Blues” written and performed by Thornetta Davis on Honest Woman
“Seeing Is Believing” written by Ray Norcia and performed by Sugar Ray & The Bluetones on Seeing Is Believing
“Walk A Mile In My Blues” written by David Duncan, Curtis Salgado & Mike Finigan and performed by Curtis Salgado on The Beautiful Lowdown
“Walk it Off” written and performed by Toronzo Cannon on The Chicago Way


Soul Blues Album 
Bobby Rush – Porcupine Meat
Curtis Salgado – The Beautiful Lowdown
Johnny Rawls – Tiger in a Cage
Wee Willie Walker – Live! Notodden Blues Festival
William Bell – This Is Where I Live


Soul Blues Female Artist
Bettye Lavette
Lara Price
Mavis Staples
Terrie Odabi
Vaneese Thomas


Soul Blues Male Artist
Bobby Rush
Curtis Salgado
Johnny Rawls
Wee Willie Walker
William Bell


Traditional Blues Album 
Big Jon Atkinson & Bob Corritore – House Party at Big Jon’s
Bob Margolin – My Road
Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue – Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue
Lurrie Bell – Can’t Shake This Feeling
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones – Seeing is Believing


Traditional Blues Male Artist
Bob Margolin
John Primer
Lil’ Ed Williams
Lurrie Bell
Sugar Ray Norcia



January 5, 2017 – Rhythm Room House Rent Party & Elvis Birthday Celebration This Weekend At The Rhythm Room