2018 Archives




December 23, 2018 – Happy Holidays From The Bob Corritore Blues Newsletter!

A heartfelt thank you for your support and friendship this year. Wishing everybody a blessed 2019.


December 19, 2018 – Jimi “Primetime” Smith / Bob Corritore Blues Project This Friday at Rhythm Room


December 13, 2018 – Please Consider A Tax Deductible Year-end Donation To Southwest Musical Arts Foundation

Based in Phoenix, Arizona, the Southwest Musical Arts Foundation was formed in the year 2000 by musician and producer Bob Corritore for the purpose of expanding musical awareness through live performance, recordings and education. SWMAF incorporates a wide array of musical styles, but primarily focuses on the more artful, non-mainstream genres including blues, jazz, gospel, zydeco, rockabilly, folk, surf, singer/songwriter, Americana and roots. Many recordings have become uniquely available through SWMAF’s label, including an A Capella album by the Reed Family, a historic collection of vintage Phoenix R&B, blues and gospel and a collection of rate 1970’s Chicago recordings focusing on the work of the late bluesman Chico Chism. SWMAF is also involved in blues education and various outreach shows to distressed populations. SWMAF’s work focuses on both on its resident community and work of a more national and international scope. Please check out our website at www.swmaf.org. In the upcoming year we hope to delve through numerous masters to release separate albums of unreleased material by blues masters Louisiana Red and Henry Gray. Funding for master tape digital conversion, studio time, preparation, and manufacturing for these ambitious projects is needed. Please consider a tax deductible donation to the Foundation. Thank you in advance for any consideration.
How to donate?
1. Mail a check made out to Southwest Musical Arts, P.O. Box 3310 Scottsdale, AZ 85271
2. PayPal or credit card by simply clicking here.


December 3, 2018 – Bob Performing This Saturday With Adrianna Marie & Her Groovecutters At Rhythm Room

with special guest Junior Watson


November 26, 2018 – Bob Corritore & Diunna Greenleaf Perform In Humble, TX This Week


November 20, 2018 – Diunna Greenleaf & Bob Corritore To Perform In Poland This Week!


October 23, 2018 – Don’t Let The Devil Ride In Preliminary Listing Of Grammy Entrants Considered In Traditional Blues Category

For Your Grammy Consideration! Bob Corritore & Friends Don’t Let The Devil Ride is included in the preliminary listing of entrants considered in the Traditional Blues Category!
This album, produced by Bob Corritore and Clarke Rigsby has an amazing array of guests including Alabama Mike, Sugaray Rayford, Oscar Wilson, Willie Buck, Bill Howl-N-Madd Perry, Tail Dragger, Henry Gray, George Bowman, Junior Watson, Jimi Primetime Smith, Mojo Mark, Rockin’ Johnny, Illinois Slim, Big Jon Atkinson, Bob Stroger, Bob Welsh, Fred Kaplan and more! Since it’s June 22 release, the album has received unanimously glowing reviews, high chart placement, great airplay and lots of love! Please consider this album when making your Grammy voting choices! Oh, and here is a link in case you would like to purchase the album: https://lnk.to/thedevilride

October 17, 2018 – Jimi “Primetime” Smith / Bob Corritore Project This Saturday at The Rhythm Room



October 11, 2018 – Performances in Phoenix & New Orleans This Weekend

A busy weekend for Bob Corritore! He will appear at the Lazy Lester Tribute at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix on Friday. The next day Bob travels to Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Bob will will reunited with his friend Henry Gray, who is now 93 years old. Henry and Bob will travel to New Orleans for a Sunday set at the Crescent City Blues Festival with Terrance Simien and Lil’ Buck!

October 4, 2018 – Bobs Of The Blues Tonight in Memphis


October 2, 2018 – Bob Appearing This Week in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi

10/3/18: Helena, AR – King Biscuit Blues Festival – 5:30 Warm Up Wednesday, VIP Tent. This year honors King Biscuit favorites, Bob Margolin and Robert Stroger. At 8:00pm, they take to the Main Stage and lead the jam into the night. Bob Corritore will give a speech at the dedication and join the other Bob’s onstage.
10/04/18: Memphis, TN – Rum Boogie with The Bobs Of The Blues (Margolin/Stroger/Corritore) for Bob Margolin CD Release Party!
10/06/18: Helena, AR – King Biscuit Blues Festival, Noon as part of Don Wilcock panel discussion “Call and Response Blues Symposium” then at 4pm guest appearance with Andy T Band with Alabama Mike, Anson Funderburgh.
10/07/18: Clarksdale, MS – Hopson’s Plantation appearing at the Pinetop Perkins Annual Memorial Homecoming with The Bobs Of The Blues (Margolin/Stroger/Corritore)
We remember the amazing Sunshine Sonny Payne (1925-2018). The Biscuit just won’t be the same without him.



September 27, 2018 – Blues Blast Music Awards This Saturday In Rockford, IL



September 17, 2018 – Blues Spectacular This Saturday At The Rhythm Room!

Please join Bob Corritore this Saturday to celebrate his birthday, CD Release and the most amazing lineup of great blues artists possible! Sugaray Rayford, Alabama Mike, Oscar Wilson, Bob Stroger, Willie Buck, Jimi Primetime Smith, Fred Kaplan, George Bowman, Johnny Rapp, Brian Fahey will all appear! To buy advance tickets click here.

September 11, 2018 – Jimi “Primetime” Smith / Bob Corritore Project This Friday at The Rhythm Room

September 4, 2018 – John Primer & Bob Corritore Southwest Tour!

  • 09/05/18 through 09/07/18: Las Vegas, NV – John Primer & Bob Corritore play the Big Blues Bender!
  • 09/08/18: Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Blues Society Event with John Primer
  • 09/09/18: San Francisco, CA – Biscuits & Blues with John Primer

August 18, 2018 – Performing With Adrianna Marie & Her Groovecutters – Next Week Tuesday Through Saturday in Pinetop, AZ

Enjoy the beauty of Pinetop, AZ and a wonderful gathering of musicians! Thank you Adrianna Marie! Click here for more info.



August 13, 2018 – Performing With Tail Dragger & Friends This Friday at The Rhythm Room



August 6, 2018 – Jimi “Primetime” Smith / Bob Corritore Project This Saturday at The Rhythm Room


July 30, 2018 – Performing With Adrianna Marie & Her Groovecutters – This Saturday at The Rhythm Room


July 27, 2018 – #1 On French Power Blues Chart!

Bob Corritore & Friends / Don’t Let The Devil Ride has the #1 ranking on the French Power Blues Chart for the recently announced July/August chart! This chart is based on rankings and airplay from French blues radio show hosts. It is put together by Le Collectif Des Radios Blues.
Don’t Let The Devil Ride is Bob Corritore’s recently released masterpiece features an amazing array of special guests: Alabama Mike, Oscar Wilson, Sugaray Rayford, Willie Buck, Bill “Howl-N-Madd” Perry, Tail Dragger, Henry Gray, George Bowman, Junior Watson, Bob Stroger, Rockin’ Johnny, Illinois Slim, Mojo Mark, Troy Sandow, Kedar Roy, Big Jon Atkinson, Brian Fahey, Marty Dodson, Johnny Rapp, Bob Welsh, and many more! It currently sits at #3 on the June Living Blues Radio Charts and has received unanimous rave reviews which you can see by clicking here. Thank you everyone for this great honor! To order this album, click here.


July 14, 2018 – Living Blues Award Voting Ends Tomorrow

Living Blues Award voting ends tomorrow. Please vote! Bob Corritore has been nominated in the Harmonica category! To vote click www.livingblues.com and scroll down the page to the voting area.


July 11, 2018 – Bob Corritore & Friends/Don’t Let The Devil Ride Reaction Report

Bob Corritore/Don’t Let The Devil Ride was released on June 22 and includes guest appearances by Alabama Mike, Sugaray Rayford, Oscar Wilson, Willie Buck, Tail Dragger, Bill “Howl-N-Madd” Perry, George Bowman, Henry Gray, Bob Stroger, Junior Watson, Fred Kaplan, Rockin’ Johnny, Mojo Mark, Illinois Slim, Big Jon Atkinson, Rhythm Room All-Stars and more! Thanks to everyone for the positive responses to the new release!
To order Bob Corritore & Friends/Don’t Let The Devil Ride, click here.
Here are few highlights of what’s been happening lately:
1) Bob Corritore & Friends/Don’t Let The Devil Ride has come in at #3 on the June 2018 Living Blues Radio Chart!
2) Bob Corritore & Friends/Don’t Let The Devil Ride showed up #3 on the Amazon Digital “Top 100 Blues” ranking! Note this is a ranking that changes hourly but we are happy to have this moment of glory!
3) Bob Corritore & Friends/Don’t Let The Devil Ride is #2 on the ADP Global Radio Indicator Charts!
4) Bob Corritore & Friends/Don’t Let The Devil Ride is Album Of The Week on 2Bob Radio in Australia!
5) Bob Corritore & Friends/Don’t Let The Devil Ride continues to see rave reviews pouring in. No Depression Magazine just stated “A Perfect Throwback Album” and Blues Bytes says “One of the best albums of the year.” To see the 16 reviews we’ve collected so far, click here.
6) Bob Corritore did a recent radio interview with Cleve Baker’s Confessin’ The Blues program and will be interviewed on Monday 11:15 PM Central Time on Vinny Marini’s Music On The Couch!
7) Bob Corritore & Friends has a number of weeks in the Top 10 of the Roots Music Report Blues Charts! Currently the album ranks #8!
8) On a lighter note, the forthcoming Phoenix Magazine “2018 Best Of The Valley” issue included Bob in a photo shoot and declared him “Best Cool-Cat Party Guest” (see a sneak preview of the spread below)
10) T-Shirts available at Bob’s shows while supplies last! Look who has been wearing them:
Alabama Mike
Danielle Nichole (photo Dave Blake)
Johnny Main of The 44s
Bill “Howl-N-Madd” Perry (photo Dave Blake)
David Berntson
Marjani Viola Hawkins (photographer and Taboo cover girl)


July 9, 2018 – Living Blues Awards Voting Ends July 15. Vote Today!

We are honored that Bob Corritore has been nominated for…
✔Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica)
All ballots must be received by July 15, 2018.
Vote only once in each category. In the categories for recordings, only albums with a 2017 release date are eligible.
All ballots must include a valid e-mail address. Only one ballot per person is allowed.

July 2, 2018 – Bob Corritore Appearances This Week!

This week reunites Bob with two of the amazing artists who appear on the new record: Bob Corritore & Friends / Don’t Let The Devil Ride!
On Thursday Bob will join Bill “Howl-N-Madd” Perry and his daughter Shy for some songs, and then on Friday he guests with The Andy T Band featuring Alabama Mike and Anson Funderburgh!

June 29, 2018 – Don’t Let The Devil Ride Media Reaction First Week Following Release

Bob Corritore & Friends / Don’t Let The Devil Ride is exploding into the media this first week of its release!
It appeared as the #8 on the Roots Music Report, and is having radio feature tonight on Cleve Baker’s Confessin’ The Blues, and Sunday on Pepo González Lazieri’s Oceana Blues And Rock & Roll. Also thank you Michael Petros for his radio feature earlier today on Blues Music Fan Radio! And the record has been on rotation on SiriusXM’s Bluesville station!
Also click here to see the first 9 amazing reviews of the album from all around the world.
Thank you VizzTone Label Group and BratGirl Media! To order this album, click here.



June 27, 2018 – Benefit To Get Primetime’s CD Out – This Friday at The Rhythm Room


June 25, 2018 – Dave Riley & Bob Corritore Opening For Fantastic Negrito – This Wednesday at Last Exit Live


June 21, 2018 – Bob’s New Album Don’t Let The Devil Ride Out Tomorrow

Bob Corritore/Don’t Let The Devil Ride hits the streets tomorrow! Harmonica ace Bob Corritore gathered an all-star lineup of special guests to put together a career high-record. This album features highlights of 9 different recording sessions from between 2014 to 2017. 12 killer blues tracks played straight from the heart! Here is a look at the amazing album art by famous illustrator Vince Ray! To order this CD now, click here.


June 17, 2018 – Bob’s New Album Featured Tonight on WNUR

Thanks to Terry Abrahamson for featuring Bob Corritore’s forthcoming CD on his radio show later today! Not only is Terry making a big deal about the album, but he also made this hysterical ad showing featured vocalists from the album, Oscar Wilson, Sugaray Rayford, and Alabama Mike with Bob’s trademark pompadour photoshopped on! We all found this hysterical and had to share it with you. Please listen to Terry’s show today from 3 to 5pm Chicago time at WNUR.org.
Bob Corritore’s amazing new album Don’t Let The Devil Ride to be released on June 22! Preorder today at https://lnk.to/thedevilride.


June 14, 2018 – Preorder Bob Corritore’s New CD “Don’t Let The Devil Ride” Releasing Next Friday, June 22.

Bob Corritore’s amazing new album Don’t Let The Devil Ride to be released on June 22! Great songs, killer harmonica, amazing bands and guest vocalists, and cool artwork by famous illustrator Vince Ray! Preorder today at https://lnk.to/thedevilride.
T-Shirts available at Bob’s gigs while supplies last!



June 13, 2018 – Dave Riley / Bob Corritore Juke Joint Blues Band This Friday at The Rhythm Room



                                                                                              Photo by Elaine Thomas Campbell
Thank you Living Blues Magazine for this great honor, and in such great company!
Voting is now open for The 25th Annual Living Blues Awards!
Go to LivingBlues.com and click on the “VOTE” button on the right side of the page to vote.
It’s quick and easy to vote. Voting is open until July 15, 2018. Everyone is eligible to vote.
No subscription or membership is required. Support your favorite blues artists!
Winners will be announced in the August/September #256 issue of Living Blues.



May 22, 2018 Off To Sweden!

Bob Corritore brings a caravan of his favorite blues artists to Sweden: The Bobs Of The Blues (Margolin/Stroger/Corritore), Sugaray Rayford, and Diunna Greenleaf, plus the great rhythm section of Chuck Cotton and Tad Walters! The Monsteras Festival is glorious and we are excited to perform our blues in Sweden!

May 14, 2018 – Chico Chism Memorial & Dave Riley / Bob Corritore Juke Joint Blues Band This Weekend at The Rhythm Room


May 8, 2018 – Recently Announced: Bob Corritore To Be Inducted Into The Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall Of Fame!

What an honor! Here is the press release with all the announced future inductees:
SCOTTSDALE — The Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame (AMEHOF) announced future inductees during an event held Sunday, April 22, at Flicka’s Baja Cantina, 2003 N. Scottsdale Road.
“The performers, venues and others on this list have had a historic impact on Arizona’s music and entertainment scene, and we’re proud to recognize their contributions to the state’s cultural landscape,” said Mark Myers, AMEHOF’s president.
Alice Tatum — An accomplished jazz singer, Tatum has been a fixture of the Arizona music scene for 30 years.
Bob Corritore — As a blues man (harmonica player), broadcaster (“Those Lowdown Blues” on KJZZ, 91.5 FM) and club owner (The Rhythm Room), he has made his mark on the blues scene here for three decades.
Bob Meighan — Bob Meighan’s band “became a kind of house band” at the Celebrity Theatre in the 1970s, being a frequent opening act, as one member of the band put it. The group moved to Tucson and became a fixture there for years.
Bruce Connole — It’s hard to name a band that Bruce Connole was in that did not have an impact on the Arizona scene. From Billy Clone and the Same to the Jetzons to the Strand to the Suicide Kings, Connole has made an indelible mark.
Clarke Rigsby — An extraordinary music producer who has worked with the biggest names, including Paul McCartney and AMEHOF inductee Glen Campbell, among many, many others, Rigsby works out of his Tempest Recording studio right here in Arizona.
Compton Terrace — Named after Phoenix FM radio innovator Bill Compton, this music venue had a rich history of outdoor concerts, beginning in the late 1970s at Legend City, and then from 1985 till 2010 on the Gila River Indian Reservation. Owner Jess Nicks knew every blade of grass on the amphitheater’s infield, according to his daughter, Stevie.
Dave Pratt — Radio DJ Dave Pratt hosted the longest-running rock morning radio show ever by anyone anywhere, and he did it in Arizona on KUPD. The “Morning Mayor” also did an award- winning stint as a country music morning DJ on KMLE.
Dead Hot Workshop — These guys built their reputation on the 1990s Mill Avenue scene in Tempe, driven as much by lead singer Brent Babb’s lyrics as by their “sandblasted” rock sound.
Fender Musical Instrument Corporation — Since 1991, Fender has made its corporate home in Scottsdale. It’s the company that brought the world the Stratocaster and Telecaster guitars and the Jazz and Precision bass guitars. What else needs to be said?
George Benson — When he’s not on the road, the jazz guitarist (who made one of the biggest splashes of his career singing and vocalizing his guitar solo on his own classic version of the Drifters’ classic “On Broadway”) spends most of his time in his Paradise Valley home.
J. David Sloan — After knocking around with Willie and Waylon in the late 1960s, Sloan had given up on music as a career when he moved to Phoenix as a construction worker, but after a try-out gig at the prime country music club, Mr. Lucky’s, in 1972, he came back to the music — and construction’s loss was Arizona music’s gain.
Jon Iger — A songwriter and musician himself, Iger’s major gift to our community is the Arizona Songwriters Association, which he founded in 1977 and has nurtured ever since. The AGA holds songwriting and music business workshops and pitch sessions, among other events.
Long Wong’s — This small, defunct venue has long been considered the headquarters of the breakout “Mill Avenue scene” in the 1990s. The Gin Blossoms, Dead Hot Workshop, the Pistoleros, the Refreshments and many others played there.
Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers — Two decades into a career launched in the “Mill Avenue scene” heyday, Roger Clyne is still a force. He and the Peacemakers released “Native Heart” last year, continue to tour and are planning this year’s Circus Mexicus festival in Rocky Point.
The Pistoleros — The Pistoleros are still storming the music scene like they did at Long Wong’s many years ago. They just celebrated their 25th anniversary with the album “Silver” on Fervor Records.
The Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame, founded in 2002, is an all-volunteer nonprofit, dedicated to preserving and honoring the music and entertainment history of Arizona. AMEHOF’s activities include induction ceremonies, inductee selection and fundraising events to help pay the cost of creating, archiving and maintaining exhibits about our inductees and Arizona entertainment history. At present, AMEHOF is seeking a path to a permanent home for these exhibits as well as placing them in traveling displays at venues across Arizona. Visit amehof.org.



May 7, 2018 – Headed to Memphis for the BMAs!

It’s Blues Music Awards week! That means that the entire blues music industry will gather in Memphis to celebrate this amazing music! Thank you to the Blues Foundation for throwing this amazing party. Bob Corritore will be very busy during this week making a number of guest appearances with some of favorite musicians!
For more information on the Blues Foundation and the BMAs go to www.blues.org


May 4, 2018 – Bob Corritore’s New Release Out June 22 – Preorder Now!

Bob Corritore / Don’t Let The Devil Ride hits the streets on Friday, June 22nd, but you can preorder it now! You can pre-order downloads immediately and next week you will be able to preorder the physical CD through this link!
This album represents a career high for Bob, presenting highlights of 9 studio sessions recorded between 2014 and 2017. 12 killer tracks with amazing vocals, top shelf bands, and Bob’s heartfelt, soul-satisfying harmonica featured throughout! Guests include Alabama Mike, Sugaray Rayford, Oscar Wilson, Bill “Howl-N-Madd” Perry, Willie Buck, George Bowman, Tail Dragger, Henry Gray, Junior Watson, Jimi “Primetime” Smith, Rockin’ Johnny, Illinois Slim, Mojo Mark, Big Jon Atkinson, Bob Welch, Fred Kaplan, Bob Stroger, and the Rhythm Room All-Stars. Here is the public debut of the album cover designed by legendary illustrator Vince Ray! The album release date is June 22 but you can preorder today by clicking here. Released on Southwest Musical Arts Foundation Records through the VizzTone Label Group.

April 30, 2018 – Performances This Saturday & Sunday at The Rhythm Room



April 26, 2018 – Jimi “Primetime” Smith / Bob Corritore Project This Saturday at The Rhythm Room


April 16, 2018 – Bob Margolin & Bob Corritore Performances In Springfield, Tulsa, Fayetteville This Week! 

04/20/18Springfield, MO – Springfield Music, appearing with Bob Margolin
04/21/18Tulsa, OK – Route 66 Harmonica Summit, appearing with Bob Margolin, with headliners Charlie McCoy, and Tim Gonzales and more
04/22/18Fayetteville, Arkansas – George’s Majestic Lounge, appearing with Bob Margolin
Route 66 Harmonica Club of Tulsa – 2018 Summit
Harmonica workshops starting at noon with free harmonicas and instruction for children 12 and under. Followed by workshops with Charlie McCoy, Tim Gonzalez, Bob Corritore and Bob Margolin.
Evening performances with Charlie McCoy, Tim Gonzalez, Bob Corritore, Bob Margolin, Johnny Sansone, David Berntson, Jimmy Markham and the Caretakers. Doors at 6:30 PM, Show at 7:00 PM at VFW Post 577, 1109 East 6th Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74120


April 12, 2018 – Dave Riley & Bob Corritore Perform A Lobby Pre-show This Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Dave Riley & Bob Corritore perform a lobby pre-show this FridaySaturday and Sunday before the Arizona Theater Company’s production of the play Low Down Dirty Blues at the Herberger Theatre at 222 E. Monroe Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004.
Dave & Bob will appear as a duo acoustically before the Friday & Saturday shows and the Sunday matinee show. For more information on this play, and to purchase, tickets click here.

March 27, 2018 – John Primer & Bob Corritore Performing in Tucson & Phoenix This Weekend

Click the images below for more info and tickets!

March 22, 2018 – Dave Riley’s Birthday Bash This Saturday at The Rhythm Room


March 7, 2018 – Phoenix Blues Society Blues Blast Festival This Weekend

The Phoenix Blues Society presents its annual Blues Blast Festival this Saturday, March 10 at Margaret T. Hance Park from 11am to 6:30pm with The Andy T. Band with Alabama Mike and Little Charlie (plus a guest appearance on a few songs by Bob Corritore), Shari Puorto Band, Big Pete Pearson, Cold Shott & The Hurricane Horns, Smokestack Lightning, Nina Curri & Dan Rutland.
The Rhythm Room will host a Pre-Party on Friday, March 9 with The Blasters and opening set by Mike Eldred Trio.
The Rhythm Room also hosts an After-Party/Celebrity Jam on Saturday, March 10 after the festival with free entry by showing your Blues Blast ticket stub. Host band Billy Watson & The Rocket 88s will perform as will Dave Riley and Bob Corritore and many of the artists who performed at the festival!
See you around this weekend!


February 28, 2018 – Benefit For Bill Tarsha Tomorrow at The Rhythm Room

Tomorrow night the Phoenix blues community comes together to help Bill Tarsha replace stolen equipment.
The benefit will take place Thursday, March 1 at the Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85014.
The Rocket 88s will be the host band with JC and Mansaray Blue Pony as emcees. Appearing will be Johnny Tanner & The Aces, Cadillac Assembly Line, Gypsy Wild At Harp, Dave Riley & Bob Corritore, Jack Alves, Johnny Rapp, Walking Cane Mark, Smokestack Lightning, Mike Eldred, Nina Curri, Larry Polk & Tony DiGiovanni, Sistah’s Too, Geo Bowman, Johnny Rapp, Sammy Eubanks, Jim Robertson, Acme Blues Band, Country Soul Bob, Eric Ramsey, Bluesman Mike and many more!
Doors at 6pm, music at 6:30pm. $10 suggested minimum donation.


February 15, 2018 – Bob Appearing This Friday at The Rhythm Room with The Fremonts!

February 7, 2018 – Valentine’s Day Blues Celebration This Saturday at The Rhythm Room

January 30, 2018 – Kid Ramos & The 44s and Johnny Main’s Birthday Party This Friday at The Rhythm Room!

January 16, 2018 – Memphis This Week: IBC’s, Showcases, Classes!

Bob Corritore will appear with Bob Margolin at each of these showcases:


January 11, 2018 – Arizona Blues Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony & Fundraising Concert This Sunday at The Rhythm Room

January 4, 2018 – Rhythm Room House Rent Party & Elvis Birthday Celebration This Weekend at The Rhythm Room!