2019 Archives




December 26, 2019 – Jimi Primetime Smith & Bob Corritore Project Perform Tomorrow Night At The Rhythm Room

With Very Special Guest ADRIANNA MARIE on Bass with Primetime/Corritore and Kurt Crandall.


December 23, 2019 – Happy Holidays From The Bob Corritore Blues Newsletter!

Thank you for your support and your cherished friendship!

Smokey’s Christmas Card

Lil’ Ed on Cover of Blues Revue

Kate Moss and B.B. King! (Photo by Peter Amft)


December 16, 2019 – Lurrie Bell With Bob Margolin And Bob Corritore This Saturday At The Rhythm Room!

November 25, 2019 – Blues Harmonica Showcase This Saturday at The Rhythm Room



October 28, 2019 – Dave Riley / Bob Corritore Juke Joint Blues Band Perform In Tucson & Phoenix This Weekend



October 16, 2019 – Bob Corritore & Bob Margolin Performing At Fall Into The Blues Festival This Weekend In Las Vegas

October 9, 2019 – Bob Corritore & Friends / Do The Hip-Shake Baby! Up For Consideration For Grammy Nomination

For your Grammy consideration in the Traditional Blues category. First round voting ends October 10 at 6 PM.


October 8, 2019 – King Biscuit Blues Festival And Pinetop Homecoming This Week!

It’s time to pass the biscuits once again. Bob Corritore gathers with friends down south to play a few shows and enjoy some southern hospitality! Saturday, October 12 King Biscuit Blues Festival, Helena, Arkansas, main stage 4pm Bob makes a guest appearance with the Andy T Band featuring Alabama Mike and Anson Funderburgh. For full fest lineup, click here.
Sunday, October 13 Pinetop Homecoming, Hopson’s Plantation, Clarksdale, Mississippi, a set with the Bobs Of The Blues (Bob Margolin, Bob Stroger, Bob Corritore). This show honors the Pinetop Perkins Foundation.


September 30, 2019 – Shows Thursday In Phoenix And Saturday In Chicago!

Click the flyers below for more information and tickets.


September 25, 2019 – Bob’s Birthday Party And CD Release Party!

It’s a double celebration this Saturday night at the Rhythm Room! Bob Corritore celebrates his birthday and the release of Bob Corritore & Friends/Do The Hip-Shake Baby! Bob Corritore will perform alongside many special guests including Alabama Mike, Oscar Wilson, The Fremonts, Bill Howl-N-Madd Perry & Shy Perry, Jimi Primetime Smith, Adriana Marie & L.A. Jones, Brian Fahey, Johnny Rapp, and Yahni Riley. Doors at 7pm music starting at 8pm. Gonna be a party! For tickets click here.



September 16, 2019 – Bob Corritore & Friends Win Best Traditional Blues Album!

Contemporary Blues Album
Brandon Santini – The Longshot
Traditional Blues Album
Bob Corritore & Friends – Don’t Let The Devil Ride
Soul Blues Album
John Primer – The Soul Of A Blues Man
Rock Blues Album
JP Soars – South Bound I-95
Acoustic Blues Album
Catfish Keith – Reefer Hound – Viper Songs Revisited
Live Blues Recording
Magic Slim & The Teardrops – I’m Gonna Play The Blues
Historical Or Vintage Recording
Magic Slim & The Teardrops – I’m Gonna Play The Blues
New Artist Debut Album
Tiffany Pollack & Eric Johanson – Blues In My Blood
Blues Band
Male Blues Artist
Female Blues Artist
Sean Costello Rising Star Award
Thank you Blues Blast Magazine and Bob Kieser.
To order this album click here: https://lnk.to/thedevilride
Thanks Terry Abrahamson for this humorous meme!


September 9, 2019 – Blues Blast Music Awards This Friday Plus A Party On Thursday At The Old Chess Records Building!

Bob Corritore will appear on Friday, September 13 at the Blues Blast Music Awards in Rockford, IL. The 2018 album Bob Corritore & Friends/Don’t Let The Devil Ride is up for Traditional Blues Album! Bob also participated on a few songs for Tony Holiday’s Porch Sessions which is up for Best Live Recording. Bob’s revue set will feature vocalists Oscar Wilson and Tail Dragger, guitarist Mojo Mark Cihlar, and the great Doug Demming & The Jewel Tones. Gonna be a fun night filled with great performances!
The night before, on Thursday, September 12 there is a bash at Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven Foundation headquarters at the old Chess Records Studio, 2120 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Tail Dragger and Bob Corritore will guest with John Primer’s Real Deal Blues Band – which features harmonica ace Steve Bell! On display that night will be the fantastic photography of Eric Kriesant.

August 13, 2019 – Chicago Blues Throwdown Featuring Tail Dragger & Bob Corritore This Friday at Rhythm Room


August 13, 2019 – Blues Blast Music Awards Voting Ends This Thursday, August 16.

Bob Corritore & Friends/Don’t Let The Devil Ride is nominated in the Traditional Blues Album category. Anyone can vote!




July 31, 2019 – John Primer & Bob Corritore Perform This Sunday At Calgary Blues Festival

John Primer and Bob Corritore with the amazing rhythm section of Bob Stroger and Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith will perform a set of straight-ahead Chicago blues at the Calgary Blues Festival this Sunday, Aug 4. Check out the fantastic festival lineup on the poster below.
For more info and to buy tickets: www.calgarybluesfest.com


July 26, 2019 – Bob Corritore & Friends / Don’t Let The Devil Ride is nominated for a Blues Blast Music Award!

Voting is going on right now! Voting ends August 16. You can vote at this link. Thanks!



July 22, 2019 – All-Star Blues Showcase This Friday at Rhythm Room



July 19, 2019 – William Clarke Collectors LP Compiled By Bob Corritore Available Now On Bear Family!

When Germany’s famed Bear Family Records asked Bob Corritore to help compile a collectors limited edition LP by late West Coast harmonica master William Clarke, the answer was an absolute yes! Bob worked closely with William’s widow Jeanette to carefully choose the 10 wonderful songs and to get inside perspective from which to write the liner notes. Bear Family records is known as an industry leader for its flawless production. The end result is for you to judge. For more info and to order, click here.



July 15, 2019 – Today Is The Last Day To Vote In The Living Blues Awards

Today is the last day to vote for the Living Blues Awards. Bob Corritore is nominated in the Harmonica category!
Please go to www.livingblues.com to place your votes!


July 12, 2019 – Bob Corritore Nominated For Living Blues Award – Voting Ends July 15

Bob Corritore is nominated for a Living Blues Award in the Harmonica category. Voting ends July 15.
Please participate in the voting process at www.livingblues.com.
Bob Corritore, Henry Gray, and John Primer are all nominated for Living Blues Awards!



July 2, 2019 – Voting Is Open Now For The 2019 Blues Blast Music Awards!

Voting is now open for the Blues Blast Music Awards. Anyone can vote at www.bluesblastmagazine.com. Bob Corritore & Friends / Don’t Let The Devil Ride is up for Traditional Blues Album! Please vote your choices today!
And also please remember to vote in the Living Blues Awards which closes on July 15. Bob Corritore is up for an award in the Harmonica Category! Voting at www.livingblues.com.


June 24, 2019 – The Dave Riley / Bob Corritore Juke Joint Blues Band This Saturday at The Rhythm Room


June 19, 2019 – Nominations, Reviews, Accolades

Bob Corritore has been very active lately, and the media and blues scene seems to be noticing. Bob recently was nominated for a Living Blues award in the Harmonica category, and a Blues Blast Music Award for The 2018 Traditional Blues Album for Bob Corritore & Friends/Don’t Let The Devil Ride.
His 2019 release Bob Corritore & Friends/Do The Hip-Shake Baby! recently got rave reviews in DownBeat Magazine (4 stars!) and Living Blues, as well as a multitude of other noted publications!
Bob also has guest appearances on some high profile albums: Tony Holiday/Porch Sessions, released earlier this year (and up for a Blues Blues Blast Music Award), and soon to be released albums Zac Harmon/Mississippi BarBQ and Ben Levin/Before Me. And Harmonica.com did a feature interview and Bob earlier this year! Thank you VizzTone Label Group and Brat Girl Media for getting the word out!
Living Blues Awards voting going on now! Place your votes today at www.LivingBlues.com.
Blues Blast Music Awards voting begins July 1st at www.BluesBlastMagazine.com.


June 12, 2019 – Che Nemeth Birthday Bash This Saturday At The Rhythm Room, Phoenix


June 4, 2019 – The Bobs Of The Blues (Margolin/Stroger/Corritore) Appear Saturday At St. Georges Blues Fest In Delaware


June 3, 2019 – Bob Corritore Nominated For A 2019 Living Blues Award In Harmonica Category

It’s truly an honor to be among the nominees in the Harmonica category for the 2019 Living Blues Awards! And what a sterling class of nominees! To place your votes click www.LivingBlues.com, then the vote icon.


May 29, 2019 – Jimi “Primetime” Smith / Bob Corritore Blues Project This Friday at Rhythm Room



May 22, 2019 – Chico Chism Memorial Birthday Celebration This Saturday At The Rhythm Room

Each year we remember the great Chico Chism, who lived in the last 20 years of his life as a true blessing of the Phoenix blues scene!
We celebrate Chico Chism this Saturday, 7pm doors, 8pm music, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix.
Bill Tarsha & his Rocket 88s are the host band and some of the special guests include Hans Olson, Dave Riley, Jimi “Primetime” Smith, Bob Corritore, Brian Fahey, Johnny Rapp, Yahni Riley, Elgin, Gypsy Wild At Harp, Elizabeth Greene, Walking Cane Mark, Country Soul Bob, Charles Mack, George Vaught & The Flamekeepers, Paul Klapper, Smokestack Lightning, and more!
Chico was an integral part of the Rhythm Room community and we honor him this Saturday!




May 14, 2019 – Bob Corritore Appears This Saturday At Doheny Blues Festival As A Guest Of The Forty Fours!


May 7, 2019 – 40th Annual Blues Music Awards This Week in Memphis

May 6, 2019 – Bob Corritore & Friends/Do The Hip-Shake Baby Is #3 On The April Living Blues Radio Chart!

To order, click http://lnk.to/hipshake.
Thank you all for this honor! Congrats to our dear friend Sugaray Rayford for the #1 slot!



May 2, 2019 – Bob Corritore & Friends / Do The Hip Shake Baby To Be Released Tomorrow On Friday, May 3!

To pre-order click http://lnk.to/hipshake.
Many thanks to all the DJs, reviewers and fans who have boosted this new release! Many thanks to the long list of fantastic musicians who all contributed their heartfelt performances to this project. And special thanks to Clarke Rigsby, John Wroble, and Kid Andersen who were behind the scenes heroes in the making of this record. And of course we must acknowledge the team over at VizzTone Label Group and BratGirl Media for their amazing efforts in the release and promotion of this album! Order today and it will be shipped tomorrow!



April 29, 2019 – The Dave Riley / Bob Corritore Juke Joint Blues Band This Friday At The Rhythm Room

April 25, 2019 – Ziggie’s Legal Fund Benefit Show This Sunday at Rhythm Room



April 10, 2019 – Bob Corritore Joins Henry Gray This Saturday At The Baton Rouge Blues Festival!

Here is the festival’s promotional video clip of the 2019 lineup:

March 26, 2019 – John Primer & Bob Corritore Chicago Blues Band This Saturday at The Rhythm Room



March 18, 2019 – Dave Riley Birthday Celebration This Saturday at Rhythm Room



March 8, 2019 – Phoenix Blues Blast Festival This Saturday Afternoon! Pre-party and After-parties at Rhythm Room!

Click each flyer below for info and tickets.

March 6, 2019 – New Release Out May 3! Pre-order Now.

Bob Corritore & Friends / Do The Hip Shake Baby will be released May 3 through VizzTone Label Group. Special Guests include Alabama Mike, Sugaray Rayford, Oscar Wilson, Henry Gray, John Primer, Bill “Howl-N-Madd” Perry, Jimi “Primetime” Smith, The Fremonts, Andy T band featuring Anson Funderburgh, Junior Watson, Kid Ramos, Johnny Main, Bob Stroger, Fred Kaplan, Bob Welsh, LA Jones, Adrianna Marie, Nathan James and more!
You can pre-order this album now by clicking here: https://lnk.to/hipshake



Voting ends Thursday, February 28th.
Winners will be announced on Thursday, May 9 in Memphis!



February 13, 2019 – Valentine’s Day Blues Celebration This Saturday at Rhythm Room



February 6, 2019 – Tony Holiday / Porch Sessions Out Now!

Harpist/vocalist Tony Holiday traveled across the country to record with his favorite blues musicians in informal, spirited performance situations. This album brilliantly provides a snapshot exemplifying today’s traditional blues as seen through the eyes of this young keeper of the flame. Congratulations Tony Holiday!



January 29, 2019 – Dave Riley / Bob Corritore Juke Joint Blues Band Appear Friday In Tucson & Saturday In Phoenix! 


January 22, 2019 – International Blues Challenge This Week In Tennessee

Here is where to catch Bob Corritore during IBC week:
01/23/19 and 01/24/19: Memphis, TN – Rum Boogie Cafe – BratGirl All-Star Showcases with many amazing artists! Starts 10:30pm
01/24/19: Memphis, TN – Blues Hall Juke Joint, Harmonica Masterclass 2pm
01/25/19: Memphis, TN – Blues Hall Juke Joint, Youth Blues Harmonica Workshop 11am until noon
01/25/19 and 01/26/19: Memphis, TN – Rum Boogie Cafe – Host Band with Bob Margolin for nightly VizzTone revue showcases.
01/26/19: Memphis, TN – Hard Rock Cafe, Generation Blues Fundraiser hosted by the Andy T Band.



January 19, 2019 – Happy 94th Birthday To Henry Gray!

Blues piano legend Henry Gray is celebrating his 94th birthday today at his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Henry is simply the greatest blues piano player alive today, and is one of the few remaining links to the original Chicago blues of the late 40s and early 1950s! He played on numerous classic records with Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Rogers, Jimmy Reed, Little Walter, Billy Boy Arnold and others. His recent performance last October at the Crescent City Blues Festival showed us that Henry is still at the top of this game! Happy 94th birthday Henry Gray!


January 16, 2019 – The Dave Riley / Bob Corritore Juke Joint Blues Band Perform This Sunday At The Arizona Blues Hall Of Fame Event

With a huge lineup of great Arizona blues talent!


January 9, 2019 – BMA Nominations Announced! Bob Corritore Nominated In The Harmonica Category!

Acoustic Album
A Woman’s Soul, Rory Block
Black Cowboys, Dom Flemons
Global Griot, Eric Bibb
Journeys To The Heart Of The Blues,
Joe Louis Walker/Bruce Katz/Giles Robson
Wish The World Away, Ben RiceAcoustic Artist
Ben Rice 
Guy Davis 
Hadden Sayers 
Harrison Kennedy 
Rory BlockAlbum of the Year
America’s Child, Shemekia Copeland
The High Cost Of Low Living, The Nick Moss Band Featuring Dennis Gruenling
Journeys To The Heart Of The Blues, Joe Louis Walker/Bruce Katz/Giles Robson
Rough Cut, Curtis Salgado and Alan Hager
Why Did You Have To Go, Anthony GeraciB.B. King Entertainer
Beth Hart 
Bobby Rush 
Lil’ Ed Williams 
Michael Ledbetter 
Sugaray Rayford 
Band of the Year
Anthony Geraci & The Boston Blues All-Stars 
Larkin Poe
Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials
Nick Moss Band
Welch-Ledbetter ConnectionBest Emerging Artist Album
Burn Me Alive, Heather Newman
Free, Amanda Fish
Heartland And Soul, Kevin Burt
Tough As Love, Lindsay Beaver
Wish The World Away, Ben Rice
Blues Rock Album
The Big Bad Blues, Billy F Gibbons
High Desert Heat, Too Slim and the Taildraggers
Live At The ’62 Center, Albert Cummings
Poor Until Payday, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Winning Hand, Tinsley Ellis
Blues Rock Artist
Billy F Gibbons
Eric Gales
J.P. Soars
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Tinsley Ellis 
Contemporary Blues Album
America’s Child, Shemekia Copeland
Belle Of The West, Samantha Fish
Chicago Plays The Stones, The Living History Band
Hold On, Kirk Fletcher
Wild Again, The Proven Ones
Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Beth Hart
Danielle Nicole
Samantha Fish
Shemekia Copeland
Vanessa CollierContemporary Blues Male Artist
Kenny Neal
Rick Estrin
Ronnie Baker Brooks
Selwyn Birchwood
Toronzo Cannon
Instrumentalist – Bass
Danielle Nicole
Michael “Mudcat” Ward
Patrick Rynn
Scot Sutherland
Willie J. Campbell
Instrumentalist – Drums
Cedric Burnside
Jimi Bott
June Core
Tom Hambridge
Tony Braunagel
Instrumentalist – Guitar
Anson Funderburgh
Christoffer “Kid” Andersen
Laura Chavez
Monster Mike Welch
Ronnie Earl
Instrumentalist – Harmonica
Billy Branch
Bob Corritore
Dennis Gruenling
Kim Wilson
Mark HummelInstrumentalist – Horn
Doug James
Jimmy Carpenter
Kaz Kazzanof
Mindi Abair
Nancy Wright
Vanessa CollierInstrumentalist – Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
Anthony Geraci
Bruce Katz
Jim Pugh
Marcia Ball
Mike FinniganInstrumentalist – Vocals
Beth Hart
Danielle Nicole
Janiva Magness
Michael Ledbetter
Shemekia CopelandSong of the Year
“Ain’t Got Time For Hate,” written by John Hahn and Will Kimbrough
“Angelina, Angelina,” written by Anthony Geraci
“Cognac,” written by Buddy Guy, Tom Hambridge, Richard Fleming
“No Mercy In This Land,” written by Ben Harper
“The Ice Queen,” written by Sue Foley
Soul Blues Album
Back In Business, Frank Bey
Every Soul’s A Star, Dave Keller
I’m Still Around, Johnny Rawls
Love Makes A Woman, The Knickerbocker All-Stars
Reckoning, Billy Price
Soul Blues Female Artist
Annika Chambers
Barbara Blue
Candi Staton
Thornetta Davis
Whitney Shay
Soul Blues Male Artist
Frank Bey
Johnny Rawls
Sugaray Rayford
Wee Willie Walker
William Bell
Traditional Blues Album
The Blues Is Alive And Well, Buddy Guy
The High Cost Of Low Living, Nick Moss Band Featuring Dennis Gruenling
The Luckiest Man, Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters
Tribute to Carey Bell, Lurrie Bell & the Bell Dynasty
Why Did You Have To Go, Anthony Geraci
Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female Artist)
Fiona Boyes
Lindsay Beaver
Ruthie Foster
Sue Foley
Trudy Lynn
Traditional Blues Male Artist
Anthony Geraci
Cedric Burnside
James Harman
Lurrie Bell
Nick Moss
Congratulations to all musicians, producers, engineers, and record labels for making such stellar music this past year!



January 7, 2019 – Bob Margolin & Bob Corritore Join Ben Levin For A Concert In Cincinnati Honoring King Records This Friday!

January 2, 2019 – Rhythm Room House Rent Party & Elvis Birthday Celebration This Weekend