2012 Photo Highlights

Here are some photo highlights summarizing Bob Corritore’s 2012. An amazing year of music, recognition, and recordings. Photos are in chronological order.

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Bob’s first performance of the year was when the Dave Riley / Bob Corritore Juke Joint Blues Band played at The Rhythm Room on January 13th

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Mud Morganfield & Bob Corritore on January 17th were guests on the new Mannish Boys CD.
Here they are leaving for the recording studio.
(Photo by Randy Chortkoff)

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Mud Morganfield & Bob Corritore enjoyed some sight seeing while in California on January 18th.
(Photo by Juanita Steele)

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Bob Corritore & Kim Wilson at Kim’s Rhythm Room show on January 30th
(Photo by David Blake)

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Induction Ceremony & Fundraiser for Arizona Blues Hall of Fame – January 24th

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Dave Riley & Bob Corritore performed at the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame event at The Rhythm Room – January 24th

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Nick Moss & Bob Corritore Performing at the IBCs in Memphis, TN – February 2nd

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Bob Margolin VizzTone Blues Review Rum Boogie in Memphis, TN
(Poster by Amy Brat)

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Amy Brat & Bob Corritore Hanging Out at the IBCs in Memphis, TN – February 3rd

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David Earl of Severn Records & Bob Corritore at the Keeping The Blues Alive Awards Brunch in Memphis, TN – February 4th
David got a KBA award that day for his wonderful record label.

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John Primer & The Rhythm Room All-Stars With Barrelhouse Chuck – February 10th & 11th

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John Primer & The Rhythm Room All-Stars at The Rhythm Room – February 10th
(Photo by Ronnie Tsoe)

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Barrelhouse Chuck Playing at The Rhythm Room – February 10th

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Bob Corritore Performs With Candye Kane – February 18th
(Photo by David Blake)

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Lucius Parr, Nephew of Albert Collins, Held a CD Release Party on February 24th at The Rhythm Room

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Bob Corritore Performed on Lucius Parr’s 2012 CD Gotta Go. This is the CD Cover.

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Blues Fan Tonia Robinson at The Rhythm Room – February 24th
Tonia is holding a pre-release copy of the Mud Morganfield CD!
(Photo by Bob Corritore)

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Dave Riley & Bob Corritore Guesting With The Rocket 88s at The Rhythm Room – February 25th
(Photo by David Blake)

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Guitarist Extraordinaire Johnny Rapp also appeared with The Rocket 88s – February 25th
(Photo by Dave Blake)

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The world lost the great Louisiana Red on February 25th, 2012. Red was one of Bob Corritore’s closest friends and Bob went to Hannover, Germany to attend the March 6th funeral. Bob took this photo that day. RIP Louisiana Red.

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Bob Corritore & Little Victor at the Repast After Louisiana Red’s Funeral in Hannover, Germany – March 6th

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The Hawk, Alex Pettersen, Big Daddy Wilson, Little Victor, Bob Corritore, Robban Hagnas (Wentus Blues Band) Performing at the Louisiana Red Memorial Tribute at the Blues Garage in Hannover, Germany – March 6th

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Blues Blast 2012 – Margaret T. Hance Park – March 10th

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Bob Corritore & Dave Riley Appearing at Blues Blast – March 10th

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Bob Corritore & Sugar Ray Norcia at Blues Blast in Phoenix, AZ – March 10th
Later that night at The Rhythm Room afterparty, Sugar Ray and Bob shared the stage for a harp throwdown.

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Dave Riley / Bob Corritore Juke Joint Blues Band on Dave’s Birthday, St. Patrick’s Day – March 17th

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Dave Riley celebrated his birthday on Saturday, March 17th at The Rhythm Room. His birthday is actually March 18th!
(Photo by Bob Corritore)

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Mud Morganfield’s first national CD, Son of the Seventh Son, on Severn Records, was released on March 20th. This CD was produced by Bob Corritore, who shared harmonica honors with Harmonica Hinds. Also in the band are Barrelhouse Chuck, Rick Kreher, Billy Flynn, E.G. McDaniel, and Kenny Smith.

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Also released on March 20th was Tail Dragger & Bob Corritore’s Longtime Friends in the Blues album on the Delta Groove record label! The band features Henry Gray, Kirk Fletcher, Chris James, Patrick Rynn, and Brian Fahey.

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Tex Nakamura of the 44s Band & Bob Corritore at The Rhythm Room in Phoenix, AZ – March 21st
(Photo by Sara Childress)

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The Mud Morganfield Band made a national TV appearance on March 30th at WGN in Chicago!

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Mud Morganfield CD Release Party at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago, IL – March 31st

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Mud Morganfield & Bob Corritore on March 31st at Buddy Guy’s Legends for the CD Release Party for Mud’s CD Son of the Seventh Son on Severn Records
(Photo by Monaghan Photography)

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Tail Dragger & Bob Corritore’s Delta Groove CD Longtime Friends in the Blues was #1 on the Powerblues Radio Charts in the month of April! Powerblues is a radio reporting of the French speaking blues radio shows in Europe and Canada. Quite an honor.

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In April of 2012, Hohner presented their new carton for the Blues harp brand of harmonicas. Bob Corritore’s image is front and center on the packaging between Dan Smith and Junior Wells!
(Photo Courtesy of Hohner Inc.)

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Tail Dragger & Bob Corritore went to Helsinki, Finland for an April 14th headline slot at the Stompin’ At The Savoy Festival! They were backed by the great Tomi Leino Blues Band, Finland’s finest traditional blues band.

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Tail Dragger works the audience at the Savoy Ballroom on April 14th while Bob Corritore and the Tomi Lieno Band keep the groove going onstage!

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Tom Leino & Bob Corritore Appearing at the Stompin’ at the Savoy Festival in Finland – April 14th

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Tommy Moberg, Bob Corritore, Sven Zetterberg – Hanging Out at the Stompin’ at the Savoy Festival After-Party Jam in Finland – April 14th

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Multi-Cultural Music Festival 2012 – April 21st

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April 27th at The Rhythm Room

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Bob Corritore, James Mosley (Jimmy Rogers’ Son Who Lives in Phoenix), Bob Margolin at The Rhythm Room – April 27th

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Tail Dragger appeared on the cover of Blues News in Finland in May. The cover photo and interview happened when Tail Dragger and Bob visited Finland.

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On May 10th, a new website based in the UK called World of Hamonica did its first artist feature on Bob Corritore. To see this feature, click here. Thank you WOH chief Shawn Monument May.

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Diunna Greenleaf, Bob Corritore, Bob Margolin Performing “Growing Up and Growing Old” at the BMAs at Cook Convention Center in Memphis, TN – May 10th
(Photo by Joe Rosen)

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The Lovely Cleome Bova & Bob Corritore Heading to the BMAs – May 10th
(Photo by Gaye Adegbalola)

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Louisiana Red Memorial Tribute on May 11th at The Hard Rock Cafe in Memphis, TN
(Poster by Amy Brat)

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Bob Corritore Performing With Maria Muldaur on May 11th at The Hard Rock Cafe in Memphis, TN for the Louisiana Red Memorial Tribute
(Photo by Alan Grossman)

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VizzTone “Beal Street Blues Party” Rum Boogie in Memphis, TN – May 11th
(Poster by Amy Brat)

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Released May 15th, The Mannish Boys’ Double Dynamite CD features two tracks with Mud Morganfield and Bob Corritore, as well as an amazing array of other special guests! This double CD is an amazing work reflective of the large and influential Delta Groove family.

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Debbie Davies & Bob Corritore at The Rhythm Room in Phoenix, AZ – May 18th
Bob made a guest appearance for a song during Debbie’s set.

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Poster for Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival – May 26th & 27th
(Poster by Josh Tempkin)

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Bob Corritore & Mud Morganfield at the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival – May 26th
(Photo by Grant Cihlar)

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Bob Corritore & Bob Margolin at the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival – May 26th
(Photo by Grant Cihlar)

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Bob Corritore at the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival – May 26th
(Photo by Wanda Leavey)

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Muddy Waters Tribute at the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival – May 26th
(Photo by Marylyn Stringer)

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Bob Corritore & Randy Chortkoff at the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival – May 26th

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On May 28th, Bob Corritore recorded harmonica on the Smokin’ Joe Kubek & B’Nois King album Close to the Bone

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On the afternoon of June 6th, Bob Corritore held a session at Joyride Studios in Chicago, IL for his project with John Primer. Chris Monagham was there and snapped this cool shot!

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Bob Corritore, Tim Betts, Lil’ Ed at Dave Katzman’s Pro Jam at The House of Blues in Chicago, IL – June 6th
(Photo by Monoghan Photography)

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Tail Dragger & Bob Corritore Longtime Friends in the Blues CD Release Party at Blues on Halsted in Chicago, IL – June 7th
(Poster by Amy Brat)

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Blues on Halsted – June 7th
(Photo by David Blake)

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Joe Louis Walker sat in for a number at the Tail Dragger & Bob Corritore CD release party at Blues on Halsted in Chicago, IL – June 7th
(Photo by Michael Kurgansky)

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Twist Turner, Bob Corritore, Todd Fackler, Illinois Slim, Kevin Shanahan, Tail Dragger – Blues on Halsted – June 7th

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Billy Flynn, Jimi Mayes, Bob Corritore, Mike Flynn – Smoke Daddy in Chicago, IL – June 8th

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Bob Corritore & Diunna Greenleaf performed at the Chicago Blues Festival on June 9th. This was the first of four performances that day at the festival for Bob.

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Windy City Blues Society Stage with Sam Lay & Bob Corritore – June 9th

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Sam Lay With the Bob Riedy Blues Band at the Chicago Blues Festival – June 9th

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Bob Corritore at the Chicago Blues Festival – June 9th

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The Hubert Sumlin Tribute Set at the Chicago Blues Festival Stage with Dave Specter, Kenny Smith, Bob Margolin, Bob Stroger, Bob Corritore – June 9th
(Photo by David Blake)

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Eddie Shaw, Bob Stroger, Bob Corritore at The Hubert Sumlin Tribute Set at the Chicago Blues Festival – June 9th
(Photo by Dave Blake)

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Bob Stroger & Bob Corritore at the Hubert Sumlin Tribute, Front Porch Stage, at the Chicago Blues Festival – June 9th
(Photo by David Blake)

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Kenny Smith at the Hubert Sumlin Tribute Set at the Chicago Blues Festival – June 9th
Also on that set were Eddie Shaw, Dave Specter, Bob Margolin, Bob Stroger, and Bob Corritore.
(Photo by David Blake)

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Bob Corritore & Mud Morganfield at the Chicago Blues Festival – June 9th
(Photo by Marilyn Stringer)

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Bob Corritore & Mud Morganfield at the Chicago Blues Festival – June 9th
(Photo by David Blake)

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The Bob Riedy Blues Band Featuring Sam Lay & Special Guests! – Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket – June 9th
This was Bob’s fifth show of the day.

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Mud Morganfield appeared on the cover of the Living Blues Magazine’s June 2012 issue.

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Rhythm & Roots Concert Series With The Fremonts Featuring Mighty Joe Milsap & Special Guest Bob Corritore – June 15th

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Bob appeared again with the Fremonts the next night, Saturday, June 16th at The Rhythm Room!
Bob Corritore, Alan West, Mighty Joe Milsap, Tony Tomlinson, Patrick Skog
(Photo by David Blake)

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In late July, the Blues Blast Magazine announced the Blues Blast Music Awards nominees, and Bob Corritore was nominated in the category of “Male Blues Artist,” along with Lurrie Bell, Tab Benoit, Bobby Rush, John Primer, Johnny Sansone, and Joe Louis Walker.

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On August 7th, the Living Blues Awards were announced and Bob Corritore was acknowledged in the harmonica category. Quite a milestone!

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Junior Watson & Fred Kaplan West Coast Blues All-Stars at The Rhythm Room – August 10th
(Poster by Amy Brat)

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Bob Corritore & Junior Watson at The Rhythm Room – August 10th
(Photo by David Blake)

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Finland’s Blues News Magazine’s Summer Issue Featuring Interview With Bob Corritore by Kari Kempas

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Bob Corritore sat in with the 44s, giving their great harp player Tex Nakamura a break for a song or two – August 18th
(Photo by Daniel Swadener)

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August 24th & 25th

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Henry Gray’s August 24th performance inspired this artistic collage.
(Photos by Miachelle DePiano)

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Also inspired by Henry’s August 24th Rhythm Room performance was this great shot of Henry waiting for showtime with his unmistakable silhouette.
(Photo by David Blake)

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Joe Beard & Bob Corritore on August 31st at The Rhythm Room
Special thanks to Tommy Grills for promoting this show.
(Photo by Daniel Swadener)

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The August issue of Big City Blues Magazine features this great cover shot taken earlier that year at the Simi Valley Blues Festival.

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Bob Corritore Appeared at the Blues At The Beach Festival in Virginia Beach, VA – September 7th
Bob was part of Little Ronnie’s Blues Harp Review, which also included Mitch Kashmar, Kurt Crandall, and Little Ronnie.

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Bob Corritore On Stage at the Blues At The Beach Festival – September 7th
(Photo by Johnnye Weber)

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Mitch Kashmar, Kurt Crandell, Bob Corritore at Loafers Beach Club in Raleigh, NC – September 8th

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Andy Poxton, Lil’ Ronnie, Bob Corritore, Mitch Kashmar at The Capital Ale House in Richmond, VA – September 9th
(Photo by John Porter)

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Diunna Greenleaf and Blue Mercy performed in Tucson with guest Bob Corritore in Tucson, AZ on Friday, September 14th as part of Susan Holden’s Rhythm & Roots Series.

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At the Bisbee Blues Festival With Diunna Greenleaf & Blue Mercy! – September 15th

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Bob Corritore is a special guest on two tracks on Smokin’ Joe Kubek & BNois King’s Close to the Bone album, released on September 18th, 2012 on the Delta Groove label.

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Bob Corritore With George Thomas & The Flamekeepers at George’s Birthday Party at the El Dorado Lounge in Scottsdale, AZ – September 21st
(Photo by Sara Childress)

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Jimmie Vaughan & The Tilt-A-Whirl Band With Special Guest Lou Ann Barton – Opening Set by Dave Riley & Bob Corritore – September 26th
(Poster by Amy Brat)

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Bob Corritore & Dave Riley opening the show for Jimmie Vaughan on September 26th at The Rhythm Room

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Bob Corritore’s Birthday Bash – September 29th
(Poster by Amy Brat)

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Bob Corritore’s Birthday Bash – September 29th
(Photo by Marilyn Stringer)

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Rod Piazza & Bob Corritore at Bob Corritore’s Birthday Bash – September 29th
(Photo by Marilyn Stringer)

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At Bob’s birthday bash on September 29th, Councilman Tom Simplot presented Bob with a certificate of appreciation from the City of Phoenix.

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Bob attended and performed at numerous events during the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, AR – October 4th, 5th & 6th

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Bob Corritore & Anson Funderburgh Performing With The Andy T. / Nick Nixon Band at The King Biscuit Blues Festival – October 5th
(Photo by Gary Eckhart)

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Amy Brat Enjoying Her Poster Design in a Window at The King Biscuit Blues Festival – October 5th

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Good Friends!
Julia Magness, Bob Corritore, and Cleome Bova on a chilly night at the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, AR – October 5th
(Photo by Marilyn Stringer)

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Bob Corritore, Kenny Smith, Little Frank – King Biscuit Blues Festival – October 6th
(Photo by Marilyn Stringer)

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Ann Rabson, Bob Corritore, Bob Margolin – King Biscuit Blues Festival – October 6th

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October 6th
(Poster by Amy Brat)

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Kenny Smith & The Bobs of the Blues Perform at The Miller Hotel in Helena, AR – October 6th

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Carla Roy, Clay Swafford, Popcorn, Jimi Mayes, Bob Corritore – Pinetop Memorial Homecoming at Hopson’s Plantation in Clarksdale, MS – October 7th
(Photo by Julia Magness)

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Bob Corritore & Little Frank Performing at the Pinetop Memorial Homecoming at Hopson’s Plantation in Clarksdale, MS – October 7th

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Bob made a guest appearance at Red’s in Clarksdale, MS on the night of October 7th. Here is a photo of Red and Bob.
(Photo by Cleome Bova)

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A Belated CD Release Party for Tail Dragger & Bob Corritore’s Delta Groove Release Longtime Friends in the Blues – October 12th & 13th
(Poster by Amy Brat)

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Henry Gray, Bob Corritore, Tail Dragger at The Rhythm Room – October 13th
(Photo by Daniel Swadener)

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Bob Corritore Presented Taj Mahal at The Rhythm Room With Opening Set by Andy T. & Nick Nixon – October 21st
(Poster by Amy Brat)

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The Kid Ramos / Bob Corritore Phoenix Blues Sessions CD came out on the Southwest Musical Arts Foundation label on October 23rd. It was released as a benefit CD to help raise funds for Kid Ramos during his cancer treatments. The CD is culled from some great sessions done in the late 1990s and early 2000s with Henry Gray, Nappy Brown, Big Pete Pearson, Chief Schabuttie Gilliame, and Chico Chism.

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Shawn Pittman, Jimi Bott, Bob Corritore, Willie J. Campbell Performing at The Rhythm Room in Phoenix, AZ – October 27th
(Photo by Sara Childress)

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Bob Corritore Appeared With The Andy T. / Nick Nixon Band at Yucca Taproom in Tempe, AZ – October 30th
(Photo by Kathy Bolmer)

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Rhythm Room Benefit for Kid Ramos – November 2nd

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Bob Corritore Appeared at the Kid Ramos Benefit at The Rhythm Room in Phoenix, AZ With The Andy T. / Nick Nixon Band – November 2nd
(Photo by David Blake)

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Barrelhouse Chuck, Elmore James Jr., Bob Corritore, Bob Stroger, Billy Flynn, John Primer Dining in Lucerne, Switzerland – November 14th
(Photo by Art Tipaldi)

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The Lucerne Blues Festival happened on November 15th, 16th, 17th & 18th with pre-events before that. Bob Corritore organized an amazing Chicago Blues Revue for the festival with Eddie C. Campbell, Elmore James Junior, John Primer, Bob Stroger, Billy Flynn, Barrelhouse Chuck, Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith, and of course Bob on harmonica! Here is the festival poster!

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This amazing portrait by German artist Arvo Wichmann was shown to Bob at the Lucerne Blues Festival in Switzerland – November 15th

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Bob Corritore & Eddie C. Campbell at the 2012 Lucerne Blues Festival in Switzerland – November 16th
(Photo by Jennifer Noble)

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Elmore James Jr. Eddie C. Campbell, Bob Corritore, John Primer at the Farewell Dinner for The Lucerne Blues Festival – November 18th
(Photo by Lisa Becker)

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Bob Corritore was asked to be a part of the annual Chicago Blues Festival tour. This legendary tour has been an annual event since 1970, in which an all-star band tours Europe for one month. John Primer, Billy Flynn, and Bob went straight from the Lucerne Blues Festival to join Peaches Staten, Melvin Smith, and Willie Hayes, who together became a powerful and entertaining blues ensemble performing over twenty shows to sold-out houses in five European countries (France, Belgium, Spain, Luxembourg, Holland). A full photo page of this tour is forthcoming.

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After the Lucerne Blues Festival, Bob Corritore, John Primer, and Billy Flynn joined forces with Peaches Staten, Willie Hayes, and band leader Melvin Smith for the month long, 2012 Chicago Blues Festival Tour. This tour is legendary and has been an annual event in Europe since 1970. We hit venues in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain, and Holland on this tour, and played to packed houses each night! Here is the fantastic itinerary, though it did change slightly (one date was added and another dropped). We will just touch upon this tour in this “Year In Review” photo page, because we will have a whole photo page dedicated to this tour forthcoming!

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Bob Corritore took this photo from the stage at Le Manege Espace St Germain in Vienne, France, on November 29th. Each night of this one month tour was played to packed houses. This photo is just one example.

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John Primer, Willie Hayes, Melvin Smith at Centre Cultural de Beggan in Beggan, Luxembourg on the Chicago Blues Festival Tour – November 30th
(Photo by Bob Corritore)

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On December 6th, the Chicago Blues Tour landed in Hondarribia, Spain for a Blues for Children concert.

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December 8th found the Chicago Blues Festival Tour in Limoges, France, at the John Lennon Club. A fortcoming full photo page of this tour will go into greater detail, but this photo well represents the tour!

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In early December, The Blues Foundation announced the nominees for the Blues Music Awards, and Bob Corritore was nominated in the category of “Best Instrumentalist – Harmonica.” Also nominated were Billy Boy Arnold, Kim Wilson, John Nemeth, and Rick Estrin.

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Bob and Jessi Colter, along with Ray Herndon and Britten Tillinghast, performed a benefit show at St. Vincent de Paul Homeless Shelter in downtown Phoenix on Christmas morning.

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Bob Corritore Appearing With Tommy Dukes at The Rhythm Room – December 29th
(Photo by Sara Childress)

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Dave Riley & Bob Corritore Appeared on New Year’s Eve at Highway 99 Blues Club in Seattle, Washington

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Star Blues Radio from the UK deemed Bob Corritore their “Artist of the Year” in 2012. Thanks to blues host Gary Blue for this honor!

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