Bob Corritone’s Blues Update From America

Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Rhythm Room All-Stars with special guest Dave Riley appear this Friday and Saturday at the Rhythm Room! Back at their home base, the Rhythm Room All-Stars play tonight and tomorrow, Friday, and Saturday, June 1 and 2 at the Rhythm Room. The Rhythm Room All-Stars feature Bob Corritore, Chris James, Patrick Rynn, and Brian Fahey. Just added will be a guest appearance by Dave Riley! Look for a couple nights of houserocking down home blues!

  • Chicago Blues Festival next week! Simply put, this is a major blues event. Each June the city of Chicago honors its rich blues heritage with the Chicago Blues Festival, combining the cities rich musical talent with carefully chosen out of town acts. The festival is free, and takes place right on the beautiful lakeshore of downtown Chicago at Grant Park. It features numerous stages, panels, vendors, and satellite events around town. Chicago and its great blues scene is extra-alive during this time, as people from all over the world pour into town to embrace this festival and the rich blues history of the city that hosts it. Bob returns to his hometown each year to visit during the festival, as it gathers many of Bob’s friends in one spot, and allows many enjoyable performance opportunities. The festival happens next weekend on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 8, 9 and 10. The spectacular lineup can be seen in great detail by clicking here.

  • Bob Corritore’s gig schedule for the Chicago Blues Festival! Bob Corritore will keep very busy this year at the Chicago Blues Festival and at clubs around town in an array of performance settings with top notch artists. Here is Bob’s schedule:

06/07/12 Chicago, IL – BLUES on Halsted, Tail Dragger & Bob Corritore CD Release Party with Chris James, Patrick Rynn, Kevin Shanahan and Rob Lorenz. 9pm show.

06/08/12 Chicago, IL – Smoke Daddy. Guest appearance on Billy Flynn’s show which also includes Jimmi Mayes, Jody Williams, and Milwaukee Slim. 9:30 p,m show.

06/09/12 Chicago. IL – Chicago Blues Festival, Windy City Blues Society Street Stage, 1pm – Appearing with Bob Riedy Blues Band featuring Sam Lay.

06/09/12 Chicago. IL – Chicago Blues Festival, Front Porch Stage, 4:30pm – Appearing as part of a Hubert Sumlin Tribute with Eddie Shaw, Bob Margolin, Dave Specter, Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith, Bob Stroger, and Johnny Iguana.

06/09/12 Chicago. IL – Chicago Blues Festival, Petrillo Bandshell, 6:30 to 8pm Guest appearance on the Muddy Waters‘ Disciples set honoring Pinetop Perkins, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith & Mojo Buford. This set features Bob Margolin, Mud Morganfield, Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith, Barrelhouse Chuck, Little Frank , Bob Stroger, Joe Filisko & Bob Corritore.

06/09/12 Willowbrook, IL – Blue Rooster Lounge at Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket – Appearing with Bob Riedy Blues Band featuring Sam Lay. Bob appears at approximately 9pm.

6/10/12 Chicago, IL – Smoke Daddy. Appearing as part of Morry Sochat & The Special 20s “Half Chicken Special Show” with special guests Billy Flynn, Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith, Bob Corritore and Ted Beranis. This show serves as a close to the Chicago Blues Festival. 9:30pm show.

  • New Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith website! Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith is the son of the late Willie “Big Eyes” Smith. He learned blues drumming from his father at an early age and over the years has established himself as one of the nation’s greatest blues drummers. Though in his early 30s, Kenny is is an old soul in the blues, and is Chicago’s first call drummer for gigs, sessions, festivals and tours. He has recently launched a beautiful website that includes bios, photos, (see the photo of Lightnin’ Hopkins holding Kenny as a young child), testimonials and more. You can enjoy this website at

  • Thank You Simi Valley Blues Festival! Last weekend, the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival delivered the goods! A spectacular festival lineup was intricately set up with top bands, special guests and many revue sets that treated the audience to the a non-stop blues ride. That this festival has come into its own was apparent from the many blues organizations and publications who came from far-away places to attend.  I am personally appreciative of being included on the Muddy Waters Tribute set which was a symbolic career highpoint for me. It was great to see the amazing reaction that Mud Morganfield received, as he summoned the spirit of his father in a breathtaking way. Thanks to festival organizers Randy Chortkoff and Delta Groove Productions for a job well done. To see the festival posters click here, and here. (BC)

  • Mud Morganfield on the cover of Living Blues Magazine! With the release of Mud Morganfield’s lastest CD Son Of The Seventh Son on Severn Records, Mud has been thrust into the international limelight. The latest in Mud’s many high profile achievements is the beautiful cover of Living Blues magazine and an in-depth article featuring some never before seen vintage photos of Muddy Waters provided by Mud’s mother, Mildred McGhee. To see this article online and enjoy this wonderful magazine click here.

  • Tail Dragger, Bob Corritore garner Living Blues Awards nominations! The latest issue of Living Blues Magazine also unveils the nominees of the 2012 Living Blues Awards! Among the 10 award categories we find Tail Dragger receiving nominations as both “Most Outstanding Blues Singer”, and “Best Live Performer”. Bob Corritore is nominated in the category of “Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica) and shares this nomination with Sugar Blue, Harmonica Hinds, Billy Branch and Rod Piazza. Thanks for this wonderful recognition! To see the full list of nominees click here and go to page 71. Congratulations to all the Living Blues Award nominees!

  • RIP Carrie Smith – August 25, 1925 to May 20, 2012. Jazz / blues singer Carrie Smith will be warmly remembered for her work on the Broadway musical revue, Black & Blue. Se died of cancer in Englewood, N.J on May 20th. She was 86. She possessed a beautiful, husky voice and a kind stage persona. Born in Fort Gaines, Georgia she started her career as a gospel singer, appearing at the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival with the Back Home Choir of the Greater Harvest Baptist Church in Newark. In the 1960s Carrie Smith began working in various jazz settings in which she would often perform the blues. Carrie became internationally known in 1974 playing Bessie Smith (no relation) in Dick Hyman’s Satchimo Remembered at Carnegie Hall. She starred in the Broadway musical Black And Blue Broadway musical from 1989 to 1991 and would also find popularity touring in Europe. Carrie Smith recorded a number of albums in both jazz and blues. To hear an example of Carrie Smith’s beautiful voice singing “In The Dark” click here.

  • Elmo Williams & Hezekiah Early on YouTube! Here is a 2009 clip of the Delta duo of Elmo Williams & Hezekiah Early playing some extra-raw down home blues on the song “Natchez Burning”. Note that Hezekiah plays both drums and harmonica simultaneously. This song recalls the tragic fire of 1940 which devastated the town of Natchez, Mississippi (to find out more about the fire click here). To watch the video clip, click here.