- Living Blues Awards voting now in progress! Voting online is open to everyone! The 2012 Living Blues Awards represent a reflection of the blues music industry through ten categories of achievement. We are pleased to announce that Tail Dragger is up for “Most Outstanding Blues Singer” and “Best Live Entertainer” and Bob Corritore is nominated for “Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica).” Voting is going on as we speak and will conclude on July 15th. There is a voting ballot inside the latest issue of Living Blues with Mud Morganfield on the cover. You can also vote online at http://www.livingblues.com. Just go to the site and click the vote icon! Thank you Living Blues!
- This weekend at the Rhythm Room! This weekend features three solid nights of blues. The Smokin’ Joe Kubek Band featuring B’Nois King bring their Texas rockin’ blues sound to the Rhythm Room on Friday night. They have just recorded a new all acoustic, all original CD for Delta Groove Productions due out in the early fall. Saturday night features Phoenix’s: Bill Tarsha & The Rocket 88s with special guests Keith Rogers, Doug Lloyd, Dave Riley and Bob Corritore. The 88s always deliver a cool, artful, well textured blues show. Then Sunday it’s the majestic New Orleans sound of the Joe Krown Trio with Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Russell Batiste. The Rhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85014.
- Henry Gray, Bob Stroger, Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Fest highlighted in recent issues of Blues Blast Magazine. Special thanks to Blues Blast Magazine for their free weekly email publication and their tireless efforts to promote blues music. Recent issues of this magazine feature cover stories on veteran blues legends Henry Gray (Click here to see), Bob Stroger (Click here to see) and Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival (Click here and scroll down to see the great pictorial piece). To sign up for Blues Blast’s free weekly newsletter, click here.
- Tail Dragger cover story in Blues News Finland Magazine! The latest issue of Blues News Finland features an in-depth interview with Tail Dragger and a simply beautiful cover shot of this rough and ready downhome Chicago bluesman. Tail Dragger and Bob Corritore appeared earlier this year at the Stompin’ At The Savoy Festival in Helsinki which was when this interview took place. To see the cover click here, and the article click here.
- RIP Pete Cosey – October 9, 1943 to May 30, 2012. Pete Cosey was an innovative guitarist who brought his distinctive distorted sound to recordings with Miles Davis, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters. Cosey died at on May 30 of complications from surgery at the Vanguard Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He was 68. Though never known as a blues purist, Pete would add his rock tinged guitar sounds to the crossover experimental concept albums Muddy Waters’ “Electric Mud” and Howlin’ Wolf’s “Howlin’ Wolf Album.” As a Chess Records studio musician, Cosey also recorded with Etta James, Fontella Bass, Chuck Berry and others. Though born in Chicago, Cosey was raised in Phoenix and was an active musician in the Phoenix R&B scene of the 1950s and early 1960s before relocating to Chicago.To read Pete Cosey‘s Wikipedia biography click here.
- Rip Lee Pryor on YouTube! Please enjoy this great performance by Richard “Rip Lee” Pryor, the singing / harmonica playing / guitar playing son of Snooky Pryor. He really carries his father’s sound forward in a joyous way as he performs the Snooky original “Boogie Twist” and one of his father’s favorites, “Nine Below Zero” (a classic written by Sonny Boy Williamson II). To see the clip click here