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Friday, June 3, 2011

Ride With Me - Bob Corritore

Bob and Dave Riley at Buddy Guys Legend in Chicago.

Dave Riley and Bob Corritore play powerful downhome blues deeply rooted in the Chicago and Mississippi styles that represent their upbringing. This deep blues partnership is available as either a duo or a full band. Their zesty performances at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix and the annual Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival have brought the house down, and earned them a solid reputation as masters of their game. Their first album "Travelin' The Dirt Road", on the Blue Witch record label, was released in 2007 and received 2008 nominations for a Blues Music Award nomination (for Best Acousic Blues Album") and for a Blues Blast Music Award (for "Best Traditional Blues Album"). There second release "Lucky To Be Living", also on Blue Witch and released in 2009 is receiving much fanfare. Riley and Corritore also will be included in a duet performance as part of a forthcoming documentary film on Helena, Arkansas. They have a a natural blues chemistry, and a friendship that prompts their wild, provoking performaces. Dave's gritty Mississippi voice, articulate downhome blues guitar, and rowdy, personable, original songs combine with Bob's passionate, blues seasoned, full-toned harmonica for an engaging performance that entertains both the blues novice and the seasoned listener. In short, Dave Riley + Bob Corritore = Downhome Blues! .. .. About Dave Riley:.. .. Born in Hattiesburg, Mississppi, Dave spent his early years learning Gospel. Barely a teenager he moved to Chicago and ended up living on the westside near Maxwell Street where he was steeped in the blues. It wasn't untill he was drafted to serve in Vietnam that he began to take the blues seriously. .. .. During the time he served in the army he was exposed to many types of music, not only the blues but big band, rocknroll, and jazz. He ended up playing in a military band which traveled from base to base entertaining the troups and sometimes became the opening act for USO shows... .. Dave Riley met up with Blues legends Sam Carr, Frank Frost, and JohnWeston, and revitalized his career in the mid 90s and they formed a friendship and a music bond which would lead Dave back to the Delta and back into Blues full time. Dave has been playing music in the Delta and taking the Delta back to Chicago just like all those Blues men before him. Dave Riley has a highly-acclaimed CD, "Whiskey, Money, And Women" out on the Fedora record label. Visit Dave on the web by clicking .. About Bob Corritore:.. .. Growing up in Chicago, Bob Corritore fell in with the blues early on, taking up harmonica at age 13, and learning the harmonica style that gave the city its great blues tradition. A student of Big Walter Horton, Little Willie Anderson, Louis Myers, Big Leon Brooks, and others, Bob played around Chicago with some of the greatest of that city's bluesmen, until relocating in Phoenix in 1981... .. Upon landing in Arizona, Bob's blues influence immediately affected the town, recruiting his friend Louisiana Red to relocate to Phoenix for a period in the early 80's. Bob also has worked extensively with the late Chico Chism, and with Big Pete Pearson, Henry Gray, Robert Lockwood, Jr., Jimmy Rogers, Tail Dragger, Chief Schabuttie Gilliame, Janiva Magness, Tommy Dukes, and others. For a complete history of Bob Corritore, visit his .. Bob's long career in the blues has seen him in many other roles. Bob started his own label in Chicago in the late 1970s, called Blues Over Blues, which is now part of the Earwig Records catalog. Bob hosts the weekly radio program Those Lowdown Blues on KJZZ in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the owner of the Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix. As a recording artist, Bob appears on 33 CDs. Bob has a highly acclaimed solo album, "Bob Corritore's All-Star Blues Sessions" on the HighTone label. Bob's productions have appeared on 42 albums/CDs already released, and many more yet unreleased but forthcoming. Bob Corritore is an impresario of Chicago Blues, and his enthusiasm for the genre spreads to all areas of this wonderful music. .. .. Bob and Dave met at the 2004 King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena Arkansas, and became fast friends and musical collaborators. Dave, who has relatives in Phoenix was soon to visit and now lives in Scottsdale, Arizona half the year. They look at their musical partnership with a long-term perspective... .. .....
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