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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

VizzTone Label Group / SWMAF records artist: Dave Riley & Bob Corritore - Travelin' the Dirt Road - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Travelin' the Dirt Road, by Dave Riley & Bob Corritore and it's solid Chicago real deal blues. Opening with I'm Not Your Junkman, Dave Riley is upfront on vocal and guitar, with Bob Corritore on harmonica, backed by Johnny Rapp on guitar, Matt Bishop on piano, Dave Riley jr. on bass, and Tom Coulson on drums. With it's up tempo rhythm , solid vocal and Corritore's harp work, super opener. Slow blues, Come Here Woman really sits in the groove with strong vocal and guitar work by Riley and Rapp and strong harmonica contributions by Corritore. Shuffle, Let's Have Some Fun Tonight shows Riley at his best on vocal and strong guitar lead and Corritore's harmonica work make this one of my favorites on the release. A lot of rhythm punch, and cool piano riffs by Bishop adds nice texture to My Baby's GoneVooDoo Woman, VooDoo Man is another solid shuffle and a real nice guitar solo by Riley sets nicely against his authoritative lead vocal. Corritore riffs off nicely over a solid blanket of rhythm guitar and Bishop on piano.  Doggone Blues has a slower pace and really works the groove. Contrasting guitar lines between Riley and Rapp under the howling of Riley on vocal and solid harmonica riffs by Corritore make this another favorite. Elmore James style track, Friends, romps along with cool slide guitar like riffs and Riley really works his vocal to the max. Very cool. Wrapping the release is slow, acoustic style blues ballad, Safe At Last, with cool, melodic guitar and harmonica, supporting the pure soulful vocals of Riley. With it's gospel overtone and blues roots, this is a strong closer for a solid release.


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