Bob Corritore & Friends
Spider In My Stew
Vizztone Label Group/SWMAF Records
Bob Corritore was born in Chicago and as an adolescent got hooked on blues harmonica. He studied and received playing tips from some of the cities finest, including Carey Bell, Big Walter Horton, and Junior Wells. Corritore moved to Pheonix when he was twenty-five, eventually opening his own blues club called the Rhythm Room. With his house band he backed musicians when they came to town. Corritore has been nominated for seven Blues Music Awards winning in 2011. This is Corritore’s seventh album although he appears as a guest on 85 more.
Corritore’s friends’ number thirty-eight. Guest guitarists include Bob Margolin, Junior Watson, Kid Ramos, Johnny Main, L.A. Jones, Jimi Primetime Smith, Johnny Rapp and Tony Tomlinson. Keyboardists include Shea Marshall, Fred Kaplin, Bob Welch, and Doc Holiday. Doug James guests on saxophone. Eight bassists are featured, including Kedar Roy and Troy Sandow; while drummers include Brian Fahey, Andrew Guterman, Alan West, and June Core.
The album opens with Oscar Wilson, of the Cash Box King’s, singing on Fenton Robinson’s “Tennessee Woman”. “Big Mama’s Soul Food” is written and sung by Sugaray Rayford. Alabama Mike takes the vocal on “Whatcha Gonna Do When Your Baby Leaves You”. Vocalist Diunna Greenleaf is fabulous on Willie Dixon’s “Don’t Mess With The Messer”. Two more Willie Dixon songs are included, the title track sung by Lurrie Bell; and “Wang Dang Doodle” sung by Shy Perry. Johnny Rawls sings on his own “Sleeping With The Blues”. “Mama Talk To Your Daughter” is sung by John Primer. On Pops Staples “Why Am I Treated So Bad”, and again on Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released” we get to hear Francine Reed. Willie Buck sings on “Soon Forgotten”.
Corritore is a great harmonica player, arranger and bandleader. He gives us another great Traditional Blues Recording.
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