Today in Blues History
Today marks the birth in 1956 of harmonica player Bob Corritore in Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 12, he was first inspired after hearing the radio playing a Muddy Waters track. Self-taught on the harmonica, Corritore collected blues albums and later attended performances in blues clubs. He garnered playing tips and support from a number of those he saw perform, including Louis Myers, Little Mack Simmons, Carey Bell, Big Walter Horton, Big John Wrencher and Junior Wells. Gaining experience in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Corritore worked in local clubs alongside Willie Buck, Dave Myers, Tail Dragger, Johnny "Big Moose" Walker, and Eddie Taylor. This led to Corritore doing record production work for Big Leon Brooks and Little Willie Anderson.
Blues Won’t Let Me Take My Rest (with Henry Gray): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwQNiC0YEKk
Also born this day in 1958 in Vienna, Austria is Christian Dozzler, a blues, boogie woogie and zydeco multi-instrumentalist and singer now based in the Dallas/Fort Worth (Texas) area. He plays piano, harmonica, accordion and organ, and writes most of his recorded material. He has been nicknamed "Vienna Slim". He started teaching himself to play blues and boogie woogie on the piano after he heard this music on the radio at age 14. Eventually, he also learned playing the harmonica and guitar, and formed the Backyard Bluesband in 1976, while still in high school. In 1984 he got called to co-front Austria's Mojo Blues Band, and toured and recorded with them until 1993. From 1993 until 2000, he led his own band Christian Dozzler & The Blues Wave. In 2000 he relocated to the United States and was keyboardist for the Larry Garner band from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for two years. He settled in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, area in 2002 and continued his solo career. As of 2010, he performs mostly solo piano blues in North America and Europe, but also plays with Texas blues bands like Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets, Mike Morgan and the Crawl or Hash Brown & The Browntones on a regular basis.
Christian Dozzler joined by The Rockets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3wB2gjVNC8