|Bob Corritore and Henry The Thumb Cook|
Henry and I hope you join us this Saturday night (June 17th) at 11:00 Eastern time as Time For The Blues goes old-school with an old friend, new blues from a guy just up I-95, and take another trip to our neighbor to the north, Canada.
It was a few years ago when our friend Li’l Ronnie invited a bunch of harp players and a few killer guitarists to come to the Capital Ale House and jam all afternoon. Aside from the guitar pyrotechnicians, Andy Poxon and Ivan Appelrouth, Ronnie unleashed harmonica virtuosos Mitch Kashmar, Kurt Crandall, and a guy with a cool pompadour named Bob Corritore.
For some reason Corritore took a liking to us and when he wasn’t on stage, he was hanging out at our table telling us some great stories. Henry and I are suckers for a good story and we’ve stayed in touch with him ever since. Anytime we get our hands on one of Corritore’s releases, it shoots up to the top of our must listen pile.
Especially when he teams up with the great John Primer. I’ve been a fan of Primer’s for years. He’s got a great voice, plays the guitar like he’s got a demon on his shoulder and a lifetime of the blues to draw from. We even featured Primer on one of our very first show and go back every so often and pick up one of his older titles to give a spin.
When these two team up, like they have on the recent Delta Groove release, Ain’t Nothing You Can Do! it’s magic. Like their previous duo album Knockin’ Around These Blues, they draw from years of experience and breathe life into some older titles as well as some brand new ones.
Saturday night, we’re going to sample one new song from the new album, as well as a couple of classics originally performed by Howlin’ Wolf and Sonny Boy Williamson. We know you’re going to like these a lot and we recommend that once you hear these three songs, you’re going to want to add the entire album to your collection!
That takes care of the old-school portion of the program, and I promised somebody from just up the road. If you are not already familiar with Bobby Messano, we think you’re going to enjoy what he does with the blues. Hailing from Maryland, he plays DC and Virginia on a not infrequent basis and even recorded an album that was inspired by the lovely town of Deltaville.
If you’ve never been to Deltaville, it’s a great place to visit, to enjoy fantastic seafood, and to find peace watching boats in the water at sunset. I highly recommend taking a daytrip and seeing one of the treasures that Virginia has to offer.
Messano has just released a new album, Bad Movie, and while that sounds like one of the topics Henry and I often discuss, but Messano takes a different track on the subject. We’ve got a few from the new album for you, including the title track, and one from Welcome To Deltaville, just so you can hear what I’m talking about. He’s got a different sound, and he’s another one you want to discover.
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
That’s from the national anthem for the great country of Canada. You know the song they play before hockey games? After all, so many teams are made up of Canadians, it just seems logical, right?
Canada has already given the world so much! Where would we be without celebrities like William Shatner, Michael J. Fox, Celine Dion, Pamela Anderson, Jim Carrey, Neil Young, Seth Rogan, Mike Myers, and a guy that knows a little something about the blues, Elwood Blues’ alter ego, Dan Aykroyd.
Canadians have contributed much culturally as well. Did you know Basketball was invented by a Canadian? James Naismith invented it in 1891 as a way that non-hockey players could stay in shape during the winter. The Walkie-Talkie, perhaps the coolest toy a kid could have back in the day was invented by Canadian Donald Hings in the 1930’s.
You know Canadians invented the snow blower. How else are they going to clear a path to the driveway to get to the hockey rink? Okay, that’s enough hockey jokes…
The Wonderbra was invented by a Canadian, and for that I say “thank you. Thank you very much.”
We had so much fun revisiting Canada a couple of weeks back that we decided to make a return trip. We’ve got a great number from a really wild party band, Boogie Patrol, from their new disc, Man On Fire. Most likely you haven’t heard these guys, but trust me you are going to have some fun with them. Plus we’ve got tracks from some recent favorites, the Steve Kozak Band and Chris Antonik.
We’ve got even more new material for you. You’ve heard me mention my affection for the material coming out of Connor Ray Music in Texas, well now you’re going to hear something from the man in charge, Steve Krase, and his new album, Should've Seen It Coming.
From Australia, we’ve got a man who was bitten by the blues and soul bug and he’s got a great sound. We think you’ll like John McNamara as much as we do. And last, but certainly not least is a man who took a 16-year break from his music career and is picking up where he left off. Jim Roberts And The Resonants deliver a great swampy number from their new album, Beneath The Blood Moon.
So do what you have to do to join us at 11. Sleep late, take a nap, grab that caffeine, just be sure to join us. We’re going to have a great time and we sure would love for you to come along for the ride. You know where we’re going to be, point your browser to http://ideastations.org/radio or join us on one of the Idea Stations: 89.1 WCVN, Northern Neck; 90.1 WMVE, Chase City; and the flagship, 88.9 WCVE-FM, Richmond, where it’s always Time For The Blues!