Dave Riley and Bob Corritore review—September 19, 2013…

DAVE RILEY AND BOB CORRITORE

HUSH YOUR FUSS

VIZZTONE  SWMAF  11

HUSH MY FUSS–BABY PLEASE COME HOME–NO CUSSIN–SNUFF DIPPIN WOMAN–MISSISSIPPI PO BOY–HOME IN CHICAGO–HARD HEADED WOMAN–HAPPY AS A MAN CAN BE–GO AHEAD AND BLAME ME–MY BABY’S GONE–OIL SPILL BLUES–LAUGHING BLUES

Imagine sitting on your front porch on a lazy summer afternoon, the cold libations flowing freely, and being entertained by two of the absolute best instrumentalist/storytellers on the scene today.  That’s the feeling we got as we listened to the third collaboration between singer/guitarist Dave Riley and Blues Award-winning harpman Bob Corritore.  “Hush Your Fuss” is twelve predominantly-acoustic numbers that proves down-home Delta blues is still alive and well.

Dave Riley grew up in Mississippi, and later moved to Chicago’s West Side before returning home in later years and becoming associated with the sounds of players such as Frank Frost, John Weston, and Sam Carr.  Bob Corritore has blown harp on countless releases for others as well as for himself, and these guys really feed off each other musically.

The cuts are original songs with that deep Delta feel, and the fellows are joined by Dave Riley, Jr. on bass, Brian Fahey on drums, and Gloria Bailey on organ.  Dave is the consummate storyteller, and he’ll have you in stitches with his tales of “swearing off swearing” in “No Cussin,” and the “Snuff Dippin Woman” who “kissed me once but she’ll never kiss me again!”  “Mississippi Po Boy” is Dave’s minor-key autobiography of hard times, with Gloria’s organ adding to Dave’s poignant vocas and Bob’s mournful harp.  “Home In Chicago” traces Dave’s move northward, done in an uptempo shuffle, where Dave proudly sings “you can take me out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of me!”  Dave is on electric guitar here, and the whole thing has a cool juke-joint feel.

We had two favorites, too.  The title cut has deep-rooted gospel undertones, as Dave sings of “laying my burdens down:” and “ain’t gon’ study on war no more.”  “Oil Spill Blues” is playfully naughty, as Dave decries his “drilling prowess” to all the ladies in town!

Dave Riley and Bob Corritore have a connection that goes deeper than just musical.  They are two “old souls” that understand the near-spiritual power of the blues and how to play ’em.  “Hush Your Fuss” is highly recommended listening!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

 

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