John Primer and Bob Corritore review…April 5, 2017….

JOHN PRIMER AND BOB CORRITORE

AIN’T NOTHING YOU CAN DO

DELTA GROOVE MUSIC   DGPCD 175

POOR MAN BLUES–ELEVATE ME MAMA–HOLD ME IN YOUR ARMS–BIG LEG WOMAN–GAMBLING BLUES–HARMONICA BOOGALOO–AIN’T NOTHING YOU CAN DO–FOR THE LOVE OF A WOMAN–MAY I HAVE A TALK WITH YOU–WHEN I LEAVE HOME

As we mark the April 4 anniversary of the birth of Muddy Waters, we are proud to present our review from two of the most excellent purveyors of that classic Chicago blues sound on the scene today, John Primer and Bob Corritore, and “Ain’t Nothing You Can Do,” for Delta Groove Music.   John Primer won the Blues Award in 2016 for Best Traditional Male Artist, and, for those who may not be aware, he was a guitarist in the last incarnation of Muddy’s band, just prior to Muddy’s passing in 1983.  As for Bob Corritore, his name is synonymous with the best in harp-driven blues, winning the Blues Award in 2011  for  Historical Album of the Year for “Harmonica Blues.”  Their 2013 Delta Groove debut, “Knockin’ Around These Blues,” received tremendous praise from the blues community.

For the follow-up, “Ain’t Nothing You Can Do” features two of John’s originals and one cool instrumental penned by Bob.  These giants are joined by some of the world’s best players, including Henry Gray and Barrelhouse Chuck on piano, Big Jon Atkinson and Chris James on guitars, Patrick Rynn and Troy Sandow on bass, and Brian Fahey on drums.

Fans, this is authentic Chicago blues the way it was intended to be played.  One of John’s originals kicks off, “Poor Man Blues,” finding John just wanting to “lend a helping hand” to those in need.  This song, as well as all the others, are arranged to give everyone ample room to solo.  “Elevate Me Mama, ’bout five or six floors on down,” is a cool nod to Chess Records via this song’s writer, Sonny Boy Williamson, and the fellows pay tribute to ‘ol Magic Slim with John’s strong vocal on those “Gambling Blues.”  Bob’s solo here is dead-on, never wasting a note.

We had two favorites, too.  A hell-hound slide guitar drives the slow-blues bliss of the raucous, bawdy, “Big Leg Woman,”  where “people are crying for more!”  And, the title cut features Henry Gray on piano on a song we first heard by Albert King back in the day, where “There Ain’t Nothing You Can Do to stop me from loving you!”

John Primer and Bob Corritore are two of  not only the finest gentlemen, but also two of the finest players of classic Chicago blues to ever strike a chord.  There really “Ain’t Nothing You Can Do” except to enjoy the hell out of this great set!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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