Bob Corritore And Friends review…May 7, 2019….

BOB CORRITORE AND FRIENDS

DO THE HIP-SHAKE BABY!

VIZZTONE/SWMAF 13

SHAKE YOUR HIPS–GONNA TELL YOUR MOTHER–BITTER SEED–THE TWIST–YOU BETTER SLOW DOWN–WORRIED BLUES–LOVE DEEP AS THE OCEAN–TRYING TO MAKE A LIVING–STAND BY ME–I’M GONNA KEEP WHAT I’VE GOT–I GOT THE WORLD IN A JUG–FEW MORE DAYS–KEEP THE LORD ON WITH YOU

Harmonica master Bob Corritore’s follow-up to his 2018 release, “Don’t Let The Devil Ride,” is here, courtesy of the fine folks at Vizztone Records.  Yep—Bob has compiled cuts from eight different sessions from 2016 to 2018, and “Do The Hip-Shake Baby!” is a cool mix of jump, blues, and even gospel that Bob lovingly refers to as his “Harmonica A- Go-Go” album!  The thing that makes this whole collection so much fun is the mix of band members and different vocalists, that include Oscar Wilson, Sugaray Rayford, Alabama Mike, Mighty Joe Milsap, Bill “Howl’N” Madd” Perry, and Primetime Smith.

The festivities kick off with the title cut, and Mighty Joe Milsap and the Fremonts layin’ down that Excello-riffic groove over Bob’s good-n-greasy harp.  They come back later for the Sixties-inspired soul-blues of “I’m Gonna Keep What I’ve Got.”  Alabama Mike busts out one of our favorites, with the jumpin’ “Gonna Tell Your Mother,” with that too-cool-for-school call-and-response chorus. Oscar Wilson is on vocal on the loping, Jimmy Reed-ish groove of “Bitter Seed,” while Alabama Mike returns, this time with Fred Kaplan on piano for another one of our favorites, the down-home, Sam Cooke-styled “Worried Blues.”  John Primer gets deep into Muddy mode for the Delta-licious “Love Deep As The Ocean,” and the set closes with another favorite.  Sugaray takes us to Blues Church, testifyin’ over the haunting vibe of “Keep The Lord On With You,” featuring Bob’s harp, along with guitars from Kid Ramos and Johnny Main keeping the hellhounds off everybody’s tail!

Bob Corritore remains one of the premier blues harp players on the planet, as well as one of the most personable guys you’d ever want to meet.  He’s no slouch as a photographer, either—it was Bob that took the photo of Don Crow with Jimmie Lee Vaughan eleven years ago at the 2008 Blues Music Awards in Tunica, MS.  that serves as Don’s Facebook page cover photo!  Enjoy some great blues and “Do The Hip Shake, Baby!”   Until next time, Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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