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Bob Corritore
Bob Corritore
Born (1956-09-27) September 27, 1956 (age 61)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Electric blues[1]
Harmonicist, songwriter and record producer
Instruments Harmonica
Late 1970s-present
Labels HighTone, Delta Groove, various
Website Official website

Bob Corritore (born September 27, 1956) is an American electric blues harmonicist, songwriter, and record producer.[1][2] He received a Blues Music Award in 2011 for his collaborative album, Harmonica Blues, and been involved in a number of recordings in the last three decades, both as a solo performer and with other musicians.


Corritore was born in Chicago, Illinois, United States.[1] At the age of 12, he was first inspired after hearing the radio playing a Muddy Waters track.[2] 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.[2] Gaining experience in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Corritore worked in local clubs alongside Willie Buck, Dave Myers, Tail Dragger Jones, Johnny "Big Moose" Walker, and Eddie Taylor. This led to Corritore doing record production work for Big Leon Brooks and Little Willie Anderson.[2]

In 1981, Corritore relocated to Phoenix, Arizona, where he teamed up with Louisiana Red for twelve months before the latter moved on to Germany to live and work.[2] Years later they worked together again when Corritore produced Louisiana Red's Sittin' Here Wonderin' (1995) (Earwig Music).[1] Throughout the 1980s, Corritore continued to work in and around Phoenix and played in one of Janiva Magness' early backing bands. He also undertook radio work with KJZZ (FM), commencing a still ongoing weekly presenting stint on his program called "Those Lowdown Blues".[2][3] In the early 1990s, Corritore expanded his musical outlook by opening his own concert club in Phoenix, named the Rhythm Room. With his own house band, the Rhythm Room All-Stars, he backed a number of high-profile blues musicians, both in the club and at recording sessions. The long list of those he played alongside at that time included Bo Diddley, Pinetop Perkins, Ike Turner, Nappy Brown and Eddy Clearwater.[1][2] In 1997, Corritore was inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame.[4]

Corritore's first recorded work was released in 1999 on the HighTone label. All-Star Blues Sessions featured an array of well known and more obscure blues musicians, with Corritore supplying his harmonica work on all sixteen tracks.[5]Kim Wilson's Smokin' Joint (2001) was co-produced by Corritore,[6] and European tours and festival appearances followed.[2] The Mayor of Phoenix proclaimed September 29, 2007 as "Bob Corritore Day", and Corritore received the 'Keeping The Blues Alive Award' from the Blues Foundation, whilst in the same year his joint album with Dave Riley, entitled Travelin' The Dirt Road, was nominated for a Blues Music Award.[2]

Corritore's next release in 2010, Harmonica Blues, was a compilation album, made from 15 tracks he had recorded with a variety of blues musicians between 1989 and 2009.[7] In 2011, it was granted a Blues Music Award in the Historical Album of the Year category.[8] In 2012, Corritore was awarded a Living Blues award for Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica).[9] In 2013, Corritore issued two collaborative albums with John Primer and Dave Riley respectively.[10][11] Corritore's Taboo : Blues Harmonica Instrumentals was released in 2014 by Delta Groove. An all instrumental affair, it was a rare solo album for Corritore, although it featured guest artists such as Jimmie Vaughan and Junior Watson.[2][12]Charlie Musselwhite commented that "Not many people can do an all instrumental harp CD and keep it interesting all the way through. You've got a dandy CD here. A real treat."[10] In 2014, Corritore was also awarded a Blues411 Jimi Award for Best Harpist.[13] In 2015, Delta Groove released Blues Won't Let Me Take My Rest Vol 1, a collection of songs recorded over the last 19 years with Corritore and frequent collaborator Henry Gray. This CD earned a BMA nomination in the Historical Album category.[14] In 2016, Corritore collaborated with the young Big Jon Atkinson for the CD House Party At Big Jon's on Delta Groove which gained attention for both performance and for recording on all vintage equipment.

He is the editor and main writer of the Bob Corritore Blues Newsletter, and an official endorser of Hohner harmonicas.[2]



Album title Record label Accreditation Year of release
All-Star Blues Sessions HighTone Records Bob Corritore 1999
Travelin' the Dirt Road Blue Witch Records Dave Riley and Bob Corritore 2007
Lucky to Be Living Blue Witch Records Dave Riley and Bob Corritore 2009
Harmonica Blues Delta Groove Bob Corritore and Friends 2010
Phoenix Blues Sessions SWMAF Records Kid Ramos and Bob Corritore 2012
Longtime Friends in the Blues Delta Groove Tail Dragger Jones and Bob Corritore 2012
Knockin' Around These Blues Delta Groove John Primer and Bob Corritore 2013
Hush Your Fuss! Southwest Records Dave Riley and Bob Corritore 2013
Taboo : Blues Harmonica Instrumentals Delta Groove Bob Corritore 2014
Blues Won't Let Me Take My Rest Vol. 1 Delta Groove Henry Gray / Bob Corritore 2015
House Party At Big Jon's Delta Groove Big Jon Atkinson and Bob Corritore 2016
Ain't Nothing You Can Do! Delta Groove John Primer and Bob Corritore 2017



Album title Record label Accreditation Year of release
For Our Children Radioactive Various Artists 1978
Ominous Clouds Last Flash Various Artists 1982
Blue Saguaro Fervor Various Artists 1993
Raw As Hell Cher-Kee Chico Chism 1995
Yoakum Texas Blues PAU Lucius Parr 1996
Desert Blues Volume 1' CDGB Various Artists 1996
Vietnam Blues Tempest Sarge Lintecum 1997
What Kind of Woman Is That! Blue Loon Texas Red 1997
Gimme Some a Yo' Sugar! Owl's Nest Lisa Otey 1999
We Got a Problem PAU Lucius Parr 1999
Plays Chicago Blues HighTone Henry Gray 2001
One More Drink Blue Witch Big Pete Pearson 2001
Rhythm Room Blues HighTone Various Artists 2001
Blues Vredenburg Utrect Estafette Sampson Various Artists 2001
Blues Greats The Blues Foundation Various Artists 2002
American Blues Putumayo Various Artists 2003
No Monkeys on This Train HighTone R. L. Burnside 2003
Snakes Crawls at Night Random Chance Chief Schabuttie Gilliame 2004
No Turn on Red HighTone Louisiana Red 2005
Born in the Honey: The Pinetop Perkins Story Sagebrush Productions Various Artists 2006
Way Back HighTone Willie "Big Eyes" Smith 2006
The HighTone Records Story HighTone Various Artists 2006
On the 88s: Live in Chicago Kingston Pinetop Perkins 2007
I'm Here Baby Blue Witch Big Pete Pearson with The Rhythm Room All Stars 2007
House Rockin' and Blues Shoutin'! Celebrating 15 Years of The Rhythm Room Blue Witch Various Artists 2007
Lucerne Blues Festival 2007 LBF Various Artists 2007
Long Time Coming Blind Pig Nappy Brown 2007
Stop and Think About It Earwig Music Chris James and Patrick Rynn 2008
Downsville Blues Blue Witch Tomcat Courtney 2008
Back to the Black Bayou Bluestone Louisiana Red & Little Victor's Juke Joint 2008
2008 Blues Music Awards Blues Music Awards Various Artists 2009
Live in Lahnstein 2008 Collectors Only Big Pete Pearson and The Rhythm Room All Stars 2009
Feelin' Good Blind Pig Jimmy Rogers 2009
Finger in Your Eye VizzTone Big Pete Pearson 2009
Best of 'The Legendary' Sam Lay SL Sam Lay 2010
30th Blues Music Awards Blues Music Awards Various Artists 2010
Gonna Boogie Anyway Earwig Music Chris James and Patrick Rynn 2010
Blues for the VizzTone Various Artists 2010
2010 Blues Music Awards Blues Music Awards Various Artists 2011
Boogie All Night El Torro Little Victor 2011
Memphis Mojo Ruf Louisiana Red & Little Victor's Juke Joint 2011
Trying to Hold On Blue Mercy Diunna Greenleaf 2011
Lucerne Blues Festival 2011 LBF Various Artists 2011
Gotta Go PAU Lucius Parr 2012
Montauk Rocks Oscail Films Various Artists 2012
Son of the Seventh Son Severn Mud Morganfield 2012
Blues for Children 2012 Hondarribia Blues Society Various Artists 2012
Close to the Bone Delta Groove Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King 2012
Double Dynamite Delta Groove The Mannish Boys 2012
The Walter Davis Project Electro-Fi Various Artists 2013
With Friends Vol. 1 Bluebeat Trickbag 2013
Rooster Indys Clay Swafford 2013
Sittin' Right Down and Moan Harsh Harsh Guitar Mark 2013
34th Blues Music Awards Blues Music Awards Various Artists 2014
Future's Past Something-Music Dave Mason 2014
Message in Blue Delmark Dave Specter 2014
Wrapped Up and Ready Delta Groove The Mannish Boys 2014
Soul Bag - La Se;lection Blues & Soul Soul Bag Magazine Various Artists 2014
Lucerne Blues Festival 2014 LBF Various Artists 2014
Blues Magazine - The Best of 2014 The Blues Magazine Various Artists 2014
Southside Nimoy Sue Sugaray Rayford 2015
Back Down South Bluebeat Big Jon Atkinson 2015
The Power of My Shoes Eureka Live Kathy Boye 2015
Blues For Big Walter Eller Soul Records Various Artists 2016
Hondarribia Blues Festival 2016 Hondarribia Blues Society Various Artists 2016
Alligator Truax The Fremonts 2016
36th Blues Music Awards The Blues Foundation Various Artists 2016
Grit Grease & Tears Bejeb Music Deb Ryder 2016
Soul Bag - La Se;lection Blues & Soul Soul Bag Magazine Various Artists 2016
Kingdom Of Swing VizzTone Adrianna Marie 2017
The Tolono Tapes Run It Back Kilborn Alley Blues Band 2017
37th Blues Music Awards The Blues Foundation Various Artists 2017



Album title Record label Accreditation Year of release
Swinging The Blues Earwig Music Little Willie Anderson 1979
Let's Go To Town Earwig Music Big Leon Brooks 1982
Low Blows - The Anthology of Chicago Harmonica Blues Rooster Blues Various Artists 1994
Earwig Music Company 16th Anniversary Sampler Earwig Music Various Artists 1995
Sittin Here Wonderin' Earwig Music Louisiana Red 1995
Essential Harmonica Blues River North Records Various Artists 1997
Not The Same Old Blues Crap Fat Possum Various Artists 1997
Come On In Fat Possum R.L. Burnside 1998
Earwig Music Company 20th Anniversary Collection Earwig Music Various Artists 1999
Champagne & Reefer HighNote Records Mojo Buford 1999
Smokin' Joint M.C. Records Kim Wilson 2001
Not The Same Old Blues Crap Vol II Fat Possum Various Artists 2001
Blues On My Radio Southwest Musical Arts Foundation Various Artists 2004
The Legend Live M.C. Records Robert Lockwood, Jr. 2004
Blood Harmony: A Cappella Southwest Musical Arts Foundation The Reed Family Album 2005
Chico Chism's West Side Chicago Blues Party Southwest Musical Arts Foundation Chico Chism 2006
Time Brings About A Change... A Floyd Dixon Celebration High John Records Various Artists 2006
Broadcasting The Blues Southwest Musical Arts Foundation Various Artists 2009
Flyin' High - A Collection of Phoenix Blues, Rhythm, and Spirit from the 1950s and 60s Southwest Musical Arts Foundation Various Artists 2010
Bet On The Blues Blues Fidelity Paul Oscher 2010


See also


  1. ^ a b c d e Heather Phares. "Bob Corritore - Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Biography". Retrieved 2015. 
  3. ^ "Spotlight on Bob Corritore". Retrieved 2015. 
  4. ^ "Bob Corritore". Retrieved 2015. 
  5. ^ Hal Horowitz. "All-Star Blues Sessions - Bob Corritore - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015. 
  6. ^ "Smokin' Joint - Kim Wilson - Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015. 
  7. ^ Michael G. Nastos. "Harmonica Blues - Bob Corritore - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015. 
  8. ^ "Blues Music Awards 2011 - A Delta Bohemian Perspective". Delta Bohemian. Retrieved 2015. 
  9. ^ "2012 Newsletter Archive". Retrieved 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "Bob Corritore - Taboo". Delta Groove Store. Retrieved 2015. 
  11. ^ "Dave Riley and Bob Corritore". Vizztone label group. Retrieved 2015. 
  12. ^ a b Heather Phares. "Bob Corritore - Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015. 
  13. ^ "2014 Blues411 'Jimi' Awards". Retrieved . 
  14. ^ "The Henry Gray / Bob Corritore Sessions". 1925-01-19. Retrieved . 
  15. ^ "Recordings As A Performer". Retrieved 2015. 
  16. ^ "Recordings". Retrieved 2015. 

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