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Dave Riley & Bob Corritore - Lucky To Be Living

Lucky To Be Living

Dave Riley & Bob Corritore

Blue Witch Records - BWR 106

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A review written for the Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

The chemistry between Riley and Corritore is evident right from the opening cut, Jelly Roll King, and stays with these two throughout the disc. It is also the first of four Frank Frost songs Riley and Corritire do here. This disc is a beautiful melding of their two disparate yet cohesive styles. Bob was born and raised up in Chicago and learned his harmonica chops on Maxwell Street from many of those who blazed the trails such as Big Walter Horton and Junior Wells. Dave Riley was born down in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and spent his early years learning gospel started playing guitar and moved to Chicago as a teenager and eventually teamed up with Sam Carr, Frank Frost, and John Weston and they moved back to the Delta.

This is their second disc together and the two of them just surround themselves with friends and cut loose on a variety of acoustic and electric blues, a relaxed and yet intense melding of city and country. These are the down and dirty blues that you hear about with an ample burst of fire just to let you know that "it is the devil's music." Riley and Corritore cut loose on a variety of tunes...four by Frank Frost, four by Dave Riley, and one each by John Weston and Fred James. There is a joy and simpatico that is apparent throughout this disc, and some excellent musicians join them. Henry Gray kicks in with some great piano on three cuts and Chris James joins in with some wicked guitar on those same three. Everyone gets their chance to cut loose and each does with a fiery vengeance that just amps up the rest of the players. A sure fire crowd pleaser here.

Track List:

  • Jelly Roll King
  • Ride With Your Daddy Tonight
  • On My Way
  • Lucky To Be Living
  • Back Down The Dirt Road
  • Let's Get Together
  • Country Rules
  • The Things You Do
  • Sharecropper Blues
  • Automobile

Edited by: David N. Pyles


Copyright 2009, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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