FAME Review: Tail Dragger & Bob Corritore - Longtime Friends in The Blues
Tail Dragger & Bob Corritore - Longtime Friends in The Blues

Longtime Friends in The Blues

Tail Dragger & Bob Corritore

Delta Groove Productions - DGPCD150

Available from Delta Groove Productions.

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

This collaboration has been a long time coming. These two met in Chicago at a tribute to Howlin' Wolf the day after his passing, and that was the beginning of a long friendship. Tail Dragger received his name from Wolf because he was always late, he was born James Yancy Jones in Arkansas. Bob was already proficient on harmonica having frequented the blues clubs before he was able to legally and was there to pay his respects to a fellow Bluesman. The two of them leaned their blues in the rough and tumble juke joints and neighborhood bars and clubs of South Chicago.

Mr. Corritore has put together an all-star cast here; Tail Dragger handles all the vocals except one song that Tail Dragger didn't write, Sugar Mama, which is done by none other than Henry Grey who also plays piano on it. Tail Dragger's vocals have that feel to them as if this is what he was born to do. Kirk Fletcher and Chris James handle the guitar, bass is Patrick Rynn, and Brian Fahey handles the drums. This band can and does play the material as if they were in a murky club in Chicago in the early 60s. The sound is dark and ever so edgy, rough and raw. When you close your eyes there is a packed sweaty club filled with smoke and these raw blues sounds filtering directly into your blood stream. Tough stuff, the real raw Chicago sound of the 60's.

Track List:

  • I'm Worried
  • Sugar Mama
  • Birthday Blues
  • She's Worryin' Me
  • Cold Outdoors
  • So Ezee
  • Through With You
  • Done Got Old
  • Boogie Woogie Ball
  • Please Mr. Jailer

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2012, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
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