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Dave Riley and Bob Corritore|
Lucky To Be Living
(Blue Witch Records - BWR 106)
Review Date: Nov 2009
by Gordon Baxter
Guitarist Dave Riley and harpist Bob Corritore's second album continues their love affair with Chicago and Mississippi blues. The duo open with a revamped "Jelly Roll King" where they pay tribute to Sam Carr. Riley's big gruff vocals are matched by Corritore's phat harp. Rather appropriately this is the first of four Frank Frost songs, because Riley and Corritore do plough a similar musical furrow to the Jelly Roll Kings. Other discernable influences include Jimmy Reed ("Let's Get Together" and "The Things You Do"), and Muddy Waters on John Weston's excellent "Sharecropper Blues".
The album is full of jaunty, good time tunes, and the camaraderie between Riley and Corritore is evident throughout, most notably on "Back Down the Dirt Road". It was originally meant as a rehearsal, but they just left the tape running. Riley breaks out into laughter during a mid-track pause, before the pair pick up the pieces. While the duo mostly stick to amplified electric blues, they do take things back down home for "Country Rules". All too soon, though, the pair jump into Fred James' "Automobile" to cruise off into the sunset.
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