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Various Artists - Broadcasting the Blues!

SWMAF Records

Broadcasting the Blues is a silver anniversary of Bob Corritore’s blues radio program called Those Lowdown Blues on Phoenix’ KJZZ-FM at 91.5 FM in Arizona and everywhere else. There’s gold in many of the 20 tracks that feature Bob’s guests in the studio playing live on the air between 1984 to 2008. Those Lowdown Blues has been consistently recognized by the “Best of Phoenix” awards hosted by the alternative weekly New Times, and in 2007, the program received a Keeping the Blues Alive Award from the Blues Foundation.

Whenever I see Bob at a Blues Foundation event, he’s all over the place: if he’s not onstage playing with his friends (he’s in good company, upstairs at Rum Boogie playing with Chris James and Patrick Rynn at the 2009 International Blues Challenge, his harp playing was transcendent), he’s networking the room better than any politician I can name.

Broadcasting the Blues is worth discovering, particularly for songs from Billy Boy Arnold (“Shake Your Boogie”), Johnny Dyer, Chris James and Patrick Rynn (“Johnny’s Crazy Blues”) and Lazy Lester (“Out on the Road”).

With guests as diverse as Billy Flynn, Henry Gray, Chief Schabuttie Gillame, and Willie Dixon, Those Lowdown Blues has contributed immensely to the greater blues community. Each time I look at the inside photo spread, I wonder what it was like to be in the studio when this magic was made. Fans of authentic, stripped-down, acoustic blues will enjoy Broadcasting the Blues. Come to think of it, I’ve got his 20th anniversary compilation around here somewhere, and I’ll shout about that, too!

Every weekend, I make it my business to listen to Delta Frank Black, the Blues Doctor at WGLT-FM at my alma mater online at, Illinois State University, and I also tune in to KBA recipient John Kessler’s All Blues program at Well, staring next weekend, I’m adding to my weekend blues radio journey so that I can catch Bob live on the radio.

Reviewer Eric Steiner is the President of the Washington Blues Society, a proud recipient of a 2009 Keeping the Blues Alive Award. For more information, please visit

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