The fact that John Primer and Bob Corritore share the billing on a new Delta Groove release, Knockin’ Around These Blues, is certain to be welcome to fans of real deal blues. Primer, a member of Muddy Waters last band and a long time member of Magic Slim’s Band, has deservedly acquired a reputation as among the finest living ‘old school’ Chicago blues artists still with us. The fact that Bob Corritore (who produced this) has teamed up with Primer for this new release is doubly welcome as his recent collaborations have been generally outstanding. The album was recorded in two sessions. One session in Phoenix with Chris James on guitar, Patrick Rynn on bass and Brian Fahey on drums. The other session was in Chicago with Billy Flynn on guitar, Bob Stroger on bass and Kenny ‘Beedy Eyes’ Smith on drums. Pianist Barrelhouse Chuck is on both sessions.
I received my review copy from Delta Groove. John Primer will be performing at the Chicago Blues Festival, the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, the Pennsylvania Blues Festival, the Riverfront Blues Festival and other blues events this summer. Here is John performing They Call Me John Primer from a few years back.
Incidentally here is a link to my blog entry where I reviewed several of John's earlier albums.