Ain’t Nothing You Can Do!

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ARTIST: John Primer & Bob Corritore
TITLE: Ain’t Nothing You Can Do!
FORMAT: Compact Disc
LABEL: Delta Groove Music
RELEASE DATE: April 21, 2017
UPC NUMBER: 850021001971

John Primer: guitar and vocals
Bob Corritore: harmonica
Barrelhouse Chuck: piano (1, 2, 4-6, 9,10)
Henry Gray: piano (3, 7, 8)
Big Jon Atkinson: guitar (3, 7, 8)
Chris James: guitar (1, 2, 4-6, 9, 10)
Patrick Rynn: bass (1, 2, 4-6, 9, 10)
Troy Sandow: bass (3, 7, 8)
Brian Fahey: drums

01. Poor Man Blues (4:07)
02. Elevate Me Mama (5:29)
03. Hold Me in Your Arms (4:37)
04. Big Leg Woman (4:20)
05. Gambling Blues (5:59)
06. Harmonica Boogaloo (4:12)
07. Ain’t Nothing You Can Do (7:03)
08. For the Love of a Woman (4:27)
09. May I Have a Talk with You (5:00)
10. When I Leave Home (6:44)

Produced by Bob Corritore & Clarke Rigsby

Ain’t Nothing You Can Do!

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4.5 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)


In the year 2017, who better to carry forth the Chicago blues beacon other than John Primer and Bob Corritore? Both have pasts steeped in the blues tradition and each has consistently represented their fundamental roots of the Chicago blues idiom throughout their illustrious careers. Individually, Primer and Corritore command a towering presence, but in combination the power of their blues is unstoppable. Their 2013 Delta Groove debut “Knockin’ Around These Blues” is living testimony to this fact. Enthusiastically received by fans and critics alike, their album debuted at #1 on the April 2013 Living Blues Radio Chart and topped out at #5 on the esteemed magazine’s Radio Chart’s Top 50 Blues Albums for 2013. Additionally, the German-based Bluesnews magazine declared it the Best Blues Release of 2013!

In the album’s wake and through the intervening years, the two have remained independently active on the blues circuit and continued to garner awards, nominations and international critical praise. Corritore has since released three additional albums on Delta Groove, including his all-instrumental platter, “Taboo;” the Blues Music Award-nominated collaboration with legendary pianist Henry Gray for Historical Album, “Vol. 1: Blues Won’t Let Me Take My Rest;” and the old school modern masterpiece, “House Party at Big Jon’s,” featuring rising young star Big Jon Atkinson, nominated for a 2017 Blues Music Award for Traditional Blues Album. Likewise, Primer busied himself with new recordings and high profile projects including the Grammy-nominated album, “Muddy Waters 100,” which featured the guitarist alongside such industry heavy-hitters as James Cotton, Shemekia Copeland, Gary Clark Jr., Derek Trucks, Johnny Winter and Keb’ Mo’, and in 2016, John took home the honor for Traditional Blues Male Artist in the 37th Annual Blues Music Awards.

Now John Primer and Bob Corritore are back with this brilliant follow-up to their 2013 critically-acclaimed Delta Groove debut. “Ain’t Nothing You Can Do!” is another shining example of the power of pure Chicago blues. Backed by an all-star cast that includes Henry Gray, Barrelhouse Chuck, Big Jon Atkinson, Troy Sandow, Chris James, Patrick Rynn and Brian Fahey, Primer and Corritore lead their seasoned session partners through a hard-hitting program of stompin’ shuffles, rowdy dance floor packers and treacherous slow blues. There’s an elegant brashness and unstated uniformity of purpose that can only be achieved through such a pairing of substantially pervasive Chicago backgrounds. This record is exactly what you would hope for from these two Chicago blues stalwarts!

“Is Chicago blues ever going to seem stale? Not when musicians like this play it like this… Ain’t Nothing You Can Do is expert musicians delivering no frills electric Chicago blues at its best.” – Dan Stevens / Blues Music Magazine

“These guys are masters of the classic Chicago style and this disc comes highly recommended.” – Blues Matters

“The two play together so comfortably and seamlessly, you’ll feel transported back to the heyday of that Chess Chicago blues sound. It’s pure, refreshing, heartfelt and moving.” – Jim Hynes / Elmore Magazine

“The CD is a complete immersion into the post-war Chicago Blues genre. Ain’t Nothing You Can Do! may present covers from old masters – 7 out of 10 songs in fact – but they are here reinterpreted with fervor, freshness and passion. The result is a wonderful traditional album. If you like impromptu Chicago blues, then this CD is perfect for you.” – Pierre Lacocque / Chicago Blues Guide

“It is hard to imagine that anyone today could make a better sounding recording of postwar, electric Chicago blues than what Primer and Corritore have done on this CD. The musical rapport between the guitarist and harp player is dynamic and telepathic and is clearly intended to evoke Waters’ interactions with the likes of Little Walter, Junior Wells, James Cotton and George Smith.” – Robert H. Cataliotti / Living Blues Magazine

2 reviews for Ain’t Nothing You Can Do!

  1. 5 out of 5


    After I listened to it for the first time it brought chills down my back and all the little hairs on my body stood up!
    This CD is so full of deep emotional blues feelings it bring tears to my eyes! WELL DONE!! AWARD WINNING!!

  2. 4 out of 5


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