Vol. 1: Blues Won’t Let Me Take My Rest

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ARTIST: Henry Gray / Bob Corritore
TITLE: Vol. 1: Blues Won’t Let Me Take My Rest
FORMAT: Compact Disc
LABEL: Delta Groove Music
RELEASE DATE: June 16, 2015
UPC NUMBER: 850021001919

Henry Gray: vocals (1-3, 6, 8, 9, 11-14), piano (all tracks)
Bob Corritore: harmonica (all tracks)
Nappy Brown: vocals (5)
John Brim: vocals & guitar (10)
Robert Lockwood, Jr.: vocals & guitar (4)
Dave Riley: vocals & guitar (7)
Tail Dragger: vocals (12)
Big Jon Atkinson: guitar (11), drums (10)
Kirk Fletcher: guitar (12)
Little Frank: guitar (1)
Chris James: guitar (7, 12)
Bob Margolin: guitar (2, 8, 14)
Danny Michel: guitar (11)
Kid Ramos: guitar (5, 6)
Johnny Rapp: guitar (2-6, 8-10, 13, 14)
Pops MacFarlane: bass (8)
Mario Moreno: bass (4)
Yahni Riley: bass (7)
Kedar Roy: bass (5)
Patrick Rynn: bass (12)
Troy Sandow: bass (10, 11)
Bob Stroger: bass & backing vocals (1)
Paul Thomas: bass (2, 3, 6, 9, 13, 14)
Chico Chism: drums (2-4, 6, 8, 14)
June Core: drums (5)
Steve Cushing: drums (9, 13)
Brian Fahey: drums (11, 12)
Eddie Kobek: drums (7)
Willie “Big Eyes” Smith: drums & backing vocals (1)
Doug James: tenor & baritone saxophone (3)

01. Let’s Get High (3:56)
02. Blues Won’t Let Me Take My Rest (3:59)
03. I’m in Love Again (2:55)
04. Ramblin’ on My Mind (3:14)
05. Worried Life Blues (3:05)
06. They Raided the Joint (3:03)
07. Ride with Your Daddy Tonight (3:13)
08. Trouble Blues (5:31)
09. I’m Gonna Miss You (3:57)
10. That Ain’t Right (2:45)
11. Can’t Afford to Do It (3:27)
12. Boogie Woogie Ball (4:28)
13. Honey Don’t Let Me Go (3:05)
14. She Don’t Move Me No More (4:35)

Produced by Bob Corritore & Clarke Rigsby

Vol. 1: Blues Won’t Let Me Take My Rest

Artist: Bob CorritoreGenres: , , .


At 90-years young, Louisiana native Henry Gray has amassed an incredibly prolific career in American music. With a history of performing that spans more than seven decades, the acclaimed blues pianist is probably best known for his 12-year tenure, beginning in 1956, with the legendary vocalist, Howlin’ Wolf. Gray’s role as a highly in-demand session player has graced such revered labels as Chess, Vee-Jay and United, whereby he was featured on a multitude of iconic recordings including those by Bo Diddley, Jimmy Reed, Jimmy Rogers, Morris Pejoe and Little Walter.

More recently, some of Gray’s further notable accomplishments include; a 1998 Grammy Award nomination for his work on the album, “A Tribute to Howlin’ Wolf”; a featured segment in Martin Scorsese’s seven part series, “The Blues,” which aired nationally on PBS; a guest appearance on the live recording, “Time Brings About a Change… a Floyd Dixon Celebration,” featuring Floyd Dixon, Pinetop Perkins and Fred Kaplan; as well as becoming a recipient of the National Heritage Fellowship Award by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2006.

Gray’s association with harmonica ace Bob Corritore was first established in 1996. Their visceral cohesiveness and long standing musical bond has produced a consistent body of work that’s steeped in purity and tradition. Past collaborative efforts by this formidable pair include the 1999 release of Corritore’s “All-Star Blues Sessions,” Gray’s “Plays Chicago Blues,” which received Blues Music Award nominations in 2002 for both Comeback Blues Album of the Year and Traditional Album of the Year, and a pair of Corritore’s Delta Groove outings including, “Longtime Friends in the Blues,” featuring veteran Chicago blues vocalist Tail Dragger, as well as “Harmonica Blues,” which took the BMA’s top honor for Historical Album of the Year in 2011.

With Gray’s recent 90th birthday (born January 19, 1925), Corritore has taken it upon himself to share more of this truly valuable musical partnership by liberating another treasure trove of melodious gems from his seemingly infinite recording vaults. This first volume presents a 14-song selection recorded over a 19-year period, in which all but four tracks are previously unissued. Gray handles the lion’s share of the vocal duties on ten of these selections, with Robert Lockwood, Jr., John Brim, Nappy Brown, Tail Dragger and Dave Riley providing one vocal each. At the core of these songs are the Gray and Corritore team, who effectively demonstrate their robust musical prowess and understated taste. They are joined on the proceedings by a rotating lineup of some of the blues’ finest musicians for a program of fully-realized songs that alternate between rollicking, partying jumps and shuffles, to the deepest of blues!

“With so much watered-down blues out there today, we’re fortunate that real bluesmen like Henry Gray are still out there performing and setting musical standards.” – Blues Access

“Gray’s singing and playing reflect his lifetime in music. His lyrics, traditionally simple, imply as much as they say straight out.” – Blues Revue

“…Bob’s playing is to the point, understated and never flashy – he functions as part of the ensemble and only steps into the spotlight when relevant and necessary.” – Blues & Rhythm

“Vol. 1: Blues Won’t Let Me Take My Rest is a spectacular tour-d-force. The beauty of these selection’s lies in their power, joy and the honesty with which the musicians have gifted them to us. Make no mistake, these selections are gifts, from the heart and soul of these players, to us.” – Chicago Blues.com

“Fans of real-deal traditional Chicago-style blues and uncompromising two-fisted piano will delight in this set.” – Chicago Blues Guide

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