Dave Riley & Bob Corritore – Traveling on the Gravel Road
Vizztone Label Group
Released on Blue Witch records in 2007, Bob Corritore remastered and updated this great album with 10 original Dave Riley cuts and two tunes by Dave's longtime friend and bandmate John Weston. The songs were recorded over three sessions in Tempe, AZ in 2005 and 2006 and include the fine guitar and vocals of Dave Riley and the always outstanding harp by Bob Corritore. Two of the tracks are newly released. Dave and Bob include Johnny Rapp on guitar for 10 tracks, Matt Bishop on piano for two cuts, Dave's son Dave, Jr., Ion Bass for 8 songs, Paul Thomas on two tracks on bass and Tom Coulson on drums for 10 tracks .
Riley goes acoustically with Dave in support without resorting to a few cuts, "Overalls" and "Safe At Last". "Both have a great feeling on the porch, where you can imagine being on a hot afternoon in the Mississippi Delta with an iced tea or lemonade and listening to these two play and sing effortlessly and joyfully. The album begins with that Swinging "I'm not your Junkman", a song about Dave's Trash Talking Woman. There is some nice guitar work and of course Corritore blows impressive harp. This is followed by the title track, a driving cut with an impressive harp solo. "Come Here Woman" follows that first acoustic cut, a slow and deep and dirty blues. With harp and ax laying it out for us. "Let's have fun together" comes next with a nice instrumental opening. More great harp and guitar and of course Riley's passionate vocals .
The pace increases somewhat with "My Baby & # 39; s Gone". Riley sings that he is moaning for his baby, but the pace expresses hope. We get a nice piano solo here, the first of three. Then “Voodoo Woman, Voodoo Man” is the name of the game, slower blues with expressive vocals, harp and guitar and some piano that is thrown into the mix for fun. Next up is Way Back Home, where Riley plays and sings with intensity. Corritore stays solid great and the piano adds dimension to the mix. "Doggone Blues" offers slower and nice blues. The guitar and harp are intense and the vocals are full of grit. "Country Tough" picks up the pace again and offers variety. "Friends" opens with a big guitar intro, while Riley sings passionately again and Corritore plays more mean harp. The other acoustic cut closes the album.
Bob Corritore's music vault is like a diamond mine. It has so many gems in it that are ready to be picked, cleaned up, and released. I enjoyed listening to and reviewing their first album together, Lucky To Be Living 2009 on Blue Witch (along with Hush Your Fuss! From 2013!) And I really enjoyed adding this collection to my collection. It's really great stuff!
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