Review: John Primer & Bob Corritore – Crawlin’ Kingsnake


John Primer & Bob Corritore – Crawlin’ Kingsnake

John Primer & Bob Corritore – Crawlin’ Kingsnake
Format: CD – Digital / Label: VizzTone Label Group
Release: 2024

Text: Pascal Wilhelm

Every record collector has them. Records you can play anytime and anywhere. Whether you have a dinner with friends, you own a bar and you still have guests sitting at the bar in the wee wee hours, or you are just alone all by yourself. This is it.

John Primer and Bob Corritore did it. An uncomplicated, go-for-it blues album that will work on any occasion. A special shout out to Anthony Geraci, who delivers excellent piano parts, his notes dripping over the tracks like cool rain on a hot summer night.

Twelve songs on this record. Covers by John Lee Hooker (Crawlin’ Kingsnake), Willie Dixon (Down in the Bottom), B.B. King (Chains and Things) and Muddy Waters (Stuff You Gotta Watch, Rosalee Blues, Feel Like Going Home) and a few others. One Primer original (Hiding Place).

This is the fourth collaboration between John Primer and Bob Corritore. An album of pure Chicago blues with beautiful 50’s artwork by Vince Ray.

The album was recorded over four sessions between 2021 and 2023, but it feels it was recorded in one session; great live feeling with a genuine windy city vibe and a good variety in grooves. Can’t say much more about this record.

If you have a friend you want to introduce to Chicago Blues, give him or her (or they) this album. The warm voice of John Primer will enchant you and Bob Corritore delivers great harmonica playing, not to say the least of the band; Bob Stroger on bass, Wes Starr on drums and Jimi “Primetime’ Smith on guitar and backing vocals. I already mentioned Anthony’s sweet drippin’ piano parts.

Chicago blues is alive baby!


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