Sunday, July 22, 2012

Beldon's Blues Points: Bob Corritore

An update on the condition of Curtis Salgado is included in the latest edition of a newsletter released by noted harmonica player Bob Corritore::

Curtis Salgado Surgery. Blues/soul singer & harmonica player extraordinaire Curtis Salgado( Here's his website: )had successful surgery on July 18th, removing a cancerous spot on his lung. This is the second surgical procedure in the last few years for Curtis. Jake Lankheit of Intrepid Artists reports that the procedure went incredibly well and that Curtis is currently recovering in the hospital and plans to be performing again soon! Nick Moss (Curtis' close friend and blues collaborator, here's his website: has set up an online fund to help with costs at Curtis recently released Soul Shot on Alligator Records to much critical acclaim. Well wishes and prayers for this great artist.

Tail Dragger and the late Willie "Big Eyes" Smith receive awards in Spain! Thanks to the Hondarribia Blues Society in Spain for honoring Tail Dragger (here's an article about him: ) and the late Willie "Big Eyes" Smith ( here's his website: ) last weekend with awards at the Hondarribia Blues Festival (the festival website is at in Spain . Tail Dragger was performing at the fest part of a Chicago blues package that also included Zora Young(here's her myspace page: )and Eddie Shaw (here's his website: ). Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith was on hand to accept the award for his father Willie. To read the article (in Spanish) Click here: , and for an explanation (in English) about the awards on the festival website click here: .

The Year Of Mud! An article in Argentina's Malbec & Blues online magazine (here's a link for it: ) refers to this year as "El Año De Mud" or "The Year Of Mud." The article refers to Mud Morganfield (here's his website: ), and his first national release Son Of The Seventh Son (for more on that, check out ). The article speaks of all the fanfare this CD has received with airplay, chart positions, reviews, major festival headlining slots, and the cover story of Living Blues Magazine (here's their website: ). Mud Morganfield is of course, the eldest son of Muddy Waters and bears an uncanny resemblence to his father in both look and sound. He has been taking the blues world by a storm. Mud is currently on tour in South America. To see the "Year Of Mud" article click here and scroll down the page.

T-Model Ford Documentary in Production! Chaz Geisler is currently in the process of producing a film documentary of Mississippi blues hero T-Model Ford (here's his myspace page ). The film, titled Put A Stamp On It: This Is T Model Ford, will contain live performances, interviews, life on the road and at home, as well as commentary by musicians and friends such as Lightnin' Malcolm, Gravel Road, Jimbo Mathus, Dan Auerbach (Of the Black Keys), Bob Corritore, Scott Barretta, Jim O'Neal and others. The film will contain previously unreleased recordings. Look for this to be debuted at film festivals early next year. T-Model Ford is currently alive and well but is taking time off from performing to recover from a recent stroke. If anyone has footage, posters, photos or any T-Model Ford paraphernalia please contact Chaz at Updates will be posted on or the film's facebook page: . On a sad sidenote, Chaz reports that T-Model's longtime drummer who was affectionately called Spam, had passed away earlier this year. If we can gather enough biographical information for Spam we will present a proper obituary at a later date.

Big Pete Pearson releases new CD! Veteran blues vocalist Big Pete Pearson (here's his website: )has a wonderful new CD out currently called Choose. This album features backing by The Gamblers, an Italian band with whom Big Pete does bi-annual European tours.

Bukka White on YouTube! Here is a great example of the pure power of country blues. Please enjoy Bukka White (here's his website:! performing the Aberdeen Mississippi Blues from the 1960s. He uses his guitar for equal parts melody and percussion. Check out this video to see:

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