Bob Corritore and Dave Riley Want You To Hush Your Fuss

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Dave Bakke
Bob Corritore and Dave Riley, whose new album, Hush Your Fuss, just came out.
Imagine everybody in a blues bar laughing so hard they can hardly contain themselves. That's the case with Bob Corritore and Dave Riley's new CD, Hush Your Fuss.

Internationally acclaimed blues musicians Corritore and Riley held CD release parties for Fuss, their third album, this past weekend at Monterey Court Studio Galleries in Tucson and the Rhythm Room in Phoenix.

Corritore hails from Chicago and Riley comes from Mississippi, but they both reside in Phoenix area now.

The new CD, Hush Your Fuss, is a laugh. Literally--the "Laughing Blues" close the album, a song where Riley's shrieking laugh rocks in key with the music. The Corritore-Riley band performed the song at both release parties, and it had the expected response: People were laughing so hard they could barely contain themselves.

"It's a contagious, manic laugh," Corritore says. "It's a party on a platter."

The other two members of the band are Dave Riley Jr. on bass and Bryan Fahey on drums.

The quartet decided to kickoff the party in Tucson because that area doesn't get to see their music live often. The CD release party at the Monterey was held outside despite the rainy, cold weather, but patio cover kept everyone dry.

"I love the Monterey because it has good food and that Old Tucson feel to it," Corritore said. "People were dancing and glued to everything we did." Of course, Corritore also likes the Rhythm Room, where the Phoenix party was held, not least because he owns it. The Rhythm Room is the oldest blues venue remaining open in the Phoenix area.

"The Rhythm Room is also a great social scene," Corritore says. "Tucson is more of a listening, dancing crowd. Phoenix also listens to the music, but there's also a lot of talking going on."

Corritore cannot say enough about longtime musical buddy Riley. "Dave gives you his heart. He's a natural jokester. He's always excited about the music, but I've never seen him as excited as he is about this CD."

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