Finally the band is back. We are back on the road, folks, and of course we are happy. And renewed.
Covid took its toll and we had to make some change and be ready to get back on the road, the same good hearted music, just different guys playing it. New taste, new ideas, same spirit about grooving and seeing you dancing.
While now it’s time to clean the rust and dust and shine our shoes, we are happy to tell you our friends at Jerry Ricks’ Blues Festival booked us for July 28th in Klana, Croatia.
Riccardo Grosso is going to sing and blow some fiery harmonica for you, with Flavio Paludetti on guitar – long time partner in crime…ehm music – Andrea D’Ostuni is back on drums and featuring Stanley Sargeant on bass.
Not that it never stopped, but it doesn’t seem to leave music alone. F****** Covid seems to be here to stay a little longer than planned and today is a whole year gone by with this new thing around.
Guys at Austrian Bluesharp Meeting tried their best to organize and run this year event, but they had to post-pone it due to this sticky virus and regulamentation for our and your health.
So we got a new date, for 2022. But we ain’t telling you nothing yet, this time we are trying to be superstitious…you never know.
We are lucky: every single one of us is doing good even during these pandemic times and we are busy. There’s a new tune ready to be published and we are rough mixing some ideas…we have to do that with a “smart working” attitude. Working and playing at distance, from our homes and send the stems to be mixed.
Mind we are sparse around North Italy: Riccardo is living in Liguria, Max is in Treviso, Flavio in Udine and Andrea in Trieste. So we pretty cover the whole North Italy, but that means we have to deal with technology to make music. A new challenge we are happy to face and to work with.
This time we want you to stay healthy, positive (no pun intended) and with high vibes…don’t feel alone, don’t feel forgotten and don’t dare to try to do stupid things. Keep on keepin’ on and if you feel like you need some lovin’ drop us a line…we are here to heal your soul even if we are not playing music!
This pandemic won’t leave us alone and we are hoping you are staying safe and healthy. Remeber to wear the mask and to be smart, because if you don’t you are not going to get any live music anytime soon!
To shoote your souls and live music needs we are showing you our take on the marvellous tune written back in 1972 – ten years before Riccardo would born – by Robben Ford (guitar), Mark Ford (harmonica), Patrick Ford (drums) and Stanley Poplin (bass) – titled Gibson Creek Shuffle.
We put our hands on it, written some arrangment and played as ballsy as we could, live, on stage. We were really lucky to have a marvellous team shooting this live and we really hope you dig it.
We aim to be back in April, in Austria. We will see if that’s gonna happen.
as uncertain times we are living are and as much as we are sailing in the fog we are keeping our calendar updated.
There are some changing going on and we are looking forward to see you for real and hug you all sooner than soon. In the meantime we are rescheduling and waiting for more news…
Unfortunately we won’t be able to make it to Spain for the Corbera Blues Festival this year and our show (and the festival) is postponed to 2021.
At the time you are reading this, the other show are confirmed but we could get more news as days passing, so stay connected with us to get all the updates and subscribe to our newsletter to get these updates right in your email. Just scroll down to the footer and insert your email address.
“She’s Tuff” has been a personal Riccardo’s favourite since he listened to the tune played by The Fabulous Thunderbirds in their “Portfolio” greatest hits album.
That laugh at the end of the verse caught him and made him think “How cool do you have to be, to write a song with some laughing in it?” and after some research he found out it was a Jerry “Boogie” McCain’s song.
A laid back groove, but still biting and hitting you, with wonderful lyrics about the best woman you can meet (after all she’s so tough to stop a World War) is Blues as it gets and on stage it happens often that the band streches the song to get the audience in or kicking some dynamics on this song (check Riccardo Grosso Blues Band live video concert in Warsaw to see this happening…).
So here we are with the third song of the “Livin A-Live” album: “She’s Tough” as the original title spells or “She’s Tuff” you like it better…
If you missed “Shake Your Hips” you can find it here.
If you missed “Double Trouble” you can find it here.
Riccardo Grosso Blues Band is headliner at Blues Badger Festival on November 28th 2020.
Blues Badger is a wonderful festival happening every year in L?zn?ch Tou?e? a very nice town near Prague, Czech Republic.
Now it’s their tenth year?and we are thrilled and honored to be part of this as headliner… (as you can see on the poster last year they had Paul Lamb, one harmonica player I was listening to when I was starting out…RG)
We promise you a killer show and be sure to visit the official website of the festival in the upcoming month for more news and details!
“Double Trouble” is a tune by the great Otis Rush who was a guitar master mostly overlooked.
His influences with his hit published by Cobra Records set the “West Side” sound: richful, powerful and borderline, if you want. But man if it was wild!
?I Can?t Quit You, Baby? written by Willie Dixon or? ?All Your Love (I Miss Loving)? and of course ?Double Trouble”.
With an aggressive, attacking playing style highlighted by piercing, stinging runs of single notes, Rush was not only defining his own sound, but that of an entire generation as well. Talents like Magic Sam, Buddy Guy and Freddie King soon followed, and all came from a similar mold.
Rush would later record for Chess Records and more than a half-dozen other labels during a career that?s notable not just for its originality and influence (read: Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor and Stevie Ray Vaughan), but also its trials and tribulations: Rush has struggled to peacefully co-exist with the business aspects of the music industry, at one point going more than 15 years between studio albums. And by his own admission, he spent many a day battling the bottle but his name and reputation remain intact.
Here it is our version of the classic song “Double Trouble” from our new streaming album “Living A-Live” and we really hope you like it.
If you missed “Shake Your Hips” you can find it here.
Warsaw was really cool and the feedback from that event still going…check the video realized by Michal Pierzchlewski of our version of “Up The Line” a classic written by Willie Dixon for Little Walter.
We think you can feel we had a hell of a good time!