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.
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.
it is madness but it is nobody faults. We were ready to rehearsal new songs, new sounds and ready to get on the road heading Slovenia and Croatia.
We are not making it this year. The elephant in the room is called “Covid 19” as we all know and it is keep on taking its live music toll too.
We got an email yesterday from Slovenia where they are telling us the government put more restriction to avoid groups of people standing close and spreading the virus again, due to a rising of infected people there.
We talked to the team at Jerry Rick’s Blues Festival – it should have been Riccardo’s third year in a row as performing artist. For everybody’s safety and health we decided it is wiser to reschedule our gig for 2021. Yes, we are positive (no pun intended) about next year: the coronavirus will be gone.
In the meantime we feel really sorry to not be able to see you all again, this summer, smiling, enjoying the music, dancing, drinking and…
We are all together into this and we will be back at our regular life sooner than soon!
Let’s stay in touch.
PS: let’s face it. It’s impossible to play harmonica through a mask. And we aren’t risking your health to perform one show more to satisfy the ego.
“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.
We promised you something new for this 2020. We had it coming and we have something even newer for you (read: “Riccardo Grosso Blues Band is now rehearsaling original songs!”), but this is not the subject of this article.
You are a Blues lover and a Music lover, like us. You like people who work hard on their craft and squeeze out all the resources to deliver the best. Like us.
You can’t be ignored and your thirst for music is never satisfied. Like us. Like ours. And if you like to surf the web and listen to the music, we know you better like to listen to it in streaming and?for free. Right?
We couldn’t overlook that and we wanted you to have our music at the same time, so here it is a new album from Riccardo Grosso and his renewed Riccardo Grosso Blues Band.
Seravezza Blues Festival‘s team sent us the multitrack live straight from the mixing desk recording of our 40 minutes last edition set and we put our hands on it, using nothing but what is called “in the box” mixing and mastering: it was a fun trip through the realms of sound engineering, an art that is living its own life, indipendent from everything and available for few chosen ones…
The result is this?old school style,?groove minded?and?song servant sound that you are going to find lovely, catchy and rounding as you love, the sound you are suited to, but with some sparkles here and there going to make you say: “wait?! what was that? Gimme more…”
And we are going to give you more for the upcoming months: we are releasing this album in a different way…you are going to get the singles. The single tracks we are excited to share, but with enough time between one and the other to let you enjoy the best, the details and the shades of every-single-song.
Here we go, then, with our first round of this magic ride called “Living A-Live” (you think about this album title meaning): “Shake Your Hips” by our beloved James “Slim Harpo” Moore, ready to please your ears and souls.
Enjoy the first track from “Living A-Live” and come back for more in one month! – RG.