They come from Treviso, in the middle of the Prosecco hills, close to Venice, Italy.
Riccardo Grosso and RGBand are a burning mixture of Electric Blues played in a personal way, inspired by Chicago Blues music from 1950’s to 1970’s and following the most important rule taught by the Blues Masters: “nobody wants a copycat of somebody else”.
Riccardo Grosso, one of the most passionate Blues singers touring Europe with his gravelly, seducent voice, leads the band with his soulful harmonica playing; straight to the music. You hear influences by Paul Butterfield, Charlie Musselwhite, Junior Wells and Sonny Boy Williamson II. Resulting style is charming and he is now cited as one of the top-notch harmonica players in Europe. In 2010 he lived in New Orleans where he lived and played with some of the best musicians in town.
In the band there are some of the finest musicians around: Stefano Pagotto on guitar, Massimo Fantinelli on bass and Andrea D’Ostuni on drums.
Riccardo Grosso & RGBand are considered one of the “major international Blues groups” and playing all around Europe is supporting this consideration.
In the last years the quartet have been busy playing in some of the most important European Blues clubs and Blues festivals in Poland, Germany, Switzerland, France and Italy. Clubs like the Chabah, Bluesiana, Blue Garage, Hall Blues Club, or at Harmonica Bridge Festival, Out Of The Blue’s Festival, Basel Summer Blues, Bellinzona Blues Sessions, Suoni di Marca.
They published two albums (“Right Now” 2014; “21.12 live at Teatro Del Pane” 2015 mastered by Bill Roberts, master engineer of Elvis Costello and Eric Clapton), and got recognition both by International Blues fans and Blues media. The band’s music has been reviewed in the whole continent and their music is on constant air-playing on radios worldwide (U.S.A, Europe, Australia, Latin America).
Riccardo Grosso’s shows are a very well balanced entertainment with stories and music, catchy stories from Riccardo draw listeners into fresh atmospheres and grooving music. Thanks to the perfect mix with the music the band don’t let them go for a second
This quartet doesn’t just play Blues music written by someone else, but let a deep respect resonating and a project supporting this art-form – reminding the same energy of the decade, sounding actual and with unexpected dynamics.
“Chicago Blues Project”: after following the New Orleans school, letting music influences from “down South” getting into the band’s sound, today Riccardo Grosso & RGBand are working on a new recording on the concept of “Chicago Blues Project”, a choice of style where Chicago classics live next to original tunes into the music-frame of Chicago Blues.
“In the Blues world there’s an unwritten commandment” – tells Riccardo Grosso – “that you can find in every interview to the great Bluesmen. All of them says ‘nobody wants a carbon copy’ of some other musician or some other band. That’s it! That’s our motto: we learned that lesson!”