If you are in a record store and you walk to the point where you are equally far from the shelves containing Folk, Jazz, Rock, Pop and Blues records, facing and looking straight to the latter, there you will be in the same point where we can place Riccardo Grosso & RGBand.
The harmonica virtuoso and gutsy singer Riccardo Grosso – after coming back from New Orleans where he lived and performed for a while – changed band direction from being a Blues band with a non-standard repertoire and a dark-sounding atmosphere to what can be considered today an Electrified Folk Blues, where Jazz-Funk approach (taken back from New Orleans) and its freedom and a solid Rock strong beat let this four piece combo from Treviso, Italy, to play their stories from all around the World slightly different – and still grooving – at every show.
Since 2003 (when they started to play the first gig) the band has seen the presence of Stefano Pagotto on guitar (starring with “I Belli di Waikiki” as well) and Massimo Fantinelli on bass (paid his dues playing with Guido Toffoletti and Tolo Marton, along others).
Today the drummer is Andrea D’Ostuni who is always travelling between London and Italy for music and whose style – filled with groove and Blues language – fits perfectly with the band’s style.
Riccardo Grosso & RGBand spent a lot of time playing live to carve their own personal sound as band. From 2003 to 2014 they played literally everywhere (from places where you wouldn’t stop to ask for indications to festivals where the inflatable structure collapsed due to a energy-short) but when they release their first studio album containing their original tunes (“Right Now” – 2014) things started to change a little.
The band began to play in festivals and Blues clubs, released a live album (“21.12” – 2015) and started to begin a constant presence in Switzerland (Bellinzona Blues Sessions 2014 & 2015, Basel Blues Festival 2015, Out Of The Blue’s Samedan 2015, touring the country on regular basis since 2014), Austria, Germany and Italy (Suoni di Marca 2014 as headliner, Festa D’Estate 2014, Treviso Blues 2016, Bitonto Blues Festival 2016).
Along the way, the band were surprised and honored to hear feedback and kudos from artists like Charlie Musselwhite, Johnny Sansone, Greg Izor and read press reviews from Soulbag (FR), Blues Matters! (UK), Roots Time (BE), Bluesnews Magazin (DE) while Riccardo Grosso & RGBand‘s music is on rotation in radios pretty much all around the world (U.S., U.K., Belgium, Canada, Europe, Chile and Australia).
And it all started with the idea: “let’s try to play the Blues in a little more personal way, making it different!”
Video by Fredi Schefer