To Mask Or Not To Mask?

To Mask Or Not To Mask

Dear friends and fans,

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.

RG

 

To Mask Or Not To Mask

 

 

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.

We love you all, and we know you feel it. – RG

Shows Updates During Covid 19 Times

update 19 05 2020

Hello friends and fans,

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.

 

See you soon and stay safe.

 

 

update 19 05 2020

Shows Update: Rescheduling, Cancelling and Updating

Hello friends and fans,

we have made some decisions and we are working on the calendar to save what can be saved, move gigs that can be moved and with sadness in our heart cancelling what can’t be rescheduled.

 

Don’t worry, we are Blues people. We are strong. And with this “we” I mean you and us. We are all together in this and we are going to raise from the ashes, as the phoneix taught us to do.

 

Anyway, here is what is happening at the moment I’m writing:

Austrian Bluesharp Meeting is rescheduled for April 2021. We are going to be part of it and we couldn’t be happier! Thank you Reynhard! We love that, my man!

We are figuring out the gig at The Topos in Leverkusen, so as soon as we can fix this we’ll tell you the exact date.

September tour, so, is cancelled and we are not performing at Rattlesnake Saloon and at Lokaal42. Sorry about this.

 

Our summer gigs are still confirmed, but as “we sailing in the fog” we’ll stay posted about this…

 

More news soon! – RG

 

COVID UPDATE

Livin A Live – Track 3: “She’s Tuff”

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“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.

 

 

All was going pretty good, until…

…covid 19 stroke us.

 

We all been hit hard by this pandemic virus they introduced us to, in the last weeks. It’s been under the radar, nobody expected it and no one could predict it would be hit us so hard as human race in general.

 

While we are all together on this boat over this deep and rough sea, we are among the lucky ones who were not infected until the time I’m writing.

 

Anyway is with sadness in our heart that we have to communicate some bad news about our calendar and some not so bad.

 

Right now we are announcing that 6th Austrian Bluesharp Festival, where we were expected as headliner of the final show on April 18th 2020 has been cancelled due to Austrian (and Italian) regulation to fight this Covid-19 emergency. And while the virus waves is hitting Europe we can say our show at Home Rock Bar in Italy for April 9th is cancelled as well and our show in Novigrad, Croatia, for April 17th at 9-pub has been post-poned in August.

 

You’d better check the calendar page for news and update, so you can re-plan your moves and come to say hello at the nearest confirmed show…stay tuned because we have the feeling we’ll have to tell you more in the near future…

2020 is a hot year for shows!

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You’d better check our shows calendar, we are adding more and more every week and we hope it stays like that forever, to be honest!

 

We just confirmed new shows in Slovenia and Croatia: Hangar Bar at Izola and Jerry Ricks Blues Festival in Brsec for the upcoming July.

And soon we are announcing our show for the first time in Spain.

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Remember to visit our shows page to know where we are playing on the next months!

Just Announced: Blues Badger 2020!

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Riccardo Grosso Blues Band is headliner at Blues Badger Festival on November 28th 2020.

Blues Badger is a wonderful festival happening every year in Lázních Toušeň 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)

 

 

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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!

 

See you on the road!

 

 

“Living A-Live” – 2020 album is now out for FREE!

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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…

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The result is this old school stylegroove 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.