There was a harmonica hero who you may not have heard about. His name was – and still is becase legends never die – William Clarke.
A wonderful singer and harmonica extraordinaire, William Clarke was both diatonic and chromatic Blues player and had this take-no-prisoner attitude when he was playing music.
Riccardo has been listening to Clarke’s music since he was in a teenager, blown away by the music of this wonderful Blues artist.
It was on rehearsal when Riccardo came up with the suggestion “why don’t we play William Clarke’s Greasy Gravy? A II-V-I turn around instrumental somewhere between a shuffle and a swing? I do the chromatic theme and we’ll see what happens?”
The band was cool with that and the song was multitracked and mixed in a DIY way.
Here’s what happened.
We hope you enjoy this.
Serves Me Right To Suffer is one of the hidden gems written by the great John Lee Hooker.
He used to introduce this song as a “terrible, terrible story” and it’s all about human feelings, real emotions and speaking true about them.
It’s impossible, for anyone, to play like John Lee Hooker and if you listen to somebody doing it, it’s because they are imitating his style. Hooker was so unique, his personality so huge and his way of writing, performing and approaching to the Blues music that he created a branch (and a brand) of Blues music around himself.
If you read the interviews about playing with him, by his sidemen, they all would tell that performing with him was fun and difficult at the same time. Only few harmonica players that I’ve heard could do that without missing the weird chord changes, the unique style and the overall atmosphere of what John Lee Hooker was playing.
Three names in my mind are Charlie Musselwhite, Alan Wilson and Van Morrison.
We tried to hommage the great John Lee Hooker without falling in the “Boom Boom” or “Boogie Chillen” cover. Just click on the play icon of the song and I hope you’ll enjoy the stream.
Little Walter is – without no question – one of the harmonica heroes you must listen and study, if you are serious about Blues music and Blues harmonica.
We as band never wanted to play too much of the classic Blues, not because we don’t like (actually we love the classic Blues and you should see how many Blues records from the Blues masters we listen to everyday) but because the idea is to connect that 50’s, 60’s and 70’s Blues with modern time.
As I said we wouldn’t play too many classics, but there are some tunes we can’t help but want to play because they stick out from all the rest, being them written in a special way or hitting us in a unique way.
“Up The Line” is one of them. Apart speaking about the good ole Blues theme like “we can’t get along anymore, I’m leaving” in a special way, like every lyrics and song written by the awesome Willie Dixon, this tune has a special identity to my ears.
Along with people like Robben Ford, Gary Smith, Sugar Ray Norcia, we did our take of this masterpiece at the last rehearsal. I multitracked, mixed and mastered all the sounds.
In this session, you can listen to the great job done by Alessandro Marchesin on guitar, Massimo Fantinelli on bass and Andrea D’Ostuni on drums.
Oh, yes. It’s me on vocals and harmonica. And I hope you like this version.
You can join us for two different sets: the first is at 7pm until 8pm; the second set starts at 10pm and we are going to play until midnight.
Venice is a city that doesn’t need introduction. It is the place where love borns, lovers meet, history took and take place and it is – with no fear for disagreement – the most beautiful city in the World.
Right behind Saint Mark’s square (the only square of Venice, all the others are called “campi” or “campielli” that you would translate as “field” or “little field”) there is one of the best Jazz Clubs you would visit. It’s the B-Bar of the Bauer’s Hotel, world famous hotel where people like Marylin Monroe, Jackie Onassis, Paul Newman, Elton John and Keith Richards has spent some good time.
If you check better, you’ll see the Jazz At The Bauer’s events: a lot of Jazz and few Blues concerts happening in there.
After the two days gig of November 2nd and 3rd when Riccardo has performed with his “Tribute To Sonny Boy Williamson II” – an idea born from the desire of paying hommage to one of the greatest harmonica players who ever lived – we are coming back to the Bauer’s as Riccardo Grosso Blues Band.
Why you should come? You may be wondering…you have the chance, this time, to listen to our whole renowed repertoire, with some really cool stuff added and to see the new member of the band Alessandro Marchesin – on guitar.
If you are a woman, if you love women, if you like the Blues and even if you are not, you won’t regret to be with Riccardo Grosso Blues Band on this day.
No wild parties, no nudes, just Blues. In a place that you would call for sure nice and for sure with personality. This is all about Osteria Barabba in Padova.
They put a lot of effort to bring you the best music around and Riccardo Grosso Blues Band is performing there on Women’s day.
We couldn’t think about a better deal.
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This event has been cancelled for reasons not depending on the band.
There’s nothing to do in Brescia but visiting a place that happens to be one of the best music clubs in Italy: Lo Stranpalato. The owner there is an harmonica enthusiast and player and allows you to play through a Bassman with a reverb he installed on it by himself. And if you aren’t happy yet you get the chance to use the whole house backline and put together a killer sound. The place used to be a cinema or something (the room is still in the basement from what we know) and today is one of the finest Live Music Restaurants you can experience in Italy. Riccardo Grosso Blues Band is coming back in February and they can’t wait to perform at Lo Strampalato. Book your table, see you there.
Riccardo Grosso Blues Band is excited to come back to Pelussin at Hall Blues Club next February!
Pelussin is a small town in the Rhone-Alps of France, 55kms from Lyon. It’s a very very nice town with this Middle Age atmosphere, the typical French town we all have in our immagination.
In Pelussin there are some really good Blues fans who are running this amazing club located in this ancient building: the first time we got there we were like “well, this is an OLD building, man…” but once you walk in it is breath-taking.
Apart from the names you can read on the posters hanging on the wall (like Nine Below Zero, to name a band) you will find yourself into this amazing cozy theater with sweet people welcoming you for the show and for the after show dinner: all together, with the musicians, sharing cheese (gotta try the town cheese) and French wine.
Life could be worse, right?
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If you had the chance to listen to the music, before reading this – you know what we are going to say. It is all about how we feel, but even more important it’s all about how we make YOU feel.
What it’s important for you to experience is to find and walk some unbeaten path of the Blues world when listening to Riccardo Grosso Blues Band. And from these paths the band would take you to the final destination AND beginning of the real journey: the one into the Blues, now.
The philosphy behind every show, every note and every single mile under the hood of this unusual Blues band is to take you to the Blues world of today.
You will be disappointed if you are here to find walking shoes, yonder’s wall or mojo hands: that is something in the Blues culture, but they are not from the Modern Urban world and Blues is about life we are living and things we are experiencing in our real and present life.
Wasn’t the great master lessons about not being a copycat, trying to be original and come up with your own songs? This band is delivering this philosophy instead of trying to emulate as close as possible this or that Bluesman.
You’ll get what you see and it is prime quality because it’s the original thing, the real idea with a willing of taking chances and playing band’s own thing.
You would love to find yourself dip in the Blues and diving into stories, songs and atmospheres that seem to be taylored on your life. They are, in fact. They are something we all share as exprience and you would experience sharing some of your life-time listening to the “Blues Now” of Riccardo Grosso Blues Band.
See you on the road.