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 4: “Mellow Down Easy”

mellow down easy

“Mellow Down Easy” is what we can consider a Blues standard. A tune that if you play Blues or harmonica you must know. No excuse. Written by Willie Dixon for the great late Little Walter, this is a favorite of a lot of Blues fellows.

BUT as you may know, Riccardo and the band don’t like to follow a standard path (“it’s like doing your homework…you do that but you gotta put something more to excel” is Riccardo’s philosphy on this) and for this reason they started to mess around with Paul Butterfield version. 

This version you are going to listen was a work in progress: if you come to a live concert today, you’ll hear how the band worked on this tune and changed it again from the one recorded here.

 

That’s the magic of the music: it never stops to flow and it always evolving, right? So enjoy that moment we recorded and – as soon as we can do that again – come to enjoy the new version at one of the shows

 

 

 

If you missed “Shake Your Hips” you can find it here.

If you missed “Double Trouble” you can find it here.

If you missed “She’s Tuff” you can find it here.

 

 

Livin A Live – Track 3: “She’s Tuff”

she's tuff

“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!

new shows

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.

new shows

 

 

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

Just Announced: Blues Badger 2020!

blues badger

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)

 

 

blues badger

 

 

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 – Track 2: “Double Trouble”

double trouble

“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.

 

 

Did you check the calendar? There are new shows on it!

The excitement about releasing our new single, a live grooving and old school take of Slim Harpo’s “Shake Your Hips” (check the music here), was so high that we forgot to tell you about something!

 

Check the calendar and mark the dates, we are growing our live shows list with new concerts and we would like to meet you somewhere down the road!

So far we are confirmed in Italy, Croatia, Germany, Austria, Netherlands…

 

 

 

Check the details of our live shows clicking here