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.

 

 

Living A Live – Track 2: “Double Trouble”

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“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.

 

 

“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.