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Roberto Morbioli (I)
After several years of activity in the Italian music scene, he was asked to play in the ‘Tao Ravao Blues Band’ in 1987, with whom he recorded his first album: “From Madagascar To Chicago”.
In December 1989 he joined the ‘Rudy’s Blues Band’ and with them recorded his second album:“Reason To Live”. While in this band, he also played at the biggest European festivals such as: Amsterdam Blues Festival, New Orleans Music Festival in Ascona, Sanremo Blues Festival, etc.
Roberto has performed at the historical places of the Blues in the U.S.A., such as “Antone’s” in Austin, Texas where he shared the stage with artists like “Anson Funderburgh” and “Sue Folley”.
In 1991 he finally set up his own band MORBLUS which has brought him much recognition and many awards, playing in all the biggest national and international blues festivals and events. In 1998 he toured with MORBLUS around the U.S.A. where he played at the B.B. King’s Bluesclub in memphis and in most popular American Blues clubs.
Roberto writes and arranges the music and lyrics of all the original songs recorded by Morblus:
„Let The Good Times Roll“, „101% Pure Morblus“, „7 Days Of R&B“, “Push!” (Live), “Mrs. Miller” (co-produced with the song writer Massimo Bubola), “I Can’t Go Wrong” (14 original songs reflecting back on 25 years of music and important collaborations) “On the Way Back “(Live) and the latest “Live At The Camploy Theatre”.
Roberto’s personality and unique playing style are evident in all his interpretations while at the same time recalling the styles of blues greats such as Freddy King, Albert King, B.B. King, Albert Collins, T. Bone Walker, Steve Ray Vaughn and Eric Clapton.
Roberto is a passionate and commanding guitarist, laying down great groove in every song he plays. Each note comes straight from his heart. As a singer, Roberto’s powerful voice recalls the styles and tones of Sam Cook, O.V. Wright, Little Milton, Otis Redding, Robert Cray, and Donny Hathaway.
Roberto’s guitars include:
• # 1 - Telecaster Custom Sunburst ’72 with humbucker pick ups
• Stratocaster Sunburst ‘65
• Truetone archtop electric ’55 (great for swing)
• Gibson SG ‘79
• Gibson 340 hollow body electric ‘68
He plays through vintage Fender amplifiers including a 1965 Super Reverb blackface and a 1964 Vibroverb blackface.
Valery Wellington, Lovie Lee (piano player for Muddy Waters, Louisiana Red, Angela Brown, Jeanna Carol, Karen Carol, Maisha Grant, Bill Thomas, Sharon Clark, Paul Orta, Tolo Marton, Rudy Rotta, Blu „Benoit“ Boy, Paris Slim, Sandra Hall, Chicago „Bob“ Nelson, Beverly Hammond, Preston Shannon, Hush Brown, Jesse Yawn, Michael Coleman, Steve Smith, Nathan East, Robin Brown, Herbie Goins, Louisiana Mojo Queen, Racky Thomas, Sir. Waldo Weathers, Paul Orta, Roomful Of Blues, Brenda White, Nalaya Brown, Diane Blue, Dave, David Maxwell,Mighty “Sam” Mc Clain, Monster Mike Welch, Per Hanson, Jon Ross, Michael”Mudcut” Ward, Ronnie Earl, Martha High, Tommy Schneller, Theresa Burnette, Big Daddy Wilson
Currently, besides performing with his band Morblus, Roberto plays the lead guitar and sings background vocals in the internationally acclaimed acoustic trio Big Daddy Wilson (USA).
He is currently available for booking in the US with his Boston-based backing band.