A life in blues
THIS IS MY BLUES
Ho sempre pensato che per suonare il Blues ci volesse qualcosa di speciale, di unico, che andasse al di là di una semplice scelta musicale. Ho sempre creduto che saper suonare ed “avere il Blues” fosse una vocazione che ti dà il privilegio di interpretare, e di trasmettere con uno strumento, il Blues che si ha dentro; ho sempre voluto suonare il Blues perché era per me il migliore linguaggio per comunicare con la gente. Ho sempre pensato al Blues come ad una fede: o ce l’hai o non ce l’hai, e se ce l’hai la devi perpetrare!
Roberto Morbioli, Dec 25th, 1996
Roberto was born in Verona and started playing the guitar at an early age. At the age of 15 he discovered his greatest passion to be THE BLUES.
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 "Rudy’s Blues Band" and with them recorded his second album: “Reason To Live”. With 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 performed at the historical places of the Blues in the USA 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 USA 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 published on various CDs
"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 on 25 years of music and important collaborations), "On the Way Back" (Live), "Live At Camploy" (from the DVD "Road Tracks") and "Green Side".
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 Vaughan and Eric Clapton.
Roberto is a passionate and commanding guitarist, demonstrating 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.