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About a life in blues
Roberto Morbioli was born into a family of musicians and therefore got in touch with what would become his vocation at a very early stage of his life: MUSIC. He started playing the guitar with 15 and discovered his greatest passion to be the Blues.
After several years in the Italian music scene, he recorded his first CD „From Madagascar To Chicago“ with the TAO RAVAO BLUES BAND in 1987 – back then as a bass player.
Two years later in 1989, Roberto joined „Rudy’s Blues Band“ – and became the bass player of Rudy Rotta. With Rudy, Roberto published two albums and started performing on important stages in the USA and Europe: Antone’s / Austin, New Orleans Music Festival / Ascona, Amsterdam Blues Festival, San Remo Festival,.. with famous artists such as Anson Funderburgh or Sue Foley.
In 1991, it was time to go his own way: Roberto founded his own band MORBLUS. The name was a combination between his surname and the word „Blues“ which is why is was originally spelled MORBLUES. He later decided to remove the „e“ to make the name shorter, which still leads to confusion among organizers and listeners.
With Morblus and its unique sound of Blues, Rhythm & Blues and Soul, Roberto gained high recognition not only in Europe but also at the cradle of Blues, the USA (e.g BB King’s Blues Club in Memphis) where he still regularly tours. Since 2010, Roberto has a US working visa as an artist of extraordinary ability.
In 2013, Roberto dedicated himself to more traditional acoustic Blues’n roots music during the collaboration with US singer and percussionist Big Daddy Wilson, a cooperation that he pursued until 2016 when he founded his own acoustic project Roberto Morbioli Trio. Roberto contributed with his guitar and background vocals to two of Wilson’s live CDs published by phamosa records.
2017 was the year that Roberto recorded the first CD with his new trio formation ROB MO: The album „From Scratch“ is his first production with the name ROB MO and its title already suggests what it’s about:
Roberto writes and arranges the music of all the original songs recorded with his own projects (see discography below). His 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.
When he plays the guitar he is passionate and commanding, 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.
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