ROBERTO MORBIOLI AND THE WILLIE J. LAWS BAND
Roberto MORBIOLI was born in Verona, Italy, 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.
"Think Robert Cray meets B.B. King while visiting Jimi Hendrix. It can't help but groove you"
Willie J. Laws has over 25 years of performing experience and has traveled the world making music. The influences heard in the music of the Willie J. Laws Band are many and eclectic. There are deep roots in Texas music tradition and uniquely American roots music.
Raised in the Gulf Coast of Texas, Willie J. developed his "funky blues" guitar and vocal sound, influenced by Texas Blues and R&B, Tex-Mex Tejano/Conjunto, Louisiana Zydeco, and Country.
Fans call him "the Real Deal". His work over the past 25 years includes performing as the house band for The House of Blues in both Las Vegas and New Orleans, and as well as Margaritaville in the "Crescent City". He performs nationally and internationally with the Grammy award-winning Tejano band "Los Texmaniacs". While living in Texas, Louisiana, Nevada, and California he repeatedly opened for BB King, Etta James, Buddy Guy, Willie Nelson, Hall & Oates, Lynyrd Skynyrd and numerous others. Willie was mentored by, and toured throughout the US with, the late Blues great and Texan, Phillip Walker, which you also hear in Willie's playing style. Willie now lives in Massachusetts, travels from NH to NYC to Texas and beyond, and plays hardcore, authentic Blues with a twist of Zydeco, R&B and Funk.
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