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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 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
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 Foley”.
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
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, Bog 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)