Riccardo Grosso is a harmonica player, singer and songwriter from Conegliano (Treviso, Italy) where he was born in 1982. Clearly inspired by Blues music, his style gets contaminations by contemporary music from New Orleans, where Riccardo has been living for some time in 2010. He is on duty as singer, harmonica player and bandleader of his Contemporary Blues project “Riccardo Grosso & RG Band” and he is an appreciated harmonica teacher and sidemen as well.
On constant pursuit of Blues feeling on a wider musical range, Riccardo Grosso plays harmonica influenced by Paul Butterfield, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Junior Wells and Charlie Musselwhite. His musical language is inspired by the horn sections of New Orleans music too, no matter if they come from Ragtime or from modern brass bands Funk, and filters all those sounds through his personal approach sounding for the musical context rather than personal ego.
Since 2008 to 2010 he travels to USA on regular basis: he was the only Italian musician invited at SPAH convention (Society for Promotion and Advancement of Harmonica) in 2008, thanks to Charlie Musselwhite (Riccardo had the chance to spend time with the legendary harmonica player, trying to learn some secret of the instrument). He moved to New Orleans (2010) where he has been playing and working with some of the most important musicians living in town.
Along being an appreciated harmonica teacher, Riccardo Grosso with his “RG Band” gets recognitions for his original songs and tunes, winning rave reviews, prizes and getting international air playing in Germany, Belgium, Canada, U.S.A., Germany, UK, France, Switzerland, Austria and Italy without any press-office or manager. Riccardo and the band won Lorenzo Vecchiato prize as “best original blues band” in 2014 – after publishing “Right Now” album - and start to shine on the international scene in 2015 publishing “21.12”, continuing to tour Europe in the meantime.
Riccardo played twice in a row at Bellinzona Blues Sessions in Switzerland, at Basel Summer Blues Festival and Samedan Out of The Blues (both in Switzerland), Marghera Estate Village (Italy) and crossed the musical border playing at Suoni di Marca, Italian multi-genre festival (with an affluence of 300 thousand people that year). He was guest at An Evening With The Blues (Italy). RAI Italian Television and RSI Switzerland Television among others, interviewed Riccardo Grosso in 2015 and 2016. He is on constant touring in Europe both in clubs and in festivals.
Riccardo Grosso has played with Johnny Sansone, John Fhol (Dr. John & Lower 911 guitarist), Marco Marchi & the Mojo Workers, Edu Hebling, Simone Chivilò, Papa George and many more.