American Blues Made in Italy

The Blues Community talks of universal nature of the blues.  A trip to Memphis for the IBC and you will see bands from around the world.  Well you do not have to go that far to get a European blues flavor.  Italy’s Roberto Morbioli will be at the Cypress Grille in Middletown on Saturday the 12th.  He will be playing with an all-star group.  But first more about Roberto.










He was born in Verona and started playing the guitar at an early age.  By the time he was 15 years old he realized that his greatest passion was the blues.  He spent several years in the Italian music scene and played in a number of bands

Roberto has performed at the historical places of the Blues in the US, such as “Antone’s” in Austin.  He also played in some of Europe’s biggest festivals.  In 1991 he finally set up his own band MORBLUS which has brought him much recognition, playing in all the biggest national and international blues festivals and events.

Roberto writes and arranges the music and lyrics of all the original songs recorded by Morblus: His songs reflect on 25 years of music and experience.

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.  He is a passionate and commanding guitarist, laying down great groove in every song he plays.  Watching him you know 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.









As the leader of MORBLUS Roberto has the band create a sound that captures the audience with its exceptional sound of Funk, Blues, Rhythm & Blues and Soul.  He is the frontman and evokes a unique music experience.

He has a strong stage presence offering power that has been sweeping away the public more than hardly any other act in the European music scene.

Performing with various international Blues artists has helped Roberto mature and so has his distinctive Blues.


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)


  • From Madagascar To Chicago (Tao Ravao)
  • Reason To Live (Rudy Rotta)
  • Diabolic live (Rudy Rotta)


  • Let The Good Times Roll
  • 101% Pure Morblus
  • 7 Days of R.& B.
  • “ Push” Live At Fiamene
  • Mrs Miller
  • I Can’t Go Wrong
  • Road Tracks (LIVE DVD)
  • On The Way Back LIVE
  • Live At The Camploy Theatre

Saturday, May 12th, at the Cypress Grille starting at 8:00 pm it is the Liviu Pop Invitational Group Roberto Morbioli on guitar and vocals.  Joining him is Diane Blue on vocals and harp.  You do not want to miss her harp playing.  She just keeps getting better.  Bruce Bears from the Duke Robillard Band is organ.  And Connecticut;s own international blues ambassador on drums is Liviu Pop.

Friendly, cozy and with a fine menu, the Cypress is putting on a show that is a knockout.  For more information: or  (860) 346-3367.

Come back on Thursday when Bluesbeatnews has the Blues Schedule for the week.

About bluesbeatnews52

Blues columnist writing a weekly column dedicated to the Blues. The only column of its kind in a commercial (paid subscription) newspaper. Column appears in the Middletown Press, Bristol Press, Torrington Register-Citizen, and the New Britain Herald. Forcella has served on the Board of Directors of the Blues Foundation representing the Journalism constituency. Served on the Board of Directors Connecticut Blues Society as Past President and Past Editor of newsletter. Recipient: Keeping the Blues Alive award in Journalism from the Blues Foundation. Has contributed both writing and photos to nationnal blues publications.

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