Italian Bluesmen, Dead Shrimp: An Interview with Alessio Magliocchetti Lombi

by Gio Pilato

Rome is often described as one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world but what many don't know is that, behind the sheer beauty of its monuments, there is one of the most prolific and robust blues generation that Italy has produced for a very long time.

One of the most inspired records of 2013 belonging to the "Nouvelle Vague" of Italian blues comes from the Dead Shrimp, a three-pieces band made by Alessio Magliocchetti Lombi on guitar, Sergio De Felice as lead singer and Gianluca Giannosso on drums. Their debut album has been recognized by the Italian press as one of the most powerful and intense records of 2013.

Bluebirdreviews is delighted to have today Alessio Magliocchetti Lombi to talk about their brilliant debut album.

Read more: Italian Bluesmen, Dead Shrimp: An Interview with Alessio Magliocchetti Lombi

Tal Bergman and Gio Pilato Discuss The Rock Candy Funk Party

An Interview with Tal Bergman - The Rock Candy Funk Party Project 

by Gio Pilato.

A dressing room is generally a place in which the musician starts to concentrate before a live show and sometimes the humour can be slightly moody. Not with Tal Bergman, though. One of the most talented drummers in the world, and the brain behind the Rock Candy Funk Party project, Tal welcomed me with open arms like an old friend he has not seen for a very long time! This certainly set up the interview to be a special one and indeed it was.

Read more: Tal Bergman and Gio Pilato Discuss The Rock Candy Funk Party

The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Interview

The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Interview

~By Giovanni "Gio" Pilato

(Photo Credit: Greg Logan Photography)

There are few people in the world with real class and elegance playing blues at the very best and one of these very few belonging to this category is Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Kenny has kindly accepted to talk to me about his latest project to date, The Rides, recorded together with two legends of the music establishment, Stephen Stills and Barry Goldberg and to talk about his solo career. The Rides have published their debut album Can't Get Enough at the end of August 2013, and they are looking already at the possibility of recording a second album. Kenny on the other end, as a solo artist is due to release a cover album later this year with a lot of very special guests.

Read more: The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Interview

Adriano Viterbini - Goldfoil Interview

~From Giovanni "Gio" Pilato:

I meet Adriano in a cold winter day in Rome, with the dusk just coming on the beautiful Roman Hills. Adriano looks in great shape and ready to kick-off his mini USA Tour in January 2014 to promote Goldfoil, his first solo album just released in America which is also a great homage to the Delta Blues he very much loves.

Read more: Adriano Viterbini - Goldfoil Interview

An Interview With Jonny Lang

An Interview with Jonny Lang

Interview and Photos By Giovanni Pilato

I had the great honor and pleasure to contact via phone one of the greatest stars of the Blues-rock world, Jonny Lang, during his Promo Press in London, UK, to talk about his latest release, Fight For My Soul, which is currently one of the best-selling albums on the blues charts worldwide.

Read more: An Interview With Jonny Lang

Beth Hart Interview - Seesaw Mini-Tour

Giovanni "Gio" Pilato is Italian music writer, who has been living in UK since 2002. With an enormous passion for music, and life in general, his interest in the communications began at 11 years old. He worked briefly for local radios in his youth and did a one-off radio show on 2007 on the glorious BBC 6 Music Radio station. Gio started his freelance journalist career in 2012, with Italian artists, and is now focusing on blues artists mainly. He was kind enough to publish his interview with blues woman, Beth Hart, reported from the Hampton Court in London, earlier this year.

Hampton Court, London, 24/06/13

It's a gorgeous evening today at Hampton Court Palace, London, and Beth Hart kindly accepted to see me in the occasion of the Seesaw Tour she is doing together with Joe Bonamassa. After the sound check, Beth kindly escorted me in her dressing room to talk about the record and her career as a solo artist.


Read more: Beth Hart Interview - Seesaw Mini-Tour

HEAD FIRST with John Waite: The LIVE All Access Interview.

"To catch the live performance, is like lightening in a bottle ... " ~John Waite.

I don't know how to catch lightening in a bottle, but I am sure going to try. I had the honor of interviewing John Waite for our website and have been thinking about his comments ever since.

John Waite. Yes, THE John Waite. The John Waite who started off his non-stop career as the lead of The Babys singing, "Every Time I Think Of You." A song that has been in our heads and hearts since it hit the top 20 in 1979. Even the backup singers are famous from this song, as readers on our website went toe to toe on liner note researches to figure out who they are. The fame of The Babys brought John into a different format, as he took a mid-section of the 80's and in walked, "Bad English."

Waite has great memories of these bands, and could have rode out his career on the hits, but went solo, only to record more great songs that spoke to the public. "Missing You" was not only a smash hit, but has been covered by Tina Turner, Alison Krauss and even current indie artists on tour, like New Orleans blues singer, Olga Munding. Waite appreciates the attention that other artists and fans bring to his music. However, there is something more that this talented man has yet to do, before the timeless rocker decides his career is complete.

Read more: HEAD FIRST with John Waite: The LIVE All Access Interview.


Bluebirdreviews spoke to Jack Hues of WANG CHUNG, while they embarked on a

US Tour to launch their new album, Tazer UP!


to Jack Hues talk about many interesting topics in this phone interview, that was rich with music history, creative discussions of recording experiences, and an appreciation of bands and artists, both classic and contemporary. 

Most of all, Wang Chung thanks their fans for sticking by them, all of these years.

Go out and see them on tour and pick up their new record, Tazer UP!


Classic Rock Stories, with Mr. Ray Mason

Ray Mason has been writing songs and playing music both locally and nationally for decades. Supporting NRBQ, Marah, Marshall Crenshaw and other great artists, he is the strong foundation that maintains quality music in the Pioneer Valley and beyond. His band, The Lonesome Brothers, performs at the Iron Horse Music Hall regularly, but Ray can often be caught solo at local coffee shops and clubs. With always a smile, a story to share, and a vast catalog of original songs to play, if you see an announcement that Ray Mason will be playing in your area, take that quick turn to tuck into the venue and have a listen. Better yet, go out of your way to hear him play. Music history is not complete without an encounter with the mighty Silvertone.

Read more: Classic Rock Stories, with Mr. Ray Mason

Clinton Cunanan of ANOTHER LOST YEAR gives commentary on the new record and the future of music.

Clinton Cunanan, lead vocalist, of ANOTHER LOST YEAR, corresponded with Bluebirdreviews on their new record, Better Days, and had some strong words about the future of music. Some of the answers here may surprise you!

Read more: Clinton Cunanan of ANOTHER LOST YEAR gives commentary on the new record and the future of music.

An Interview with Cris Brown from One Less Reason.

One Less Reason~Deep, Meaningful Hard rock "One Less Reason songs are more lyrically heavy than musically heavy, and there's always a message. It's all based around those four letter words - love, hate, pain, hope."

A Blueprint For Writhing was reviewed here on Bluebirdreviews and the stunning collection of music lead us to inquire about an interview with lead vocalist and songwriter, Cris Brown. Mr. Brown was honest, eloquent and decidedly bold, in his comments on the recording industry, songwriting, the creation of Blueprint and how his new love of being a Dad has affected his artistry. You think you know anything about Psychology? Read Cris Brown's insights here and learn more than a book can ever tell you.

Read more: An Interview with Cris Brown from One Less Reason.

Out On The Tiles

Red Hot Chili Peppers Live Show Review, Boston 2012

The Red Hot Chili Peppers take on BOSTON!

May 7, 2012

"All aboard stitching time, you get yours - I got mine."

Red Hot Chili Peppers:

Anthony Kiedis- Vocals

Michael "Flea" Balzary- Bass

Josh Klinghoffer- Guitar

Chad Smith- Drums

Touring Musicians

Chris Warren- Keyboards

Mauro Refosco- Drums

The Red Hot Chili Peppers made the long plane trip across the country to beckon the Boston TD Garden. Steeped in the sports history of competition and camaraderie between the Lakers and the Celtics, the atmosphere here had a driving edge that made the night even more exciting. Both teams were in the playoffs as of this date and the half pant legs of Anthony and Flea were proudly showing purple and yellow socks!



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