Supersonic Blues Machine will be releasing their sophomore album Californisoul featuring Billy F. Gibbons, Steve Lukather, Eric Gales, Robben Ford & Walter Trout on 20th October via Provogue/Mascot Label Group.
Supersonic Blues Machine has become world renowned for bringing together a world-class ensemble of rock and blues musicians for both their live and recorded work. These A-list artists and musical guests join forces with the band’s already stellar core trio of Fabrizio Grossi (bass), Lance Lopez (guitar) and Kenny Aronoff (drums).
The band has been touring relentlessly throughout 2017 playing in front of audiences from Texas, Holland, India, St. Petersburg, Russia, Norway, and they are back with an exciting new studio release that picks up right where the band left off on their well-received debut record, West of Flushing, South of Frisco.
Speaking of the new record the band’s founding member, and bass player/producer extraordinaire Fabrizio Grossi goes on to say that “CALIFORNISOUL! That’s exactly what it is. It’s the missing soundtrack to a summertime drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 1971!”.
The album was recorded at Fab’s Lab in North Hollywood, California. Californisoul is all about the songs, and while Grossi wrote most of the lyrics, the music was created and fleshed out in the studio by the band, and they have conjured up a modern day soulful, blues rock classic.
Guests on the album include Billy F. Gibbons, who returns with pen and guitar “Broken Heart”, Steve Lukather (Toto) throws down some stunning licks “Hard Times”, Eric Gales is back in the fold “Elevate”, Robben Ford brings his bag of soulfully sophisticated chops “Somebody’s Fool”, Walter Trout brings some silky slow blues “What’s Wrong”, and the party is rounded out with Alessandro Alessandroni Jr. on keyboards, Serge Simic (co-writer and background vocals on “Love” and “Hard Times”, and Andrea and Francis Benitez Grossi (background vocals). You may come for the stars, but you’ll stay for the whole show.
Fabrizio Grossi adds, “Lots of people have been saying to me ‘why does Supersonic Blues Machine always bring guests around? You guys can stand your own ground’, and there are three answers to that : 1) we’re all super friends and we’re having a blast, 2) most of them don’t give lessons and for us it’s only way to learn their secret “ways”, and three because the inspiration and the challenge they bring to the table!”
Supersonic Blues Machine is truly a family as well as a band, and these guests don’t mail it in, they stay for dinner. The community aspect is very real, and one of the band’s great treasures.
Photo: Adam Kennedy