WILLIE J. LAWS “Willie J Laws is the REAL DEAL! Think Robert Cray meets B.B. King while visiting Jimi Hendrix. It can’t help but groove you!” – Boston Herald “MUSIC THAT STICKS TO YOUR RIBS Willie J Laws plays music you can feel” – The Hippo “Willie lives by his own words, his songshave depth, dynamics and flow. His ability to charm an audience is evidenced in his quick rise in the New England Blues scene. Everybody loves Willie J Laws.” – Diane Shonk, The Blues Audience Boston Music Award NomineeWillie J. Laws has has traveled the world making music for over 25 years.The influences heard in the music of the Willie J. Laws Band are many andeclectic. There are deep roots in Texas music tradition and uniquely American roots music. Raised in the Gulf Coast of Texas, Willie J. developedhis “funky blues” guitar and vocal sound, influenced by Texas Blues and R&B, Tex-Mex Tejano/Conjunto, Louisiana Zydeco, and Country. Fans call him “the Real Deal”. His work over the past 25 years includes performing as the house band for The House of Blues in both Las Vegas and New Orleans, and as well as Margaritaville in the “Crescent City”. He performs nationally and internationally with the Grammy award-winning Tejano band “LosTexmaniacs”. While living in Texas, Louisiana, Nevada, and Californiahe repeatedly opened for BB King, Etta James, Buddy Guy, Willie Nelson, Hall & Oates, Lynyrd Skynyrd and numerous others. Willie was mentored by, and toured throughout the US with, the late Blues great and Texan, Phillip Walker, which you also hear in Willie’s playing style. Willienow lives in Massachusetts, travels from NH to NYC to Texas and beyond,and plays hardcore, authentic Blues with a twist of Zydeco, R&B andFunk. ROBERTO MORBIOLI “The blues flows so naturally for Roberto Morbioli, and his guitar playing and vocals are so polished, he sounds as if he grew up closer to Chicago than Verona, Italy.” -Boston Herald ROB MO (Roberto Morbioli) plays the Blues. He can breathe fire from his axe like a young Clapton or Stevie Ray. Crowded, noisy bars hush a bit when he steps upand folks look around to see who this is making such a holy wail. His personality and unique playing style shine through all his interpretations somuch that, even while recalling the styles of blues greats such as Freddy King, Albert King, B.B. King, Albert Collins, T-Bone Walker, you see and hear that every note is coming straight from the heart. And it’s soinfectious that you’re caught up in it before you realize what’s happening. His guitar playing is nothing short of magic, and as a singer, his powerful voice recalls Sam Cook, Otis Redding, Robert Cray and Donny Hathaway. You don’t even think about it, you just know that the blues flow so naturally for Rob, and his guitar playing and vocals are so polished, hesounds as if he grew up closer to Chicago than Verona, Italy. Rob was born in Verona, Italy and picked up the guitar when he was very young. He has played at some of the biggest European festivals like the Amsterdam Blues Festival, New Orleans Music Festival in Ascona and San Remo Blues Festival. In the USA, he has performed at B.B. King’s Blues club in Memphis,Antone’s in Austin, Texas, the North Atlantic Blues Festival in Rockland, Maine and regularly tours in New England. In 2011 he was granted a US working visa as an artist of extraordinary ability. In 1991 he founded hisown band MORBLUS which brought him critical recognition and awards. Sincethen, he has collaborated with many important artists such as Guitar Shorty, Jesse Yawn, Robben Ford, Roomful of Blues and Big Daddy Wilson.
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