|Legendary guitarist and contemporary blues artist Bobby Messano has been around the block a time or two having been the music director for Steve Winwood, Lou Gramm and Country artists Jimmy Wayne, Rodney Atkins and Steve Holy. He also released seven of his own albums and between 2012 and 2016, Bobby played over 400 shows in 32 states to over a ½ million people.
For his newest album “Bad Movie” set for a release on April 14, 2017, he combines his wealth of experience as a well-traveled musician to deliver some straight talk on the state of the world. The collection of fifteen incredible songs written with major co-writers Jon Tiven, Larry Weiss and Steve Kalinich runs the gamut from down and dirty blues to soaring Americana, straight ahead roots rock, a touch of country with slices of reggae, funk and soul; all styles Bobby has mastered in his diverse career that earned him a place in the NJ Blues Hall of Fame.
The trill of one of his custom guitars at the opening of the title track ‘Bad Movie’ simmers for a moment before igniting into the fiery tirade of a man who’s been done wrong, delivered via raucous Texas blues. The groove then shifts into the slinky soul blues of ‘Come To Your Senses,’ written by Queen founder Brian May and Jon Tiven, an unearthed gem that allows Bobby to plead his case for a lover’s return over a groove reminiscent of ‘The Thrill Is Gone.’ He then uses his Strat and vocal skills to dig deeper on the brooding ballad ‘Why Water A Dead Rose,’ laying his heart on the table. Trading out for an acoustic dobro Bobby takes us on a trip thru’ some Hill Country Blues he calls the ‘Road to Oblivion,’ traveling light and taking his sweet time. Bobby takes clever liberties with current political catch phrases and adds some heavy-duty horns and full-tilt blues rock guitar for the bombastic call-out of folks on both sides of the aisle ‘Unconventional Wisdom.’ The veteran bluesman then imparts a bit of wisdom on the funky Memphis soul-styled ‘Too Good To Be True,’ and updates the familiar Bo Diddley beat chant adding spaced out sonics to the mix of “If The Phone Ain’t Ringing, It’s Me Not Callin’.” Then lays out his plan for self- preservation on the rockin’ ‘Never Too Late To Break A Bad Habit.’ The subtle swing and sardonic double-entendre lyrics of ‘I Thought We Had This’ has the feel of a Randy Newman tune.
The album highlight sure to hit the airwaves is when the genuine country girl from Muscle Shoals, Alecia Elliott, joins Bobby for the acoustic-driven duet ‘Water Under The Bridge,’ questioning what are we all willing to do to save the world. The smooth island sounds buffer the heartache and deep blues of ‘You Left Me No Choice,’ while ‘The Girl That Got Away’ is dripping with bourbon-soaked despair and tasty guitar leads. Bobby boldly jumps into the immigration debate and declares we are all Americans and created equal on ‘We Need A Blessing’ and continues his call to action on ‘Is It Too Much To Hope For A Miracle.’ Bobby finishes out the set with the optimistic rock ‘n’ roll anthem ‘American Spring,’ pledging that “this boy is going to stick around and sing.”
“Bad Movie” will surely open new conversations between the artist and those who’ll listen, giving him more opportunity to share what he believes.
Rick J Bowen
Bobby Messano is a legendary guitarist and Contemporary Blues Artist who has released seven solo albums, placed songs in many TV network and cable shows and played on over 50 major label and Indie albums. His playing has been heard on everything from MTV jingles to Benny Mardones’ smash hit ‘Into The Night.’ The celebrated guitarist has played on records by Clarence Clemmons, Franke & The Knockouts, Joe Lynn Turner and STARZ, and produced the 60’s hit act, “The Shadows of Night.”
Live he has played guitar and been the music director for Steve Winwood, Lou Gramm and Country artists Jimmy Wayne, Rodney Atkins and Steve Holy. Bobby has played BAMFEST, The Charleston Blues Festival, Smokin’ In Steel, Summerfest, Charlotte Speed Street, Blues Brews & BBQ, Blues At The Beach, Bayfront Blues Festival, Deltaville Seafood Festival, Willow River Blues Fest, Ambassador Blues Fest, Colonial Beach Blues Festival, and Southern Maryland Blues Festival. Between 2012 and 2016, Bobby played over 400 shows in 32 states to over a ½ million people.
The guitarist’s last five albums (“Holdin’ Ground,” “Bobby Messano Live In Madison,” “That’s Why I Don’t Sing The Blues,” “Welcome To Deltaville” and “Love & Money”) have garnered airplay on over 275 blues radio shows and his music is heard daily on SiriusXM’s “Bluesville.” “That’s Why I Don’t Sing The Blues” was on the American Blues Scene’s Top 5 Chart for 24 weeks and was named 2012 Top Blues Rock Album (USA) by Blues Underground Network. On December 22, 2012, Bobby was inducted into the NJ Blues Hall of Fame.
“Love & Money,” released in April 2015, was nominated for a Blues Blast Music Award for “Best Rock Blues Album.” It debuted on the Billboard Blues Chart at #7, peaked at #1 and spent a total of nine weeks in the Top 10. It was also #7 on the Billboard Heat Seekers Chart and Top 40 on both the Billboard Rock and Indie Charts.