The first Italian record dedicated to the Blues Mandolin.
Guitarist, mandolinist and songwriter Lino Muoio has been a part of the Italian Blues music scene for over 20 years, playing many gigs and festivals with his main band “Blue Stuff” with various appearances on National television, and participated in many recording sessions for a variety of artists in Italy.
Not many folks view the mandolin as a Blues instrument, but Lino believes the Blues and the Mandolin fit perfectly together!
After the first solo album (Blues on Me), he decided to dedicate an entire project to producing a fine piece of work dedicated to the Blues Mandolin.
The CD has fourteen original songs and English lyrics. There are no covers songs at all, and almost all of the songs were written and performed in collaboration with many fine musicians from all over the world. Some of those artists include: Mike Supnick of Swing Maniacs, Sebastiano Forti of Sweetwater Jazz Band, Bobby Ray Green of The Network Band, Lonnie Wilson and the Kompoz Community, Veronica Sbergia, and my group Blue Stuff.
The collaboration resulted in a diverse offering of styles, from the vintage country Blues inspiration of Yank Rachell to the Chicago style of Carl Martin, and a healthy dose of jazz, swing and bluegrass. There is something for everyone on this CD.