Umberto Porcaro, singer, guitarist and band leader was born in Palermo in 1979, but for his musical style may have been born in any town in Texas or California. In fact it is considered one of the most talented bluesman in Italy, and his ability led him to be appreciated abroad, both in Europe and the United States. "Umberto Porcaro & The Rollercoaster" was his first group and with this line up he recorded You Belong To Me in 2002, followed by his attendance at major Blues and Jazz Festivals and has the opportunity to share the stage with artists such as B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Robben Ford, Roy Rogers, Canned Heat, The Blues Band. In 2005 he released his second CD Burn The Day Away with excellent recognition from Italian and foreign reviews. Umberto in 2006 moved to the States on the West Coast, midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Experience that took him closer to the giant exponents of the blues scene, with whom he performed around California, just to remember some: Kim Wilson, Kid Ramos, Junior Watson, Hollywood Blue Flames, Mark Hummel and RJ Mischo. Definitely important human experiences and music alongside these great artists have shaped his personal formation and style. In recent years he has collaborated with the Feelin 'Good Productions “artists family”, with whom he had the opportunity to tour Europe offering his talent to artists such as Andy Just, Pat Wilder, Texas Slim, Vivian Vance Kelly and Brian Templeton. Umberto, after years of hot performances "live", has proven to be a musician of some artistic value, which has earned the respect of critics and the public, becoming one of the most experienced veterans of the contemporary blues scene, and not only in Italy! Featuring a rich voice, scratchy and passionate phrasing on guitar, pungent and pyrotechnic, Umberto has been able to develop and blend in a natural way the jump blues of the Californian school with the Chicago blues, adding a rough accent, sharp and aggressive, purely Texan: they are the hallmarks of a dynamic and exciting musical cocktail. This new album sees him in the studio with his new band, the Shuffle Kings, formed by Luca "Loppo" Tonani on bass and Lele Zamperini on drums, who create a strong and powerful rhythmic section.
Both Luca and Lele have a wealth of experience really striking, that few others can boast. To further enrich this disc there are two very "special guests": veteran Max Lugli on harmonica, and the brilliant Henry Carpaneto on piano, what a stellar line up! Pleasure Is My Business is the first album of the trilogy of recordings planned to be released throughout 2013. Umberto's guitar work is wonderfully versatile, and overall, this is an excellent and totally successful modern blues-based set which incorporates elements from Californian Jump blues to Texas blues and roll, displays of highly rumbustious goodtime guitarwork. This album is undoubtedly going to nail Umberto’s colours to the mast as a highly respected blues artist of the future and will, quite possibly, take him into some highly interesting.
The sixteen tracks collected here should, for best results, enjoyment and maximum effect, be heard very loud in your stereo!