Bobby Messano is a legendary studio and live guitarist/artist who has garnered NINETEEN First Round Grammy Ballots, released five contemporary Blues CDs, placed songs in major TV and Cable shows on CBS, ABC, VH1, MTV, and CMT, and had songs held by Eric Clapton and others. Over the years, he has played on over 50 Major label and Indie albums and his playing has been heard on everything from the MTV jingle and the MTV Basement Tapes 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 KNIGHT". Live he has played guitar and been the music director for Steve Winwood, Lou Gramm and more. Bobby is now living just outside of NYC and commutes to Nashville where he has played guitar for chart topping Country artists Jimmy Wayne, Rodney Atkins and Steve Holy. He has played or co-headlined BAMFEST, Blues At The Beach, The Charlston Blues Festival, Smokin’ In Steel, Summerfest (2011,2012,2013,2014), Charlotte Speed Street (2005, 2010) and Blues Brews & BBQ, Blues At The Beach (Va Beach). Bobby already has 80 shows booked for 2014 including HEADLING 4 festivals, and continues to play 100-150 shows a year. Bobby's 2003 CD "Holdin' Ground" garnered a 1st round Grammy nod for Best Contemporary Blues Album and his first LIVE CD, “LIVE IN MADISON” was released in 2010 and also received a 1st Round Grammy Nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album. The follow-up CD “that’s why i don’t sing the blues” was released on July 7,2011 and received airplay on over 250 radio stations Worldwide, garnered incredible press and Six 1st Round Grammy ballots in four categories.(Best Blues Album, Album of The Year, Song of The Year x2 and Record of The Year x2) "that's why i don't sing the blues" was on the American Blues Scene's Blues Top 5 Chart for 24 weeks. In 2012, Bobby played 131 shows in 21 states to close to ½ million people. He ended the year with “that’s why I don’t sing the blues” being named 2012 TOP BLUES/ROCK ALBUM (USA) by Blues Underground Network and on December 22nd 2012,Bobby was inducted into the “BLUES HALL OF FAME”. The follow-up CD “Welcome To Deltaville” was released on July 3,2013 and features 3 X Blues Music Awards winner Deanna Bogart, Ivan Neville and the great Tracy Nelson. In eight weeks at radio WTD is on HEAVY rotation on Sirius/XM’s BB King’s Bluesville,getting airplay on over 300 Blues shows, stations and syndicated shows and almost 80 AAA and AC stations Worldwide. “Welcome To Deltaville” received1st Round Grammy ballots in 9 categories for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards including: Best Blues Album, Best Album, Song of The Year, Record of The Year, Best American Roots Song and Best Production (Non-Classical) and was named #3 In the American Blues Scene BEST of 2013 list for U.S. Blues Rock CDE.
Welcome To Deltaville
You may or may not have heard of Deltaville, VA; ‘The boating capital of the Chesapeake Bay’. The mere tagline inspires thoughts of peaceful vistas and dreams come true. I bring this up to help illustrate the spirit, and set the mood for you, as you’re immersed in ‘Welcome To Deltaville’. In this sometimes cold, cruel world we live in, there is seldom relief, and certainly no quarter. Allow me, if you will, to offer simple direction to solace and comfort. At a time of need, or just a serendipitous moment, drop ‘Welcome to Deltaville’ into your player and feel your travails and troubles lifted from your shoulders as Bobby Messano and his crew of familiar collaborators and amazing guest characters sweep you up in the magic of the music. It is a promise of beautifully conceived stories masterfully shared from the heart, delivered with consummate perfection. You know in the depths of your soul only passion translated, and woven into a tapestry of magnificence shared, can bring you close to salvation. What is the actual atomic weight of thoughts, beliefs and dreams? Are they real? Can you touch them? I don’t know, and I would hazard a guess that you don’t either. But you can count on the fact they touch you in ways that are prophetic and most definitely life changing. You will find in this CD a restorative salve that will gently massage your spirit and heal the scars of the ‘everyday, everyday’ as only truth, beauty and love can. RELAX….and, Welcome to Deltaville……John “Blueshammer” Hammer
elomean Roots Song and Best Production (Non-Class
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