SUPERSONIC BLUES MACHINE is Lance Lopez (guitars/vocals/songwriter), Fabrizio Grossi (bass, producer, songwriter), and Kenny Aronoff (drums).
They’ve proven on their first album and round of shows, it’s not a party unless you invite some friends, and for Californisoul, they’ve brought along some heavy hitters.
Speaking about the track, bassist Fabrizio Grossi explains “The One is probably the most representative song of the whole California soul-attitude that is the spirit of Californisoul. I cannot hide the huge influence that artists like War and Santana had on my upbringing. The musical aspect of The One is drenched with those influences: it’s a simple blues progression, but it has a very Latin percussive groove, and its buttery-toned guitars stand and belong to the whole California dream, just like a lowrider would be well at home at the corner of Alvarado and Temple in downtown LA!”
“Even though not everyone in the Supersonic Blues Machine’s circle of friends is a California native, we definitely become part of that legacy of sounds that our adopted and beloved State is so famous for,” Grossi adds. “Lyrically, it’s a song about a promise of love. When you father a little girl — who you hold in your hands at birth, and witness them growing into a beautiful person of her own right, day by day — you cannot wonder about how her life will be when the most important man in her life (you!) will no longer be around .
“The bond you have built with her throughout the years will go beyond that, and you know that your spirit will always be there to remind her of the love and the lessons you shared with her from her birth to your own passing. It might sound sad, but actually it’s a quite a beautiful and loving thought.”
It’s the sound that SUPERSONIC BLUES MACHINE has spent much of 2017 sharing with audiences from Texas, Holland, India, St. Petersburg, Russia, starting with their headlining slot in front of thousands at the Notodden Blues Festival (Europe’s premier blues festival) in Norway, and they are back with an exciting new studio release that picks up right where the band left off on their well-received debut record,West of Flushing, South of Frisco.
Recorded at Fab’s Lab in North Hollywood, California, Californisoul is all about the songs, and while Grossi wrote most of the lyrics, the music was created and fleshed out in the studio by the band, and they have conjured up a modern day soulful, blues rock classic
Guests on the album include Billy Gibbons, who returns with pen and guitar (“Broken Heart”), Steve Lukather (Toto) throws down some stunning licks (“Hard Times”), Eric Gales is back in the fold (“Elevate”), Robben Ford brings his bag of soulfully sophisticated chops (“Somebody’s Fool”), Walter Trout brings some silky slow blues (“What’s Wrong”), and the party is rounded out with Alessandro Alessandroni Jr. on keyboards, Serge Simic (co-writer and background vocals on “Love” and “Hard Times”), and Andrea and Francis Benitez Grossi (background vocals). You may come for the stars, but you’ll stay for the whole show
Supersonic Blues Machine is truly a family as well as a band, and these guests don’t mail it in, they stay for dinner. The community aspect is very real, and one of the band’s great treasures.