Francesco Piu
 
 
Francesco Piu - MA-MOO-TONES
PEACE & GROOVE
the new album
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BIOGRAPHY
Francesco Piu
A mix of blues, funky, soul and rock in acoustic way and we have Francesco Piu, defined from Guitar Club magazine "a truly force of nature!”. Singing and playing acoustic guitar, dobro, weissenborn, banjo, lap steel and harmonica this young Italian bluesman from Sardinia, in the last years has increased his importance in italian and international blues overwiev. Playing in most of important blues festivals (IBC Memphis, Cognac Blues Passions, Pistoia Blues, Blues To Bop, Blues Sur Seine, Narcao Blues, Magic Blues, Santa Blues de Tenerife, Blues en Bourgogne, Blues au Chateau, Salaise Blues, Milano Jazzin Festival, Schtumm, Trasimeno Blues and many more) opened shows for John Mayall, Johnny Winter, Jimmie Vaughan, Robert Cray, Charlie Musselwhite, The Derek Trucks Band, Robben Ford, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Doyle Bramhall II, Sonny Landreth, Joe Bonamassa, Larry Carlton, Albert Lee, Brent Mason, Joe Louis Walker, Eric Sardinas, The Holmes Brothers and he played and shared the stage with artists like Tommy Emmanuel, Eric Bibb, Roy Rogers, Guy Davis, Bob Stroger, Andy J.Forest, Sugar Blue, Watermelon Slim, Kevin Welch, Sandra Hall and many others. january 2010 he won the italian contest and he played at INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE in Memphis, Tennessee, representing Italy.
He recorded three albums for Groove Company: the debut solo album BLUES JOURNEY (2007) where he played everything his own; then LIVE AT AMIGDALA THEATRE (2010) a live album in trio, and the last studio album MA-MOO TONES, released in February 2012, with the extraordinary artistical production by Eric Bibb. With this album (in "Buscadero" Magazine Top 10 albums of the year) Francesco has been definitely installed in blues national scene and plays in new stages in France, Spain, Canada, UK, Norway, Switzerland, Belgium, Slovenia and Germany. In october 2013 he plays at the legendary club "El Mocambo" in Toronto, Canada.
After the release of his last album LIVE AT BLOOM Francesco goes on tour in USA in January 2015: he plays in Mississippi, Tennessee and California (from "Club Ebony" in Indianola to the "House Of Blues" in Los Angeles and "Biscuits and Blues" in San Francisco) and records at legendary SUN STUDIO in Memphis.
On may 28th he plays at the EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT in BRUSSELS, during the European Blues Challenge 2016 press conference.
PEACE & GROOVE, released on November 2016 from Appaloosa Records, it's the new album, considered one of the best of the year by the press. In his fifth work Francesco cooperate with the famous writer Salvatore Niffoi for the lyrics, and the sound goes more into soul and rhythm'n'blues. On June 2017 PEACE & GROOVE wins the "Mario Cervo Prize" as a best album of the year produced in Sardinia.
 
 
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