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An interview with Bobby Messano

The Guitar Player gives us a short interview about his long career,talks about his new album 'Bad Movie', and the project to release a 300 limited edition vinyl

Bobby Messano walking, guitar in hand. PHOTO CREDITS: © Steven Whitsitt / Whitsitt

What started your interest in music?

Initially it was my mom. She was a singer and dancer when she was younger and it filtered down to me .

Who did you liked working most in your career and why?

Steve Winwood by far was the artist I liked working with the most. He has always been one of my idols and his approach to shows is something that has stayed with me for over 30 years.

What do you like most about blues music?

I STILL feel it's one of the purest forms of music there is, IF you write your story OR write your observation of a story. I believe that's what keeps the genre alive, having people feel the hurt and happiness that you convey from your own experiences.

Do you have a favorite guitar and gear?

Yes I am a Delaney Guitar endorser and I even have my own signature model. Kije Delaney is based in Bastrop Texas and his guitars are second to none...I also Love and endorse Seagull/Godin acoustic guitars...spectacular and I have used Marshall amplifiers for 50 years. I also LOVE T-Rex effects.

Bobby with his signature Delaney Guitar. PHOTO CREDITS: © Steven Whitsitt / Whitsitt

What is the inspiration for making 'Bad Movie'?

Bad Movie is the true story my last 8 month at the end of a momentous relationship that I had been in for almost two years and it was also an observation of the disjointed political situation in the United States. Jon Tiven wrote lyrics coming from the perspective of an observer and they are truly some of the best lyrics I've ever been honored to sing.

Where did you record 'Bad Movie'?

It was recorded at one of my favorite studios "Sound Emporium" in Nahville, TN

Why vinyl?

I miss the old days...reading liner notes, seeing the artwork and this is a perfect way to recreate that special piece of art and music.

What are your favorite records?

  • Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced, Axis Bold As Love and Electric Ladyland
  • Cream - Goodbye
  • Bill Champlin - Runaway
  • Steely Dan - Asia
  • Toto - IV
  • Donald Fagen - Nightfly
  • John Mayall & The Blues Breakers featuring Eric Clapton
  • Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin II
  • Jeff Beck - Jeff Beck Group and Blow By Blow
  • Tower Of Power I Am
  • Nick Kershaw - Human Racing
  • Sting - Ten Summoners Tales
  • Bonnie Raitt - Nick Of Time
  • Twitter:@BobbyMessano



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