Marcus from Detroit, Michigan USA was first signed by Al Teller of United Artist Records - now EMI Capitol.
Marcus has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Burnley and Colne Festivals in the UK; Harlebeke Blues Festival in Belgium; the Bospop Festival in Holland; Valdagno (Vicenza) Blues Festival in Italy; and various UK Art Centres and Blues Clubs.
Marcus is presently working the European blues circuit, festivals and concert halls including tours of Belgium and Holland. During 2004 Marcus appeared at most of the major festivals in the UK – Colne, Maryport, Stanley, Warrington, Warners, and Darlington Festivals.
Marcus has written, produced and recorded his album "One More Time" which was released in January 2000 on the Redline Music label distributed by RMG/Universal.
The title song "One More Time" is featured on 'Blueprint 1999 -The Best of The British Blues' album.
Marcus' second album -'Walkin' Shoes'- was released in August 2002 on the Redline Music label, and features some of the UK's finest blues musicians. The track 'Take It To Heart' is featured on 'Blues In Britain' 2002 - 'The Best of British Blues' album.
Marcus performed two self-penned acoustic numbers ‘Take It To Heart’ & ‘What About Me’live on the The Paul Jones Show BBC Radio 2. The session was was aired in December 2002. A live session with his band was recorded at BBC Pebble Mills studio in Birmingham for airplay on the Paul Jones Show.
The latest album 'Blue Radio' was released in January 2004 and is now available on the Redline Music Label from this site.
24Pesos have a unique and energetic take on the Blues that has put them at the forefront of the new Blues scene in the UK and have been toted as "The UK's most exciting and original Blues band." by Maverick Magazine. 24Pesos play original music, with deep understanding of the Blues history, virtuoso instrumentation a joyous groove, real songs and enough energy to bring the house down every night
The band burst on to the blues scene in 2008 with their raw and rootsy live shows and debut album The Boogie Worm. In 2010 they released their second album Busted Broken and Blue to great critical acclaim earning the band four nominations at the British blues awards including best band and best album.
Drawing from influences diverse as Sly Stone, Sean Costello, The Meters, James Brown, Freddie King, Howlin Wolf, Captain Beefheart, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and the Roots, the band’s upbeat, down-home sound brings an infectious energy to their electrifying live shows that has earned them a great reputation as a live act at festivals and venues throughout Europe and the UK.
The band gigged extensively throughout 2009/10/11 in support of their debut album The Boogieworm and 2010 release Busted Broken and Blue (Cadiz Music) including festivals, Bluesin@out festival in France, Ribs&Blues festival Holland, Rhythm & Blues Night Groningen Holland, Bliuzonaktys Festival Lithuania, Askim Festival Norway, Cullemborg Festival Holland, The Colne Blues Festival and club dates at Ronnie Scotts, The Jazz Cafe London, Paradiso Amsterdam and the Harvest Jazz and Blues festival Canada. They represented the UK at the European Blues Conference in Berlin in March, won the New Brunswick battle of the Blues and were nominated four times at the 2011 British blues awards. They appeared on national radio throughout the UK, Europe and beyond featuring on a 1hr live in session special on CBC Canada’s national radio station and the Paul Jones 25th anniversary show on BBC radio 2
When The Ship Goes Down is the bands latest release on Ourgate records/Cadiz music. Produced by bassist Silas Maitland the album expands on the themes of their earlier release Busted Broken and Blue and is very much a crossover Blues album. The band recorded eighteen tracks over two days in London’s Perry Vale studios. All tracks were recorded live to capture the real band sound, spontaneity, excitement and vibe. The tracks were then developed in the band’s own studio. “We really worked on the arrangements for this record. Looking for a gnarly groove and grind, real songs and a sound that is unique, original unmistakably 24Pesos.” Eighteen tracks were pared down to eleven. “Having tracks to spare meant that we were able to produce and album that we are really proud of from start to finish.”
Groovin, powerful, raw and rockin’. ‘When The Ship Goes Down’ is the bands most complete release to date...
Boston's DIANE BLUE has the “whole package” – she is a strong vocalist, skillful harmonica player and a crowd pleasing entertainer. Voted Outstanding Female Singer in The Blues Audience 2011 Readers’ Poll, Ms. Blue is a soulful and sassy performer with a strong, confident attack and energetic delivery, serving up her own spin on soul, blues and R&B.
Ms. Blue won the 2010 Massachusetts Blues Challenge, earning the honor of competing at the 2011 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. She was nominated for "Best Female Singer" in the 2010 Blues Audience Readers Poll, "Best Blues/R&B Act" and "Best Female Vocalist in 2007 by the Providence Phoenix and also nominated "Best Local Blues Act" by Motif Magazine in 2007.
Ms. Diane Blue has played harmonica and/or sung with guitarist extraordinaire, Ronnie Earl, as well as international performers Luther Guitar Jr. Johnson (former sideman for Muddy Waters), Big Jack Johnson (of Clarksdale, Mississippi) and Irma Thomas (the Soul Queen of New Orleans). Juke joint legend Big Jack Johnson dubbed Ms. Blue “A Monster” on the harp after she performed as his guest star at Red's Lounge in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
Ms. Blue continues to tour internationally as well as performing in the USA.
MORBLUS stands for American Blues made in Italy and captures the audience with its exceptional sound of Funk, Blues, Rhythm & Blues and Soul.
The band founded in 1991 has a wide repertoire of blues classics, modern soul pieces and original compositions. With an unbridled amount of adrenaline, the quartet, around front-man Roberto Morbioli, evokes an unforgettable music experience.
The MORBLUS sound is unique. Its power and groove, infused with its many musical influences, carries its audiences away more than any other act in the European music scene. In Spain, the Netherlands and even in the Home of Blues, the USA, MORBLUS has made its mark as the most fiery Funky Blues Export from Italy.
In performing with various international Blues artists, the MORBLUS sound has matured to an individual and distinctive Blues that grabs the fans right from the start. When lead singer and guitarist Morbioli leaves the stage and with his Telecaster dives into the audience, everybody shakes a leg.
Well known for their energetic sound, by fans and musicians alike, in Europe and beyond MORBLUS has toured Italy with John Mayall, and Robben Ford and played the legendary B.B. King’s Blues Club in Memphis! With its strong stage presence at home in Italy and across Europe, MORBLUS, now in its 20th year, has celebrated great musical success.
Roberto is the founder and frontman of MORBLUS. Born in the beautiful city of Verona, he at the age of 15 first got in touch with what should later become his greatest passion: the Blues!
After several years of activity in the Italian music scene, he was asked to play in the ‘Tao Ravao Blues Band’ in 1987, with whom he recorded his first album: “From Madagascar To Chicago”.
In December 1989 he joined the ‘Rudy’s Blues Band’ and with them recorded his second album:“Reason To Live”. While in this band, he also played at the biggest European festivals such as: Amsterdam Blues Festival, New Orleans Music Festival in Ascona, Sanremo Blues Festival, etc.
Roberto has performed at the historical places of the Blues in the U.S.A., such as “Antone’s” in Austin, Texas where he shared the stage with artists like “Anson Funderburgh” and “Sue Folley”.
In 1991 he finally set up his own band MORBLUS which has brought him much recognition and many awards, playing in all the biggest national and international blues festivals and events. In 1998 he toured with MORBLUS around the U.S.A. where he played at the B.B. King’s Bluesclub in memphis and in most popular American Blues clubs.
Roberto writes and arranges the music and lyrics of all the original songs recorded by Morblus:
„Let The Good Times Roll“, „101% Pure Morblus“, „7 Days Of R&B“, “Push!” (Live), “Mrs. Miller” (co-produced with the song writer Massimo Bubola), “I Can’t Go Wrong” (14 original songs reflecting back on 25 years of music and important collaborations) and the latest “On the Way Back “(Live) .
Roberto’s personality and unique playing style are evident in all his interpretations while at the same time recalling the styles of blues greats such as Freddy King, Albert King, B.B. King, Albert Collins, T. Bone Walker, Steve Ray Vaughn and Eric Clapton.
Roberto is a passionate and commanding guitarist, laying down great groove in every song he plays. Each note comes straight from his heart. As a singer, Roberto’s powerful voice recalls the styles and tones of Sam Cook, O.V. Wright, Little Milton, Otis Redding, Robert Cray, and Donny Hathaway.
Daniele has been a vital part of MORBLUS since its very beginning contributing signigicantly to the piano and hammond arrangements. Thanks to his great talent in improvising and arranging, he has ever since shaped the typical MORBLUS sound.
Previous cooperations with: Vallery Wellington, Lovie Lee (Pianistin von Muddy Water), Louisiana Red, Angela Brown, Jeanna Carol, Karen Carol, Maisha Grant, Bill Thomas, Sharon Clark, Paul Orta, Tolo Marton, Rudy Rotta, Bleu “Benoit” Boy, Paris Slim, Sandra Hall, Chicago “Bob” Nelson, Beverly Hammond, Preston Shannon, Ush Brown, Big Jesse, Michael Coleman, Steve Smith, Robin Brown, Herbie Goins, Louisiana Mojo Queen, Shakura S’Aida…
Stefano started to play the bass at the age of 14. After his musical studies in London, Mailand and Ferrara he joined MORBLUS in 2008.
Previous cooperations with: Diane Blue, Waldo Weathers, Sax Gordon, M.O.F. 5tet, Carbon 13 (U.K.), Abertico Project, Ricky Portera, Maurizio Solieri, , Sergio Pescara, Daniele Di Gregorio, Teo Ciavarella…
Diego is the youngest member of MORBLUS. He discovered his passion for the drums at the age of 14 and took lessons from famous musicians such as Alfredo Antonio Golino or Ellade Bandini.
From 2006 on, he took part in a large number of seminars and workshops (Siena Jazz etc) before in 2008 he founded the electronic jazz formation MOF 5tet, together with Stefano Dallaporta (Morblus bass player). Their first CD “Embarassing Days” came out in 2009.
Diego’s efforts paid off when in 2009 he won the competition for the best drummer of the MMI Verona, awarded by Steve Smith. One year later, he finished his graduation in Jazz at the Conservatory G. Frescobaldi in Ferrara.
Since then, his musical journey led him on tours through France und Luxembourg (with different Gospel and Jazz ensembles), and on the stages of well-known national Jazz festivals in Bologna or Ferrara.
As part of MORBLUS that he joined in 2009, Diego has played in many European countries such as France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, Switzerland, Austria and Germany
He has worked with different national and international artists such as
Diane Blue, Waldo Weathers (James Brown), Martha High (James Brown, Maceo Parker), Leo Carboni, Roberto Manuzzi, Teo Ciavarella, Sax Gordon, Domenico Loparco, Giuseppe Bassi, Marco Marzola, Stefano Dallaporta, Frank Martino, Manuel Trabucco, Filippo Vignato, Roberto Morbioli, Daniele Scala, Oscar Marchioni, Kicca Andriolo, Alfonso Santimone, Gianluca e Gianmatteo Carollo, Chiara Luppi, Elena Tavella.