SUPERSONIC BLUES MACHINE
Supersonic Blues Machine is the ultimate Rock, Blues & Soul jam band! An ever evolving music community of friends and guests that’s aimed to bring the crowds a true “one of kind” music experience, just like you could have lived as an active music lover & concert goer at the end of the 60’s or early 70’s!
Supersonic Blues Machine consists of Kenny Aronoff – Drums, Fabrizio Grossi – MD, Bass and Backing vocals, and UK’s Blues-Rocker sensation Kris Barras – picking up lead vocals and guitar duties. Live, they are always joined by a long list of sidemen and special guests to continue the successful streaks of live Jam performances that has made the band one of the most exciting names in the Rock-Blues & Soul genre internationally.
AS THE STORY GOES:
After touring as the rhythm section of the jam band Goodfellas (side project of legendary guitarist Steve Lukather), Italian born (but American naturalized producer/writer/bass-player) Fabrizio Grossi (Steve Vai, Steve Lukather, George Clinton & P-Fink, Billy F.Gibbons, Alice Cooper, Joe Bonamassa, Glenn Hughes, Eric Gales etc.) and New York native (but Indiana raised) drumming legend Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp, John Fogerty, BB King, Paul McCartney, Dr. John, Smashing Pumpkins , etc.) wanted to continue and expand the Goodfellas concept. Cementing their rhythmic chemistry with lots of live performances, and studio projects featuring recordings with artists such as Leslie West, Joe Bonamassa, Slash, Zakk Wylde ,etc, their determination to create some thing more than just a “session ensemble for hire” grew exponentially.
It was when living legend Billy F. Gibbons (of ZZ TOP fame) contacted Fabrizio to collaborate on the writing/production of a song for an up-coming commercial, that all pieces came together. The song didn’t become a commercial after all, but had Gibbons giving Fabrizio the suggestion to write “9 more songs” and start a band, with whom he would have loved to jam with whenever ZZ Top’s schedule would allow it. Kenny Aronoff immediately tracked drums to it, and the song “Running Whiskey” ended up becoming the first single of Supersonic Blues Machine’s. Several other legendary musicians such as Warren Haynes, Eric Gales, Lance Lopez, Robben Ford, Walter Trout and Chris Duarte joined the party, very successfully narrated in the band first release.
The band’s first record, “West of Flushing, South of Frisco,” (produced and mixed by Fabrizio Grossi and released in February 2016) was very well received by critics, media, and fans alike and over exceeded the band and the label’s expectations as well.
Even though taking on the road such a large flamboyant ensemble of talents, it wasn’t an easy task. Supersonic Blues Machine managed to perform almost exclusively as a headliner in a series of very prestigious Festivals and events around the world (Holland, USA, Russia, India, Norway, UK etc.). Noticeable were the band’s “legendary” performances at the Notodden Blues Festival 2016 and a “Take no Prisoner” Soul/Funk/Rocking Extravaganza at the 2017 edition of the Rambling Man Fair.
After hosting on stage iconic staple names such as Billy F. Gibbons, Steve Lukather, Jonny Lang, Walter Trout, Lucky Peterson, Robben Ford, Eric Gales, Guitar Shorty, Shemekia Copland etc., Supersonic Blues Machine entered the studio to finalize its sophomore record, a California teamed monster house titled “Californisoul,” again produced and mixed by Fabrizio Grossi. The record was released once again on Mascot/Provogue Worldwide on October 2017 debuting at# 7 on the Billboard top 10 Blues Charts. Just like its predecessor, “Californisoul” has been featuring a lot of guest appearances by the band closest friends (this time with the addition of Steve Lukather) collecting unanimous boasting reviews from the press, great support from critics and fans worldwide, and its draw doesn’t seem to slow down
“Modern Blues doesn’t get much better than this.” – Blues Magazine UK
“Ultimately a modern day super-session which manages to hang on to the heart and soul” – Classic Rock UK
“This album is a collection of 13 songs that unapologetically borrows every blues-rock trope ever created – and the band plays the hell out of it. Solid production and well-written tunes make for an inspired recording”. – Vintage Guitar Magazine USA
“West of Flushing, South of Frisco is a total treat for the those of us who crave great hard driving blues based rock and ear frying guitar playing. The core of Supersonic Blues Machine of Lopez, Grossi, and Aronoff have nothing to prove. They could easily have carried the entire project themselves. The guest stars are just icing on an already very tasty cake.” – Blues Rock Review
“This is an alchemy of blues via Texas and Tennessee, dashes of California and Motown Funk, and shades of Hendrix, Cream and Mountain. It might sound like it’s all been done before, but these guys have that extra touch of magic. Come back and see us soon.” MetalTalk.net Rambling Man Fair 2017
“…the band’s debut album West of Flushing, South of Frisco, offers the sound of joyous, unbridled music-making that falls a bit heavier on the rock side of the blues-rock equation. Unlike a lot of these kinds of affairs, Grossi wrote or co-wrote most of the songs, and he produced the album with a steady hand, providing West of Flushing, South of Frisco with a dynamic sound that accents the band’s bad-ass instrumental prowess.” – That Devil Music
“Throw together three long established musicians with a passion for blues along with a parade of extremely talented guest musicians; what do you get? A nasty, down and dirty blues album that reminds you of every fantastic dive bar you’ve ever visited to cry in your whiskey about that long lost girlfriend. That’s what!” – Classic Rock Revisited
“Supersonic Blues Machine’s West of Flushing, South of Frisco is that rarest of beasts, a cameo packed blues rock album on which the core band and the tunes actually supersede the weight of the heavies who stop by to lend their support. And now, let me raise the stakes even higher – every cameo is worthy of being on the guests’ own albums, nobody here brought anything except their A-game.This just might be the blues rock album to beat in 2016.” – Rock Guitar Daily