"BOSS OF THE BOOGIE"
Los Angeles, 2016
Known by some as the "Boss of the Boogie", pianoman/vocalist ROB RIO plays the boogie-woogie and jump blues of the 40's and 50's with a virtuosity and elan that has excited audiences around the world for more than 35 years. RIO was inducted into the Boogie Woogie Hall Of Fame in 2008. He has appeared with many of the original blues greats, such as Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, James Cotton, Charles Brown, Joe Cocker, Paul Butterfield and many more, and has recorded with Mick Jagger, Canned Heat, Billy Boy Arnold, William Clarke, Coco Montoya, Finis Tasby, Walter Trout, Mud Morganfield, Phillip Walker, Jody Williams, among others. Over the years, Rio has also recorded 17 different projects under his own name including the latest from his alter ego, "Harry Tonic, Sr.," released April, 2014.
Born and raised in the Bronx, N.Y., Rio now resides in Los Angeles and currently performs at festivals, events and clubs at home and on the road and has been a favorite attraction throughout the Southland for the last 25 years, either as a solo performer or with his 5-piece band, The Revolvers. His main influences include Otis Spann, Memphis Slim, Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson, Meade Lux Lewis, Jimmy Yancy, and Roosevelt Sykes.
"The best boogie- woogie player I've heard in a long time. He's really got it! "
"I think Rob Rio plays as good as the very best pianist in the boogie music. He certainly has my approval."
"...a flamboyant pianist, dynamic performer, charismatic entertainer..."
Greg Druest - KCBS FM
"...a boogie-woogie virtuoso..."
"Whether performing solo or with his smokin' band, Rob Rio's show is always a crowd pleaser."
Michael Kaufer - Foundation for American Roots Music
BOSS Productions, P.O. BOX 8304, Calabasas, CA 91372 (818)999-2437