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Messano’s Latest is By Far His Best!
By Steven E. Jones on July 31, 2013
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Deltaville is a small town in Virginia, situated on the Chesapeake Bay. It is an almost surreal spot, with boats floating on the waters of the bay, sea shore styled homes, and small inns and restaurants ready to serve both locals and the occasional weary traveler looking for respite. It is an idyllic setting, a place to come to, get absorbed into, relax and enjoy. And so, too, is this new album from Bobby Messano. It is a blues and rocking locale where the listener can park themselves, absorb the wondrously fresh sounds and revel in interesting songs offered up that are both new and old.

Joining Messano on this endeavor is his ever-staunch and steady band mate Steve Geller on bass. Geller is a rock solid bass player who is intense yet subtle, a man who you sometimes don’t notice that he’s there but if he were not things would quickly go askance. On drums is Mel Watts from the Little River Band, another back-line specialist whose approach is professional and top notch. That is the core of Messano and his band: he and Steve and Mel, one of several drummers who support Bobby in his travels. They alone are formidable and exciting, but adding so much to the mix here is Deanna Bogart. Her sax and keyboard work along with some vocals are stellar and make this a richer and lusher sounding CD overall. Ivan Neville also appears on B-3 and clavinette as does Tracy Nelson on a duet and backing vocals. What a superb cast of characters!

Messano begins the set with a gutsy version of Otis Rush’s “All You Love I Miss Lovin'”. His guitar really stings and Bogart’s sax wails like a banshee as he and the band set the stage for a great set of tunes. I’ve seen Bobby open recent shows with this cut, but the addition of Bogart is exceptional and the overall mix is superb.Read more ›
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Bobby Shines on this cd. By George on August 17, 2014
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This is a great cd by Bobby. He really shines on guitar and vocals. Deanna is also great. I have three of Bobby’s cds and I love his stuff,he is a great bluesman! His choice of songs is awesome.
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Five Stars By Jeff Ward on July 30, 2014
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Really Great CD. Good old Blues with great arrangements!

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bitter sweet By SOUTHERN MAN on May 26, 2014
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Deanna Bogart is without a doubt a blessing to those that get hear her play. The versatility between the sax and the piano is mind blowing. Mel Watts is an awesome drummer and Steve Geller bass player is amazing on stage and is very approachable off stage. Unfortunately with all the good there had to be some not so good. As much as we were looking forward to some good blues and the band for the most part provided that. Bobby Messano in concert was rather disappointing. He appeared to be whethered and not really into it. He used to be great to go and see but this last time was a bit rough. He wouldn’t talk to anyone when he stepped off stage as though we didn’t exist in the small club we were in. Maybe he will make a come back but because he blew the crowd off and i believe that this music is supported mostly off the other talented musicians that make him sound good, we had to leave a low rating. Sorry 🙁
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