The collaborative extravaganza known as the SUPERSONIC BLUES MACHINE will release their début album ‘West of Flushing, South of Frisco’ on the Provogue/Mascot Label Group this February.
At the heart of this much-talked-about project is the legendary Starbreaker bassist and producer Fabrizio Grossi who, together with the guitarist & singer Lance Lopez and the drummer Kenny Aronoff — as well as any number of tempting guest bluesicians such as Billy F. Gibbons, Warren Haynes, Chris Duarte, Eric Gales, Walter Trout and Robben Ford — have created a truly sumptuous blues feast…
Before the Supersonic Blues Machine even existed as a concept, the pieces began to be stitched together hook-and-eye when a meeting between Grossi and Billy F. Gibbons went well: “I was telling Billy about my work with Lance…” explained Grossi, before excitedly adding that the ZZ Top legend’s response was “Oh, you know Lance? He’s fantastic, I’ve known him since he was a little kid, you two should seriously consider working on something together...”
The third part of the core was Indiana native drummer Kenny Aronoff who joined the family. The pair came together thanks to Toto’s Steve Lukather. Aronoff brought with him the experience of working with a huge collection of artists such as John Mellencamp, Smashing Pumpkins, Meat Loaf, Brandon Flowers, John Fogerty, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Joe Cocker amongst a host of others.
Supersonic Blues Machine is not just a band — it’s a state of mind, a camaraderie — a melting pot of ideas with like-minded people bringing their own unique talents to create something with a feeling that is very organic:
“I was thinking of all the people we know and thought, how about putting together something like The Who or The Rolling Stones used to do in the early 70s” Grossi addsed “they would put together a record and bring all of their friends on board, I thought that would be cool. Bring back the spirit of camaraderie between musicians…”
The début Supersonic Blues Machine album titled West of Flushing, South of Frisco is a sprawling and emotional journey that puts an emphasis on peace, hope, forgiveness and empowerment.
Grossi’s long-time friend and co-producer, Serge Simic of hard-rockers’ The Slam also puts his stamp on the record as a co-writer with a seamless ability to flit through styles & with a keen ear for melody and musical elegance.
We had an early listen:
The album opens with Miracle Man which is an oily swamp-assed mover.
The beat builds up torridly until the heated harp is as filthy-hot as that vocal that sweats so hard! Then all hell breaks out… with dazzling guitar rhythms and more sloppy-bitch road-angel booty than you could bare to shake a stick at.
I Ain’t Falling Again is a generous portion of legit skadoo blues, with lurking southern riffs, terribly exciting spurts of guitar and the kind of funky hard-rockin dirty sing-song that you could only find on a windy slab near the Great Bear Mounds. Yes, you will get hot as hell… just by humming this number…
Running Whiskey (feat. Billy F. Gibbons) has a big slick bass that muddies over the lower end. The catchy chorus drills early into your inner ear and it is not long before the guitar bear claws its way deep into your heart.
We love the swaying and sexy The Remedy (feat. Warren Haynes) which has that fresh yum and colorful swagger we associate with Hendrix (“Bold as Love.”) This track is an ever-flowering over-developed yeast-work of answers and insights… It will gradually bring out the pain … sucking clean the venom that resides inside your heart. Only the blues can do this …
Imagine being invited to the hottest and trashiest nightclub in the Mississippi Delta for an unruly evening of truly epic chants, strongly felt vocals, unlimited emotions and beautiful instrumental performances. That’s what this album is like … It’s really a master-class in the way that the blues should be done …
West of Flushing, South of Frisco by Supersonic Blues Machine
is released February 26, 2016