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Rob Rio from California Los Angeles

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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 30 years. RIO 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,Finas Tasby, Walter Trout, Mud Moganfield, Phillip Walker, Jody Williams, among others, and continues to do session work.

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.  RIO lists several commercial credits along with 15 CDs and DVDs under his own name.

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Omniboogie 2012
POSTED BY: radioindy POSTED ON: 01 Jul 2012 12:09 PM

Highly accomplished pianist, Rob Rio, releases an outstanding collection of instrumental Boogie-Woogie songs on his superb CD, “Omniboogie 2012.” The artistic arrangements throughout this album are first rate as Rio deftly performs each song with intense precision and dynamic expression. The song, “Fickle Jelly Jam,” is an irresistible melody that Rio executes with a rich musical complexity on the keys. Another song, “Calabasas in the Spring,” has a smooth groove and ignites with a soulful appeal. “Bb Strut,” is another song where Rio amazes the listener with his quick and skillful style as he entices you with a vibrant energy across the keys. Fans of Jerry Lee Lewis will really appreciate the magnificent songs on the brilliant album, “Omniboogie 2012.”

Omniboogie 2012
POSTED BY: robrio POSTED ON: 25 Jun 2012 05:50 PM

Boogie Woogie and piano aficionados will appreciate this collection of 13 solo piano instrumentals by boogie woogie piano virtuoso Rob Rio. Rio shines throughout, interpreting Jelly Roll Morton with FICKLE JELLY JAM, Herschel Thomas with NEW SUITCASE BOOGIE, and ending with a nice cover of Floyd Cramer's LAST DATE. In between are 10 other hot Rio originals. 13 cuts, 39 minutes.

New Big Name Blast from RadioIndy
POSTED BY: radioindy POSTED ON: 03 Dec 2010 01:14 AM

Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On by Jerry Lee Lewis
Christmas Day by Harry Connick, Jr
Winter Boogieland by Rob Rio Artist INFORate This Band


"Winter Boogieland" Reviewed by RadioIndy.com
POSTED BY: disturbed3003 POSTED ON: 17 Nov 2010 09:38 AM

If you’re finding you haven’t gotten into the holiday spirit yet, then the fantastic Christmas Boogie-Woogie/Blues CD, “Winter Boogieland,” by the extremely talented piano man Rob Rio, is just the right thing to set the mood. Rio, who has performed with many well known artists, takes these traditional Christmas tunes and interprets them with a brilliant style and finesse. Opening up the album, “Rudolph’s Red Nose Boogie,” is wonderful as Rio rips across the keys with a fury of energetic stylish flair. Taking it down a few notches, the songs, “Drummer Boy Blues” and “Silent Night Blues,” are not only soulful and rooted with exquisite Blues tonality but one can feel the emotive passion rising from Rio’s performance of these songs. There is a tremendous amount of energy packed into this album and you will find these songs to be fun, vibrant, and brilliantly performed by Rio. Fans of the great Jerry Lee Lewis will truly appreciate the magnificent Christmas Boogie-Woogie/Blues songs on the album, “Winter Boogieland,” as it is an excellent collection of Holiday music performed by a spectacular pianist.

-Diane and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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