Paolo and I have been friends for decades, shared the stage for years, and now, have written and recorded a CD together.
Bonfanti's guitar has been “letting the people boogie” since his Big Fat Mama days back in the mid '80s. Mama looms large in Italy's blues-rock history, having become a favorite at festivals and clubs throughout the country. Later he founded Downtown with British blues heavyweights Dick Heckstall-Smith on sax, drummer Mickey Waller and bass player Bob Brunning.
Over the past twenty years he has been touring all over Europe and North America with his own band, as well as with American slide guitar master Roy Rogers and Italian super-group Slow Feet.
I was introduced to the Italian music scene back in 1991 when my group, Fish Heads & Rice, released their first album for Milan's Appaloosa Records. Dozens of tours and two more records followed, while Paolo and I became fast friends through our mutual agent and compadre, Umberto Tonello. Our paths crossed on concert stages and truck stops while we were both performing all over Europe through the 90s.
After the demise of The Fish, Umberto called me with an idea, “I think you and Paolo should play some shows together.” “Book 'em,” was my immediate reply. So he did. The match worked perfectly. After a few tours together, Umberto felt we should record too. So we did. This is the product of that collaboration.
Unfortunately, our dear friend Umberto passed away before we finished this project, but it never would have happened without him and is completely dedicated to his memory. I always said he was the best agent in the music business... certainly the most honest. We miss him.