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The Official Rockabilly Hall of Fame – Gretsch Guitars – Elixir Strings
Try shaking some of the wildest face of R’n’R, Rockabilly, Neorockabilly, Country, add a touch of Hardknocking-Swing and mix it up with the dexterity of this power trio, and you’ll get the Di Maggio Connection.
The bandleader, Marco Di Maggio, has been recognized by the international press as one of the top world’s R’n’R guitarist/singer and he’s the only Italian artist inducteed as Honorary Member of the Official Rockabilly Hall of Fame, Usa.
His brilliant musical background covers many styles, ranging from Rock, Rockabilly, Power Surf, R’n’R, Neo Swing, Country and Blues.
He writes his own music with character, mixing up an explosive cocktail of different influences.
They performed in 24 Countries, from Usa to China, appearing at top Venues and Festivals as:
MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL 2009 (CH), VIVA LAS VEGAS 2000, 2001 (USA), GRAND OLE OPRY 2001 (USA), THE OLIMPIC GAMES IN TURIN – ITALY 2006, JACKSON R’N’R FEST 2000 (USA), GREEN BAY ’50’s FEST 2002 (USA), THE ROCKABILLY RAVE ’98, 2001 (UK), THE EDDIE COCHRAN WEEKEND ’99, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006 (UK), MUNCHEN R’N’R FEST 2002 (D), THE SUMMER JAMBOREE 2002, 2006 (ITALY), PISTOIA BLUES FESTIVAL 2015 (I), ROUTE 66 AARBURG Various editions (CH) and many more.
Marco collected important collaborations with many r’n’r legends such as: TERRY WILLIAMS (DIRE STRAITS), D.J. FONTANA (ELVIS’ DRUMMER), SLIM JIM PHANTOM (STRAYCATS), DAVE ROE (JOHNNY CASH, CHET ATKINS, DWIGHT YOAKAM), JOHNNY FARINA (SANTO & JOHNNY), LINDA GAIL LEWIS (JERRY LEE SISTER), ROBERT GORDON, BILLY LEE RILEY, BILLY BURNETTE (FLEETWOOD MAC, JOHN FOGERTY), just to name a few from a list of over 60 artists.
Terry Williams, the Dire Straits drummer, said about him:
“I played with the greatests, B.B. KING, ERIC CLAPTON, MARK KNOPFLER, ALBERT LEE and i can say that Marco Di Maggio is one of them“
He released 14 albums, 1 Instructional Guitar video and has appeared in over 35 international compilations.
From year ’99 he started working at soundtracks and commercial jingles, and many of his songs were chosen for movies around the globe, including the famous tv series “FRIENDS“.
Steve Aynsley, journalist for the important Uk’s Magazine “Now Dig This”, comments:
“Marco Di Maggio is a real genius as a guitarist, songwriter and adaptor of music, outside of his genre and inside it. The Wildest Game is a super, super record!!”
During year 2014 the band toured again Usa and Canada, performing in 25 american cities, from New York, Toronto, to Nashville.
In the same year, Marco released the solo album titled “The Sensational Guitar Sound of Marco Di Maggio”.
The line up of the Di Maggio Connection is composed by:
Matteo Giannetti (Double Bass/Bass) – One of the best Italian bass player, requested also by lots of famous national acts, both in studio and live appearences, very appreciated music teacher for important music academies
Marco Barsanti (Drums) – Solid drummer, able to play many different styles with dexterity and versatility. He worked with many famous acts, from Rock to Jazz, mixing up great technique and feeling.
Marco Di Maggio – Guitar/Vocals
Matteo Giannetti – Double Bass/Bass
Marco Barsanti – Drums
“Marco Di Maggio is a real genius as a guitarist, songwriter and adaptor of music, outside of his genre and inside it. The Wildest Game is a super, super record!” The Cd “The Wildest Game” is a super super record!”
STEVE AYNSLEY – NOW DIG THIS – UK
“I played with the greatests, MARK KNOPFLER, B.B.KING, ERIC CLAPTON, ALBERT LEE and i can say that MARCO DI MAGGIO is one of them”
TERRY WILLIAMS (THE DIRE STRAITS’ DRUMMER)
“I met Marco a few years ago when I was playing on Broadway in Nashville. We were all amazed at his command of not only the guitar, but of American roots music in general.
You could easily see how much he loved the musc he was playing. Man! What a great guitar player!! You must have his new album, if only to hear San Antonio Rose. He puts more in this one track than other guitarists put in an entire CD!!”
DAVE ROE (Bassist for JOHNNY CASH, CHET ATKINS, DWIGHT YOAKAM)
The cd of the DI MAGGIO BROS. is a killer! These cats from Florence, Italy, really know how to shake that shack. But beyond the good rockin’ beat, we have an astoundingly guitar virtuoso throught out this superb record with extremely strong harmonies”
RONNIE WEISER (ROLLIN’ ROCK RECORDS-USA)
“Very good album with strong vocals and some of the best guitar work i’ve heard from long time”
STEVE AYNSLEY (NOW DIG THIS MAGAZINE-UK)
“The more pure refreshing rockin’ trio i’ve heard from long time”
BOB TIMMERS (PRESIDENT OF THE ROCKABILLY HALL OF FAME)
“The DI MAGGIO BROS. are a great band and MARCO DI MAGGIO is one of world’s best rockabilly guitarist, after olive oil, he’s the best Italian product”
LINDA GAIL LEWIS (JERRY LEE LEWIS’ Sister) USA
“HIGH SPEED PICKIN’, a manic pickin’ instro, just to show the guitarist can play even better than he has done so far”
MARC FENECH (SOUTHERN & ROCKIN’ MUSIC MAGAZINE-UK/FINLAND)
“They’re all great musicians and have fantastic voices. They are going to do somethin’ really important”
BILLY SWAN (GOLD RECORD in the US with “I CAN HELP” and producer for TONY JOE WHITE)
“This is some high speed stuff, no doubt about it. I predict this will be the CD of ’98. Why american groups aren’t this good?”
JOE WAIGEL – LAS VEGAS
“An incredible italian band with a great feeling, guided by an authentic guitar virtuoso”
MARTIN ACE (MAN)
“Great album, great voices and he’s a hell of guitar player”
BOB “GIT IT” KELLY (SONGWRITER FOR GENE VINCENT)
“Man, that boy can play! …and what a nice guy. He’s gonna go places for sure”
DICKIE BE-BOP HARREL (ORIGINAL DRUMMER FOR GENE VINCENT & THE BLUE CAPS) USA
“Great album, great musicians”
BOB Mc CARVER (JERRY LEE LEWIS MANAGER) USA
“The title of his last album “SUPERPICKING” is totally justified. He plays all the instruments.
HARRY DODDS (NOW DIG THIS MAGAZINE) UK
“The Superpicker! Marco Di Maggio combines great feeling with overwhelming techniques and he is unbelievably fast!”
ROCK AND ROLL UNIVERSE – GERMAN
D.J. FONTANA (ELVIS’ drummer)
TERRY WILLIAMS (DIRE STRAITS’ drummer)
KEVIN SMITH (bassist for HIGHNOON and B. SETZER ORCHESTRA)
ALBERT LEE (Guitar legend, Everly Bros., Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton..)
SLIM JIM PHANTOM (Straycats’ Drummer)
LINDA GAIL LEWIS (JERRY LEE LEWIS’ sister)
GREG (Famous italian tv act/singer)
ROBERT GORDON (R’n’R singer from New York)
PETE HUTTLINGER (John Denver’s Guitarist)
PAUL BURLISON ( JOHNNY BURNETTE’s guitarist)
ROCKY BURNETTE (JOHNNY BURNETTE’s son)
BILLY LEE RILEY (Sun Studios legend)
DAVE ROE ( JOHNNY CASH and DWIGHT YOAKAM bassist)
DICKIE HARREL (Gene Vincent Blue Caps’ Drummer)
BILLY BURNETTE (FLEETWOOD MAC, JOHN FOGERTY BAND)
THE GENE VINCENT’s BLUE CAPS (Be Bop A Lula’s Group)
NARVEL FELTS (Gold Records in Usa)
BILLY SWAN (Gold Record in Usa, collaboration with Elvis)
RAY CAMPI (Rollin’ Rock star )
GARY LAMBERT (EDDIE COCHRAN, GLEN GLENN)
RONNIE DAWSON (American R’n’R legend)
ROSIE FLORES (Nashville country singer)
BILL MACK (GENE VINCENT’s bassist)
SONNY BURGESS (Sun Sudios legend)
MARTIN ACE (Man’s bassist)
BOBBY COCHRAN (Eddie’s Nephew)
TOM BRESH ( MERLE TRAVIS’ son)
HAYDEN THOMPSON ( Sun Recording artist)
DANNY B. HARVEY
JAMES G. CREIGHTON (SHAKIN’ PYRAMIDS)
ENRICO CIACCI (Ennio Morricone’s Orchestra, Little Tony)
SEAN MENCHER (Highnoon)
BILL HALEY’s COMETS
THE BUDDY HOLLY’s CRICKETS
TONY SHERIDAN (.Beatles)
THE JORDANAIRES (Elvis’ vocal background)
BOB MOORE (Elvis’ Bassist)
JET HARRIS (Shadows)
And many more.
TELE ROCK AND ROLL – Rockhouse Rec. 1995 I/NL
ROCKABILLY GUITAR – Instructional Video – Playgame Music 1997 I
ROCKABILLY FROM THE BOOTS UP – Rockabilly Hall Of Fame 1998 USA
THE GOLDEN AGE OF R’N’R – CD – Flipper Music – 1999 – Italy
THANK YOU EDDIE – Vampirella Rec. 1999 Germany
SUPERPICKING – Vampirella Rec. 2000 Germany
AT FULL SPEED – Vampirella Rec. 2002 Germany
EVERYBODY’S MOVIN’ (with Simone Di Maggio) – Vampirella Rec. 2001 Germany
THE WILDEST GAME – Area Pirata Rec – Italy – 2004
BYE BYE BLUES – Jungle Records (Finland) – 2005 (With Sue Moreno)
“WHEN I HIT MY STRIDE” – Area Pirata Rec. – Italy – 2007
“THE ROUTE OF TIME” – Musical Brain – Italy – 2010
“THE SENSATIONAL GUITAR SOUND OF MARCO DI MAGGIO” – Thunderball Rec. – Italy – 2013
“ROWDY” – Thunderball Rec. – Italy – 2018
CASH ON DELIVERY – CMH Rec. – USA – 1998
ROCKABILLY HALL OF FAME Vol. 2 – RabHof – 1998 USA
ROCKABILLY HALL OF FAME Vol. 3 – RabHof – 1999 USA
SWING YOUR HIPS – Whampire Rec. – 1999 D
SWING, JIVE AND WAIL – Whampire Rec. – 1999 D
KINGS OF ROCKABILLY GUITAR – Vampirella Rec. – 1999 D
WILD MEN BOP 3 – Vampirella Rec. – 1999 D
WILD MEN BOP 4 – Vampirella Rec. – 1999 D
THE TRIBUTE TO BUDDY HOLLY – Whampire Rec. – 1999 D
THE TRIBUTE TO JERRY LEE LEWIS – Whampire Rec. – 2000 D
ROCKABILLY HALL OF FAME Vol. 4 – RabHof – 2000 USA
WILD MEN BOP 5 – Vampirella Rec. – 2000 D
5TH ANNIVERSARY VYNIL – Whampire Rec. – 2000 D
ELVIS STILL ALIVE – Vampirella Rec. – 2000 D
JAMBOREE XMAS ALBUM – Jamboree Rec. – 2000 I
WILD MEN BOP 6 – Vampirella Rec. – 2001 D
THE SUN TRIBUTE – Vampirella Rec. – 2001 D
THE EEC COMPILATIONS – Empire Records (Fin) 2005
And many more.
Third album for the Di Maggio Connection, but the 14th for Marco Di Maggio during his career…
The album consists of 11 tracks (plus a radio version of the single “Nowhere Latitude”), of which 8 originals written by Marco Di Maggio and Francesco Chisci (his collaborator for the part of the lyrics in almost all his albums) and 3 remakes of classic Rock and Rock’n’Roll songs, revisited with a personal touch.