Featuring guest appearances from such stellar guitarists as Billy Gibbons, Warren Haynes, Eric Gales, Chris Duarte, and Robben Ford, SBM’s debut album West of Flushing, South of Frisco is packed with sweet, stinging guitar and slamming backbeats.
“The blues is what makes me tick,” says bassist and songwriter Fabrizio Grossi of Supersonic Blues Machine—the new trio he formed with guitarist Lance Lopez and drummer Kenny Aronoff. The three have just finished their debut album, West of Flushing, South of Frisco. “Everyone on this has fought through their own personal demons,” adds Grossi. “This is the redemption record.”
“It’s a blast from the past aimed at the future,” says the legendary Aronoff, whose 40-year career includes hundreds of albums and countless shows with Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Jack White, John Mellencamp, John Fogerty, Billy Gibbons, Dr. John, B.B. King, and many other musical titans. With SBM, however, Aronoff steps out from the role of ace sideman to explore the sonic vision he shares with his bandmates. “Here, the artist is us—no boss to follow or established identities to be maintained,” he says. “We’re writing our own book, and when you have been blessed and enriched by having collaborated with so many significant artists, your vocabulary gets richer.”
The saga of SBM begins with Billy Gibbons. The ZZ Top guitarist had known Lopez as a young Texas blues prodigy and after meeting Grossi at a session, he suggested the two join forces. Grossi had toured with Aronoff in Steve Lukather’s Goodfellas, so when the idea of a new band began to take shape, he knew just who to call to complete the lineup.
The guitar-drenched West of Flushing, South of Frisco is slated for release on February 26, but why wait to sample its 6-string mojo? Check out the smoky solos in “Remedy,” a song Warren Haynes cowrote with Grossi. In it, Haynes and Lopez pay homage to other dual-guitar bands that have gone before, and echoes of Storyville, Arc Angels, the Allman Brothers, and even Derek and the Dominos permeate the track.
Now that the album is complete, Supersonic Blues Machine is ramping up for a tour. “You will feel B.B. King’s presence onstage,” Grossi asserts, “even though we might be wearing space suits.”