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 élan 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, Willy Dixon, 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, 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. In 2010, Rio will tour Norway for the first time and return to the famed Arches Piano Stage of the Cincinnati Blues Festival, the premier showcase of boogie-woogie & blues pianists in the U.S. He also plans several new recording projects.
In 2009, Rio starred at several Southland festivals including the mother of all classic jazz fests, The Orange County Classic Jazz Festival and he headlined at the Brussels Piano Summit in Belgium. He recorded a cover of Otis Spann's Half Ain't Never Been Told w/ Bobby Jones singing for the Delta Groove label to be included on the Mannish Boys latest CD, slated for release in early 2010. And for Christmas 2009, Rio released Winter Boogieland, a collection of his boogie interpretations of 10 Xmas favorites.