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Many years ago a young man from Voghera, Italy, decided it was time to bring to life a dream that he had carried safely in his heart for most of his life. With that decision, his band FABRIZIO POGGI & CHICKEN MAMBO was born. Fabrizio Poggi singer, Hohner Award harmonica player, traveler, musicologist, writer, journalist and amazing performer began to give birth, with music and words, to his musical inspiration: the blues and the amazing folk music of the Southern United States. From the delta blues of Mississippi to gospel and spirituals, to american folk ballads, his musical future was easily decided. Today that dream is not only still alive and well but is being loved by audiences in Italy, Europe and America. His wife Angelina is not only his companion, best friend, his mom, his sister, his daughter and his personal manager but she is also his “dream catcher”. She helped Fabrizio through the tough times of his life.
FABRIZIO POGGI & CHICKEN MAMBO is a six piece band whose performances have been described as dramatic, totally captivating, amazing, engaging and soulful. Using acoustic and electric guitars, dobro, mandolin, piano accordion, electric bass and drums, as well as Fabrizio Poggi’s harmonica, diatonic accordion, and great vocals, the band creates it’s own sound. One that is authentic as well as truly unique.
FABRIZIO POGGI during his long career has played at the most prestigious clubs and festivals in Italy, Europe and USA (Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana) performing on stage or on his own recordings with legendary artists as: Garth Hudson of THE BAND and Bob Dylan (who appears on Mercy and Spirit & Freedom), The Blind Boys of Alabama (who appear on Spirit & Freedom), Eric Bibb (who appears on Spirit & Freedom) Charlie Musselwhite (who appears on Spirit & Freedom), Guy Davis (who appears on Spirit & Freedom), Flaco Jimenez (who appears on Spirit & Freedom), Billy Joe Shaver (who appears on Spirit & Freedom), Zachary Richard (who appears on Heroes & Friends), Jerry Jeff Walker (who appears on Nuther World), Eamon McLoughlin of The Greencards (who appears on Heroes & Friends), Nora Guthrie (who appears on Spirit & Freedom), Otis Taylor, Ponty Bone of Joe Ely Band (who appears on Mercy and Nuther World), Bob Brozman, Eric Andersen, Richard Thompson, Merel Bregante of Loggins & Messina and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (who appears on Nuther World), Tom Russell, Jimmy LaFave (who appears on Nuther World), John Inmon of Omar & The Howlers (who appears on Nuther World), The Original Blues Brothers Band, Steve Cropper, Eddie Floyd, Lou Marini, Alan Rubin, Rob Paparozzi of Blood, Sweat & Tears (who appears on Mercy), Seth Walker (who appears on Mercy), Bob Margolin of Muddy Waters Band, Bill Howl ‘n’ Madd Perry, Donnie Price (who appears Heroes & Friends, Nuther World, Mercy and Spirit & Freedom), Johnny Drummer, James Wheeler, Sonny Sunshine Payne of King Biscuit Time radio program (who appears on The breath of soul), James Cotton, Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, Robben Ford, Tony McPhee of The Groundogs, Bill Abel, Lightnin’ Malcom, Robert Belfour, John Mooney, Billy Cobham, John Renbourn, Marva Wright, Shay Jones, Doug MacLeod, Brendan Power, Mitch Woods, Mike Blakely (who appears on Nuther World), David Lee Durham, Kent Duchaine, Sarah Pierce (who appears on Nuther World), Mike Blakely (who appears on Nuther World), Lightnin’ Malcom, Doug MacLeod, John Inmon (who appears on Nuther World), David Bromberg, Kenny Grimes (who appears on Nuther World), Don Raby (who appears on Nuther World), Dave Peabody, Beppe Gambetta, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Nora Guthrie, Johnny Irion, Grayson Capps, B.B. Morse, Lynn Daniel, Floyd Domino, Debbi Walton, Super Chikan, Billy Gibson and many others. Their song I’m on my way from Spirit & Freedom appears on a BLUES REVUE CD Sampler also featuring North Mississippi All Stars, Mavis Staples, Bob Margolin, Gina Sicilia, Buddy Whittington; to mention a few of the amazing artists inclu