Piero De Luca & Big Fat Mama - The band born from an idea
of Piero De Luca, (bass player and singer), in the distant
1979, together with Giampiero Esposito (what group shoulder drums), Fiorenzo
Bodellini (harp), Elio Arlandi (guitar): the band shows during a concert of
Roberto Ciotti and Fabio Treves in Genova 1982; in 1982 it plays also in
Cergy, near Paris, on invitation of a cultural circle.
After different changes, from 1985 the band acquires a stable order with
Peter De Luca (bas), Paolo Bonfanti (guitar and voice), Mauro Mura (drums)
and Maurizio Renda (guitar and voice).
From this moment BIG FAT MAMA is considered one of the most important band
of the Italian scene; besides the concerts in the main Italian clubs, they
collaborated and shared the stage with famous blues artists (opening act for
the concert of Johnny Winter in the Milan Blues Festival, for Stevie Ray
Vaughan and Los Lobos to the Palatrussardi Arena, tour with
Eddie C. Campbell,
Johnny Mars, Zora
Young, and opening act for Screamin ' Jay Hawkins,
Clifton Chenier Jr,
Legendary Blues Band,
Jimmy Rogers): the band is also mentioned
on "Italian music Encyclopedia" by Renzo Arbore.
The band, for Cobra Records label , print three Lp: "Good Hand Feelin",
"West Of where" and the double one live "Let Us Live" which marks the end of
the collaboration with Paolo Bonfanti that will undertake soloist career: he
will be replaced by Carlo Ratto (soloist voice) and Fabrizio Moroni
To remember with this formation the exhibition to the "Courmayeur Blues
Festival" nearby to "Albert Collins and the Icebreakers."
After the great success of the Switzerland/italian tour, the band in 1992
begins a collaboration with the American harper Johnny Mars; in the same
year Maurizio Renda leaves the band and is replaced by Alessio Menconi (now
with Paolo Conte).
From 1994 to the 2001 Piero De Luca and Maurizio Renda are devoted to other
Piero De Luca creates together with Carlo Ratto the "Burnin' Tubes" with
whom has recorded two albums: "The Road" and "New Orleans Bound" together
with the harper of Louisiana Jay Monque D Maurizio Renda creates
"Blackberries Trouble Band" with whom participates to the recording of the
cd "For you-Tribute to Bruce Springsteen"
In 2002 Piero De Luca and Maurizio Renda decided together with Carlo Ratto
and Giampiero Esposito to take back the project Big Fat Mama realizing the
album of the return "Goin ' Back Home" that it is the logical continuation
and evolution of the precedents jobs of the band.