Imagine a gifted young singer/pianist growing up on the coast of Spain honing his chops throughout the clubs of Valencia. Half-way around the world, imagine a young guitarist growing up in Los Angeles, playing rhythm guitar for members of the Yardbirds and Paul Butterfield Blues band at the age of 12.
Both would continue to explore their “Blues Journey” and go on to play many of the most famous venues in the world. Not long ago, their paths and collective pasts would collide together in the creation and concept of the “New Blues Revolution”.
Meet Bill Grisolia: Singer and Front man extraordinaire, described as a “Bigger than Life Personality” and yet a “Playful Tiger” of a Force. Meet Guitarist Chap Cooper, lauded as one the “last great blues guitarists of our time”, a “True Original”. Both Songwriters…
Now imagine an inspiring yet compelling journey with something unknown yet something you have always known. Meet the New Blues Revolution.
The band leads the vanguard of the new blues movement in the U.S. (think Black Keys, White Stripes, Joe Bonamassa and John Mayer). They play festivals, concerts and top night clubs in the US and internationally. They’ve opened for a diverse range of music legends including Los Lobos, Macy Gray, Leon Russell, Canned Heat, Rick Derringer, David Lindley, Starship, Lowrider Band, the Tubes, Bobby Rush, and Lee Rocker (RIP Dick Dale). Festivals include the Red, White & Blues Festival, the New Blues Festival (3 cities), the Latin Jazz & Blues Festival, the Arab American Festival, Santa Clarita Blues Festival, Freedom Festival and the FC Festival at Irvine Lakes. Summer Concerts include Long Beach, Lakewood and the Alameda County Fair (SF Bay Area)
Forging a unique, distinctive style featuring Bill Grisolia’s vocals and piano and Chap Cooper’s guitar, the band brings exciting showmanship to a mix of high-energy songs – deep, modern, rocky but soulful. A favorite of critics, The New Blues Revolution receives rave reviews from national trade magazines such as Cashbox and Music Connection. Critics recognize NBR’s exciting talent and extraordinary songwriting.
The band’s exciting live show makes for great TV. Television appearances include live satellite broadcasts from New York City to prime-time television in Spain. Broadcast performances in major U.S. television markets (UPN in Los Angeles) confirm the appeal of the band’s music across the U.S. Los Angeles television appearances include KNBC, KCAL, KCOP and KMEX including the #1 morning show in the LA market.
Bill Grisolia – Singer\Songwriter\Pianist – his first memories of life are on the Spanish Mediterranean coast; the bilingual singer grew up in the blues rock jazz stew of Kansas City. His international career began at 18 by playing the top clubs Tres Triste Tigres and Pub Gent in the Barrio Del Carmen district of Valencia, Spain.
Chapman Cooper – Guitarist\Composer – Before he was 12, Chapman played rhythm guitar for members of the Yardbirds and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. It was old hat to the guitarist who scored his first paying gig at age 8. Growing up among Rock’s most famous legends has led to his working with many top musicians and recording artists. Early on, Chap led the house band at Gazzari’s, a top Sunset Strip locale. These experiences color the rich array of composition ideas and guitar stylings.
Fred Beato – known throughout the world for drumming and his drum cases, Beato and his band won a national battle of the bands in New York City and got their first recording contract. Working with some of the top drummers in the business, he has recorded and performed with David Pack of Ambrosia. Recently joining NBR, he was looking for an act “going places” which offered him the opportunity to use his full palette of playing skills – all the arrows in his quiver – and with NBR he found an exciting act in which he could put all these skills to use and more!