Piero De Luca & big fat mama

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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. 
Piero De Luca & big fat mama
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 Louisiana Red, Eddie C. Campbell, Johnny Mars, Zora Young, and opening act for Screamin ' Jay Hawkins, Clifton Chenier Jr, Honeyboy Edwards, 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 (keyboards). 

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). 

With this new formation the band participates in numerous European festivals sharing the stage with James Cotton, Magic Slim, Sherman Robertson, Little Willie Littlefield and with Johnny Mars and Robert Plant (ex Led Zeppelin) the band has participated to the "Pistoia Blues Festival". 

From 1994 to the 2001 Piero De Luca and Maurizio Renda are devoted to other musical experiences: 

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. 

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