"Californisoul" is the second album of the Supersonic Blues Machine. The Californian bluestrio, consisting of drummer Kenny Aronoff (Sammy Hagar, Paul McCartney and others) as well as songwriters Lance Lopez (guitar, vocals) and Fabrizio Grossi (bass, production), is well networked and invites an illustrious group of musicians into the studio and on stage. This time Eric Gales, Walter Trout, Robben Ford, Steve Lukather and Billy Gibbons will be there.
eclipsed: Fabrizio, how do you get all these people together?
Fabrizio Grossi: If you think that we just open up our address book and call around and then everyone sends us their part by e-mail, you're wrong. It's not about a collection of well-known names to spice up our mediocre songs. (laughs) I or rather we have known these musicians for years or decades and give them the opportunity to get involved for a few concerts or a song.
eclipsed: Sounds like recreation.
Grossi: It should be. There is much more the hippie idea than a commercial aspect behind it. It's about spending a good time in the studio or on stage with the guest musicians and the audience.
eclipsed: So, no time for egos?
Grossi: With this kind of music you can't get rich in the material sense. That's why it's about having fun on the basis of blues rock.
eclipsed: But the well-known names help the band project a lot to attract attention, don't they?
Grossi: It's okay or should they take part under a pseudonym?
eclipsed: When you perform as a trio, sometimes with guests, you never really know what you'll get when you buy tickets for the Supersonic Blues Machine.
Grossi: I've never thought about it like this before, but when we performed with Steve Lukather, some of the jaws were falling down regularly. And Billy adapted more to us than we did to him.