Hey Folks! I'm really excited to introduce "Play For The Cat" featuring Mike Levy (vocals, synth), Tamara Marshall (vocals), Michael Bland (drums), and yours truly on guitar. The album is a funky/80's/new wave/retro/dance style party made by some amazing musicians. Please tell your family, friends, pets, and random strangers. More updates coming soon.
I'm honoured to announce that I am an endorsed artist with G&L Guitars. Check them out. They're honestly making some of the best instruments on the planet. http://www.glguitars.com Photo by: KJD Photography.
"Frozen In Time" is available now! Here's the first video.
This is going to be absolutely epic. Stay tuned for more info and updates.
Have I mentioned how much I love my Dr. Z. Z Wreck lately? So proud to be an official "patient." Check out his incredible line of amps at: http://drzamps.com
Yes Guelphites, this is really happening! "Devil's Tale" Live in Guelph! Reserve your tickets now on the store page. Tickets are also available at Good Times Hair Styling (83 Surrey St. E.) & The Guelph School of Guitar (15 Chapel Lane.)
I'm so excited about my new Keeley pedals I put my serious face on! Check out all of his amazing effects here: https://robertkeeley.com
Photo by KJD Photography
Hey Folks! If anyone is looking for guitar lessons we have a few spots open. Contact me or come and check out our new location downtown Guelph. We're also teaching songwriting, music production, and recording classes.
Just when you start to think that magic doesn't exist anymore something comes along and totally restores your belief. Enter the Keeley Compressor! For many years I've searched and experimented to find the voice I was imagining in my head for the music I write and perform. Today I found it, thanks to Lisa & Craighton from Keeley Electronics.
Are you ready Europe? We're joining forces with Balkan brass legends Fanfare Ciocarlia for these dates. Hope to see you there!
Very happy to announce we will be performing again this year at the Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival.
Get your tickets now! http://www.zihuafest.info
Hope you can make our last show of the year! Really excited to visit DSTRCT.
Devil's Tale named to CBC's 30 Best Canadian Albums of 2014.
"Devil's Tale" has made the long list for "Album of the Year" on the CBC Music Awards.
You can vote here: http://music.cbc.ca/#!/blogs/2014/11/Vote-now-the-CBC-Music-Awards-long-list
Huge thanks to Henry, Ute, Claudia, & Asphalt Tango for sending along these super sexy vinyls.
If you want your own copy please visit:
All copies include "mystical fortune teller dust!"
Very excited to be part of this year's Guelph Jazz Festival. We'll be playing
the Market Square stage at 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 6th, 2014.
Hope to see you all there.
Very proud to announce that today "Devil's Tale" was awarded the prestigious German Record Critic's Award (Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik)!
Today the postman came twice: The streaming portal Rhapsody selects "Devil's Tale" as one of the top 15 albums for Winter 2014
and the U.S. based World Music Blog "Sound Roots / Spin The Globe" positions the record at # 2 in the Top Ten / February 2014.
Devil's Tale is #1 on the World Music Charts Europe!
Today's the big day! I'm proud to announce the official release of "Devil's Tale" on
Asphalt Tango Records. To celebrate this momentous event we've released our first
official video "Urn St. Tavern." Stay tuned for more big news, updates, and tour dates coming soon.
Here's some more reviews for "Devil's Tale"......
The Times (UK) says............
UK magazine "The Guardian" says............
Happy New Year!!! What a way to start off 2014!
Here's a review from The New York Music Daily.
For an exclusive preview of the entire album download the free trailer clip at:
We're extremely proud to announce that Adrian has signed with and is now officially a member of the Asphalt Tango Records family. Check out his page on their site for some tunes and more info about the worldwide release date of "Devil's Tale." Stay tuned for tour dates and more exciting updates!
Honoured to announce that world-renowned author Michael Dregni wrote the liner notes for my new record. His books Django: The Life and Music of a Gypsy Legend, Gypsy Jazz: In Search of Django Reinhardt and the Soul of Gypsy Swing, and Django Reinhardt and the Illustrated History of Gypsy Jazz are must reads!!! Definitely check them out!!! Thanks again Michael.
The big day is almost here. September 24th, 2013 marks the official Canadian release date of "Devil's Tale". The brand new record featuring Gypsy brass legends, Fanfare Ciocarlia. Special guests include John Jorgenson (Elton John, The Hellecasters), Rodrigo (Rodrigo y Gabriela), and Kevin Figueiredo (Extreme). The album features 10 fan favourites like you've never heard before. Simply magical!!!
To celebrate the release of the record we are offering a special Limited Edition version. Only 250 copies are available. Grab them before they disappear in a cloud of smoke! Pre-Order your copy in the Adrian Raso store or at Little Shop of Guitars. 58 Carden St. Guelph, Ontario. (519-837-3729)
Devil's Tale Limited Edition CD
- Only 250 copies available.
- Each copy is autographed and hand numbered by Adrian.
- Exclusive digital download of "Charlatan's Waltz".
(Only available with the limited edition package)
- Alternate album cover.
Bonus: Adrian will read your fortune!!!
Adrian is proud to be headlining Festival Italiano again this year. Please check out the show times on the concerts page. For more info click here. http://www.italiancanadianclubguelph.ca/ViewPage.aspx?pg=81
Adrian is very pleased to be performing at the Alton Mill as part of the Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival. See below. For more info contact www.altonmill.ca
I'm very proud to endorse Michael Collins guitars. He's one of the premiere luthiers in the world. My whole new record was recorded with his "Parisienne" model. To learn more about Michael and his amazing instruments please visit his website. http://collinsguitar.com/guitars
Adrian will be performing all evening at the Delta Hotel in Guelph on New Year's Eve. If you're looking for something to do, it would be great to see you there. For more info please call 519-780-3700.
Also, better late than never, here's a version of holiday classic for your enjoyment. Check it out on the videos page. Wishing you all a safe and happy 2013.
Adrian is extremely pleased to announce that he is the recipient of an Ontario Arts Council grant for Popular Music. This grant is given to “music originators to assist them in the creation and production of their original work in popular music genres.” This grant will help tremendously with the production of Adrian’s new album, which is a collaboration with one of the world’s greatest Gypsy brass bands, Fanfare Ciocarlia. Adrian is working diligently away on these tracks and is looking towards an early 2013 release date. Stay tuned for more details on this exciting project!
Thank you to the provincial government of Ontario for supporting the arts community, and to Emy Brubacher and Troy Bridgeman for helping prepare the grant application.
Recording sessions at Metalworks Studios wrapped up last night and the tracks sound unbelievable! For some behind the scenes footage check out the videos and photos in the Gallery. Stay tuned for updates!!!
Adrian is performing two shows to help raise funds for his upcoming project featuring the legendary gypsy brass band Fanfare Ciocarlia. The concerts will help finance the recording and documentary being filmed about this incredible collaboration. These two shows will debut his new band the Travelling Bohemians. The group features the return of long time fan favourite, Lore Bortolon on rhythm guitar, Adrian's brother Kristin on drums & percussion, and the incredible flamenco specialist, Juneyt on guitar. Also joining the band and leading off the concerts will be Brazilian maestro Arnaldo Freire on guitar. This is the must see guitar concert of the summer!!! Check out the details below. Hope to see you there.
Adrian Raso & the Travelling Bohemians
Live in Concert (with special guest Brazilian guitarist Arnaldo Friere)
Thursday, July 12th, & Friday, July 13th, 2012.
Guelph Youth Music Centre 8 p.m.
75 Cardigan St. Guelph, Ontario N1H-3Z7
Tickets available at Little Shop of Guitars (58 Carden St.) 519-837-3729 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-production is well under way on Adrian's collaboration with gypsy giants, Fanfare Ciocarlia. All the songs for the record have been chosen including some new surprises. Also to mark this momentous occasion Adrian is having a guitar built for him by master luthier Michael Collins. Michael is the one of the premier builders of gypsy guitars on the planet. This guitar will be heavily featured on this upcoming project. To say Adrian is excited to get this guitar into his hands could very well be the greatest understatement of the year!!! Here's a photo of the headstock and a sneak peak into the building of this incredible instrument. More videos and photos to follow. Please check out his website at http://collinsguitar.com
The wait is over!!! Liquor Talkin', the new album from Adrian Raso & The Big Deal is available now at Little Shop of Guitars. Get em' while they're hot!!!
Adrian is very pleased to announce that Fanfare Ciocarlia will be joining him in the studio this fall to record 10 of his fan-favourites! Adrian has always considered Fanfare to be one of the best bands in the world and he is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with them. They truly are the real deal!
Famous for their exhilarating rapid-fire playing and skill at playfully mixing western influences with traditional themes, Fanfare Ciocarlia are highly regarded as the world’s greatest Gypsy brass band and have recorded some of the most rousing music on the planet. For more information on this incredible group of musicians, please go to…..http://www.asphalt-tango.de/fanfare/artist.html
Pre-production on the recording and a documentary has already begun so stay tuned for updates, surprises, and sneak peeks as this project gets underway. A release date is set for November 1, 2012!
Just got back from the Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival in Mexico. Special thanks to all of the organizers and volunteers that made our stay so special. It was an honour to perform with and get to know so many incredible musicians. Check out the gallery for photos. Extra special thanks to Catherine Krantz for letting me be part of the greatest guitar festival on the planet. Thanks also to all of our Zihua friends for all of the beautiful memories. Thank-you Heidi, Lisa, Tanya, Isahrai, Gabriela, Polo, Pablo, Julia, & everyone at Casa Heidi. Hope to get back and see everyone soon. Big hugs to all!!!
Adrian was just in the studio putting the finishing touches on his latest rockabilly project with his new group, "The Big Deal". The group features Troy Bridgeman on vocals and Kris Raso on drums. Stay tuned for more news soon!!! Also, Adrian will be performing again this year at the Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival in Mexico in March. Make sure you all book your flights and enjoy some warm weather and great music. http://www.zihuafest.info/
Happy New Year!!! Here's a new review for "Nina Del Sol". www.mwe3.com/archive/pastfeature/featureMusicRevJanuary2012.htm Also, Adrian's entire catalogue is now available in digital download format on the Music & Hats page. There's even some unreleased material to listen to!!!
Check out Adrian's live interview tonight at 9 p.m.
Nina del Sol is officially released. Download the single "Isla Del Ritmo" (feat. Sheila E.) now on the music page. The CD is available in the store or at Little Shop Of Guitars. (Downtown Guelph)
November 1st, 2011 will be the official release date of Adrian's sixth studio record, "Nina del Sol". The album features the legendary Sheila E. and Kevin Figueiredo on drums and percussion. Check back soon for a sample track!!!
Adrian was just in the studio with drum phenom Marco Minnemann recording a new single. Marco's performance is absolutely mind-blowing!!! More news coming soon. Photos from the session are in the gallery as well as some shots from the Vanner Fair.
The Burlington Sound of Music Festival was a blast!!! Some photos have been added to the Gallery page. Also, Adrian was selected for The Guelph Mercury's Forty Under Forty. Check out the article coming out this Thursday, June 23rd.
Check out some photos from the Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival on the Gallery page.
Adrian will be performing at the 1st Guelph Latino Festival on May 14th, 2011. 7-9 p.m. For more information please visit www.latinofestivalguelph.com Hope to see you there!!!
Adrian with Imelda May and guitar legend Jeff Beck in Boston, MA. Check out those stunning Biltmore Hats!!!
Adrian will be performing at this year's International Guitar Festival in Zihautanejo, Mexico. Stay tuned for more updates and photos. Please visit http://www.zihuafest.info/index.html
Dead Man's Hand!!! Now available on iTunes or download the new single here, http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/adrianraso5
Let us know what you think!!! Rock on!!!
Dead Man's Hand - The brand new, super-charged instrumental Rockabilly single, featuring Adrian Raso on guitar, Lee Rocker (The Stray Cats) on bass, and Kevin Figueiredo (Extreme) on drums, will be available for download on Tuesday, February 8th, 2011. "You've never heard bass like this before. It's been an long-time dream of mine to work with the legendary Lee Rocker and he absolutely rips it up on this track. KFigg is a hard-hitting monster drummer who brings his slammin' style to another level on Dead Man's Hand."
Rounding out this collaboration is the honourary fourth member of the group, Grammy-award winning and multi-platinum producer, Bob St. John (Duran Duran, Extreme). "Bob has made everything sound fantastic and he could very well have the greatest ears on the planet." The ultra-cool artwork is the creation of UK-based artist/illustrator, Vince Ray.
On February 8th, people will be dealt a huge dose of much-needed heart pumpin', foot stompin' rock 'n' roll.
Please visit http://www.adrianrasoandthemess.com for more info and updates.
Happy New Year!!! Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2011.
Adrian has been invited to play the Zihautanejo International Guitar Festival in Mexico.
Check out Adrian and Nick tearing it up on their Godin Multiacs. The funny guy on cajon is Adrian's brother Kristin. Check out more guitars from Godin at http://www.godinguitars.com/
Hey, listen up everybody!!! Big. Huge. News. Adrian is wrapping up the final tracking for his new album (as of yet, untitled, but he's always looking for suggestions) due out in early 2011. Now, here's where it gets really *really* exciting....joining him is an artist who is in the league of superstar divas. Seriously. The ultra-talented, muy caliente, Sheila E. is making an appearance on the upcoming record. This has been a dream of Adrian's since his childhood. For those of you who have been living under a rock (and not rolling) and don't know Sheila E., she's only one of the most influential and greatest percussionists that has ever walked the face of the earth, period. No joke. Ask Prince. Or RingoStarr.
If that wasn't enough, how about Kevin Figueiredo. Are you currently trying to place his name? How about KFigg? Still having a bit of a head-scratcher? What about if we gave you a hint that he hits really hard and has really cool hair? Give up? How about being the drummer for the multi-platinum, rock-band Extreme!!! This guy rocks and Adrian is thrilled to have him on the upcoming album. KFigg will also be part of a very special project with another really, really, *really* super cool "cat" (That's a major hint *wink wink* *meow meow*). This project is due to be released in January 2011 and we'll have another update on this soon.
Then there's Adrian's brother, Kristin. He has no hair. He's never, ever been on a multi-platinum album. As a matter of fact, this is the first album he's ever been on....and he completely nails it down! Kristin toured this past summer with Adrian in Italy and it's great to have him as part of the project.
Also, check out a cool video of "Django" at the bottom of the page!!!
The band had a great time at the Market Fresh Fall Food Fair this past weekend. Special thanks to Frank & Dale, Jim, Cliff, the Market Fresh Staff, and all of the vendors that participated. The crowd was fantastic and the food was amazing. We'll be posting some video footage in a couple of days. Check back to see some incredible dance moves!!!
Read the rave review of "Clean Up The Mess" from the September 2010 issue of Vintage Guitar Magazine.
Check out our newly added video clip live from the London Music Club.
Check out some more tunes from "Clean Up The Mess" on our Music & Hats page.
"Clean Up The Mess" has finally arrived! The brand new, all-electric CD featuring the amazing Jeff Consi (Nuno Bettencourt) on drums, is available at Little Shop of Guitars (on Carden Street, in Guelph ON) or through the website......but wait, there's a huge surprise for you!!!
1 in 4 CDs have randomly-placed inserts with the following prizes:
- 150 signed "special edition" CDs
- 50 "Clean Up The Mess" T-shirts
- 50 limited edition "Clean Up The Mess" posters
AND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the grand prize is....1 Fender American Standard Stratocaster
As if that weren't awesome enough, come into Little Shop of Guitars (www.littleshopofguitars.ca) and receive 10% off any item in the store, with the purchase of a "Clean Up the Mess" CD. How's that for some smart cross promotion, sugar?! * this promotion does not apply to sale or consignment items*
Just got back from touring Italy over the summer. The shows went extremely well - Italy has an outstanding artistic culture and the people are totally crazy about music. I think San Giorgio is the most incredible place on earth.
It was amazing spending so much time with my family ("ciao" Zia C., Zio R., Zio S., Gianluigi, Titziana & Daniele, Simone, Sara & Roby, Agnese, Angelo & Alessandra, Marta & Tonino, Giuditta & Gianluca, Francesco, and Cristina!!!) and meeting so many new friends ("ciao" Mimi and family, Nando, Nadia, Maria-Theresa & Antonio, Nino & family, Ciccio, Michele, Salvatore, Vitto, and Giuseppe & Giuseppe). I miss all of you!!!
I'll be posting photos of the trip and some concert footage on the site very shortly.
The Little Shop of Guitars is now open on Carden Street in downtown Guelph, ON. Come on by and check out what's in store and keep on checking the website for the an announcement about the GRAND OPENING.
Adrian's latest CD, "C'est La Vie", is now available for purchase online. Please check out the Music and Hats page to downlaod samples of some of the new tracks.
Check out this month's "Guitar Player" magazine (with Joe Satriani on the cover), featuring Adrian in the Godin Guitars ad!