Casale Bauer/Gretsch Guitars/Elixir Strings/Digitech
The DI MAGGIO CONNECTION
(Rock, Neorockabilly, Power Surf)
Try shaking some of the wildest face of R'n'R, PsychoBilly-Core, NeoSurf-Rock, add a touch of Hardknocking-Swing and mix it up with the dexterity of this power trio, and you'll get the Di Maggio Connection.
The band leader, Marco Di Maggio, has been recognized by the international press as one of the top world's R'n'R guitarist/singer. His brilliant musical background covers many styles, ranging from Rock, Rockabilly, Power Surf, R'n'R, Neo Swing, Country and Blues. He writes his own music with character, mixing up an explosive cocktail of different influences.
They have performed in USA, UK, CHINA, RUSSIA, HOLLAND, FRANCE, SPAIN, GERMANY, SWITZERLAND, DENMARK, GREECE, LATVIA, FINLAND, ESTONIA, SWEDEN, AUSTRIA,and ITALY appearing at top meetings as:
MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL 2009 (Switzerland),
VIVA LAS VEGAS 2000, 2001 (USA),
GRAND OLE OPRY 2001 (USA),
THE OLIMPIC GAMES IN TURIN - ITALY 2006,
JACKSON R'N'R FEST 2000 (USA),
GREEN BAY '50's FEST 2002 (USA),
THE ROCKABILLY RAVE '98, 2001 (UK),
THE EDDIE COCHRAN WEEKEND '99, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006 (UK),
MUNCHEN R'N'R FEST 2002 (D),
THE SUMMER JAMBOREE 2002, 2006 (ITALY)
BORMIO GUITAR FESTIVAL - ITALY 2002,
SAINT AGREVE COUNTRY FEST - FRANCE 2003/2007
and many more.
Marco collected important collaborations with many r'n'r legends such as: TERRY WILLIAMS (Dire Straits), D.J. FONTANA (ELVIS' DRUMMER), SLIM JIM PHANTOM (STRAYCATS’ DRUMMER), SCOTTY MOORE (ELVIS' GUITARIST), JOHNNY FARINA (SANTO & JOHNNY), LINDA GAIL LEWIS (JERRY LEE SISTER), ROBERT GORDON, BILLY LEE RILEY, THE GENE VINCENT BLUE CAPS, just to name a few from a list of over 50 artists.
Terry Williams, the Dire Straits drummer, said about him: "I played with the greatests, B.B. KING, ERIC CLAPTON, MARK KNOPFLER, ALBERT LEE and i can say that Marco Di Maggio is one of them."
Marco has released 10 cd's, 1 teaching video, 1 music video, and has appeared in over 35 international compilations.
Interviewed by important tv and radio channels as the BBC in the UK. Starting in 1999 he worked on soundtracks and commercial jingles, and many of his songs have been chosen for inclusion in movies shown around the globe, including the famous tv series "FRIENDS".
He become popular with his first band, The Di Maggio Bros. and with the Di Maggio Connection Marco he opened a new chapter on his music, releasing the album "The Wildest Game", 16 tracks of pure dynamite R'n'R.
During 2007, Marco toured in China playing at top clubs in Shanghai, Peking, Hangzhou.
In 2009 Marco went back in the studio to record his 10th albums titled “The Route Of Time” with his band, The Di Maggio Connection.
That same year the Connection went to China, Hong Kong, Russia, Scandinavia, Spain, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Uk, France for a brilliant world tour.
Thanks to M.Casale Bauer, Italy, Marco has been selected by the great Gretsch Guitars to endorse those fabulous instruments and in the same time he started a collaboration endorsing also Elixir Strings.
During July 2009, the band performed at one of the top world’s festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival. On that occasion the show was recorded and the cd was published in 2011.
Steve Aynsley, journalist for the important Uk's Magazine "Now Dig This", comments: "Marco Di Maggio is a real genius as a guitarist, songwriter and adaptor of music, outside of his genre and inside it. The Wildest Game is a super, super record!!”
The line up of the Di Maggio Connection is composed by:
Matteo Giannetti (Double Bass/Bass) – One of the best Italian bass player, requested also by lots of famous national acts, both in studio and live appearences, very appreciated music teacher for important music academies
Marco Barsanti (Drums) – Solid drummer who can play many different styles with dexterity and versatility. He worked with many well known acts, from Rock to Jazz, mixing up great technique and feeling.
Marco Di Maggio - Guitar/Vocals
Matt Giannetti - Double Bass/Bass
Marco Barsanti – Drums
Official website: www.marcodimaggio.com
Ph.: +39 333 2219539
Marco Di Maggio
Ph. + 39 333 2219539
Quotes from artists and Magazines
"Marco Di Maggio is a real genius as a guitarist, songwriter and adaptor of music, outside of his genre and inside it. The Wildest Game is a super, super record!" (Steve Aynsley - Now Dig This - Uk) genre. The Cd The Wildest Game is a super super record!" (STEVE AYNSLEY - NOW DIG THIS – UK
"I played with the greatests, MARK KNOPFLER, B.B.KING, ERIC CLAPTON, ALBERT LEE and i can say that MARCO DI MAGGIO is one of them" TERRY WILLIAMS (THE DIRE STRAITS' DRUMMER)
The cd of the DI MAGGIO BROS. is a killer! These cats from Florence, Italy, really know how to shake that shack. But beyond the good rockin' beat, we have an astoundingly guitar virtuoso throught out this superb record with extremely strong harmonies" RONNIE WEISER (ROLLIN' ROCK RECORDS-USA)
"Very good album with strong vocals and some of the best guitar work i've heard from long time" STEVE AYNSLEY (NOW DIG THIS MAGAZINE-UK)
"The more pure refreshing rockin' trio i've heard from long time" BOB TIMMERS (PRESIDENT OF THE ROCKABILLY HALL OF FAME)
"The DI MAGGIO BROS. are a great band and MARCO DI MAGGIO is one of world's best rockabilly guitar, after olive oil, he's the best italian product" LINDA GAIL LEWIS (JERRY LEE's SISTER) USA
"HIGH SPEED PICKIN', a manic pickin' instro, just to show the guitarist can play even better than he has done so far" MARC FENECH (SOUTHERN & ROCKIN' MUSIC MAGAZINE-UK/FINLAND)
"They're all great musicians and have fantastic voices. They are going to do somethin' really important" BILLY SWAN (GOLD RECORD in the US with "I CAN HELP" and producer for TONY JOE WHITE)
"This is some high speed stuff, no doubt about it. I predict this will be the CD of '98. Why american groups aren't this good?" JOE WAIGEL - LAS VEGAS
"An incredible italian band with a great feeling, guided by an authentic guitar virtuoso" MARTIN ACE (MAN)
"Great album, great voices and he's a hell of guitar player" BOB "GIT IT" KELLY (SONGWRITER FOR GENE VINCENT)
"Man, that boy can play!... and what a nice guy. He's gonna go places for sure" DICKIE BE-BOP HARREL (ORIGINAL DRUMMER FOR GENE VINCENT & THE BLUE CAPS) USA
"Great album, great musicians" BOB Mc CARVER (JERRY LEE LEWIS MANAGER) USA
"The title of his last album "SUPERPICKING" is totally justified. He plays all the instruments. HARRY DODDS (NOW DIG THIS MAGAZINE) UK
"The Superpicker! Marco Di Maggio combines great feeling with overwhelming techniques and he is unbelievably fast!" ROCK AND ROLL UNIVERSE - GERMAN
D.J. FONTANA (ELVIS' drummer)
TERRY WILLIAMS (DIRE STRAITS' drummer)
SCOTTY MOORE (ELVIS' guitarist)
KEVIN SMITH (bassist for HIGHNOON and B. SETZER ORCHESTRA)
ALBERT LEE (Guitar legend, Everly Bros., Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton..)
LINDA GAIL LEWIS (JERRY LEE LEWIS' sister)
GREG (Famous italian tv act/singer)
ROBERT GORDON (R'n'R singer from New York)
PETE HUTTLINGER (John Denver's Guitarist)
PAUL BURLISON ( JOHNNY BURNETTE's guitarist)
ROCKY BURNETTE (JOHNNY BURNETTE's son)
BILLY LEE RILEY (Sun Studios legend)
DAVE ROE ( JOHNNY CASH and DWIGHT YOAKAM bassist)
THE GENE VINCENT's BLUE CAPS (Be Bop A Lula's Group)
NARVEL FELTS (Gold Records in Usa)
BILLY SWAN (Gold Record in Usa, collaboration with Elvis)
RAY CAMPI (Rollin' Rock star )
GARY LAMBERT ( EDDIE COCHRAN and GLEN GLENN guitarist)
RONNIE DAWSON (American R'n'R legend)
ROSIE FLORES (Nashville country singer)
BILL MACK (GENE VINCENT's bassist)
SONNY BURGESS (Sun Sudios legend)
MARTIN ACE ( Man's bassist)
BOBBY COCHRAN (Eddie's Nephew)
TOM BRESH ( MERLE TRAVIS' son)
HAYDEN THOMPSON ( Sun Recording artist)
On the same bill as:
BILL HALEY's COMETS
THE BUDDY HOLLY's CRICKETS
TONY SHERIDAN (.Beatles)
THE JORDANAIRES (Elvis' vocal background)
BOB MOORE (Elvis' Bassist)
JET HARRIS (Shadows)
And many more.
TELE ROCK AND ROLL - Rockhouse Rec. 1995 I/NL
ROCKABILLY GUITAR - Instructional Video - Playgame Music 1997 I
ROCKABILLY FROM THE BOOTS UP - Rockabilly Hall Of Fame 1998 USA
THE GOLDEN AGE OF R'N'R - CD - Flipper Music - 1999 - Italy
THANK YOU EDDIE - Vampirella Rec. 1999 Germany
SUPERPICKING - Vampirella Rec. 2000 Germany
AT FULL SPEED - Vampirella Rec. 2002 Germany
EVERYBODY'S MOVIN' (with Simone Di Maggio) - Vampirella Rec. 2001 Germany
THE WILDEST GAME - Area Pirata Rec - Italy - 2004
BYE BYE BLUES - Jungle Records (Finland) - 2005 (With Sue Moreno)
"WHEN I HIT MY STRIDE" - Area Pirata Rec. - Italy – 2007
“THE ROUTE OF TIME” – Musical Brain – Italy - 2010
CASH ON DELIVERY - CMH Rec. - USA - 1998
ROCKABILLY HALL OF FAME Vol. 2 - RabHof - 1998 USA
ROCKABILLY HALL OF FAME Vol. 3 - RabHof - 1999 USA
SWING YOUR HIPS - Whampire Rec. - 1999 D
SWING, JIVE AND WAIL - Whampire Rec. - 1999 D
KINGS OF ROCKABILLY GUITAR - Vampirella Rec. - 1999 D
WILD MEN BOP 3 - Vampirella Rec. - 1999 D
WILD MEN BOP 4 - Vampirella Rec. - 1999 D
THE TRIBUTE TO BUDDY HOLLY - Whampire Rec. - 1999 D
THE TRIBUTE TO JERRY LEE LEWIS - Whampire Rec. - 2000 D
ROCKABILLY HALL OF FAME Vol. 4 - RabHof - 2000 USA
WILD MEN BOP 5 - Vampirella Rec. - 2000 D
5TH ANNIVERSARY VYNIL - Whampire Rec. - 2000 D
ELVIS STILL ALIVE - Vampirella Rec. - 2000 D
JAMBOREE XMAS ALBUM - Jamboree Rec. - 2000 I
WILD MEN BOP 6 - Vampirella Rec. - 2001 D
THE SUN TRIBUTE - Vampirella Rec. - 2001 D
THE EEC COMPILATIONS - Empire Records (Fin) 2005
And many more