Umberto Porcaro, born in 1979, has
been playing guitar for the last 30 years. His passion for Blues music
started in his early age, and it has brought him to play along with the
greatest, international blues men. After his first experiences with
local bands, Umberto visits Chicago for the first time, where he gets to
perform with Billy Branch and The Sons of Blues, Fernando Jones, Eomot Rasun, Johnny Dollar.
He publishes his first record “You Belong To Me”, followed by “Burn The
Day Away”, receiving a great appreciation from national and
He later wins the auditions for “Obiettivo Blues In”, during the Pistoia
Blues Festival, earning the chance to perform with amazing artists such
BB.KING, BUDDY GUY, ROBBEN FORD, ROY ROGERS, CANNET HEAT, THE BLUES BAND and to be included in the compilation of the Pistoia Blues Festival album.
Umberto moves to the States, between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Here
is where he gets to exhibit in the most famous Blues clubs of America,
such as Café Boogaloo in Hermosa Beach (Los Angeles), The Saloon (San Francisco), Mojo Lounge (Freemont), and the “Biscuit and Blues” also in San Francisco.
While in California, Umberto meets other great Blues artists such as KIM WILSON, KID RAMOS, JUNIOR WATSON, KID RAMOS, HOLLYWOOD BLUES FLAMES, MURK HUMMEL e R.J.MISCHO.
He becomes very good friend with some of those performers, starting new collaborations that will bring him back to the US.
Umberto is now a well-known and appreciated musician, and he starts
touring with several American performers such as Jerry Portnoy, Sonny
Rhodes, Toni T.C. Coleman, RJ.Mischo, Andy Just, Pat Wilder, Texas Slim,
Vivian Vance Kelly, Brian Templeton, Dave Ryley in the most important
festivals and clubs of Europe. He also participates to the biggest Blues
festivals all over the world: Vache de Blues (Francia), Bellinzona
Blues Passion (Svizzera), Blues and Jazzy Rallye (Lussemburgo), Hookrock
e Gouvy Blues Festival (Belgio), Pistoia Blues Festival (Italia); Magic
Blues (Svizzera); Festival (Slovacchia).
Later on, he publishes two other records. In 2013, the album “Pleasure
Is My Business” by Feelin’ Good Records in Milan, brings him to tour
Since 2015 Umberto has been performing with Voodoo Bros,
a Roots music project that embraces American traditional music (Blues,
Gospel, Country). With this project, he publishes “Pay My Pains” in
In 2016, with the label Kayman Records, he launches the record “El Camino Stomp”.
Recently he collaborated with Marco Pandolfi – performing in important
shows in Italy and Switzerland – Henry Carapento and singer Alessandra
Salerno, adding his guitar skills in the new album. Later on, Umberto
plays at the Google Camp and at the Niaf Gala, in Washington.
For two of years, Umberto has joined the band QUATTRO, a
musical project formed by 4 acoustic guitar players and singers. The
band received the appreciation and the interest of the famous guitar
company “Eko Music Group”, that strongly wanted them as ambassadors of
Martin Guitar & Co. during the Cremona Musica International show,
the most relevant event of lutherie in the world.
In 2018 and 2019 Umberto tours around Europe with the historical drummer of BB King, Tony Coleman, who appreciates his great professionalism and sensibility. Umberto recently won the Blues Music Award of 2019 as ambassador of the Blues made in Italy,
and is now ready to publish a new project, investing all of his great
experience and giving space to a sound that became mature and unique.
Umberto has been an endorsement for important brands such as EKO GUITARS, MAGRABRO’, STRAPS, KILLPICK.
“After first listening to Umberto and his tough band, I thought well, this is a winner!! Umberto and crew romp + stomp through a ruff and tumble set. Throwing in some some jazzy stuff as well. If you dig blues at all then you must agree”.Junior Watson
“I remember that night and i remember that you kicked butt on the guitar”. Little Charlie Baty
"Umberto Porcaro is an excellent guitar player! I hired him to work with me on some gig's in California and he did a great job the audience and the other musicians really loved his sound & professional delivery, I would hire him anyplace anytime." RJ.Mischo
"The blues will never die because in every corner of the earth there’s a kid like Umberto Porcaro who loves a music that’s simple, and therefore immortal..."
Blues non morirà mai perchè in ogni angolo del pianeta c'è un ragazzo
come Umberto Porcaro innamorato di una musica semplice e per questo
He played with:
Billy Branch, Fernando Jones, Eomot
Rasun, Johnny Dollar, Peaches Staten, Herbie Goins, Andy J.Forest, Kim
Wilson, Jerry Portnoy, Sonny Rhodes,Tony TcColeman, Junior Watson,
Little Charlie Baty, Bob Corritore, Sir Waldo Wheters, The Hollywood
Blue Flames (Al blake, Larry Taylor, Richard Innes) Rj Mischo, Mark
Hummel, Sax Gordon Beatle, Big Pete Person, Enrico Crivellaro, Andy
Just, Pat Wilder, Texas Slim, Brian Templeton, Slam Hallen, Vivian
Kelly, June Core, Brian Fahey, Marty Dotson, Mike Carino, Paul Junior,
Randy Bermudas, Chris James, Johnny Cat Soubrand, Dilu’ Scheol Miller,
Jonathan Kane, David Burnes, Marco Pandolfi, Nick Becattini, Pippo
Guarnera, Rigo Righetti, Mel Previte, Roby Pellati, Max Lugli, Piotta,
Sottotono, Luca Colombo, Maurizio Pugno, Henry Carpaneto, Angelo
“Leadbelly” Rossi, Mario Insenga & Blue Stuff. Opening act: BB.King, Canned Heat, Cedric Burnside and
Lightinin Malcom, Robben Ford, Nine Below Zero, Popa Chubby, Dana
Fuchs, Steve Gibbons, Rudy Rotta, Janiva Magness, Subdudes, Slam Hallen,
Eric Sardinas, The Blues Band, Guy King
Umberto Porcaro & Roller Coaster - YOU BELONG TO ME- 2001
Umberto Porcaro & Roller Coaster - Burn The Day Away - 2005
Umberto Porcaro and The Shuffle Kings - Pleasure is My Business- 2013
Triad of The Blues - The Medicine Man -2013
Alberto Colombo- Never Look Back - 2010 Max Lugli & The Monkey Flyers - El Camino Stomp - 2017