“Work hard at what you love. Treat everyone as if they were part of your family, and remember to smile now and again.” Gino Matteo lives and breathes his beliefs.
The young guitarist and songwriter, hailing from the Californian town of Riverside, has amassed an enormous wealth of expertise and knowledge of American roots music – the cradle of his own personal creativity. A true graduate from the school of life! Each of Gino’s live gigs is unique and spontaneous, communicating his passion for playing.
His voice oozes soul, ranging from velvety smooth to raw and gripping in an instant. Gino’s lyrics speak of life as he sees it. Emotions spanning love, joy and pain are channelled through his guitar playing and his voice. Gino’s music expresses his deep respect for the original blues, but is marked with his own uniquely personal signature.
He is without a doubt among the best young guitarists and songwriters in the genre, with an impressive musical pedigree that covers the gamut of top names in blues and soul including B.B. King, John Mayer, Aaron Neville, Mary J. Blige, Hubert Sumlin, John Fogerty, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Jonny Lang, Sugaray Rayford and Jade Bennett – the last-named also being his wife.
Gino loves his profession and will long continue to captivate audiences with his authentic playing and soulful voice – and with his brilliant smile.