Roberto lessa Presents
Lone Wolf is the debut solo EP of the Brazilian blues musician Roberto Lessa where he brings together all of his blues influences accumulated in years of playing in bands, researching and working on radio production. The record has six songs, five of them composed by Roberto Lessa that plays the guitar and sings.
The EP it’s open by a version of the classic “44 Blues” in which Roberto Lessa joined two musical cultures, the Mississippi’s “fife and drum” and the sound of folk brazilian groups called “Cabaçal bands”. The fife was played by the Brazilian maestro Ferreira Jr.
The second song is a Chicago style shuffle “Get Out Of My Sight”, song already praised by Bruce Iglauer, boss of the Alligator Records.
“Another Spoon” comes next showing all the influence that Roberto has from one of his blues heroes: Lightnin ‘Hopkins. Another influence that came up was Lonnie Johnson, who inspired Roberto in the tune “Better Without You”.
In the fifth track, Roberto puts some heavy elements in a blues-rock entitled “I See Your Face” that counts on the participation of Gabriel Yang, R.L.’s companion in the trio Gumbo Blues.
After so much walking, the EP is closed in a melancholy mood in the sea of the instrumental “Your Name In The Sand”, which also had the participation of Gabriel Yang.
Alongside Marcelo Holanda on the drums, Victor Fontenele on the bass, what Roberto Lessa sought to show in “Lone Wolf” was the viscerality and simplicity so real and inseparable from the blues. Roberto also sought to recapture the classic sonority of the Chicago Blues era of the 1950s. “Lone Wolf” is an album recorded with a lot of heart on a Sunday, with all the band playing live, to touch whoever hears it with real feelings.