Marco Di Maggio, The Rocking Guitar Man

Marco Di Maggio is an excellent guitar player/singer with many stage experiences, he began playing at the age of 13 in different local bands. He has been recognized by the international press as one of the world's top rockabilly guitarists. His brilliant musical background covers many styles, ranging from rockabilly, western swing, country & jazz fingerstyle and rock 'n' roll. Marco is also the leader of bands as Di Maggio Bros., Marco Di Maggio Rockabilly Trio, Marco Di Maggio & The Shockabilly Orchestra.

In 1990 he started playing professionally with his first band called "Eddie & The Houserockers", neo-rockabilly trio, appearing in Italy and abroad. In 1995, during his first UK tour, he formed the band "The Italian Lovegods" with Terry Williams (Dire Straits' drummer) and Martin Ace (MAN), appearing a couple of times at the British TV. In 1996 he toured all over Italy with the Italian Lovegods appearing at top national TV shows.

In 1997, he started giving guitar lessons in different stages and school seminars for "Lizard" (one of the most important european guitar academies). He made a didactic video concerning rockabilly guitar techniques titled, "Rockabilly Electric Guitar". In the same year he formed the band Di Maggio Bros., featuring his brother Massimo Di Maggio on vocals/guitar and Matteo Giannetti on double bass and released the album "Rockabilly From The Boots Up", produced by Bob Timmers, president of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.

In 1999 Marco signed for the German label Vampirella, realizing three albums and appearing on more than 20 compilations. In the same year his album "Thank You Eddie" was released, a tribute to Eddie Cochran. In April 2000 he was inducted as "Honorary Member of The Rockabilly Hall of Fame" and he's the only European artist included at "The Opening Of The Jackson Rockabilly Museum", Tennessee.

In October 2000 his third album "Superpicking" came out, and marco plays almost all the instruments (guitar, piano, double bass, drums, banjo, vocals) on it. Meanwhile, he starts to collaborate with the italian TV writing songs 50's and 60's style for some famous TV spots. He also writes monthly for the popular italian music magazine "Guitar Club".

In 2001 he came back to "Viva Las Vegas" and the "Grand Ole Opry / Ryman Auditorium" in Nashville where he performed as honorary Blue Cap with D.J. Fontana and Bill Mack, receiving standing ovations from the american audience. In the same year he formed his first orchestra called "Marco Di Maggio & The Shockabilly Orchestra", a seven piece band rockin' & swingin' some originals numbers written by himself.

At the moment, Marco is also playing with his band "Marco Di Maggio Rockabilly Trio" which is the project where he plays all the rockin' guitar styles, from swing & jazz, passing through rockabilly and instrumental surf. His album with the Di Maggio Bros. "At Full Speed", received great consents from the international press and confirm them as one of the best contemporary outfits on rockabilly scene.

Contact information:
Marco Di Maggio
V. Vittorio Emanuele, 11
50134 Florence, Italy
Phone: +39 (0)55 482245

Biography provided by Marco Di Maggio
Used with permission, November 2002