you can find some quotes and reviews about Marco Di Maggio's and Sue Moreno's
CD ' Bye Bye Blues':
"...This is an interesting musical marriage between the singer Sue Moreno and guitar player Marco Di Maggio that put together their effort and expertise to create this new work "Bye Bye Blues". The guitar player from Florence doesn't need an introduction, since he is one of the best rock'n'roll guitarists alive with on his shoulders important cooperation with stars like Scotty Moore, Terry Williams of the Dire Straits, and Robert Gordon. Sue Moreno, with a 2002 record titled " Sue Moreno & the Flaming Stars ", can claim as well cooperation with some of the most important performers such as Paul Burlison, DJ Fontana, Rocky Burnette, and the Comets. The collaboration of such talents results in a product of high quality where the guitar ability of Marco blends perfectly with the beautiful voice of Sue Moreno that revives the tradition of rock'n'roll singers such as Janis Martin.On top of the 15 tracks in the album, some are to be noted. Some of the songs are "Rock 'n Roll Party ", "Big River", the ballad ' I'll Never be Free', a duet with Marco , "Guitar Blues", the splendid "Temptation" where the sexy voice of Sue really impressed me ,"Rock With You", a rock 'n roll-song with country influences and the slow song "There's So Much World to See" that closes a really beautiful record.It is a record that every Rock'n'Roll lover must have! The only problem about this record is the distribution. The Finnish company cannot be found in our country and to buy the record I'll recommend to visit their website ( unfortunately in Finnish ) ..."
Italian Rockabilly magazine 'Jamboree'.March 2007 Roberto Arioli
collection is most impressive with the accent on variety. The curtain
raiser is a strong original rocker, ‘Rock ‘n Roll Party’.
‘Honey Cause I Love You’, a Wayne Walker/Mel Tillis tune cut
by Carl Perkins on Columbia, and their own ‘Rock With You’
are in similar vein. The other pacy tracks are ‘Bye Bye Blues’,
‘Johnny Is The Boy For Me’, ‘Temptation’ and ‘Cruisin’
the Drive In’. The title track features dazzling guitar from Marco
as well as lovely layered harmonies similar to those on the ‘Trio’
albums from Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton. ‘Johnny
Is The Boy For Me’ has a Greek flavour and ‘Temptation’
follows the Everly Borthers’ arrangement. Eddie Cochran’s
‘Cruisin’The Drive In’ really shifts and is enhanced
by three super lead breaks and great harmony vocals.
Looking at the less frenetic songs, I particularly enjoyed ‘Big
River’ (featuring fuzz guitar), ‘Forever’ and ‘There’s
So Much World To See’. Sue delivers a very assured performance on
the jazz lounge song ‘Forever’, which is part spoken, and
the Elvis movie song ‘There’s So Much World To See’
(from Double Trouble) is quite relaxed with Marco switching to acoustic
mode. Marginally less appealing were ‘I’ll Never Be Free’
with steelguitar, ‘Guitar Blues’, a jazzy number featuring
a xylophone, and the swinging Latin number, ‘Forbidden Love’.
This album simply oozes class and is strongly recommended. It should appeal
to fans of Marti Brom and Roseanne Cash, but Sue is more jazzy and less
country than those two gals..."
DIG THIS MAGAZINE, Harry Dods, February 2006
Sue Moreno and guitarist/singer Marco Di Maggio play thirteen songs on
this CD that take you back to the popular music of the 1950s
in America. They composed five songs, the rest of the material consists
of covers from artists like Cash, Brown-Freed and Benjamin-Weiss. It is
rockabilly, mixed with swing, jazz, big band and 'oldfashioned' rock-'n-roll.
Sultry Moreno reminds us of stars like Rita Hayworth and the music takes
you back to the swinging fifties. This definitely is a very pleasant album
for everyone that is into Elvis or the Everly Brothers. It will do very
well on long, warm summernights..."
DUTCH POP INSTITUTE Magazine FRET, Martien Koolen –
CD sounds GREAT! Keep up the good work!..."
Jerry Angel, -the Blasters
you can make a trip to the states sometime. Not a lot of Europeans can
really "get" the feel in this music and you folks do a fine
Dick DeLuxe, -DickdeLuxe.com
enjoy the CD! Reminds me of 'hillbilly rock 'n roll', a bit like the Stray
Cats. Great CD, and Marco is an incredible guitarist!..."
Peter Koelewijn, -PeterKoelewijn.nl ~ CoolWine Music
the CD! Will play a track or two tonight and over the next weeks. You
sound GREAT! Love that Mary Ford stuff… wow! Fantastic!..."
Geoff Barker, presenter BBC Radio, United Kingdom.
new cd "Bye Bye Blues" is fantastic.What a great combo you and
Marco make, killer vocals with killer guitar, in fact Marco did a stellar
job playin all the instruments. Really dig Temptation!..."
"...I played your new cd like fifteen times yesterday, Rorys got
it today.Best cd out, great stuff!!..."
Crash Justice, Rory Justice, -The Rockabilly Kid L.A., Ca.
eyes open or closed, great music and an hommage to an era of fabulous
music updated with perhaps better production values to boot.
Please give us a holler when you're in the states, especially in the north
Texas area. I think our listeners would appreciate experiencing a live
performance from you and your undeniably talented band.
On a personal note, thanks for creating great music with a rich, adult
sexiness that truly seems to transcend most conventional music marketing
Tom U. The Good Show on FM88.7-KTCU Fort Worth, Texas USA
DiMaggio is the most famous rock ‘n roll guitarist from Italy, or
better yet, the most famous rock ‘n roll musician from Italy. Of
course we all know Sue Moreno and because we are mighty proud of her,
this review is placed in the ‘Benelux’ section.
The product of the collaboration between Sue and Marco didn’t automatically
lead to a rock ‘n roll CD pur sang. Their ambition takes it much
further and because of that, we are not surprised to find some jazz and
country on the record. Sue Moreno’s real sultry and slightly modest
voice fits Marco’s clean, not too exuberant guitarstyle very well.
That proves the original jazzy song Forever, or the Les Paul& Mary
Ford song Johnny is the Boy for Me. The Everly Brothers’ Temptation
is almost as if it were written for the two… It’s just that
we know better!
And what about a duet between the two? We can even find two on this album,
of which Guitar Blues is the most striking one. They wrote it together,
and thus sang it together. The best song on the album is – in my
opinion – an uptempo rockin’ song – yes, they are represented
here as well. I aim first and foremost at Rock ‘n Roll Party, an
original sounding song (with echos of Darrel Higham’s guitarsound)
of which the chorus stays in your head whether you want it or not. On
this song, Marco shows his guitarart, and Sue is able – even though
it’s an uptempo song- with her charm and slightly mysterious voice,
to make a perfect whole of the song. The fact that Marco knows how to
play different guitarparts on every song can be heard on Rock With You,
with real low guitartones (we hear a bariton guitar) and Johnny Cash’s
Big River, with well-added Burlison-licks. What more variation do we need!
Not only did Marco play all the guitars on the album, he played all the
Even though the rock ‘n’ roll world is small, this collaboration
didn’t ‘just’ happen. Marco and Sue had been playing
together on different stages already. To release an album came as a logical
follow-up. A quality-album to be exact..."
van Dongen, Boppin Around, December 2005
Sue Moreno, the beautiful Dutch bombshell, and Marco Di Maggio, rockabilly
guitar legend from Italy, need no introduction to rockers and rockettes
in Europe and beyond. If these names don't ring a bell, please check our
website for more bio's and reviews. When I heard that these two modern
day legends teamed up, I was very anxious to hear what they had cooked
up. Sue's soft melodic voice and Marco's guitar wizardry would make a
great combination. Well, here it is, the new CD on the Finnish Jungle
label titled "Bye Bye Blues".
Hitting off with a great new rocker written by Sue & Marco "Rock
'n' Roll Party", you just know you are in for a treat. A fabulous
bopper to keep your feet moving, superb vocals (as could be expected from
Sue) and Marco playing his six strings like the master he is. Second track
is Johnny Cash' "Big River". We're very used to the deep low
down voice of Cash on this song and it's very refreshing to hear Sue's
high pitched voice singing this country tune.
The title song of the album is a very old classic, first recorded as far
back as 1924 by the famous Betty Smith. Marco picks his guitar "Les
Paul Style" and with an uptempo beat, the old classic is turned into
a brand new one. "Forever" has that typical 40's sound to it,
but it's a new song by Sue & Marco. It proves again that Marco really
can play each and every style on his guitar.
Next is the Wayne Walker & Mel Tillis song "Honey Cause I Love
You", recorded by Carl Perkins in the late 50s, a great rockabilly
track with a thumping bass. The duet "I'll Never Be Free" is
a bit too slow for my taste. I think it was a Kay Star song in the early
50s, and with added lap steel guitar, it's a great song but not really
a rocker's choice.
The Les Paul original "Johnny Is The Boy For Me" is the perfect
combination of Sue's wonderfull voice and Marco's fast guitar picking.
"Guitar Blues" is another orginal and the second duet on the
disc, a mix of 40s and 50s music with nothing less than a perfect sound.
Some more classics, the Everly Brothers' "Temptation" and Eddie
Cochran's "Cruisin' The Drive In", the latter one being a great
rocker and possibly my favorite track, but I haven't quite made up my
The loveable "Forbidden Love" and the rockable "Rock With
You", with a bit of "Hank Mizell Style" guitar riffs, were
also written by the duo, and the closing track is a fabulous unplugged
version of Elvis Presley's bluesy "There's So Much World To See".
I can only say that this is an utterly fantastic album, vocals and music
are terrific and the whole is very, very well produced. Not all is rock
'n' roll though, the songs range from the 20s to the 50s era, but there
is something here for everybody. The combination of Sue's voice and Marco's
guitar is surely a match made in heaven..."
Reviewed by the Blackcat Rockabilly, November 2005 www.rockabillyeurope.com