Toronto blues harpist David Rotundo
heard James Cotton perform at the El Mocambo in 1991. “He blew one note on the harmonica that hypnotized me...”
The next day, Rotundo went out and bought a harmonica. “…and I’ve been playing the blues ever since.”
Obsession with the blues led Rotundo on a diesel-fuelled roots tour of blues epicentres of the United States including - New
Orleans, Clarksdale, Austin, Memphis and Chicago with little more than his wits and a bag full of harmonicas. "I wanted
to hear and experience the real thing.” He returned to Canada with a visceral perception of the blues and a deep knowledge
of blues history. After making the stories his own, he earned the right to tell them. Rotundo has developed his own language
of the blues, honing the technique that gives the voice power and authenticity.
In 1997, Rotundo led a band called The Blue Canadians (with Peter Schmidt, Shane Scott, Julian Fauth and Doc
MacLean) who played the Toronto circuit. In 2000, he was asked to join the legendary Jack de Keyzer Band, while continuing
to tour internationally with The Blue Canadians. He was thrilled by the opportunity to play with “one of the best Canadian
guitarists”. Aside from de Keyzer, Rotundo has performed with Lee Oskar (from the legendary band War), Ronnie Hawkins,
ex- Muddy Waters drummer Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Madagascar Slim, Mel Brown, Jeff Healey, Johnny Winter, Edgar
Winter, Finis Tasby, James Cotton, Magic Slim and The Tear Drops, Elvis Costello, Shakura S’Aida, members of Downchild
among many others.
Rotundo’s 2001 debut album “Blowin’ for Broke” featured twelve original
songs written by David and produced by bassist and engineer Shane Scott of Stone Pillar Productions. The album was nominated
"Blues Album of 2001" by the Canadian Independent Artist Association and Rotundo was winner of the Maple Blues Award
"Best New Artist of The Year 2002".
In 2003, David returned to Stone Pillar Studios with his newly formed international "David Rotundo Band",
resulting in the highly popular, critically acclaimed "Blues Ignited" album featuring international guitarist Enrico
Crivellaro. Rotundo, as well as writing the material for this album, also co-produced it with bassist/engineer Scott.
After much fan demand, in late 2007, David recorded and released his live album - "Live at Roc
'N Doc's" which captured the true essence of the band’s high energy live performance. In 2008 it was considered
in the top twenty blues albums released that year by various community radio stations with blues format shows.
As a songwriter who easily pulls inspiration from the
world around him that fuels his continual writing, Rotundo choose twelve new original songs that graced his fourth album “No
Looking Back”, which again featured Enrico Crivellaro on guitar as well as Jeff Healey’s keyboardist Dave Murphy
on organ. Released in March of 2009 to overwhelming response from fans both new and old, as well as industry - bright prospects
continue to lie on the path ahead, which goes to prove, that for The David Rotundo Band, there
really is no looking back…
When you see
David Rotundo live you’ll know instantly that he lives for what he does!