Mario Percudani was born in a small town near Lodi, Italy.
He began to play the guitar at the age of seven and by the time he was ten he had already performed before large audiences at local events and tourist resorts.
Soon, his passion for American music inspired him to form his first band, Keys of Desire allowing him to unleash his innate talent for song writing for the very first time.
In 1997 Mario founded another band, the Hungryheart , whose numerous performances on the club scene of Northern Italy earned them huge popularity and a gig as the supporting act on tours with some international bands.
Motivated by the very positive response they receive from the public, the band decides to record their first album at the Elfo Studios in Piacenza.
Although originally meant for a worldwide distribution by a famous italian Label, the album doesn’t materialize until much later and it is eventually released by Tanzan Music in 2008.
The album has received very positive feedbacks from all over the world; it has been defined "a Must-Have for every melodic Rock fan" and "one of the best italian album of this genre ever heard in the last years" and has been named by Sleaze Roxx as "One of the TOP 10 Albums of 2008" .
His passion for melodic songs and his admiration for some of the greatest American musical icons like James Taylor, Jackson Brown, The Eagles and CSNY, lead Mario to partake simultaneously in other projects experimenting with unplugged sounds with bands like Silver Horses and Head & Heart .
In 1999 he forms the DownTownBlues whose high-impact, high-tech blues-rock style gains instant success and a massive following. In 2001 the DownTownBlues record their first EP, but what is supposed to be a promotional CD of their live performances is instead issued to fans as a record. Thanks to this unintentional album release, Mario is approached by producer-composer Marco Tansini in 2002 and immediately start working together as songwriters on several projects, including a record in Italian comprising of five songs, four of which written by Mario.
Besides marking the start of a great friendship, this is also the beginning of a new development in the artistic growth of Mario, who can now lean on Tansini’s thirty-year experience in the record industry at national and international level.
Mario is also offered to join Tansini’s band as singer and guitarist. The Blueville play a modern blues-rock with a strong jazz and pop influence, they perform at local clubs and blues festivals. Their sound is a highly distinctive mix reminiscent of Steely Dan, Robben Ford and the classic blues singers.
After a few changes, the band now includes exceptionally talented musicians like Gianni Grecchi, Paolo “Apollo” Negri and Angelo Roveda.
In 2008 Mario starts the recording of his solo album “New Day” at Marco Tansini’s Pacific Studios .
The album, co-produced by Tansini and mastered by Greg Calbi (James Taylor, Bob Dylan, John Mayer, Lenny Kravitz, etc...) at the Sterling Sound of New York , includes performances of well-known musicians like Gianni Grecchi, Piero Bassini and Gianni Satta and marks a new beginning in Mario’s musical career.
2008 turns out to be a very important year for Mario not only for his solo album; he also starts to record the first album of Blueville, "Butterfly Blues", which is scheduled for release in spring 2010 and will include several special guest appearances by local and international artists.
Moreover, in 2008 a new band, called Big Sur and formed by Mario Percudani, Elisa Paganelli, Marco Tansini, Gianni Grecchi and Paolo Botteschi, is born. The band, inspired by the Californian folk music of the ‘60/’70, presents a repertoire made of famous West Coast Music songs (Eagles, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, America, Simon & Garfunkel, etc) re-arranged in a unique and personal way.
In 2009 Mario Percudani has been involved as main guitarist in the amazing AOR project, Shining Line, produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio and performed by some worldwide well-known artists such as Robin Beck, Harry Hess, Michael Bormann, Bob Harris, Vinny Burns and Michael Voss.
On June 18th, 2010, the new album of Hungryheart "One Ticket To Paradise" has been released. Check it out at: www.myspace.com/hungryheartofficial
2010 "Butterfly Blues" (Blueville - Tanzan Music)
2010 "One Ticket To Paradise" (Hungryheart - Tanzan Music/Fastball/Sony Music)
2010 "New Day" (Mario Percudani - Tanzan Music/Fastball /Sony Music)
2008 "Hungryheart" (Hungryheart - Tanzan Music)
2010 "Hear it! Volume 50" (Hungryheart - Rock It Magazine - Germany)
2010 "Ready 2 Rock Compilation" (Hungryheart - Ready 2 Rock Magazine - Germany)
2010 "Shining Line" (Shining Line - Avenue Of Allies Music)
2008 "Powerplay Compilation" (Hungryheart - Powerplay Magazine - UK)
2008 "Fireworks Compilation" (Hungryheart - Fireworks Magazine - UK)
2008 "Live Session '08" (Big Sur)
2006 "Live at the Blues Festival" (Blueville - Tanzan Music)
2003 "Studio Session '03" (Blueville - Tanzan Music)
2002 "EP '02" (Mario Percudani - Tanzan Music)
2001 "EP" (Downtownblues)
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