Fabio Fabbri

Fabio Fabbri is a guitarist, songwriter and producer based in Florence, Italy.  He started  playing guitar in 1971 and during his career he has found many rock groups.

In 1971, after listening to Jimi Hendrix’s Foxy Lady, Fabio Fabbri decides to start playing electric guitar. He started performing in numerous underground clubs, like the famous Space Electronic in Florence, a hothouse of rockers in the '60s and '70s where  Rory Gallagher, Van Der Graaf Generator, Atomic Rooster and many others famous bands of the period played.

In the early '70s he founded his first band called Jay, a rock-blues band influenced by the British look and style.

In the mid-seventies, due to the influence of maestro Fosco Corti, Fabio Fabbri  started to study classical guitar under the guidance of Milan Vetter, setting out on a new path that will launch him into a new career in teaching. His teaching experience was particularly intensive in the period between 1977 and 1989 and led him to develop his own guitar method.

In 1985 he released his first record with the band Peggy and the Pills. He co-wrote the single Nobody’s Bride with the famous catwalk model Peggy Richardson.

During 1990 and 1991 Fabio fabbri  worked with Videomusic, the main all-music Italian television channel, co-hosting the show Guitar Games with Rick Hutton. He continued  collaborating with Videomusic, as session guitarist on a live tour around Italy called " Plastic - Replastic " with Rick Hutton and Clive Griffiths to promote the recycling of plastic waste.

In 1991 PolyGram launched his first solo album Per una volta tanto. Fabio Fabbri, author of the music and most of the lyrics, was both the  singer and the guitar player. As noted by the critics: " The album had  distanced itself from the Italian songwriting style, bringing into the Italian music scene rock sounds of Anglo American rock roots".

That was a intensive period of  concerts and  interviews with radio and tv programmes.

During the nineties his interest in music met fashion. Fabio Fabbri started to collaborate with the Enrico Coveri Fashion Maison and in 1993 he participated  at the fashion show in Paris for Coveri , playing his Stratocaster along with two important members of Vasco Rossi's band.

In the same period Fabbri worked as session guitarist, playing at important events like Sanremo Blues on the same night as Earl King, Al Green, Ronny Earl and the Broadcasters.

Fabio Fabbri has, however, continued to expand his interests in many  other musical fields.

In 2000 he started working in music branding for different companies and public institutions, creating musical tracks as director of the Music Branding division of the marketing company  "Open Up Consulting s.r.l".

In that role  he composed, amongst others, the soundtrack for "Toscana Energia Gas Company" , "Airone Blu", played and recorded by the prestigious Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in 2012.

In 2010 Fabio  Fabbri, along with  Jacopo Meille, Richard Ursillo and Alessandro Nutini cofounded the rock band General Stratocuster and the Marshals.

With this band he performed in three editions of Pistoia Blues International Festival (2010, 2011, 2014)  on the same nights as The New Doors, Jimmie Vaughan, James Burton, Willy Nile, Robben Ford, Robert Cray, Jonny  Lang.

With General Stratocuster and the Marshals  he has released 4 studio albums.

In 2016 fabio Fabbri met Tony Bowers - base player and cofounder of Simply Red- with whom  he is presently  working on different projects.

In 2017 Fabio Fabbri started teaching a course in Music Branding for Fashion at the Polimoda International Fashion Institute .

During a special lecture in Polimoda held  by Keanan Duffty with Glen Matlock from the Sex Pistols, Fabbri met, for the first time, Keanan, fashion designer and singer.

Fabio Fabbri suggested they collaborate  to do  studio sessions and record  songs. The first experience in this sense was to release a cover of the Spandau Ballet track" To Cut a Long Story Short", appreciated also by its  author Gary Kemp.

Rock vibes and a good feeling  inspired them to work together on original material and to give birth to the new  Slinky Vagabond project.

Fabio Fabbri is to be found  working in his own Wolfmountain Recording Studio.