Born in Crato-CE, Brazil, Roberto Lessa is a blues guitarist influenced by BB King, Lightinin’ Hopkins, and Albert Collins, and has been the frontman of bands such as Blues Label and Gumbo Blues for 22 years. In 2018, he started his solo career with the single “44 Blues”, a classic blues that was arranged by joining a folk song from his homeland with Mississippi’s “fife and drum.” The song is in the EP “Lone Wolf”, released in October this year.
Since then, Roberto Lessa has released 13 singles and 2 Eps, and is in pre-production of his 1st Album.
In his career, apart from the bands, Roberto was at the festival Canoa Blues, in Canoa Quebrada state in Brazil, in 2018; at Guaramiranga Jazz & Blues Festival, in Guaramiranga, Ceará state in Brazil, in 2019, 2021, and 2022; and he was also at the 7th International Blues Encuentro de Cañada de Gómez in Argentina, also in 2019. Alongside the musician André de Sousa from Teresina, Piauí state in Brazil, with the project Blues Singers, he was in 2018 at the festival Barra Jazz, in Barra Grande, Piauí state in Brazil. Also with André, together with Gustavo Cocentino (Rio Grande do Norte state in Brazil) and Rodrigo Morcego (Pernambuco state in Brazil), he is part of the project Blues do Nordeste. In 2017, they toured northeast Brazil; in 2018, they were in Guaramiranga Jazz & Blues Festival; Parahyba Blues Festival in Campina Grande, Paraíba state in Brazil, and João Pessoa, also in Paraíba state; and Canoa Blues Festival. In January 2020, they returned to João Pessoa for the Parahyba Blues Sessions.
Roberto Lessa is an artist who researches the blues in its various aspects and he also hosts and produces the radio show “Encontro com O Blues”.