There are no promises in the music business and nobody knows that better than those who play the game. Chances are good youвЂ™ve never heard of Bobby Messano, which is a shame because his sizeable talents have graced over 50 albums вЂ“ as well as 4 of his own (one of them Grammy-nominated) вЂ“ and helped him to tour the world in the company of everyone from Lou Gramm to Steve Winwood. A musicianвЂ™s musician in a wide range of circles вЂ“ from blues, blues-rock, funk, pop and soundtrack work вЂ“ heвЂ™s relied on for his ability to position the right notes in just the right places and to make others sound good. This time out, at Madison, WisconsinвЂ™s Bamfest вЂ™09, Bobby joined N.Y. bassist Steve Geller and MadisonвЂ™s own Joey B. Banks on drums for an hour-long, 11-song tour through some of his favorite music вЂ“ his own and otherwise. HeвЂ™s reached a point in his career where he likes to blend the flash heвЂ™s known for, as a player, with the heart and soul he brings to the stage as a hard-core fan of the music. BobbyвЂ™s always been loyal to his audience first but something tells me that releasing this effervescent, wide-ranging collection of music has a lot to do with satisfying himself as a musician. Nothing captures the essence of an artistвЂ™s abilities like a live record. HeвЂ™s understandably proud of the results and youвЂ™ll soon hear the reasons why. If you already know what Bobby Messano can do вЂ“ as a surprisingly soulful singer and a take-no-prisoners string-bender, youвЂ™ll delight in the music found herein. If youвЂ™re new to one of the industryвЂ™s most unsung heroes, youвЂ™ll quickly wonder why in hell heвЂ™s not better known вЂ“ and thatвЂ™s where you come in. Get Live in Madison because, whether youвЂ™re sitting or standing, itвЂ™ll surely get you.