Almost Religion is the newest project from American
recording artist Mick Radford who is the founder of two international performing and recording groups:
Louie and the Rockets and The Unholy Rollers. Mick Radford and Louie and the Rockets appeared in the American International motion picture "The Unholy
Rollers" and recorded the entire soundtrack for the movie under the direction and production of song-writing
team Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, who wrote many hit songs for The Monkees and many other recording artists. The film "The Unholy Rollers"
starred actress and Playboy Playmate Claudia Jennings and was edited by Martin Scorsese with executive producer Roger Corman. Mick Radford has appeared on
numerous television and radio shows all over the United States and Canada including the Jerry Lewis "March of Dimes Telethon",
"The Tony Visco Show" in Seattle, and the Chuck Berris "Dating Game" show in Hollywood California. In addition, Mick Radford
has had the privilege of recording with or sharing the stage with many of the world's top stars, including: Chuck Berry, Albert Collins, John Mayall, Maria Muldaur (Midnight at the Oasis), actress/singer Anna Maria Alberghetti (the film "Cinderfella" with Jerry Lewis),
The Breakers, Ocean, Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids (the film "American Grafitti"), and many other North
American Rock n' Roll, Blues, and 1950's artists. Mick's unique vocal style is a strong compliment to his early influences
which are unmistakably rooted in Gospel, R&B and Blues and pays tribute to such greats as Ray Charles, Lou Rawls, Wilson
Pickett, Marvin Gaye, Bill Medley (The Righteous Brothers), Roy Orbison, and others. Mick's guitar style, on the other hand is an amalgamation of early Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and James Burton, among others. Almost Religion refers to a dedication to the Blues and R&B music genres and
their origins. This powerhouse group is comprised of some of Europe's top musicians and performers whose collective recording
and performing credits are staggering. The late Angelo Canelli (keyboards), Ivano Mancini Sabatini (bass), Dante Melena (drums), and Roberta Del Monte (vocals). Almost Religion is both
progressive and nostalgic in that they perform Mick Radford's tracks like "Nothings Forever" and "Hand-Me-Down Blues" combined with choice renditions of 60's and 70s Blues and Soul-based hits by
Cream, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and more. Almost Religion have begun their tour in Italy and will progress throughout Europe and the
UK. You will get all the hot news, concert and event schedule, and more photos ASAP! In the meantime, check out the UK / Euro Tour and News pages for updates and new photos!
Mick with his Pittillo Custom at the Castello Di Septe in Mozzagrogna Italy. Photo courtesy
Magico Vasto Italy
Anna Maria Orfeo, Mick, Sean Michael Radford, Roberta
and Sean Michael Radford were interviewed by Delta One's principle DJ Anna Maria Orfeo at Delta One radio in beautiful Atessa
Italy. Both Almost Religion and Sea Of Light were featured and all of central Italy was introduced to their music as well
as their energy. Mick and Sean took questions from call-in listeners. And even though Sean is fluent in Italian and
Mick manages well, it required significant translation efforts for Roberta, who speaks English and was an incredible
asset when it came to conveying more complex concepts. Later, Mick and Sean recorded some totally wild Delta One plugs.
Below: One of the first photos of Almost Religion taken
at a rehearsal studio in Casalbordio Italy, prior to the addition of Roberta Del Monte.
Angelo, Mick, Ivano, Dante
Above is the official Almost Religion press photo originally printed in sepia tones. The page header
photo is the color altenative, courtesy of Occhio Magico
December 2004 they met at the Zanzibar Club in Vasto Italy to discuss
plans around new music and project. There was some talk of TV appearances and tour dates for Europe, which included certain
countries considered virgin territory for this crew. When we know the details we'll pass them on to you.
Angelo, Mick, Ivano
Take time out in Vasto Italy where Almost Religion met to discusss future plans.