Robert Ross @ Robin's Nest
Thursday, March 3, 2011
8pm - 12am
3103 Tremley Point Road, Linden, NJ 07036 Phone: 908 275-3043
Come on out and hear me in an intimate setting at this sweet little blues room in Linden NJ that is getting a good reputation for music. Call for more info. Featuring: Robert Ross on vocals, guitar, slide guitar, and harmonica from 8pm to 12am. Free Admission.
BluesManian Devil Duo @ O'Donahue's
Friday, March 4, 2011
9pm - 12am
66 Main St., Nyack, NY 10960
Featuring: Robert Ross (vocals, guitar, slide guitar, & harp) performs from 9pm to 12am. More 411 to come. Free Admission.
Centenary Blues Festival
Friday, March 11, 2011
Sean Chambers / Robert Ross & Big Nancy / Rick Luts
Robert Ross is a blues singer, guitarist, slide guitarist, harmonica player and songwriter who is known for a wide variety of blues, rock 'n' roll, jazz, and other roots music. He performs as a solo (acoustic or electric), as an electric duo, or with The ROBERT ROSS BAND which is a trio or a quartet. Robert worked and recorded with Big Joe Turner for Spivey Records & Doc Pomus. He also worked with Lightnin' Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton, Brownie McGhee, Memphis Slim, Sunnyland Slim, Otis Rush, Dr. John, J.B. Hutto, Victoria Spivey, Louisiana Red, Eddie Kirkland, Floyd Jones, Homesick James, Bobby Lewis, Charles Ward (Ink Spots), Pinetop Perkins, Charles & Cyrille Neville,, David "Honey Boy" Edwards, Charles "Honey Boy" Otis, S.P. Leary, Washboard Doc, Bill Dicey, Curtis Steigers, Curtis Knight, Charles Walker, Linda Hopkins, Bobby Lewis, Wilbert Harrison, & Champion Jack Dupree. One of Ross' songs, "Sittin' In The Jailhouse" was recorded by Johnny Winter twice, and 2 other originals appeared on ABC's daytime drama "All My Children". Ross won a New York Music Award for Best Blues Artist and has been nominated 6 times over the years along with the likes of John Hammond, Johnny Copeland, Taj Mahal, and Roscoe Gordon. The Robert Ross Band has toured Europe and North America including performances at the Chicago Blues Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival in addition to being a perennial at the Riverhead Blues Festival on Long Island. Robert has 7 internationally released cds out in his own name.
"He's so fast, lightning would have to get on roller skates to catch him." Albert King, reported by Hank Reineke, East Coast Rocker, 1988
"HOT!!" Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, reported by Pablo Guzman, NY Daily News, 1987
"Robert Ross is a fine singer, a snappy lyricist, and an even better blues guitarist cut from the same cloth as B.B. King, Muddy Waters, or Johnny Winter ... The rain drenched pain of "White Boy Lost In The Blues" makes it a 'tour de Ross' all around and his dazzling guitar intro is one of the best I've ever heard. He saves some sizzle for the slide guitar roast "Sittin' In The Jail House". Move over George Thorogood and let Ross show you how to play that thing! Ross' guitar solos are a joy to hear, technically inventive, and packed with tortured feeling. Time after time Ross delivers the goods." Bill Carlton, NY Daily News, 1981
"The bluesman wailed, his voice rough and pliant and booming … most wonderful.” Rafael Alvarez, Baltimore Sun 1991
"It's the classic mix: the old veteran, the gunslinger, the talent everyone knows (Bo Diddley), joining the new guy (Robert Ross), the one who's still trying to get his talent out there … at the Bottom Line … the show will be particularly intriguing because Ross is one of the most impressive young blues men around-more traditional, actually, than Bo himself. In fact Ross is on the show at Diddley's invitation, because the old master liked the young guy's stuff." David Hinckley, NY Daily News, 1985
"Okay, pay attention: Robert Ross is the real thing … some of the hottest blues you're likely to hear anywhere … perpetual groove … vital and vibrant … with a mark distinctly his own ... a true showman who turns in a creative and entertaining show. He and his band throw themselves head first into their sets, taking risks, challenging each other, pushing the edge and ultimately emerging from the melee triumphant … Ross' original material is outstanding, filled with truth and humor and an individuality that shines. Imagination, speed, dexterity and flash are all words that have been used before to describe Robert's guitar playing, but … he also displays fine sensitivity, a fact that can sometimes be overlooked in the face of his more spectacular guitar work. Beautiful, ringing tones … expressive notes almost torn from his axe in his own 'White Boy Lost In The Blues' … And you can hear it in the unique, rough edged tones of his fluid voice as well." Jennifer Shields, Musicians' Exchange, 1988
"Robert Ross is an imaginative writer with files of Twilight Zone tales accumulated in his wanderings ... soulful, vigorous guitar playing ... agile cat quick licks ... bristles with originals ... Ross scores big ... Ross sings in his fluid growl ... saucy slide ... If you're looking for fresh guitar passion in white boy roots music, this is it." Rafael Alvarez, Guitar World, 1983