Friday, April 22, 2011

Robert Sampson playing in Oakford IL May 15th #music #blues

Those lucky enough to be able to get to the Hill Prairie Winery in Oakford, IL, on May 15th (pdf) have the opportunity to see the amazing young blues singer and musician, Robert Sampson, in action.

Here's a video introducing the program.

Here's a great sample of Robert Sampson in action:

"Dust my broom" Robert Sampson & Chicago Blues Revue #music #blues

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Robert Ross playing Manhattan 4/21, Northport LI 4/23, Jersey City 4/28, Nyack 4/29 #music #blues

Boy, Robert Ross gets a lot of gigs! Here are a few upcoming ones from his calendar:
Robert Ross & The BluesManian Devils @ Jule's Bistro
Thursday, April 21, 2011
8:30pm - 11:30pm
65 Saint Marks Place, NY, NY 10003
Phone: 212-477-5560
New York, NY, USA 10003
Featuring: Steve Holley (drums), David Hofstra on upright bass, & Robert Ross (vocals, guitar, & harp). We will perform from 8:30pm to 11:30pm. Great French restaurant. Free Admission.
Felix Cabrera & Robert Ross Duo @ Northport Wine Tasting Room
Saturday, April 23, 2011
8:pm - 11pm
70 Main Street
Northport, NY 11768
Phone: 631-261-0642
The duo will feature: Felix Cabrera on vocals, harmonica, & percussion; and NY Music Award winner Robert Ross on vocals, guitar, & slide guitar. We perform from 8pm to 11pm. We hear they have renovated the room so that we are no longer playing behind a glass wall. I can't wait!!! Free Admission
Robert Ross Band @ O'Hara's Downtown
Thursday, April 28, 2011
10pm - 1:30am
172 First Street (@ Marin Blvd.), Jersey City, NJ 07302
Phone: 201-239-7373
Featuring: Steve Holley (drums), Mark Dann (bass), & NY Music Award winner Robert Ross (vocals, guitar, slide guitar, & harp). We will perform from 10pm to 1:30am. Free Admission.
Robert Ross & The BluesManian Devil Duo @ O'Donahue's
Friday, April 29, 2011
9pm - 12am
66 Main St., Nyack, NY 10960
Phone: 845-358-0180
Featuring: Mark Dann (bass), & NY Music Award winner Robert Ross (vocals, guitar, slide guitar, & harp). We will perform from 9pm to 12am. O'D's is a cool hang, a friendly place, and a fun place to play. Free Admission.
Short Bio
It was just announced that Robert Ross has won a 2010 New York Music Award for Best Live Blues Artist. Ross also won in 1989 and has been nominated 6 times over the years along with the likes of John Hammond, Johnny Copeland, Taj Mahal, and Roscoe Gordon. The singer, songwriter, guitarist, slide guitarist, & harmonica player is known for a wide variety of blues, jazz, soul, rock 'n' roll, and other roots music. He performs as a solo (acoustic or electric), as an electric duo, or with The ROBERT ROSS BAND, and also The BLUESMANIAN DEVILS. 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, Pinetop Perkins, Charles & Cyrille Neville, David "Honey Boy" Edwards, Curtis Steigers, Curtis Knight, Linda Hopkins, Wilbert Harrison, & Champion Jack Dupree. One of Ross' songs was recorded by Johnny Winter and appeared on 2 cds, and 2 other originals appeared on ABC's daytime drama "All My Children". The Robert Ross Band has toured Europe and North America. Ross has performed at numerous festivals including the Chicago Blues Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival, and is a perennial at the Riverhead Blues Festival on Long Island. Robert has 7 internationally released cds out in his own name.
Review Quotes
"Robert Ross is a blues icon. One of the great blues spirits." Bob Fass, Radio Un-Nameable, WBAI-FM, NYC, 2007
"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
“I just wanted to thank you again for an amazing performance Friday night at Centenary. I wish there were a way you and (Big) Nancy could find a way to record some stuff together. There truly is something about you two playing together that brings out the best of you both. The after party was, what can I say, I laughed, I cried, I submit it for any award consideration that may be given out for that kind of performance. You are a one of a kind individual who I am glad I know. We'll talk soon my friend, and thanks.”Uncle Pete Hoff, WNTI Radio about our 2011 Centenary Blues Fest performance.
"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. 69 Chevy ... 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

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Congrats to Robert Ross on winning New York Music Award for Best Live Blues Artist of 2010

Congratulations to the awesome Robert "Bluesman" Ross on his well deserved award as Best Live Blues Artist of 2010 from the New York Music Awards.

Robert will be playing this Saturday night in Rockland County.

Here are some videos of the "Bluesman" in action.

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