photo credit: jason glaza
Robby Roberson sings original musical stories steeped in reality and imagination, happiness and sorrow – delivered through the musical strings of multiple instruments, played skillfully and passionately. Robby’s songwriting and his vocal style is evocative of an organic urban acoustic music vibe that is enhanced by diverse and dynamic rhythms and grooves. He uses the instrumentation as an equal, interconnected partner of his songs and not just for melodic accompaniment. His songwriting has not gone unnoticed across the valley and state – he is the winner of the Songwriter Contest at the Tucson Folk Festival and a finalist in the band contest at the Pickin in the Pines Music Festival. He has also performed at the Tempe Center for the Arts Songwriters Showcases III and VII. Robby’s musical versatility makes it possible for him to be a solo act or to include other talented musician friends in a duo, trio or quartet setting.
As the Robby Roberson Band, Robby has the lead vocals and plays guitar, dobro, mandolin, banjo, wessinborn-style lap steel and harmonicas; Arlienne Scofield has supporting vocals and percussion; Eddie Garnero plays the electric and acoustic bass and sings supporting vocals, and Jimmy Banister is on drums, percussion, and supporting vocals.
Robby lives in Tempe, Arizona, and he and his band perform regularly at various venues – large and intimate, festivals, galleries and benefits throughout Arizona.