Friday, January 23, 2015
We know. Nothing has been happening on this site for quite some time. But, we're back in business now and looking forward for performing for you on a much more regular basis. As you can see from our homepage and our calendar we'll be playing on Fat Tuesday, February 17 at Coe's BMW at the Crossroad exit off I-25 in Loveland, CO. Then on April 30 we'll be doing our regular BLUE STAR CONNECTION BENEFIT at THE BLIND PIG in Fort Collins, CO. Hope to see more of y'all in the coming months.
Sunday, September 1, 2013
Thanks to Angie of CHAOTIC SERENITY, for hosting her annual TOUR DE PHAT bash. Good music, good food, good drink, good folks, good fun had by all. Longue vie a la Tour de Phat!
Thursday, July 18, 2013
We had a great time at the Moxi Theater for a small, but mighty crowd. The Moxi is a small room, so the crowd felt bigger, and bigger still by its warm reception. We had a good deal of time before the show, which gave us the opportunity to get acquainted with the guys in the DADDY MACK BLUES BAND. Guitarist James, bassist Harold and drummer backed up Daddy Mack to perfection and they put on a great blues show. You can check DADDY MACK at. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Daddy-Mack-Blues-Band/145650958816394
Saturday, July 6, 2013
We'd like to thank R.J. and Wayne for hosting another awesome 4th of July Party. As usual, the food was great, the drink was great, the company was great, and we'd like to think the music was great. Also, big thanks to young Ryan who did a great job on his debut money gig. Seventeen, and playin' like that! And his rendition of Hendrix's "Star Spangled Banner" brought the house down... hell, the house AND the yard.. possibly the neighborhood.
Monday, April 22, 2013
The band had a great time at Ziggie's; a good crowd; we sold a few CDs and made pretty good money. Yay! The only glitch in the evening happened when the glass of water that Jimmy had mindlessly put on his piano (something he never does... well... apparently not never) condensed and a little water got in his piano. About halfway through the first set, the piano started playing random, loud, high end notes. Luckily, Carla, the excellent owner of Ziggies had a battery powered Casio keyboard she uses for the jams at Ziggie's, so we plugged that in and soldiered on. After a set with the little keyboard, Jimmy's had dried out and we were back on track. Hey, Jimmy! Don't put water on your keyboard!
Then, last Friday, we rocked at the Fort Collins Brewery to do our part for the big Focomx shindig in Fort Collins. Hundreds of bands performing in every venue in town. It's a big party, and always fun to play. They're nice folks at the Brewery. Anyone reading this should check them out: http://www.fortcollinsbrewery.com/ .
Monday, April 15, 2013
Great time at Ziggie's on Saturday. We had a full house of attentive and appreciative blues fans, sold a few CDs, but most importantly, we kicked butt all night long. The only glitch happened when water seeped into Jimmy's piano, due to bonehead move by Jimmy, and it started playing random notes all by itself. Luckily, Carla, the awesome owner of Ziggie's, had a little Casio battery powered keyboard, and we were able to finish the set. By the beginning of the second set, his piano had dried out, we set it back up and rocked the rest of the night. Thanks to all who came out to support us.
Saturday, April 14, 2013
The Robert Wilson Blues band will appear at ZIGGIE'S in Denver, Saturday, April 13 at 9:00 pm. ZIGGIE'S is Colorado's oldest blues bar, and is a great intimate venue for listeners and dancers alike. We hope to get on the rotation there, so we need all the butts in the seats that we can get. So, come on out! Support local musicians and have a great time, too! For more information, go to our Calendar Page.
Thursday, July 12
We just removed our previously confirmed date at the Blues Concert in Old Town on Saturday, July 21. The powers that be decided the best way to support local musicians was to cancel a performance by the Robert Wilson Blues Band, and put another band in our slot. No reason was given. Thank you Fort Collins. We love you, too.
And, another thing...
We were recently shown a Facebook conversation among some folks in the local blues jam community. It was a ridiculous argument about why blues jams don’t work, and about whether the joke that started the discussion was inappropriate. Here’s the deal: People call themselves “supporters” of the local music scene, but they walk away if there’s a $5.00 cover. Before Disco, nobody balked at a cover charge. Now, they’re all spoiled. Just pay five bucks at the door for the band, have dinner and one drink, or ten, or ice tea, if you prefer, and enjoy the music. That would go a long way to “support” the local music scene.
Saturday, June 16
The Robert Wilson Blues Band's new CD, "45 RPM," is finished and in our hands. We will be hosting a CD release party sometime soon, together with the Blender Cats, who also have a recent release. If you just can't wait to get your hands on one, you can come see us on Saturday, July 14, outside the Rio Grande in Greeley at the Greeley Summer Concert Series, or on Saturday, July 21 at the Blues Concert in Old Town Square, Fort Collins, or on Saturday, August 4, in Littleton, Colorado at the 2nd Annual Blue Star Connection Festival. We'll be at all three places, shamelessly hawking our wares. For more details go to our Calendar Page.
Friday, April 13
Just got home from the Bar Double S in Laporte Colorado, where we participated in the big FoComx shindig. Jeff couldn't be with us this evening, as he was was celebrating The Blender Cats CD release. Mark Turnbull turned in a mighty performance on the bass as our bass-sub for the night (or is it sub-bass?). He's a quick study and a true blues dude. RWBB kicked the proverbial butt, as usual. Thanks to all who came out. We couldn't have any fun without you.
March 24, 2012
Yeah, we know. Where the hell have we been? The closing of the CF&G had us scrambling for gigs, but some things are starting to trickle in. We'll be appearing with Blues Dogs and the David Dardine Project at Phaze in Loveland this coming Saturday, March 31. A lot of you will remember Phaze as the old White Buffalo. Doors open at 7:00 pm and there's a $5.00 cover charge. Check out Phaze at: http://phazenightclub.com/ .
We know we promised the new CD would be released by now, but it took us awhile to scrape up the funds to finish the project. That issue will be solved next week, and we'll be able to move ahead on it.
December 15, 2011
Last week we were advised that the Colorado Feed & Grain had closed, and gone with it is the Thursday night jam. It took everybody by surprise. Special thanks to Jon Metcalf for his continuing dedication to the local music scene, live music and the blues. He was willing to soldier on, but the final decision was not in his hands. Jon took the bull by the horns and made a valient effort at creating some jobs in Fort Collins. He's the kind of people we need in America. We feel especially bad for the staff, whose holiday will not be as happy as it could have been. We will miss all the fine folks who waited tables, tended bar, cooked, cleaned and made the joint operate so smoothly. We were always treated so very well by all them. Thanks too, to all our musician friends, without whom we couldn't do it. We continue to search for a new venue, and we hope to see all of you again soon. Cambio y fuera, CF&G.
On a lighter note, we began the final mix on the new RWBB CD today. We finished three of the thirteen tunes. Due to scheduling difficulties and the holidays, it looks like it won't be ready till early January. There is, however, an outside chance we can get it done before New Years, but no promises there.
November 18, 2011
The results are in for the Blue Star Connection benefit last Thursday at the CF&G. We done good, y'all. Collectively you helped raise $3500 and two carloads of instruments! We even beat the Chicago benefit held at Buddy Guy's!
We want to thank all the jammers for sounding so good. And a special thanks to the Chaotic Serenity ladies for a wonderful set. And, of course, Samantha Fish and Kate Moss burned the house down with their show.
Again, thank you all so much for your generous support, and don't forget to visit the Robert Wilson Blues Band for the Blues Jam any Thursday night at the Colorado Feed& Grain, from 8pm to 11:30 pm. Bring your instrument, your talent,, and come out and play with us!
November 8, 2011
This Thursday, November 10, The Colorado Feed and Grain will host a Benefit Blues Jam in support of Blue Star Connection, an organization dedicated to donating musical instruments and lessons to children with life threatening diseases. The Blues Jam format will be a little different that evening. The ROBERT WILSON BLUES BAND will perform a short set beginning at 7:00 pm. Immediately following, we'll field all the jammers who've signed up, just like usual, except the jam will start at approximately 7:30. After all the jammers have played, RWBB will retake the stage with KATE MOSS. But, that's not all! Stick around for SAMANTHA FISH and her band. Come on out! It will be a fun night for a good cause. For more details check our Calendar page.
October 29, 2011
Thanks to all who came out to see us perform with Gary Allegretto last night at the Bar SS in Laporte, Colorado. We saw a lot of old friends, and made some new ones. Gary sang his songs and gave a virtuoso performance on the harp, and, by all accounts, the band was hotter than a two-peckered pup in a forest fire! Photos to be posted soon.
October 26, 2011
Hope you all heard us on Live @ Lunch, yesterday on KRFC radio in Fort Collins. We just posted photos of that, and of our gig with Gary Allegretto last Saturday at the Boulder Outlook. Gary said he might show up at the Blues Jam at the CF&G tomorrow night, then we will appear with him again Friday night at the Bar SS in Laporte, Colorado, a great music venue. We'd like to thank our Live @ Lunch host, Vincent, his co-host, Andrew, and engineer, Drew, for their welcoming and professional work. They made it easy for us, and we got a nice CD of the show for our archives. Thanks, guys.
October 25, 2011
Better late than never, ut we'll be appearing on Live @ Lunch on KRFC radio in Fort Collins, Colorado ( http://www.krfcfm.org/programming/podcasts/live-at-lunch/ ), tomorrow morning, Tuesday, October 25, at 12 o'clock, noon. We'll let you know how it goes.
October 24, 2011
Last Wednesday RWBB got a call to back up Gary Allegretto ( http://www.myspace.com/garyallegretto ) at the Boulder Outlook in... yeah... Boulder, Colorado. We were to replace John Alex Mason, who was booked to play with Gary last night, Saturday. Maybe some of you have heard of John Alex. He was an extremely talented and popular blues artist who, a week or so ago, went in for what we understand was fairly minor surgery, but something went wrong, he fell into a coma, and died last Wedesday. He and Gary were very close, so the night was a virtual blues wake/memorial to his very recently deceased brother. Many people in the audience were friends and fans, so there was a good deal of emotion. But, as Gary said more than once last night, John Alex would want this to be a joyous occasion, so we all did our best to make that happen, and we believe we did.
On a lighter note, we'd like to thank Honey, who runs the Boulder Outlook, for her hospitality and lively personality, and also for hiring RWBB to play her club every three months, starting sometime after April. The band rocked and Gary gave an inspired performance. Later in the evening, we were joined by the always fabulous Rex Peoples for a slow blues tribute to John Alex. So, the evening was a success, and the future gigs tossed at RWBB was just icing on the cake.
We will appear with Gary again this coming Friday, October 28 at the Bar SS in Laporte, and Gary told us he'll probably show up at the CF&G for the Thursday night jam. You can get the Bar SS details at : http://robertwilsonbluesband.com/calendar/ .
October 17, 2011
RWBB went to Morning Wood studio in Fort Collins, Colorado on Saturday, October 15, 2012. We recorded eight tunes on Saturday, and four more on Sunday. Everybody came to the sessions in high spirits, and we kicked ass both days. We go in again on Tuesday to do a little overdubbing and to clean up a few things, then it's a record. Not sure when manufactured copies will be released, but we might be talked into selling a generic copy or two in the next few weeks.
We recorded five original tunes by Robert Wilson, one by our stellar guitar player/singer/songwriter Memphis Joe Schicke, and a nice swing-boogie by piano man Jimmy Mangan. We also recorded five covers originally written and performed by blues greats Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Kenny Burrel, Professor Longhair, Sonny Boy Williamson and Willie Dixon. Despite a Saturday night bout with food poisoning, Robert delivered his standard excellent performance on every take. He's a blues trooper. And, as usual, Joe played the guitar wizard throughout, and Jimmy pounded the keys into oblivion. Jeff's bass solo and Clint's drum solo in "I Got My Mojo Workin" popped right-on and tasty, and they played tight on every song.
Our engineer, and the owner of Morning Wood Studio, Kevin Brookfield, hustled mics, cables, amps, drums and all else studio. His years of experience allowed him to capture our sound exactly like we want it. He understands that we don't want our music overly produced. We're a five-piece blues band and that's what we want to sound like. What you'll hear is what we play. And, having worked with Kevin before, we guarantee his mix will be spectacular. Check out our Photo Page for pix from Morning Wood.