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Watch Drabkin’s stellar reworking of the Paul Simon tune featuring Garrett Sayers of The Motet and ‘Bijoux’ Barbosa.
About Rob Drabkin
Blending elements of rock, improvisation and folk, Rob Drabkin’s new album “Little Steps,” has exceeded all expectations. Channeling the some of the best artist of Triple A Radio and alongside his formidable band this Denver native has become a powerful mainstay in the live music scene. Together, theyve succeeded in national appearances supporting Trevor Hall, G- Love & Special Sauce, The Wood Brothers, and Big Head Todd and The Monsters.
Rob has made impressive creative strides in the past few years, and the new nine-track album shows just how far he’s come. With earnestness and originality, Drabkin thrives within stylistic excursions that range from driving folk rock to understated experiments with classical musicians. His powerful vocals and syncopated guitar drive the soaring opener, “For You I Would Die” and his strumming complements top-notch keyboard and percussion work. Little Steps, the title track, takes the listener from zero to 60 on the first downbeat as a lively horn section heralds a sophisticated, feel good rock song that would make rob a natural to join Dave Matthews or Paul Simon on stage in the drop of hat.
In 2012 Rob released one of the most unique live albums to come out of Colorado, Live At The Bluebird Theater 1.19.12 On this particular night, the band released a brand new set of original material as well as a cover of the legendary Paul Simon album, Graceland in its entirety. The sold-out show generated so much buzz world-renowned Boulder Theater and clubs around the country immediately solicited Rob to headline. Theaters, festivals and Triple A radio stations around the country have caught onto Rob making him a staple in the national scene. Yes his 70s style fro might be unavoidable as his ubiquitous grin. But its his music that got Drabkin on national tours, landed him the opening slot at sold out Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and charted his first album to #12 on CMJ charts. His presence in Triple A Radio is remarkable. He has received multiple invitations to perform live in KBCO Studio C along with serious airplay on KINK, KCSN and Sirius XM.
Robs life was not always that of a full time touring and recording musician. He attended Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas where he studied Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Spanish in hopes of achieving an MD/PhD. Music had officially been sidelined until he took a life-changing trip to New York with his family. “My Dad played Jazz for over 30 years before he got into medicine. We re-connected with his old Berklee Music of School friends in New York and it was inspiring to see these musicians playing their hearts out and who have dedicated their whole lives to music. I decided that night to drop science and find my own voice in music and become a singer. I never sang a note till later that night (22 years old). I moved in with my parents and spent every working hour practicing singing and honing all songwriting skills I could.
After writing enough songs for an open mic set, Rob stormed onto Denvers music scene, frequenting jams wherever possible and setting his career into full motion. He assembled quite possibly a dream powerhouse band; featuring Brian McRae on drums, Bijoux Barbosa on bass, Eric Moon on keys and Dave Preston on electric guitar. His full band shows are high-energy blending improvisation and rock while still retaining an earnest singer/songwriter background. Rob Drabkins career is in full motion as his latest release prepares him for his next national tour.
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