Rocky Roberts & Friends
Many years, many wonderful friends and musicians. Most of my playing has been in between years as a guitar tech for some pretty great musicians. Even have had the good fortune to fool around playing with many of them.
Over the last few years I have begun to focus on my own music. Put together an album songs with the help of a few of my friends, produced by the ever amazing Hugh Christopher Brown. Hunkered down in Chris’ Post Office studio and NYC Apartment. Flew around the country to get some tracks from old pals Nils Lofgren, Bill Kirchen, Tony Scherr and a whole gang of others. Much fun, much love! My band now is Rocky Roberts & Friends based in Northampton, MA. A revolving gang of pals Bob Hennessy, Bethanie Yeakle, Don McAuley, Matthew Shaff and now and again Chris Brown, Ray Mason and Jim Armenti.
My first band was in the early 70’s with “Spare Change” busking on the streets of San Francisco and all over the West Coast. We played bluegrass versions of rock and roll as loud and fast as we could. Hippie Americana!
Later in the 70’s I joined “Aces and Eights” We got to open for Commander Cody, Asleep at the Wheel, New Riders of the Purple Sage and other wacky “Country Rockers”. Pretty heady days!
The first version of Rocky Roberts & Friends was born in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the early 90’s around the time I began my mid life crisis as a guitar tech for Neil Young’s Bands. Still working on that! (Now tech with My Morning Jacket and Ray Lamontagne.)
We played parties around the mountain and got to do some fun gigs on occasion. Opened for the Sir Douglas Revue at Slims in SF, The Drifters in San Mateo. I also corralled friends while out on the road for dark nights to play local clubs. Some great fun with folks like Rick Rosas, Sarah Harmer, Nels Cline and others kind enough to join me on their nights off.
The last few years has been a combo of Rocky & Friends shows, occasionally getting to open for the likes of The Bill Kirchen Bands, Richey Furay of The Buffalo Springfield and Pegi Young & the Survivors at the Iron Horse Saloon. Some Festivals and up on the Island of Wolves with Chris and the gang. I’ve also been sitting in with the ever excitable “Treefort”.
I’ve also had the honor of laying down a few slide tracks for many of the Wolfe Island gang. Suzanne Jarvie, David Corley, Hadley Thackston, One River, and of course, Chris Brown. So many great songs and souls! Recorded with Treefort on their latest Album “Talking To The Dogs” and Maura Kennedy’s “Sun Burns Gold” from her debut solo Album.
I’m really just a fan who loves a great song and soulful note. I’ve been so lucky to hang out listening, watching while tuning guitars for such heroes as Patti Smith, Neil, CSN&Y, Paul Simon, Lucinda Williams, Wilco, Nils Lofgren, My Morning Jacket… even Deep Purple!… Jeez!
Been having a lot of fun and looking forward to more music, more love and more tracking at The Post Office scratching a few furry ears!