So how does a disaffected former
alternative rocker wind up singing the blues? For Michael Robinson,
the answer is, well, quite naturally in fact.
Armed with gutsy vocals, catchy
tunes, and tasty solos, Michael attacks the blues with venom
and verve. Or is that whiskey and beer?
Either way, the veteran performer
is known for his exciting live show in which he sometimes leaps
off the stage to play a guitar solo while dancing with the audience.
No, he's not just flirting with the ladies! The emphasis is on
fun and the fundamentals of roots music. Indeed, Michael
Robinson plays a wide range of classic blues and roots
rock covers along with well-crafted originals, many of which
were co-written with Bay Area blues legend Johnny Nitro, who
scored a hit for Albert Collins and who also played with John
Michael is known for writing
songs that stare life, love and loss right in the face, and throwing
his head back in laughter. So it goes with songs like "Bad
at Being Good," "30 Days Late," and "Me and
Abilene," tunes that turn heartache and human turmoil on
their ears with compelling drama and wry humor.
Finally, as more blue
began to show through in his songwriting, Michael left
behind the rock n' roll lifestyle for simple, honest music that
is close to his heart. The result is a passionate performer who
celebrates the beauty and the healing
Before founding the Michael Robinson Band, the former award-winning
newspaper reporter and published author spent seven years fronting
the Bay Area alternative rock group The Tabloids. "Train
of Thought," the Tabloids' last CD, got steady spins on
120 college radio stations and garnered excellent reviews.