"Just about everywhere I’ve ever been, I’ve played music – in homes, in pubs, around campfires – and the people I’ve played with have been everything from close friends to complete strangers. With them I sometimes learned, sometimes taught, and sometimes stood silent in complete awe of their musical genius." – Rob Clark
Rob Clark is a multi-instrument singer-songwriter. Originally from Western New York, he has been a resident of Boulder, Colorado for more than 20 years. Rob makes his way onto the music scene on multiple fronts, participating in festivals, jams, and on-stage performances -- much of these Colorado local, but he’s also taken it to places in California, Kentucky, New York, Wales, and Argentina. He has volunteered time at IBMA, the past few years co-hosting the popular Celebrity Jam. Rob’s instruments include the guitar, fiddle, and banjo. He enjoys singing, and especially harmony singing. Favorite genres include outlaw country, country, rock, Celtic, bluegrass, folk, and Americana. Three decades building a repertoire of songs gives Rob a lot from which to choose for his live shows, typically private or small venue gigs, either solo, or with Julia Knearl in their duo, RCJK.
In 2006, Rob ventured further into songwriting, honing his craft mostly through participation in the Rocky Mountain Song School at Lyons, CO. There, previously written songs received a detailed examination by professionals and peers, and new songs were written with the benefit of ever-progressing instruction. Rob has played in several bands in Colorado integrating his own songs wherever possible: Cheese Shoppe; a band of co-workers playing electric rock and roll and dance music, Steel Pennies; playing straight up bluegrass, Windfall; a sort of coffeehouse rock band, and RCJK; a duo with a strong emphasis on original music and harmony singing.
This year Rob made his debut album. In preparing the material, he wanted to capture a set of songs that sounded good together but also offered a broad view into his writing. That was something producer John McVey understood right away. The album Two Hands On The Wheel is Rob’s first full production effort. It features some of the best local area musicians. It was recorded at Coupe Studios and mastered at Airshow. As such, its an all-Colorado project, something Rob is quite happy to point out.
What a run.