Long Way to Caroline
It's a long way to Millinocket, Maine...the small, struggling mill-town just a stone's throw from the Canadian border where Rob grew up. Despite it's depressed economy and physical isolation (the closest music store was 60 miles away), Rob says that it was a great place to learn how to be a songwriter. 'Growing up, I was always surrounded by a group of talented friends who taught me how to play guitar and how to turn experiences into lyrics. It was a cool and inspiring place to call home.' At the age of 18, Rob moved to Portland to begin his college career at the University of Southern Maine. There, he hooked up with good friends Scotty Huff and Scott Furrow to form an acoustic trio called Chronicle. The trio performed original and cover tunes in and around Portland for five years, opening for artists such as Kristina Olsen and even Eddy Money. In 1992, Rob moved to the Midwest to begin work on a graduate degree in Educational Administration. Upon finishing his degree, he started working at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he met a singer songwriter named Jim Flint. Rob and Jim soon began collaborating and eventually formed a duo called Barnaby Creek. They were signed to a deal with Peach Records, and recorded two albums. The first album was simply called Barnaby Creek, and the second was titled Moving Less Awkwardly. In 1997, Rob moved to Columbia, Missouri where he began playing bass guitar in a blues band called The Brass Tacks. It was in this band that he met guitarist Joel Deiber and Harmonica Player Matt Griffin. When the Brass Tacks called it quits, the three joined up with drummer Kevin Danz and bassist Matt Wood to record Rob's third album entitled Generation Rain. Rob and members of his band toured for one year to support the CD. In 2002, Rob completed work on Voyeurs and Saints, his fourth album. The ten tracks on the CD combine folk, jazz, and blues influences with lyrics about an array of personal experiences. 'I'm very proud of this record, and I'm especially happy with the high caliber musicians that took part in the project.' Rob's fifth album, Long Way to Caroline, was released in the Spring of 2005. Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee and St. Louis, Missouri, the new CD has ten brand new songs written by Rob over the past two years.