Too Long at the Fair
Rob Galbraith is best known as a record producer and music publisher in Nashville. He has produced Grammy award winner and Country/Rock legend Ronnie Milsap since the late '70's and as a publisher signed and developed some of Nashville's most successful and often treasured writers. However, many remember him as the blues/rock artist-writer whom Billy Sherrill signed to Columbia in 1969 and who later signed with RCA in 1975. Galbraith's "Nashville Dirt" album for Columbia was critically reviewed by many publications of that day with Rolling Stone saying "if Bessie Smith and William Faulkner had a kid, that kid would be Rob Galbraith". He later recorded the album 'Throw Me A Bone' for RCA that Galbraith laughingly refers to as "destined for obscurity" after the then marketing VP in New York described it as "rural jazz". Fred Mollin, a friend, fan and record producer of some repute, finally cajolled and persuaded Galbraith to record again. Galbraith did a few of his older songs and several new ones and released 'Too Long At The Fair' in 2004. (It was recently released in Japan on Vivid Records and RCA Japan also re-issued 'Throw Me A Bone' as a CD.) But he was most thrilled with the musicians who worked with him: Chester Thompson (Weather Report, Frank Zappa, Phil Collins); David Hungate (Toto); Jack Pearson (The Allman Brothers, Delbert McClinton); Bruce Dees (James Brown); Larry Paxton, Catherine Marx, Max Abrams, and several others. Most of them had worked with him as a producer but were surprised and moved when they came to know him as an artist. They now play live with Rob on occasion when he surfaces and does a live date.