In a Former Life
For years, North Carolina audiences have enjoyed Rob as part of the folk-rock/bluegrass trio, Warren Bodle & Allen. Here he's on his own, playing a warm - and often funny - mix of original acoustic songs that resonate with audiences of all ages and musical tastes. As you'll hear on this CD, Rob had a propensity for songs with melody, message, humor and heart. His songs are both observational and confessional, and always with a lingering tone of acceptance, encouragement and honesty. Rob lives just north of Greensboro, in the community of Summerfield, NC. He's a singer/songwriter who is both an author and collector of songs that veer just slightly off the beaten path. 'My originals don't really fall neatly into any particular musical pigeonhole, though you'll notice influences by artists such as David Wilcox, James Taylor, Mike Cross - all of whom happen to have NC roots,' says Rob. 'I think of my tunes as 'small songs', since they tend to focus on simple values, small victories, personal insights and humorous moments.' Rob performs with six-string acoustic guitar, played at a pleasant, relaxed energy level. ('I'm ok as background music, but if you listen closely, I think you'll hear ideas and melodies that make you think, make you remember... and make you smile.') Rob's first solo CD, In A Former Life, is a collection of 12 original songs that range from simple guitar and vocal, to full-production arrangements. It's a wonderfully diverse collection of stories and tales, and features instrumental and vocal tracks by a number of outstanding North Carolina musicians.