If someone could mix the DNA of Muddy Waters, Robert Plant, Levon Helm, John Lennon, Elmore James, Jeff Beck, and Jesus Christ, this is what it might end up sounding like.
Robert Stanley’s music brings a hard-edged Chicago attitude to the most southern place on earth. Fact is, Robert went down to the crossroads, kicked the devil’s ass and stole his blues.
He was born in the north Chicago suburb of Waukegan, IL, a small industrial and port town on the western shore of Lake Michigan. The town was a melting pot of people who emigrated from Great Britain, Scandinavia, and eastern Europe, as well as many that migrated from the South. The melding of the various cultures enriched life in Waukegan in many ways, including musically. Places like Slovenic Hall and Lithuanian Hall were constructed where one could enjoy the fellowship, dance, and music of their homeland. It was particularly the richness of the music that touched Robert's heart and soul.
Robert lived on Waukegan's south side for the first three years of his life before his family moved to the smaller suburb of nearby North Chicago. Music was a big part of life in their home; they would often sit around the piano and sing. Robert's love for music naturally developed over the years.
By the time Robert was in his teens, his neighborhood was predominantly black. His first major musical influence was the rhythm and blues he heard at his friends' homes. It wasn't long before he became enamored with the Blues as many of Chicago's great bluesmen would visit a neighbor on summertime Sundays and enjoy an afternoon of music, ribs, and various forms of liquid refreshment.
Around that time, Robert's parents bought him his first guitar and at the age of fifteen he began playing in a band. He showed a knack for writing music and, more and more, introduced his songs into the band's repertoire. This was the pattern in all of his early groups and at the age of 17 he began writing songs for the stable of bands of a small Chicago record label.
As a performer, Robert came to be known for his scorching vocals and guitar style, as well as his unpredictable stage antics. As time went on, he found his stage persona was taking over his identity and he was losing control of his whole life. As he was unsuccessfully trying to sort out who he really was, a friend introduced him to the spiritual realities of life and Robert found the love and peace he'd been searching for.
He married a lovely southern belle and their family currently lives in Atlanta where he embraces the lifestyle and rich musical heritage of the south. His adventure continues both musically and spiritually.
Robert's music continues to grow and evolve. Today you'll find it's an atmospheric blend of Rock, Blues, Appalachian, Gospel, and Psychedelic music. He draws from a deep well of influences: you might hear Muddy Waters, the Beatles, Otis Redding, Led Zeppelin, even Irish and English folk finding their way into his songs. He has assimilated these flavors into a style that is distinctly his own - Rockabluesic!
Robert's current album is "In My Bones".