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.
His vocals can range from bone-shaking to even child-like; you feel his music has been poured out of his soul, indeed his lyrics are drawn from the pages of his own life. Robert is also an exciting and innovative guitarist: fiery, passionate, and elegant always.
Robert grew up in Chicago and became avidly interested in music at an early age. More than once, he was thrown out of the local clubs for being too young after sneaking in. As a teen, 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.
Robert’s music is an atmospheric blend of Rock, Blues, Appalachian, Gospel, and Psychedelic music. He has assimilated these flavors into a style that is distinctly his own - Rockabluesic!
Robert's current album is "In My Bones".