"Rob Roper's music concocts striking similarities to Elvis Costello... pop rock with a lyrical edge" --Sheryl Radetsky
"sharp songwriting skills and a knack for penning witty lyrics" --Jon Solomon, The Westword.
"wittily sarcastic, poignantly emotional, and humorously edgy, with moments of beauty and grace and sadness and reflection" --Patrick Nagel
"Roper's musical persona is part folkie, part nerd, part conceptual artist, and part cultural critic" --Vintage Guitar
"plinks at heart strings and funny bones... finding both the sorrow and the humor in some of the shadowed crevices of day-to-day life... a solid songwriter with a talent for telling stories from unusual perspectives" --Wildy's World
"the troubadour of the misfit" --Kurt Loken
Rob Roper is a songwriter, singer and guitar player. He was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and grew up in Jackson and Dallas, Texas. College years were spent in Dallas and Houston. After college he moved to Phoenix, Arizona and then Tucson. He moved to Denver, Colorado in 2000 and has been living in Denver ever since.
Roper got his first guitar at the age of 12, but music remained a hobby when he was young. He got more serious about music in his mid-30's.
In Tucson, Arizona, Roper bounced around various bands, then connected with bass player and songwriter Kurt Loken. They made two home recordings on 4-track cassette in 1994-95 under the band name "Faded Innocence". Loken wrote and sang most of the songs and played bass. Roper played guitar, did the arrangements, and handled the recording and mixing.
Roper continued to accompany singer-songwriters on lead guitar in Tucson and then Denver. Then in 2004 he turned to songwriting. Three years later, in 2007, he recorded a DIY CD called "Some Songs I Wrote", and began playing out at small venues in Denver and Boulder, initially solo, then accompanied by Julie Oxenford-O'Brian on violin.
Roper followed "Some Songs" with the EP "Me", recorded in 2009 at Swallow Hill in Denver. Immediately after that, Roper formed a band consisting of Dan Heinrich on drums, Laurie Lamar on bass and backing vocals, and Paul Ermisch on violin, which played several gigs in the Spring and Summer of 2010 in the Denver and Boulder area.
In 2010, Roper hired producer John McVey and recorded his first full-length album, "Misfit" at Coupe Studios in Boulder. Roper hired the award-winning team of Greg Carr and Salli Ratts to design the CD artwork and packaging. "Misfit" was released in May 2011.
In 2011, Roper played several Colorado shows as an acoustic duo with violinist Paul Ermisch. In order to document that sound, and to record new songs, Roper recorded an acoustic CD, "The Other Side of Nowhere". It was released in December, 2012. The CD features Ermisch on violin, along with Colorado studio musicians. Denver photographer and graphic artist Scott McCormick designed the artwork. Roper and Ermisch will play shows in Colorado in 2013 to promote the new CD.