Justin Fobes

Justin Fobes

BandFolkFunk

The Funky Justin Fobes Band is a high energy, highly professional, highly fun, innovative dance act with a songlist a mile long. Call or email Justin for booking info: 205-587-2729 Justin@JustinFobes.com

Biography

Corey Johnson -- Bass, Vocals

Cory Johnson was born in Wurzburg, Germany. The influences on his musical life are such greats as; Jaco Pastorius, Stanley Clarke, Steve Harris and Ray Brown. Corey has played with the likes of Marcel Evans - lead singer of "The Original Drifters", Jabo Starks - Drummer for James Brown and B.B. King. He is currently playing with Quintessence, Urban Jazz Quartet, Los Gatos, and Sean Worrell and Friends. He has also opened for Wayman Tisdale, Taylor Dane, Kem Band and Rochelle Farrell, and even Chaka Khan. He has a B.A. Degree in Computer Network Technology.

Roland Cobbs -- Alto, Tenor, and Soprano Sax, Wind Controller, Vocals

Roland Cobbs, professionally known as Hot Sax, began his playing career at the age of 13, his instrument of choice was and still is the Saxaphone. After graduating from high school, Roland joined the United States Army Band where he was influenced by the Big Band Sound and Be Bop. After being noticed by his peers as a learned Musician, Roland began mastering the Saxaphone. Paying special attention to the sax masters, Roland began to "per-fect" his own style, incorporating the many differing styles of greats such as, Grover Washington, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Wilton Felton, and Stanley Turntine. From thence comes the sound profoundly known as Hot Sax.
After leaving the United States Army, Roland moved to Dallas, Texas and began working at a 50-60 club with a band called Happy Days backing up artists from the fifties and sixties eras including the Platters, The Dixie Cups, Frankie Ford, Lenny Welch, The Crickets, and Brian Hyland. In 1999 Roland moved back to Mobile, and steady gigged the Mississippi Gulf Coast Casinos, all the while honing his craft. Television came calling and Roland was asked to provide music for The Creative Cook, a weekly television show featuring two talented people, a gourmet chef and an accomplished and creative musician, Roland Cobbs --"Hot Sax".

Steven Jacobs -- Drums, Vocals

Having taken up the drums in eighth grade, Steven was self taught through his high school and early college years playing in local rock, r&b, and funk bands. After marrying, his interests gravitated to jazz and the music of New Orleans where his wife’s family resided. He began working toward a music degree at the University of South Alabama and studied privately with Harrell Bosarge in Mississippi and Johnny Vidacovich in New Orleans. Steven has been a clinician with the Jim Widner Big Band Jazz Camps and has continued to study and work as a free lance drummer based in Mobile, Al. He quotes his musical influences as including Astral Project, The Meters (both Original and Funky), and anything on which Steve Gadd has played.

Justin Fobes -- Songwriting, Guitar, Vocals

If you are looking for someone with the raw talent, energy, and charisma to command even the toughest crowd, then you are looking for Justin Fobes. Hailing from Mobile, Alabama, Justin has been playing guitar since he was 10 years old. While other kids were learning the popular songs of the day, Justin was already crafting his own. By the age of 15, he had written over 30 songs, and by 18, he was playing at restaurants and events all along the Gulf Coast. After seven years of touring the southeastern United States opening for such acts as the Counting Crows, Live, and Don Henley, performing up to 307 shows a year! Justin Fobes now resides in Mobile, AL playing several nights a week, at the many attractions there. He's already played 259 shows in 2008 as of this writing with a goal of 370. While he's not busy with his duties as a Rockstar, Justin usually divides his time working on his recording projects and quality family time. To put a label on his music would be unfair. He is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who blends folk with rock and blues with pop. To date, Justin has released 4 albums and is currently working on a 5th project, due to be released in 2008. He has written, or co-written, over a hundred songs. His impressive guitar playing and powerful vocals merge to create a truly unique sound that McDaniel Wyatt of Skyscraper Magazine said "[has] echoes of Jeff Buckley's ambience, Rufus Wainwright's sincerity, and Peter Yorn's powerful delivery". Offering uniquely crafted songs that blend the sounds of folk, rock, blues and pop, Justin Fobes is truly an original.

The Justin Fobes Band has and will always be known for it's experienced professionalism and top shelf talent!

Lyrics

Mary Go Round

Written By: Justin Fobes

Mary Go Round
Words and Music © Justin Fobes 2004

Hello, I told you
What my name was in Crayon,
On a Post-It-Note©.
But you, you threw it away.

Hey now,
Why did you not come to
The school playground
You see I waited by the Monkey Bars, the Swingset, the SeeSaw, the sand pit,

Round and Round and Round and Round,
Goes the Mary Go Round and Round,
Goes the Mary Go Round and Round,
Goes the Mary Go Round and Round.

Hello, I told you
What my name was in Crayon,
On a Post-It-Note©.
But you, you threw it away.

Hey now,
Why did you not come to
The school playground
You see I waited by the Monkey Bars, the Swingset, the SeeSaw, the sand pit,

Round and Round and Round and Round,
Goes the Mary Go Round and Round,
Goes the Mary Go Round and Round,
Goes the Mary Go Round and Round.

Round, goes the Mary Go
Round, goes the Mary Go
Round, goes the Mary Go
Round.

Four Leaf Clover

Written By: Justin Fobes

Four Leaf Clover
Words and Music Copyright 2005 Justin Fobes

I came to pay my respects
Give the Devil his due
I lost so much mor here tan success
I lost the best in you.

Now all I ever think about
Is waking up next to you
And all I ever wanted
was to see this through.

I lost my house and I lost my car
Savings didn't go very far
I pawned my wild card up the road
Traded it all in for foolish gold.

And all I'd ever think about
Was waking up with you
(Waking next to you yea!)
All I'd ever wanted
Was to see this all through
Now you won't see me
Laughing out loud,
But you won't hear me crying
You were my Four Leaf Clover!

I came to pay my respects.
Give your Daddy his due, yea.
I lost so much more here than your sex.
I lost the best in you yet.

And all I'd ever think about
Was waking up with you
(Waking next to you yea!)
All I'd ever wanted
Was to see this all through
Now you won't see me
Laughing out loud,
But you won't hear me crying
You were my Four Leaf Clover!

The Prince of Tides

Written By: Justin Fobes

On up in these hills I'm sailing.
Dreaming.
Of a sky Freeze and a Pony Ride.
Ain't that all she needs . . .

Yea, I'm a squatter now I don't care how.
I'll go shout it out loud.
It's all because I took a vow, of the silent kind, like I was four years old on a Pony Ride.

Now I'm the Prince of Tides, trapped in a land-locked hide.

On up in these hills I'm sailing, and I'm Dreaming, about a sky freeze and a Pony Ride. Now I'm the Prince of Tides, stuck in this land-locked hide, and it's all because I took a vow of the silent kind, like I was a four year old on a Pony Ride.

Hyah!

Giddyup!

Heyah!

Discography

Noise Around Us 2001
Sketches Of Pain 2002
Crazy In Love EP 2004
The Justin Fobes Band 2007

Set List

SONGLIST - Covers
Van Morrison - And It Stoned Me; Moondance; Brown Eyed Girl
Bob Marley - No Woman No Cry; Redemption Song
The Violent Femmes - Blister in the Sun; Kiss Off
Pure Prarie League - Amy
The Beatles - Why Don't We Do It In The Road; Rocky Racoon; While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Jimmy Buffett - Margaritaville; A Pirate Looks At Forty; Why Don't We Get Drunk And Dance; Biloxi; Brown Eyed Girl; The Wino and I Know; Tin Cup Chalice
R.E.M. - The One I Love; Driver Eight
The Eagles- Take It Easy
Tommy Tutone - 867-5309
Rick Springfield - Jesse's Girl
Scoobie Doo - Theme Song
Widespread Panic - Coconuts
The Dave Matthews Band - What Would You Say; All Along The Watchtower
The Rolling Stones - Waiting On A Friend
Hank Williams Junior - Family Tradition; Dinosaur
Fuel - Had A Bad Day Again; Shimmer
Confederate Railroad - Trashy Women
Dave Mason - All Along The Watchtower; Feeling All Right
Waylon Jennings - Dukes of Hazard Theme Song
Michelle Shocked - The L&N Don't