Donovan Roberts

Donovan Roberts

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"crackles with energy...smooth, sultry vocals are simply perfect ...deep blues feeling" -- Blues Revue Magazine

Biography

When Jeff Roberts first met Lori Donovan he had just recently left a busy career working as a touring blues guitarist, having backed Lonnie Shields (Rooster), and playing lead for the Pennsylvania-based band, MadDog and Blues Night Out and his own Jeff Roberts Band, for over seven years. He was looking for a change.

Lori Donovan, a renaissance woman by every definition, was working as an executive for one of the East Coast’s largest music festivals, writing novels, singing with a local blues band (Sweet & Lowdown), and raising her two daughters. She was looking for a change.

They decided to join forces, slim down, and play their blues together – acoustically. Since that time, the duo has developed a set of songs that encompass the American roots music experience – with songs that range from their traditional blues to modern folk rock and jazz inspired originals.

In early 2008, they sat down and began plans to record their first feature CD “Are You Alone.” Within a few short months, they enlisted the help of musical friends like Mikey Jr. (www.mikeyjunior.com) on harp, Craig Kastelnik on piano, Nashville-session staple, Brian Ashley Jones, and the marvelous Maria Woodford (www.mariawoodford.com) on mandolin. With their help, the duo completed a CD that truly connects with the roots of American music.

The CD was released on July 18, 2008, but had seen critical success even before it’s unveiling. Independent filmmaker Zeke Zelker, was so taken by the songs that he requested three for his upcoming feature film, “In Search Of”. The Donovan Roberts tunes – “Are You Alone,” “Wonderin’ About You” and “What You Need From Me” will be included in the film when it appears at International film festivals this year.

In addition to their recording in 2008, Donovan Roberts were also honored as semi-finalists in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN – where they competed against the best blues solo and duo performers from around the world. Jeff and Lori will be returning to Memphis in 2009 to represent the Lehigh Valley Blues Network for the second year in a row.

Highlight performances for the duo include shows at Musikfest (Bethlehem, PA), Briggs Farm Blues Festival (Nescopeck, PA), Newtonfest (Newton, NC), The Sellersville Theater (Sellersville, PA), Mayfair (Allentown, PA) and venues across the US Southeast, from New Englad to the gulf coast.

Discography

Are You Alone (Shelloy Sounds) 2008

Set List

Original Blues/Jazz/Folk
with possible covers including:

Barkin’ Up the Wrong Tree
Big Road Blues
Blues for You
Blues on a Holiday
Bobbie McGee
Breakdown Here
Bring Me Some Water
Checks and Love Letters
Deceptively Yours
Don’t Talk
Don’t Think Twice
End of the Line
Eye in the Sky
Fire and Rain
First Cut is the Deepest
Foolin Round
Gonna Move
Good Hearted Man
I Believe I’m in Love with
I Can Give You
I Hope That I Don’t
I Will Not Be Broken
It Hurts Me Too
Jackson
Jolene
Junk Man
Just Breathe
Keep On Growing
Layla
Like the Way I Do
Little Baby
Little By Little
Lonesome When You
Lorraine
Love Me Like a Man
Mercedes Benz
Mighty Tight Woman
Moondance
Mr. Jones
Mustang Sally
Palm of My Hand
Please Love Me
Richland Woman Blues
River’s Invitation
Route 66
Seven Years
Shadow in the Way
Since I Fell for You
Take Me to the River
Tennessee Whiskey
The Weight
Time Will Do the Talkin
Tough Enough
Twelve Bar Blues
Twilight
Unchain My Hea