Michael Robinson

Michael Robinson


Michael plays a disctinctive brand of music called "Roadhouse Blues & Roots Rock" -- a blend of retro rock and contemporary blues. With catchy tunes, clever lyrics and gutsy vocals, it all adds up to a rockin' good time, blending classic covers and fun originals.


Armed with a new CD co-written with local legend Johnny Nitro, Michael Robinson is rapidly becoming a force in the Bay Area blues scene. Indeed, Michael and his veteran band mates are gigging steadily throughout northern California, earning rave reviews for their fun-filled, up-tempo live show.

The band headlined San Francisco's Biscuits and Blues, voted America's number one blues nightclub, and Oakland's Eli's Mile High Club, known as the "home of the West Coast blues," and also appeared at the Art and Soul Festival in downtown Oakland.

Michael performed at festivals in downtown Benicia and Davis to enthusiastic audiences. Both cities immediately booked the band for return engagements.

His new CD, "Playing in the Dark," features unique originals that received airplay throughout the U.S. and Europe. Known for a wide range of styles and rhythms, the disc also attracted media attention, garnering major profiles in local papers, two of which put stories about his music on page one.

Not bad for a guy who didn't learn to play the guitar until he was 35 and didn't start on blues until he was 44. An award-winning former journalist and published author, Michael formerly fronted the alternative rock band the Tabloids but embarked on his blues career after learning the craft from Nitro.

Michael's other major influences include Albert King, Billy Gibbons, Freddie King, George Thorogood, Tommy Castro, Jimmie Vaughn and Howlin Wolf.

Today, Michael says he is the most fulfilled he has ever felt in his musical career. That relaxed sense of confidence permeates "Playing in the Dark" and his live show. Michael sounds like a man who is having the time of his life -- and he is.


Playing the Dark, a full-length CD released in the summer of 2006.

Set List

We perform Roadhouse Blues and Roots Rock, combing a wide range of classic covers and our unique originals that flow seamlessly for a fun show that appeals to a wide range of audiences. Here is a representative sample of our covers:
Hoochie Coochie Man
Killing Floor
Let's Work Together
Fortunate Son
Hey Joe
Got My Mojo Workin
Exception to the Rule
The Thrill is Gone
Bad to the Bone
Tore Down
Nasty Habits
Move it on Over
Red House
House is a Rockin
Tutti Frutti
Hard to Handle
Dust My Broom
Voodoo Child
Born Under a Bad Sign