Robb Benson

Robb Benson

BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Holy shit. Just got an email from the singer of The Glass Notes. He emailed me a track of his & I am SO BLOWN AWAY by his voice that I Soundclouded this for you to hear... one of the BEST MALE voices I have heard in years!
Think Jeff Buckley, Black Crowes, Robin Zander, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin. Fuck, I dunno. JUST AMAZING.
Listen to the whole thing and imagine him doing this live on my show.

Marco Collins (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Radio Personality)




Biography

Robb Benson is a uniquely prolific yet still confusingly somewhat unknown force in American Indie Pop & Rock. In 1997 his first band Nevada Bachelors signed with PopLlamma records. Ian Koss from Ink 19 wrote about the debut: "Enjoy this before a major label picks up on it and it’s rammed down your throat", but the majors didn't come. The second Bachelors release had writer Alex Steininger of In Music We Trust writing: "Nevada Bachelors write amazingly catchy pop songs - Better than most, too. Thus, this quirky album will become a favorite of yours. I'll give it an A." Sadly, before they followed fellow label mates "The Posies, The Presidents, and The Young Fresh Fellows" onto new great success, guitarist Mike Squires left the group to be a Harvey Danger touring side man, and the Drummer Jason Finn went back to The Presidents of USA (his original group who had broke up) & the band soon dissolved.

Robb then recorded a solo EP, then quickly formed Dear John Letters. After the groups second release on Seattle's Roam Records Patrick Schabe of Pop Matters wrote: "If practice does make perfect, Benson might well be on his way to becoming a genius. Following the release of Rewriting the Wrongs, Benson got together with guitarist Johnny Sangster to release a dueling song disc under the moniker 'Sangster Meets Benson' in 2001, and then followed it up with a solo disc titled De Stella Nova in 2002, released almost simultaneously with Unbroken. Obviously a busy man, Benson’s gift with melodies and hooks continues to grow, and Unbroken is the bold and confident album of a musician and his incredible band coming fully into their own."

In 2003 their third release "Stories of our Lives" had climbed to #34 on CMJ, on the LA label Foodchain Records. Writer Stan Haukland of INK 19 wrote: "Centered around multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Robb Benson, Dear John Letters' third full-length album establishes the band as an ever more unique force in American indie rock." Robb Benson was nominated 'Best Seattle Songwriter" three years in a row by the Seattle Weekly Music Awards. (2003, 2004, 2005). Sadly, the group being unable to do more then short tours, became frustrated and broke up.

Robb (although discouraged) continued releasing well received records (local press), in both in his third group Dept of Energy and via solo CD's. In 2006 Stewart Mason of All Music wrote: "Prolific singer/songwriter Robb Benson has released nearly a dozen albums, both as a solo artist and with his former bands the Nevada Bachelors and the Dear John Letters, over the last decade, but somehow he's never quite broken beyond a tiny cult following. Benson's relative lack of recognition is quite puzzling: Benson blending the best aspects of his Pacific Northwest contemporaries Ben Gibbard and Colin Meloy, his songwriting and production suggest influences that range beyond modern-day indie pop into '70s AM radio. Instantly appealing pop tunes feature great one-liners, memorable tunes; and clever, varied arrangements. Good enough to be the album that finally gets Robb Benson noticed.

Yet... Robb only remained a home town Seattle Favorite.

Today Robb Benson fronts yet another new soulful Indie Rock group "The Glass Notes" featuring Tim DiJulio (lead guitarist of Mike McCready's side project Flight To Mars)... The group will release their full debut in November of 2012, with high hopes of gaining some much deserved attention. In addition Robb is playing drums with the Seattle trio The Great UM, and is also still playing solo shows both acoustic and with full backing bands that he assembles in and aroud Seattle.

Marco Collins (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame DJ) recently wrote:
"Holy shit. Just got an email from the singer Robb of The Glass Notes. He emailed me a new track of his & I am SO BLOWN AWAY by his voice that I Soundclouded this for you to hear... one of the BEST MALE voices I have heard in years! Think Jeff Buckley, Black Crowes, Robin Zander, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin. Fuck, I dunno. JUST AMAZING
Listen to the whole thing and imagine him doing this live on my show.

We hope you will listen to Robb's Material and agree with Marco.

Be it an artists curse, or rather a blessing... Robb has recently been told he will be laid off from his pay the bills day job on New Years Eve 2012, allowing him the severance pay to get out and play many live shows with both his bands and solo in 2013. We hope you will add him to your most wanted list. He will not let you down.

-Bill Rand (Music In This Time & Space)

Discography

2012 - The Glass Notes - As The Building Crumbles
2012 - The Great UM - What the People Want (on drums)
2012 - Everything Points Up - 2.0 EP (digital release)
2012 - Everything Points Up - EP (digital release)
2011 - Robb Benson - The Time Slip Demo's (digital EP)
2010 - The Glass Notes - Dust & Hours
2009 - Dept of Energy - Faster
2008 - Dept of Energy - Held by Waits
2007 - Robb Benson - A collection of Songs I forgot to tell you about
2007 - Dept of Energy - EP
2005 - Robb Benson - The Tree Mind
2004 - Dear John Letters - Stories of our Lives
2003 - Robb Benson - De Stella Nova
2002 - Dear John Letters - Unbroken
2002 - Sangster Meets Benson - Benson Meets Sangster
2001 - Dear John Letters - Rewriting The Wrongs
2000 - Robb Benson - Songs About Songs
1999 - Nevada Bachelors - Hello Jupiter
1997 - Nevada Bachelors - Carrots & So On

Set List

Shit... Robb Benson has over 1000 songs written and recorded, 18 albums released, and more on the way! What do you want to hear? Robb has been known to cover Built to Spill, Bob Dylan, ACDC, The Who, The Beatles, and many others... you really never know what you will get. None the less, you will hear his songs delivered with some of the most powerful soulful vocals you have ever heard. You will be given an amazing show with any set delivered from Robb Benson, The Seattle hometown favorite that most of the nation has only seen a time or two... until now!