Rob Drabkin

Rob Drabkin

 Denver, Colorado, USA
BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Blending elements of rock, improvisation and folk, Rob Drabkin's new album "Little Steps," has exceeded all expectations. Channeling the some of the best artists of Triple A Radio this Denver, COnativehas become a powerful mainstay in the live music scenealongside his formidable band. Together, they've succeeded in national appearances supporting Trevor Hall, G- Love Special Sauce, The Wood Brothers, and Big Head Todd and The Monsters.

Biography

Blending elements of rock, improvisation and folk, Rob Drabkin's new album "Little Steps," has exceeded all expectations.  Channeling the some of the best artists of Triple A Radio this Denver, CO native has become a powerful mainstay in the live music scene alongside his formidable band. Together, they've succeeded in national appearances supporting Trevor Hall, G- Love & Special Sauce, The Wood Brothers, and Big Head Todd and The Monsters.


Rob has made impressive creative strides in the past few years, and the new nine-track album shows just how far he's come. With earnestness and originality, Drabkin thrives within stylistic excursions that range from driving folk rock to understated experiments with classical musicians. His powerful vocals and syncopated guitar drive the soaring opener, "For You I Would Die" and his strumming complements top-notch keyboard and percussion work. Little Steps, the title track, takes the listener from zero to 60 on the first downbeat as a lively horn section heralds a sophisticated, feel good rock song that would make rob a natural to join Dave Matthews or Paul Simon on stage in the drop of hat.

In 2012 Rob released one of the most unique live albums to come out of Colorado, Live At The Bluebird Theater 1.19.12 On this particular night, the band released a brand new set of original material as well as a cover of the legendary Paul Simon album, Graceland in its entirety. The sold-out show generated so much buzz world-renowned Boulder Theater and clubs around the country immediately solicited Rob to headline. Theaters, festivals and Triple A radio stations around the country have caught onto Rob making him a staple in the national scene. Yes his 70s style fro might be unavoidable as his ubiquitous grin. But its his music that got Drabkin on national tours, landed him the opening slot at sold out Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and charted his first album to #12 on CMJ charts. His presence in Triple A Radio is remarkable. He has received multiple invitations to perform live in KBCO Studio C along with serious airplay on KINK, KCSN and Sirius XM.

Robs life was not always that of a full time touring and recording musician. He attended Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas where he studied Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Spanish in hopes of achieving an MD/PhD. Music had officially been sidelined until he took a life-changing trip to New York with his family. "My Dad played Jazz for over 30 years before he got into medicine. We re-connected with his old Berklee Music of School friends in New York and it was inspiring to see these musicians playing their hearts out and who have dedicated their whole lives to music. I decided that night to drop science and find my own voice in music and become a singer. I never sang a note till later that night (22 years old). I moved in with my parents and spent every working hour practicing singing and honing all songwriting skills I could.

After writing enough songs for an open mic set, Rob stormed onto Denvers music scene, frequenting jams wherever possible and setting his career into full motion. He assembled quite possibly a dream powerhouse band; featuring Brian McRae on drums, Bijoux Barbosa on bass, Eric Moon on keys and Dave Preston on electric guitar. His full band shows are high-energy blending improvisation and rock while still retaining an earnest singer/songwriter background. Rob Drabkins career is in full motion as his latest release prepares him for his next national tour.

Lyrics

Sweet Things

Written By: Rob Drabkin

I remember when we used to talk and I said sweet things to your soul, searching up, well I was
better up all around, now I wonder why sweet things are gone, ya shook me up and I’m dry.

Some things are gone, some linger and I reach for them all, touch none and lay lonely tonight, god only waits. you sleep up and around, set your pace.

I could walk around the earth today we could see how far I would get my head unwound till i'd I fall six-feet down to my grave.

Or I’ll just breathe all the sweet things I know oh it will be alright
Or I’ll sing all the tunes that’ll hold up my head till I’m old, and its all over.

Oh what in the world, oh will open my eyes cause I twist and turn and just see the whole world crumble like a tone gone lost its note. Sweet things can pull open my soul.

Head shoulders knees toes cross and unwind into a tall-tale of a void, fill it up all around leave the rest behind, sweet things can call
and I’ll be fine.

Rise At Sea

Written By: Rob Drabkin

Sometimes we think driftingly
And sometimes we think and never see.
We’re trailing off, spending days,
Watching time swirl away.
I dance around on heavy feet
Still and cold like blue watered seas.

So we’ll all go

Heaven’s away, so far to say,
But somehow I take all the time to chase
The numbered stars so up and still
Funny how, oh I never will.
So let me walk my summer days
Find my talk along my way.

So we’ll all go

So why don’t you
Come along, I swear it
I’ll never bear
your troubled love or your mourning
I’ll just sit and retreat
And then we’ll oo oo oo oo
and then we'll rise at sea.

Hey look, we’re all in shade
Our color is gone swept turned to gray.
The more I think the less I do,
My thoughts are plain, nothing new.

So we’ll all go

So why don’t you
Come along, I swear it
I’ll never bear
your troubled love or your mourning
I’ll just sit and retreat, over me (cello)
And then we’ll oo oo oo ooo oo rise at sea

She Comes and Goes

Written By: Rob Drabkin

One day we were kissin
On a corner with our wish and
Girl I almost felt the ground beneath us drop.

Cause you and we’ve been so much in awe
By all the things that make us stop
And smile and laugh and I feel great.
(I feel crazy in love, why not?

But you know I know
we’ll always go
About our ways, just to think
we’ve got the world on a string

And then you know someday our feet
Might fall down to the deep
Oh wont you please lord let it last another day….

I want it to go along and she'll last forever
foolish to think a little that she might come and stay
oh instead she comes and goes

The next thing I remember
It was cold and dark december
But all the lights around you seemed to glow

but when I opened up your door i found
No one home or no room for me
Oh I guess I knew and now I know

So the last day I was dreaming
And the stars above were singing to me
Oh so softly then the morning came

And when I woke I hoped I’d only see your
Longing face and when I turned my head
Well there you were again.

2005 Robert Drabkin

Stay Here With You

Written By: Rob Drabkin

Stay Here With You

Hello, well now how are you?/It’s been so long/Since I’ve seen you/It’s a good day/ so don’t walk away/With your arms crossed/It’ll be ok/So I’ll spend my time/And then it all goes by/But to stay here with you makes it all alright/But to stay here with you makes it all pass by/So let’s go/Let’s go out alone/It wont be as cold/And we’ll go back home/Instead my soul/Just burns like coal/but it feels oh cold/just like a long winter’s storm/

Don't Worry About me

Written By: Rob Drabkin


Don’t you worry oh no
Don’t you worry no more
It’s a cold night and the devil walks high
And I just feel a little worn.

But Please Don’t Worry About Me
Don’t you worry no more
Cause I can still breathe and I can still sing
And I’m gonna just stand here on my own.

See now when I was nine I stopped talking
And then my lips became bone dry
But I didn’t think twice no my stubborn old mind
Ya it almost cost me here this time

Now if my weary eyes roll
Back till I feel nothing over my soul
Then in all of this light all my worries might die
And I’ll be on my way back home.

Discography

Little Steps - 2013, full length album
Live At The Bluebird Theater 1.19.12 (2012) - Double CD
Melissa (featuring Davy Knowles) 2010 - single
On These Heavy Feet - 2009 - debut full length studio album
Don't Worry About Me EP- August 2007 - early acoustic EP
Rob Drabkin-self titled EP-2006 - early acoustic EP

Set List

Most sets consist of either one long hour fifteen-hour thirty minute set, or two 40-45 min sets with a short 15 min break. Sets are nearly all original Rob Drabkin music. It is pretty typical to have 2-3 covers during a set.