Robert Allen Jr.

Robert Allen Jr.

BandBluesSoul

It doesn’t take much listening to Milwaukee blues guitarist Robert Allen Jr. to realize that he’s a blues singer that is ready for the big time. With his signature black hat, and black blazer, his eyes hidden behind rock-star sun glasses, he doesn't so much play guitar, he masters it.

Biography

It doesn’t take much listening to Milwaukee blues guitarist Robert Allen Jr. to realize that he’s a blues singer that is ready for the big time. With his signature black hat, and black blazer, his face all but hidden behind rock-star sun glasses, his guitar named “Blondie” strapped over his shoulder, and his amplifier turned up to 10, this is electric blues played as hard as it gets. His two piece band is similarly attired in black suits giving all three men a classy but rough around the edges look that tells a story even before they play a note. This band screams “power trio” in more ways than one. It’s unlikely that you’ve seen one guitarist make such an electrified and electrifying sound with only one guitar and chord, no pedals or effects here. Robert doesn’t so much play the guitar, he masters it. Flying up and down the neck in a blur of hands, and shredding solos with razor sharpness, this blues man can turn up the heat, drenched in sweat he gives off energy that rockets from the stage. Robert’s voice is distinctive and he puts everything to his singing, his guitar and voice seem to meld into one and create harmonies that are hypnotic and unforgettable. The members of this band are true professionals, hardened by years of paying they’re dues this is Showtime! Not even stopping between tunes they lay down one groove after another, kicking up the high octane mix as the performance screams to an end. Robert acts the blues gunslinger part perfectly, strolling around the crowd and sliding up to fans as he shreds guitar riffs, Robert has a fine tuned shtick, and his sound is custom tuned for packed bars and festivals where sheer passion washes over listeners in a haze of beer, volume, and raw power, you can’t help but appreciate the level of passion Robert Allen Jr. pumps into every note. Robert Allen Jr. is a musician who has it figured out and knows how to connect with his audience.

Roberts family was full of talented blues/roots musicians. His grandfathers band was always performing at the weekly family get together. Robert was always around music and first picked up a guitar at the age of five. Although he did play piano from the age of 5 as well, Robert longed for his own guitar. He would hold a broom and air guitar a full show for his family. By the age of 13 Robert was spending all of his time in the local music store, jamming on different guitars with friends. A year later he bought his first guitar and then he never put it down again, he even slept with it. Robert started his first garage band in 1988 and by his late teens he was touring nationally with blues bands. In 1997 his east coast travels with legendary Chicago bluesman Sam Lay (Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Paul Butterfield) led him to the blues master Jimmy Rogers. At this moment Robert's life changed and everything began to fall into place. Robert met a bluesman named the Mississippi Gun, who was raised in Helena, AK down in the delta. The MS Gun took Robert to the Mississippi delta and the infamous crossroads. The next day he met blues legends like James Cotton, Buddy Guy, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Billy Branch, Bobby Rush, and more. A week later he found his number one love a Gibson / Epiphone ES-335 guitar he named "Blondie". Robert and Blondie have been inseparable ever since and have been astounding audiences wherever they go. One critic called his playing "Haunting! Robert Allen jr. channels some of the most powerful, raw, burning energy that you will ever see. His presence takes over the stage and always leaves his audiences with a memorable show!

SHOWTIME! This is professional entertainment. Robert presents a dynamic show full of good time blues, a tight rhythm section, stinging guitar, incredible bass work, energy that actually rockets from the stage! This is blues that is played as hard as it gets, so get your next party or event started with Robert Allen Jr. Trio and you'll be glad that you did!

~MATT MILLER on bass. Matt's musical style is a funk based blues. Matt toured the world and elsewhere with the legendary 1960’s group, The Flock and American Standard. He has also performed with members of groups like Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Miss Murphy, Reverser, and he played shows with George Thorogood. After performing and writing nearly every style of music, Matt has returned to his roots of blues. Now performing with Robert Allen Jr. He has become a musician/writer with a distinct style and tone. Currently Matt is preparing for the Robert Allen Jr. Trio to make its mark in the music industry. Matt's personal web site is www.millermusicmethod.com

~DAVE BRAUN on drums, toured Europe with Scott Finch and the Blues O’ Delics. Five albums recorded with the Mosleys. Recorded on Rounder Records with The Spanic Boys and was nominated for a Grammy Award, he's made appearances on MTV, VH1, and Saturday Night Live. Simply put Dave Braun is brilliant, this is high-octane drumming. He holds down the back

Discography

Robert Allen Jr. Band-Wings to fly 2005
Robert Allen Jr. Trio-3 of a kind beats everything 2007
Robert Allen jr. Trio-Turn up your radio 2008

Set List

We generally play three 1 hour sets or two 75's we can modify to meet your needs, whether it's a club, festival or private function. We do add some classic covers to our sets.