Rob Raede
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Rob Raede

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2007--Saints & Souvenirs
2009--Wine Bar Afternoon

'Weapons Grade Blonde' gets 200-300 streamings and 20-30 downloads per month in, of all places, Kosovo. It's a long story.



Q: What first got you into music?
Rob: In elementary school they were handing out instruments if you wanted to join the band, and so I thought, hey why not? So I played trombone all through school, and took up guitar when I got to UC Santa Barbara (better for meeting girls � ask my wife!). Then some friends called and said they wanted to form a band to go to Europe, and they needed a bass player, and since I knew how to read bass clef from playing trombone, they appointed me to learn the bass, which I did.
After college and Europe, I studied some classical guitar, and did that until kids came along (at which point time got a little short). Then, when the kids got a bit older and started having their own lives, I got back into music and writing songs.
After 20+ years working on Wall Street, I decided I�d had enough and went back to full time music, and I�m having the time of my life.
Q: So let�s play a college game - if you were stranded on a desert island, what five albums would you take with you?
Rob: Beatles 1, Vince Guaraldi's Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus, Eagles� Hotel California, Beach Boys' Pet Sounds, Lyle Lovett's Road to Ensenada. The first album I ever bought was �The Beatles Again� (the one with �Hey Jude� on it), so of course I�d need some Beatles on board. That, and a volleyball named �Wilson.�
Q: Besides your music, what do you love to do?
Rob: In my spare time I enjoy the role of gentleman avocado rancher, riding my bicycle, taking walks with my wife Ellen, getting ignored by trout, and drinking decent Italian wine.
Q: You�ve had 3 songs chart on Broadjam so far�what are you working on now?
Well I�ve always got at least 2 or 3 songs I�m writing, and usually the same number somewhere in the recording process. Lately I�ve been writing love songs with a criminal twist. I�m not sure where that comes from exactly.....the criminal part is obvious from my years on Wall Street, but the love story thing�that�s a mystery. Just kidding.