Rob Szabo

Rob Szabo

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandFolk

Press say he has “a voice of tremendous power and whimsy”, "the soul of a poet" and is "one beautiful talent waiting to explode". Rob Szabo is a tireless touring troubadour, logging over 100 shows/year with national radio & video play & devoted fans who often travel great distances to see him play.

Biography

Richard Knechtel
(Summerfolk Festival-Owen Sound,ON)
“I was so impressed by the songs of Rob Szabo and the way he presented himself when I saw him perform, that I knew he would be a perfect fit for Summerfolk. His songs have twists and points of interest that make you pay attention and Rob's ever-present wry smile makes you feel like you’re in on a shared secret.”

Jo Beattie (Coldsnap Festival-Prince George, BC)
“As a songwriter, Rob makes wry and sometimes pointed conservations, with soulful confessionals often sung with a curious blend of hope and melancholy. It is a voice of clarity and of authority, and reminds the audience that there are core truths to be taken from everyday experiences of life and love.”

Hailed by the press as a “gifted musician” with “the soul of a poet” and “a voice of tremendous power and whimsy”, Toronto-based Rob Szabo is a tireless solitary touring troubadour, an acclaimed songwriter and in- demand record producer. His studio recordings get raved about by press, both in Canada and the U.S., where he’s been called “Cobain-worthy” and “like prime Costello”. Canada’s CBC Radio 1 & 2 champion his music on shows nationwide.

Rob Szabo`s crowdfunded self-titled fifth studio album is a dark and intimate recording prominently featuring his voice and acoustic guitar with dashes of horns, strings and ambient atmospherics.
Rob is currently performing about 100 shows per year, making records as a solo artist and producing other artists. His fans always mention Rob’s ever-present wry smile, and how he makes you feel like you’re in on a shared secret.

Rob plays honest intense music for music lovers.

Thanks for giving a shit.

*ROB SZABO Recent Notables*

2010 Mountain Stage NewSong Contest International Finalist & Canadian People’s Choice Winner
(New York,NY,USA)

Summerfolk Festival 2010 Mainstage + Workshops
(Owen Sound,ON, CANADA)

Coldsnap Festival 2009 Mainstage + Workshops
(Prince George,BC,CANADA)

Artswells Festival 2009 Mainstage
(Wells,BC,CANADA)

Revelstoke Street Festival 2008
(Revelstoke,BC,CANADA)

South Country Fair 2007 Mainstage Headliner + Workshop leader
(Fort Macleod,AB,CANADA)

Niagara Grape & Wine Festival 2006 Mainstage Headliner
(St Catharines,ON,CANADA)

Mountain Stage NewSong Contest 2006 International Finalist
(Shepherdstwon,WV,USA)

PRODUCER
Rob has produced records for Peter Katz (First Of The Last To Know), Ian Sherwood (And Now The Fun Begins), Christen Zuch, Ryan Hennessey and more. He's currently working on new records with Peter Katz and Steve Strongman.

Lyrics

Beautiful

Written By: Rob Szabo

you never tell me that i’m beautiful anymore
you only treat me like a medical condition
you understand me like a metaphor
you’re a student in a class
will i get better in a year or two?
forgive me if i ask

automatic
you vote for conversation
you ask me how i am
but keep to twenty words or less
why ask?

new and improved
another product you consume
it’s true
and it happens every day
it does

you never tell me that i’m beautiful anymore
you only treat me like a medical condition
you understand me like a metaphor
you’re a student in a class
will i get better in a year or two?
forgive me if i ask

in a panic
that smells like competition
on your mark, get set, depend
line me up with other brands
on the shelf

new and improved
another product you consume
it’s true
and it happens every day
it does

you never tell me that i’m beautiful anymore
you only treat me like a medical condition
you understand me like a metaphor
you’re a student in a class
will I get better in a year or two?
forgive me if I ask

©2006 Rob Szabo. All rights reserved.

That Cold Hard Sell

Written By: Rob Szabo

That Cold Hard Sell
(Szabo)

There’s nothing like that cold hard sell they’re getting away with murder!
There’s nothing like no money down and don’t pay ‘til next December
There’s nothing like a new TV to paint you in a corner
There’s nothing like a long workweek we’ll just stay a little longer
A new kitchen table comes complete with a pile of cable bills
Another day in daycare, ‘cause we’re doing it for the kids

There’s nothing like a bottle and a skinny little model telling me I me I want and I deserve more
Careful what you wish for
There’s nothing like a logo and a snappy little motto and they better have the colour I want ‘cause I’m the boss

There’s nothing like that long commute makes you a little older
There’s nothing like four seasons on with two weeks off in the summer
There’s nothing like those huge billboards when you’re driving down the gardiner
They always try to come across like they’re doing us a favour
“Imagine you in a new hot rod we deal in peace of mind”
“You can afford the lap of god” you just can’t afford the time

There’s nothing like a bottle and a skinny little model telling me I me I want and I deserve more
Careful what you wish for
There’s nothing like a logo and a snappy little motto and they better have the colour I want
Careful what you wish for
I can’t resist that cold hard sell I’m going broke

I am what I own I know ‘cause I saw the commercial
I am what I owe I signed and I made it official
So take our first born can’t say they didn’t tell you so

There’s nothing like that cold hard sell now I’m the sweepstakes winner
Check the spot in the little box and they’ll send a free subscription

B's Song

Written By: Rob Szabo

B’s song
(Szabo)

My sister B’s driving the little jeep I’m crumpled up here in the captain’s seat trying to get some sleep
Heading down to Edmonton there we’re gonna get it done ‘cause there i don’t know anyone

Rise and shine to northern lights soon we’ll be downtown

She’s not used to driving stick I’m sweating pails and I think I’m gonna be sick another 100 clicks
Thinking back two thousand one you’re too old now but man you had your fun and I didn’t tell anyone

If you keep a secret for long enough you feel you owe it to the secret never think about yourself
If you ever think you’ve run far enough it rears it’s ugly head again it always wins

Rise and shine to northern lights soon we’ll be downtown
Snowplow’s eyes will be our guides just keep us on the road

It’s too bad I never got the chance to get as close to anyone
It’s too bad you never had the guts to get some help like an adult
It’s too bad I’m getting fixed you’ll never get to lay your eyes on a grandson
And B’s already had it done your family name won’t carry on

Different Points Along The Same Line

Written By: Rob Szabo

Remember you were young?
You thought that you could have it all
You were just having fun
Your infancy was obvious

You’ll see that you change with the passing of time
You’ll see it feels strange but you don’t get to decide
You say it’s your life and I say that it’s mine
We’re just at different points along the same line

Remember you were strong?
You said you'd never compromise
You say that I’m no fun
For you it’s just a matter of time

You’ll see that you change with the passing of time
I know it feels strange but you don’t get to decide
You say it’s your life and I say that it’s mine
We’re just at different points along the same line

My Dad used to say the same thing but I’d explain how
I would be strong, “Dad those rules don’t apply now”
So I dug in my heels and I made up my mind
Until I found myself at
A different point along the same line

You’ll see that you change with the passing of time
I know it feels strange but you don’t get to decide
You say it’s your life and I say that it’s mine
We’re just at different points along the same line

At The Microphone

Written By: Rob Szabo & Peter Katz

I believe in a song ‘cause there are tons that I’ve sung
I gotta thank for the strength to keep from coming undone

I don’t believe in Neil Young or the myth of Bob Dylan
But I have faith in the songs that they’ve written

I count 1 2 3 4 and I don’t even want to think what life wouldn’t be without

All I know is when I’m at the microphone I have hope
But I don’t wanna place a bet
No matter what anyone says it was all worth it

I believe in a song but I can’t explain what it does
Can you explain why you trust your sense of touch?

I can believe what I say in the same way you pray
A little song in a room is a service

A little 1 2 3 4 I don’t even want to think what life wouldn’t be without

All I know is when I’m at the microphone I have hope
But I don’t wanna place a bet
I don’t wanna be famous
No matter what anyone says it was all worth it

I believe in songs they’re all I trust
There’s so much love in those same three chords

All I know is when I’m at the microphone I have hope
But I don’t wanna place a bet
I don’t wanna be famous
If I die penniless
No matter what anyone says it was all worth it

Discography

"Rob Szabo" (2011)
"Life & Limb" (2008)
"After The Gravity" (2008) (Download Only)
"One More For The Road" LIVE (2008) (Download Only)
"Like A Metaphor" (2006)
"Late Bloomer/Sore Loser" (2004)
"A Battery Of Tests" (2003)

With past bands:

Plasticine-"Public Address System"(2001)
Plasticine- "S/T" (Song Corp.-2001)
Marigold-"Benefit Of The Doubt"(1998)
Marigold-"Bunt"(1997)
Groove Daddys-"Sunburn"(1995)
Groove Daddys-"Bottom Feeder"(1994)

Set List

Sets are flexible: 20min-90min showcase/headline
Multiple sets: 2x45min.
Song lengths: 3-6min ... average 4min.

Rob plays songs form his solo releases as well as the odd track he'd written with his former bands.

Eclectic Covers may also be included depending on the mood and Rob's fancy: obscure Neil Young, Jeff Buckley, Failure, Pedro the Lion, Ryan Adams ...