Roy Roberts

Roy Roberts


Blues, R&B, and Southern Soul with chunky rhythms, smooth vocals, and stinging guitar licks that update the Stax Records sound.


Roy Roberts became hooked on music while growing up in a small town in Tennessee, listening to blues and R&B on radio stations WLAC out of Nashville. Jimmy Reed’s “Baby What You Want Me to Do” was the clincher, and at the age of 14, Roy worked on a nearby farm to earn the money for his first guitar, a mail order Sears Silvertone.

When he turned 18, he moved to Greensboro, North Carolina to live with an uncle. There he had another inspiration to become a professional musician, when he and a carload of friends happened upon a nightclub where Jerry Butler was performing and making quite an impression on the ladies. Roy sharpened his skills while playing in makeshift bands until he landed a job with local hero Guitar Kimbers’ Untouchables. Before long, Roy was backing up major artists who came through town. One of those artists, Solomon Burke, took young Roy under his wing after letting him sit in as a bass player during a local gig. He was soon handling the guitar chores behind the future soul legend on tour. Roberts subsequently picked up touring gigs with such luminaries as Eddie Floyd, “Little” Stevie Wonder, Dee Clark, and Otis Redding, while fronting his own band, The Roy Roberts Experience, on the regional club scene and Southeastern beach town circuit.

Roy began to cut records in the mid-sixties, staying mostly behind the scenes as a session man. The tragic death of Otis Redding inspired him to step up to the microphone with a song dedicated to the late crooner. The record was released on Nina Simone’s NinaAndy label and backed by an ace studio band. Roy followed this successful effort with a string of 45’s that carried him well into the seventies. During the disco years, Roy turned his talents to country music, touring with the great O.B. McClinton and releasing a number of country records. After a brief hiatus from the music scene, Roy built a recording studio in Virginia in 1989, where he produced records by regional gospel artists and cut a gospel record of his own.

One day in the early nineties, he heard a young Robert Cray singing the blues on the radio. “That cat’s got my style,” he declared, and got the blues fever once again. Besides recording his own material on Rock House, Roberts has produced albums for the label by Priscilla Price, Lou Pride, Chick Willis, Skeeter Brandon, Floyd Miles, Eddie Floyd, and many more. Roy continues to record and produce records for his label, and tours the U.S. and Europe regularly. After receiving numerous awards, Roy has earned his place among the finest artists playing blues today.

“A Roy Roberts show is an irresistible musical odyssey, a sweat drenched pilgrimage through the back alleys of the blues and the glory years of soul music. There aren’t many performers on the scene today who know the importance of “entertainment” like Roy Roberts.”
- Gay Erwin, President of the Low-Country Blues Society

2001 - Keeping the Blues Alive -The Piedmont Blues Society
2002 - Cover of the Living Blues Magazine # 166 (Multiple awards)
2003 - Franco Rubegni Award (For the spreading of soul music)
2004 - CBMA Cammy Award (Blues song of the year-”I Slipped”)
2006 - CBMA Pioneer Award and induction into the Hall of Fame
2006 - Interstate highway sign dedicated to Roy by his hometown, Livingston, TN

Roy has performed at the Pocono Blues Festival, Blues & Wine Festival, Agrigento, Italy, Prestatyn (Northern Soul Week End), Wales, Soul Festival in Duisburg, Germany, Blues To Bop Festival, Lugano, Switzerland. Blues Festival of Ecaussines, Belgium. Roy has performed on 50 + festivals in both the US and Europe. His 30 day 2008 tour in Europe begins in June.

While on tour in Sicily, Roy was photographed on the out door stage with a full moon overhead. He was struck by the beauty of this moon over the water while traveling back to his hotel. That night he wrote the song "Sicily Moon" as the cover song for a new CD and used the actual photograph taken that night on stage for the CD cover.

"...If Roy Roberts continues putting out music this good, we're gonna have to crown him "King of Soul/Blues" Dylann DeAnna - Blues Critic Magazine

"North Carolina bluesman Roy Roberts is an original, and there's no other blues singer or guitarist who can equal his blend of minor-key, soul-laced shuffles... He sings in a style that owes a debt more to the Memphis soulmen than to BB King and his like. The result is a blues album unlike any other... truly a deeper shade of blue than most." Michael Dregni - Vintage Guitar Magazine

"There are very few bluesman on the scene today who can hold their own with the legends like Muddy Water, but Roy Roberts is one of 'em. An outstanding collection of soon-to-be classics!" Shane Copher - Leadhead's Lounge Reviews

More information:


It's Only You (New Release)
Man With A Message
Roy Roberts & Friends
Sicily Moon
The Best Of Roy Roberts
Partners & Friends (Roy Roberts & Johnny Rawls)
Daylight With A Flashlight
Burnin Love
Deeper Shade Of Blue
Every Shade Of Blue
Roy Roberts Live
A Woman Needs Love
Introducing Roy Roberts

Set List

Roy has written 123 songs with his shows consisting mostly his original material.

Covers may include:

Knock On Wood
Brick House
Mustang Sallie
Baby What You Want Me To Do
Everybody Knows About My Good Thing
Nobody But You
Ain't No Sunshine
Thrill Is Gone
Medley: Sweet Home Chicago/The Blues Is Alright/ Rock Me Baby/Meet Me With Your Black Draws On