Son Roberts
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Son Roberts

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | SELF

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2011
Band Blues Alternative

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Jun
15
Son Roberts @ Relish Bar and Grill

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

May
31
Son Roberts @ Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival

Orangeville, Ontario, Canada

Orangeville, Ontario, Canada

Feb
19
Son Roberts @ Delta Chelsea Hotel : Monarch's Pub

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Aug
16
Son Roberts @ Milton Ribfest

Milton, Ontario, Canada

Milton, Ontario, Canada

Aug
10
Son Roberts @ Trius Blues in the Vineyard

Hornepayne, Ontario, Canada

Hornepayne, Ontario, Canada

Jun
16
Son Roberts @ Burlington's Sound Of Music Festival Inc

Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Jul
21
Son Roberts @ Beauport en Blues

Chibougamau, Quebec, Canada

Chibougamau, Quebec, Canada

Music

Press


"NEW 2011 RELEASE "Tell That Story" INSPIRED!"

Serving up hearty blues-rock and Americana with a side helping of rich Southern soul - fine fare indeed - an inspired production. - Leiscester Bangs, U.K.


"NEW 2011 RELEASE "Tell That Story" SUPERB BLUES"

His harmonica sound and voice are exceptional … this is superb blues, hot and swingin’." - Radio Canal Bleu, France


"NEW 2011 RELEASE "Tell That Story" POWERFULLY ENGAGING"

Son Roberts’ musical collage is powerfully engaging music. - Diane Wells, CKCU 93.1 FM Ottawa


"NEW 2011 RELEASE "Tell That Story" BEST NEW ALBUM"

Worth waiting for. Should be in the running for a Maple Blues Award for Best New Album. - James Doran, 101.9 DAWG FM Ottawa


"NEW 2011 RELEASE "Tell That Story" UNIQUE MUSICIAN"

A very enjoyable album from this unique musician … a pleasure to discover.

- Chillblains Blues, Australia


"NEW 2011 RELEASE "Tell That Story" FIVE STARS!"


***** for this one! Truly a unique sound and style that is pure Son Roberts. Highly recommended and thoroughly enjoyed.
- John Vermilyea, Blues Underground Network


"NEW 2011 RELEASE "Tell That Story" IMPRESSIVE!"

A strong singer who writes interesting material that does indeed “tell stories. He can fit his harp playing into funky numbers - reminding me of Little Sonny in places - or good old rocking blues. And when Son does go for a straight-ahead blues, he is equally impressive. This is a fine set. - Blues Matters - UK


"DEBUT ALBUM "You Don't Know Yet" Best New Artists 2007"

The Son Roberts Band has been nominated for Canada's National Maple Blues Awards as Best New Artists of the Year 2007 - Maple Blues Awards


"DEBUT ALBUM "You Don't Know Yet" Best New Artists 2007"

The Son Roberts Band has been nominated for Canada's National Maple Blues Awards as Best New Artists of the Year 2007 - Maple Blues Awards


"DEBUT ALBUM "You Don't Know Yet" Inspired Music"

This new album cleverly combines blues, rock, funk, groove and even Latin music. A special mention to Son’s singing and harp performing, sometimes powerful and intense, sometimes cool and delicate, full of a tender emotional credibility. Inspired music full of deep purposes, that wlll move the coolest, most skeptical people. An album that has really touched me. - "La Hora del Blues", Spain


"DEBUT ALBUM "You Don't Know Yet" Inspired Music"

This new album cleverly combines blues, rock, funk, groove and even Latin music. A special mention to Son’s singing and harp performing, sometimes powerful and intense, sometimes cool and delicate, full of a tender emotional credibility. Inspired music full of deep purposes, that wlll move the coolest, most skeptical people. An album that has really touched me. - "La Hora del Blues", Spain


"DEBUT ALBUM "You Don't Know Yet" Refreshing"


“It's refreshing to hear an album by people who are not afraid to face "the new". Your music is fresh and so enjoyable. I'm sure my listeners will enjoy it as much as I do! “ - Luc Brunot, Bluesy-FM, Grenoble France


"DEBUT ALBUM "You Don't Know Yet" Very Cool Disc"

"Very cool disc...love that zydeco style accordion." - Greg Godovitz. CFRB Radio


"DEBUT ALBUM "You Don't Know Yet" Seasoned Veterans"

"For an outfit with virtually no traditional blues pedigree, the Son Roberts Band comes off as seasoned veterans on their assertive debut album, "You Don't Know Yet." - Greg Quill, Toronto Star


"DEBUT ALBUM "You Don't Know Yet" Truly Modern Blues"

“It has to be said that this disc impresses right off the top by doing things differently. And there’s no pretension anywhere here to being anything other than booty shaking, inspired blues. Roberts pulls out some inspired harmonica on St. Josephs’ Boulevard -- It’s all so damn impressive, and the production is wonderful as well. Highly recommended, truly modern blues.” - Hardline Blues


"DEBUT ALBUM "You Don't Know Yet" Something distinct and original"

Something distinct and original is starting to emerge from traditional roots music in Canada and this is an indication of the direction the music is taking. Clearly the inspiration for the ten tracks on this album lies somewhere in the Blues, but the journey north to Toronto has allowed other influences to permeate the mix. The band was founded in 2001 with no Blues pedigree following a visit Son made to Memphis and the Mississippi Delta. It has taken till now for them to issue their first release and it’s to their great credit that all ten tracks are originals. The album features swamp-filled rhythm and a really tight groove. This was a real pleasant surprise album and I can only look forward to more in the future. - Blues Matters - UK


"DEBUT ALBUM "You Don't Know Yet" Original & Passionate"

"The Son Roberts Band is the most original, exciting and passionate band I have heard in many years. Awesome!" - Juno Award Winning Producer, Norman Barker


"DEBUT ALBUM "You Don't Know Yet" Swampy Grooves"

“ … haunted, swampy grooves, Delta-flavored” - Blues Revue Magazine


"DEBUT ALBUM "You Don't Know Yet" Tons of Groove"

"Tons of head-nodding grooves ... not content to rehash old blues standards ... deserves our full support." - Errol Nazareth CBC Radio


"Son Roberts' Down On Vaughn Rd wins Cobalt Award second place"

The winner of the 5th annual Cobalt Prize Contemporary Blues Composition Award were announced on Monday, February 4th at Koerner Hall during the 22nd Maple Blues Awards. The winning Cobalt Prize for composition was “It’s Happening” by Edmonton based Ann Vriend. The runners up were “Down on Vaughn Rd” by Toronto’s Son Roberts and “Chasing Dreams” by Toronto’s Samantha Martin. A cash prize of $1000 was presented to Vriend, with the second and third place winners each receiving $250. - Toronto Blues Society


Discography

Second Album - OCTOBER 2011
"Tell That Story"
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Debut Album - MARCH 2007
"You Don't Know Yet"
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http://www.sonroberts.ca

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Bio

Son Roberts is the grandson of a motherless violin player who worked the posh parlors of Depression Era Montreal to put food on the table. He is the product a turbulent upbringing in that same defiant river city. His journey has included dish-washing in kitchens, home front soldiering and funeral duty, ditch digging and life-threatening work on the railroad all the way to fast cars and fine living.

He has made music every step of the way. First listening and singing along. Then watching his heroes, Muddy, Buddy, Burnside and Mays showed him how the music feels when its alive. Eventually, he met his mentors in the vibrant and diverse Toronto Blues and roots scene. There was no going back from there - he had to sing the Blues.

But it had to be his Blues. That took a lot more work and a lot more time. The first record took six years to get made after a life-changing trip to pre-911 Memphis, Clarksdale, Helena and Nashville. Years of collaboration and conflict led to the Son Roberts Bands 2007 debut CD You Dont Know Yet. The record touched and enlisted respected tastemakers all over the world. It earned the band a Maple Blues Award nomination for Best New Artists in Canada; and one of its songs, Lorraine, was a Finalist in Billboard Magazines World Song Contest. It was the first song Son Roberts ever wrote.

Now, his second album, Tell That Story brings Son Roberts to the fore as a singer-songwriter, Enlisting a top flight musical crew that includes Juno award winners and nominees, world famous players, supremely gifted new artists, and long time partners who really get it, Tell That Story is the next step in the evolution of a emerging and influential voice on the Canadian Blues and Roots scene.

The diversity and force of Sons personality and storytelling gifts - from introspective to irreverent, from deep to disarming - come through song after song. These are stories woven in Sons authentic, personal style. They paint vivid pictures. They cause smiles and laughter. And sometimes, they are dark and terrible. In every case, the energy of the music, the power of the groove brings Sons stories to life.

Son Roberts has toured festivals across Ontario. Hes wandered the live music wilderness to find jam nights just so he could play. On the street, in the rain, or on stage with the lights up high and the groove down low, thats where Sons stories get told. Listen and maybe youll hear a bit of your own life riding along on the groove.

Band Members