Tony Roberts

Tony Roberts

BandFolkAcoustic

Folky Bluesy Reggae Rock

Biography

"I'm the lofi no tie old school fall guy searching for a rhyme behind the reasons why I do what I do. "---From the song, Hip Hop Truck

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Tony Roberts is a troubador in the truest sense. Since 1999 he has toured throughout the US, Canada and Europe. He has lived and played in Key West, Florida- London, England- Vancouver, British Columbia and Boston, Massachusetts. Building up a small cult following in each place. His lyrics are confessional, visual and inspirational. His band, The Saints of San Carlos, made up of ex- members of Division Street, The Mudhens and Mindflow, create the perfect musical backdrop- from the intensely emotional to songs that you just can't help but move to. This is a band of misfit artists who play because it's what they love to do. Roberts' own lyrics states it best in his song. Start a Fire- "I don't do this for fortune or do it for fame- I do it for love because we all need a flame."

In 2002 Tony teamed up with producer, Anthony Resta (Shawn Mullins and Collective Soul) and began work on his first solo album, Grains of You, which was finished at the end of 2003. Incorporating modern ideas with simple songs and great performances, the album is a mix of studio tracks and the live performances that have captivated audiences for years.

Playing over 250 shows since 2004 Tony continued to play solo and with the Saints of San Carlos and has released two critically acclaimed novels (Tales of a Ridiculous Man, One with the Dust) that come with cds. He was also selected by the Artists for Literacy organization to have his song, Just Like Don Quixote, on their latest SIBL (songs inspired by literature) project compilation.

In 2005 Tony and the Saints released "Lost in the Waves"- which Tony engineered and produced himself.

In 2007 Tony released, Rise, an album featuring 14 new songs and also a live acoustic album, The Key West Sessions, with virtuoso guitarist, Yvan Agbo and a little help from the stunning voice of Samantha Waite.

In 2008 Tony released the studio album, I give you the sky, featuring the song, Rise, which was used in the 2009 season by the New York Yankees as a theme for their Hope Week campaign.

His latest album, The Long Lost Ocean Blues, is due out December 2009

He is currently living and performing in Key West, Fl, or on tour with Samantha Waite or his band.

Lyrics

Rise

Written By: Tony Roberts

Rise

Rise
Don't be afraid to fly
If you ain't living you're only dying
if you can't see the light then you're not trying
Cmon and open up your eyes
and Rise

Well there's a sun on the horizon but there are ghosts in the machines
there are people riding trains with their faces buried in magazines
and the scene outside the window is a world they'd rather not know
just passing them by
Just cuz you wake up in the morning it doesn't mean you're not asleep
just cuz you head all the warnings it doesn't mean that you can't leap
in life you get decisions
you've got to hold tight to your ambitions and keep on aiming high

you've got to
Rise
Don't be afraid to fly
If you ain't living you're only dying
if you can't see the light then you're not trying
Cmon and open up your eyes
and Rise

I take a little bit of courage from my friends and my family
for the times when I am hungry and can’t find the strength I need
but I’m not here to sing the praises of bad times with bitter phrases
I only came to shine
but if I told you it was easy well then that would be a lie
cuz we are all bound for our moments when just hang our heads and cry
but it’s in these crucial hours when you’ve got to stop and smell the flowers
you’ve got to reach deep down inside

you've got to
Rise
Don't be afraid to fly
If you ain't living you're only dying
if you can't see the light then you're not trying
Cmon and open up your eyes
and Rise

On any given Sunday there’s a chance you could go free
and you could climb the highest mountain from sea to shining sea
and just shout out at the ocean feel the depths of your emotion
and just thank God that you’re alive
now I’m a man of deep convictions but I’ll always be my Mama’s son
so I’ll be headed towards the light when all this shit is said and done
cuz there’s a truth that always guides me from the wrongs into the rights
so I will stand up for what I believe
I won’t go quiet in this night

I will
Rise
I won’t be afraid to fly
I am living I’m not dying
I can see the light and I’m not lying
there was time when I was blind
but now I Rise

Don't be afraid to fly
If you ain't living you're only dying
if you can't see the light then you're not trying
Cmon and open up your eyes
and Rise

Over your head

Written By: Tony Roberts

I pledge allegiance to the flag
I pledge allegiance to my soul
I pledge allegiance to God above
when there is war down here below

Come what may I try to be patient
Cuz I believe no life should be waisted
I try to savor each and every day I tasted
I’ve got no time for the anger or the hatred

All you leaders remember there is higher
The father, the son and the spirit in the fire
are you the cure or are you the cancer
Where is your answer...

it’s
Over your head
under the gun
who’s gonna fight your wars
when we start the revolution
Over your head
under the gun
who’s gonna stop this war
if we don’t start the revolution

Everyday innocence is dying
love becomes hate and truth turns to lying
we bend but we don’t break
we own up to our mistakes

Cuz what don’t kill I only make me stronger
and hope survives but we can’t wait any longer
I might be afraid but I will not back away
when I’ve got something to say...

it’s
Over your head
under the gun
who’s gonna fight your wars
when we start the revolution
Over your head
under the gun
who’s gonna stop this war
if we don’t start the revolution

I pledge allegiance to the flag
I pledge allegiance to my soul
I pledge allegiance to God above
when there is war down here below

I pledge allegiance to this world
I pledge allegiance to this life
I pledge allegiance to the ones I love
and I will fight if I must fight...

all you leaders remember this higher
the father, the son and the spirit in the fire
and when we have had enough of all you corrupt
the people will rise up...

Over your head
under the gun
who’s gonna fight your wars
when we start the revolution
Over your head
under the gun
who’s gonna stop this war
if we don’t start the revolution

Over your head
we’re going over your head.... etc.etc

Discography

Mindflow- Just like Don Quixote 1996
Mindflow- Killing the Pane 1997
Mindflow- Black and Grey ep 1998
Mindflow- In Search of Stars 2000
Mindflow- Miles 2001
Tony Roberts- Happiness ep 2002
Tony Roberts- Grains of You 2003
Tony Roberts/Mindflow- Fucked Up On Lansdowne Street 2004
Tony Roberts- The Scarbelly Blues 2004
Tony Roberts and The Saints of San Carlos- Lost in the Waves 2005
Tony Roberts- Rise 2007
Tony Roberts- The Key West Sessions 2007
Tony Roberts- I Give You the Sky 2008
Tony Roberts- The Long Lost Ocean Blues 2009

Set List

Mostly original songs and some creative covers of artists like Bob Marley, Ben Harper or Dave Matthews. Sets from 1-3 hours. Can be as acoustic duo or trio or with full band.