Rob is a lover of art and the artistic mind set. He enjoys learning rules. He also really enjoys breaking them. As a result, as a musician, he lives in and outside of convention, depending on his collaborators.
Rob maintains a robust performing career, having had the good fortune to have made music with some amazing people, including Jason Isbell, Paul Shaffer, Dave Douglas, Taylor Hicks, The Temptations, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Frankie Valli, Chad Fisher, Matthew Devine, Jay Frederick, Eric Essix, Rick Carter, The Arkansas Symphony, and The Tuscaloosa Horns. He leads and co-leads a variety of improvisational groups, including The New Orleans-flavored Voodoo Saints, Solid Sender, and Mean Smoker.
For Rob, “The artistic mind set is uniquely human. Its essence is the willing embrace of the struggle to freely express a personal experience. We each choose our own vehicle of expression, where there are no limits. We only limit ourselves. Art is not a kind of activity, it is an attitude toward human activity. All human activity can be artistic if we choose to participate in it that way.”
Rob certainly loves engaging in creative activity with other artists. But he also loves showing so-called non-artistic people how they can recover their innate artistic capability. “With understanding and practice, we can all infuse art into our everyday activities, recapturing the joy of freedom from childhood, responsibly and ethically. This feeling and these capabilities never leave us. We just learn to ignore them as we ‘grow up’.”
He is also honored to have been awarded recognition for his efforts, including The Arkansas Arts Council Individual Artist award (2008), The Alabama Council on The Arts Individual Artist award (2013), and Tuscaloosa Arts Council’s Druid Arts Musician of The Year (2015).