The music of Rob Drabkin is spirited in nature, light from the heart and rocking on the six-string acoustic. His '70s style afro is as unavoidable as his ubiquitous grin, but it's his music that's put him on national tours and landed him sets at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in his hometown of Colorado. Drabkin's full-band performances are high-energy that blend improvisation and rock while retaining an earnest singer-songwriter background.
Drabkin assembled a dream powerhouse band; featuring Brian McRae on drums, Bijoux Barbosa on bass, Eric Moon on keys and Dave Preston on electric guitar. Drabkin and his band have become a force in the live scene, touring nationally as headliners and supporting acts such as the John Butler Trio, Trevor Hall, and Big Head Todd & The Monsters.
Drabkin has made impressive creative strides in the past few years. The new nine-track album "Little Steps" shows just how far he's come. With earnestness and originality, Drabkin and his band thrive within stylistic excursions that range from driving folk-rock to understated experiments with classical musicians.
His powerful vocals and syncopated guitar drive the soaring opener "For You I Would Die" and his strumming complements top-notch keyboard and percussion work. "Little Steps," the title track, takes the listener from zero to 60 on the first downbeat as a lively horn section heralds a sophisticated, feel-good rock song that would make Drabkin a natural to join Dave Matthews or Paul Simon on stage.
In 2012, Drabkin released one of the most unique live albums to come out of Colorado, "Live at the Bluebird Theater 1.19.12." On this night, the band released a brand new set of originals, as well as a cover of the legendary Paul Simon album "Graceland." The sold-out show generated so much buzz that the Boulder Theater and similar clubs around the country solicited Drabkin to headline.
Since then, theaters, festivals and Triple A radio stations around the country have made Drabkin a staple in the national scene. He has received multiple invitations to perform live in KBCO along with considerable airplay on Sirius XM, Music Choice, KINK and Triple M Radio.
His career is in full motion as his latest effort "Little Steps" prepares him for his next national tour.