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Robert Sarazin Blake

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Blake has carved out a nitch and an audience all his own full of punks, hippies, college students, country music fans, tree sitters, high schools and their parents. Your bound to hear some Dylan, some Billy Bragg, some John Darinelle, and something Irish, but mostly your going to hear Robert Blake.

Blake’s musical and spiritual roots are in being a folksinger. He unashamedly draws from folk sources and at the same time brings a careful modern appraisal to the process. What sets Blake apart from other songwriters is his ability to approach familiar strains with his speed strumming guitar style, wry humor, and superior narrative sense and sensibility. His songs hold up when standing next to the best of Richard Thompson and Greg Brown. 30 years their junior, Blake is bringing the folk song to a new place and to a newer, younger audience.

Since 1997 Blake has been touring nationally both out of Bellingham, WA and Philadelphia, PA. He’s performed at prestigious folk venues such as The Tin Angel in Philadelphia and the Tractor Tavern in Seattle. He’s also performed at punk venues such as The Gilman St. Theatre in Berkeley and the A-zone in Chicago. At home in Bellingham, Blake headlines at the Annual Subdued Stringband Jamboree drawing upwards of 1000 people. In addition, and close to Blake’s heart, are the impromptu venues he’s played from coast to coast- backyards, living rooms, Ethiopian restaurants, and alleys have all been home to Blake’s songs.

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  • haplomega

    My friend, RBS, just played a show in my living room, videos will follow.

    16 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Duckman2008

    By far the best live performer I have seen so far.

    12 Jan 2009 Reply