the latest buzz about Tad
December 16, 2004 - Tad nominated for W. C. Handy award in two categories.
Tad received two nominations in the balloting for the 26th Annual W. C. Handy Award - Did You Ever Wonder in nominated for best Soul/Blues Album of the Year and Tad is also nominated at the best Soul/Blues Male Vocalist of the Year (2005). Check out the official page on the 2005 - 26th W.C. Handy Blues Awards page on the Blues Foundation web site.
December 15, 2004 - Check out Dave Specter's web site.
Dave Specter's web site provides tour dates, a discography, a bio, photos and lots of additional information about blues guitarist Dave Specter, one of Tad's regular collaborators.
September 7, 2004 - Did you ever wonder? reviewed by Barnes and Noble.
Barnes & Noble -
Plain and simple: Tad Robinson can sing. Obviously weaned on classic R&B, Robinson harks back to the great soul vocalists of the 1960s and '70s, but he brings such enthusiasm and skill to the party that he comes off as an individual stylist. He pays homage to his roots with every word, yet his sound remains immediate, always in the here-and-now. In addition to Robinsonís striking singing, Did You Ever Wonder? is solidified by robust material and superior musicianship. (Special kudos to guitarist Alex Schultz, who turns in one imaginative solo after another, and Willie Hendersonís flavorful horn charts.) Robinson has wide influences; if many of the performances keep the southern soul singing tradition alive and Suffering with the Blues calls up memories of Bobby "Blue" Bland, a tasty cover of the 1972 Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose hit, Itís Too Late to Turn Back Now, reveals that Robinson draws from whatever R&B tributary he cares to. A triumph. [by Steve Futterman, review dated 3.27.2004]
August 2, 2004 - Tad's in the spotlight on nothinbutdablues
Nothinbutdablues has is spotlighting Tad, including an all-new interview.
July 23, 2004 - Did You Ever Wonder? on radio charts
The latest edition of Living Blues shows Did You Ever Wonder? at #3 on the blues radio for April.
June 2004 - Did You Ever Wonder? gets 4-stars in Downbeat review
Did You Ever Wonder? received a glowing review from Downbeat's Frank John Hadley in their June edition. Downbeat editor Jason Koransky has kindly granted us permission to reproduce the review here.
March 16, 2004 - Did You Ever Wonder? now released!
Did You Ever Wonder?
March 10, 2004 - Nuvo: Living in Soul Heaven
Nuvo: Living in Soul Heaven 'Tad Robinson mixes blues with Memphis soul' - background, plus insightful interview - [3.5.2005 - Hammer - Nuvo]
March 4, 2004 - Texas Blues Music Review
Review of Did You Ever Wonder? 'Tad Robinsonís debut on Severn Records is an impressive recording' - Texas Blues Music
March 2004 - Blues Bytes raves about Did You Ever Wonder?
Did You Ever Wonder? selected as 'Pick Hit' 'Robinson ... has put out what could be the best CD of the year. It is truly a masterpiece, a disc that you will want to play again and again.' - [3.2005 - Mitchell - Blues Bytes]
February 11, 2004 - Tad launches his Blues Journal
Check out Tad Robinson's Blues Journal where he'll share road stories, share his knowledge of the blues and related musical genres, and give some hot tips for finding the best venues for hearing the blues.
June 3, 2003 - Tad signs with Severn Records
Severn Records recently penned a 3-record deal with former Delmark vocalist/harmonica player Tad Robinson. The addition of Tad to our roster continues the Severn Records tradition of signing top-notch performers steeped in the blues and soul traditions.
"Tad is a natural fit with Severn," notes president David Earl. "Weíve been fortunate to record some great contemporary blues and soul vocalists like Darrell Nulisch, Sugar Ray Norcia and Lou Pride. Tad is a wonderful addition to this list and we feel very lucky to have him on the label. His sound is right up our alley and weíre looking forward to releasing his first recording next year."
Originally hailing from Manhattan, where he grew up playing with guitarist Alex Schultz (Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers), Tad now makes his home with his wife and two children in Indiana. He spent the majority of his music career in Chicago where he was recruited to play as a sideman for Dave Specter. After hearing Tad lay vocal tracks for Specterís Blueplicity, Delmark owner Bob Koester signed him on the spot and two solo projects, One to Infinity and Last Go Round were recorded.
Plans are currently underway to complete Tadís first release on Severn Records (title TBA). The disc features his longtime friend and collaborator, Alex Schultz, along with bassman Harlan Terson (Otis Rush/Lonnie Brooks), drummer Marty Binder (Albert Collins/Junior Wells/Buddy Guy) plus Benjie Porecki (Severn) and Kevin McKendree (Delbert McClinton) sharing keyboard work. An early 2004 release date is currently scheduled.
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