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Rich Robinson Tears It Up Live In Portland

Rich Robinson in the midst of a seemingly never-ending tour (see below) in support of his recently released (and quite good) record, The Ceaseless Sight, and we were lucky enough to be front and center for his recent show at one Portland, Oregon’s best venues, The Doug Fir Lounge.

On The Ceaseless Sight, Robinson has perfected a sort of “chilled-out JJ Cale on mushrooms” type of sound that is deeply indebted to the past while still having enough of a personal and modern flare to retain a feeling of originality. Robinson’s prowess on the electric guitar is well-documented at this point, but it’s still something to watch the man work in a packed rock club. His touch is so deft it hardly looks like he’s exerting any effort while he unleashes wave after wave of electric fireworks.

Unsurprisingly, his backing band is also full of top notch players, who compliment Robinson’s guitar histrionics and soulful croon perfectly. Deft rhythm guitar touches, dramatic Hammond B-3 flourishes mix with the buoyant basslines and drums of the backend for a first-class sound. Great stuff and a perfect fit.

The only hicccup of the night came in the from of a feedback problem that confoundingly went on for almost a minute. Robinson shot a glare at the soundboard wondering what was up, and for a moment I feared we were getting ready to see some of the Robinson temper his brother has shown many a time, but Rich’s gaze soften almost immediately, and he went back to shredding. Robinson’s cool handling of the situation was reflective of the entire night’s vibe: one of a season veteran of the road showing folks how it was done.

Check out Rich Robinson’s entire (and utterly massive) list of tour dates below, and don’t miss this tight band when they come to your town.

Rich Robinson 2014 Tour Dates:
Thu 07/24/14 Crystal Bay, NV Crystal Bay Club Casino
Fri 07/25/14 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
Sat 07/26/14 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
Sun 07/27/14 Phoenix, AZ The Rhythm Room
Mon 08/04/14 Whitesburg, KY The Summit City
Wed 08/06/14 Bowling Green, KY The Warehouse
Thu 08/07/14 Charlotte, NC Visulite Theatre
Fri 08/08/14 Durham, NC Carolina Theatre
Sat 08/09/14 Charleston, SC The Pour House
Sun 08/10/14 Asheville, NC Asheville Music Hall
Tue 08/12/14 Columbus, OH Park Street Patio
Thu 08/14/14 New Hope, PA Havana New Hope PA
Fri 08/15/14 Teaneck, NJ Mexicali Live
Appearing at “The Peach Music Festival”
Sat 08/16/14 Moosic, PA Pavilion At Montage Mountain
Sun 08/17/14 Patchogue, NY 89 North Music Venue Appearing with Jonny Lang
Tue 08/19/14 Portland, ME State Theatre
Thu 08/21/14 Fall River, MA Narrows Center For The Arts
Appearing with Jonny Lang
Fri 08/22/14 Boston, MA House Of Blues Boston
Sat 08/23/14 Fairfield, CT Fairfield Theatre StageOne Appearing at “Southern Maryland Blues Festival”
Sun 08/24/14 Prince Frederick, MD Calvert County Fairgrounds
Wed 08/27/14 Buffalo, NY The Waiting Room
Thu 08/28/14 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance Theatre Appearing at moe.down
Fri 08/29/14 Turin, NY Snow Ridge Ski Resort
Wed 09/10/14 Ferndale, MI The Magic Bag
Thu 09/11/14 Kitchener, ON Centre In The Square
Fri 09/12/14 Picton, ON Regent Theatre
Sat 09/13/14 Port Hope, ON Capitol Theatre
Sun 09/14/14 Kent, OH The Kent Stage
Appearing at “Experience Hendrix”
Fri 09/19/14 Hollywood, FL Hard Rock Live
Sat 09/20/14 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
Sun 09/21/14 Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre
Tue 09/23/14 Melbourne, FL King Center For Performing Arts
Wed 09/24/14 Atlanta, GA Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Thu 09/25/14 Birmingham, AL Jemison Concert Hall
Fri 09/26/14 Nashville, TN Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Sun 09/28/14 Austin, TX Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
Mon 09/29/14 San Antonio, TX The Tobin Center For Performing Arts
Tue 09/30/14 San Antonio, TX The Tobin Center For Performing Arts
Thu 10/02/14 Houston, TX Bayou Music Center
Fri 10/03/14 Durant, OK Choctaw Event Center
Sat 10/04/14 Newkirk, OK First Council Casino
Sun 10/05/14 Tulsa, OK Brady Theater
Tue 10/07/14 Mesa, AZ Mesa Arts Center
Thu 10/09/14 Valley Center, CA Harrah’s Rincon Casino & Resort
Fri 10/10/14 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre
Sat 10/11/14 Indio, CA Fantasy Springs Resort Casino & Special Events Ctr.
Sun 10/12/14 Avila Beach, CA Avila Beach Golf Resort
Tue 10/14/14 Santa Cruz, CA Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Wed 10/15/14 Santa Rosa, CA Ruth Finley Person Theater
Thu 10/16/14 Davis, CA Mondavi PAC – Jackson Hall
Fri 10/17/14 Lemoore, CA Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino
Sat 10/18/14 Oakland, CA Fox Theater
Fri 12/12/14 Nashville, TN City Winery Nashville

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