Jazz and Roots Happy Hour with Rob Lumbard
Rob received his musical education in the barrooms on Forest Avenue in his home town of Des Moines, Iowa. Rose Marie Webster, Luther Allison, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee were some of the musicians that let him sit in.
During the ’80s he barnstormed the midwest in The Wapsie River Band. Then in 1990 went back to playing solo. Opening up for Lyle Lovett, The Band, John Hiatt, The Austin Lounge Lizards, Dan Hicks, Jerry Jeff Walker, Norman Blake, Steve Forbert, Leon Redbone, and dozens of Blues acts. This, coupled with a legendary weekly gig at Flanagan’s, lead to recording three cds on the Hot Fudge label. Also being a part of the trio Two Bobs and a Babe that included label-mates Bob Dorr and Molly Nova.
Rob’s music is Blues/Folk based. He can cover a Jazz or blues standard,or do a set of his own tunes. His finger-picking guitar style can be traced back to Blind Blake, Doc Watson and Piedmont Blues. His slide playing influenced by Johnny Winter, Lowell George and Ry Cooder. For a slide guitar Rob uses a ’30 National Duolian. For most of the regular guitar work, his ’35 Epiphone archtop, or ’54 Gibson Lg-2.His songwriting is heavily influenced by the Texas songwriters and is laced with self-deprecating humor.