What I've Been Up To
These days I'm focused on piano lessons, music theory lessons, improving my guitar playing, composing new music, and writing lyrics. I've joined a band as a guitar player and co-songwriter, called Dorian. This band is influenced by The Smiths and The Cure. And I'm continuing to play gigs with my acoustic trio. Check the Shows page. Finally, I'm hosting an open mic/jam at my neighborhood bar on the first Tuesday of the month. Taking on too much? No doubt. My house hasn't been cleaned in months.
And doing what I can to help my fellow Coloradans who were impacted by the flood in September...
Update on the Colorado Flood
Here's the latest I've heard: Jamestown and Lyons remained evacuated and without a water supply. Electricity is slowly being restored. The road into Jamestown has not been rebuilt. It is hoped that a temporary dirt road for residents will be built soon, but a permanent road won't be build until next summer. Highway 36 from Lyons and Estes Park to Estes Park was reopened November 4. 7 people were killed, and almost 2000 people's homes were destroyed. Several thousand more remain evacuated and had varying amounts of damage to their homes. So if you have the ability to donate to relief efforts and haven't done so yet, please do. On the right I've listed some funds to which you can contribute.
Colorado Flood Photos and Videos
Please take a few minutes to view these photos of Jamestown.
This video taken from the ground in Jamestown, shows the destruction caused by the flood but also the spirit of the people there.
Here is an aerial video of Jamestown one week after the flood. My friend Nancy's house appears from around 6:45 to 7:45.
Here are some incredible photos of Lyons. You really should see these. Two are below.
Lyons resident being evacuated
Planet Bluegrass festival grounds in Lyons
Nancy Farmer's Jamestown Home
How to Donate
Home insurance policies don't cover floods. You have to buy separate flood insurance. Most people don't have it because, well, it never floods here. I don't have flood insurance. My friends mentioned above didn't. The probability of rainfall this heavy is 1 in 500 years. See this site for an explanation.
Colorado is hurting. We could use a little help. Your tax dollars through FEMA are helping. But it's not near enough to cover the losses many people have experienced. Here are some funds that you can donate to help out.
MusiCares Colorado Flood Relief Fund This is a fund by the Grammy foundation setup specifically for professional and semi-professional Colorado musicians impacted by the flood. Jamestown and Lyons were full of musicians.
Oskar Blues CAN'd Aid Foundation You can donate online, or, if you live in Longmont, go to the Oskar Blues restaurant and have a couple of beers. They are donating $1 from every one of their beers sold to this fund. Oskar Blues Lyons restaurant remains closed, so they are losing revenue there, which makes their contributions even more remarkable.
Thanks to all of you who contributed to Nancy Farmer's Site. Nancy is a fan, friend, co-writer of the song "Accept, Embrace, Surrender" and frequently staffs my merch table at shows. Her Jamestown house was destroyed, see the photo above. She also lost her job as a result of the flood. The fundraising site, setup by her daughter Katie, raised over $14,000! This allowed Nancy to have time to deal with all the agencies and find a new place to live. Look for her at the merch table at my next show and say hi.
If you have other suggestions for funds, please email me and let me know. email@example.com
Any amount you can afford to donate will make a difference for my fellow Coloradans. Thank you in advance for your compassion and generosity.
--Rob November 12, 2013
The Other Side of Nowhere!
Check out the great reviews that The Other Side of Nowhere, has received, including one in the The Westword, a Denver weekly, and the Colorado Music Buzz. Go to the album page in the Music tab above, or just click here.
You can buy The Other Side of Nowhere online at CDBaby.com.
If you live in Colorado, you can also buy The Other Side of Nowhere at Denver and Boulder record stores. See my Music page for a list of stores that carry my CDs.
If you're like me and like to try before you buy, you can hear some of the songs on this website. Click on the Music link above, or use the player at the top of this page.
Sept 18, 2012 I have deactivated my Facebook account due to Facebook's outrageous security and privacy violations. Facebook was sending "friend requests" from me to random people without my knowledge or permission. Should Facebook management decide to address these problems, I will consider reactivating my account.
Aug 15, 2012 I spent a good part of the last year co-writing a song with Nancy Farmer. We recorded a demo of it at my home, and I put it up on the website for you to hear. Go to to music page (or just use the music player above). It's called "Accept, Embrace, Surrender". It's about the life of a trans-gender person, "Coyote Joe" Stevens, of the folk group Coyote Grace. See their website to learn about Joe's amazing journey and hear their fine songs. Coyote Joe mentioned the song in his blog. Check it out.