"When Tad Robinson dies, he's going to soul heaven…a place reserved for a very few people." - Otis Clay
"Did You Ever Wonder" was nominated in 2004 for Soul/Blues album of the year at the W.C. Handy Awards (now the Blues Music Awards) in Memphis.
Growing up in New York City, Tad was surrounded by music. His initial inspiration came when as a boy he heard James Cotton perform in Central Park. Since then he has "always wanted to be a singer." He remembers being influenced by the sounds of Ray Charles, Sonny Boy Williamson, Otis Redding, and Little Richard through listening to AM radio in the 60's and 70's. As a young man Tad would hear street musicians like blues man/harpist Sugar Blue in free form jams that would take place in Central Park. In 1976 Tad began attendance at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana where he met his wife, Amy, and started his first band, Hesitation Blues Band. Tad moved to Chicago in 1982 where he immersed himself in the rich club scene. His Chicago band with Steve Freund, Marty Binder, and Harlan Terson had a weekly gig as the house band at Rosa's for three years and also played at venues like Buddy Guy's Legends, The Chicago Blues Festival, B.L.U.E.S., The Wise Fools Pub, and many others. Variations of this band would play in and around Chicago for years until Tad moved back to Indiana in 1998. During this time he shared stages with the likes of John Lee Hooker, Albert King, Muddy Waters, Sam Moore, and one of his biggest influences, Junior Wells. Tad also toured Europe several times, played dates in Canada and Israel, and contributed to two major motion pictures. One of them, Under Siege w/ Tommy Lee Jones, as a member of a fictitious blues band with David Letterman guitarist Hiram Bullock and the other film that featured Tad's music was A Perfect Murder starring Michael Douglas. Tad has been a guest musician on releases by Dave Specter, Al Miller, Ken Saydak, Barkin' Bill and House Of Blues tributes to Janis Joplin and Aerosmith all while releasing two of his own albums on the Delmark label between 1995 and 1998.
Among those too many to thank, I would like to mention: David Weber, Joan Matthews, Rico Ferarra, Steve Fazio at the Vero Amplifier Company, Mark Baier at the Victoria Amplifier Company, Mike Milligan, Caleb Dube, Kevin Anker, Alberto Marsico, John Bean, Paul Holdman, Marty Lucas, Wendy Kerr, Gary and Cheryl Maners, Jamey Reid, Scott Herider, The Notodden Blues Festival, The Peer Belgium Rhythm and Blues Festival, Fritz Jakober and Guido Schmidt of the Lucerne Blues Festival, Ronnie Peterson, Detlev Hoegen, Jay and Carla Zochowski, Matthew Socey, Bob and Susan Koester, Andreas Arlt, Michael Arlt, Willie Henderson, Otis Clay, Steve Gomes, Neil Sexton, Tyler and Avery Robinson, Corinne Becknell-Lucas, the Daddy Jack's crew, SoulBus, Jon Wood, Michael Stricklin, Jeff Reed, Daron Washington, Gary Myers, Timmy and Connie at The Verve, Gabriele and Gerd Huke, Hal and Carol Yeagy, Thea and Juri Ten Brinke, Bill Mallers, Chris Lieber, Bill Adkins, Rick Barnes, and the entire staff at Rax Trax.
I would like to thank Alex Schultz, Josh Shapera, David Earl, and the Severn staff for good advice, good ears, and good times. Above all I would like to thank my wife Amy for her continuing love and support. –TR
Tad Robinson: Vocals and Harmonica Alex Schultz: Guitar Harlan Terson: Bass Guitar Marty Binder: Drums Benjie Porecki: Organ, Wurlitzer, Piano, and Fender Rhodes on 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 Kevin McKendree: Organ, Wurlitzer, PIANO, and Fender Rhodes on 1, 2, 3, and 5 Winston "Stone" Damon: Percussion Otis Clay: Backing Vocals on 4, and 8 Denise Davis: Backing Vocals on 4 Tony Brown: Bass Guitar on 9 Jeff Antoniuk: Tenor Saxophone Rick Humphreys: Tenor Saxophone John Jensen: Trombone Don Lerman: Baritone Saxophone Kenny Rittenhouse: Trumpet and Flügelhorn Scott Silbert: Baritone Saxophone Bruce Swaim: Tenor Saxophone Tom Williams: Trumpet and Flügelhorn Scott Young: Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, and Flute
Executive Producer: David Earl Produced by Tad Robinson, David Earl, Alex Schultz, and Josh Shapera Recorded and mixed at Rax Trax, Chicago, IL and Severn Studios, Severn, MD Engineered by Josh Shapera, Eric Lemley, David Earl, and Jay Zdryski Mastered by David Earl and Steve Cyphers at Severn Studios, Severn, MD Horns arranged and conducted by Willie Henderson Horn charts copied by Jeff Bryce Photography by Amber Bowers CD design by Al Brandtner at Brandtner Design http://www.brandtnerdesign.com Tad's Website: http://www.bigeastern.com/tad Web design courtesy of Becknell & Lucas Media, Ltd. Tad plays Hohner Harmonicas exclusively Harlan Terson uses GHS Strings Jeff Antoniuk appears courtesy of PCG Records, Inc.