Bart Robley is a true renaissance man... touring drummer, session drummer, teacher, and author / columnist. A Colorado native, Robley moved to Southern California in the '80s and quickly established himself as a professional in several projects before forming metal band, War Crime with ex-Maltese guitarist Steven Cenker. The band was most popular in Europe, but garnered much interest locally, and their playing caught the attention of country / southern rock mainstay Sam Morrison.
Morrison was looking to re-vamp the southern rock sound, and Robley was the cornerstone of that new sound. Robley's style is uniquely heavy but versatile, and speaks deeply of his influences, which range from John Bonham to Tommy Aldridge, Greg Bissonette, and Carmine Appice. The Sam Morrison Band is now taking southern rock to a whole new young audience, while continuing to please longtime southern rock fans at concerts throughout the States. Robley continues to record and tour with both the Sam Morrison Band and their side project Turn The Page, which has just released an entire album of the biggest hits from Bob Seger for Michael Vail Blum's Titan Tribute Media.
In addtion, Robley is a drum teacher, columnist for Classic Drummer Magazine, and has just released his book and instructional DVD "School of Hard Rocks" for Centerstream / Hal Leonard Publishing.
"Peacekeepers 2010" by The Sam Morrison Band. A Tribute to the men and women of the United States Military.
The wait is over!
The long awaited CD, “Dig it or Don’t,” from The Sam Morrison Band is finally here. Since the release of their self-titled debut CD in 2004, The Sam Morrison Band has been touring non- stop, preaching the gospel of Southern Rock to packed houses nationwide.
In 2007, S.M.B. caught the attention of legendary producer, Michael Vail Blum, with their show “Turn The Page” a tribute to Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band. This resulted in S.M.B. signing to Titan Tribute Media to re-record some of Seger’s timeless classics.
Three tribute CDs and over 100,000 digital downloads later, it was time to release the much anticipated 2nd CD of The Sam Morrison Band’s original music. For Southern Rock fans worldwide, it’s well worth the wait! Their first single “I Gotta Ride 2010” was released, and very well received in the hugely popular game “Rock Band.”
Morrison’s Drummer, Bart Robley, who is also a Gretsch and Gibraltar endorser, says, “In 2006 our song Peacekeepers won The Los Angeles Music Awards, Southern Rock Single of The Year. When we started working on our newest CD of original music Sam thought it would be a good idea to re-record the song and give it a fresh sound, especially now that Michael Blum is in our corner. Having Blum as part of the team is awesome. Not only because he’s an incredible producer, he is also a well spring of knowledge about recording, especially when it comes to drummers. I’ve learned a lot from him.”
The Sam Morrison band has also teamed up with two-time Telly award winning director of photography, Trey Solberg, for the video to Peacekeepers. Robley says, “The song was written after we got home from entertaining the troops in Europe and Korea. It was such an honor to play for the men and women who keep us free. This video is one more way we can say thank you to them for all that they do for us.”