Robert Mabe loves touring and performing.
His parents gave him a banjo at age 12... he was soon hooked.
When the pandemic hit in early 2020, I was performing constantly and the new year was looking busier than ever. Later of course, all of the work went away.
The Robert Mabe Band was, at that point, a collection of about six musicians rotating in my band. One of those musicians was Jack Dunlap. We had known each other since around 2013. I knew I wanted to work with Jack since I first heard him play. So when I decided to record a solo project for 2016, he was one of the first musicians I called. From that point forward, Jack and I worked together on several projects and live shows. We were working more and more together but never in each others "main" band.
So, back to 2020. Jack was writing tons of new material and wanted to record a bluegrass themed album. I also had some new songs and wanted to get involved in a new project.
In 2021 Dunlap & Mabe was established and we are finally in the same band together!
Over the past few months we have been working hard in the studio. We have a brand new single being released on 1/14/2022 and an album release scheduled for later this year.
For more info check us out at: www.dunlapandmabe.com
As a kid growing up in North Carolina, Robert was surrounded by many great bluegrass musicians. In fact, his grandfather was a guitar/bass player who also performed at The Grand Ole Opry.
When his parents gave him a banjo at age 12, he began taking lessons and attending local bluegrass jams and he was soon hooked.
Listening to Earl Scruggs, Bela Fleck, and all things bluegrass, he also became interested in other styles of music including Jazz, Irish, and Blues.
While taking banjo lessons he would also seek out piano, guitar, and sax teachers to translate their styles to banjo.
This was not just for the love of the banjo but also for the love of live performance.
Over the years Robert has performed thousands of live shows across the USA and abroad.
In 2013 Robert performed at Carnegie Hall.
He has recorded with many great musicians including Larry Keel, Clay Jones, and Patrick McAvinue. Roberts latest studio release, "Somewhere in the Middle", was written and produced by Robert, showcasing his versitile songwriting skills and includes an all star cast of musicians.
"Somewhere in the Middle" also caught the attention of Bluegrass Today and Bluegrass Unlimited who both published rave reviews and high praise of the project. Currently Robert is touring the US full time with around 100 dates a year on the calendar.
In addition to festivals and music venues, he performs dozens of private events each year.
You can find Robert performing with his band, "The Robert Mabe Band", or as a solo act in both large and small venues.
Be sure to visit www.robertsbanjo.com often for music, videos, tour dates, and the latest news on Roberts banjo adventures!