Wrapped in a blanket of Americana allure, tugging on a few heartstrings, Rob Anthony’s latest album release Where We Are leaves us with the sense of an artist who reaches into the soul, grabs the struggles of the inner man, and weaves it into a solid personal connection.
“It got spiritual”, Anthony admits, “when energies connect on a musical level, it’s unlike any other experience. I’ve spent a lifetime evolving musically & spiritually, being criticized, being praised. It’s made me weak, it’s made me strong. Here’s to coming to terms with it all, the past, the now & living for the future. Write from the heart, sing from the soul, don’t ever let go…”
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By Nadijah Campbell, Post Crescent / USA Today
8/4/16 – It’s Thursday afternoon and crowds are already gathering for the early Mile of Music performances in downtown Appleton. Singer-songwriter Rob Anthony drew a big lunchtime crowd at Copper Rock Coffee Co. The audience overflowed the space, with guests peeking between one another to see the artist.
His music, described as an acoustic instrumentation with a rock edge, left the audience clapping after each and every song.
“Like Rob said, if you told him he would be doing this 25 years ago, he wouldn’t have believed you but he would’ve been dreaming about it,” said Karla Funk, who has been friends with Anthony since high school.
“It’s fantastic,” said Dana Koutnik, who stepped out on her lunch break to watch the performance. “Every kind of music lover is here.”
Anthony was all smiles.
“It was a great packed house,” he said. “Lots of friends and lots of community support.” > Read More
By Jillian Dawson, Scene Newspaper
4/15/16 – It’s hard to imagine the bearded Anthony, a musician best known for his solo acoustic shows and recent tour experience with the BoDeans, started his career in a metal band at age seventeen. Four years passed before Anthony picked up an acoustic guitar and branched out into songwriting.
“It wasn’t until I matured a bit,” he said “that I heard what people were saying in songs and how they spoke to me instead of just the musicality of the guitar parts. When I started playing acoustic guitar, I started writing Americana almost country-alternative acoustic songs which ultimately led to my first solo album release, and it opened a whole new world for me.” > Read More
By John Boydston
11/1/2015 – A night of good surprises – arrive in Park City, UT for a long weekend and see the BoDeans are playing 3-nights at the historic Egyptian Theater right there on Main St. Always wanted to see these guys, so it was a pre-Halloween treat. Surprised this truly great venue let me in with my camera gear sans photo pass. And surprised and happy to see Kenny Aronoff back behind the BoDeans drum kit doing his usually amazing job. Not surprising was this band living up to its reputation as one of the best live acts of our time. > Read More
By Brittany Falkers
8/30/2015 – Since he started this version of Rock Garden Studio in the early 2000′s, Golde has worked with countless local and national acts. That includes singer/songwriter Rob Anthony.
Anthony has traveled the country with his music, but says Golde’s “old school” techniques really make Rock Garden Studio stand out.
“The sound you get out of it – all I can say is – it’s a great warm, organic sound that really enhances my song writing and the acoustic vision that I have for it,” Anthony said.
Even as technology continues to evolve Golde relies on vintage equipment to get that really rich sound. He even has the ability to record on analog tape.
“It isn’t for everybody, but in the end you have something valuable that could never happen again. A computer can repeat itself over and over again – a band can’t,” Golde said. ”Ya know, there’s a special spark that happened in this moment – we caught it and that’s the magic. That’s what you look for.”
Artists such has Bob Dylan, Neil Young and even Limp Bizkit have recorded albums on Golde’s 1970′s vintage counsel. Among all the famous musicians recorded on the retro equipment, one album in particular sealed the deal for Golde. >Read More
By Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
6/30/15 – This past season, students in our PATHS program got to participate in a unique program called Raise Your Voice. Fox Valley favorites Rob Anthony and Nicole Rae from The Traveling Suitcase, helped students write their own songs and learn about themselves along the way.
This unique program is just one of many throughout the year that allow the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center to serve as a gathering place for the community and to engage in education opportunities. By reaching out to students who may have limited access to experience the arts outside of this program, we are excited to bring the arts directly to them and learn together.
“Our students, these future songwriters, have not only put smiles on our faces but brought warmth and sunlight to our hearts. Super proud of them all and honored to have worked with everyone involved at YouthGo Neenah’s ‘Raise Your Voice’ project; courtesy of the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center.”
3/20/15 – Earlier this year, in his first sessions with the band in over five years, Rob Anthony started laying tracks on what will be his 6th studio album release.
“It got spiritual”, anthony admits, “When energies connect on a musical level it’s unlike any other experience. In a short while I’ll be releasing these new songs to the world. In a short while I’ll, once again, remember why I do what I do.”
Since the release of his fifth solo album ‘While The World Sleeps’ followed by a severe throat injury leaving him with a year long struggle through vocal therapy Anthony is excited to return with the band releasing what he calls “a mix of midwestern Americana songs with a touch of caribbean flavor.”
Wrapped in a blanket of Americana allure, tugging on a few heartstrings, Rob Anthony leaves us with the sense of an artist who reaches into the soul, grabs the struggles of the inner man, and weaves it into a solid personal connection.
Preview Rob’s new single ‘Far From My Heart’
11/30/14 – Rob Anthony has been asked to join the Bodeans playing acoustic in their band in Mexico. If you know Anthony’s music you know his respect for the Bodeans.
“Their music has helped shaped who I am as an artist in my early years as a singer/songwriter and to be asked to join them on this tour playing alongside Kurt Neumann and Kenny Aronoff (drummer for John Fogerty, John Mellencamp, Bob Seger) and so many other talented artists from around the country is an honor.” ~ Rob Anthony
The rock festivals will include Cheap Trick, Kansas and many others.
View photos from tour click here: Bodeans Tour
10/31/14 – The Sexual Assault Crisis Center held its signature fundraiser Shall We Dance. “It was an honor to be a part of it with the very talented Amy Ryerson of Rock Of Ages dancing to our live performance of When You’re Feeling Blue“, says Anthony
Shall We Dance is an uplifting and entertaining event that increases awareness about sexual assault while helping raise the important funds they need to uphold their mission. Learn more visit www.sacc-foxcities.org
View photos from the event click here: Shall We Dance photos
9/20/14 – Drumroll please! A record-shattering $121,000 with 165 trucks driving from Richfield to Oshkosh, WI. Rob Anthony performed at the 10th annual Worlds Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics. Down The Road is dedicated every year to National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, and was written about drivers and the life they lead as they move their load Down The Road.
“I feel a sense of connection with drivers who share the road with me during my travels and wanted to capture the sense of loneliness along with the feeling of adventure that a life on the road provides.” ~ Rob Anthony
2/24/14 – Rob Anthony’s good friend Jody Weyers of the American Red Cross – Northeast Wisconsin Region, danced in the Dancing with Our Stars for the American Red Cross on Valentine’s weekend. She not only killed it, but won Peoples Choice Award. It was an amazing night to say the least.
When Jody started her adventure over four months ago, she never thought it would have the impact that it has had on her life. Her goal was to raise $40,000 through their 40 for 40 concert held in early February. The event was a huge success and raised just over $54,000. “I was humbled and honored to be a part of the event. And, I am very proud of Jody,” says Anthony.
Of course, an intricate part of any successful event is to have talented photographers capture its magic and Jenna Cornell did it with perfection. You can watch this cool photo slideshow Jenna put together of her photography featuring Rob’s song “You Gotta Love”. > Click here
She also combined it with a write up about the concert: > Click here
Finally, the Dancing with Our Stars for the American Red Cross raised $500,660 in total. That is an amazing amount of funds, which will be used to help those in our local area. To find out how you can support the American Red Cross, please visit their website at www.redcross.org. And, to support the cause in Northeast Wisconsin, visit their website at www.redcross.org/wi/Oshkosh.
11/20/13 – Rob Anthony had a fairly productive 2012/2013 touring supporting his fifth solo album release, Is This The Plan. This year, Anthony has an equally hectic schedule, with plans to release a new song as part of his ‘Studio H Sessions’ every month leading up to a full-length release. For this month Anthony has unveiled “That Sweet Good Lovin”.
The Americana musician brings a Caribbean flavor to his latest release coupled with his signature acoustic guitar. Wrapped in a blanket of raspy allure, Anthony’s song highlights the longing everyone wants when it comes to love. (“Why does it come and go, no one really knows, that sweet good lovin”).
Listen in below or click here: “That Sweet Good Lovin”
8/9/13 – Opening the headlining event of Mile Of Music was hometown favorite Rob Anthony. A soulful singer-songwriter, Anthony brought the audience many of his best in Americana from his career as well as new music; pair them alongside excellent acoustic guitar and the performance speaks for itself.
Second in the lineup was Swear and Shake based out of Brooklyn, NY and Brian Vander Arkof Verve Pipe continued the flow with various acoustic pieces and upbeat performances.
If last night’s concert is any indication of the talent at Mile of Music this weekend, then concert goers are in for some of the best original music they have ever witnessed in the Fox Valley. > Read More
8/1/2013 - Rob Anthony was welcomed back kicking off opening night with the legendary band Chicago to an audience of 20,000 at the EAA Airventure 2013 “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” in Oshkosh WI.
In a recent interview with classic rock radio station 103.9 WVBO Rob mentioned performing with such a legendary act, “It was an honor sharing the stage with Chicago and the Steve Miller band last year. It’s not very hard to find the influence of these legends within my latest two-disc album release “Is This The Plan”. From Springsteen’s blue collar working man masterpieces to Mellencamp’s heartland acoustic rock to the classic country rock sounds of the Eagles.”
These influences spread deep & wide through songs such as ‘Down The Road’ (a trucking tribute song to those who move the world along day to day and to the families who await their safe return), ‘We All Need’ (a tribute to Special Olympians who encourage and inspire us to be the best we can be during life’s toughest challenges), The honest and truthful experiences of growing up in the midwest with ‘Is This The Plan’ while also conveying his small town roots to past struggles only to find true meaning through the power of song along side 37 more americana, folk acoustic, heartland rock songs.
Take a listen for yourself to Anthony’s latest album release on iTunes and explore the evolution of a songwriter influenced by these greats.
iTunes Link: http://bit.ly/iTunes_RobAnthony
By Fox Cities Hub, Post Crescent News
6/25/13 – Mile of Music rounded out its Featured Stage lineup with a number of performers with Fox Valley ties.
Rob Anthony, The Guilty Wanted, Redhawks, Nicole Rae and the Traveling Suitcase and the Sleepwalkers are among the acts that will open shows set at Lawrence University’s Stansbury Theater during the Aug. 8-11 event in downtown Appleton Wisconsin.
“Excited to be a part of the Mile of Music festival in the Fox Valley of Wisconsin. It’s nice to see a festival dedicated to the fostering of a more creative community, which builds on the quality of life in Appleton and the Fox Cities.” ~ RA
Here’s a rundown of the Featured Stage shows. Times listed are when the venue will open, not when the acts begin. Aug. 8 - Stansbury Theater, 7 p.m.: Brian Vander Ark (from The Verve Pipe), Swear and Shake, Rob Anthony > Read More
6/3/2013 – People showed off their dancing skills Saturday night for a good cause. It was all for the fundraiser called “Shall We Dance.” The event benefits the Sexual Assault Crisis Center of the Fox Cities. The event took place at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton Wisconsin.
All of the proceeds will go to the crisis center. Organizers said they’re happy about how this year’s fundraiser turned out.
Special guests included singer/songwriter “Rob Anthony”, three dancers from “So You Think You can Dance” and top ten “American Idol” finisher Gina Glocksen.
Amongst the many winners of the evenings grand prize auctioning one winners won a VIP limo trip to beautiful Ledgestone Vineyards for a night of wine tasting with a special performance by Rob Anthony Thursday June 27th.
1/3/2013 – We’re proud to announce a gracious amount of money was raised & sent in addition to the monthly Advance Guard program Rob is enrolled in for the Wounded Warrior Project: www.woundedwarriorproject.org
“I can’t thank everyone enough who donated for CD’s & MP3 players this past year. Be proud! Cheers to you all.” ~ RA
Watch Rob’s video dedicated to the bravest of brave by clicking here: > While The World Sleeps
By Justin Pearson, Green Bay Scene Newspaper
11/16/12 – Americana ~ the term broadly describes all the various musical styles that form together to create the musical landscape of America, including but not entirely limited to: folk, country, blues and rock. Alternative Country is also another term for this style of music, or “alt- country.” To be fair then, classifying a musician in this vein is to essentially say you can’t really fit them into one specific niche. But since most of us want to identify with the type of music we listen to, and this landscape is relatively broad and welcoming, we can safely find room here in “Americana” and say hello to Rob Anthony.
When I met him at á’Bravo Bistro & Wine Bar in Green Bay, Wis., I quickly realized he was a down to earth guy. It clearly takes someone like him to be able to look inside himself and write such heartfelt songs such as “When You’re Feeling Blue,” and the more lighthearted but nonetheless warm “I Don’t Need Much”…two of my favorites that he performed with expressive emotion that night. > Read More
11/14/12 - Wine Premiere in Green Bay, Wisc was filling up quite nicely tonight. An evening of live music with singer-songwriter Rob Anthony brought audiences into the venue known for wonderful wine, excellent food and great atmosphere.
Anthony is one of the heroes in the Wisconsin music scene and regularly contributes to various causes as well as the community. We had the opportunity to sit down for a glass of wine and a bit of conversation prior to his show.
J: You came off a really busy summer season and now fall looks like it’s turning out to be just as successful, what are some things you’re currently working on? > Read More
By Cubanarama Talk Radio
10/16/12 – Cubanarama talk radio spent two hours getting to know this wonderful singer up close & very personal. Rob was very candid about his life, his songs and journey. I love interviews like this one. From the moment I saw him on the internet his voice captivated me. It’s hard to believe that while the world slept his music would get inside you and inside me. But this is where he belongs.
The honest and truthfulness in this two hour interview welcome the listener in as Rob conveys his small town roots to past struggles only to find true meaning through the power of song. His charity, hope and faith along side the American ballad continues to guide his brand of heartland rock. If you’re looking for the real Rob Anthony his touching story lies within this interview. Listen/download > Rob Anthony Interview
9/16/12 – During National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (Sept. 16-22) America takes the time to honor drivers for their hard work and commitment in tackling one of our economy’s most demanding and important jobs.
“Down The Road honors those who move the world along day to day and the families who await their safe return. Join us in celebrating the men and women across the country who work hard every day to deliver the ‘Good Stuff’ by sharing this song.
Many people ask me what inspired writing ‘Down The Road’. Not only did I work several years on the docks with truckers when young I still all these years later can’t help to feel a sense of connection with drivers who share the road with me during my travels. I wanted to capture the sense of loneliness along with the feeling of adventure that a life on the road provides.” ~ Rob Anthony
Rob has a page dedicated to ‘DownThe Road’. Click here: > Down The Road
You can download for free & share the links to help celebrate. If there’s ever a time to contribute now is the time with such an important song.
Remember music isn’t in the background rather it’s your best buddy, riding shotgun through life and we hope this song remains a friend for life.
8/8/2012 – Many people are given talent, but talent comes with responsibility on a grander scale. That responsibility includes giving back to the world around them and Rob Anthony has successfully done this throughout his career.
The recent tragedies in Colorado and Wisconsin bring us full circle in regards to the frailty of human life. While many show support for those involved in the wake of tragedy, there are some who make the effort to help others long before tragedy strikes.
One such hero can be found in local Wisconsin musician Rob Anthony. A talented and versatile guitar player, Anthony has long supported many causes in his career and what becomes apparent when you listen to the songs Anthony has composed is the heartfelt dedication to them.
In a tribute to the trucking industry, Anthony penned “Down the Road“. The song has become an anthem for those in the sometimes overlooked profession and hit a home run with companies such as Fed Ex and UPS. > Read More
7/22/2012 - Excited to announce Rob Anthony will be kicking off opening night at this years EAA Airventure 2012 “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” in Oshkosh WI Monday at 6:00pm w/the Steve Miller Band to take the stage @ 7:00pm.In a recent interview with classic rock radio station 103.9 WVBO Rob mentioned performing with such a classic rock legend, “is an honor & am looking forward to sharing the stage with Steve Miller and his band. It’s not very hard to find the influence of these legends within my latest two-disc album release ‘Is This The Plan‘. From Springsteen’s blue collar working man masterpieces to Mellencamp’s heartland acoustic rock to the classic country rock sounds of the Eagles.”
These influences spread deep & wide through songs such as ‘Down The Road’ (a trucking tribute song to those who move the world along day to day & to the families who await their safe return), ‘We All Need’ (a tribute to Special Olympians who encourage & inspire us to be the best we can be during life’s toughest challenges), The honest & truthful experiences of growing up in the midwest with ‘Is This The Plan’ while also conveying his small town roots to past struggles only to find true meaning through the power of song along side 37 more americana, folk acoustic, heartland rock ballads.
Take a listen for yourself to Anthony’s latest album release with the new music player installed on his website & explore the evolution of a songwriter influenced by these greats at: www.robanthonymusic.com
By Mike Thiel, Post Crescent
6/7//2012 – It’s not about Rob Anthony. It’s about the community of people he entertains.
The 39-year-old Appleton singer/songwriter spent most of his professional career playing music; his first taste of success? Performing with a touring heavy metal band shortly after graduating high school. However, heavy metal wasn’t a lifelong endeavor for Anthony as he ditched the metal scene – and a steady music career – about five years later. > Read More
By Jenna Cornell, Green Bay Music Examiner
2/29/12 – Although winter storm Bob was one of the biggest news items the Fox Valley and Green Bay area encountered in the past 24 hours, musically, the most important news was centered on Rob Anthony.
The artist known for his humble, Midwestern style came into the Copper Rock this afternoon in true Anthony fashion – basic jeans, thermal shirt, cut-off gloves, a quiet demeanor – and, a desire to have someone delve into more than just the surface level shenanigans of previous interviews.
While Bob’s wintry personality raged outside, inside brought an up close and personal look into Anthony as an artist. > Read More
By Jenna Cornell, Green Bay Music Examiner
1/28/12 – Winterfest brought the crowds today to the Broadway District in Green Bay, but the man standing out in the crowd was Rob Anthony. A native of Wisconsin, Anthony brings a sweet, raspy tenor voice wrapped in a blanket of intoxicating allure to every show he does. But allure is not the only thing he has going for him.
What singles out Rob Anthony from a musical standpoint is his ability to write relatable lyrics within the musical structure of great acoustic guitar. A local singer-songwriter who believes in giving back to the community, he writes from the heart. His music transcends the typical fun and games to really hit home on many issues ranging from the personal to the national. And those lyrics have given him opportunities to connect with people across the nation. The song “Down the Road” is one of many compositions in his collection that has touched the lives of a specific group and in turn gives them a bond on a musical level. Anthony’s songs however, reach out to everyone. > Read More
By Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
12/15/11 – Music does more than enrich our lives. It brings a voice to the voiceless and the opportunity for musicians like Rob Anthony to give back to the world around him.
“My desire has always been to increase appreciation through the power of words and music to those often overlooked.” RA
Anthony’s philanthropic efforts have connected him with amazing people from all walks of life. His humble and dedicated devotion to charities throughout the years has assisted in the successful raising of thousands of much needed funds. Funds, which organizations such as the American Red Cross, Special Olympics of Wisconsin, and the Wounded Warrior Project desperately need in order to continue their efforts.
While Anthony has certainly enjoyed his success as a singer-songwriter, one thing is certain, he hasn’t forgotten his roots. His constant touring, contributions to his community and pure love of music has won fans over and in 2005, 2006 and 2010 they voted him People’s Choice Artist in Northeast Wisconsin presented by WAMI (The Wisconsin Area Music Industry organizations purpose is to educate and recognize the achievements and accomplishments of individuals in the Wisconsin music industry.)
In addition to the intimate connection he has made with fans at live performances, Rob believes in encouraging our youth to follow their dreams. He has shared his entrepreneurial journey with students throughout the area speaking and performing at schools and colleges.
And, it is evident that Anthony is more than an artist for artist’s sake, but a man in pursuit of a life that cultivates, engages, and uplifts those around him. > Read More
“Far From My Heart was the first song I wrote for the new album. I think the title speaks for itself but that was then and this is now. Here’s to coming to terms with it all, the past, the now & living for the future. Peace, love, hope, happiness.”
“I Feel Your Love is dedicated to my love for the ocean and its potion for all sorrows. It’s inspired by Bob Marley and the Reggae Rocksteady movement of the late 60′s & 70′s. I truly hope this Caribbean flavored mix of midwestern love brings a smile and touches the soul. One love.”
“Don’t Ever Let Go was written while in Chicago & feeling a little down, overlooking the city and it’s love vibe inspired me to keep fighting onward after a tough year of healing. This song is a reminder to myself never underestimate the power of words & music as it is the emotional canvas between adversity and new beginnings. On track again.”
“Is This The Plan paints a vivid picture of my journey; the honest and truthful personal experiences welcome you the listener into my small town roots to past struggles only to find true meaning through the power of song. Charity, hope and faith along side the American ballad continues to guide my love for heartland rock. If you’re looking for the real me here lies my story within this song.”