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Robert grew up in rural Florida in the sixties listening country music on the radio while making trips to the dump, church and nearest grocery store. Moved to the big backwater of Jacksonville, Florida in the late sixties. The radio got better and he was exposed to rock and roll (mostly the Beatles).
Moved to Panama City, Florida in 1973 where the huge motels scrapped profit from the hard working poor of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia on their dream vacation to the “world’s most beautiful beaches.” muddled tastes were infused with heavy doses of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Led Zeppelin.
Got introduced to early eighties world of alternative including heavy influences such as R.E.M., The Smiths, The Cure, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers by a crazy disk jocky.
In 1974 Robert was given an old bowed necked Stella guitar. The guitar played so badly he almost gave up, but influenced by a friend, he purchased his first real guitar in 1976, a 1964 Fender Duo Sonic for $125.
All this crap came together when a friend introduced Robert to the Blues. While studying the blues, Robert heard Muddy Waters tell the field recorder, Alan Lomax, he practiced two hours a day for a year to get good. Ten thousand hours to master guitar.