Rock music, in its purest form, is what Robert Fortune is all about. His drive, passion and intensity belies his age. He has the chops of a seasoned veteran and upon first hearing, one could logically conclude that he’s been at it all his life. The fact is that Robert, has developed into a player, writer, vocalist and group leader with skills and instincts that many twice his age could only envy. Yes, his youth certainly makes for a point of conversational departure but his undeniable ability, is what is certain to transform him from a curiosity into a force to be reckoned with.
Robert was born in Memphis but moved to New Orleans with his family while still quite young. At an early age, he was taken under the wing of ZZ Top’s guitarist Billy Gibbons. Billy befriended the kid when he was 12 years old and ultimately, inspired Robert to take up the guitar while he was recovering from an accident. Billy was the catalyst and as a result, Robert taught himself how to play guitar.
Robert's band is composed of Chris Mahlstedt Drums and Travis Morgan Bass. Together with Robert, they recall some of the greats – Jimi Hendrix , Foo Fighters, Led Zeppelin, Jack White and Jane's Addiction – that have come before. Says Robert, “We get inspiration from them - we put it all in the blender with fresh, new ideas and pour out our own stuff. We love what made and makes rock n' roll magic".
Robert music reflects his decidedly youthful point of view, while still developing, is anything but immature. While certainly influenced by his musical forefathers, his music is very much his own. You realize this the moment you hear songs such as "Cadillac", "In Your Head", "Seven" and "Praying Mantis".
This is the beginning.