Robert Lee has been riding since he was 16. That makes, let's see...never mind how many years. He even got a ticket while riding in the snow. Through Southern Rock, Rock Boogie, Stoner Country Comedy, Latin Rock, Sappy Ballads, Tear-Jerker Ballads, Solid Rock, to awesome Epic Rock with Reggae rhythms, Robert Lee has a story to tell about his trip through life. Andy Dulak, owner of Fleshtone Studios, wrote this about Robert Lee's rock tracks on this CD: "Robert is difficult to categorize because he's so diverse (which is good). Ride to Live sounds like Steppenwolf meets ZZ Top (Born to be Wild meets Tush). Some of Robert's stuff sounds's bit like Jimmy Buffet, i.e. Jessica and Thank You. Little Children is a cross between a Bob Seger and Eric Clapton ballad. Boy's in the Band sounds like it could be off a Humble Pie album (that's the band Peter Frampton was in during the early 70's; they didn't sound a lot like Peter's solo stuff). Sad Eyes reminds me of a Uriah Heep tune. Sandpiper is a cross between Sting and Santana." One of the country tracks, Hay Fever (Hey Fever) is an Honor Award Winner in the Great American Song Contest and described as 'Witty! Original! Great Chorus! Strong, funny verses! Delightful piece!' by the Judges in the Song Evaluation Summary. This is why Robert Lee is known as a Classic. He is the classic American musician. Raised in the Appalachian Mountains in South Central PA, the son of a factory mechanic with the ancestry of the classical extremist Wilhelm Richard Wagner running through his veins and beating in his brain, he channeled his 50's childhood into beating drums. With his dreams of being a high school music teacher smothered by his environment, he turned his heart and brain from the field of the marching band for which he played drums, to the heart and soul of the popular music of the 60's. After nearly blowing himself away with the hippy subculture, Robert Lee became the ultimate dad, raising his two daughters completely on his own, keeping a day job and keeping the music very much alive on weekends. Robert Lee has been a singer since he could form words and started playing drums at age two. While in high school he played drums in the marching band and the stage band, as well as the concert band. As he was not permitted any musical instruments at his parents' house, he took every opportunity he could to cut classes and go to the music room at school to practice. Bob now plays Tama and Ludwig drums; Hamer, Fender, Ovation and Ibanez guitars; and Yamaha Keyboards. The lack of support from his family drove him to move out on his own and by the time he was seventeen he realized it was very difficult to accompany his vocals with a set of drums. Robert picked up an old Fender acoustic guitar and began learning chords, playing and singing for his friends in the back seat of his own VW bug because it had no sound system. Soon after, he began his performing career at a local coffee house, often sleeping under the stage because of his lack of housing at the time. It didn't take Robert Lee long before he realized he could get more interesting sounds from an electric guitar. Keyboards and bass soon followed which opened the door for writing and recording original music. With no time and very little technology, Robert recorded his originals late at night after his daughters were in bed. Today, with the last one graduating college this year, Robert Lee is cutting is first commercial CD, a collection of songs written through the years and a few current numbers reflecting his love for classically written popular rock. His dedicated fans have long waited to own a copy of some of these tunes. When asked why he decided to record a CD after all these year, Robert responded, "Tapes are obsolete and I couldn't find anyone to press it on vinyl." Robert Lee has performed all types of American music, from opening shows for national country acts to big band swing, to rock, as well as small acoustic shows. He has played on the Del Reeves road show, sponsored by Wheeling radio, The Craig Sunday Orchestra, Karstetter and Shearer, the Rave, Rubicon and most recently Free Shotz. He has recorded with Sped Reed and appeared on television as part of his band. Robert's original music is not driven by pretense or an affluent upbringing. His is a range of styles reflecting real life, one that he has led himself. Bob's words best describe his song writing technique as, "A bunch of tunes rolling around in my head till they come vomiting out. So what you hear is digital vomit." To span his years of playing and experience, every instrument on Robert's recordings is performed by Robert Lee Shearer. Robert wants all the musicians who gave up their music careers to care for their families to believe that their music is alive and rocks on at any age and in every generation. His friends hope his backside will never again touch spandex.
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