About Rob & Robin – Boise Cover Band A Tasty Jamm
Lead Vocals / Harmonies / Tambourine / Shaker / Harmony & Stomp Pedal
I have been singing since I was 5 years old. I like to say Barbra Streisand taught me to sing because I got her “Greatest Hits Volume II” album on cassette for Christmas that year (with my own tape player), and learned the whole thing front and back (back when there was a “front & back”), along with most every other Barbra Streisand album. My dad was into Linda Ronstadt, so I learned all of her stuff, too. I made my mom drive me to the record store so I could spend my allowance on yet another record or cassette. Then along came Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, I also discovered Heart, and lots of other great powerful singers. Once I learned the melody, I would make up harmonies to everything. I took band and all the choir classes I could fit into my schedule in high school.
I began my radio career while I was a junior in high school (following in my father’s footsteps), so I have played (and heard) a LOT of songs on the radio of all different kinds, some I’m very tired of! As a Karaoke DJ, Rob also heard a lot of songs over and over on Karaoke over the years, and what we do is a good representation of songs we enjoy, but don’t feel have been overplayed, by other bands, or on the radio. Doing songs that are familiar, we try to make them “tasty,” or a little different, to spice them up and maybe even make you like a song you previously hated! Rob and I have been married for a long time and I’m incredibly lucky to get to do music with my best friend. It’s the glue that holds this whole thing together!
Guitar / Lead Vocals / Harmonies / Looper & Harmony Pedals
In 1990, I started working in the Karaoke industry when Karaoke was new to the U.S., and managed “Center Stage Karaoke” for 7 years, doing sales and sound system installations and maintenance. I DJ/KJ’d over 2000 shows in the 20 years that I was in the business. I also helped create and develop Music Book Deluxe, a Karaoke Songbook Software with customers all over the world, which was active for almost 20 years. Jimmy Kimmell’s show used the software at one point, which got us tickets to be in the audience on his show in L.A. after providing tech support over the phone to his assistant, and we also spotted our software in an episode of Better Call Saul where the group sings at a Karaoke bar.
I started to play guitar in my early 20s, performed a few times, and recorded a few originals. After Robin and I got married, we started to perform as a duo at various locations. We have been playing together since 1994, and had been in a couple bands but never felt like we were doing the stuff we wanted to do, at the level we knew it could be done. LOTS of bands seem to have the “that’s close enough” attitude. We wanted something more perfected and closer to our style. The ATJ project has been great, playing some of the same songs Robin and I have been doing for years, and now doing lots of new stuff. I love arranging the music to make it fit our style, as well as compiling the medleys and mashups that we play at our shows. Music is great therapy and I plan on doing it until I am a very old man, whether anyone is listening or not.