Seven-time BMA nominated Tad Robinson grew up in New York City surrounded by music. His initial inspiration came when, as a boy, he heard James Cotton perform in Central Park. Since then he “always wanted to be a singer.” He remembers being influenced by the sounds of Ray Charles, Sonny Boy Williamson, Otis Redding, and Little Richard and through street musicians like blues man/harpist Sugar Blue who would free form jam in Central Park.
In 1976, Tad attended Indiana University in Bloomington and started his first band, Hesitation Blues Band. Six years later, he’d move to Chicago and land a weekly gig fronting the house band at the famous Rosa’s Lounge. “We’d play the first set, and the second was an all-star jam where Junior Wells, Sam Lay, Bob Stroger, Louis and Dave Myers—just about everybody at one point or another—would come play.” That’s where he’d meet future collaborator, Dave Specter who would invite Tad to sing on his debut for Delmark Records, Blueplicity. As a result, Tad would release two of his own for Delmark: One To Infinity (1994) and Last Go Round (1998).
In 2003 Tad signed a deal with Severn Records and, to date, he’s released four titles: Did You Ever Wonder? (2004), A New Point of View (2007), Back In Style (2010) and his newest, Day into Night (April, 2015). Along the way Tad has earned seven Blues Music Awards nominations (so far) including three for Soul Blues Album of the Year and four as Soul Male Artist of the Year.
Day into Night (Severn CD-0065 © 2015)
Back In Style (Severn CD-0050 © 2010)
A New Point of View (Severn CD-0040 © 2007)
Did You Ever Wonder? (Severn CD-0025 © 2004)
Last Go Round (Delmark, 1998)
One to Infinity (Delmark, 1994)
Dave Specter – Live in Chicago (Delmark, 2008)
Various Artists – Best Kept Secret: Blues Harmonica (Thumbs Up, 2004)
Dave Specter – Blueplicity (Delmark, 1994)
Dave Specter – Live in Europe (Cross-Cut Records, 1994)
B. B. & the Blues Shacks – Live at Lucerne Blues Festival (Stumble Records, 1998)
Big Shoulders – Big Shoulders (Rounder, 1989)