Thanks for visting Robcompaguitar.com. I wrote a really long bio with lots of little details and everything. However, I wouldn't really take the time to read my own bio, so how could expect someone else to? That said, here's some short bullet points of cool stuff I've had the opportunity to do over the years on this crazy musical journey.
-Studied guitar at Berklee College of Music in Boston on a scholarship.
-While at Berklee, formed the band dōpapod with some friends. Over next ten years, we built it into a nationally touring, full time career that has taken us to venues of every size/shape/style imagineble, from tiny bars, to beautiful old theaters, to Red Rocks Ampitheater, to high profile outdoor festivals such as Bonnaroo, Summer Camp, Gathering of the Vibes, Camp Bisco, Hulaween, Peach Music Festival, yada yada yada.
-Co-wrote and recorded five full-length studio albums (and counting) with dōpapod. I've also recorded as a sideman on numerous other albums when time has permitted.
-Garnered artist endorsements from respected guitar companies such as Paul Reed Smith guitars, Moollon guitars, Maxon effects, and Fuchs Amplification
-Written several guitar lesson articles for the major guitar publication Premier Guitar Magazine, which you can view in the "Articles n Interviews" page.
-Some groups you may have seen me with around the northeast and elsewhere:
Barika- west african fusion out of Burlington VT
BRYAC Funk All-stars ft. members of Kung Fu/Deep Banana Blackout
Grippo Funk Band- ft. members of Trey Anastasio Band
Jazz is Phsh- Jazz Phish tribute featuring a rotating cast of some of the best musicians anywhere.... and occasionally, this guy
-Some people/bands I've had the pleasure of playing music with on stage that you might have heard of (or not):
-Zappa Plays Zappa (feat. Dweezil Zappa)
-Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers, Dead and Co., Aquarium Rescue Unit)
-Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band, Aquarium Rescue Unit)
-Scott Sharrard (Gregg Allman guitarist/Musical Director)
-DoMi (Ghost Note, solo artist)
-Carl Gerhard (Giant Country Horns)
-Craig Myers (Mike Gordon Band, Rubblebucket, Barika)
-Jay Lane (Primus, Rat Dog)
-Todd Smallie (Derek Trucks Band)
-Tom Marshall (Phish lyricist)
-Anthony Krizan- Spin Doctors
-Steve Berlin (Los Lobos)
-Jeremy Salken (Big Gigantic)
-Ron Holloway (Warren Haynes Band)
-Bernard Purdie (Steely Dan)
-George Porter Jr. (The Meters)
-Steve Gadd (Eric Clapton, Steely Dan, Paul Simon, etc.)
-Paul Reed Smith
-Chris Bullock, Mike "Maz" Maher, Michael League, Robert "Sput" Searight, Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy)
-Soule Monde (Russ Lawton/Ray Paczkowski of Trey Anastasio Band)
-Natalie Cressman, Tony Markellis, Dave Grippo, Peter Apfelbaum (Trey Anastasio Band)
-Ryan Stasik, Andy Farag, Joel Cummins, Kris Myers (Umphrey's Mcgee)
-Kyle Hollingsworth, Jason Haan, Michael Kang, Michael Travis (String Cheese Incident)
-Marc Brownstein, Allen Aucoin, Aaron Magner (The Disco Biscuits)
-Mike Greenfield, Chuck Morris, Jesse Miller (Lotus)
-Adam Dietch, Eric "Jesus" Coombs, Eric Benny Bloom (Lettuce)
-Here are some the amazing groups that I've been fortunate enough to open for or share bills with:
The Allman Brothers Band
Tedeschi Trucks Band
String Cheese Incident
Trey Anastasio Band
Sound Tribe Sector 9
Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake and Palmer)
Medeski Martin and Wood
-After high school, I studied music at Monroe Community College. While there I was introduced to Jazz, music theory, and all sorts of other good stuff.
-In 2006, I attended Berklee College of Music on a scholarship
-Have studied under: