If you want to cut to the chase, check out Clint Roberts’ Kickstarter Campaign which will fund the final production of his debut CD, Hamlet Blues, and the merchandise to support his upcoming shows. The album is already recorded. He just needs some financial help to finish printing CDs. I think some people still buy hardcopy music…
For context, my younger brother Clint and I are 9 years apart. That means we had pretty different developmental experiences, even if we came out of the same house. No friend group overlaps, different schools, different interests mostly. I don’t know when the roar of Clint’s muse became deafening, but I do remember coming home from college to him playing the ukulele. I just assumed that this was just a phase, a new toy to soon be forgotten.
Clint ditched the ukulele for the banjo and began singing in high school musicals, a feat that would have terrified me. In my day I was content to remain in the shadows with the “Footloose” production band, out of the spotlight. This quiet kid who really didn’t speak full sentences until he was four was now singing and playing banjo, with bands, on stages! God bless him, he studied voice under our Grandmother Jackie Roberts. That’s something I also didn’t have the courage to undertake. For a while he co-fronted a band called The Fox Fire, which was beloved by many in Western North Carolina. After the band split up, he went out on his own, eventually landing in Nashville, like every self-respecting songwriter.
He’s spent over a year working on his debut record, Hamlet Blues. I’ve only listened to a few of the songs on the record, but I’m really freakin’ proud of Clint. These songs needed to come out, and they need to be played on the road, with a band. For fans of the folk/Americana genre, I’m pleased to announce a beautiful new voice, my brother Clint’s. I hope you join me in supporting his Kickstarter Campaign.
Here's a taste of him pickin' on the title track in Asheville: