Hailing from the rural mountains of western NC, Roberts combines Folk, Americana and Bluegrass to create a powerful country sound full of luscious soundscapes. His commanding voice, evocative lyricism and carefully crafted storytelling touches on an array of emotions to create what he calls “contemporary Appalachia music.”
Roberts found his calling on the stage. At 14, a senior in his drama class brought in a ukulele. Because he had always wanted to learn a stringed instrument, he used the uke as a jumping-off point which eventually led him to banjo. At the age of 20, Roberts switched to guitar, and started using his voice more powerfully. Everything changed when another guitarist showed him Travis picking, where the thumb is on the bass strings and the fingers pluck the higher strings. “I thought that was infinitely more interesting than strumming a guitar, because all of a sudden, now you can hold the rhythm down but you can also be playing these intricate melodies if you need to,” he recalls.
As a guitarist, singer, and songwriter, Roberts has multiple paths to forge a connection with an audience – something he strives to do with every show. “I think my music has something for everybody.”