Author Archives: Shap

ROOTS with ROBB Classic Album: BOSTON!

Boston’s debut album is one of the biggest selling debut albums of all-time.  It helped redefine the sound of Rock and Roll on the Radio as you can trace a shift in dynamics from many bands who’d been trying to break through, bands who were good, but weren’t getting the attention the deserved.  Look at what bands…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB: All-American Rejects

Between the Gravy and Stuffing, we took a dive into ‘Emo Pop,’ and one of the most successful bands of the genre is the All-American Rejects.  Between 2000-2010 it was easier to hear them on the radio than to avoid them.  And there’s good reason their songs were played so often, they’re catch as hell. …Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB: Blind Melon

This week’s Roots is on Blind Melon, a band that could’ve been a lot bigger than they were.  But their story came to an all-too-common ending cut short by tragedy and the death of their gift lead singer with a very unique voice, Shannon Hoon.  The band tried to carry on without him, but it…Read more »


If all you know of DEVO is ‘Whip It,’ after you listen to this week’s show and consume all the goodies below, I hope you take some time and listen to some more DEVO (Are We Not Men, We are Devo, or Freedom of Choice would be good starting points)!  I knew a few more songs than…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB: Lady Gaga!

Lady Gaga came on like a flash and burned bright with crazy costumes, red carpet moments and performance extravaganzas right out of the gate.  She had some really good pop songs too!  But the full album experience (at least to me) seemed to fall a little short.   Her vocals and live performances more than make…Read more »


What can be said about Ozzy that hasn’t already been said?  Apparently a lot!  This is one of our longest episodes of Roots (including the bonus content), and yes, I’m sure a lot of what we talk about has been covered before, but looking at Ozzy in the context of a Brand instead of an…Read more »


Eddie Van Halen changed popular music and the guitar.  He never learned how to read music.  He once told Rolling Stone, “I don’t know sh*t about scales or music theory.  All I know is that rock & roll guitar, like blues guitar, should be melody, speed, and taste, but more important, it should have emotion. I…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB: Notorious B.I.G.

In all honesty, I’ve never been big into Hip-Hop and Rap.  Growing up, I was always a rock kid.  From my time working different radio formats, and DJing bars and weddings, I’ve grown an appreciate for good music, regardless of format and style.  Biggie Smalls is often referred as one of the all-time great MCs. …Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB: Stevie Ray Vaughan

SRV might have been the greatest blues guitarist the world has ever seen.  Just like with any music, what is great in your mind, might not be so great in someone else’s.  But if you find someone who thinks Stevie Ray Vaughan is over-rated, let me know.  I haven’t found that soul yet.  The pure emotion…Read more »