Featured Artist of the Week – Rob Mehl

Posted on Saturday, March 31st, 2012 at 10:34 am


I was born in Oceanside, California and spent most of my youth in Southern California and Hawaii. I started surfing in the late 1950’s, started reading classic literature in the early 1960’s, and by the mid ’70s was combining the two influences in my own writing. My early musical influences include traditional Hawaiian storytelling songwriters, jazz artists, and standard vocalists. I’ve been told my music has “amazing depth” and is “always refreshing because it’s always evolving” by fans and peers alike.

I describe my music as pretty mellow, folk-style beach ballads and stories with little bit of jazz. I’ve been blessed with a gift that lets me travel to beautiful places all over the world, so I have to say that getting to play in tropic waters for most of my life has influenced my music. So have musicians like Gabby Pahinui, Kui Lee, Jerry Santos, Astrud Gilberto, Harry Nilsson, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Walter Wanderly, Marty Robbins, Paul Simon, Michael Franks and James Taylor. As a kid I’d sit under the banyan trees of Waikiki and listen to “Pops” Pahinui & other Hawaiian players. Then, since dad worked as a radio disc jockey, I’d sit and listen to him play jazz all night. That mix helped create the songwriter I am now. And some of the beach boys (of Waikiki!) would tell me every day, “Read, little haole boy, read!” And they’d bring me books. Which means that writers like Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, William Butler Yeats, Ernest Hemingway, C.S. Lewis, John D. MacDonald, Carl Sandburg, Clive Cussler and J.R.R. Tolkein have influenced my own writing.

Today I play a nylon-string guitar and ukulele … though not usually at the same time … and I love telling stories between songs … sometimes  even between verses! My favorite places to perform are at singer/ songwriter festivals, house concerts for sure, and clubs that are “listening venues”, not just venues that have live music. And, oh yeah, I love going places where I get to surf!”

I’ve recorded 8 cd’s with some absolutely amazing musicians (available on iTunes and at CD Baby) that can be heard regularly on selected internet radio stations around the world. I also has a live concert dvd from a show at The Yard in Tampa, Florida.

All information is from http://www.robmehl.com/


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