Move Over Margaritaville, It’s Time to Head to “Tomales Bay”

What do retired rockers do when they are done rocking tours worldwide with the biggest stars of the rock roll stage? They settle down and make some chill music about livin’ the good life, that’s what. After a career on the road as a revered guitar tech for the likes of Neil Young, Wilco, Patti Smith, CSN&Y, Paul Simon, Lucinda Williams and My Morning Jacket, Rocky Roberts has picked up his own guitar and started cranking out some Americana tunes of his own… including today’s SoundByte, a little ditty that will have all the parrotheads squawking as if a new Jimmy Buffett has hit the airwaves.

The closing track of his new EP, Pieces of Time from Rocky Roberts & Friends, “Tomales Bay” is an folky little jam with an island sway in that same mold that the likes of Buffett and folks like Kenny Chesney have mastered. The EP as a whole varies a bit from track to track, but there’s a distinct Americana feel that fans of folks like John Prine, Jeff Tweedy, and Ryan Adams will feel right at home with. The lead single, Buck Moon, features co-lead vocals from the impeccable Norah Jones and the EP features a variety of musician friends with folks like My Morning Jacket’s Carl Broemel and Barenaked Ladies confidant and fill-in member Hugh Christopher Brown among the bigger names.

Check out the full EP on Bandcamp and Spotify. And follow Rocky on Facebook for festival and concert dates, too.

Justin has been running websites since his first Geocities site in 1994, but only did he ever start covering anything of substance years later. After he stopped regularly running local concerts in Northern NJ and the greater Philly area, he knew he needed to step up his writing game if he expected to continue to get free music to listen to. He writes regularly here and at Cinapse, as well as contributing to a few other sites on occasion. He likes music, film, the Philadelphia Eagles, the 76ers, talking about Criminal Justice, reading Intelligence Report, and his family... not in that order. His beautiful wife is far more talented than he is and his kids far more adorable... and crazy.
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