Rob Fetters

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“Rob Fetters? Great songs. Great performances. Great vocals. Great Googly Moogly!”

– Adrian Belew / King Crimson, David Bowie, NIN, Talking Heads....

“I first discovered Rob’s singing, songwriting and guitar playing in 1987 when a friend played the first Bears record for me. I was an IMMEDIATE fan. Fast forward to 1992 or so. I had co-founded Counting Crows, signed to Geffen records, and we were going to start recording our first record. I went to a club in San Francisco and saw Rob play on stage and have to say that moment shook me to the core – there he was in real life – blowing my mind. If you get a chance to see him in concert, do not miss it!” 

– Matt Malley / Counting Crows

 “ I LOVE ROB FETTERS. So good. Songcraft perfection.”

– Niki Dakota / Music Director WYSO

 “Rob raises the bar consistently. No exceptions, ALL of it: can’t go wrong.”

– Brian O’Donnell / WVXU

“Wow, I’m floored – a masterpiece Rob!! When I listen, I immediately want to listen again! I'll make ya famous. Or at least notorious.(See you in Philly soon?)”

– Dan Reed / Music Director WXPN

Bio:

Rob Fetters has spent decades making records and performing music on the edgy fringe of American power pop. His lyrics deliver “trenchant, ambitious explorations of what it means to be human” (Toledo Blade) with music that encompasses a heady Zen stew of explosive Detroit garage energy and exquisite melodic romanticism – sacred, profane and sometimes very funny. “The songs stick… though the lyrics are so matter-of-fact about bent sex to make me wonder what the really kinky people in Cincinnati are like….”(Robert Christgau). He is regarded by his fans as a guitar hero and brilliant singer/songwriter.

Fetters co-founded the legendary 80’s avant-guitar pop band The Bears alongside singer/guitarist Adrian Belew, which reformed in 2002 to top AAA charts with Car Caught Fireincluding a collaboration with King Crimson’s Robert Fripp. Fetters fronted the 80s almost-famous Midwest group The Raisins and the cult underground 90s alt-pop band psychodots. In his wildly diverse career, the “criminally underrated guitarist” (Rod Lockwood / Gannett Media) played with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, produced other artists, including Dawg Yawp and Afro-Pop records, toured alongside Over the Rhine, and shared stages with KISS, Todd Rundgren, Cheap Trick, and The Heartless Bastards. He's cited by MGMT founder Ben Goldwasser as an early influence. He is also an award-winning commercial music composer, having scored hundreds of spots for national ad campaigns.

– Leila Waddell, Brooklyn NY

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CityBeat

Guitar Player

Innerviews

Minor7th

WVXU

Toledo Blade

"When my wife and I hosted Rob for a concert at our home, it was without a doubt the coolest music-related event I have ever been to. Ever. Ever. Ever. People laughed. People cried. People felt so thankful to have been in attendance. And they said so, one after another. It was just so fun and gratifying to see my friends getting a chance to experience Rob's mind-boggling talent and life-on-the ledge stories."

– Fred Kraus / Dayton, OH

"Having Rob at my house was a dream come true. It was the fastest three hours of my life!"

– Mike Dunnington / Orlando FL

"Rob's private House Concert for us made for an evening that no one in attendance will ever forget! Best party we have ever had, and we’ve had a few! Everyone’s still talking about it, one for the ages! We will most certainly do it again."

– Ray and Carol Smith / Nashville TN

"It felt, at times, surreal. Looking out the window and seeing Rob in the drive; I remember saying, “Um, honey, Rob Fetters is here.” — for me, it was no different than if it had been Keith Richards or David Byrne stepping up to my front door. He can connect with a room on a personal level and then blow minds as a superlative singer, songwriter and masterful guitarist. It’s emotional to host someone whose music has meant as much to me as anyone’s has for several decades. The experience was unforgettable and all I want now is to do it again." 

- Allen Kraus / Columbus OH

"The performance...either playing solo acoustic or incorporating backing tracks with his famous Strat, had the audience spellbound by his playing, his voice and his wonderful stories.  His sound system, so compact, produced crystal clear sound at the perfect volume. We had over 50 people at our home for the show. Every single person either told me that night or when I saw them at a later date what an amazing experience it was. Lastly, Mr Fetters is a classy guy...he brought flowers for my wife and sent a thank you note afterwards. We are looking forward to hosting Rob again next year."

– Todd Butler / Cincinnati OH

"Being long-time fans of all things Fetters, I asked Rob to play at our place way up in Minneapolis. To our eternal delight he agreed and it was a fantastic evening. Many attendees weren’t familiar with his body of work but Rob won over the entire crowd and to a person were all blown away by the show. Rob's level of showmanship, musicianship and song-craft is literally world-class. This is not hyperbole in the least. 5 out of 5 stars from the Tienkens!"

– Mic and Julie Tienken / Minneapolis MN