• John Byrum

"Music gives a soul to the universe." Plato

Time with Rob Ashcraft

The first time I met Rob Ashcraft, I had the honor of jamming with him several years ago. For the non-musicians in our audience, “jamming” is what musicians do for fun. The musicians get together and just play. Even if they have never met, as was the case here, you sit down with your brother and sisters in music and play. It truly doesn’t matter what you play as long as you get to play.

The first song played is usually simple because its really a warm-up to what comes later. That first tune I played with Rob was a simple three-chord blues song. Some folks call the style “honkey-tonk”.

I was immediately struck by his confidence. It just radiated from him. He took that

simple blues tune and made it sound like it was something by Stevie Ray Vaughn. It was a wee bit intimidating for an old 60’s rocker. I knew I would be hearing more about this guy.

Fast-forward to August 2021. I have gotten to know Rob and heard him play through a few different bands, all of which were excellent. But like any artist who is passionate about his craft, Rob was looking for that perfect partner or perfect set of circumstances that would propel his music forward. This is where Rob’s story begins.

I’ve known several successful musicians/songwriters/producers in my life and the one trait I see in all of them is their incredible drive and persistence. Rob is not only an incredible musician, he also writes and produces. All of his original tunes tell a story and some of them reflect events that affected him personally.

Do yourself a favor. Take a few minutes and listen to Rob tell his story. The interview also features one of his original songs. I think you will see what I saw; a guy who loves his music and uses his enormous talents to try to bring some happy sounds to this world. I’m a fan. I’m sure you will be too!

If you want to know more about Ashcraft and Gibbs and their music, check them out at and their Facebook page.


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