Black Robin Hero is a rock n' roll revival. Filling a void for the kind of music people have been craving for a long time but just can't seem to get enough of these days. Strong songwriting, heartache soaked vocals, and swirling guitars that dance together like they used to long ago are what make this band. Asheville, NC's Black Robin Hero is carrying on a tradition of song that people know and love and with an urgency of the present, like so few bands do in our time.
Formed after an impressionable chance visit to Asheville, NC from San Francisco by Matt Lane in 2009, Black Robin Hero was born shortly after Lane decided to make the cross country move back to the southeast and make Asheville his home later in the year. Lane had been honing his skills as a songwriter for the past year, holed up in his studio apartment on the corner of Haight and Fillmore and playing open mic nights in the Bay Area. Something had him craving to get back to the Carolinas for a slower and more gratifying lifestyle however… This time around Lane settled for the rich-cultured mountains of North Carolina instead of the South Carolina coast where he spent many years as a musician prior to living in California. It wasn't long after the move he realized that two of his co-workers at the restaurant where he worked were also musicians. Soon after, Chef J. Rowland, bartender Shawn Oldham, and Lane got together and began molding a backlog of Lane's material into what would become Black Robin Hero songs. The band then added Greg Terkelsen (This Man's Hat) and Brian Ross to the group and started performing around the Asheville Area and gearing up for their debut album Narrow Plains EP.
With their debut album (recorded at famed Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville) Black Robin Hero came "out of the gate with cymbals flaring, guitars revving, kick-drum taking a beating… No apologies, no awkward silences, no stammer, no sidelong glances. Just all systems go, full speed ahead, take no prisoners, charge" as described by Asheville's Mountain Xpress magazine. "This is how you make an entrance." Their music is reminiscent of all that lies in between San Francisco and Asheville..."stretching out over soundscapes of dusty highway miles, sun-drenched plains, places found off highways and around hairpin turns."
After a hefty schedule of some of the finest regional music festivals and venues the Southeast has to offer, Black Robin Hero took almost a two year hiatus before surprising everybody in 2017 with their release of Lonely High and a new lineup to go along with it’s release. The new record has been described as “a feast, offering melodies from the guitar work as flavors that come together to create an experience, fed by the natural excitement found in the guitar band model and nudged along by the ability of Black Robin Hero to channel the chaos of five distinct individuals into a unified force (Alternate Root).” This feast has given the core of the band- Lane, Rowland, and Terkelsen, a new energy to carry the Black Robin Hero torch into the horizon.
Now with a revitalized lineup, Black Robin Hero is at it again with an exciting live show of their familiar, yet new sound of rock n’ roll. They will be spreading their wings throughout the Southeast in support of Lonely High and are already back in the studio for its’ followup…