For several decades Robert Garvin has made a name for himself writing and playing some of the tastiest American Roots Music and Blues both in the Midwest and West of the Mississippi, opening for such artists as Grammy Award-winning Marcia Ball, Albert Collins, and Buddy Guy.

Born in West Texas and spending much of his youth in the Mississippi Delta region,  Robert spent much of the late 60's and 70's absorbing the musical styles of that area and mixing it with his love of Rock n' Roll.  His influences range from the gritty real-life narratives of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf to the new-comers of the time: Johnny Winter, Buddy Guy, and Eric Clapton.  Later, when Stevie Ray Vaughn appeared on the scene, a new generation of fans woke up to the blues and Robert found a market playing with the likes of The Blues Busters and Sharon Rush.

Currently, Robert resides in the Seattle area where he fronts the blues/roots band, The South Side Popes.  The Popes' alumni include lengendary drummer and recording artist Thom Mooney, (Nazz, Todd Rundgren, Bob Welch, Rita Coolidge Danny O' Keefe, and a discography spanning three and a half decades) along with some of the most talented local perfomers to be found anywhere.  Robert also performs solo, playing singer/songwriter favorites and versions of blues standards along with originals from his CD, Bad Dog.  He is currently working on his next CD to be released next spring, comprised of tradional blues and more blues-oriented originals.


In his spare time, (and there ain't much of it) Robert works as an award winning portrait painter, artist, and amateur chef.  Some of his artwork and recipes will be featured on this website in the months to come.