2018 - Individual Artist
Rob Lumbard is a highly regarded solo singer-songwriter-guitarist in Des Moines, Iowa, where he received his musical education at venues on Forest Avenue. Rose Marie Webster, Luther Allison, Sonny Terry, and Brownie McGhee were some of his musical mentors.
Rob joined the popular Wapsie River Band in 1980. He toured the Midwest with them for ten years. In 1990, Rob returned to playing solo. He has opened shows for Lyle Lovett, The Band, The Austin Lounge Lizards, Dan Hicks, Jerry Jeff Walker, Norman Blake, Steve Forbert, Leon Redbone and countless other acts that have come through Central Iowa.
In his earlier days, Rob recorded several eds on the Hot Fudge label. He was also a part of the trio Two Bobs and a Babe which included Hot Fudge label-mates Bob Dorr (of the Blue Band) and Molly Nova, both inductees into the Iowa Rock & Roll Music Association Hall of Fame.
Rob's music is Blues/Folk based but also regularly crosses over to Rock & Roll. Being very versatile, he also covers Jazz standards, as well as doing sets of his music. His finger-picking guitar style is similar to Hot Tuna, Doc Watson and Piedmont Blues. His slide guitar playing was influenced by Johnny Winter, Lowell George, and Ry Gooder. His songwriting was heavily influenced by the Texas songwriters and laced with humor.
Rob continues to play at festivals, restaurants, churches, private parties, and many other venues from Iowa to as far away as Kentucky. Although he is primarily a solo act, he also plays guitar for The CJC Big Band, and The Party Gras Classic Jazz Band. Rob has made numerous records and CDs, mostly at Catamount Recording Studio in Cedar Falls. His songs can be heard on KUNI and KFMG radio and his music has appeared in several Public Television projects which have received an EMMY, and other awards.
Rob is an honorary member of the Central Iowa Blues Society and is in the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame, and is a very accomplished and influential musician in Central Iowa.