Robbie Blunt

ROBBIE BLUNT is the guitarist who Robert Plant turned to at the start of his solo career. The three albums they made together achieved Platinum sales with #1 singles in the US. The video for their hit single “Big Log” became a mainstay on MTV and remains a live favourite in Plants’ set to this day.
Robbie was still in his teens when his band Bronco, fronted by singer Jess Roden, signed to Island Records in 1969. Bronco’s fusion of electric blues, country roots and soulful vocals gained them a reputation as one of the best live acts on the circuit in the early ‘70s, and they shared stages in UK and US with other key Island acts including Free, John Martyn and Traffic.
Following the breakup of Bronco, Robbie and Jess recorded with ‘Free’ keyboard player Rabbit Bundrick, and shortly after Robbie joined rock band Silverhead fronted by singer Michael Des Barres. The band toured across the world and built a loyal following in Japan that remains to this day. In 1975 Robbie formed “Broken Glass” with Stan Webb recording a highly collectible album. Stan Webb reformed Chicken Shack in 1976 and Robbie recorded and toured with Webb until 1979.  In 1980 Robbie joined The Steve Gibbons Band recording the album“Street Parade”.
In 1981 Robert Plant called on his old friend Robbie to form “The Honeydrippers”, blending rock with vintage r’n’b.  The pair soon began to write and record new songs that would form the basis of Plants first solo album ‘Pictures at Eleven’. They were joined by Paul Martinez on bass, Jez Woodroffe on keyboards and drummers Cozy Powell and Phil Collins. The album was released in 1982 and was followed shortly after in 1983 by a second album ‘The Principle of Moments’ featuring hit single ‘Big Log’. An extensive period of world-wide touring followed the release of these albums.
Drummer Richie Hayward (Little Feat) joined them for a third album ‘Shaken ’n’ Stirred’ which was released in1985 and the band embarked on another world tour, performing a high energy rock & roll set as “The Honeydrippers” followed by a full set of their own original material. The band played some of the biggest venues in the US and attained  Platinum, Gold and Silver discs for sales in the UK, US and Canada.
Following his period with Robert Plant, Robbie has been in great demand as a writer and session musician. His guitar work features on US 2xPlatinum album “Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars” by Edie Brickell and The Bohemians and albums by artistes including Julian Lennon, John Kilzer and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
The diversity of Robbies’ musical interests has also led to collaborations on albums by Donovan, Clannad and Italian poet and Greek historian Roberto Vecchione.
Robbie’s love of blues and roots music led to a personal career highlight when he performed on bluesman Jeff Healey’s 1988 debut album, and gained a Grammy nomination for their recording of the Freddie King classic “Hideaway”.
Robbie continues to write and record – in 2015 Robbie and his band are working on new original material and you will be able to catch them live at a few select gigs in the UK.

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