Robert Vincent is one of the most acclaimed new voices on the Americana music scene.
Born in Crosby Liverpool, his upbringing inculcated him with a very Merseyside culture of storytelling and language.
A key influence would be the American country records that his father would play around the house such as Waylon Jennings and Emmylou Harris.
He received an early education in Pink Floyd thanks to his older brothers that he shared a bedroom with. This eclectic mix of musical influence remains palpable in the music of Vincent to this day.
In 2013 Robert Vincent released his debut album Life in Easy Steps. Critically well received, the title track was play-listed by Radio 2.
After meeting Whispering Bob Harris at an event called ‘Bluebird at the Bluecoat’ that brought the concept of the bluebird cafe in Nashville to The Bluecoat Chambers in Liverpool, the legendary radio presenter invited Robert to perform a live session on his Radio 2 show and in 2016 awarded him with his ‘Emerging Artist’ of the year award at the inaugural UK Americana Awards show in Hackney London.
Harris described Vincent as “absolutely magnetic” and “the real deal”
In 2018 his Sophomore album ‘I’ll Make the Most of my Sins’ was named UK Americana Album of the Year. Meeting and performing with musical director Ethan Johns at the award ceremony would shape his future career.
In February of 2018 Robert was invited to perform on the BBC ‘Old Grey Whistle Test, For One Night Only’ closing the show.
It was this performance that would propel him to number 1 and 2 in the iTunes Album and Singles Charts.
A Versatile performer, Vincent has toured extensively with full band and solo. Notable performances include Showcase performances at Americana Fest in Nashville, Tennessee, supporting Roger Waters at Hyde Park, Tours with Paul Carrack and Duane Eddy who gifted him with one of his signature ‘Gretsch’ guitars after his 80th birthday celebration at The London Palladium.
Robert Vincent’s most relevant and ambitious work to date comes in the form of his 2020 release, ‘In this Town You’re Owned’. Vincent observes life in both his hometown and the wider world.
Recorded in Legendary Rockfield Studios by Brit Award winning producer Ethan Johns who has won acclaim for his work (Paul McCartney, Ray Lamontagne, Laura Marling)
The talented 6-piece band recorded live straight to 16 track tape with Johns contributing musically too. Such was the hypnotic spirit between the musicians and the strength of Vincent’s material the whole of In this Town You’re Owned was recorded and mixed in two weeks flat.
Since the February release in 2020 the record has charted at number 2 in the UK Americana Charts been critically praised both in the UK and Europe and USA.
At the midway point of the year American Songwriter Magazine named ‘In this Town You’re Owned’ in its top 20 albums (every genre) of 2020 to date.
‘In This Town You’re Owned’ has also picked up Americana Music Association UK Album & Artist of The Year 2021, plus Americana UK Album & Artist of the Year 2020.
“Somewhere Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley and Phil Everly are smiling” –
Coachella Valley Weekl, Album Review, 2020
“Early promise made good by Liverpool based Americana hopeful” **** – Mojo
“Winner of the inaugural Americana Music Association UK’s Emerging Artist Award in 2016, Vincent’s not so much emerging as arriving” – Andy Fyle Mojo Review (April 2020)
“A tremendous record from one of Liverpool’s brightest musicians” **** – Rob Ramsey, Album Review Maverick magazine
“Nobody knows the ending, he sings. But this outstanding album is a very good start on the path to finding the light at the end of the tunnel in which we seem to be lost”. – Mike Davies, Folk Radio Album Review
“There’s no reason to waste any time, so let’s get straight to the point. Robert Vincent’s third album ‘In This Town You’re Owned’ is a corker (for those not familiar with this UK term, that’s a really good thing!)….the quality of the song-writing, the performance and the production never drops beneath a level that can only be described as outstanding”. – Jim
Finnie, Americana-UK, Album Review