Robertson (born October 27, 1948, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, United
States) is an American blues guitarist, songwriter and singer, who has been
described as 'one part zydeco, one part swamp blues, one part electric blues
and one part classic rhythm and blues.'
Robertson was born in Louisiana and raised in Houston, Texas. At the age of
13, he watched a performance on television by Hank Williams. Duly inspired
and equipped with a cheap guitar purchased by his father, he started playing
the songs previously performed by Freddie King
and Floyd London. As he lived close to the Duke/Peacock recording studio,
Robertson took the opportunity to acquaint himself with some of the
musicians who recorded there. At the same time, in his late teens, Robertson
played in a band in various bars of his Fifth Ward, Houston neighborhood.
In 1982, Clifton Chenier heard
Robertson's band playing at the Crosstown Blues Festival. Robertson moved
back to Louisiana, learned to play slide guitar, and toured for several
years in the 1980s with Chenier. Robertson contributed to his Live At The
(1982) and San Francisco Blues Festival (1985) albums. After Chenier's
death, Robertson played with Rockin' Dopsie, appearing on his Crowned Prince
Of Zydeco album (1986), and Terrance Simien & the Mallet Playboys, before
In addition, Robertson's guitar work appeared on Paul Simon's Graceland
album, and he was on the bill at the 1994 Notodden Blues Festival.
Robertson's I'm the Man (1994) was the first release on the Code Blue label.
It was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award.
Robertson's follow-up, Here & Now (1995), included his cover of the Tracy
Nelson song 'Here & Now'. However the record label folded and Robertson
re-appeared in 1998 on the independent label, Audioquest, with his next
offering, Going Back Home. In November 2005 he released Guitar Man - Live
with his new backing band, BluesMove.
In 2008, Robertson & BluesMove played at the Harvest Time Blues festival in
In 2011, Roberston and BluesMove appeared at the Rhythm Festival in