Craig 'Smoky' Roberts Bio

  

  

Craig Roberts is a singer/songwriter/guitarist who grew-up in Ohio along the North Coast. Over the years this area of the country has produced some of America’s most successful rock and pop musicians from Joe Walsh to The O’Jays. Among Craig's high school classmates was Phil Keaggy, who became one of the founders of the Christian Rock genre and is considered by his peers and fans as one of the greatest guitar virtuosos in the world! 


Craig became a  DJ in the 1970's and worked Top 40 and FM progressive stations during his radio career. 

As a tunesmith, Craig often writes about the internal search we all go through trying to uncover who we are, where we are going and our relationships with each other and with our Creator. 


One of Craig's favorite compositions is "Smoky Mountain Way" written after a trip to Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee. Craig was inspired to write about the natural wonder of this area of the country in-hopes his song captures the experience we feel when being one with nature. 


Craig currently resides in Phoenix, AZ and enjoys hiking and jeeping in the mountains of the great wild west where he gains inspiration to write his songs & poetry.


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Along with Phil Keaggy, Craig went to high school with a number of super-talented musicians including Jim Gustafson and Phil Jones, founding members of the rock band POOBAH. Phil Jones, who died of cancer 2008, was considered one of greatest bass players in the country. This website is dedicated to his memory.


Craig Roberts and Phil Jones performed with teenage rock guitarist extraordinaire Tom McHugh...all this from just one high-school, Boardman High, as members of the class of 1970.


Many other great bands of the 1960’s and 1970’s hailed from this area of Ohio including The HUMAN BEINGZ with their hit "Nobody But Me" with Dick Belley and Ting Markulin, THE HOLES IN THE ROAD with Doug Thomas & Gary McCoy, the POPPY with Roger Lewis and Dan Pecchio and LAW with Steve Acker. Another local, Myron Grombacher, is Pat Benatar’s drummer.


Craig left the stage after high school and worked for General Motors at one the world’s most modern auto assembly plants located in Warren, Oh. While working for GM he attended YSU and took a radio broadcasting course offered by a local radio station. After graduating he was hired by that station WYFM/Y103 and worked morning drive and then afternoon drive while moonlighting at rock stations in the Akron and Kent area on the weekends.


Many FM stations at that time in the greater Cleveland and Pittsburgh area pioneered underground, progressive and free-form rock which later evolved into album and classic rock formats as they became more commercialized.


By the mid-‘70’s power house FM stations like M105 & WMMS out-of-Cleveland and WYDD and WDVE in Pittsburgh were well-established and nationally known for playing album cuts not heard on the AM side of the dial. 


This music lead the youth revolution of that time and one station in Akron, WCUE-FM Q-96, made radio history one summer evening in 1975 as it played the entire album of PINK FLOYD's "Dark Side of the Moon" during a total lunar eclipse! Craig Roberts was at the turntables that night and many who witnessed the lunar event simultaneously listened to its sound track being broadcast on northern Ohio airwaves from the studios of Q-96!


By the late ‘70’s dance music dominated the scene and Craig became a popular disc jockey at local dances and night clubs with his “Port-a-Party” sound system that was the beginning of RobertSound™. Craig also produced radio spots for the TOMORROW CLUB, and several outdoor rock concerts held in the area during those years. Bands such as Boston, Brian Auger, Trapeze, Heart, Michael Stanley Band, Stanley Clark, Billy Cobham, Ronnie Montrose, The Tubes…if you were up and coming, you played Youngstown’s TOMORROW CLUB and its affiliate, THE AGORA in Cleveland.


By the early ‘80’s Craig was married and raising a family. Needing a “real” job to replace his “reel-to-reel” job he began selling commercial airtime with legendary rock station WHOT HOT FM 101 in Youngstown. This began a 40-year career as an advertising consultant.


Craig now resides in Phoenix where he and his son Rob have dusted-off Craig’s guitars and begun laying down digital tracks of some of Craig’s original compositions. In-addition to playing percussion, Rob is a skilled webmaster and budding recording engineer.


RobertSound™ has now been fully resurrected in the desert and plans to record more songs in the months ahead. We hope you like our songs and invite you to enjoy this ride with us.