When Rob Drabkin took a family trip to New York while attending Trinity University in San Antonio, the future singer/songwriter did not realize that his career path would be significantly altered. Set on becoming a doctor while studying biochemistry and molecular biology at the Texas college, the young, impressionable student ran into a few of his father’s musician friends.
“My Dad played Jazz full time for 30 years before he got into medicine. On that trip, we re-connected with his old musician friends, and it was inspiring to see them giving their lives to music night after night for so many years,” Rob Drabkin reminisced. “That was the night I dropped science and dedicated myself to music. After that moment, I spent every possible minute singing and honing all of the songwriting skills that I could.”
The ability to focus on the details, while learning biochemistry and molecular biology, is a useful tool during his intricate songwriting. And the prospects of being stuck behind a desk, was not as appealing as playing live music.
“It’s kind of embarrassing to admit, but I had an epiphany while watching the Broadway musical, Chicago,” the Denver-native stated. “I decided right then and there that I didn’t want to work in a research lab for the rest of my life and that I wanted to pursue music full time even though I had never sung a note up to that point.”
And all of that has culminated into a brand new EP, Beautiful Day. While there is something brilliantly complex about Rob Drabkin‘s music, it is still an accessible acoustic folk album that starts with his gravelly, yet soaring, vocals. Match that with the foot-stomping rhythms and detailed, virtuoso guitars and you have an indie folk-rock EP that captures the rustic imagination of a genre craving something more than The Lumineers. This is a special EP that holds a bevy of intentional choices that makes Beautiful Day a wonderfully unique and desirable collection of folk music.
Check out the brand new EP,, by Rob Drabkin on Spotify below and do not forget to grab it on iTunes now!
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