Bio

Rob McHale is a North Carolina-based Folk-Americana artist whose songs can take you through a small town, down a dirt road or on an historical journey – and bring you back home again.  Rob’s flair for penning historical and social commentary songs has received recognition and awards from American Songwriter Magazine, Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, Dallas Songwriters Association, and Billboard.

Rob performs solo internationally, and regionally with his band featuring his brother Pat on harmonica, Frank Berridge on bass, Jim Singer on Violin and Peter McCranie on resonator guitar.

Rob’s was awarded ” Folk Artist of Year 2019 ” by the International Music and Entertainment Association. His latest release *Prophets on the Boulevard*  was awarded ‘ Folk Album of the Year 2019 ‘ , and was in the Top 100 Folk Albums on the Folk DJ Airplay Charts, it reached #8 on the Folk DJ Charts and held the #9, , 11, and 23 songs. *Tom Dooley and Friends* (October 2016 ) reached #8 on the Folk DJ Charts in October of 2016 and held the #2 and #9 songs. In 2015 Rob won 2nd Place in the Woody Guthrie Song Competition and earned a place on the Main Stage at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival.

Rob has partnered with Charlotte Corbin Barnes, Author ‘The Tom Dooley Files'(2016) for presentations in Historical Societies. libraries, and other venues. The presentations are combination shows with an introduction to the Tom Dooley Legend by Mrs. Barnes followed by a concert with mainly historical song content,( Blair Mountain, Jesse James, General George Custer, small towns,  Sherman’s March, Dred Scott, John Brown, The Castlebar Races, Woody Guthrie, etc. from his previous and future releases, followed by a book signing.

In addition to performing in the U.S. and abroad, McHale founded and hosts the Summit Coffee Songwriters Showcase in Davidson, NC that features local, regional and touring artists. The popular monthly series starts it’s 11th  year in June of 2020 and has presented well over 100 shows.

Rob often incorporates storytelling in some of his shows and has also told the Legend of Tom Dooley at the grave of Laura Foster at the Happy Valley Fiddler’s Convention since 2017.  He has also published a podcast on the legend ‘ The Real Tom Dooley Story ‘.

"Music of a hundred years ago, from yesterday or today - whenever you place them, the songs of Rob McHale should be taught in school, because they reflect vibrant history, the value of tradition and living social comment. This North Carolina-based poet, musician and composer writes folk Americana songs that walk you through their narratives in an entirely involving way. They bring home the wealth of heritage and place it firmly in the present, they observe the days we live in and offer valuable meaning."

Tom Franks,
Folk Words Magazine
London , England

Rob McHale
2018-08-04T15:25:52-04:00

Tom Franks,
Folk Words Magazine
London , England

"Music of a hundred years ago, from yesterday or today - whenever you place them, the songs of Rob McHale should be taught in school, because they reflect vibrant history, the value of tradition and living social comment. This North Carolina-based poet, musician and composer writes folk Americana songs that walk you through their narratives in an entirely involving way. They bring home the wealth of heritage and place it firmly in the present, they observe the days we live in and offer valuable meaning."
“The real prize with the North Carolina songman, however, is what is felt with his songs, the way his words offer experience, advice and overviews of life. McHale wears the skins of his characters: his stories allow for the familiar to be felt as an old friend and the unknown to become family by the end of the song.”

Danny McCloskey
The Alternate Root Magazine

Rob McHale
2018-08-07T13:02:28-04:00

Danny McCloskey
The Alternate Root Magazine

“The real prize with the North Carolina songman, however, is what is felt with his songs, the way his words offer experience, advice and overviews of life. McHale wears the skins of his characters: his stories allow for the familiar to be felt as an old friend and the unknown to become family by the end of the song.”
“a socially conscious writer with intelligent lyrics”

Randy Walker
WSGE-FM
Dallas, NC

Rob McHale
2018-08-07T13:04:48-04:00

Randy Walker
WSGE-FM
Dallas, NC

“a socially conscious writer with intelligent lyrics”
“I hear shades of [Neil] Young, JJ Cale and many of the best writers of our generation.”

Christopher Anderson
Victory Music
Seattle, WA

Rob McHale
2018-08-07T13:06:24-04:00

Christopher Anderson
Victory Music
Seattle, WA

“I hear shades of [Neil] Young, JJ Cale and many of the best writers of our generation.”
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