Robert Eugene Blasi
Played drums throughout middle and high school, including marching band, orchestra, jazz ensemble, and drum and bugle corps.
After seeing BB King and Bobby Bland on one of many package shows in the seventies, the overwhelming lure of the blues became the dominant musical influence.
Venturing west to such cities as St. Louis, Memphis, and Phoenix, a steady consumption of Goodwill records and public radio help prepare for opportunities to work with legends like Joe Houston, Fenton Robinson, Nappy Brown, Johnny Johnson, Jimmy Rogers, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley, Honey Boy Edwards and the late great Albert King.
Some Arizona locals include Tommy Dukes, Steve Willis, Buddy Reed, and the Rocket 88’s.
Include winning the 1990 St. Louis Blues Society Amateur Talent Contest, with a trip to the W.C. Handy Awards in Memphis, as well as the Phoenix Blues Society’s amateur contest in 1992.
Performed for the forty fifth anniversary of the Hell’s Angels at San Bernadino, CA with Buddy Reed in 1993.
Arizona Republic’s “Best Of” 1994 “Best Blues Band”, Rocket 88’s.
Sang the Canadian and American National Anthems, acappella, at America West Arena on Dec. 27, 1996 for the Phoenix Coyotes and the Vancouver Canuks.
1999 inductee Arizona Blues Hall Of Fame.
Member of Screen Actors Guild of America.
Completed international television commercial for Jack Daniels Whiskey in 1996, and a national television commercial for K-Mart Corp. and Route 66 Jeans in 1999.