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Rob Garland

Rob Garland moved to St Louis from Canterbury, England, in November 1999. Having played many genres of music, St Louis was most definitely the place to focus on his love affair with the Blues. Musical influences range from Larry Carlton, Robben Ford, George Benson and Miles Davis through Jimi Hendrix to the King's of the Blues, namely Albert, BB and Freddie.

Rob started The Blue Monks with the premise of playing original music and blues standards, whilst combining elements of funk, r'n'b and jazz. Since forming in 2000, the Monks have performed all over town, at venues including The Broadway Oyster Bar, Hammerstones, Sqwires, The Famous Bar, The Great Grizzly Bear, Generations and The Ritz Carlton.

The 2002 lineup of the band includes
Byron James (BJ) -Bass
Tobin Hall- Drums

BJ is a veteran on the Blues Scene and has played with St Louis artists such as Oliver Sain, Big Daddy, Patti & The Hitmen and Rich McDonough. Tobin has played all over the St Louis original and cover scenes.

For many shows the Monks are complimented with guest Saxophone player Frank Bauer, who also adds vocal harmony to the lineup.

Every Monday, Rob sits in with The Soulard Blues Band, at The Broadway Oyster Bar jam and gets the opportunity to play with his favourite guitar player, John Mondin. Rob is also at Mike & Mins every other Thursday throughout the year, call Mike & Mins for exact dates @ 314.421.1655

For the full Monks schedule click right here!

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