After spells in bands such as Due North & Moseley, Robbie formed acoustic duo Joan of Arkansas in 2005 with friend and front man of The State Broadcasters, Graeme Black. After playing some gigs around Glasgow they soon went in separate directions with Graeme busy recording the Broadcaster’s debut album and Robbie recording his debut ep. Entitled ‘Entrance is Everywhere’ the five track disc was released in 2008 to rave reviews.
Rick Fulton (Daily Record): A REAL rootsy singer/songwriter with an ear for a melancholy tune and some heart-hitting lyrics._The Antidote, the lead track on the Kilmarnock singer’s debut EP, is just him, guitar and a violin and cello but it packs a powerful punch. At its heart a break-up song it takes no prisoners with lines like: “I’ve got a bottle of pills beside me/that says you’re wrong” and “everything in a bag before me/becomes what’s mine” are lyrics David Gray or Damien Rice would be proud of._Second tune Lay You Down starts off with a Pink Floyd-style plucked guitar creating an eerie mood of impending doom and indeed is another broken break-up tune._She Came In A Dream could be a Noel Gallagher b-side while Endless Lullaby has the sweetness of Nick Drake._Broken is just gorgeous, full of decaying beauty._It sounds like Robbie has wounds but they are making incredible music.
Robbie is currently busy writing a new album.
Joan of Arkansas have never officially split up.