Tom Paine, critical reviewer for San Diego Troubadour Magazine, has said, “The sun, the sand, and the sea permeates every note of his beautifully produced album. Rob Mehl’s easy-going, warm voice and able acoustic guitar playing hold the ship on course like a keel. His warm, simple, slow-paced vision of the good life, island-style, is so real it’ll leave sand in your shoes! Rob is a safe harbor when the hard winds blow.”
Tim Flannery, formerly with the San Diego Padres, now the San Francisco Giants, as well as the Tim Flannery Band has said, “Rob Mehl''s songs touch the inner part of the soul - his words and beautiful voice not only move me, but bring me closer to the humanity that we all belong to. I am honored to call him friend.”
Barry McGuire, of “Eve Of Destruction” fame, has said that “Rob’s talent as a musician and songwriter has always inspired me. So much so that I recorded two of his songs. In concert he shows a tenderness and strength mixed with humor and truth.”
Dave Sawyer, also with the San Diego Troubadour Magazine, once said that Rob Mehl''s music is described as coastal alternative - not really surf music, not really island, not really Americana...maybe ''Isle-icana''?" Rob Mehl is a fine songwriter and an excellent musician.
Mark Lennon of the band Venice, recently wrote and said, "Hey Rob! We''ve been listening to your cd out by the pool during our writing breaks - you take us back to the islands and make our minds free to create again. Thanx! Ciao for now, Mark and the rest of the boys from Venice"
Michael Ruff, Jazz Recording Artist & Producer, who''s written for Bonnie Raitt and others has said, "Wow, God''s gift to you shows through clearly on all these songs. So many good ones for film and TV too."
What does Rob say about this new cd? "Thanks so much to James "Sunny Jim" White who was gracious enough to add some steel pan, bass, and vocals on SWEET MUSIC, and to Gary Seiler who played some amazing harmonica on some of the songs. Thanks also to the Aries Angels for loving me up, to amazing surf artist Wade Koniakowsky for the cover portrait, and Betsy McCue for the cd art and deisgn layout! You guys ROCK!"
What does Rob say about songwriting and playing shows ~ especially house concerts! ~ "God I love what I do and I''m grateful for this gift I''ve been given. I really don''t want to sit around and wait for the world to change, I want to write songs that touch hearts, calm hearts, bring hearts together, make people smile and cry and whatever they need to do. I play kind of mellow, but usually lighthearted music because I want to be approachable and make everyone feel when I''m telling a story or singing a song like it''s their own. Buying my cd''s lets me continue to do this ... so, thanks so much! Aloha always ~ Rob"
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