"Black and White" is Rob Joass' 2nd solo album, coming a mere 18 years after his debut release "Rainlovers". In the interim he hasn't been totally idle, having toured extensively with both Hobnail and The Shot Band. Hobnail has released 5 albums and The Shot Band has released 1 full-length album and 2 EPs. Rob has also recently been touring with Too Many Chiefs, a songwriting showcase also featuring Laura Collins, Wayne Mason and Andrew London.
Hobnail's most recent album, "Baggage" received great reviews, and the title track was finalist for Best Country Song at the 2013 Tui's. Their previous album, "The Fortune Horses" earned unanimously excellent reviews and was a finalist for best folk album at the 2009 NZ Music awards.
"Wellington's excellent Shot Band" (NZ Musician) has earned rave reviews for their studio and live work. Rob's "Dead In The Water" from their 2006 self-titled album was a finalist for APRA 2006 Country Song of the Year.
Rob has earned praise for his songwriting throughout his career, and has had songs covered by bands in New Zealand, Australia and Canada, with Edmonton's Captain Tractor including "Maria's Last Words" (from Hobnail Boots' "On With The Show"), on their album "North of the Yellowhead". Christchurch's Katie Thompson also recorded "Dead in the Water" for her most recent album.
Between Hobnail, Too Many Chiefs, The Shot Band and solo shows, Rob will be performing over the coming months in Christchurch, Balcairn, Nelson, Mapua, Takaka, Wairoa Valley, Wellington, Tokomaru, Te Horo, Wanganui, Tauranga, Auckland and Australia, with more shows in the pipeline.
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