About Uncle Rock
Which is more satisfying? Rocking out in front of cheering thousands as a globe-trotting bassist, co-writing a song on a Grammy-nominated album, performing the lead in a musical in London’s West End, or bringing all ages together in a singing and dancing crowd?
According to one who has done all of the above - Robert Burke Warren, aka Uncle Rock - the fourth choice is by far the most fulfilling.
Warren’s “rock of all ages” persona Uncle Rock was born during a sabbatical from the performing life, when stay-at-home fatherhood led him to the world of children. Taking a teacher’s assistant job at his son’s Woodstock, NY, preschool, Warren wanted a shared musical experience, but was unable to find music with Beatles-esque hooks, Grimm’s Fairy Tales depth, and Woody Guthrie folksiness. So he created his own for preschoolers and their parents (“No kid ever comes to the gigs alone,” Warren quips.).
Part of what sets him apart is Uncle Rock’s artful approach to oft-overlooked topics like conspicuous consumption (“Too Many Presents”) the plight of Arctic-dwelling friends (“Polar Bear Over There”) the need for downtime (“Nothin’ Doin’”) and even the fact of death (“Picnic In The Graveyard”). This offbeat approach, plus a dynamic live show, has won critical praise from the L.A. Times, the New York Times and Cookie Magazine, to name a few, and Uncle Rock has been a mainstay on Sirius/XM Satellite radio, spending much of 2008 in the Top 20.
With three highly acclaimed CDs and a newly-minted DVD, Uncle Rock continues to be embraced by a rapidly growing fanbase, gigging all over the U.S.; from the Austin City Limits Festival, to NYC’s Symphony Space, to Philadelphia’s World Café, to McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. “More than ever, people need to connect in real time and in the same room, and Uncle Rock music – either live or via CD and DVD – is an interactive, cross-generational experience,” says Warren. “Often, folks do not realize how much they get out of a shared musical experience, but once they do, they’re hooked.”