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Bill Roberts – Keyboards, Bass, Vocals      The Route 64 Band

The Route 64 Band is a six piece vocal driven dance band. The band features singer Kristen Gordon, two guitarists and depending on the current need, either a keyboard player or bass player. Bill covers these two positions. More information about the Route 64 Band can found at http://www.route64band.com

Bill Roberts began playing with The Route 64 Band in January 2019. Bill has played guitar since he was 12 years old and considers himself lucky to have grown up in a musical family with a basement in his house. In addition to classical music that his mother and sister played, his older brother and sister owned all the Motown and Beatles records that filled the air with harmony and rhythm. Bill was able to host band practice in the family home and was often able to play on the other band members’ instruments when they left them at his house.

Bill eventually got his own instruments and his own basement where he learned to play all the essential instruments, guitar, bass, drums and keyboards. He started singing when one of his bands lost their lead singer with gigs on the books. The songs had to be allocated to the different band members. He remembers the very first song he sang was My Old School by Steely Dan.

After playing in various bands in his home town of Baltimore, his day job as an investments sales manager relocated him to Richmond where Bill started Cat Daddy, a power trio made up of guitar, bass and drums, which has been playing for over 24 years. He has also played drums for local bands such as The English Channel, Lee Street, and Big Boss Man, bass guitar for Ron Moody and the Centaurs, he has an acoustic duo as well as his solo act in which he uses backing tracks on which every instrument and vocal part was played and recorded by Bill. He has recorded well over 800 songs that he uses for the solo show.

“It’s always more fun to play with other musicians” and the Route 64 band has fun on stage. Bill was first recruited to The Route 64 Band to play keyboards and will play bass, or other instruments as needed.


Bill Roberts and Gary Jacobs are The ElectroCats
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkduIL4FKow


 

I had the opportunity to play a gig with Bill and it was excellent. His overall presentation included great sound, huge song list of all types of music, fun stage banter, and more. If you want someone to energize your party or get together, hire Bill Roberts. I promise your guests will be talking about the music long after the party is over!” Tod E

 

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The AcoustiCats is the acoustic duo of Bill Roberts and Keith Horne. You know Bill by browsing this website and through his work with his band, Cat Daddy, his solo act, recording projects and more.

Bill Roberts & Keith Horne Perform at Carr Bros
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cqg9pkGfcL0

Keith Horne has been a Richmond phenomenon since his high school days. Also a multiinstrumentalist,  Keith’s skill on the bass is legendary in his excitement and incredible speed. Keith’s playing style is unusual in that he is left-handed and adapted his playing to a right handed guitar. Instead of playing a guitar or bass made for lefthanders, he upturns a righthander’s instrument and executes his playing with incredible speed and precision. You must see him play to believe.

As a teenager and in his early 20s Keith had a highly popular Richmond band called Secrets. As many musicians dream of doing (but most never actually do or upon arrival find it is too competetive) Keith moved to Nashville and almost immediately found a position with a nationally known band. For the next 20 plus years Keith toured with big name acts from Tricia Yearwood to Peter Frampton and Luke Bryan. He has been ranked in music industry publications as “The Third Best Bassist In The World”. Even with his tremendous success Keith stayed accessible to his friends back home and came home often for gigs and jam sessions.

Once again a  Richmond resident, Keith is involved in various projects, among them The AcoustiCats, paired with Bill Roberts. Together, Bill and Keith draw on their many decades of experience and deep repertoire of material, fashioning their arrangements for guitar and bass with rich lead and vocal harmony.

The AcoustiCats are an excellent act for restaurants, parties and events requiring music that’s less loud than a full band, a seemingly endless well of material delivered at the highest quality.

The songs below are examples of what you will hear at an AcoustiCats show.

Bill & Keith Compilation of Songs from Recent Performances
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6JxoaKasy8

Summer Breeze/Seals and Crofts
Somebody Like You/Keith Urban
As She’s Walking Away/Zac Brown Band
Lay Down Sally/Eric Clapton
Liza Jane/Vince Gill
Mountain Music/Alabama
Steal My Kisses
Copperhead Road/Steve Earle
Feelin’ Alright/Dave Mason
Love The One You’re With/Stephen Stills
Take The Money and Run/Steve Miller
Angel Eyes/Jeff Healey
Love Will Keep Us Alive/Eagles
Change the World/Eric Clapton
Turn the Page/Bob Seger
Whenever You Come Around/Eagles
Melissa/Allman Bros Band
Crazy Love/Poco
Wild World/Cat Stephens
She Talks to Angels/Black Crowes
I Can’t Tell You Why/Eagles
American Pie/Don McLean
Can’t You See/Marshall Tucker Band
Suspicious Minds/Elvis
Bring It On Home/Dave Mason
Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde/
Hanky Panky/Tommy James and the Shondells
Sunshine/Jonathan Edwards
Dance With Me/Orleans
I Love This Bar/Toby Keith
Another Saturday Night/Cat Stephens
Listen to The Music/Doobie Brothers
The Weight/The Band
Friend of the Devil/Grateful Dead
Breezin’/George Benson
On Broadway/George Benson
Cripple Creek/The Band
Chevy Van
Dixieland Delight/Alabama
Keep Your Hands to Yourself/Georgia Satellites
Some Beach/Blake Shelton
Fast As You/Dwight Yoakum
Neon Moon/Brooks and Dunn
Pinball Wizard/The Who
Toes/Zac Brown Band
Folsom Prison Blues/Johnny Cash
Mary Jane’s Last Dance/Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Let The Good Times Roll/ BB King
Against The Wind/Bob Seger
All Along The Watchtower/Jimi Hendrix
Amie/Pure Prairie League
We Just Disagree/Dave Mason
Brown Eyed Girl/Van Morrison
Changes In Latitudes/Jimmy Buffett
Cheeseburger In Paradise/Jimmy Buffett
Dixie Chicken/Little Feat
Domino/Van Morrison
Free Falling/Tom Petty
Gimme Three Steps/Lynyrd Skynyrd
Givin It Up Fr Your Love/Delbert McClinton
Good Lovin’/The Rascals
Have You Ever Seen the Rain/Creedence
Heaven/Los Lonely Boys
Honky Tonk Women/Rolling Stones
Hurts So Good/John Mellencamp
I’m a Believer/The Monkees
Into The Mystic/Van Morrison
Jenny Jenny 867-5309/Tommy Tutone
Josie/Steely Dan
Like a Rock/Bob Seger
Lyin Eyes/The Eagles
Magic Carpet Ride/Steppenwolf
Margaritaville/Jimmy Buffett
Miss You/Rolling Stones
Moondance/Van Morrison
No Such Thing/John Mayer
Peaceful Easy Feeling/The Eagles
Show Me the Way/Peter Frampton
Southern Cross/Crosby Stills & Nash
Squeezebox/The Who
Stuck In the Middle/Steeler’s Wheel
Sultans of Swing/Dire Straits
Sweet Home Alabama/Lynyrd Skynyrd
Take It Easy/The Eagles
Truckin’/Grateful Dead
Ventura Highway/America
Wagon Wheel/Old Crow Medicine Show
Who’ll Stop the Rain/Creedence
Wonderful Tonight/Eric Clapton
Ain’t No Sunshine/Bill Withers
My Girl/Temptations
Drift Away/Dobie Gray
Use Me/Bill Withers
Soul Man/Sam and Dave
Mustang Sally/Wilson Pickett
I Feel Good/James Brown
Chicken Fried/Zac Brown Band
Knee Deep/Zac Brown Band
My Maria/Brooks & Dunn

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