Rob Mears / Flash-Traffic

Rob Mears / Flash-Traffic

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Rock - General | Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
Total Song Plays: 198   
Member Since: 2006
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Rob Mears

“The man’s got heart” seems to be the appropriate way to describe how Rob Mears’ music hits you. A soul/rock vocalist born and raised in East Texas, Mears draws a dynamic parallel between progressive blues-rock and contemporary pop music. His intelligent chord progressions, soulful vocals, and heavy backbeat bring comparisons like “Seal meets the Arc Angels” to the listener’s ear.

“My goal every time I perform is to reach out and stick what I have in the audience’s head. Whether it comes from my lyrics, the singing, or just presence, I want to feel the connection as bad as I want them to have it, and I want them to go home with a piece of me”, says Mears.

Growing up in the smallish town of Longview, Rob spent a good portion of his time commuting to nearby Shreveport, Louisiana where the lights shone brighter and the music scene was far more involved. It didn’t take long before he was recording his music with some of the city’s top artists, ultimately assembling some of the best players and hitting the local circuit. “I started off with a three-piece band, but after the first few months there were numerous incarnations of the live show. My musical reality had literally blossomed into a commune of a dozen or so musicians that all shared in each other’s influence. The result was a colossal explosion of inspiration for all of us, and I was lucky enough to discover the profound soulful insight that helped me form the basis of what I do today”.

Mears was snatched up for the job of fronting the Kenny Wayne Sheppard Band, which at the time was being pieced together in Shreveport. This was a great opportunity that reflected the styles of many of his musical influences, but the situation offered Rob little outlet for his songwriting talents. He passed on the opportunity and, instead, let his trail of passion lead him to Nashville, to seek the bigger crowds and recognition. “ I left town with my bass player and drummer. “We all got odd jobs in Nashville and started trying to get a feel for the town,” explained Mears. “It was a very creative time for us all. Over the next few months our trio cultivated a few dozen songs and began ruthlessly playing the local venues. We recorded and released an album’s worth of material in a relatively short period of time, but the group soon succumbed to conflicting professional interests. We lost our bass player and were forced to disband.”

Mears followed his heart back to the Ark-La-Tex to tap back into his core inspirations. “Amidst the many ups and downs, the upheavals and crashes, and the turbulence of life’s passionate affairs, the one thing I know I can always trust is the song itself”, Rob explains. “The music embodies these convoluted struggles through the wilderness of human relationships and allows me an avenue for personifying each situation. I do my best to capture those trials of love, pain, and conflict, and punctuate them with a taste of determination and higher insight. That’s what keeps me moving.

Rob describes his creative core as having been “forged in the clash and coalescence of common hearts in turbulent times. There is no greater inspirational force than the precarious balance sustained between two human souls”, Mears explains.

Rob’s latest works take new steps into a more lush sonic landscape while still maintaining much of the raw edge from his earlier music. ‘The Best of Love’s Inventions’ and ‘Vicious Circles’ persevere as the type of signature rock songs that Rob has always been well known for, while songs like ‘Wish’ and ‘Spoils of A Day’ hold their resolve even when their moment strides into the more abject and melancholy subject matter.

“When it comes to homegrown personal therapy, the song is king”, Rob explains. Regardless of how confusing and convoluted life becomes, there’s always that one defining force available to set it all straight – the power of musical impulse. I can think of no more suitable tonic for the soul”.