Robert Ross has been nominated six times throughout his career and has received numerous awards, including The New York Music Awards Best Blues Artist (1989) and Best Live Blues Artist (2010), from the New York Music Awards. He won the East Coast Rocker Award for Best Blues Artist in 1991.

Ross has worked with legendary players; Big Joe Turner, Lightnin’ Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton, Otis Rush, Dr. John, Memphis Slim, J.B. Hutto, Eddy Kirkland, Floyd Jones, Homesick James, Brownie McGhee, Sunnyland Slim, Bobby Lewis, Charles Ward (Ink Spots), Pinetop Perkins, Charles & Cyrille Neville, and others, and jammed with Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jay McShann, Junior Wells, and Art Blakey.

Ross' discography includes his 2004 CD, What Are We Fighting For (Fountainbleu Records), and Sleight of Hand (Fountainblue 2002), re-mastered by Dennis Ferrante (Elvis, Aerosmith, John Lennon). In 1999, Brambus released Ross’ live CD, Lightness To Dark, and in 1996, Darkness To Light. In 1991, Ross released Rockin’ the Rails on his label, Blue Planet Records. .

Robert Ross was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame as a Master Blues Artist on December 4, 2011

© December 2011
Photos: Susan O'Kane