R.X. "Bob" Bertoldi is an award-winning singer songwriter from the Seattle area. HIs original "Black Coffee in the Mornin'" was in rotation on Sirius satellite's Coffeehouse program for over four years running, and his cover of the Faces' "Ooh La La" was spun for over two years on their Covers program.
His latest releases benefit from the expert production and musical skills of acclaimed Seattle producer and multi instrumentalist, Johnny Sangster (Mudhoney, Posies, Neko Case, et al) and several other top Seattle players, resulting in some of the strongest and most radio-friendly music he's made to date.
Here is a Review of his last release: "Strong Roots & Readings" (all covers LP):
"While the songs are familiar enough to be included as the fabric for many lives already, R.X. Bertoldi breathes new life in the tracks with a vocal warmth and a blast of energy as he covers Randy Newman (“You’ve Got a Friend in Me”), John Hiatt (“Slow Turning”), and doubles down on The Rolling Stones, giving an Americana makeover to “Beast of Burden” and “Get Off of My Cloud”.
Danny McCloskey (The Alternate Root)
Unlike his previous release, Bob's newest record "Tracks in Perspective" contains a dozen originals that address contemporary social issues in a lively, fresh and varied approach, ranging from ballads about soldiers and prisoners to rock-n-rollers about false-light targeting, bullying and political corruption. He generates a lot of energy (musically and vocally) in his latest batch of songs (as do Mr. Sangster and the top-notch local support musicians), and all songs on the record reflect those efforts.
Having come to the guitar and songwriting relatively late (in his early 30s) proved to be good thing, as Bertoldi had made plenty of mistakes by then and learned a thing or two that could help inform a lyric. His songs and recordings seem to improve with each new release, which is also a good thing.
Bertoldi blends elements of traditional country, boogie-woogie, folk blues, roots rock, a little soul and jazz, and all for great results. The songs on "Tracks in Perspective" are strong and make for a compelling record that is guaranteed to please all fans and radio listeners of contemporary Americana / roots rock.