I love playing music! I've always said that when playing music becomes a job I would quit and well... After 20 years of playing out I'm still at it and loving it more and more each day. I strive to be the best entertainer I can be and try to bring variety and comedy to my shows. I play a wide range of styles including classic rock, blues, country, 80's, and today's rock. I try to keep my music fresh and learn what is popular on the radio as well as the ol' sing along's that everybody knows. I can promise your patrons a great time and a memorable experience.....
I started playing at age thirteen when I got an acoustic guitar for Christmas (thanks dad). Three years later some high school friends and I created the country band Rais'n Ruckus. For the next six years we played just about every AMVETS and VFW in central Ohio. In 1998 I started working with Nashville recording artist Rose Kaiser and the Steel Water Band, first as a sound tech then moving up to acoustic guitarist. In 1999 I met Mark O'neil and started the Top 40 alternative band Bad Little Monkey. BLM was on the rise and things were going great but as they say...”All good things must come to an end”. In 2003 I answered an ad for a band looking for a singer. I auditioned and WillyJack & the PoleCats, a classic rock and blues band, were born. Five years and a couple of lineup changes later bring us to what has become known as Rob Adams & the PhatCats, a high energy variety band rockin' and rollin' and making people move on the dance floor. When I'm not playing music I'm is saving lives and putting out fires at my fulltime job as a firefighter.
I use a Bose L1 model II pa system that takes up a minimal amount of room ( about an 8x8 area) so I can play a variety of venue's. I run my vocals through a TC Helicon Voice Live Harmonizer so at times it appears there are 5 people on stage. It also allows me to change my voice so I can sing male/female duets.
I play Ovation and Taylor guitars through a Digitech Jam man loop pedal. This allows me to play the rhythm part of the song then lay guitar leads over the rhythm all in real time.
I am in the process of adding a Boss Dr-880 drum machine to give the illusion of a full band on stage!