"One thing is certain, where there is RL Cole, there is soul."
"the songwriter breathes a pained gravel tone into his bluesy twang, a lo-fi experience that recalls a little [Tom] Waits and Robert Johnson in places..."
"[One] of the absolute greatest musicians that I have ever seen!"
(KRFC 88.9 FM)
RL Cole is a young veteran of the stage, having performed both nationally and internationally with A. Tom Collins (Greater Than Collective), El Sinfin (Rambler Records) and now as a power-house solo performer. His first EP, "The Long Darkness of the Night" was released independently in 2013, followed by the release of a full length Folk-Blues album, "Live from Cherryvale" in 2015.
His sound and style draw heavily from early American music; intertwining Delta blues and Appalachian folk with a dark Southern Gothic influence- "[t]he songwriter breathes a pained gravel tone into his bluesy twang, a lo-fi experience that recalls a little [Tom] Waits and Robert Johnson in places..." (French Davis, YellowScene Magazine).
While his recordings and songs have been featured on radio stations from Colorado to Alaska, in independent films, local broadcast television and commercials, his highly-compelling, from-the-hip-aggressive shows and performances leave crowds stunned. "[One] of the absolute greatest musicians that I have ever seen!" (Kyle Pogue, KRFC 88.9 FM). He is equally comfortable singing and playing in honky-tonks and dive bars, city museums and country festivals.
Robert has shared the stage with the likes of Alabama Shakes, Nathaniel Rateliff, Th' Legendary Shack Shakers, Slim Cessna's Auto Club, Soul Man Sam, The SubDudes, MarchForth, Possessed by Paul James (Konrad Wert), Charlie Parr, Esme Patterson and Paper Bird, as well as many others.
For fans of Early American music, Robert Johnson, Tom Waits, Son House, 16 Horsepower, Slim Cessna, Hank III, The Handsome Family, Brown Bird, Delta Rae, Johnny Cash, J. Tillman.