Robert Jones & Matt Watroba
Ever since their first meeting, over twenty years ago, Robert Jones and Matt Watroba have been musical partners. Their relationship started when they hosted back-to-back radio shows on WDET-FM, Detroit. Later on they started performing together and in doing so discovered a friendship based on mutual respect and a love for traditional American music. Now Matt and Robert literally travel the nation extolling the virtues of “Music That Matters”.
My favorite visual is when, towards the end of a show, Matt said “and if it wasn’t for all that has happened; all we’ve been singing about today, I couldn’t be here on stage with my best friend, Robert Jones.” In the audience I saw two little girls, one Asian, one Caucasian, turn and look each other in the eyes for a moment, and then throw their arms around each other and hug: that is what its all about!” - Jennifer Tobin, Arts Coord, Village Theater of Canton
This show delivers a wonderful and powerful message of love, friendship, tolerance: where we have been, where we are, and hopefully where we can go. It is a walk through the roots and history of American music that not only educates, but entertains. Robert and Matt are consummate professionals, and always a joy to work with. Children and teachers love this interactive show, and the evaluations I get are enthusiastic endorsements and requests to present it again." - Jennifer Tobin, Arts Coord, Village Theater of CantonFor Matt and Robert, American Roots Music (Folk, Blues, Spirituals, Work Songs, Chants, etc.) is music that matters. This is the music that America and the world have in common. It is music that reflects history, social change, migration, hopes and dreams. It is music that is rich and diverse, direct and powerful. Robert & Matt have performed this powerful program at hundreds of schools, festivals, coffeehouses, and conferences, to resounding acclaim.