Rob Heath is an American musician, composer and producer based in London and New York. He currently plays drums with Awards Banquet, Corb Lund, My Dear Mycroft and Felix Holt and the Radicals.
Rob's passions and talents in music were apparent very early. Lessons from his father, Ron Heath, started at age six in the small town of East Canton, Ohio. In high school, Rob marched in the Canton Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, and at Capital University, he earned a bachelor’s degree in music. He moved to New York City in 2003 and soon formed the Madison Square Gardeners.
In four short years, the Gardeners (Aaron Lee Tasjan, Mark Stepro, Bryn Roberts, Rich Hinman, John Kengla and Heath) toured heavily around the United States and also backed artists including Jill Sobule, Mike Viola, Ben Kweller, Gavin DeGraw, Tim Easton and Kevn Kinney. They left four critically acclaimed records and countless broken hearts.
A 2010 collaboration with Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore (The Mastersons) led to a chair in Allison Moorer's band playing behind her Crows record. These shows included appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Late Show with David Letterman and Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble, a long-time idol of Rob's.
In between shows with The Gardeners, The Mastersons and Ms. Moorer, Rob had the opportunity to play on Letterman again with Justin Townes Earle and on The Conan O'Brien Show with Julia Nunes.
In 2012, a call came in to do a string of shows with New York Telecaster master Jim Campilongo and his trio, touring Canada and Japan. This year-long collaboration ended in two sold-out shows at the Budokan sports arena in Tokyo, with Jim prodding 9,500 audience members to clap along to Jay Foote's upright bass solo on two and four!
Since 2012, Rob has performed and composed music for films including “21 Things” (composer and performer) and “Tiny: A Story About Living Small” (performer). He played in the absurdist rock musical “Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter” and continued to tour and record with folk heroes Ana Egge (Amal Records), Aaron Lee Tasjan (New West Records) and JP Olsen; indie rock bands My Dear Mycroft and Awards Banquet (Sciota Records); and R&B baritone crooner David Luther.
Rob plays Remo drumheads, Vic Firth drumsticks and Istanbul cymbals.