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Robert Mills – Artist Bio2019-01-21T14:58:05-05:00

Levi Bowman

Robert Mills

THE HAILERS band has been performing for over two decades playing venues throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and the US. Their new single “Luanne” is currently in the top ten of the Celtic Charts. The band is also featured in the 2011 Drama Documentary “Mr Nice”. Their music will take you on a journey of love, adventure and more from the Mediterranean beaches of Spain to the Mississippi Delta. Their rock-n-roll roots are mixed with influences of Celtic, Blues, County and Flamenco which are all predominantly present on their latest CD release “Thirteen Souls”.

The Hailers songwriting of Robert Mills on Guitar and Lead Vocals and April Carson on bass and vocals has brought a new and unique sound to the band. Their eclectic sound translates to a variety of audiences of all ages. The Hailers songs have been featured on radio stations throughout the United Kingdom, Holland, Belgium, Germany Spain and the United States. The band has shared the stage with many great performers as well as having great musicians guest with them and who continue to do so.

Their new CD was produced by legendary multi-platinum producer David Devore whose credits include REO, Fleetwood Mac, Santana, Elton John, Foreigner and the Grateful Dead. Also working closely on the project were the talents of multi-credited engineers Matty Spindel (Grammy for Supernatural-Santana), Tony Brock (the Babys, Rod Stewart) and Joe Primeau (Burton Cummings, the Brand New Heavies) and Barry Paul ( Savoy Brown).

The Hailers were originally formed when Robert Mills and Todd Jasmin, who had been writing songs together for several years, decided they needed a band to bring their songs to life. Their debut album was released in 1994 under the name “The Loud Hailers.” Upon the start of their next album, the name was changed to simply “The Hailers” and recruiting began to find key members for the new project, “Everyone Hungers for More.” The first member to be recruited was drummer Dave Watkins, who, like Robert, was a Welshman. Dave had previously been in Superclarks with the legendary Tich Gwilym and Burke Shelley from Budgie. Finally added were bass player Glyn Harvard Jade Warrior and Richie Gallioni, Robert’s longtime friend and collaborator on acoustic guitar and vocals. Throughout the recording process, additional drum tracks were performed by Steve Williams (Budgie) and Bob Richards (Man). Integral to The Hailers history are the bands Red Sharks, National Anthem and Killing Time. These bands and their influences are what brought The Hailers to the eclectic and unique sound they are today.

How did you get started playing guitar?

I was drawn to music at a very early age. I used to tune into radio Luxembourg and pic the upcoming hits. I always loved music and took some piano lessons. Then I saw Hank Marvin & the Shadows playing at a theatre in Cardiff, and I thought, that’s for me! Yep, an Electric guitar, that’s what I want! So I found a second-hand guitar and amp and started to learn chords.

Tell us about your current gigs?

Currently I’ve been playing some nice theatre gigs with Scott Page from Pink Floyd who has also been sitting in with my band The Hailers. We are supporting name acts like The Rascals, The Motels, The Baby’s, The Alarm, John Kay, and Steppenwolf.

How did you hear about Vintage Guitars?

Well nearly every year I go to the NAMM trade show in Anaheim. I tried the guitars at the show and liked them a lot, so I started buying them and bringing them home. Now I have five VINTAGE guitars and two basses.

What do you like most about our guitars?

The rustic old school look and feel and I just love how they sound.

Any advice for players just getting started?

Get a VINTAGE V52 guitar! One, the price is right. Two, you sure get a lot of bang for the buck. And three, it plays and stays in tune!