Robb Benson as "the Shelk"

Shelk is the one man lo-fi anthem factory demo releases of songs by Robb Benson. Sometimes friends join him. Some songs turn into Stereo Embers songs.

Robb Benson - Singer songwriter in Seattle Washington, has been in several bands including Dear John Letters, the Glass Notes, Dept of Energy, Nevada Bachelors, and plays drums in The Great Um.

Along the way Robb has released 4 solo albums on Roam Records, and just released his 5th album "Cursive Falls from the Sky" by way of amazing kick starter backers.

Nominated three years in a row (2003, 2004, 2005) for the best singer/songwriter “SEATTLE WEEKLY” music awards, his band Dear John Letters reached as high as #34 Nationally on the CMJ Charts.

Over the years Robb has been very lucky to play with some great acts on awesome bills. Some of the bands he has opened for are: Death Cab for Cutie, The Presidents of the USA, Fountains of Wayne, The Posies, You Am I, Pedro the Lion, Clem Snide, Harvey Danger, The Long Winters, David Garza, The Tractenburg family slideshow players, Scott McCoughey, Visqueen, Shadow Shadow Shade, Wayne Horvitz, and way too many others to list.

Singer/Songwriter indie pop musician who plays guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, harmonica, and sings.

Bus life.

Park life.

Playing tonight at SUNSET. Duo style like when we toured a few years back. Early start. 9PM. Just me and Tim acoustic & electric. Should be fun.

Although Shelk is now mostly my solo home audio recording project with occasional friends joining me, the only tour I did as shelk was as a duo with myself and the amazing Tim DiJulio. We return to the stage as a duo opening for The Great Um at the Sunset in Seattle June 25th. This time we will be calling ourselves Robb Benson and the mayor of Shark City. We will be playing a variety of older and some new stereo embers tunes but with an acoustic/electric twist.

Rather be an office worker by day and musician at night than do this job.

New EP soon!!!

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long hours in my studio, then long walks to the pub, then sleep. Repeat process again soon.


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Robb Benson and his friends who join him... different friends on different nights. So far just as a duo live with Tim Dijulio on guitar OR Dominic Cortese on drums.... The future could change. Also might be solo with bionic arm (electronics, mac book pro, looper, stuff)... no rules, just good sounds.


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