Rob Klajda is an independent artist in every sense of the word. He carries his own gear, books his own shows, makes his own records, and writes his own promo. After 30+ years of performing, he decided to release his – OK, my, first solo album, Hopening. I live in Lansing, Michigan, and for 20 years or so I played in the now defunct Celtic Rock band The Lash. We released three discs of original music, and played all over the US. Before that, I was in a variety of bands, from punk rock to reggae to country. I don’t limit myself by genre. I like all music and I want to play it all. I’ve played on both coasts of the US and many points in between, for crowds of thousands and crowds of ten. I don’t have a list of awards and accolades, but I’ve probably done a gig somewhere by you, wherever you are. I am able to perform in a variety of configurations- solo acoustic, an acoustic quartet, or a full on electric band of up to 12 people. My influences are many. Some of the people I look up to are Pete Townshend, Steve Earle, Elvis Costello, Ray Davies, Bob Dylan- and a few hundred others. My music is derivative in the sense that I don’t deny my roots, but I don’t really think I sound like anyone else.