Rob Espinosa

Guitarist with Rio Salinas

Rob plays guitar with BMG Chyrsalis Records band Rio Salinas, a Cali/Tex/Mex band in San Luis Obispo made up of members of the Texas Tornados, The Sir Douglas Quintet, and horn players from Tower of Power and the Eagles.

For 15 years Rob was the guitar player for the American Classic Psychedelic Rock band “It’s a Beautiful Day”. The band had number one hits in the late 60s, most notably “White Bird (in a golden cage)” and is touring extensively around the world.

Self-taught in guitar, Rob joined “The New Vaudeville Band” in 1973, whose number one hit “Winchester Cathedral” was still drawing recognition. He toured extensively with the band until 1977. Rob retired from the “road life” to Chicago working as a studio musician for Warner Brothers, and eventually moved to California and began touring with various musicians including the late John Denver, Vince Gill, Glen Campbell, Tommy Smothers, Huey Lewis, Kenny G. and the Gatlin Brothers.

Rob has shared stage with Jefferson Starship, Big Brother and the Holding Company (Janis Joplin’s band), Quicksilver Messenger Service…

“You really have broken new ground in a field of “wannabees’. Your products are solid, well thought out, and frankly, just sound like a great old amplifier…. there’s nothing “pedal-like” about them”  –Rob Espinosa