Freightrain's Musical Journey

Robert "Freightrain" Parker - 
2018 Indigenous Award Winner

Robert "Freightrain" Parker - 2018 Indigenous Award Winner

American songwriter and recording artist Robert “Freightrain” Parker is a multiple award-winning Hall of Fame inductee, whose Indigenous Heritage (Seneca) infuses sensibility and intense passion in the messages he delivers, through his masterful musical landscapes. A sound that is a unique and recognizable blend of soul, funk, blues and roots. Parkers signature sound is captivating and undeniably infectious.

Robert “Freightrain” Parker is recognized as one of the absolute best bassists in western New York state, and was awarded the coveted best blues album award in neighboring country Canada in 2018. Robert says, “We’re not really a blues band, but we play the hell out of the blues.” Parker is an internationally recognized performer who was inducted into the Buffalo, New York Music Hall of Fame in 2015, being the first Indigenous inductee since the inception of the hall in 1983. Robert finds himself in good company alongside other inductees that include; The Goo Goo Dolls, Three Dog Night, Rick James, 10,000 Maniacs, Spyro Gyra, Ani DiFranco and many more …

His compelling live performances are legendary across the USA and globally in Norway, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Ireland, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, England, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands and the Bahamas. The super-tight“Freightrain” band features accomplished musicians’ that include female gospel singers, who contribute to one of the most talented musical collectives in the northern USA.

Radio stations embrace Robert “Freightrain” Parker recordings around the world, including airplay in; Canada, Denmark, Australia, Germany, Sweden, United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, Colombia, Thailand, Japan, Russia, Italy, Spain, Norway and the USA

Glowing reviews by acclaimed critics of “Freightrain” albums include the records titled, “Outside Ourselves” and “Freightrain Live.” Reviews have been published by the New York Villager, Suncoast Blues Society, The Western New York Blues Society, Norwegian Blues News and countless accredited newspapersand magazines, globally.

Robert is known as one of the best in the business, as a bass player extraordinaire. He is also a soulful lead vocalist and harmony expert, who has been hired as a session player throughout his musical career by many accomplished touring acts, which is a testament to his skill, stage presence and personable character traits.

With sold out shows across New York state being the norm for “Freightrain,” a 2019 US Tour is being booked, that will see the band crisscross its way across the nation, furthering the growth of its legion of fans. Robert “Freightrain” Parker will also be performing at select music industry conferences across North America, Asia and the European Union as well as performing festivals in Canada.