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Saturday's Radio

Rob Christensen & Saturday's Radio
 
The Basics...

Saturday’s Radio is Rob Christensen’s ongoing music project. Christensen has been musically active since the early 1990’s and cites R.E.M., Tom Petty, Wilco, Neil Young, The Replacements, Pixies, The Beatles, and countless others as influences. He’s released several well-received albums on his own micro-label, Sweet Science, and has performed live in various spots all over the U.S. He’s written several pieces for Tape Op, one of the world’s leading music recording magazines. He currently resides near Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Past... 

Christensen was raised in the tiny Northern California town of Ferndale. After high school graduation he joined the U.S. Navy and lived three years on an aircraft carrier in Norfolk, VA. He had a musical awakening during this time, seeing bands like the Replacements, R.E.M., Waxing Poetics, X, Let’s Active, the Blasters, and many more. He read lots about music and musicians, bought hundreds of CDs, and found a path to pursue. At the relatively late age of twenty he bought his first guitar and soon after bought a Tascam 4-track recorder. 
 
Upon returning home to California, Christensen started making crude “albums” at home, developing his songwriting, instrumental, and arrangement skills. In 1992 he formed an alt-rock three-piece band, The Orphans, with Brian Williams on bass and Justin Hobart Brown on drums. 
 
After the Orphans project ran its course Christensen concentrated more on recording. In September 1994 he released Smile Slightly, “the first album that I felt was good enough to share with the world.” These suspicions were reinforced when Smile Slightly got positive reviews. 
 
1996 was spent recording the songs that would eventually form The Truth Hurts. Truth, released in January 1997, was a sparse, acoustic-based album about failed relationships. The album got excellent reviews and was compared to favorites Bob Dylan and R.E.M. This was followed, in the Fall of 1999, by the release of the acoustic live album, At The End Of The Day. 
 
Christensen’s third studio album, Opera Alley, was released in June of 2000. Its songs were inspired by the classic pop of the Kinks, Beatles, and Beach Boys, as well as old favorites Neil Young and R.E.M., and deal with crushes, male/female politics, disillusionment, and ultimately, optimism. Opera Alley was called “one of my greatest discoveries of the year 2000” by Belgian DJ Ray Pieters. Two West Coast solo-acoustic tours followed that summer. 
 
2001 was highlighted by a two-week tour through Virginia, DC, and Pennsylvania, weekly shows at the cozy 321Coffee in Eureka, and the release of the rarities collection, I Hope You’re Happy Now - The Thrift Store Series, vol. 1.
 
The period between 2001 and 2012 was filled with sporadic musical activity, alternating periods of artistic inspiration and disillusion, and plans made but not developed. 2005 saw the release of Roses For Sharon, to date Christensen’s last album of original material. Sharon, like Opera Alley, was inspired by sixties pop-rock, but this time a theme of escape runs through the songs; Escape from roots, negative situations, the past, and lost loves. 
 
In 2006 Christensen moved from Northern California to Washington DC. Between 2006 and 2008 he performed in Arizona (at the prestigious Tape Op Conference), New York City, Washington, DC, and Chapel Hill, NC. 2009 saw a move to Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley and a few live performances there. In 2011 Christensen relocated to Orange, Virginia, a small town north of Charlottesville.
 
In early 2012 Christensen launched Saturday’s Radio. “I was never comfortable with the idea of seeing my own name on posters and t-shirts. I realized I needed a buffer between me and my project.” Over the course of 2012-2013 he released remastered versions of his albums under the Saturday's Radio name, began putting up videos on YouTube, and revamped the Saturday's Radio website. In August 2017 the Saturday's Radio summer single "All That Shines" was issued.

The Present...

In December 2017 Christensen released the fifth Saturday's Radio studio album, "Ghosts". "Ghosts" tackles the subject of getting older and looks at the positives and negatives of the past. He's also been playing solo acoustic shows around central Virginia.

The Future... 
 
Future plans for Saturday’s Radio include writing more songs, live performance, touring, and other musical projects. If you'd like to join Saturday's Radio, book a show, or help out in any way, please send an email to hey rob@saturdaysradio.com.

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