Robert Campbell

Robert Campbell playing with Vernon McIntyre's Appalachian Grass in 2018.

Robert Campbell’s hard-driving banjo is the backbone of the bluegrass sound.

Robert Campbell was born in Cincinnati, OH, grew up right outside of Sharonville, OH.  Started playing guitar at age 13 and banjo at age 16. Both of his parents are of Appalachian descent both having musical talents going back for many generations in Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee.  His maternal grandfather and grandmother recorded a few gospel songs at Jimmy Skinner’s recording studio years ago.   His great-great grandfather,  JD Campbell was a banjo player and so was his great grandmother, Hannah Elizabeth Kelly.   And contrary to popular belief he comes from a family of 15 children not 22.

Robert’s first organized musical performances were in junior high at Princeton when he played electric guitar with the jazz  stage band.   Robert has played with many bluegrass bands since the late 80’s but has spent the majority of his professional career with Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass.  He has recently added harmony vocals to his list of contributions to the Appalachian Grass sound.

Robert Campbell playing with Vernon McIntyre's Appalachian Grass in 2018.

Robert Campbell playing with Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass in 2018.

left to right Kitty McIntyre, Robert Campbell, and Vernon McIntyre singing a trio

left to right Kitty McIntyre, Robert Campbell, and Vernon McIntyre singing a trio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By day,  Robert is Director of Information Technology for a local software development company.