robb houston


Robb Houston is a guitar player, vocalist and writer with experience both in and out of the studio. Having been taught guitar at age 5 by his father, it's no surprise that music has always been an intrinsic part of his life.

During his first year of college, Robb moved to Nashville, TN to attend Belmont University and to be closer to the music industry. After graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Music Business, he began working with writers at the MTM Music Group. Robb's writing efforts eventually helped him land a recording contract with independent label Carlyle Records.

While signed to Carlyle, Robb set up his own publishing company, Durand Music/BMI. As a recording artist, he wrote a multitude of songs, many of which appeared on his Carlyle album, Dream State. During this period, Robb also performed his music live at some of Nashville's most prominent night clubs and city wide events, including Summer Lights which drew over 100,000 people the year he performed.

Upon leaving Carlyle, Robb seized an opportunity to go on tour with newly formed country act Brother Phelps, featuring Ricky Lee & Doug Phelps of The Kentucky Head Hunters. He went on to tour with them as their lead guitarist for 3 years, opening for acts such as George Jones, Reba McEntire, Diamond Rio and many others. Between concert performances, he continued to work on studio projects, including recording an album with writer/vocalist Steve Mandile for Magnatone Records.

After the Brother Phelps tour ended, Robb began working with Grammy award winning artist Randy Travis as his acoustic guitarist and background vocalist. Traveling with Randy not only gave him the opportunity to perform in some of the largest venues both in and outside the USA, but also on some of the most popular television programs on the air. TV shows he's appeared on include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Rosie O'Donell Show, Good Morning America, Live with Regis & Kathy Lee, The Howie Mandel Show, The Grand Old Opry, Donny And Marie, Prime Time Country, The View and many more. He also appeared in multiple nationally released music videos with both Randy Travis and Brother Phelps.

Robb decided to leave the Randy Travis tour when he reconnected with Steve Mandile (now an aspiring producer) for a band project that would become known as The Remnants, and later as Sixwire. With the support of Warner Bros. Records, Sixwire's self-titled debut album was well received by radio. Their single "Look At Me Now" reached 23 on the charts, with the accompanying music video making top 10 on both CMT and GAC. You can learn more about Sixwire by visiting

Although Sixwire eventually left Warner Bros. Records, they continued to pursue their musical goals. They appeared on Fox Network's "American Idol" spin off show "The Next Great American Band". After earning a position among the top 12 bands out of 1000s of entries, Sixwire placed 2nd in the competition.  Once NGAB wrapped, Sixwire appeared on another American Idol spin off, CMT's "Can You Duet". They also appear as band members, individually and as a group, on the ABC/CMT TV show "Nashville".

Robb currently spends most of his time performing live, often as a support player for major recording artists. He continues to develop relationships within the Nashville writing/publishing community. He's collaborated with writers and producers at Right Bank Music, formed a new publishing company (Houston Works/ASCAP), and has launched the website, a news and information portal catering to music professionals.

Robb, and his wife Spring, reside in a suburb North of Nashville TN, His parents, James and Deana Houston, moved to TN in the early 2000s to be closer to their son, and spend their retirement years on Old Hickory Lake. His brother, James Houston, Jr., resides in Texas with fiancee Tiffany Amado, and works in marketing and advertising.