Tony Robertson (mandolin/vocals) became interested in playing music around the age of thirteen. In the early 70’s my uncles, Lindon Michael (rhythm guitar,) J.W. Michael (banjo,) Tonis Michael (bass fiddle,), along with Larry McWilliams (fiddle,) and Charles Masonia (mandolin) formed a bluegrass group called “The Dixie Bluegrass Boys.”
At age fifteen Robertson began learning to play an “A” style mandolin that belonged to his Grandfather. He made his first public appearance on stage at his uncles’ annual Dixie Bluegrass Boys festival in Barton, Alabama. The “First Time” applause was all that was needed for Robertson to be smitten with the Bluegrass Bug.
After a four- year absence from his musical career, 1983 through 1985 found Robertson playing with a dear friend from Killen, Alabama by the name of Rual Yarbrough (banjo,) along with Julie York (guitar,) and Ray Hunt (bass.)
Robertson began playing with singer/songwriter Jake Landers in 1990. He has accompanied Jake Landers all over the Southeast playing in events that featured the greats in bluegrass music. Robertson is at home on the stage at the Station Inn in Nashville, TN, the Alabama Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, playing at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch along with Rhonda Vincent, on a stage with Jim and Jesse, Vassar Clements and many other legends of bluegrass. Robertson has written several songs recorded by The Jake Landers Band and by Iron Horse. The instrumentals written by Robertson are hard-driving bluegrass songs not written for the faint–of-heart. Robertson and Rogers left the Jake Landers Band in March 2003 to pursue their work with the band, Iron Horse, which had already recorded and released fifteen projects.