Robbert, born in 1969, started singing the blues in the late eighties. Later on he picked up harmonica, guitar and bass. With bands like A Crossroads Deal, The Robbert Fossen Blues Band, The Fossen & Struijk Band and others he did a lot of shows in and around the Netherlands.
Robbert won the Blues Award as Best Dutch Blues Vocalist 2014. Together with Peter Struijk he won the Dutch Blues Challenge 2012 and made it to the finals at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis (2013), as the first ever Dutch Blues act. October 2016 he won the Dutch Blues Challenge again with the young and talented pianoplayer Dave Warmerdam. In Memphis they made it to the semi finals.
He leads his own Robbert Fossen Band ; a 5 or 6 piece band that plays blues, soul and gospel. End of 2017 they released thier CD 'Get Off On It' and won the Blues Award 'Best Dutch Blues CD 2017'.
In 2017 he started a trio with Lothar Wijnvoord and Ivan Schilder to play some acoustic blues, soul, country and gospel inpired bij acts like Big Daddy Wilson, The Holmes Brothers and Eric Bibb.
During his ‘career’ he had the chance to play and tour with blues musicians like Tail Dragger, Magic Slim, John Primer, Chick Rodgers, Nick Holt, Charles Hayes, T Model Ford, Willie Kent and Willie Buck. In 2012 he did a show with The Teardrops (Magic Slim’s Band), because Slim had to stay in a French hospital. A few days later he opened for Magic Slim with Slim’s Teardrops and did play with Slim on his last song of his last European show ever. Slim passed away last February 2013.
Robbert’s main style is Real Deal Chicago Blues. He was influenced by Muddy Waters, Magic Slim, John Primer, Buddy Guy, Luther Johnson Jr., Luke ‘Longgone’ Miles and Jerry Portnoy, to name a few. As a kid he listened to Elvis' music and country artists like Johnny Cash and Don Williams.
The Fossen & Struijk Band (four piece) is thè Dutch Premier Real Deal Chicago Blues Band, with Robbert Fossen (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Peter Struijk (guitars), Jan Markus (bass) and Eduard Nijenhuis (drums). The band won the Dutch Blues Awards 2014 as best Dutch Blues Band.
The main inspiration is the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s Chicago club sound from the heydays of Chicago’s Blues.
Rick Kreher, Muddy Waters’ guitar player, wrote in the liner notes of the CD ‘Clubbing’ about the funny fact that it takes a band from The Netherlands to keep the Chicago Blues torch burning. Checkout more details about The Fossen & Struijk Band here.
The Fossen & Struijk Band is thè European touring band for Chicago blues legend Tail Dragger, the legendary singer from Chicago who was Robbert’s Best Man at his wedding, May 2013.
Robbert works together with some other musicians too every once in a while, like Harold 'Fat Harry' van Dorth, Thomas Toussaint, the superb 18 years old pianoplayer Dave Warmerdam, 22 years old Lothar Wijnvoord and others.
Also known as 'Robbert Fossen & The Electric Men' he leads his Muddy Waters Tribute Band.
Robbert works with a 10 piece band for tours with the incredible Melvia 'Chick' Rodgers from Chicago .
Since 2016 he works together with Atlanta's 'Queen of the blues' Lola Gulley
He organizes Blues nights, theatre shows, hosts blues jams and does guest appearances with other bands or
in supersessions. Since January 2016 everything is managed by Fossen Events.