Robert Rex Waller Jr. is a singer, songwriter, performer and professor living in Los Angeles, CA. Over the last 20+ years Waller has been the lead singer and one of the principal songwriters with the critically acclaimed country rock band, I See Hawks in L.A.
The Hawks have released ten studio albums and toured the US and Europe multiple times. Their songs have charted in independent Americana radio in US and Europe and have been placed in TV and films including Cobra Kai, Roswell, and True Blood.
Dave Alvin has called the Hawks “one of California’s unique treasures” and MOJO magazine named them “the finest country rock band on the planet.”
Waller has written, recorded, or performed with artists including but not limited to Phoebe Bridgers, Lucinda Williams, Carla Olson, Eddie Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Cheech Marin, Jackson Browne, Justin Townes Earle, Tom Petty, Chris Hillman, Herb Peterson, John York, David Jackson, Gabe Witcher, Rick Shea, Dave Alvin, James Intveld, Gregg Sutton, Tony Gilkyson, Raul Pacheco, Peter Case, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Bernie Leadon, and The Meat Puppets.
Waller and the Hawks have performed at some of the most legendary venues and festivals in Americana music including: McCabe’s Guitar Shop, Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago, Slim’s (SF), and Joe’s Pub (NYC). His festival appearances include: Kerrville Folk Fest, Stagecoach, Strawberry Festival (CA), Down On The Farm (Halden, Norway), Maverick Fest (UK), Belladrum Tartan Heart (UK), Hempfest (Seattle), French Broad River Fest (NC), Albino Skunk Fest (SC), and showcases at Folk Alliance.
In addition to his performing career, Waller is also a professor at the University of Southern California. Alumni from hiss legendary Writing for Visual and Performing Artists course are professionally active in all genres of the arts from TV and film to Broadway to popular and classical music to visual arts, architecture and video games.
Waller released Fancy Free, his first solo album of cover songs, in 2016. Waller’s second solo album, See The Big Man Cry, was produced by Carla Olson and is set to be released on BFD records on October 20th, 2023.
Waller lives in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles with his wise and understanding wife, three well-behaved children, and two adoring cats.
“Any fear of how some songs would fit are soon dispelled as Waller, JR ups his game to deliver an album I will be playing for a long, long time. He doesn’t just cover the songs but in a number of cases it will be his I reach for first in days to come as the definitive version.” –Maurice Hope, Americana UK
News and Reviews
Carla Olson discusses new music from The Rolling Stones, her collection ‘Have Harmony Will, Travel 3,’ and new releases from Robert Rex Waller Jr., Pete Brown, and Matt Von Roderick. by Warren Kurtz On the same day that The Rolling Stones released their new...
Jeff Burger: Book And Music Reviews: ‘Bob Dylan: Mixing Up The Medicine’ Plus The Third Mind, Robert Rex Waller Jr., And Luke LeBlanc
Robert Rex Waller Jr., See the Big Man Cry. For more than two decades, Robert Rex Waller, Jr. has been the lead singer for the country-rock group I See Hawks in L.A. He has always been one of its main songwriters but on this sophomore solo release and its...
Robert Rex Waller Jr. is a singer, songwriter, performer and professor living in Los Angeles, CA. For the past twenty years, Waller has been the lead singer and one of the primary songwriters of the critically acclaimed LA country rock band I See Hawks. Dave Alvin has...
Written by: Cis van Looy In addition to a premier role with the Americana collective I See Hawks in L.A., Robert Rex Waller Jr. has been working with Carla Olson on and off stage for some time now. For ISHILA, the duet Bossier City preceded others and Waller appeared...
Robert Rex Waller Jr. – See The Big Man Cry This collection has some interesting covers & would make the focus more on Robert Rex Waller Jr’s interpretive skills. Sometimes not singing your own compositions can be more of a challenge since you’re taking another’s...