Richmond, VA-based singer/songwriter Rob Huddleston, also known from the punk band Ann Beretta, showcases his abilities at slowed-down, folk-influenced material. Along with help from friends and studio musicians, he created Foundation. Showing that punks can do more than just play fast three-chord ditties, Foundation is a heartwarming, serious project which focuses on musical fullness and lyrical Americana.
With his interest in music ranging from John Mellencamp to Tom Waits, Huddleston took songs which he had sung during solo acoustic shows and put them together for an album. Having formerly worked with Fueled By Ramen via Ann Beretta, it was clear after some prodding by Fueled By Ramen that the brainchild would come to life.
Foundation's first release, a self-titled record on Fueled By Ramen, appeared early in 2001. While by no means unique, the self-titled album nevertheless serves to be a rousing time of cheer mingled with introspection, good tunes to be played on Huddleston's front porch or at the local bar. Coming from a tradition such as this, it is clear to see the potential for success with a project such as Foundation.
Rob now has put more focus on this project and has added a full back up band including Russ Jones on drums (Ann Beretta), Johnny Throckmorton on bass (Alabama Thunderpussy, One Year Tomorrow), James Alexander on lead guitar (One Year Tomorrow) and featuring Caitlin Barry (Tim Barry solo project) on violin. With nearly two albums worth of new material, Rob and the Foundation Band are begining to play shows in and around the Richmond area and plan to venture out on short tours in early 2007.