People stop Rob Caudill in airports for autographs. They stare at him in restaurants. And when he struts on stage, women scream themselves hoarse. Why? Because Caudill is a dead-on Rod Stewart Impersonator.
He’s got the high-definition jawline, the shock of spiky blonde hair, but most importantly, he has the nose. Vocally, his distinctive, naturally-raspy voice sounds like the legendary Stewart, and his range easily nails every high note from Stewart’s younger days. So, it’s no surprise this singer has carved out a career ‘recreating’ Rod Stewart. From kicking out soccer balls to spinning mic stands, to belting out all of Rod’s greatest hits – Caudill’s high energy show is a must-see event for people of all ages.
When Rob was just seventeen, people started telling him that he looked like Rod Stewart – a phrase Rob would hear repeatedly from almost everyone he met for the rest of his life. He began his musical career after graduating high school and moving to Memphis, TN to study music at MSU. While in Memphis, Rob began playing bass for local bands around town and doing session work.
As bass player for a band called “The Breaks” Caudill got his first major opportunity when they signed to RCA Records. The Breaks’ first single, “She Wants You”, was played in heavy rotation on MTV music television which caught the attention of Bugle Boy Clothing, who used The Breaks for their first commercial on MTV.
After a few years, The Breaks disbanded, so Rob put together a group called “The Willys” that included legendary guitarist Shawn Lane. They quickly became one of Memphis’ hottest bands. Rob also began doing session work with Joe Walsh of the Eagles and jammed with many others such as John Entwhistle of the Who, along with members of Cheap Trick, Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Survivor and Red Hot Chili Peppers just to name a few.
In 1996, he realized he couldn’t escape the remarkable natural resemblance to Rod Stewart so he heeded the advice of Joe Walsh and began his tribute career. Rob put down his bass, bought some wild clothing and diligently studied lots of Rod’s videos, vocals and mannerisms.
Now, more than a 15 years later, he is still spinning his mic stand and kicking soccer balls out to audiences everywhere.
When he leaves town he is armed with his “Tonight’s the Night Band,” a repertoire of more than 100 Stewart songs (covering everything from the beginning years of The Faces to the Great American Songbooks), and a wardrobe of loud, mostly custom made suits that match Rod Stewart’s attire to a tee.
He has been working with the world famous Legends in Concert show out of Las Vegas for the past 15 years. He also works independently doing a high energy two hour show and claims “I’ve got the greatest job in the world, making a living doing something I love.”
Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Background Vocals , Plays Rock, Blues, Jazz,Soul and Country
- Professional experience over 25 years.
- Professional experience includes recording artists Blackhawk, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Andy Childs, Sarah Buxton. 7 Bridges (Eagles Tribute Band) Rob Caudill (Rod Stewart Tribute) and with Robin Meade from CNN Morning Express. Resides in Nashville which he uses as a base for playing with touring acts.
- Musical education, Musicians Institute, Hollywood, CA.
Tommy “T- Mac” MacDonald
Bass Guitar, Background Vocals. He plays Blues, Rock, Jazz and Country and Soul.
- Nearly 30 years performing live, session work and writing
- Highlights of his professional career include working with Bo Diddley, The Drifters, Lynyrd Skynard (session) Tim McGraw. David Lee Murphy, Johnny Winter, Buddy Guy, George Thorogood, Kate Taylor, James Cotton, Lee Roy Parnell, Keith Anderson & Jimmy Wayne. and has shared the stage with Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley Cyrus, Michael McDonald, Big & Rich, James Taylor, John Waite, Martina McBride, Sebastian Bach, Buddy Guy, Carly Simon, Steve Cropper, Zac Brown and many others.Tommy currently records and performs with Nashville’s hit singer/songwriter Jeffrey Steele, as well as with Rob Caudill & his tribute to Rod Stewart
- Musical education, renowned Berklee College of Music graduate 1983.
Russell “Russ” Caudill
Drums, Percussion and Background Vocals. Plays Rock, Blues, Jazz, Fusion, Soul and Country
- Playing drums began at age 7 for Russell and he continues to play regularly live and in the studio after 40 years.
- He has performed with many notable acts over the years. He signed a recording contract with RCA records with his brother Rob Caudill as a member of The Breaks. The band toured and recorded for 4 years. They opened for Hall and Oats, Rick Springfield,The Tubes,Kenny Loggins and Kansas just to name a few. They charted singles had videos regularly on MTV and VH1. Since moving to Nashville he has worked with Grammy Award winning songwriter Victoria Shaw, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Joe Walsh, ToraTora, Lee Roy Parnell, Andy Childs, David Lee Murphy and worldwide critically acclaimed guitarist Shawn Lane as well Rob Caudill and his Rod Stewart Tribute Band. He has also done extensive work composing, playing drums and singing jingles in Memphis and Nashville.
Keyboards and Background Vocals. Plays Jazz, Rock, Soul, County and Pop
- Full time musician since 1982
- Professional experience He has been Bryan White’s keyboard player and musical director for over 10 years. He has also worked with David Lee Murphy, Double Take, Rebel Lee and Southbound, David Sugg, Cross Country, Hal Brooks and Borderline, Sailor and Rob Caudill’s Rod Stewart Tribute Act.
- His versatility, sensitive ear and professionalism landed him studio work in Oklahoma City, including a stint at Palladium Music, and has made him a valued studio musician since his move to Nashville.
Jimmy’s move to “Music City” Nashville TN turned out to be a great career move. Since arriving in Nashville, Jimmy has honed his digital studio skills and works with many songwriters. He produces their compositions with the same care and sensitivity that he puts into his own studio session.