Rob Eaton

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Rob Eaton
Birth nameRobert Eaton
BornMount Kisco, New York
GenresFolk rock, jam, bluegrass, country rock, jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter
Instrumentsguitar, vocals
Years active1980–present
Associated actsDark Star Orchestra

Rob Eaton is an American guitarist. He is best known for his work with the renowned Grateful Dead tribute band, Dark Star Orchestra, of which he has been a member since 2001.


Rob Eaton grew up in Vermont and was inspired to start playing guitar at the age of 12 after hearing the Grateful Dead's Europe '72. He joined his first band, "The Peyote Ridge," in 1975 which played a combination of originals and Dead covers.

Eaton has been a member of the Grateful Dead community since the 1970s and used to tape shows. This led to him moving to New York in 1980 and getting a job in the recording industry with the Power Station recording studio. Around the same time he began playing with the Dead cover band Border Legion. He continued gigging with them until 2001 when he was offered a permanent position in Dark Star Orchestra, playing the part of Bob Weir.[1] Since then he began putting most of his time into performing with that band as well as his new side project, "American Beauty." He has also produced albums for Pat Metheny and appeared as a guest on other albums such as Peter Wolf's Sleepless.[2]


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