Bob Bonsey, Blues Matters magazine writer, on Robbie’s show presented by Pete Feenstra – Real Music Live, at the Boom Boom Club in Sutton in June 2017: “You can see why people like Paul McCartney and Chrissie Hynde want him in their bands. He’s a great musician. He’s a great raconteur, with great songs and a great stage presence. He enthralled the crowd. Everybody loved it.”
MOJO magazine (Phil Sutcliffe) on the Turn Up For The Books album (four stars): “More wondrous writing and playing from the right-hand guitar to the stars. For three decades now McIntosh has offered his self-effacing song stewardship to Chrissie Hynde, Paul McCartney, Norah Jones, John Mayer and many others. But then his occasional solo albums have revealed that the beauty and strength of his compositions can match theirs, note and word both. Given the chance, any soul would welcome the gentle, chastened longing of Arms, or Stone Cold’s dying-fall evocation of inner deadness, all passion spent, or Carousel’s sweet, light-footed joy, or Biodegradable Man’s funky-funny philosophising on every human body’s infinite recyclability (at his own funeral he observes, ‘You can stand around and weep/But I’ll be back again’). Throw in brilliant reimaginings of Blind Willie Johnson and Mississippi John Hurt country blues and Bob Dylan’s From A Buick 6 (as hard-hitting R & B grunt) and, clearly, McIntosh’s powerhouse-to-exquisite guitar mastery is only the half of it.”
The Blues magazine (Classic Rock sister title), live review: “Robbie McIntosh Band are all mellifluous grooves and intricately woven solos”.