Black Robot is a California based hard rock band formed in 2008 by bassist Jonathan Brightman (JB). Their debut album was released June 8, 2010 on Formosa Records/Rocket Science Ventures Brightman is a founding member of the Grammy nominated band Buckcherry, co-writing and appearing on their self-titled debut album, as well as their follow up Time Bomb.
Brightman recruited Detroit-bred front man Huck Johns on vocals and Black Robot recorded their debut in 2008 with producer David Cobb (Shooter Jennings, Waylon Jennings, The Tender Idols). Former Buckcherry alumni Devon Glenn & Yogi Lonich and legendary keyboard session player Fred Mandel (Queen, Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd) make guest appearances on the album. In 2009, guitarists Andy Andersson & Staffan Österlind and former Hot Sauce Johnson drummer Possum Hill were added to the line-up. The band has been described as a "new powerhouse" and "good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll influenced by acts like Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Black Crowes and the Rolling Stones"
The band released their first music video for the JJ Cale classic Cocaine on May 5, 2010 debuting it exclusively on top rated gaming website IGN.com. The video features a comical cameo appearance by former The Kids in the Hall and NewsRadio star Dave Foley and was filmed at the legendary burlesque club Jumbo’s Clown Room. A commercial for the debut album featuring outtakes from the video aired exclusively during episodes of VH-1 Classic's That Metal Show.
In December 2010 their album was picked by Apple iTunes as one of the top 15 rock releases for the year alongside notable artists including Tom Petty, Slash, Elvis Costello and Deftones. Additionally, Classic Rock Magazine ranked their song "Baddass" as the #5 Song of the Year and chose it as the opening track of their "Best of 2010" CD.