“Songs and Stories From the Civil War”

“Songs and Stories From the Civil War” will transport your audience back in time to the most turbulent era in our nation’s history. Dressed as a 19th century performer, using period musical instruments, Bobby explores the stories of both the North and South through the music they loved. Each song is placed in context with…

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Homespun Songs of the 19th Century

Announcing new recording, Homespun Songs of 19th Century America. This is a recording I have wanted to make for a long, long time. I have enjoyed many of these songs since I was a child, and others are tunes I discovered while researching old music for use in film scoring. There are twenty cuts on this…

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Ken Burns Dust Bowl

PBS will air Ken Burns’ latest documentary The Dust Bowl on November 18 (part one) and November 19 (part two). I have seen it and highly recommend it. This is a story of people who endured incredible hardships and yet maintained a grim determination to survive – and they did! Dayton Duncan wrote the screenplay and the…

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Ken Burns “National Parks” Film

PBS will air Ken Burns’ epic film, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea”, beginning on the evening of Sunday, September 27 through the evening of October 2nd. Each episode will air from 8:00 – 10:00 pm, with a repeat airing from 10:00 pm until midnight EST. There will be a reprise marathon over the weekend,…

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New Stephen Foster CD – Now Available

The first true American Idol-ish “Pop” superstar was not a recording artist (recordings had not been invented at the time), he was not an entertainer – though he could play and sing well, most Americans never heard him do either. He was a songwriter. He burst onto the scene in 1847 with his first hit…

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Pre-Civil War Martin Guitar

The guitar I am playing in the photo on the home page of this  site is a Model 24 Martin Guitar, circa 1857. It is a gem with a big and balanced sound. The back and  sides are Brazilian rosewood, the top is German spruce, the fingerboard and bridge are made of ebony, and the neck…

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Welcome

Thank you for coming to my newly designed site – it is an honor to have you here. Nicholas Young is my web designer and is bringing me kicking and screaming into the 21st century – I owe him a great deal of thanks. I hope to be more accessible and to “get to know”…

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