One of the most prolific bands in our area is the popular Bird Dog Bobby Band. We introduced them to you a year ago, and they have been going gangbusters ever since. They just finished their fourth CD, songs from which they are playing at the many venues they frequent. They write most of the music they play, and they play an interesting variety of songs, including a throwback to the sixties — an actual “protest” song!
Something for Everyone
Their variety of CD and song titles give you a preview of what to expect from the Bird Dog Bobby Band. Lead singer and guitar man “Bird Dog Bobby” Rhoads’ first album was “I Ain’t No Pedigree” in 1996, followed by “WOOF” in 2001. His band was formed next, recording “Live at the Plaza Theatre” in 2009. This year’s production is called “Time to Live In” and features 13 songs. All of them were written by the band members and all of the songs tell stories.
According to drummer Reno Mussatto, “Often we would come to rehearsal, and somebody would make a remark like, ‘It’s Too Damn Hot,’ and the next thing we knew, we had another song for the CD.”
Some songs were politically-inspired (such as “Who Told This Joker He Could Drive?,” some are (of course) about love and life in general, one song is about the Internet (“Moesha.com”) and one is about the Florida weather (“Too Damn Hot”)!
We Need Professional Help!
While these guys can certainly play the popular cover songs requested by their audiences, they also write and sing many good songs of their own, making them one of the most versatile groups around. Around the end of last year they realized that they had written so many different styles of songs for their new CD that they were going to need some help making them all fit together. So Bass man Gary Whitehead called a friend who is a record producer and engineer in California. He agreed to help them out so they sent him the tracks they had recorded and re-cut the vocals.
The results were worth it. This CD is a pleasure to listen to. Their live performances make for a fun evening, especially if you feel like dancing — and you will.
Other bands and musicians have also influenced their style of music, including many of the rhythm and blues-based guitar bands of the 60s and 70s and top performers like Hendrix, Clapton, Zeppelin, Johnny Winter, ZZ Top, BB King, Albert King, Albert Collins, T-Bone Walker, and many others. Reno adds, “and of course the Beatles and the Stones.”
Where They At
The Bird Dog Bobby Band is a busy one, playing all over Central and East Florida. In the past few years they have traveled over 10,000 miles and played about 160 shows, including gigs with Mitch Ryder, Damon Fowler, Mark Hummel, Sean Carney and others. Here’s a recent version of their calendar, which is growing as we speak. Check the band Web site for the latest “4-1-1.”
MAY 27 – The Alley, Sanford at 9:00 PM
MAY 29 – Beach Shack, Cocoa Beach at 2:00 PM
JUNE 3 – Sebastian Beach Inn, Melbourne Beach at 4:00 PM
JUNE 14 – Lou’s Blues, Indianlantic at 8:30 PM
JUNE 17 & 18 – House of Blues Kitchen, Lake Buena Vista (Orlando) at 10:00 pm
JUNE 22 – Bank & Blues Club, Daytona Beach at 8:30 pm
JUNE 24 – The Alley, Sanford at 9:00 pm
JUNE 25 – Harry’s Cigar and Brew / The Starlight Lounge,
Oviedo at 7:30 pm
JULY 1 – Holly & Dolly’s, Casselberry at 9:00 pm
JULY 12 – Lou’s Blues, Indiatlantic at 8:30 pm
JULY 29 – The Beach Shack, Cocoa Beach at 8:00 pm
AUGUST 9 – Lou’s Blues, Indiatlantic at 8:30 pm
AUGUST 20 – The Beach Shack, Cocoa Beach at 2:00 pm
More ‘Bout ‘Em
E-mail: Reno Mussatto, Poppareno@earthlink.net
Band Web site: birddogbobbyband.com