Bobby Doran

Bobby Doran

 Denver, Colorado, USA
SoloRockAcoustic

Born in Providence, RI, U.S.A., and calling Denver, Colorado home, Bobby Doran is an old soul with a story to tell. His songwriting transmits a dark, lyrical romanticism; Anti-pop angst set to music that is not only abstract, but a sonic proclamation of hope, life, love, pain and the search for solace. 

Live, he will layer guitar parts, bass parts, drum beats, guitar soloing and vocal harmonies, until you hear an invisible band coming through the speakers.

Biography

Born in Providence, RI, U.S.A., and calling Denver, Colorado home, Bobby Doran is an old soul with a story to tell. His songwriting transmits a dark, lyrical romanticism; Anti-pop angst set to music that is not only abstract, but a sonic proclamation of hope, life, love, pain and the search for solace. 

You will see him on stage with an acoustic guitar, and a microphone, but you may miss the small city of effect pedals at his feet. Doran uses some footwork to record and playback his playing. He will layer guitar parts, bass parts, drum beats, guitar soloing and vocal harmonies, until you hear an invisible band coming through the speakers. Though the live-looping is memorable, you cannot deny his ability to grab the audience with energetic and emotional, original music.

“I was very shy, growing up. I was just a 'quiet one'. I think that's why I was drawn to guitar and writing songs. Music has always been the one thing that will help me decompress, whether it be listening, playing, or just banging away on a drum set. As a kid, I grew up with mostly car-ride radio, and MTV, with the exception of dipping into a friend or family member's album collection. It's safe to say I'm a product of 90's rock/grunge, with whatever other phases I went through." The Beatles, to John Mayer, Pearl Jam, Chris Cornell, Trent Reznor, Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Metallica, Offspring, Green Day, Weezer, and even Dave Matthews. 

"I don't really consciously set out to get any sort of point across through my music, I just work here!... The songs themselves usually end up taking over and telling the story. Half the time it takes playing them a few times before I really get what a song really came from. I may add little secret, Easter eggs for my own amusement, but the listener can interpret them however they want."  

Doran has traveled across the U. S. taking part in concerts, large and small, college events and benefits including Cancer Research Foundation, Rhett Syndrome, Denver Homeless Mission and more. When he is not promoting his own music, he considers himself a jack-of-all-trades. "I'm always finding myself a new hobby. After so many days and nights on a computer, or driving, or in loud places, I like the peace and quiet. I'll find myself cooking, sight-seeing, watching new movies, and even tinkering with electronics, or guitar effect pedals to add to my show. I'd like to say I'm a nerd at heart."  

His new album was written mostly in the home he grew up in over a 5 month period, and now in post-production in Colorado. “I had set out to write music that was me, and left with something that helped me figure out who I am, haha. As scripted as that sounds, that's absolutely what happend... the songs are from a chapter of my life, and to me it's the most human, and natural I've ever allowed myself to be on record."

Lyrics

Bad Reputation

Written By: Words & Music by Bobby Doran,bobbydoran

ANNIE WAS YOUR HOME-GIRL, HAD A LITTLE ROOM TO GROW
I CAUGHT HER BY THE JUNGLE GYM, SLIDING DOWN FROM A POLE
I ASKED HER IF SHE LIKED TO SWING, SHE SAID THAT SHE’D TRY ANYTHING
FROM THAT MOMENT ON, I WAS WHIPPED AND COULDN’T LEAVE HER ALONE
WHEN HIGH-SCHOOL CAME THERE WAS ANNIE TYPIN' ON HER PHONE

SHE HAD A HAIR IN A MESS; WHITE DRESS AND A RING IN HER NOSE
SHE PULLED OUT THAT CHERRY, LOLLI-POP, AND THAT'S WHEN I FELT MY HEART STOP
KISSIN' ON MY NECK IN THE BATHROOM, MY HEAD WAS READY TO BLOW

IT'S JUST THE WAY YOU SWING THOSE HIPS AROUND
LOOKIN' FOR SOMEONE NEW TO FIX YOUR LIPS AROUND
YOU’RE THE TALK OF THE TOWN, THEY KNOW YOU’VE BEEN SLEEPIN’ AROUND
SHE GOT A REAL BAD REPUTATION
BUT A TASTE THAT’S SWEEPING THE NATION
SHE’S THE CHOICE OF A WHOLE GENERATION
LOOK OUT BOYS: HERE SHE COMES
SURE TO CHEW YOU UP, BUT NEVER LET YOU DOWN
LOOK OUT GIRLS: HERE SHE COMES
YOU EVER WONDER WHY YOUR MAN AIN’T NEVER AROUND?

SHE DROPPED OUT OF SCHOOL, TRYIN’ TO MAKE HER LIFE ON HER OWN
I HEARD SHE HAD A KID AND HER BOYFRIEND HIT THE ROAD
WITH RED-LIPSTICK, SHE’S TURNING HER TRICKS, BUT I STILL NEED TO GET MY FIX
ALWAYS A LITTLE HUNG OVER, BUSY CLEANING UP HER BROKEN HOME
BUT THOSE HIGH-HEELED BOOTS HAVE GOT THE BOYS ALL OVER THE ROAD

IT'S JUST THE WAY YOU SWING THOSE HIPS AROUND
LOOKIN' FOR SOMEONE NEW TO FIX YOUR LIPS AROUND
YOU’RE THE TALK OF THE TOWN, THEY KNOW YOU’VE BEEN SLEEPIN’ AROUND
SHE GOT A REAL BAD REPUTATION
BUT A TASTE THAT’S SWEEPING THE NATION
SHE’S THE CHOICE OF A WHOLE GENERATION
LOOK OUT BOYS: HERE SHE COMES
SURE TO CHEW YOU UP, BUT NEVER LET YOU DOWN
LOOK OUT GIRLS: HERE SHE COMES
YOU EVER WONDER WHY YOUR MAN AIN’T NEVER AROUND?

KEEP ON DANCIN’; SWINGIN’ THOSE HIPS AROUND
KEEP ON DANCIN’. I HEAR YOU EVEN TURN THE LADIES ON
SHE'LL KEEP ON DANCING’, DANCIN’, DANCIN’
I’M MAKIN’ ALL THE FELLAS JEALOUS WHEN I HIT THE ACAPELLA
BUT I NEVER MEANT TO RUIN YOUR GAME
YOU SEE I HAD MY CHANCE AT THE HIGH SCHOOL DANCE
BUT SHE DRANK TOO MUCH HARD LEMONADE
SO TELL YOUR GIRL YOU’RE WORKING LATE BECAUSE YOU NEED ANOTHER TASTE
SHE GONNA FILL HER TRASH WITH ROSES, ADD A BOX OF CHARDONNAY
SEE, A GIRL IS USED TO HAVING HER WAY
SHE’LL CHEW YOU UP AND SPIT YOU OUT
WHAT IS ALL THE FUSS ABOUT?

LOOK OUT GIRLS, YOUR MAN’S ALREADY MESSED AROUND.

Words & Music by Robert J. Doran (BMI). Bobby Doran Music / Publishing. Copyright 2011. All Rights Reserved

Discography

Doomsday Companion (2016)

Bad Reputation EP (2011)

Black & White Photos Vol. 1 (2010)

Bobby Doran Band: Live (2009)

The Great Unknown EP (2008)

Live In Syndication (2006)

Stop the World: Live (2005)

Best Kept Secrets (2003)

Set List

Original Set

  • Includes original music and covers (30-90mins)

Cover Set

  • Includes originals and covers depending on event format (2-4hrs)
  • Bands covered: Beatles, Sublime, Jack Johnson, Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon, Guns N' Roses, Nine Inch Nails, Tool, Eminem, Dave Matthews, more... 1960-Present