Robert Bobby Duo
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Robert Bobby Duo

Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2012
Duo Folk Singer/Songwriter




"Little Buffalo Festival Review"

From the moment he hit the stage, Bobby and his 2 counterparts were able to captivate the crowd by performing original, honest heartfelt tunes. A consummate professional — and one with a notorious sense of humor (as in the case of his tune “Naked on the Internet”) – Bobby’s tunes quickly spread throughout the audience and before you know it… the crowd is laughing, engaged…. and in the palm of Bobby’s hand...
Bob Martin – Little Buffalo Festival Promoter - Bob Martin – Little Buffalo Festival Promoter

"Robert Bobby F*U*B*A*R Sing Out! Review"

" Robert Bobby has a distinctively smoke-edged, yearning voice that grabs us from the first and doesn't let go. His songs are smart, insightful, witty, and well-crafted" Sing Out Magazine - Sing Out!

"Robert Christgau"

"Harking back to a time when pop and boogie weren't mutually exclusive" Robert Christgau-The Village Voice

reviewing "That's What I Like" The Speedboys first album. 1981 - The Village Voice

"GoodSongs: New Robert Bobby Record"

I don’t have many rules, but one of them is that whenever Robert Bobby does a new record, I’ll review it. I can’t overstate how much I like some of his work. - Kent Newsome's Tech, Music & Life blog

"Robert Bobby"

"Robert Bobby writes fine bittersweet tunes and sings forcibly in a gruff Dylan/Newman manner..." J. Poet-The Daily Californian - The Daily Californian

"Milo Miles Reviews Robert Bobby"

"Whatever he's like in person, on record Robert Bobby is the vivid and varied songwriter fans should be waiting to meet. " Milo Miles-Boston Phoenix - The Boston Phoenix

"The Speedboys"

"The Speedboys are a fresh, funny American Band..." Rolling Stone magazine
- Rolling Stone Magazine

"Review of TODAY! by Francois Braeken"

The brand new Robert Bobby album "Today" should do away once and for all with that "One of the best singer/songwriters you've never heard of" stamp that he has been carrying around for decades. Ever since we were first introduced (see review May 2005), this man from Philadelphia has been revered by the undersigned and his song "Lucinda Williams" is on my list of Best Songs of All Times. With the thirteen songs on "Today" - 'All Songs Radio Friendly, No Bad Words' - Joe Milsom aka Robert Bobby has produced one of the first musical highlights of 2007. Hopefully this will be the long overdue breakthrough for the man who once founded the Speedboys (albums "That's What I Like" and "Look What Love's Done To Me Now" '82/'83). In the meantime, Robert Bobby has created a number of magnificent solo albums that are still available at CD Baby. .

On his latest album, "Today", he is working with Mike Bitts (bass), Jeff Geib (banjo) and the highly talented Bill Nork (bass, dobro, mandolin, guitar & lap steel). Robert Bobby remained true to the regular concepts that are so typical for him … something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue! The songs "Secret Of The Heart" and "Little Bit Nasty" date back to his Speedboys period and have been given a beautiful acoustic arrangement for the occasion; the same for the Supremes hit "Stop in the Name of Love"; and the things he does to A.F. Beddoe's "Copper Kettle" are blatantly brilliant, it stands supreme over Bob Dylan’s version. "Feel So Blue" (bluesy love lost song featuring fine lap steel guitar) is a true gem and will undoubtedly end up on my list of favorites. With the mandolin and the dobro "Sweet Potato Wine" has a great old timey feel. "Older Than Old & In the Way" is a funny story arranged in new grass style and Robert has the right musical answer to the question "How do you live with a broken heart "... "Ask a Man who Owns One" (lap steel!). People who like 'La Dolce Vita' will melt when they hear the fabulous acoustic "Dance". It will turn the likes of Joe Ely and Willy DeVille turn green with jealousy. And with the movie soundtrack "Hearts & Diamonds", "Love Drunk" and "Spend a Little Nighttime" Robert Bobby proves that he belongs up there with John Prine, Dylan, Steve Young, ... musically, 2007 could not have started better!
* * * * 1/2 * (SWA)
- Rootstime


Since 1981 Robert Bobby has released 10 albums including 3 with The Speedboys and 7 Robert Bobby CD's.

2011-"A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME" Robert Bobby Trio CD is officially here June, 2011. It captures the excitement of a live RB3 performance. Folk DJ charts July & August, 2011.

2008 - MEET ROBERT BOBBY. A selection of songs from 3 prior CDs.

2006 - TODAY!

2004 - S*N*A*F*U

2004 - MISTER JOE by The Robert Bobby Quartet

2001 - F*U*B*A*R

1989 - POSITIVELY JAMES STREET by The Speedboys

1987 - CHILLY WIND by Robert Bobby

1983 - LOOK WHAT LOVE'S DONE TO ME NOW by The Speedboys & reviewed in Rolling Stone Magazine.

1981 - THAT'S WHAT I LIKE by The Speedboys -Robert Christau's top 100 albums of the year list.



SURGEON GENERALS WARNING:  Exposure to Robert Bobby's blend of Folk, Singer/songwriter, Americana & Blues music could prove to be habit forming.

A live performance by The Robert Bobby Duo has been known to cause the following symptoms: uncontrollable toe-tapping, infectious laughter, the occasional tugging of the heart, provocation of thought & a general feeling of warmth.

Robert Bobby was born in Philadelphia and grew up in the suburb of Newtown Square. As a young teenager, his brother introduced him to the music of Bob Dylan and that was his doorway into his own musical adventure. In high school he often frequented The Main Point folk club, getting to hear people like Dave Van Ronk, Chris Smither, Tom Rush, Tim Buckley, Steve Goodman, Muddy Waters and many more.

After attending college at Franklin & Marshall in Lancaster, PA, Robert Bobby formed The Speedboys, think British Pub Rock meets Americana, which gained a widespread regional following. They released two (2) self produced albums which were critically acclaimed in publications like Rolling Stone, Musician Magazine, The Village Voice, The Los Angeles Herald-Examiner & Philadelphia Inquirer.

Robert Bobby has been a staple of the Central Pennsylvania music scene for more decades than Tim McCarver played major league ball, and has been favorably reviewed by music critics in Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, Sing Out! and numerous other publications. He is known for his way with words, his passionate voice, sense of humor and his ability to connect with an audience.

Mrs. Bobby learned to play the bass around the time her AARP membership arrived in the mail, Mrs. Bobby is an inspiration to anyone who has ever wished they could learn to play a musical instrument. The York PA native brings her vast knowledge of roots music and a joy that is evident in her performance. Above all, she's Mrs. Bobby!

The Robert Bobby Duo  is a perfect blend of singer/songwriter, folk, Americana & blues!

Robert Bobby has had the pleasure of supporting such diverse acts as:

Chris Smither, Roy Book Binder, Dom Flemons

 Fred Eaglesmith, Steve Forbert ,

 James Maddock, Rory Block, 

Diana Jones and Parker Milsap, Junior Brown.

Dr. John, Mick Taylor, Dickie Betts (in my electric days)

Robert Bobby has performed at the following :

The Birchmere: Jan. 23, 2015 Alexandria, VA.

The Tin Angel in Philadelphia, Anderson Fair in Houston,

Steel City Coffeehouse,  Lansdowne Folk Club, 

Falcon Ridge Festival (emerging artist showcase),  the Susquehanna Folk Music Society, 

Little Buffalo Festival, Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival

 & Gene Shay's Folk Show on WXPN.

The Robert Bobby Trio was selected for a Quad Showcase at NERFA in November, 2011. The Robert Bobby Duo was selected for a Showcase at the one day Nerfa in DC in June, 2013.

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