Bob Westfall

Bob Westfall

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Bob Westfall's compositions are poised and developed; his topics are love and dreams,yearning and freedom. There's an openness to his music, a sense of wide open spaces and free expanses that make me think of driving across the eastern Oregon deserts. Arthur Durkee "Night Sites and Sounds"


2007 Madison Area Music Awards (MAMA) Winner for "Unique Artist of the Year" and "Jazz Album of the Year"The Bob Westfall Band calls Madison, Wisconsin home.It's rare when the word acoustic conjures thoughts of music so electrifying that it pumps the jump in your feet. Then again, Bob Westfall is a rare musician and his group an impressive collective of musical might. Energetic, contagious, and flat out fun, Bob Westfall weaves a sizzling thread through multiple genres to deliver a tapestry of award-winning music that defies one description, yet, connects with everyone from the seasoned musician to the person off the street who couldn't tell 4/4 from 13/8.
Perhaps that has a something to do with the fact that Westfall and his group are made up of veteran musicians who have toured, recorded, or shared the stage with Darol Anger, Lyle Lovett, Doc Watson, Leo Kottke, U2, Asleep at The Wheel, The String Chees Incident, The Smashing Pumpkins, Carrie NewComer,Willy Porter, and John Hartford to name a few. Or, it could simply be that Bob Westfall knows how to craft one heckuva sound. The only way to know for sure is to plug into this Artist live, and hang on. Acoustic it is. Sit in your seat it is not.

Bob Westfall (guitar, mandolin, vocals, songwriting) has studied and worked with some of the top acoustic players in the country--Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, John Hartford, and Alex DeGrassi. But, while these influences are certainly evident, Westfall's songwriting and lyrics are uniquely his own. An award-winning mandolinist, Bob grew up in Texas and Minnesota, and his style incorporates the best elements of composing with a hybrid jazz/pop/worldbeat/bluegrass feel.

The husband and wife team of Mary Gaines (bass) and Chris Wagoner (violin) provide the bottom and top of the BWB sound, and have appeared in performance and on recordings with Westfall for almost twenty five years. Gaines and Wagoner have similarly diverse backgrounds--formal classical training at the Univ of WI, jazz studies with the great bassist, Richard Davis, followed by years of performing and recording with jazz, blues, rock, and folk artists and songwriters.

Tom Ellis (latin percussion kit) rounds out the groove of the BWB with his flair for latin feels, and extensive background in jazz and rock. Ellis has been a midwest touring musician for almost three decades with The Dave Kinney Group, Little Vito and the Torpedoes, and Luck of the Draw.

Together, The Bob Westfall Band creates a style of music that defies a single description yet connects with the listener on many levels. Besides the BWB's every Tuesday night (for the last 11 years) gig at the Angelic Brewing Co. in Madison(it's always Standing Room Only) the band is also a favorite for Concerts, Colleges, and Festivals.



Written By: Bob Westfall & Mary Gaines 1996

Looking ahead are you looking back
Looking ahead are you looking back
Looking ahead are you looking back
Looking back

There's no telling what might happen
In the future
No crystal ball big big enough to see
Into tomorrow
Question is do you really want to know
What might be what you might never know
Question is will we be here
In the morning
I don't know

There's no telling where we might have been today
No avenue or great picture
Of things to come
No I don't, I don't really want to know
I might be wrong and you might tell me so
Why should I even think about tomorrow
I don't know

Stars & the Moon

Written By: Bob Westfall 1995

'Cause the stars are chasing the moon
My heart is racing in tune
To the rhythm of your world
In a heartbeat I'm next to you

I've been waiting for you for so long
In my dreams and all damn night long

Why don't we know
Where we can go

'Cause you're giving me that smile
Like tomorrow will never be
Well I'm next to you, baby, and
You're next to me

Why don't we know
Where we can go

I'm next to you baby
You're next to me honey
I'm next to you baby
You're next to me


Bob Westfall -- "The Third Coast" (1984)
Bob Westfall -- "Lover's Dance"(1994)
Bob Westfall -- "In a Heartbeat"(1998)
The Bob Westfall Quartet-- "Beautifully Mad" (2006)
Bob Westfall uses McIntyre Acoustic Instrument Pickups.

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Set List

The Bob Westfall Band performs original material, including both instrumentals and vocals. A few of the jazz and latin standards performed include: Well You Needn't (T. Monk), Footprints (W.Shorter), Spain (C. Corea), Blue Bossa (K. Durham), and some Brazilian choros.