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Bird Dog Bobby Band delivers upbeat creative originals with deeply rooted versions of well-chosen blues classics that reflect its members’ extensive range and depth of experience. The Bird Dog Bobby Band’s encyclopedic knowledge of the Blues is evident in the tasteful composition and razor-sharp execution of their original songs.
Bird Dog Bobby’s guitar wizardry and smooth, emotional vocals make the whole of this band greater than the sum of its parts. Listen, and you will be rewarded with one well-executed riff after another, each new, but inextricably linked to long traditions of other Blues masters. Drummer Reno Mussatto’s powerful vocals and solid grooves always have just the right feel and Gary Whitehead bonds the rhythm section together with perfectly balanced bass lines. Their sound is guaranteed to knock your socks off, but you won’t care—it’s easier to dance that way! "A lot of blues artists have recorded classic songs documenting their life on the road but I don’t think I’ve ever heard a whole cd that so effortlessly captures the blues experience from a band’s perspective like Time To Live In by the Bird Dog Bobby Band.The band features Reno Mussatto on drums and vocals, Gary ‘Chief Whatchamacallit’ Whitehead on bass and background vocals, and band namesake Robert ‘Bird Dog Bobby’ Rhoads on lead guitar and vocals. These elder statesmen of the Central Florida blues scene hunkered down in a recording studio for a few weeks and wrote about what they knew. The result is an homage to the blues life they live and obviously love, with a touch of southern charm and rock and pop sensibilities coupled with some witty lyrics.
The cd was produced by Jon St. James and the band, and the overall sound is clean, if a little understated in places.Reno and Gary do their best Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman impressions by keeping the backbeat solid without stepping into the spotlight much. The Bird Dog is known for his tasteful fretwork and doesn’t overpower any of the material here. With 13 tracks averaging just over three minutes apiece, they say what they want to say, show a little flash and move on to the next track. While the principle lyricists were Bobby and Reno, all three members contributed to each song and the whole band can celebrate with this testament to the blues. This truly is their time. Daryll Davis - Freelance Journalist -May 2011
http://www.examiner.com/nightlife-in-orlando/central-florida-s-bird-dog-bobby-band-releases-new-cd - Daytona Beach Nightlife Examiner - May 2011
“All come to hear the upbeat blues sound of this talented group of three bluesmen.” --Daytona Beach Nightlife Examiner, May 14, 2010.
“ ‘Bird Dog Bobby’ Rhoads has had a long love affair with the gritty textures of amplified Blues…Bird Dog has clearly picked up the finer points of his trade.” –Jazz & Blues Magazine, September 2010.