With unlikely roots for a country singer, Northern California native Bob Appel was exposed to the neo-traditional country sounds of Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, George Strait, Dwight Yoakam, and Aaron Tippin as a teen. It took years to appreciate the poetic story-telling, simple musical structure, and heartfelt vocal performance evident in their songs, and to understand that there was a common source of inspiration - one steeped in country music traditions from prior generations. It was through the allusions in the lyrics and sound of these singers that Bob found the music of icons like Hank Williams, Faron Young, Ray Price, Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Buck Owens, and Wynn Stewart. After a few visits to the "home of country music", he was disillusioned by the commercialism he witnessed in the impersonal and overblown stadium productions of songs from the modern radio. Ironically, the most authentic music and the most talented musicians seemed to be struggling for tips on Broadway. After one visit to Austin, Texas, Bob found music brought back to the basics, on a small stage with a small audience, and moved, to immerse himself in live music, in 2010. After years of watching from a seat, Bob Appel stands up to bring the music of times gone by to times yet to come.