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Bird Dog Bobby Band / Press

“The BDBB are veterans of the Florida Blues scene and this latest offering should do more than just cement a growing reputation as a fantastic live band. Time To Live In features Bird Dog Bobby on vocals and guitars, Reno Mussatto also singing and adding drums with Gary Whitehead on Bass. The first thing of note on this album is that it consists of all original material, no Willie Dixon covers, which however well they are performed, we have heard them all before. These tracks wear their influences on their sleeves and have a tongues firmly planted in cheeks on some of the double and single entendre lyrics. Who Told This Joker He could Drive is a barbed attack on Mr Obama with some Hendrix style licks kicking around for good measure. Moesha.com takes a wry look at ‘specialist’ web sites and is a bundle of fun with a walking Bassline with some fiery guitar. What you get is good honest Blues with some tongue in cheek risqué lyrics. A whole lot of fun from three grizzled blues hounds.”

“Time to Live In -Bird Dog Bobby Band Bird Dog Bobby Band’s 2011 release features thirteen original radio friendly blues tunes that could slot right into most NPR blues programs nationwide.The opening track “Who Told This Joker He Could Drive?” should appeal to Obama haters across the all musical genres and the rather tender ode to computer porn, “Moesha.com”, might get a few blues dudes to open their minds to a whole new way of getting themselves in trouble with the ol’ lady. The production is extra clean and shines with the kind of sharp edge that can only be cut with a Fender Stratocaster guitar. Like the lead guitar, the lead vocals are tuneful, tight and on time. Does Bird Dog Bobby Band got the blues? You betcha! ”

“Time to Live In - Made up of 13 original tunes, Time to Live In stems from the members’ personal experiences and is truly a labor of love. It bounces between accounts of life on the road (“Headed to Memphis”) and clever subversions of classic blues tropes, like opener “Who Told This Joker He Could Drive?” which is a thinly veiled critique of Obama and his administration. Other standouts include heavy ’70s-era rocker “Get Outta Town,” the swaggering, witty “Breakfast Time,” and “River of Life,” which sounds like a reggae-flecked outtake from the Band. This level of musicianship often comes at the expense of soul, but the Bird Dog Bobby Band have it in spades, as evinced by moving closer and title track “Time to Live In.” Rather than ending things with an abrupt bang, its slight, tasteful strings arrangement sets things back to an expectant simmer, a promise perhaps of more to come from this incredible group. ”

"Time to Live In" is created from equal parts of talent and creativity - consists of thirteen topical, clever and very well performed band originals. You really gotta hear this band! The opening track, "Who Told This Joker He Could Drive"? is musically hard driven and lyrically hard hitting. It's sort of a protest song that, unlike it's folk style predecessors of the sixties, is a rhythm fueled smoker. For a good time log onto "Moesha.com". Oddly enough, bizarre lyrics and all, the chorus on this one is a catchy sing along. With a power trio like this, I'll be hard pressed not to sound repetitive but once again, another incredibly rhythm driven track with great vocals from Reno and the gals, and guitar leads from the Bird Dog. "Oh Baby", this is one hell of a smooth shuffle. As a matter of fact, it could very well be the best of the batch. Perfect groove, perfect rhythm, perfect vocals, perfect deliverance.

“Bird Dog Bobby Band delivers upbeat creative originals & deeply-rooted versions of blues classics. all of which reflect the members’ extensive range and depth of experience marked by guitar wizardry and smooth, emotional vocals. All of these factors make the whole of this band greater than the sum of its parts. Listen, and you’ll be rewarded with one well-executed riff after another, each new, but inextricably linked to long traditions of other blues masters. The band have two CDs under their belt, the propulsive Live at the Plaza Theatre (recorded in late 2008 after being together about six weeks), and the Time to Live In, released in 2010. Made up of 13 original tunes, Time to Live In stems from the members’ personal experiences and is truly a labor of love. Bouncing between accounts of life on the road and clever subversions of classic blues tropes. Overall, the album showcases the silky smoothness and steely precision of a band in command of both the stage and the recording s”

“One of the most prolific bands in our area is the popular Bird Dog Bobby Band. They just finished their fourth CD. They write most of the music they play, and they play an interesting variety of songs, including a throwback to the sixties -- an actual "protest" song! "Time to Live In" features 13 songs. All of them were written by the band members and all of the songs tell stories. While these guys can certainly play the popular cover songs requested by their audiences, they also write and sing many good songs of their own, making them one of the most versatile groups around. This CD is a pleasure to listen to. Their live performances make for a fun evening, especially if you feel like dancing -- and you will. The Bird Dog Bobby Band is a busy one, playing all over Central and East Florida. In the past year they have traveled over 10,000 miles and played about 160 shows, including gigs with Mitch Ryder, Damon Fowler, Mark Hummel, Sean Carney and others.”

"Bird Dog Bobby" Rhoads has had a long love affair with the gritty textures of amplified blues. From his first gig in a Kansas high school gym to gigging through central Florida, the Bird Dog has clearly picked up the finer points of his trade .. The Orlando area showman is so well-considered that he's opened for six-string masters such as Gatemouth Brown, Albert Collins and Ronnie Earl. Backed by bassist Gary Whitehead and drummer Reno Mussatto, Rhoads rips solos that conjure the likes of Elmore James, Johnny "Guitar"Watson and T-Bone Walker, and sings in a smooth yet emotional croon. The trio was captured live last yearon the CD Live at the Plaza Theatre, playing blues, jump and funk originals, and reinter- preting classics by the likes of Howlin' Wolf and Elmore James. Bird Dog knows his guitars and amps from the inside out; he repairs them at his music store in Chuluota. BW