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The Bob Band / Bio

Don Bailey (American singer-songwriter/Millstadt, Illinois) formed “The Bob Band” in 1994 moving forward from punk rock group “The Viduals”. “The Bob Band” released its first full length ten song album “Earl” in 1995. The album, distributed by “Miles of Music”(California) quickly received critical acclaim in “No Depression” and “CMJ” magazines. Bailey and the band soon released a six song EP entitled “Black” in August 1996. Touring throughout 1995-1998 the band performed with Jack Ingram, Old 97’s, Bad Company, Reverand Horton Heat, BTO, Drive By Truckers, Split Lip Rayfield, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Todd Snider and David Alan Coe. “The Bob Band” played showcase slots at “NXNW”(Portland) and “MRMF”(St. Louis) and received featured artist tracks on cd’s while securing performances at “Memphis Crossroads Music Festival” 1995,1996 and “Chicago New Music Festival” 1997. The band went on to tour 18 countries Internationally throughout 1998,1999. “Atlas Media Corp”(New York), “History Channel” and “A&E” featured “The Bob Band” track “This Road” (“Earl” album,1995) on “Highway Hangouts-Celebrating Roadside America” documentary with “Johnny Cash” 1999, 2000. “High Times” magazine invited a performance from “The Bob Band” to “Hemp Aid” in Vandalia, Michigan supporting “Tommy Chong” May 1999. The band soon ventured to opening original music venue “Three-1-Three” in Belleville, Illinois showcasing bands and artists from across America. “Bailey” and “The Bob Band” relaxed from writing, touring and promoting during this time 2001-09. After requests from fans for another album the band went back in the studio January 2010 to record a new, 13 song third album, entitled “Greasy Side Down”. Released December 2010 with rave reviews “Maverick Magazine”(Europe) described the album as “balanced, energetic, emotionally created songs that impress continually, a songwriting gem steeped in country music history.” A year of touring brought “The Bob Band” back to the studio May 2012 to begin writing a 4th album. The 10 song album entitled “Time Served” was released January 2013. The album featured guest musicians “Bradley Bell” (Chiodos) and “Mike Solle” (Johnny Rodriguez). The progressive more edgy alt-country songs achieved the band invitations to four Nashville, Tennessee music festivals. “Ernie Goggins” at “27 Leggies: ReviewShine Round-up” (United Kingdom) reviewed the album as “Lyrically worthy raucous country-rock that is enormous fun.” “The Bob Band” was invited March 2013 to “live on-air” performances from the producers of “Midwest Mayhem and “Art Attack”, “KDHX 88.1 FM Radio” (St. Louis), The band filmed for “Balcony TV”(Charleston) April 2013 and performed with Waylon Jennings son “Shooter Jennings” May 2013. A music video released July 2013 for the title track “Time Served” recieved more than a quarter million youtube views being described as “Waylon Jennings meets Sid Vicious for a cage match” in a featured article by the “60 Minutes”/”Dateline” acclaimed “Belleville News Democrat” July 2013.
Prone to the fiery attitude of indie punk rockers and body surfers this music is a raw shot through the soul that’s not missing any bones of drunken amphetamine induced reality. These guys consciously hit farther into the raw cornering attitudes of rebellious country music. Their ‘matter of fact’ rockgrass style dawns the likes of ratrod jackets and Dead Kennedys shirts while footed up with Jack Purcells. Hailing from the Midwestern United States their evident diversity has taken them from performing melodies with Mickey Gilley to an all stage rock fury with Reverend Horton Heat and two international tours. A ‘UK’ fan described. “The Bob band has a lyrical skill of spinning a dark and twisting yarn with the raucous heavy playing and energy of a pub-brawl.” Noted by news journals to have “a live show of music passion so unexpected, it’s seen to be harmoniously epic.” Maverick Magazine Europe described them as “an outfit that knows how to balance energetic songs with emotionally created tunes which impress continually. They are a song writing gem.”
Europe's Maverick Magazine Review - July 2011
Releasing their third album, this four-piece band certainly knows how to create a well produced song that can only be described as awesome. This thirteen song record shows to the world that this Illinois band are steeped in country music history and their musical veins are saturated with, what I suspect, is many bottles of Southern Bourbon. The record does not always go for the jugular as this outfit knows how to balance energetic songs with emotionally created tunes which impress continually. As its title suggests, the stomping beat on Pickin Flowers allows for impressive guitar to be used in the mix. The same wondrous spirit can be linked with Black Hat which is the concluding track. With sublime guitar on this tune with the inclusion of a fine lap steel helps sum up this record perfectly as its care-free attitude is refreshing good.
-Russell Hill - Maverick Magazine / EUROPE

“literate, rural-tinged imagery that powers the best of Americana”
-L. Kent Wolgamott -Focus, Lincoln Nebraska Star

“Amazing Show!” -KPNT 105.7FM “The Point”

“Choral-like, almost epic in scale, I recommend opening a line to the Bob band” -Jim Cult -Spotlight Magazine

“a band with solid roots in music that matters”
- Mike Blake - CIceros -Riverfront Times- St. Louis

“the midwest based Bob Band can do no wrong”
-Get Out Section - St. Louis Post Dispatch

General Info

Band Members
Don Bailey, Brandon Turner, Kevin Saak, Tom Sweet, Mike Solle, Dierdre Kniffen
Artist Name
The Bob Band
Profile Page
Americana / Progressive / Outlaw

Contact Info

Millstadt, IL

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