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Bobby Lynn Shehorn is a singer songwriter who’s worked with some of the biggest names in the industry. A native Texan, Shehorn has followed the serpentine trail of his music career from the Lone Star State to Woodstock and back. Along the way, he’s been honored to collaborate with side musicians for Bob Dylan, James Brown, Van Morrison, and Steely Dan among others. Born and raised just outside of Austin, Texas—a city today celebrated the world over as a music capital, Shehorn was there from the beginning, making a name for himself on the Cosmic Cowboy scene in the 1970s. During that time, tastemakers like Rusty Weir and Jerry Jeff Walker performed Shehorn’s songs. In today’s competitive and ever-evolving music business, Shehorn continues to enjoy a thriving career. His latest CD, Still Called The Blues, features original compositions and arrangements of tunes by blues luminary Paul Butterfield and R&B legend Percy Sledge.
Bobby Lynn Shehorn is a fourth-generation Texan. A bandleader, singer and songwriter for over forty years, Shehorn performs solo and with a band on guitar, piano and harmonica.
Bobby Lynn Shehorn’s native Texas style of country, blues, and rock, comes from roots deep in the heart of Texas, where he was born in the small town of Temple, seventy miles north of Austin. Working in the Central Texas clubs and halls, Bobby played his first gig in Austin in 1966 and became a part of the original psychedelic scene as a member of the South Canadian Overflow, which members included John Inmon and Donny Dolan, who would later join the Lost Gonzo Band.
Becoming more interested in acoustic music, Shehorn began writing songs in Austin with Bobby Charles (Guidry) (“See Ya Later Alligator,” “Walkin’ to New Orleans”) and in 1970, the two eventually landed in Woodstock, NY, where Charles recorded an album on Bearsville Records with Paul Butterfield, David Sanborn and members of the Band. After musical interaction with the many players in Woodstock, including an offer to play bass with the Full Tilt Boogie Band, Bobby Lynn Shehorn returned to Austin,Texas, in the early seventies. There he became an influence on the “Cosmic Cowboy” scene that was developing in Texas, as Bobby did some of the first multi-track recordings in Austin in 1971. During this period Jerry Jeff Walker, the Lost Gonzo Band, Rusty Weir, Bob Neuwirth, Bill and Bonnie Hearne performed Shehorn’s songs.
Bobby Lynn Shehorn lived in Woodstock again in the eighties and the Bobby Shehorn Band played across the northeast including regular appearances in Manhattan, many times accompanied by Paul Butterfield, Levon Helm and Rick Danko of the Band, Howie Wyeth (Bob Dylan, Orleans), Cindy Cashdollar, Pee Wee Ellis (James Brown, Van Morrison), Drew Zing (Steely Dan), or Steve Forbert. In the late eighties, Bobby had the privilege of spending much time in Baton Rouge, LA, playing with blues legends: Silas Hogan, Guitar Kelly, Tabby Thomas, Chris Thomas King, Henry Gray, and the Neil Brothers.
In 1990, after several national tours, Bobby decided that the thriving music scene in Dallas, Texas, was the place to be. In 1996, Shehorn released the CD: Bigger Than Dallas on La Texanne Records, featuring solos by Pee Wee Ellis. His Dallas gigs have included appearances with Sam Myers, Hash Brown, Al Dupree, Joe Jonas, Pee Wee Lynn, and Curly Barefoot Miller.
Back again in Austin since 2005, Bobby Lynn Shehorn has recently released a new album titled “Still Called The Blues,” featuring his original compositions as well as covers by Bobby Charles, Johnnie Taylor, Paul Butterfield, Clarence “Frogman” Henry, Silas Hogan, and Percy Sledge.