West Bound Bluegrass is based out of Abilene, Texas and available to play venues all over the state and beyond. They are a mix of new and old songs, singing and instrumentals with a strong traditional and gospel foundation but also influenced by many of the top professional bluegrass bands around today.
Fans everywhere appreciate a good story especially when matched with a great melody and smooth instrumental licks.
Rob's inspirational songwriting tells stories that capture your attention and warms the heart. Look for a CD to come out in the near future which will highlight numerous original songs.
Bill Black - Founding member and long time bluegrass inspiration. Bill has been instrumental in establishing bluegrass music as a favorite music genre in the Abilene Texas area for many years. Having played in several bands over the last four decades and hosted bluegrass festivals, he is well known for his strong voice and welcoming smile and personality. It is joked that Bill knows the words to every bluegrass song out there to be sang. He can be found playing and singing locally in Abilene and at most bluegrass festivals for many miles around. His strong rhythm adds another dimension to a strong talented band.
Rob Black - Lead guitar, lead and harmony vocals as well as song writer. Rob has been playing guitar and singing now for what seems to most a short period of time but with his natural gifts and accomplished song writing you would think he has been doing this all his life. Abilene is home but he travels all over which allows him time to reflect and put words to paper. Many of West Bound's songs are from his pen. His smooth and emotional singing style adds to the songs he sings and adds a depth and warmth you can feel. Rob is married and has two daughters and a son.
David Black - Plays mandolin. David has been playing bluegrass most of his life starting at age 11 on fiddle. Having joined his dad in a band early in his youth, he took a long break until once again playing in other bluegrass and church praise and worship bands. His strong chop and lead licks add a wonderful bluegrass vibe to each song. He is married and has two grown daughters.
Anji Black - Plays Bass. Anji is wife to Rob and has the distinction of being the newest member to play an instrument. She has only been playing bass for a couple of years but has already made her presence known with the band and their many fans. She is always smiling and adds such a great stage presence as well as always making the band laugh. She tears up the bass with her hot licks and provides a strong beat to drive the rhythm. She also sings lead and harmony, adding a soft vocal tenderness to her songs.
Benn Long - Plays Banjo and sings harmony vocals. Benny is a long time friend and band member of West Bound. His strong JD Crow influenced playing and hot licks are a driving influence in many of the band's strong traditional songs. He is married and retired from the Air Force which now allows him to get in more playing and jamming. He is one of the finest banjo players in this part of the country and we are fortunate of his friendship and awesome talent.
Danny Ellison - Plays Fiddle. Danny is the newest member of West Bound and is already making his mark. His fiddle playing is extraordinary and can be described like watching a flash fire…hot and blazing. Danny is a very talented musician and plays many other instruments and is a wonderful addition to the band. He is married and has three children so we can expect another fine generation of bluegrass music in the future.