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The Bird Dog Bobby Band
Called a “three-piece blues powerhouse,” the Bird Dog Bobby Band delivers upbeat creative originals with deeply rooted versions of well-chosen blues classics that reflect its members’ extensive range and depth of experience. The Bird Dog Bobby Band’s encyclopedic knowledge of the Blues is evident in the tasteful composition and razor-sharp execution of their original songs.
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Bird Dog Bobby’s guitar wizardry and smooth, emotional vocals make The Whole of this band greater than the sum of its parts. Listen, and you will be rewarded with one well-executed riff after another, each new, but inextricably linked to long traditions of other Blues masters. Drummer Reno Mussatto’s powerful vocals and solid grooves always have just the right feel and Gary Whitehead bonds the rhythm section together with perfectly balanced bass lines. Their sound is guaranteed to knock your socks off, but you won’t care—it’s easier to dance that way! Here’s what the critics are saying about The Bird Dog Bobby Band:

"One of the most prolific bands in our area is the popular Bird Dog Bobby Band. They just finished their fourth CD!

All come to hear the upbeat blues sound of this talented group of three bluesmen.” --Daytona Beach Nightlife Examiner, May 14, 2011. “ ‘Bird Dog Bobby’ Rhoads has had a long love affair with the gritty textures of amplified Blues…Bird Dog has clearly picked up the finer points of his trade.” –Jazz & Blues Magazine, September 2010.

Bird Dog Bobby began playing the guitar in 1966. He traveled extensively throughout the US during the 70's and 80's and relocated to Florida from Kansas City in 1989. Shortly thereafter, he formed the Honey Hounds and performed at many of the major R&B venues in the South. With the Honey Hounds he recorded 3 projects, Jump the Fence and Gone! in 1993, I Ain't No Pedigree! in 1996, and Woof! in 2001. He was awarded "Best R&B Act in the Tampa Bay Area" two consecutive years by the areas major music magazine. He has opened shows for Albert Collins, Koko Taylor, Gatemouth Brown, Delbert McClinton, John Mayall, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Ronnie Earl, Little Charlie and the Nightcats and many others. A regular at the House of Blues in Orlando, Florida, his fiery guitar style and smooth vocals reflect his many years in the entertainment business and his playing and songwriting skills are showcased on his CD's and videos.

Gary Whitehead has been providing solid bass lines for the last 40 years. In the 70's he toured Europe extensively with the Adventurers based out of Marseilles, and later with French Lick, headquartered in Paris. When working in the recording studios in England he gained the reputation of being a precise and imaginative player. Returning to the states he met and played with Randy Meisner (the Eagles) in California. Later, in Colorado he was a member of Delanie and the Curb Feelers and played extensively at the resorts at Telluride. While in Durango he played with the zydeco band Flambeau. With such varied influences as big band swing, funk, hard rock, zydeco and rhythm & blues Gary knows exactly how to drive the bass to get the song cookin'!

Reno Mussatto started his professional career in 1968. He studied music at the University of Kansas in the early 70's and by 1975 had relocated to Austin, Texas. This was at the beginning of the hottest Texas blues scene in many years. In Austin he had the opportunity to perform with such blues greats as Stevie Ray Vaughn, Albert Collins and Koko Taylor. In the country vein he played with Willie Nelson, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Kinky Friedman and the Geezenslaw Brothers. His recording career includes working at Willie Nelson's Pedernales Studio and NBC Studios in New York City. You can hear his playing on commercials for Lone Star Beer, Wick Fowler Chili, the Hormel Meat Company, American Biker TV, and numerous TV shows for NBC. He has worked with various artists on their albums. As a drummer and singer he has traveled the US extensively. Some of the venues he has played include the Palomino Club in Hollywood, Billy Bob's in Ft. Worth, Texas, the Calgary Stampede in Canada, the Sturgis South Dakota Motorcycle Rally, BB King's and the House of Blues, Orlando, Florida. Six world tours with Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show and a recent showing at the International Blues Competition in Memphis, Tennessee help contribute to his "world class" performing skills.

 

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