Bob Smith, Vocals & Guitar

Growing up in the foothills of southwestern Virginia, Bob had exposure to bluegrass music, but as most young musicians tend to do, wanted to play rock and roll. In college at Virginia Tech he was one of the founding members of the popular rock band The Janitors. After graduation he played in a USO touring band in Europe, then settled in Virginia Beach, began a career in advertising, and in 1989 founded Earworks, a commercial recording studio. Since then Earworks has grown into a national production company providing audio and video services to advertising agencies, corporations, and government agencies. With family and business, Bob pretty much gave up playing music, but in 2000 he attended MerleFest, an Americana music festival in North Carolina. Sitting three feet away from Tony Rice, Bob was awestruck by Rice's incredible guitar playing. Bitten hard by the bluegrass bug, he immersed himself in the music of Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scrugs, Jimmy Martin and just about every bluegrass band around before or since. Finding the Hampton Roads area lacking in live bluegrass music, Bob went on the hunt for some good pickers and found Shea Roebuck on standup bass, Greg Wikle on mandolin, Ron Barnes on banjo, and Paul Anderson on fiddle. Bob loves the purity of acoustic bluegrass music and the beauty of harmony singing, and hopes to pass his passion for music on to his son and daughter.

Bob Smith, Guitar & Vocals

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