Bo'Dell Experience

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Bobby was seven years old when he got his first guitar for Christmas. That same year the British invaded America; and he was hooked on making music. Along with the Beatles, his musical influences include: Neil Young, Steve Earle, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Bob Seger and The Guess Who. By age 11, Bob learned to play his guitar. The next year he got a new Gibson and wrote his first song.

After high school, he decided to take music more seriously. He played solo, in duets, and lead bands at almost every venue in Omaha, Nebraska. In the late seventies he played country, folk, and his original work for lounges and small bars. Bob joined a band in the early 1980's as lead singer. The band was called Crash Landing, after the Jimmy Hendrix album of the same name. They played heavy metal and rock and were eventually signed by Minnesota's Excelsior Talent. Unfortunately, the band broke up just before the Canadian circuit tour.

Bob then started a band called Man's Band (Man, is one of his many nicknames). Playing original and classic rock, Man's Band played for two University of Nebraska at Omaha's spring concerts and numerous benefits. Besides the clubs and bars, they also played at local radio station, Z-92's annual birthday bashes. Man's Band certainly set the standard for birthday bashes to come. The bashes have since grown to star acts like Ted Nugent, ZZ Top, and .38 Special. The band enjoyed some early success opening for National acts such as The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Burton Cummings and The Guess Who, Jon Butcher, Andy Summers and Tommy Tutone. In 1998 the band split up with the death of drummer, Kevin Kennedy. In 2004 Bob then joined Omaha's Skuddur who had previously toured with George Thorogood and The Ramones. Skuddur disbanded with the death of guitar player, Mike LaMontia.

Currently, Bob is performing as BO'Dell (and The Relics) and sharpening his song writing skills. It was his unique style and passion that caught the ear of Nashville. In October 2013, he recorded the first of four EP's showcasing his ability to cross into unchartered territory. With blurred boundaries and genre crossing originals, it's this musical diversity that promises a true BO'Dell experience.