Bobby Blue the Balladeer is known for his 4 octave countertenor voice. He sings romantic old timey Country and Mexican Ranchera songs. Described by others as angelic, and soaring. He and his band will impress you and your guest by keeping the party going with his sparkling MC skills, lovely songs, and he's funny too.
What to Expect
Bobby Blue the Balladeer is a dynamic and spectacular performer accompanied by his 4-piece band. He is a countertenor Folk singer of original songs, early American Country and Mexican Folk songs; the sound is very "old timey", like something you would hear in an old Western film. Inspired by Patsy Cline, Lola Beltran, & Bob Wills. The band is all acoustic and includes vocals, acoustic Flamenco guitar, a fiddle, and hand percussion only (no drum set, which makes set up and travel very easy).
Pumping Norteño bass scored my childhood soundtrack in the small motor town of Bedford, Indiana. An energetic culture-clash forged my home, sparked by contrasting parents: My factory-worker father, a good ole’ boy from the Indiana backwoods, was my hero. He had nothing in his childhood, but grew to give us everything. My mother came from a tiny village in the Costa Rican rainforest to search for a better life in the US. A fantastic cook, she encouraged my spirit, music, dancing, and imagination. Once, we were coloring and I didn’t have a green crayon for the trees. “The trees can be any color you want,” she told me. That’s been my philosophy ever since.
My mother loved Mexican music, and my father loved old country. Not until I started performing in New York City did I try experimenting with those old Ranchera and vintage Country songs I had grown up with. They matched my countertenor voice, often compared to Karen Carpenter, Patsy Cline, and St. Vincent. Audiences loved the Spanish classics combined with my original English songs at legendary venues such as The Knitting Factory, CBGBs, The Bell House, Pete’s Candy Store, and Galapagos.
Additional Booking Notes
2 acoustic guitars, fiddle, and sometimes Upright Bass which all plug in.
Only one vocal mic needed.
Mexicali Rose (written in 1923)
Hay Unos Ojos (written in 1910)
I Fall to Pieces (written in 1961, originally by Patsy Cline)
Sunshine (original song, written by bobby blue the balladeer)
Bang Bang (written in 1958, originally by Janis Martin)
Who's that Girl? (this is a tripped out Ranchera version of the 1986 Madonna classic pop song)
Por Un Amor (over 100 years old)
Palomita de Ojos Negros (written in the 1950s)
Go (original song, written by bobby blue the balladeer)
Malegueña (written in 1928)
Influences & Inspiration
Gene Autry, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Lola Beltran, Mariachi, Ranchera, Old Timey, Folk music, Bob Wills.
PA system, and monitors.