Bad Bob Bates is a veteran North East England musician and lives on the banks of the river Tyne in an old stone house to the west of Newcastle/Gateshead. When he’s not making music he’s building guitars (Bridge Street Guitars) and foot percussion, and helping to promote and sell Custom CoolEtch etched metal guitar parts crafted by his silversmith wife. Oh, he’s still got a day job as well…
Fuelled by second hand 70s blues and r+b, topped up with alt country, Americana, psychedelia, punk/new wave and the current mash of garage blues/electronica and rock, he mostly plays across the bars, clubs and festivals of northern England, with occasional forays further south and up to the lowlands of Scotland.
You can catch him with his one man solo wall of sound, his Oil City Shakers duo (the biggest two piece you’ll ever see), with 3 piece pub rock giants, The Bandits, laying down the boogie with Ma Kelly’s Boys. More lately, Oil City Connection (the Canvey pub rock sound) is having a slight revival too after a hiatus of a few years – BBB plays guitar in a blistering meld of Wilko Johnson and Mick Green. He’s also playing guitar and making noise in The Velvets, from time to time, if you like your White Light and White heat on a Sunday Morning with a Femme Fatale .
Three solo albums are currently available, alongside two Christmas songs and this summer’s single, Sausalito, and a variety of band recordings https://badbobbates.bandcamp.com/ . The critical and popular acclaim has been fantastic, much to his surprise and amusement.
Bad Bob solo full on dirty foot stompin’ blues, americana ballads that’ll have you crying in your beer and reworkings of songs you already know well. You’ll want him in your bar every week. Imagine Steve Earle and Sea Sick Steve meeting up with Tom Petty, Neil Young, John Lee Hooker and Howling Wolf for a full on party – then Lemmy, Billy Gibbons and Wilko Johnson crash it and drag in John Bonham.
BBB has fronted The Bandits (formerly The Rhythm Bandits – www.rhythm-bandits.co.uk ) since their inception in 1992. The Bandits play guitar based good time rock and boogie reminiscent of The Faces and George Thoroughgood at their height. BBB plays guitar and slide, and undertakes front vocals work while Whalebone Pete holds down the low end and also provides vocals. Brad Dolphin is the machine gunner sticksman at the back. “The best pub rock and bike rally band I’ve ever seen!” – various Also check out BBB’s duo, Oil City Shakers (with Ronnie Semple on harp). The Shakers kicked off in 2012. Ma Kelly’s Boys (the band that plays OLD Quo). BBB teams up with Oil Slick Mick, Andre Riever and Denny Mochan to lay down the boogie old style. Also Oil City Connection are also occasionally treading the boards these days, alongside The Velvets… Drop us a line for booking any of the above. BBB has also played with Warrior (1970s), Hi’n'Dri (1980s), and brief slots with The Dry Lakes Blues Band (1991) and The Dirty South (2010?). Love and kisses, BBB, 2016