After nearly 50 years traveling, performing and collecting songs, Bob Bovee will take you “from the great Atlantic Ocean to wide Pacific shore”. Song of cowboys and broncos, railroads and hobos, love lost and love found, dance tunes and lonesome yodels accompanied by guitar, harmonica, banjo and autoharp, along with stories, tales and downright lies, make this an evening not to be missed.

Bob Bovee


Bob is a Nebraska native whose family sang and played the old-time songs. Many of the western and railroad songs he does were learned from his grandmother and uncle. He plays banjo and autoharp, sings and yodels, and can drive a dance band with his guitar and harmonica. Bob is well known and loved for his dry and witty stage humor. He has published numerous articles and reviews for The Old-Time Herald and Inside Bluegrass and been an instructor for a course called “The History of Country Music” for the Honors Division at the University of Minnesota. Bob is also the Artistic Director for the Bluff Country Gathering and the organizing force for the Lanesboro Barn Dance.

Since 1971 Bob has performed old time music in almost every state and across Europe numerous times. He has been called “a national treasure”, “the real deal” and, by Utah Phillips, “one of the best of the old time hobo singers”.

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