It all started in the early 90’s when Bob joined the Chicago/Louisville alt country trio Freakwater. After a few tours of Europe and a critically acclaimed record Bob left to join Wilco for two years to record and tour “Being There” and “Mermaid Avenue.” In the mid-nineties Bob left Wilco and moved to Mississippi to release his first solo record (self-titled) and begin his career as a session steel guitar player.
His first record sold relatively well for an indie release (especially in Norway) and Bob’s studio work started taking off with sessions with the Tragically Hip, Neko Case, The Jars of Clay and several Fat Possum artists. In addition he toured with Billy Bragg between solo tours.
In 1999 Bob joined Canada’s Blue Rodeo and began touring with them for a healthy 100 or so days a year. He was welcomed into the studios of Toronto recording for the Cowboy Junkies, Hayden, Jason Collette, The Sadies, Matt Mays and many others. In 2002 he released his second solo record, the Promise, with the help of a who’s who of Canadian roots music. Vue weekly in Edmonton named him most promising artist of 2002. The Canadian Country Music Association named him instrumentalist of the year (for dobro) in 2001.
In the past few years Bob has toured western Canada relentlessly and built a fanbase solid enough to support several months of dates every year. He has also been hard at work in his home studio building a body of steel guitar instrumental works to be released late in 2006.
In August 2006 Bob released his third solo record, the Glorious Decline. He will support it with endless touring.