The nephew of Eddie Cochran has announced a new band and European tour to pay tribute to the
Cochran legacy and mark sixty years since the release of the rock and roll legend's first ever single.
"Skinny Jim" was released in the U.S. in 1956 and became the first of a string of classic hit singles including "Summertime Blues", "C'mon Everybody", "Three Steps To Heaven" and "Twenty Flight Rock".
The band take their name from one of Uncle Eddie's best known singles and will deliver a powerhouse mix of authentic rock and roll, roots, rockabilly and the best in Americana, along with a special Eddie Cochran tribute featuring several of his hits.
Bobby, who is based in Nashville, Tennessee, first picked up a guitar after being influenced by his uncle's legacy in rock and roll. At thirteen he set his aim on becoming a master guitarist and went on to work with many prominent artists including Steppenwolf, The Flying Burrito Brothers and Leon Russell. Other notable collaborations have included performances with The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and Garth Hudson of The Band. A veteran of stage and studio, Bobby's skill on the guitar has been compared to other guitar greats including Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, Chet Atkins, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Gary Moore, Danny Gatton and Albert Lee.
"I'm thrilled to be able to present Eddie's music with the new band Somethin' Else!", said Bobby, "Eddie's music has always been some of the greatest music in my life and it is the same for people all over the world!"
Eddie Cochran's influence has been lifelong and Bobby says he's really looking forward to putting the set list together for the tour. "The first song I ever played live was Milk Cow Blues. I've always done most of the favorites like Summertime Blues, C'mon Everybody, Somethin' Else, 20 Flight Rock and Nervous Breakdown. Audiences will also get a host of other great rock and roll tunes along with favorites from my musical career with Steppenwolf, the Flying Burrito Brothers, and Bobby and the Midnites."
Critics and peers are quick to praise Bobby's musicianship; "His playing glistens with spontaneity," "World- class rock 'n' roll", "One of the 12 best guitarist in the country", "Blistering rock 'n' roll! "