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  • Sensitive, Eloquent, Poignant Singer and Songwriter
    Bobby Don Bloodworth
  • Stansell

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  • Board Member
    Bobby Don Bloodworth
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Bobby Don's Bio
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The performing bug bit Bobby Don early. At age seven he was placed on the bar of the Austin Avenue Buffet (later to be a subject of one of his ballads).
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Eventually, as people began asking for Bobby Don to perform and missed his entertainment when he was not there, he was raised to fifty cents per song. Not a bad paying gig for a seven year old in 1958!
Bobby Don gives credit for his love of performing to his early participation in the Kirkwood Baptist Choir. Choir director Harold Cartee recognized Bobby Don's talents, often placing him in the front of the rest of the choir, thereby removing any chance for Bobby Don to develop stage fright.
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Bobby Don's love of the guitar came a few years later at a chance outing with the Boy Scouts. At age ten, Scout Master Billy Forrester (friend Steve Forrester's father), handed a guitar around the campfire and Bobby Don was hooked.
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Bobby Don taught himself how to play the guitar by ear. He performed in local talent shows with Steve Forrester, but developed most of his guitar skills by practicing every day - especially playing along with commercials on TV.
At fifteen Bobby Don joined his first band named Something Else. Bobby Don lived near "Tiger Village" which was then considered the bad part of town. Even though Bobby Don's family were hard working and lived in a commercial area not connected with the notorious "Tiger Village", the mothers of Bobby Don's fellow band members did not want him included in the group.
Bobby Don floundered a bit after his exclusion from the band, but kept his affection for music with him. He kept practicing his guitar while attending school and becoming a certified respiratory therapist. It was through his work that he met his wife.
At nineteen, Bobby Don worked nights for Stansell's Oxygen Service at Piedmont Hospital. When there wasn't much to do, a cot was provided to rest, but Bobby Don used this time to practice his guitar.
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Even though it was the middle of winter, Linda had been eying the motorcycle for a ride and, as the cold days of winter drug on, Bobby Don had begun eying the warm heater in Linda's maverick!
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Bobby Don continued doing occasional gigs, but decided in 1970 to join the navy. His musical talent was quickly discovered in boot camp by a chaplain who happened to hear him singing. He was asked to join the Navy Blue Jacket Choir which, combined with top test scores, allowed him to join a company less stringent than most. Joining about twelve other men who sang so well together no radios were needed on base. Performing with the Navy Blue Jacket Choir exposed Bobby Don to a wide variety of important people including the Disney Board of Directors. A transfer to Great Lakes, IL created another musical opportunity for Bobby Don. The Air Force had begun putting out pop band commercials as a promotional effort during the Vietnam War. The Navy was eager to follow suit and Bobby Don was asked to be the lead singer of the very first navy pop band in Chicago.
After his discharge from the Navy, Bobby Don and Linda returned to Atlanta where he was a finalist in a talent contest at the Bistro called "Starquest". After this performance, Billboard Magazine's Russell Shaw described Bobby Don as a "sensitive, eloquent, poignant singer/songwriter".
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Even more important, Russell Shaw paid for Bobby Don's first real studio time.
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This opportunity, along with support from WRAS Georgia radio show host Aubry Walton, provided Bobby Don with the exposure he needed to increase club performances throughout the city of Atlanta. If also gave Bobby Don the confidence and outlet to begin playing his original music on stage.
1974 brought even more exciting things Bobby Don's way. He was asked to perform the early show at Flynn's club. He was followed by well known local artist Ron Kimball and their combined talents soon brought both the performers and the club notoriety. Flynn's became an Atlanta hot spot overnight. Bobby Don continued playing the club circuit with bass player Steve Howell.
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In 1980 Bobby opened the Excelsior Mill and became the anticipated act for every weekend thereafter. It was also at a performance during the 1980 Olympics that Bobby Don was introduced to J. Walter Thompson Executive VP, Andy Romano.
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Bobby Don went to work writing and recording several demos but they decided to go with a different advertising approach. Even so, Andy remained so impressed with Bobby Don's singer/songwriter talents that he convinced him to take another look at more commercial and advertising opportunities.
Soon thereafter, Bobby Don began building the Gopher Broke Band.
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In 1988 Bobby Don took another turn in his musical career by composing songs for the Alliance Theater production, Faust for President. Bobby Don was supposed to write just one song, but got so excited he wrote the hit song, King of the Cowboys in one night. The director was so surprised and impressed he eventually contracted Bobby Don to write eight of the musicals songs and the finale.
Bobby Don thought he was on his way to the top of the music industry and says when asked about this period in his career, "I thought I was going to be a star the next week, and I still think I'm going to be a star next week!". It remains one of the biggest thrills in Bobby Don's life to have been able to hear other people sing his songs on stage.
The natural next step for Bobby Don was to head to Nashville. In 1990 Bobby Don and Atlanta songwriter Kathy Reed headed out to see how far their talents would take them in music city.
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Upon hearing the song Pandora immediately pulled John out of a recording session and to Bobby Don's surprise, John Denny reacted very emotionally to the song.
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While Bobby Don wrote the song to convince Pandora to listen to his music it actually told the story of John and Pandora's romance.
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With time on his hands, Bobby Don wasn't sure what to do until Studio Manager/Recording Engineer Ric Landers took him small mouth bass fishing on the Piney River.
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The release from Denny Music Group of Midnight Stories marked Bobby Don's arrival on the professional recording scene. He continued recording and playing with the Gopher Broke band, perfecting the band's sound, and making a few member changes.
Then on Friday, an urgent call came for Bobby Don to create a commercial song by Monday. The only input given to Bobby Don was that it was a tune for a plant nursery and it should get people to reconnect with playing in the dirt.
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It was retired after eight years, but Bobby Don will still have people walk up to him and talk about their memories of the tune.
The Pike Family Nursery Commercial proved to be a financial success for Bobby Don as well. It allowed him to purchase property in North Georgia Mountains, and have a real sense of stability for the first time in his music career. Moby in the Morning, one of the most listened to country radio stars, asked Bobby Don to perform the commercial live and reported back that the song was the only advertising jingle to ever receive repeated requests.
One final perk from the Pike Nursery Commercial came in 1994 - 1995 when the Atlanta Symphony asked Bobby Don to play with them during a Children's Music Appreciation performance.
In 1998, Bobby Don and Linda moved up to Blue Ridge, Ga. Bobby Don needed time to heal from the pressures of recording, studio work, and the business practices inherent to the music industry. He began to work on bringing alternate music styles to his new home town of Blue Ridge.
1999 brought an especially exciting event as Bobby Don worked with Trisha Yearwood on a Georgia Public Broadcasting special titled Main Street Georgia.
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Bobby Don penned and performed the theme song "Small Town Main Street" which was nominated for an Emmy in 2000.
It was also in 2000, however, that Bobby Don's mother, Jessie Mae Kimbrell Bloodworth, became ill with multiple medical conditions.
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There was no question in Bobby Don's mind that he needed to be with his mother during this period. He remained her caretaker in Atlanta until her passing in 2002.
When Bobby Don returned to the North Georgia Mountains, he realized how much he needed to seriously work on his writing again. Slowly, Bobby Don started to feel excitement about music again. He began throwing himself in to various private projects including commercials, musical theater, local
Emmy nominated songwriter Bobby ...
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Emmy nominated songwriter Bobby Don Bloodworth delights fans everywhere with his new release of SOME SUNDAY as well as an endearing Christmas song titled Little Star ~ Light Up Blue Ridge Tonight. Fans of Bobby Don and the Gopher Broke Band have been waiting for these releases for some time and there is excitement in the air as songs and videos are finally set for national release.
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Bobby Don credits his love of performing to his early participation in the Kirkwood Baptist Choir. Choir director Harold Cartee recognized Bobby Don's talents, often placing him in the front of the rest of the choir, thereby removing any chance for Bobby Don to develop stage fright.
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Bobby Don credits his love of performing to his early participation in the Kirkwood Baptist Choir. Choir director Harold Cartee recognized Bobby Don's talents, often placing him in the front of the rest of the choir, thereby removing any chance for Bobby Don to develop stage fright.
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At fifteen Bobby Don joined his first band named Something Else. Bobby Don lived near "Tiger Village" which was then considered the bad part of town. Even though Bobby Don's family were hard working and lived in a commercial area not connected with the notorious "Tiger Village", the mothers of Bobby Don's fellow band members did not want him included in the group.
Bobby Don floundered a bit after his exclusion from the band, but kept his affection for music with him. He kept practicing his guitar while attending school and becoming a certified respiratory therapist. It was through his work that he met his wife.
At nineteen, Bobby Don worked nights for Stansell's Oxygen Service at Piedmont Hospital. When there wasn't much to do, a cot was provided to rest, but Bobby Don used this time to practice his guitar. Linda Johnson was in x-ray training and would often come down with other department workers to listen. One day, when Linda was behind Bobby Don in the cafeteria line, she started a conversation by asking him if it was his red Honda motorcycle parked beside her little white maverick in the parking lot. Even though it was the middle of winter, Linda had been eying the motorcycle for a ride and, as the cold days of winter drug on, Bobby Don had begun eying the warm heater in Linda's maverick! They were eighteen and nineteen at the time and have been together ever since.
Bobby Don continued doing occasional gigs, but decided in 1970 to join the navy. His musical talent was quickly discovered in boot camp by a chaplain who happened to hear him singing. He was asked to join the Navy Blue Jacket Choir which, combined with top test scores, allowed him to join a company less stringent than most. Joining about twelve other men who sang so well together no radios were needed on base. Performing with the Navy Blue Jacket Choir exposed Bobby Don to a wide variety of important people including the Disney Board of Directors. A transfer to Great Lakes, IL created another musical opportunity for Bobby Don. The Air Force had begun putting out pop band commercials as a promotional effort during the Vietnam War. The Navy was eager to follow suit and Bobby Don was asked to be the lead singer of the very first navy pop band in Chicago.
After his discharge from the Navy, Bobby Don and Linda returned to Atlanta where he was a finalist in a talent contest at the Bistro called "Starquest". After this performance, Billboard Magazine's Russell Shaw described Bobby Don as a "sensitive, eloquent, poignant singer/songwriter". Even more important, Russell Shaw paid for Bobby Don's first real studio time. This opportunity, along with support from WRAS Georgia radio show host Aubry Walton, provided Bobby Don with the exposure he needed to increase club performances throughout the city of Atlanta. If also gave Bobby Don the confidence and outlet to begin playing his original music on stage.
1974 brought even more exciting things Bobby Don's way. He was asked to perform the early show at Flynn's club. He was followed by well known local artist Ron Kimball and their combined talents soon brought both the performers and the club notoriety. Flynn's became an Atlanta hot spot overnight. Bobby Don continued playing the club circuit with bass player Steve Howell. Many successes followed including a well received duet competition with Dirk and Tony (Tony was actually who people know as T. Graham Brown today).
In 1980 Bobby opened the Excelsior Mill and became the anticipated act for every weekend thereafter. It was also at a performance during the 1980 Olympics that Bobby Don was introduced to J. Walter Thompson Executive VP, Andy Romano. Romano had been looking for just the right person to compose the Eastman/Kodak American Storyteller Campaign. Bobby Don went to work writing and recording several demos but they decided to go with a different advertising approach. Even so, Andy remained so impressed with Bobby Don's singer/songwriter talents that he convinced him to take another look at more commercial and advertising opportunities.
Soon thereafter, Bobby Don began building the Gopher Broke Band. Ron Smith was and still is the original drummer, Todd Montgomery played the bass guitar, and Doug (Flash) Gordon played the lead guitar. Bill Fleming rounded off the original band by joining as the pedal steel guitar player in 1984. Even though only Ron and Bobby Don are left from the original band, the Gopher Broke Band has been well received since its conception and has never had the break up drama associated with so many bands. Soon thereafter, Bobby Don began building the Gopher Broke Band. Ron Smith was and still is the original drummer, Todd Montgomery played the bass guitar, and Doug (Flash) Gordon played the lead guitar. Bill Fleming rounded off the original band by joining as the pedal steel guitar player in 1984. Even though only Ron and Bobby Don are left from the original band, the Gopher Broke Band has been well received since its conception and has never had the break up drama associated with so many bands.
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In 1988 Bobby Don took another turn in his musical career by composing songs for the Alliance Theater production, Faust for President. Bobby Don was supposed to write just one song, but got so excited he wrote the hit song, King of the Cowboys in one night. The director was so surprised and impressed he eventually contracted Bobby Don to write eight of the musicals songs and the finale.
Bobby Don thought he was on his way to the top of the music industry and says when asked about this period in his career, "I thought I was going to be a star the next week, and I still think I'm going to be a star next week!". It remains one of the biggest thrills in Bobby Don's life to have been able to hear other people sing his songs on stage.
The natural next step for Bobby Don was to head to Nashville. In 1990 Bobby Don and Atlanta songwriter Kathy Reed headed out to see how far their talents would take them in music city. Incredible good fortune looked down on them when they met Jimmy Rose at Al Jolson's Masterlink Studios. Not only did they get to meet him but another act canceled at the last minute so he asked Bobby Don and Kathy to play at Nashville's premier singer/songwriter venue - the Blue Bird Cafe!
The next day they started shopping tapes around. One of the first studios they went to was Denny's Den owned by the Denny Music Group. In a unique move, Bobby Don went back to where he was staying and wrote the song Pandora Please to try to convince the receptionist to play his music for John Denny. The plan worked. Upon hearing the song Pandora immediately pulled John out of a recording session and to Bobby Don's surprise, John Denny reacted very emotionally to the song. While Bobby Don wrote the song to convince Pandora to listen to his music it actually told the story of John and Pandora's romance. Bobby Don and Kathy were asked to return in one month to record an album.
Bobby Don and Kathy began their first Nashville recording but were interrupted when Alison Krauss's record company needed the studio. With time on his hands, Bobby Don wasn't sure what to do until Studio Manager/Recording Engineer Ric Landers took him small mouth bass fishing on the Piney River. Not only did this calm his nerves about the entire recording process, but it also created a friendship that has lasted through many turbulent times to come and ultimately the release of this CD. Bobby Don and Kathy began their first Nashville recording but were interrupted when Alison Krauss's record company needed the studio. With time on his hands, Bobby Don wasn't sure what to do until Studio Manager/Recording Engineer Ric Landers took him small mouth bass fishing on the Piney River. Not only did this calm his nerves about the entire recording process, but it also created a friendship that has lasted through many turbulent times to come and ultimately the release of this CD.
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Tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia Americana Artist Bobby Don Bloodworth and The Gopher Broke Band are hard at work on their next CD project SOME SUNDAY.
Some Sunday Emmy nominated writer and performer Bobby Don Bloodworth and The Gopher Broke Band are recording their latest CD on location in the historic Old Indian / Wib Kendall cabin located on Bobby Don's farm nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains on the bank of the Toccoa River.
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Bobby Don Bloodworth and The Gopher Broke Band release their first digital download single and title cut from their upcoming CD..
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Thursday April 2: Perform Trout Unlimted jingle written and performed by Fannin County Middle School Chorus and their song writing instructor Bobby Don Bloodworth for the release of trout hatchlings raised by the Fannin County Middle School students in cooperation with the Blue Ridge Trout Unlimited.
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