One Man One Martin
Bob Cheevers Bio 'I don't know if these stories are true...but they happened to me.' Bob Cheevers has earned a place in the landscape now called Americana Music having charted Top 20 in that genre with his last two CDs. Bob grew up in Memphis and got a soul full of music not only from the icons of his youth such as Elvis, Jerry Lee and Johnny Cash but also from his Mother, who was a radio star during the Great Depression performing with the Big Bands of that era. A hundred year old photo of his Grandmother graces the cover of his Gettysburg To Graceland CD. From an early age, Bob's creative feet were firmly planted in Mississippi Delta mud, and his songs began to feature characters whose lives reflected the life style along the rivers of the South over the past hundred years. After starting his first band during college, Bob and his musical direction migrated west following a dream that took him from the pop field in Hollywood to country and roots music in Nashville with stops inbetween to gather the tools and trophies of his career. Among his statues and certificates of accomplishment is an Emmy for the song 'Big City Gambler' which was voted Best Musical Composition of 1986 by NARAS. Several decades as a writer have seen over a thousand songs born. Using his organizational skills in the late 1980's,The Bob Cheevers Sacramento Songwriter Songwriter Showcase ran for two years featuring high profile regional and national hit writers and served as Bob's springboard to Nashville. After moving to Nashville and in addition to pursuing his own musical career, Bob organized and produced a yearly benefit series of shows atThe Bluebird Cafe for Nashville's Alive Hospice Oganization featuring Nashville's most famous writers, artists and performers. Now in it's ninth year, it's still The Bluebird's most popular series. As a producer, publisher, singer, songwriter and seasoned performer, Bob has found his own voice spinning rootsy, blues-flavoured tales of the Delta in a conversational lauguage of the heart. ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Gettysburg To Graceland' was among the CDs from which were chosen Grammy nominees forBest Contemporary Folk CD of 1997 Songs in major films, HBO Films and TV shows. Personally asked by Johnny Cash to open Cash's last tour. Winner of prestigious Kerrville and Napa Valley Folk Festival Songwriting awards. Two music videos won a total of 8 Emmys including Best Musical Composition of1986. Bob's 1960's Pop group 'The Peppermint Trolly Company sang the theme to the hit TV show Love American Style. RECORDINGS 2004-One Man One Martin on Inbred Records...a dozen new guitar/vocal songs released june 04 in the UK. 2003-Snapshots on Inbred Records...featuring 3 songs from each of the last 4 CDs plus two unreleased tracks. 2002-People, Places & Things on Inbred Records...featuring songs not included on previous CDs. 2001- We Are all Naked on Inbred Records...a 'close to live' CD recorded primarily for UK audiences. 1999-The Stories I Write on Hayden's Ferry Records...TOP 20 & worldwide airplay on hundreds of stations. 1997-Gettysburg To Graceland on Back 9 Records...TOP 20 & worldwide airplay on hundreds of stations. Cheeversongs Archive Series ...8-CD set covering 15 years of writing and recording each with a theme. 1960's-Major label artist on Paramount, Dot and Acta Records with chart singles and national airplay. ARTICLES AND/OR REVIEWS: Performing Songwriter, Acoustic Musician, BMI Magazine, Country Standard Time, Music Row Magazine, Gavin Americana Magazine, No Depression, RootsTown Music Magazine (Belgium), Late For The Sky (Italy), Country Music People (England) Get Rhythm &Flying Shoes (England), Hot Press & Country Music Plus (Ireland). Featured in 1998 CBS television show Eye On America . PERFORMING: June/August 2004...60 show tour of Ireland, Scotland and England June/July 2003...40 show tour of Ireland, Scotland and England. Memphis In May Festival 2003 Nov/Dec 2002...25 show tour of England and Scotland. April/May 2002...30 show tour of Ireland, Scotland and England. October/November 2001...30 show tour of Ireland, Scotland and England. March 2001...Tour of Italy. February 2001...20 show tour of Ireland, Scotland and England. May 2000...22 show tour of Holland, Belgium, France and England. Special guest artist at Gavin Americana Conference in 1998 and 1999. Regular performer on the Delta Queen, Mississippi Queen and American Queen paddlewheelers. Year- round USA singer/songwriter venues including clubs, concerts and festivals from coast to coast. PERFORMED WITH: Michael McDonald, Johnny Cash, Delbert McClinton, Hal Ketchum, Dash Crofts, Dan Penn, Spooner Oldham, Kim Carnes, Kevin Welch, Dougie MacLean, Kim Richie, Dave Olney, Gillian Welch, John Sebastian, Chris Smither, Tom Russell and many others. QUOTES: Neil Fagen of Performing Songwriter on Bob's songs: '...a book of short stories, bound together flawlessly by a natural born story teller'. Shelby Foote, renowned Civil War historian: Bob's Southern songs'show an understanding of war as a thing of shame as well as glory'. John Tita of Polygram Music NY: 'Bob is the new Mark Twain and The Great American Writer'.