Fine Musical Traditions From
authentic cowboy songs..
blues & ragtime..
square dance tunes..
novelty numbers, yodels, & tin pan alley favorites
Since 1971 Bob has traveled the country taking old time music to audiences of all ages at festivals, fairs, concerts, dances, schools, libraries, music camps, radio and TV programs. This is rural music as played in homes, at dances and for earlier entertainments such as minstrel shows and country radio. Along with a repertoire including dance tunes, ballads, cowboy songs, humorous and sentimental numbers, blues and rags, he spices their shows with stories, history and folklore. Bob sings ( yodels, too) and plays guitar, harmonica, banjo and autoharp.
Photo by Diana Suckiel
Check out the article on
Bob & Gail Heil in the Spring, 2004 issue of The Old-Time Herald magazine.
Here's a live clip from the 2009 Big Muddy Folk Festival: http://il.youtube.com/watch?v=W8xzSqOtu0k&feature=related
Bob Bovee & Pop Wagner on Prairie Public TV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpVWCeFAKnQ
"No one handles old-time cowboy and humorous songs better than Bob. His vocals are hauntingly rough. His guitar and harmonica are as good as you will ever hear. Gail is one of the top fiddlers in the country, and her vocals are worth the price of admission. Whether performing in concert, playing for a barn dance, or on a recording, Bob & Gail leave you wanting more." Don Stevens, All Music Guide
"... taste and sensitivity to
repertoire, arrangement and execution are unimpeachable."
"Have you heard those real old recordings of a cowboy singing a traditional song? The songs have an 'old' quality about them, and the singers' voices seem to belong to a dried up old puncher just in from of the trail. Well, intentional or not, that is exactly how Bob Bovee sounds. His voice isn't pretty, but it's darn sure true to the genre...he renders these songs with authenticity and affection. It seems as though he belongs to this music and it to him." Cowboy Magazine
For more information about Bob or the Bluff Country Gathering or the Lanesboro Barn Dance you can reach me at: