With a distinctive voice and twelve string guitar technique, Bob will take you on a trip through the real Florida that is filled with folklore and humor. Even his traditional tales are woven in such a way that they appear to be a part of the Sunshine State’s landscape. His stories will tie you back to the land, to the plants and the animals, to Florida’s precious water, and its real people. His poignant music and stories will evoke nostalgia for a way of life that is quickly fading.
Without stories we may never know who we are or what we may become. Storytelling has always been a part of the folk process and is currently enjoying a revival on a national scale. Something happens when you tell a story, when you are eyeball to eyeball, that does not happen when you read a book or watch a movie.
Bob especially likes to tell stories about life in Florida. His CD, 'A Place in My Heart' was hailed as "one of the most honest portraits of Florida since the days of Will McLean and Gamble Rogers". Annette Bruce, the co-founder of the Florida Storytelling Guild and author of "Tellable Cracker Tales" writes "Bob has created music and word pictures to give us roots so we can stand, and faith so we can fly."
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Bob Patterson is adept at a multiplicity of pursuits. He is a Fine Art Photographer, an award winning singer/songwriter, and he can play the devil out of a 12 string guitar. In this article I will introduce you to Bob as one of Florida's own special storytellers. Even his traditional tales are woven in such a way that they appear to be part of the Sunshine State's landscape. With a distinctive voice and skillful 12 string guitar technique, he takes his audience on a trip through real Florida that is filled with folklore and humor. Make no mistake about it, this is great entertainment, but Bob has reason for telling his stories the way he does. Since most people now living in Florida are from somewhere else, Bob feels that their sense of roots belongs to where they came from and that they don't have the same respect for the land that they now live on. So he tells stories that tie people back to the land, to the plants and the animals, to Florida's precious water, and to it's original people. He does all this in the hopes that they will walk away from his shows thinking about saving Florida forever. "I want people to make the connection between art and nature. If they do that, I've made my case."
Bob says that he tries to make the storytelling experience special for his audience. Well I've heard Bob tell his stories and I walked away thinking about how I could participate in saving our beautiful state. Don't miss an opportunity to see him in action. Listening to Bob is listening to Florida as it used to be.