Get Along Little Dogies
Long Steel Rails
Pioneer Days is a program of songs, stories and lore of the westward expansion of our country. The joys and hardships of the pioneers moving west in wagon trains, scratching out a living in The Little Old Sod Shanty, working as a miner, cowboy, railroader, and up to the boom and bust of the twentieth century and the disastrous Dustbowl days. Performed with a variety of instruments (guitar, banjo, harmonica, autoharp) and laced together by stories, both humorous and poignant, it’s a survey of the epic development of the West at the grassroots level.
Roots of Country Music explores the many threads that came together to create “Country Music”. Drawing from American folksongs, blues and ragtime, the compositions of Tin Pan Alley, and the music of the many ethnic groups in the American melting pot, country music was first recorded commercially in the 1920s. “Old Time Country Music”, the forerunner of bluegrass, flourished up until World War II, not only on phonograph records, but on the many barn dance radio shows, traveling tent and medicine shows, and even the vaudeville theaters. But, first and foremost, it was the music that people played at home for their own entertainment. Bob Bovee presents this traditional music in it’s original style, raw and honest, with guitar, banjo, autoharp and harmonica accompaniment. Take a step back in time to hear southern mountain ballads, cowboy songs, dance music, humorous ditties and sentimental numbers…and you’ll see why this music is still alive and kicking.
Children's Music Program
Comments about Bob and Gail's children's programs:
"We have so enjoyed your performances and they give
young children an
introduction to a type of music that they otherwise might not have the
opportunity to enjoy. We'll be looking forward to having you perform again this
"Greetings from your friends in South
Dakota! My kids greatly enjoyed your visit to our school. Thank you once again
for making that week in October a special and memorable one."