Bob Wood was born in Virginia, one of ten children, all who were musically inclined. His father was a five string banjo picker, and Bob grew up playing hoedowns and mountain music. He left home when he was sixteen and went on the road with a band. During his career, he has played in most parts of the U.S. and Canada. He has shared the stage with country legends such as Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, Jimmy Dickens, Carl Perkins, and Roy Clark just to name a few. He has also worked as a session musician in Waynesboro, VA, Wheeling, WV, Memphis and Nashville, TN.
Bob worked as a sales representative, consultant, and clinician for such companies as Sunn, Ampeg, Micro-Frets Guitars, Ovation Guitars (where he helped design two model guitars), Altec Sound Co., Randall Amps, etc.
While demonstrating Micro-Frets guitars at the D.J. Convention in Nashville he landed a contract with a record company in Memphis, TN. He recorded two of his own songs, “Gonna Look Down” and “Hold Back The Night” and received pick hit of the week in all three trade magazines. He was then booked on the Wheeling Jamboree USA in January 1970 to promote his record, and was invited back in February, and at the time was signed as a regular member where he performed for the next ten years.
In 1975 and 1976 he received the “Entertainer of the Year” award from the Eastern States Country Music Inc. (ESCMI) headquartered in Monicello, NY. Later In 1976 he went to the White House on behalf of the Ovation Guitar Co. and ESCMI and presented a Bicentennial Model Guitar to the Bicentennial Commission, which was accepted by Mr. Milton Mitler, the head of the commission.
Bob had recorded three albums up until this time on the MRC label and during this visit they placed them in the National Archives, along with the Ovation Guitar. The albums were: “Bob Wood Plays it Cool”, “The Other Side of Bob Wood”, and “Reflections of My Mind.”
In October 2007 Bob was inducted into The Southern Legends Entertainment & Performing Arts Hall Of Fame.
Bob plays and enjoys most types of music from country to jazz, swing, gospel, old pop standards, etc. He is just as much at home with any one of the mixes, however he never forgets where his roots are. He plays every Sunday where he attends the church with the church orchestra. “Giving back some of what God so graciously gave me,” he says.
Recently Bob and his daughter Mitzi released a CD titled “Generations.” It contains old pop standards, swing, blues, ballads, and originals.
Bob says, “I have been fortunate enough to have seen a lot of my dreams fulfilled, but the fulfillment of this one has been my biggest thrill ever, getting to do a CD with my favorite female singer in the world, my baby daughter.”
After turning 80, Bob had a video go viral on Facebook that has had over one million views. “God willing, I’ll be pickin’ and grinnin’ until they pat me in the face with a spade,” says Bob.