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Guitar World - Dec. 10, 2015
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81 YEAR OLD BOB WOOD SHREDS "CROSSROADS" ON NASHVILLE RADIO SHOW
DEC 10, 2015
Bob Wood enjoyed some fame on the interwebs recently when a video of the 81-year-old guitarist shredding at a Nashville music store went viral. In the video, Wood is shown casually tearing up the fretboard as he tackles the standard “Bésame Mucho” on his Epiphone Sheraton archtop.
The guitarslinger has kept busy ever since, as you can see in the newly filmed video shown below, in which Wood lays down some slick licks on the Robert Johnson song “Crossroads,” accompanied by Canadian country music singer and guitarist Lindsay Ell.
The performance took place last week on The Bobby Bones Show, a nationally syndicated weekday radio program out of WSIX-FM in Nashville. Bones got the idea to team up the guitar veteran and the up-and-coming singer-songwriter due to their shared shred skills.
“A couple weeks ago, 81-year-old Bob Wood went viral for casually playing guitar like a champ,” notes a post on the show’s web site. “So Bobby thought who better to bring in to play with Bob than the younger, female version of him—Lindsay Ell.”
Wood and Ell trade licks on their version of the blues classic, with Wood playing his Sheraton and turning in plenty of the fast licks that wowed so many viewers who saw his earlier video. If this is your first exposure to Ell, you’ll get a good chance to hear her guitar and vocal work as well.
You can learn more about how Wood’s video went viral in this interview with the guitarist. From the look of things, his 15 minutes of Internet fame are far from over.
PEOPLE CELEBRITY OCT. 22, 2015
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81-YEAR-OLD GUITARIST CASUALLY STUNS ENTIRE NASHVILLE GUITAR SHOP
October 22, 2015 12:20 PM
The Rolling Stones have nothing on Bob Wood.
Mick, Keef and the boys might be trucking into their 70s, but they’re youngins compared to 81-year-old Wood.
Wood achieved a measure of Internet fame this month when a Nashville guitar shop confusingly named British Audio Service uploaded a Facebook video of Wood playing an impressive version of the standard “B same Mucho.”
As the video racked up views (it’s currently sitting at just over 2 million) the Internet clamored for more information about Wood, which started to trickle in, mostly via Facebook comments from Wood’s assorted family members.
Wood grew up playing music in the Shenandoah Valley, and was signed on as a regular performer at Jamboree USA in Wheeling, West Virginia, in 1970, where he performed for 10 years. He was named Entertainer of the Year by Eastern States Country Music Inc., and in 2007, he was inducted into the the Southern Legends Country Music Hall of Fame.
Wood cut several albums during his career, including this ice-cold piece of ’70s-era cool, Bob Wood Plays It Cool.
GUITAR WORLD NOV. 4, 2015
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81-YEAR-OLD SHREDDER BOB WOOD TELLS THE STORY BEHIND HIS VIRAL VIDEO
NOV 4, 2015
Last week, we shared a video of 81-year-old guitarist Bob Wood shredding up a storm on an Epiphone Riviera at British Audio Service in Nashville.
Wood’s performance, shot about a year ago at the Nashville music store, has been enjoying its second viral life as of late, with pretty much every online news and entertainment outlet sharing the video.
Nashville NewsChannel 5 decided to sit down with their local celebrity and get the story behind the video from Wood himself. In their report, shown below, Wood explains how he happened to land himself in what has become an international news story.
“I had taken a couple amplifiers in to be repaired,” Wood says, “and when they told me they were ready, I took the guitar to check ’em out.”
Shane Radtke of British Audio Service says, “I was in the back at my bench and I heard somebody playing something pretty original. And I was like, Wow, that’s really cool. So I said, ‘Guys, let’s shoot a video of this.’ ”
Thanks to the video, Wood is enjoying some much deserved fame. Prior to the video, little was known about the guitarist, who was a regular performer at Jamboree USA in Wheeling, West Virginia, in 1970, where he performed for 10 years. In 1975 and 1976, Wood was awarded Entertainer of the Year by Eastern States Country Music Inc., and in 2007 was inducted into the Southern Legends Country Music Hall of Fame. He has cut several albums, including Bob Wood Plays It Cool.
TENNESSEAN OCT. 9, 2017
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THE STORY OF BOB WOOD: BETHPAGE FAMILY MAN, 83-YEAR-OLD GUITAR MASTER
Jen Todd, USA TODAY NETWORK – TennesseePublished 2:21 p.m. CT Oct. 6, 2017 | Updated 3:07 p.m. CT Oct. 9, 2017
Bob Wood plugged his 1968 Epiphone Riviera guitar into his amp, testing the sound.
The then 80-year-old sat in British Audio Service & Music on Charlotte Avenue in Nashville one day in 2014, his right hand nimbly finger picking the strings with his pick, his left swiftly working the fretboard. His nub of a pinky finger kept up, too. And that was the day he went viral. "I said, 'What does that mean?'" the Bethpage resident said, recalling a conversation with his daughter, Mitzi.
The video had 10,000 views in two days. As of Oct. 6, it's at 7.5 million. "About every month or so, somebody's got it going again," Wood said.
Playing with the greats
Because of the online recognition, he has since performed at the Global Leadership Summit in Chicago, the inaugural Celebrate Aging Film Festival in Franklin, and he played before an audience of 7,000 three times during DadFest in Chicago — and got a standing ovation each time.
"I guess my fingers are not supposed to work like that being 80 years old," Wood said.
While Wood's talent has reached millions since — and he thanks his age for that — Wood has been known in the music industry for decades, since his first gig at 12 years old on a live radio show. He has known and played with Carl Perkins, Lew DeWitt, Roy Clark and countless others. Even James Brown used to call him.
"I couldn't understand a word he said," Wood said. "He'd start rattling off so fast and, man, he'd lose me."
He has three albums in the national archives, which occurred after he presented Ovation Guitar's Bicentennial Guitar at the White House. He even played two shows with Les Paul.
"For me to follow Les Paul was like following a bulldozer with a spoon," Wood said.
And every year since their inception, he has played Downtown Gallatin's Squarefest and Main Street Festival, just as he will Saturday with his youngest daughter, Mitzi Wood and his son-in-law, Marshall Moody.
"I gave her a little boost," Wood laughed
Family always comes first
While doing his full-time job as a salesman for various musical equipment companies — Ampeg, Altec, Sunn, Ovation Guitars — he worked himself in the music industry and got gigs, played sessions, etc. His first boost of fame was playing Wheeling Jamboreefrom 1970-1884.
A father of nine, Wood could have been a well-earning musician. Famed producer Sam Phillips invited him to be a sessions musician at Sun Records in Memphis for $100,000 the first year.
But it was 1968, six months after Martin Luther King, Jr. died, in the midst of the Vietnam War, and its protests. And Memphis didn't seem like a safe city for his young children, he said.
"We were kids of an almost rich and famous person," daughter Melanie Wood-Moody joked. "That's alright. We were happy."
Making Tennessee home
While his musician friends wanted him to move to Tennessee long before he did, he ultimately settled his family in Sumner County while employed by Altec. They moved to Hendersonville in 1974, when stores were scarce, where they lived for 21 years before moving to Bethpage. He even had a music store in White House from 1981-1986.
And he's thankful for each experience he's had, as he wrote in his song, "Ain't nobody on Earth richer than me."
Although he hasn't recorded songs in a decade, he assures fans he will put out new albums soon.
Until then, keep watching his viral videos.