Bob Menzies is a Roots/Country/Americana singer-songwriter born in The Netherlands, raised in Montreal and now living on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. "An inveterate wanderer who remains a restless spirit, he harkens back to some of our long-lost musical heroes: the troubadours, the storytellers, the minstrels. Both his debut album “Breaking Time” (2013) and his follow up “One More Highway (2014) spin stories of all manner of rogues, ne’er do wells, and lovers, echoing the folk balladry of a Bob Dylan, the singer-songwriter tales of a Chris DeBurgh and the country sounds of a John Prine." - Jaimie Vernon, President, Bulleseye Records M
During the late sixties and seventies Bob travelled a lot, mostly by thumb but also boxcar and freighter ship. From Norway to Morocco, Greece to Holland, France to Germany, the UK and the Channel Islands. He lived in the London of free concerts in Hyde Park, the Who playing the Albert Hall with Chuck Berry and the untimely passing of Jimi Hendrix and Brian Jones. It was also the time of the newly minted albums Nashville Skyline and the songs of Leonard Cohen, albums playing in all of the flats in South London.
Back in North America, he worked in the nickel mines of North Ontario and the migrant worker fields of California. That was the California of Sonny Barger and the Black Panthers, the SDS, Angela Davis and Altamont. He jumped boxcars to travel free through the American South, Texas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia finally making his way back to Montreal during the 1971 FLQ crisis where he was greeted by the sight of tanks in the streets.
He worked as a hod carrier in Germany, a bricklayer in London, a coal handler for the Jersey Coal Company as well as an accountant for the electricity company. He was a hard rock miner in Sudbury, a migrant worker in California, and a seller of fresh flowers on Highway 101. Finally he settled in Toronto to work in the financial district as an Executive Headhunter.
In 2010 Bob started writing songs and in August 2011 entered Studio 92 in east end Toronto to begin working on what would become his debut album, "Breaking Time". He was at a time of life when most people are winding down and thinking of retiring; instead he headed to his garage, re-christened it the Singing Dog Studio and began working up songs on a beat-up old Yamaha that had been gathering dust for 25 years. He has since recorded albums in Toronto, Nashville and for this latest record, in Los Angeles.
Bob currently lives on South Vancouver Island.