Bob Menzies is a Roots/Blues/Americana singer-songwriter originally from 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
Bob's influences range from folk singers Leadbelly and Odetta to the folk-rockers Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Phil Ochs. He loves the Mississippi Delta blues, country and good old rock and roll, from Robert Johnson to Elvis to John Lee Hooker. He has written and recorded 6 albums of original material since 2012 in Toronto, Nashville and Los Angeles. He has performed across Canada, at nightclubs, coffee shops, festivals, and has performed as the Artist On Board on The Canadian, the railroad adventure that crosses Canada, entertaining folks on the train and in the Railroad Stations of Vancouver, Jasper and Winnipeg. His most recent recording is the EP "In The Company of Strangers, recorded in the fall of 2017 at Stagg Street Studios in Los Angeles.
Bob also performs more than one hundred cover songs which focus on the Americana/Canadiana catalog. A partial list includes the songs of Gordon Lightfoot, Ian & Sylvia, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, John Prine, Kriss Kristofferson, Leadbelly, Bob Seger, The Eagles, Leonard Cohen, CCR, Jimmy Buffet...as well as contemporary Americana Artists such as Jason Isbell, John Hiatt and Ryan Adams. He also has a repertoire of early folk songs ranging from the 1850's, gospel songs such as Good Night Irene and blues from artists like Mississippi John Hurt, Howling Wolf, Blind Willie Johnson and Big Bill Broonzy.
Bob likes to tell the stories behind the songs and sees himself as carrying on the tradition of the troubadours and bards of old.