BOBBY SPENCE

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At the age of 13 Bobby was taught the basics of keeping a beat on the drums by his brother Burton on a vintage set of premier drums. That evening in the small town of Ponchatoula, LA. You could say that Bobby’s brother Burton saved his life in some ways by putting music in his path. Bobby was officially hooked for life on being a drummer or somehow being in music. He didn’t know just what would be involved in such an endeavor but it really didn’t matter at the time. Between the age of 13 and 15 he practiced on anyone's set of drums that would let him play. That was until his brother Burton bought him his first set of drums for Christmas, a vintage set of premier green sparkle 4 piece drumset. As the years went by, Bobby played all types of music from different genres. Working his way up the ranks as a person and a musician, he acquired a reputation for being dependable, trustworthy and experienced. By the time Bobby had played almost every major venue on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, there was no other alternative but to relocate to the great state of Tennessee. Bobby soon realized his playing skills were lacking in a big way, so he entered into a quest to be as good as he could be by referring back to his influences with drummers like Jeff Pocarro, Steve Gadd, Gene Houston, Steve Smith, Gramm Lear, Ian Paice  and Simon Kirke.

 

In 1988, Bobby and his wife Laura with his son Miles, moved to Nashville where Bobby went to work in the production field of the music business. It wasn't long before Bobby started working for the production company, Roadwork Productions. He spent the next 15 years working with major recording artists such as JOURNEY, JOHN BERRY, CHARLIE DANIELS BAND, RESTLESS HEART, SAWYER BROWN, MARIE OSMOND, HWY 101, WILLIE NELSON, WAYLON JENNINGS, JEFFERSON STARSHIP, THE FOUR TOPS, ZZ TOP , YES, THE DOOBIE BROTHERS, LYNYRD SKYNYRD, PINK FLOYD, THE JUDDS, and many more just to name a few over a period of 15 years or so. Bobby has worked in one capacity or another as either a production tech or as a professional drummer.  All in all, he has been a part of no less than 3000 shows over the years, which has made him very experienced in the music business. As he moved forward learning his craft in sound, lights, staging, production manager, stage manager, lighting designer, and drum tech, Bobby soon became an "in demand" lighting director. Aside from being a force to be reckoned with in the tech biz, Bobby is an artist, a videographer, a designer, and a carpenter. He designed and built custom drum racks and designed drum sets for some major drummers including Gene Houston, Cactus Moser, Greg Bissonette and others.

 

Around 2000, Bobby started a band called The Blackwater Band, where he met up with a young Chad Wilson from Alex City, Alabama. The Blackwater Band needed a vocalist and Chad claimed to be one, so Blackwater took him in and started a 17 year playing and friendship relationship that has carried the Wilsons' and Bobby to the place they are today, forming Wilson Brothers Band. With two grown sons, Miles and Noah and Laura, his wife of 33 years, Bobby has been truly blessed to continue his career in the music industry as the drummer and partner with Wilson Brothers Band.

 

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