Guitarist and composer Bobby E. Ekstrand began playing the guitar at age ten. His eclectic tastes and myriad influences have inspired him to create extremely stylistically diverse music. Over the past 25 years his original work has not only won songwriting contests, but also has been featured in a National Public Radio broadcast that was later issued as an accompanying compact disc with the book, "Remembering Jim Crow" (The New Press). He has produced almost twenty CD's, ranging from the eccentric "One Continuous Wiping Motion"(a collaboration with poet Kelly Green) to his most accessible and latest CD, "The Guitar."
"The Guitar" is a collection of eleven songs, including one original by Bob. It is divided between Brazilian compositions and some of his favorite songs. The instrumentation ranges from solo guitar, to trio (guitar, bass and drums), to small ensemble.
A few quotes about Bob and his music:
"A virtuoso both electric and acoustic guitars" (20th Century Guitar)
"The Guitar is a must have! Five Stars!" (MN Guitar Society)
"An extremely melodic player" (Cadence)
"A regional fingerstyle hero." (Fingerstyle Guitar)
"Another of those flashy acoustic guitarists." (Dirty Linen)
"A Talent like his defies boundaries." (Cake)
In addition to his own recordings. Bob has been featured as vocalist and guitarist on six CD's on the Compass Label, distributed through Target Stores. He has played at numerous clubs, concert halls and festivals including Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, and WE Fest, the largest country music festival in America.
Bob currently performs and teaches in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.