Bob Karwin began his career in 1990, storming the Irish pubs and college bars of Boston. His reputation grew quickly for being able to stand on stage armed with nothing more than a guitar and microphone and tame any unruly crowd that was fired up on Guinness and Jack Daniels.
In 1993, he packed up his Jeep and drove cross-country, pocketing the stories of the people and places he passed along the way. His musical blend of humor, energy, and reality have earned him a dedicated following in his adopted southern California home and around the world. Bob is now a full fledged Californian, strolling the beaches and vowing to never shovel a driveway ever again.
Bob has played along side of many members of Jimmy Buffett’s band, the Coral Reefers, including Greg “Fingers” Taylor, Amy Lee, Deb McColl, T.C. Mitchell, Doyle Grisham, and Jay Spell. He has been a featured act at many national “parrothead” events, including Phins to the West (Laughlin, NV), Migration (Las Vegas, NV), Laid Back Attack (Seattle, WA), Six String Music (New Orleans, LA), Atlanta Parrothead Cruise, Angels in Tropical Shirts (Lake Charles, LA) and Meeting of Minds (Key West, FL) to the list. You should also ask him about the time he opened for Barenaked Ladies in Anaheim, CA. That’s a good story.
2016 Trop Rock Music Association – Entertainer of the year; 2016 Temecula Valley Music Awards – Best Acoustic Artist; Featured Artist – Multiple Music Festivals (including: Meeting of the Minds -Key West, Pardi Gras – New Orleans, Phins to the West – Mesquite, NV)
”Tears of f***ing joy is what I am moved to – and you will be too – by Bob Karwin’s intelligent wit-strewn je ne sais pop. I hear echoes of – could it be? – Jimmy Buffett and Bucknaked Ladies, not to mention Neil Young, Harry Belafonte, Woody Guthrie, Nick Cave and Billy Bongbong …All in all, I would have to say Bob Karwin is EVERYTHING THAT MUSIC IS ABOUT.” Richard Meltzer – San Diego Reader
“Bob Karwin’s original songs are well-crafted, witty, sensitive at times and could easily be adapted for use in film, television, or arranged and produced for a pop artist. Karwin is a strong up-and-comer with enough of the right ingredients to earn attention as a singer/songwriter.” Cole Coleman – Music Connection Magazine (Los Angeles, CA)
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