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May 2nd at 7pm

Blazin’ Blues Bob (Bob Paolino) was born in Brooklyn NY but Salisbury, NC has been his home for the past 39 years.

Mr. Paolino is an accomplished Blues musician specializing in Roots Blues with his major influences
(among others) being Robert Johnson, Blind Willie Johnson, Muddy Waters, and Blind Willie McTell. A dynamic slide player, he loves to perform in all styles of blues: Delta, Piedmont & Texas. As an amateur Blues historian, educating about the players and the rich history behind the Blues is always part of his performances. “I love the contrast between the heartfelt passion of the Delta and the lighthearted, almost whimsical sounds of the Piedmont.”

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Reviews & Awards

“Man, you’ve got legacy, and you make those beautiful guitars of yours really sing” -Gerry Pickwell, Judge, International Blues Competition

“I love hearing & learning about the blues while Bob plays it as good as you’ll find anywhere”
- Chris Jones, The Blue Vine, Salisbury, NC

“The best acoustic blues I’ve heard in a long time!” -Mike Tidwell, Double Door Inn, Charlotte, NC

Mr. Paolino has performed in many Blues Festivals including Wilmington, NC’s 2005 Blues Festival and numerous appearances in the Rowan Blues & Jazz Festival, Rowan County, NC. He was also a regular performer at The Grape Vine and Mean Mug Coffe House in Salisbury,NC

WINNER: Lower Cape Fear Blues Society’s Blues Challenge, 2003
SEMIF-FINALIST: International Blues Challenge, Memphis, Tn. 2004
3RD PLACE: Charlotte Blues Society’s Challenge, 2004
WINNER: Charlotte Blues society’s 2008 solo/duo Challenge
SEMI-FINALIST: International Blues Challenge, 2009
WINNER: Charlotte Blues Society’s 2014 solo/duo Challenge
QUARTERFINALIST: International Blues Challenge, 2015