Bonnyvill - Bob Villa

Bonnyvill - Bob Villa

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Country - Americana | Blackwater, Arizona, United States
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Member Since: 2008
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Personal History
A Native American and native Arizonan, Bob was born on the Gila River Indian reservation southeast of Phoenix, where he began playing guitar at the age of 10. His over 40 years of experience playing guitar is evidenced by his eclectic styles and ease with the instrument. He attended American Indian College in Phoenix, pursuing a degree in Christian Ministry, and Grand Canyon University, also in Phoenix, studying Music Education and receiving formal voice training.

Bonnyvill History
Bonnyvill has performed on a regular basis in restaurants, wine rooms, bars, and casinos around the Phoenix area and elsewhere across Arizona. Listeners enjoy Bob's smooth performances on cover tunes, but especially his original music, much of which is influenced by his Southwestern and Native American roots. Bob released 2 CD's during the winter of 2004/2005 containing, with the exception of one song, all original music. He made 4 appearances on Good Morning Arizona, a Phoenix morning news show. Bob won The Proof Is In The Pudding solo artist competition at Alice Cooperstown in Phoenix in 2005. He went on to perform at Alice Cooper's Christmas show held at the Dodge Theater along with Alice himself, STYX, Don Felder of the Eagles, and many other world-class musicians. In 2008 Bob received a callback at the National audition level for the Nashville Star TV show. Though he was not ultimately chosen for the show, he wrote a funny, tongue-in-cheek song about his audition experiences. That single enjoyed airplay on over 30 radio stations in 12 states, including Internet radio. As a duo, Bonnyvill has traveled and performed extensively in New Mexico, where they enjoyed a 4-month run at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino in Mescalero; the Texas Hill Country, where they've spent so much time they're considered "locals" around Fredericksburg and Luckenbach; and Tennessee, where they frequently play songwriter showcases in Nashville. In 2012 they relocated to Lubbock, TX, where they were quickly embraced by local area musicians. Bonnyvill soon became a vital part of the busy and eclectic Lubbock music scene. Bob continues to enjoy an active schedule as a solo artist.

Musical Repertoire & Influences
Bonnyvill performs an eclectic and constantly growing repertoire which includes pop jazz standards like Sinatra's Fly Me To The Moon and All Of Me and Nat King Cole's Mona Lisa and When I Fall In Love. Bob convincingly covers Jim Croce tunes Don't Mess Around With Jim, Time In A Bottle, etc., James Taylor hits like Fire and Rain and Handy Man, Elvis favorites such as Teddy Bear and Hound Dog, and a Beatles lineup that spans the early 60's to the mid 70's. Bob's influences include modern jazz guitarists Charlie Smith and George Benson; rock legends Eric Clapton and Neil Young, and bands Creedence Clearwater Revival, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the Doobie Brothers; blues artists Stevie Ray Vaughan and B.B. King; and Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Mac Powell, and Petra in the Christian music arena. Bob loves country music (a love planted and fostered by his mother and her father) and express that love by passionately covering classics by Charley Pride, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, etc., as well as more modern tunes by Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Blake Shelton, and others.