Bob Patterson is a professional singer, songwriter, and storyteller with over forty years of experience performing at clubs and festivals all over the United States and on nationally syndicated radio and television programs. His career began in the late 1960s when he signed a recording contract with the prestigious folk music label, Vanguard Records. He recorded an album at that time with his folk-rock band, Elizabeth. Bob wrote and sang the popular single “Mary Ann,” along with four other cuts on the album. Bob moved to Florida in 1969 and became an integral part of the Florida folk music scene. He has been featured at the Florida Folk Festival for over forty years performing 12 string guitar and songwriting workshops, storytelling, and music concerts. He opened for Emmy Lou Harris at the 2005 event and was chosen as one of the Legacy Performers for the 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 festivals. He independently produces music and stories on CD which have received rave reviews from critics and fans alike. His songs have been recognized by the American Song Festival and The Best of Florida Song Writing Competition. His song “Lullabye of the Rivers” was used in the documentary film about the Ocklawaha River. He had his book “Forgotten Tales of Florida” published by the History Press.
Bob is the co-founder of the Gamble Rogers Folk Festival and has served as the event’s artistic director for over fifteen years. He is a board member of the Florida Storytelling Association. He has als