Fleek's Video/Artist of the Day #2 (Bob Log III)

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2/27/08 11:00:20AM



Left Foot - Cymbals
Right Foot - Bass Drum
Left Hand- Slide Work
Right Hand - Pickin'
Mouth Hole - Talkin'

Bob Log III is an American lo-fi blues musician, singer and songwriter who performs as a one man band. During performances, Log wears a blue full-body jumpsuit and a bubble-mask motorcycle helmet wired with a telephone microphone which allows him to devote his hands and feet to guitar and drums, respectively. Based in Tucson, Arizona, he has made frequent tours of North America, Europe, Japan and Australia.

Bob Log III was born in Tucson, Arizona. Growing up, Log listened to musical artists such as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and AC/DC, later commenting that "That's what rock'n'roll is to me. You take a guitar, turn it up and have a good time…everyone else can go listen to Pearl Jam if they want to.” Bob Log got his first guitar at the age of 11, and by the age of 16 he had become smitten with Delta blues, modeling his slide guitar style on that of Mississippi Fred McDowell. Log began his music career recording with Mondo Guano, a four-piece metal-blues band based in Arizona. Upon leaving Mondo Guano, Log went on to perform as one-half of the Delta blues rock duo, Doo Rag, with bandmate Thermos Malling.

After six years of making music, and weary of touring, Malling abruptly quit the band in the middle of a U.S. tour with Ween, leaving Log without a percussionist. “At the time, my only option was to go home and shut up, or learn a new way of playing guitar,” Log said of Malling’s departure. “I was on my way to Chicago, and I'd just bought a helmet at a thrift store in Lawrence, Kan., and I though, (sic) "I'll put on that helmet and kick my guitar case and see what happens." Donning his newly acquired thrift store helmet, Log decided to continue the tour alone as a one-man band, playing guitar and kicking a guitar case to keep the beat.

Over time, Log acquired a kick-drum and a cymbal which he custom-outfitted with a kick pedal of its own. These instruments, combined with his slide guitar work, distorted telephone microphone vocals, and Latin-styled drum machine accompaniment, form the framework on which Bob Log constructs his songs. Log describes his on-stage setup in the song “One Man Band Boom,” introducing himself to the audience as, "Bob Log the third, one-man band, Tucson, Arizona. Heyeeeh! Lemme introduce the band to ya. On cymbals, left foot. Over here on the bass drum we got right foot. Shut up! This is my left hand that does all the slide work, right hand does the pickin'. My mouth hole does most o' the talkin'. And you're looking at my finger."



2/27/08 2:42:19PM
I urge everyone who can to make it to Lake Elmo, Minnesota in mid-July to the Deep Blues Festival. Bob Log III is one of the headliners and there are over 40 other bands that are seriously badass. Check it out if you can.

For more info, visit http://www.deepbluesfestival.com
2/27/08 4:25:45PM
Ha...that's good stuff. Reminds me of Primus in a way.
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