Bobby Maynard-Musician, Instructor
For nearly forty years, Bobby Maynard has played the music that he loves. An accomplished musician on banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and bass, Bobby has produced three solo CDs, "Gospel Pickin," "It's What I Do," and "Holly Jolly Pickin’." All of these recordings feature Bobby playing all the instruments. In June 2004, Bobby and his band, Bobby Maynard & Breakdown, released a new CD "Sounds Like Hillbillies." Bobby’s newest project is entitled "Livin’ Lovin’ Laughin’" and features 13 tracks, including 11 original songs written by Bobby. The songs on the new CD offer the listener a great variety from toe-tapping to touching to humorous, with two fresh and flaming instrumentals.On October 23, 2010, Bobby taped an appearance on RFD-TV’s Shotgun Red Variety Show in Branson, Missouri. Bobby performed "Go Getter," a crowd favorite and one of his original songs on Livin’ Lovin’ Laughin’. Also in 2010, Livin’ Lovin’ Laughin’ was nominated for Best Traditional Bluegrass Album of the Year by the Rural Roots Music Commission.
On August 31, 2008, Bobby was honored by being inducted into the West Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. Other 2008 inductees included Grand Ole Opry Star Hawkshaw Hawkins and Hee Haw Band Leader Charlie McCoy.
In 2008, Bobby signed a recording contract with Lamon Records in Nashville, Tennessee. His "Livin’ Lovin’ Laughin’" CD is out on the Lamon label. A video was done on one of Bobby’s original songs, "East to West Virginia" and can be seen at BobbyMaynard.com.
Bobby’s professional career encompasses a broad range of styles, including playing in approximately 45 states and Canada with artists such as Dolly Parton, Lee Greenwood, The Jordanaires, Little Jimmy Dickens, Johnny Russell, Helen Cornelius, Jack Greene, Jean Shepard, Billy Walker, Don Rigsby, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Melvin Goins and Windy Mountain, and many others. In addition, Bobby performed at the Rainbow Music Theatre in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee with Ava Barber of the Lawrence Welk Show. Bobby has six years of theme park experience working as a full time musician at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, Texas and Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Notable performances also include the Grand Ole Opry.
At the 2000 Vandalia Gathering in Charleston, West Virginia, Bobby won first place in the West Virginia State Banjo Contest playing bluegrass banjo. Bobby’s CDs are featured at the prestigious Tamarack in Beckley, West Virginia. In May of 2002, the Tamarack named Bobby its 2002 Performing Artist of the Year. In April 2004, Bobby earned the "TOP SALES PRODUCER" Award at the Tamarack for the outstanding sale of his CDs.
Currently Bobby performs either as a solo act, or with the "Bobby Maynard Family Band" with his wife Angie on upright bass and daughter, Abby on guitar and vocals or with his bluegrass trio, "Bobby Maynard & Breakdown". With his good stage presence and great rapport with the audience, Bobby always performs an energetic and entertaining show.
The Bobby Maynard Family Band have been taking their unique Americana sound to West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. With their versatility and diverse musical selections they are pleasing a wide range of audiences, both young and old!
Bobby & Breakdown have been taking their upbeat bluegrass show on the road to a wide range of venues and states including the Pickin’ For Patriots Bluegrass Festival in Pennsylvania, Churchill Downs in Kentucky, and various other places across the country. Their music is best described as "in your face bluegrass!"
In March of 2019 Bobby took is solo act to the beautiful Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis and played for two days for over 7000 people in attendance. Other performers included the Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders.
When not on the road, Bobby stays busy teaching music lessons in Huntington, West Virginia. Bobby has been teaching since the age of fifteen and enjoys opening up the world of music to his students. He offers private lessons and also conducts workshops throughout the country.
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