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Here is a review of some of the music I have been exposed to during my recent jaunt from Chicago, to the Bluescruise and Caribbean, to Memphis and finally back home.

Bobby Lindstrom’s music appeared one day in the mail, with a note to someone else so I was not sure I was supposed to get it. So time passes and he is on the Bluescruise, we meet – laugh at the mix up. Seems another person got my mail with my note in it – it’s all good. So as the cruise goes on one day I pass where Chris Gill is playing guitar, and he motioned me over to play, I push back not wanting to offend the ears of cruisers gathered. Chris insists, and Bobby offers up his gorgeous Breedlove Acoustic/Electric guitar ‘Belle’ for me to use. What a sweet lady she was, and thanks to Bobby for allowing her to play me.

There is so much rock in the blues these days it seems like the paradigm has shifted, child is now father to the man (thank you Al Kooper BS&T). So upon putting this release in system, I was pleasantly surprised to hear ‘Corrina’ to the strains of some beautiful acoustic guitar. Reminiscent of Ry Cooder & Taj Mahal back in the early days of Blues rediscovery this version is refreshing and very pleasant on the ears.

‘Come On In My Kitchen’ offers up some Robert Johnson in a nice combination of acoustic and electric fireworks. Mr. Lindstrom seems at home when he massages ‘Belle’s’ neck and gets her to sing wonderful notes that would fit in anywhere in any genre.

Another RJ tune, ‘Steady Rollin’ Man’ starts in a nice spot, tight riff work on the frets and a not to distant acknowledge to some of the blues that came out of the Delany & Bonnie camp (along with Mr. Clapton). It is solid, well mixed and has enough beat to it to make us understand why they be steady rollin’.

Mr. Lindstrom approaches Willie Dixon’s ‘I Aint Superstitious’ in a funky way. Bobby has a way of approaching riffs that are at once familiar but not quite overworn. With the help of his band they are clean and tight and offer what one should hear when hearing a band play. No over domination by one instrument – but a nice amalgam of all instruments and talents working for the better good.

On a disc of ten covers ranging from Little Walter, Sonny Boy to Paul Butterfield and a very nice version of Peter Green’s ‘Long Grey Mare’. We were just discussing when and where Mr. Green’s name would pop up. It seems as we move forward we also look back and Mr. Green’s contributions are slightly under-appreciated these days. I hope this is a good sign.

Mr. Lindstrom is an accomplished guitar player who knows the hows, whys and where-fors of his chosen instrument. He is a true example of where the blues is most dear, hard working, self-employed musician where every day and every night the blues is so much more than music – it is a way of life. Whether he is volunteering at a juvenile detention center, or waking up each new day clean and sober, Mr. Lindstrom is a case in point of how the blues can get ya down and the redeeming power that they possess.

Bobby Lindstrom’s blues

Local rocker keeps busy with several gigs each week

By David Jasper / The Bulletin

Published: February 24. 2012 4:00AM PST

When Bobby Lindstrom was 10 years old and living in Coos Bay, his older sister’s boyfriend enlisted his help in deciphering the lyrics to The Kingsmen’s version of “Louie Louie.”

“He comes roaring through the door with the 45 of ‘Louie, Louie.’ ‘Bobby! Help me figure out the words for this!’” Lindstrom recalled Monday at The Astro Lounge, moments before taking the stage with Ed “The Whistler” Sharlet and percussionist Chris Novak.

By the time he was 11, Lindstrom talked his father into buying him a $14 Westbrook guitar. Shortly thereafter, he heard The Beatles for the first time.

“I’ve been a goner ever since,” said Lindstrom, one of the busiest musicians in Central Oregon. See “If you go” to find out where he’ll be playing this week.

On Christmas Day 1964, the nascent guitarist received his first electric guitar and amp.

“My best friend got a drum set, and we started a two-piece band the next day,” he said. “We used to wait till some of our friends’ parents went to work and then go set up in their driveways — play out to suburbia and pretend like it’s a big concert.”

It was all covers in those days: “Gloria,” “The House of the Rising Sun, “Hey Joe” and so forth.

When he was 17, he and a friend attended a recording seminar at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and decided to hitchhike from there to Oxnard, Calif. “His cousin lived there, and he wasn’t home. We sat out on his porch, and I started playing the blues, just like that,” Lindstrom said. “I’m like, ‘Dude! Check this out! This is so easy, man.’ After that I started listening to B.B. King, Jimmy Reed, Taj Mahal, Little Richard.”

He’s been writing and playing the blues ever since. The hale, 58-year-old father of a 31-year-old son, Lindstrom describes himself as a recovering addict. He’s had a rebellious tendency and an addictive personality from childhood — “long before I found drugs,” he said — and has been clean and sober since 1995.

Following rehab, Lindstrom launched into a flurry of writing and recording, and has released a string of six albums since 1999. His most recent two are 2010’s “Hungry, Cold & Blue” and “Bring It On,” released last year. A disc of blues standards is slated for release this year. (Lindstrom’s albums are available at www.reverbnation .com/bobbylindstrom.)

“It’s been curious watching myself, as I learn to write and play and start to get some success. Success is the strangest thing for a recovering addict. All of a sudden, everything is working,” he said. “The last couple of years, everything that I’ve been through is starting to make sense. It’s starting to come into focus.”

Over the years, Lindstrom played his brand of blues-rock as far east as Texas, spending a couple of years back in Coos Bay before moving to Bend in 2010, bringing along his prized 1968 Les Paul Gold Top guitar, which he’s had through four decades of ups, downs and ups again.

That was only after reconnecting with Sharon Jensen, a 30-year resident of Bend whom he knew and dated back on the coast.

“We dated in 1969. We didn’t see each other for 40 years,” he said. The two reconnected a couple of years ago at Jensen’s 40-year class reunion.

After she heard him play again, Jensen urged him to move to the bigger arena of Bend. In short order, he began appearing with different musicians around Central Oregon — in varying configurations of trios and four-pieces — a couple of years ago.

“I have never been welcomed into a town like Bend has welcomed me,” said Lindstrom. “I take every gig I can get. I did 170 gigs, paid, last year, and I’m on double that pace right now. Double,” he added, laughing.

Sharlet met Lindstrom at a jam night. “I came up and whistled blues with him, and it was love at first trill,” said Sharlet, who also sings harmony with Lindstrom.

While no lead singer himself, “I can mesh with a good singer,” Lindstrom said. His voice smacks of authenticity and comes, Sharlet said, “from his soul, deep in his gut. I didn’t pay dues like he did. I led a sheltered life.”

Every Wednesday, Lindstrom plays as a volunteer for the locked up youth at Deschutes County’s juvenile detention facility.

“He has two hours up there,” explained Jensen. “He plays music, he talks to them, he tells them stories ... tries to tell them, ‘Find something that you love.’”

Lindstrom clearly has. “Music doesn’t come from me, it comes through me,” he said. “And I still get to be rebellious.”

— Reporter: 541-383-0349,

Hungry Cold And Blue Reviews

Fans of good old rock from the 70's will really love and appreciate this release by Bobby Lindstrom and Elkhorn Reunited, titled, "Hungry, Cold And Blue".

Nothing really fancy here, just honest to goodness rock n roll played the way it should be played, simple, basic, and to the point, not like some of the over bloated, over mixed, and over dubbed rock that is to often crammed down our throats via the radio stations nowadays.

Consisting of the favorite tunes from their travels throughout the USA, over the years, "Hungry, Cold And Blue" could be considered a best of Album, filled with many fan favorites, from their extensive touring.

"Hungry, Cold And Blue", does have a few tinges of blues, but its lack of more blues, should not be considered at all when listening to this great collection of tunes. As mentioned before "Hungry, Cold And Blue", will really take you back to a better time and type of music, from the 70's and that in itself is a real treat for lovers of music from that era. 

Bobby Lindstrom and Elkhorn Reunited are really better known as Elkhorn Express and consist of Bobby Lindstrom with his simply amazing guitars skills and one of the truest story telling set of vocals I have heard in a while. Rounding out this extremely tight trio are Bill Jansen (Bass/Vocals), and Mike Carrillo (Drums/Vocals). Trio's for me are a real treat to listen to because they must really meld together seamlessly, as there is no instrumental or vocal room for error. Elkhorn Express is a excellent example of a trio that does it right.

I am really glad that Bobby tracked me down sent me this CD. It did not take long of a listen for me to become a fan.

I Highly Recommend This Album To Those That Love Rock Done Right, From The Earlier Years... Great Stuff... Please Put Out Some More Albums Like This One...

My Two Favorite Tracks: "Hungry, Cold And Blue" and "Everything We Need"

John Vermilyea - Blues Underground Network (May 4, 2010)
"Blues with a Smile! Bobby Lindstrom's blues are on the brighter side of the spectrum. Even the sad songs have a silver lining, Bobby is a great spirit and it shows in his songwriting. Bobby & The Elkhorn Express should make more music together and play live as much as possible so I selfishly can dance with them. I didn't stop smiling through the entire album."

Sarina, mornings on Clear 1017
Sarina Sloan - Clear 101.7 Bend, Oregon (Mar 8, 2010)

I was struck by several things listening to this album, having not heard Bobby play for, well, several decades anyway! First off, the general sound of the album is lean and spare, with minimal overdubbing - a refreshing change in this era of micro-massaging Rock and Roll with digital audio software (being a guitar player, I plead guilty as charged). All the rough spots are left alone, with no added reverb or echo, and that contributes to the raw freshness of the sound. Bobby's electric guitar sound from his well-worn Les Paul Goldtop is straight in the amp, edgy and crisp, with elements of Keith Richards, Johnny Winter, and Rick Derringer (with appropriate homage to Robert Johnson, Muddy, and the Kings---Albert, B.B., and Freddie, of course). The rhythm section of longtime Elkhorn cohorts Bill Jansen (bass), and Mike Carillo (drums) is simple, direct, and to the point. You can tell these guys know each other very well---it comes across like a familiar Sunday afternoon jam. The electric grooves are comfortable and energetic, and the lyrics are sometimes poignant (Everything We Need, You Can Get There From Here), and sometimes humorous (Pee Like A Puppy), but always simple and direct. Along For the Ride sounds like a rock and roll "be here now" mantra; an acknowledgement of a long journey with more in store. There's a sense of joy and frustration with relationships (Mandatory Mad X Husband Blues, and Mystery Girl), and the title track, Hungry, Cold and Blue, lets us know to be damn thankful for what we have. The last track, Angels in The Kitchen, is a perfect compliment for a Monday morning, home up the West Fork with your best gal, after a long week on the road. Good job, Bobby & Elkhorn. It's a long road, but a good one---take it out there and throw it down!

Michael Anderson - Coop d'bop (Mar 11, 2010)
Love your new album, man! It really speaks to me...
Alden Peterson
RE: "Hungry, Cold And Blue" video....So glad to hear that again, Bob. The first time was when you played it for me here at home. Such a treat to have a private concert that day. Keep on rockin
Dori Lavell (Mar 8, 2010)
RE: "hungry, Cold And Blue" video....Aaahh that was awesome!!
Eilene Dorsey - Facebook friends
RE: "Hungry, Cold And Blue" video.......great song, thanks for sharing it with folks.....
Gloria Gogi Lobato - Facebook friends
RE: "Hungry, Cold And Blue" CD....Bobby - You are on fire for careful, you'll ignite everybody around you! I love your spirit and your drive and your eagerness right now. I know it gets a little overwhelming, but go, baby, go! The time is now and now's the time!
Sharon Laird Jensen - Facebook friends
I just listened to your CD. I was filled with joy for you. You have painted a masterpiece. You should be a very proud papa.
Aloha and hang loose my friend!
Elaine Reed (Feb 6, 2010)
I received your CD yesterday. We have listened to about half and are really enjoying it. It may be that I am listening with "better ears" but you sound better than ever! Your guitar playing is, as always, top notch.
Take Care,
John Verger - Austin, Texas (Mar 8, 2010)

"Outstanding, Still jammin and belting it out Bobby, Always good to hear ya. Hope all is well for you and your family. Roy Jr."

Roy Spangler (Mar 8, 2010)

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