Barbeque Bob Maglinte - Bio
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Barbeque Bob’s influences are many, and they include Blues harmonica masters like Little Walter Jacobs, both Sonny
Boy Williamsons, James Cotton, Junior Wells, Big Walter Horton, Papa Lightfoot, George “Harmonica” Smith, Jerry McCain, Howling Wolf, and
many countless other harmonica players. Other influences include Muddy
Waters, Roy Brown, Little Milton, Joe Turner, Wynonie Harris, Magic
Sam, Jimmy Rogers, and in addition, saxophone players like Joe Houston,
Hal Singer, Red Prysock, Louis Jordan, Willis “Gator Tail” Jackson,
Illinois Jacquet, Noble “Thin Man” Watts, Tab Smith, and a host of others.
Bob has also worked with local bands such as The Bobby Watson Band, Blues
Express, and Chick Orlando Davidson. He also had the privilege of appearing on
the soundtrack of the hit movie, “Fried Green Tomatoes,” featuring the
vocals of Peter Wolf, and the guitar soundings of Ronnie Earl & The
Broadcasters. The soundtrack CD is available on the MCA label. He has also
recorded with Blues Express and Two Bones & A Pick.
His playing has not only garnered enormousrespect and admiration from his peers, but also from some very highly
respected nationally known names, such as Jerry Portnoy (who worked with
the late, great Muddy Waters, and Eric Clapton), who has said, “Barbeque Bob
is not only the best harp player in the Boston area, but is also one
of the very best around, period!” Another Blues harmonica hero, Alligator
Records recording artist, the late, great William Clarke described Bob’s
playing as “powerful and well focused.”
Barbeque Bob and the Rhythm Aces have released an album titled 'Live at the Waterfront' on Wham Records.