Texas Sounds Bandleader, 2017, 2018, 2019 (and counting!)
Bobby Claire is a true entertainer with an incredible and recognizable voice. He’s worked with many superstars in the entertainment industry.
A Louisiana born/raised in Texas, artist. He’s a singer, songwriter, musician with a unique sense of humor. Studied drums in Dallas from age 5. His career began as a child of 12. While still in Jr. High in San Angelo Texas, he joined the American Federation of Musicians Union and began working professionally, playing drums with the secretary of the union and other working bands, and the featured singer with various west Texas bands.
He was the youngest of 40 entertainers picked from over 500,000 applicants, to work for a month in the Avalon Bowl on Catalina Island with Mac Davis, Kenny Rodgers, Andy Williams, Wayne Newton, Smothers Brothers and others. Introduced to millions when he appeared on ABC’s “America Alive” with Jack Linkletter and John Davidson. For the next five years he took the Bobby Claire Show all over the U.S. having regular dates in Amarillo, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, Austin, Dallas, Longview, Tyler, Shreveport and Southern Louisiana.
He worked for 3 years on “Music Row” in Nashville with the family owned company, “Peacock Productions”, heavily involved in writing and artist development. Working with Randy Kay Guidry, over an 8 month period they came up with names like “Kid Rock” and songs, “Cowboy”, “Only God Knows Why”, “Picture”, “Cocky”, “Waistin’ Time” . . . .the name “BIG & RICH” the hit “Save A Horse, Ride A Cowboy” and others, “Get Over It” for Don Henley, “Brokenheartsville” and “The Impossible” for Jo Nichols. “Livin’ On A Prayer” and “Wanted Dead Or Alive” for Bon Jovi, Aerosmith’s come back song, “Falling in Love Is So Hard On the Knees”, “Don’t Want to Miss A Thing” and a few others, totaling over 30 major hits.
In the late 80’s, Bobby enjoyed playing drums and singing with the “Rough Boys” before touring the U.S. as “Bobby & the Blue Blazes”. He later settled in the East Texas area were he was offered an interesting job fronting the house band at a popular club in Longview. The Bobby Claire Band played to a packed house 5 nights a week in one spot, 2 nights a week in another location for the next 5 years. Late 90’s while playing drums and singing in the band Mushroom Rodeo, the house band at the famous REO Palm Isle, played a part as a convict in a movie with Kris Kristofferson, “Two For Texas”. Bobby’s been in high demand as a drummer, working in Robin Hood Studios and area dance halls, playing with Joe Nichols, Miranda Lambert, David Allan Coe, Sammy Sadler, Betty Lewis & the Executives, Ryan Pierce, Casey Martin, Trini Triggs, Ricky Lynn Gregg.
In 2017 Bobby Claire was called an East Texas Legend by the ETX Music Awards. He is a true professional. He plays the songs people know and love, working with only A team musicians and singers.