Bob Rasero grew up in New Rochelle, New York. At age ten he inherited his grandfather's Gibson archtop guitar and taught himself how to play it. His early emulations included Clapton, Hendrix and BB King. It wasn't long before Bob started to gravitate toward his comfort zone - writing songs, playing them with his own bands, and going his own way with his music. His first bands (Buckeye, After Taxes, Canyon) worked the New York areas clubs as well as parties, dances, and weddings. It wasn't until Bob hooked up with the legendary Coco and The Incredible Squirt Band in 1976 that he found his niche as a songwriter. The country rock and the irreverent humor of â€-Squirt' was the perfect breeding ground for a host of new songs. For thirteen years they rocked the clubs and gave the crowds laughter cramps. In consecutive years they were finalists in the Marlboro Country Music Showcase held at NYC's famous Bottom Line. In 1989, he joined forces with the Bergers With Mayo band, which included Loft Recording Studio's Al and Ted Hemberger, as well as Bob's old high school buddy Bob Mayo (of Peter Frampton fame.) The writing and gigging went well, but in 1990, Rasero moved to Portland, Maine and soon after created The Renovators by teaming up with local Maine musicians. Reluctant to end his successful collaborations, he regularly commuted from Maine to New York to get back to his roots. Eventually, the New York lineup of the Renovators became a successful performing and recording group, producing four dynamic albums from 1996 to 2003. Their fan base is widespread and loyal, and the band occasionally can be heard on TV's All My Children and The Young And The Restless. In the spring of 2004, Bob released Behind The Wheel, a brilliant solo album which gets steady play on Portland radio. Already assembling another album to follow that one, he continues to write songs and play live performances in both the New York and Portland areas. To find out more about Bob Rasero, simply listen to his songs! He spills the beans about himself through his art. He's about harmony. Always has been. He's doin' what he loves. It starts with being a devoted husband and father of three children, and it works backwards in time and importance from there. Aside from being an accomplished musician/singer/songwriter, Bob renovates and builds houses (thus, The Renovators). A curious and obscure fact about him is that he is a Tolkien scholar, not a surprise considering his love of lyricism, language, and unbridled imagination. His schedule is hectic, he commutes a ton, but when it's all said and done he'd rather be fishing! And then he puts it all to music and makes it all fun! He's all about the harmony. His new project, SMOOTH BLUES, is a sixteen song set of guitar instrumentals recorded and arranged to be used in tv, radio, or film....... or maybe just around the house or the office when mellow blues is the ticket.
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