Bob Bingham

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b. c.1952, USA. Raised in Detroit, Michigan, Bingham began playing guitar at the age of 15. He was influenced by past country blues masters and their stylistic traits are evident even in his later distinctive…
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b. c.1952, USA. Raised in Detroit, Michigan, Bingham began playing guitar at the age of 15. He was influenced by past country blues masters and their stylistic traits are evident even in his later distinctive playing. In the early 70s Bingham relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he and blues harmonica player Pat Hayes formed the Lamont Cranston Blues Band. By mid-decade he had played with blues harpist Kim Wilson in California and then gone back, with Wilson, to Minnesota where they formed Aces, Straights And Shuffles. Wilson eventually moved on to team up with Jimmie Vaughan, but Bingham remained behind and through into the mid-80s worked steadily in and around Minneapolis and St. Paul, both as headliner and as accompanist to visiting bluesmen. In 1984, Bingham retired from music and worked for some years in various trades, including a spell as a carpenter.

In the early 90s Bingham made a comeback to the blues scene, this time concentrating on the acoustic guitar. Among musicians with whom he has worked and sometimes recorded are blues harpist Craig Schumacher and guitarist Gordon Thorne. Since his return, though, Bingham has largely chosen to work alone. In his rejuvenated career, he has played around home bases in Phoenix, Arizona, and Minnesota, and has also toured internationally.