Bobby grew up in the 70's listening to the popular bands like most teenagers. He enjoyed many different kinds of music but especially enjoyed time in his room singing along to the sounds of Elvis.
Although he enjoyed singing, it was not until he was a young man in his early 20's that he made the decision to try out at a well-known theatre in the Kansas City area. Bobby asked the management of the KC Opry for the opportunity to audition. An audition was arranged and after singing an Elvis song, he was asked to sing another. The session went well and he began performing on a monthly basis, singing both Oldie's 50's and 60's music.
As his popularity grew he was asked to perform on a more regular basis, often he was the opening act for Ronnie McDowell, Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn.
While visiting in Louisiana in 1985 he was given the honor of appearing on the Louisiana Hayride, a show broadcast live on the radio that had featured many well-known country artists.
In 1986 Bobby branched out performing for other local shows and venues playing not only Oldie's, but also Country music.
After taking a few years off from the music business, Bobby moved to Nashville for most of the 90's and worked on writing and performing as a solo artist. He appeared at both the "Nashville Palace" and "Live at Libby's". Both places are well known in the Nashville area.
After Bobby returned to his hometown, he once again brought his talents to country music fans in the Kansas City area. Performing with the band, Texas Tattoo, they provided their audience with a variety of music, including classic and new country as well as '50s and 60s rock 'n' roll with a twist of Mississippi blues. They entertained at sporting events and city festivals throughout the Kansas City area.
In 2004 the "Blast from the Past" band joined Bobby for the first tribute show much to the delight of Elvis fan's in the Kansas City area.
Bobby's "Tribute Concerts" are not that of an impersonator but rather that of a man who has been gifted with a unique voice. One that he uses to pay homage to Elvis and as a reminder for those who were fortunate enough to grow up with Elvis and for new fans who were not around to remember the 50's, 60's & 70's.
Bobby and the "Heartbreak Hotel Band" (formerly Blast From The Past) have continued with Elvis's well known generosity by assisting several local organizations raise money for worthy causes.
Check out Bobby Simkins's music and tour schedule at http://www.bobbysimkins.com/.
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