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Bob Rafkin: Songs of a Lifetime

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Posted on January 10th, 2008 at 3:35 pm

Editor's Note: Bob Rafkin passed away peacefully on May 2, 2013. We hope this tribute to his life's story and music honors him well. Our thoughts are with his friends and family.

His journey has been a fascinating trip through an amazing era of music. Bob was one of the musicians drawn to the Greenwich Village scene in the '60s. He was awestruck by the quality of the artistry of Bob Dylan. He was captivated by his style of storytelling through song and knew this was how he wanted to spend his life. He formed a folk-rock group called The American Patrol.

But music is a fickle industry. Song took Bob to Los Angeles where he became an in-demand session player. He put his artistry to album for Gene Vincent, The Everly Brothers, Randy Newman, Arlo Guthrie and Joni Mitchell.

He continued to polish his songwriting skills and attracted the attention of The Byrds, who covered the Rafkin song, Lazy Waters in their album, Farther Along. He also was commissioned to score a documentary for PBS.

But the LA lifestyle did not provide the fertile soil Rafkin needed to stay enriched. He moved to Florida and immediately began to focus his music and his life. He's since recorded eight CDs that have struck a chord with many listeners. His songs are a rare combination of introspective storytelling and sublime technique.

While making beautiful music, he's also had to overcome illness. First, he struggled with prostate disease, only to be diagnosed with colon cancer.

Rafkin is a sonic treasure. His songs quickly feel like old friends. His life experience has been a fascinating journey. This story will introduce you to the sounds and struggles of Bob Rafkin. Enjoy!

To learn more about Bob Rafkin:

Check out his Personal Profile Page.

Watch and listen to him play some of his favorites.

Listen to Bob on the Growing Bolder Radio Show.

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  • Posted 10:48am December 2nd, 2009
    Bob is quite the musician and I had the privilege of playing at the Maitland Farmers Market last year with Bob following my set. And I am glad it was
    in that order, as Bob is a tough act to follow!

    I also listened to Bob jamming with a Martin Guitar musician and they really
    played some nice finger picking music.

    There are a lot of fine singer-songwriters in our Central FL region and it would be nice to see more media coverage of these musicians, such as Matt Butcher and many others.

    Dr. Ron

  • Posted 7:06pm December 27th, 2008
    I LOVE this video and interview.  I'm a big fan of Bob Rafkin's, and folk - ish acoustic style music.  Would love more on this subject, as I know there are many great singer-songwriters in Central Fl.  Thanks for this one.  It was well received.  Sincerely, Becky P.

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