Bob Boutin: Lead Guitar
Musical Influences: Country, Blues, Classic Rock, Heavy Metal
Artist Influences: Dad, Bob Hartley, James Burton, Brad Paisley, Chet Atkins, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Albert Collins, Ted Nugent, Steve Vai, Eddie Van Halen, Vito Bratta, Yngwie Malmsteen
Guitars: Ibanez Jem7V, Gibson Les Paul Tribute Gold Top, Fender American Standard Telecaster; Fender Pink Paisley with Lindy Fralin blues special pickups; Fender James Burton signature Telecaster; EVH Wolfgang Stealth Special
Amplifier: Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue with 10″ Celestion extension cabinet.
Effects: Wampler Ego Compressor, Wampler Paisley Overdrive, Ibanez TS7 Tubescreamer, Boss SD1, Ibanez DE7 Delay, TC Electroncis Arena Reverb
Bob had his first guitar handed to him by his grandmother at age 10 and hasn’t put it down since. By the time the painful process of developing callouses had ended, he landed his first gig playing in the church choir for his own 8th grade graduation. By age 13 his Dad started taking him to jam sessions at his friend Bob Sabourin’s house, where he first met Darrell. A lot of learning happened on those late night jam sessions that eventually led to various bands forming with his, and Darrell’s Dad, and alternating between playing bass and lead guitar. By age 15 his Dad had him playing bass guitar in his band at the local clubs.
While learning to play country music, his rebellious side was driven to rock and roll and anything else that provided a challenge to learn and grow musically. Over the last four decades, he’s been playing lead guitar in bands playing country, blues, classic/southern rock and heavy metal.
Over the years, he also spent a fair amount of time studying music theory, and pursuing other guitar styles such as Jazz, Spanish, and Classical. Life has come full circle now, back to playing the original country music he grew up with, but this time bringing all the decades of his musical influences into it. While his abilities are constantly tested by the extremely talented band members of Vanishing Breed, he welcomes the challenge, as it is the most valuable learning tool there is. ♬