Some people are under the assumption that when you age, you begin to lose the abilities and skills that you had when you were younger. But that definitely isn’t always the case! When Bob Wood visited the British Audio Service in Nashville, people were blown away when he picked up a guitar and began rocking out.
Bob Wood is a former guitarist, Wheeling Jamboree member, and is the owner of a music store. The video filmed in 2014 when he was hoping to get some repairs quickly gained a lot of attention earning over 2 million views on Facebook.
His effortless strumming shows that he’s retained all of his skills and memory of the art and you can see the joy on his face as he strums and picks.
As he began gaining popularity from the video, Nashville NewsChannel 5 decided to interview Wood in order to get the full scoop. He explained that he had taken some amplifiers to get repaired, and he pulled out the Epiphone Riviera in order to check them out. British Audio Service employee Shane Radtke said that he heard someone playing something ‘pretty original’ and wanted to get a video of it.
There’s a story behind Wood’s skill. He actually used to be a performer in the 70’s at Jamboree USA in Wheeling, West Virginia. He entertained for 10 years and was even awarded Entertainer of the Year by Easter States Country Music Inc. in 1975 and 1976.
Before this video went viral, Wood wasn’t too well known even though he has a few albums including one called Bob Wood Plays it Cool. Thanks to the internet, Wood’s skills are getting all the attention and recognition he deserves.
Wood met with Epiphone to chat about his recent fame and recalled his early days as a musician. ‘I learned as a kid growing up in Shenandoah Valley,’ he said. ‘My Daddy was a 5-string banjo picker and I learned to play at old fiddle hoedowns.’ Check out his awesome skills as he rocks out in the shop. Who knows, maybe this will be Bob Wood’s come back.