4 On 6

Outstanding Instrumental Album

2008 Western Canadian Music Awards

4 on 6 is a collection of 12 classic tunes by The Beatles arranged for solo guitar.

I grew up with their music as the soundtrack to my youth. Now, a half centry later, I still can’t quit humming the tunes. The melodies are so strong and the chord progressions so malleable they can easily be bent and reshaped without breaking. This makes them ideal material for arranging for guitar.

For some years I’ve enjoyed doing exactly this and I now find myself with a fair collection of these arrangements. Some of them simply try to capture on six strings the energy and spirit of the original, while others are reinterpretations. My previous CDs have featured a couple of Beatles tunes, but I decided that a CD dedicated to them would be in order. 4 On 6 is the result of this labour of love.

Dave Smith Music

" This is a refreshing and fun set of truly great songs played with a great sense of humour and impeccable technique by a true master of the guitar. Bob Evans has a quick witted sense of fun that could only be based in a warm love for the music and endless hours of playing these tunes to evolve this inspiring set of arrangements."

David Smith – DaveSmithMusic.com

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Minor 7th

"Evans, the U.S. National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion of 2003, can wring all manner of nuance from his instrument, with a surgeon’s deftness and a metronome-like sense of meter. He nicely transforms the rocker “Help!” into a quiet ballad to reflect Lennon’s heart-wrenching lyrics. “Rain” gets a moody spin and “Things We Said Today” rebirths with a new ache."

Fred Kraus – Minor7th.com

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4 On 6

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The Voice in the Grain

The Voice in the Grain

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The Voice in the Grain

Nominated for
Outstanding Instrumental Album

2004 Western Canadian Music Awards

Nominated for Best Instrumental Album

2005 Canadian Folk Music Awards

The Voice in the Grain is a collection of six original compositions by Bob Evans alongside six of his distinctive arrangements of works by Lennon and McCartney, Vince Guraldi, Henry Mancini, Joe Carpenter and Mike Nelson.

Readers of Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine will recognize The Slippery Slope and Dune as having been featured transcriptions in that publication a couple of years ago.

“Bob effuses the melodic spirit of Chet Atkins and the fiery verve of Tommy Emmanuel with his own sense of humour here. Never self indulgent, each track is quick to the richly spirited and melodic chase.”

Penguin Eggs – Fall 2004 – Dave McDonald

"Evans’ choice of material shows both a sense of humor and his love of a challenge; … These arrangements raise the bar for steel-string fingerpickers in terms of technique and selecting material."

Minor 7th – Oct 2004 – Patrick Ragains

Caffeinated Coffee

Caffeinated Coffee

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Caffeinated Coffee

Outstanding Instrumental Album

2000 Canadian Prairie Music Awards

Caffeinated Coffee was originally conceived of simply as a demo to send out to folk clubs in search of engagements. Since then the award-winning recording has received praise from guitar aficiandos around the world.

The album features 7 original compositions by Bob Evans, along with his arrangements of tunes by Lennon and McCartney, Ray Bell and Joel Fafard, and his cover of two fingerstyle guitar classics: Leo Kottke’s Bean Time and Tom Rush’s Rockport Sunday.

"Evans has a strong sense of melody in his playing, and he can sketch a story with a tune, . . .  This is a well-crafted solo guitar release that leaves you wanting to hear more"

Dirty Linen June/July 2000

"… a veritable blooming, a wellspring of artistry and riveting fingerstyle conceptions."

Minor 7th – May 2000- Alan Fark

The Peter Gunn Theme (aka The Brand New Anniversary Waltz)

This is a special Anniversary Edition of my arrangement of the classic Peter Gunn Theme by Henri Mancini. Why an Anniversary Edition? Well, it’s easier for you to watch to find out than it is for me to explain. 🙂

This was recorded at the 2007 Chet Atkins Appreciation Society convention in Nashville – still one of the best events for live guitar music. Highly recommended

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“4 On 6” Awarded Outstanding Instrumental Album

4 On 6 was awarded Outstanding Instrumental Album at the 2008 Western Canadian Music Awards this October. Needless to say, I’m very pleased and honoured, and I want to thank everyone for their support.

A bonus for myself was I also met and performed a duet with B.C. slide guitarist Steve Dawson as part of the awards show. I have been a big fan of Steve’s playing for a number of years, and so this was a real treat. If you are a fan of slide guitar (slide, steel, pedal steel, etc) and aren’t already familiar with his music, you owe it to yourself to check him out ( www.SteveDawson.ca ).

In addition to being a fine guitarist, Steve is also a great producer, for which he was named Producer of the Year in the Western Canadian Music Industry Awards the same weekend.

I also want to send out congratulations to fellow Saskatchewanians who also took home awards. Little Miss Higgins received Outstanding Blues Recording for Junction City and Elizabeth Raum received Outstanding Classical Composition for her work Dark Thoughts (How Bodies Make Ecstatic Marks)