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Meet The Boomers

The Boomers formed in early 2019 and are based out of the Bradenton, FL area. Each month we will feature one of our band members and give you some insight on who we are and what makes us rock 'n' roll.

Meet Bob Cary - Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar

Where are you from and when did you move to the Sarasota/Bradenton area?

I’m from Maryland and moved to SRQ in 2012.

How did you get started in music?

Played clarinet & drums in school. Took up electric guitar and played in several bands as a teen. Developed a love for the warmth, tone and character of the acoustic guitar and stuck with that ever since. Have a natural ear for music and multiple harmonies which is why I like harmony music best. Can play piano/keyboard but only in a basic sense.  


Who are your musical influences?  

The Beatles, The Eagles, Santana, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Frankie Valli, Creedence, Clapton, Ricky Skaggs, The Beach Boys, really any good harmony songs. Love anything that is done well.


What are some of the other bands you have played in?

“Disowned” 70s rock: Heart, Santana, Beatles, Clapton, Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, etc.

“The Curators” 70s rock: McCartney & Wings, Mountain, Jackson Browne, Almond Bros, Clapton, etc.   

“Sons Of Pirates” light rock, pop, beach music, Zac Brown, Neil Young, CSN, Grateful Dead, etc.

“If Walls Could Talk” 60s & 70s  rock, pop, country rock covering a variety of artists

“What About Bob” a mix of artists & genres including The Band, Marshall Tucker, Badfinger, The Moody Blues, Ricky Skaggs, America, James Taylor, George Harrison


What do you like about playing with The Boomers?

The camaraderie and music. This is a great group of fun loving, down to earth people. Our music provides a unique niche in the market that people don’t often get to hear live. As a dance party band I like the energy and fun our audiences enjoy. 


Do you have a memorable or funny music experience you would like to share?  

Who is sitting next to you?

After 30 minutes at a local FL house jam, I was told that the guy playing next to me was from Guns & Roses  

Appearances can be deceiving

At a concert, a man who looked like a hobo was called to the stage. I was going to leave when people told me to stay and hear him. Turned out to be Piedmont Records blues legend, (the late) Warner Williams. We got introduced and I played guitar and sang with him several times after that. Glad I stuck around.

Audition Surprises    

We went to audition a bass player at their house. When we got there we saw gold framed records and album recording certificates on the walls. Turned out to be one of Trisha Yearwood’s Recording Engineers who also played bass. They didn’t join our band but we had a fun day of music and conversation.

The Funny Bump

The Bump dance came out in the 70s. Since we play music into the 70s I decided to bump with the audience at an event. I ended up being squashed between two large individuals which made the singer laugh out loud while trying to sing 96 Tears. I now keep a small bottle of helium-oxygen in my bag to inflate my lungs should that happen again.

Meet Johnny Was - Lead Guitar, Vocals

Where are you from and when did you move to the Sarasota/Bradenton area?

I was born and grew up in the DC tri-state area.   Specifically Fairfax Virginia..We relocated in July 2019 to Sarasota primarily because of the amazing beach and weather.

How did you get started in music?

When I was 12, my sister had a nylon string guitar.  My brother and I took turns fighting over playing it.


I was 14 when some guys started a band in my neighborhood.  They didn’t have a bass player, so somehow my dad found a bass guitar and a beat up Selmer amplifier with 4 inputs which I also used for my microphone.

One of the guys showed me what notes to play, and just like that I was in my first band.


Who are your musical influences?
All the big names from the 60s and early 70s. And some lesser known bands playing in Georgetown like Grin, James Gang,


What are some of the other bands you have played in?
After Cromwell, there was Truck, (Cream, Byrds, harmony),  then Happy Jack…(Beatles, Allman Brothers, Santana, harmony), then a wonderful contemporary rock band called “Hot Rox”…that played a lot of Holiday Inns, Wagon Wheel restaurants, and Rock venues…..then a traveling 40s show through Chicago and Wisconsin, Carolinas,  then back to DC into a band called Touch, (Rock, Lounge, Show Group..). Then into a harder rock n roll group called Romance (Zepplin, 80s Rock).  The last group was called Pure Luck and we played Mary Chapin Carpenter, country, and classic rock..after all that I founded “Rock University” in DC to teach kids how to play and to play in bands.


What do you like about playing with The Boomers?

The Boomers have a pure tight sound that is energetic and exciting.  They have variety, and a wide range of musical surprises that keep everyone’s interest.  And you won’t find a better group of humans anywhere..In the end, chemistry is what makes bands fun to play in, and fun to listen to.


Do you have a memorable or funny music experience you would like to share?  

I have many early career memories.  Playing on the DC river boat every night when we were 17 and 18 in the Happy Jack band gave us our first glimpse of what a musician's life would be.

So exciting.. So fresh… Grand Funk Railroad, Santana were big, and Allman Bros were emerging….

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