John coined the name Satori Bob with Pat O'Brien in the weird college town of Potsdam, NY, where he first began performing. He fell in with the extraordinary guitarist Bob Gagnon in Vermont after that, and the Satori Bob duo toured the Northeast and Colorado. John performed steadily for many years and formed an excellent ensemble in Eugene, Oregon in 2008, bringing back the Satori Bob name. With longtime compadre Devin Newman on banjo, gifted guitarist Russ Wilbanks, and accomplished bassist Jeff Langston, the group toured hard and released Strangely Familiar in 2012. Radio airplay and regional notoriety followed, along with an evolution in the lineup.
Most recently, John has enlarged the ensemble to a six-piece band, adding drums and violin, called the Satori Bob Large Band. While he now fears that he owes copyright fees to Lyle Lovett for the name, John has distracted himself by being immersed in consciously arranging songs to take advantage of the excellent musicianship around him.
With Satori Bob, Beau both weaves through the music and provides a powerful rhythmic foundation for the melodies and harmonies of the other members. He is a truly fine human being, and his positive energy infuses the project with light and professionalism.
Della Natasha Davies
Violinist Della Natasha Davies has played violin since the age of 9. She worked with respected violinist Aaron Rosand in high school, and performed regularly at Carnegie Hall in New Jersey and New York youth symphonies. She has performed throughout Europe and in Beijing, China, and worked closely with Russian master Zakhar Bron while attending the prestigious Conservatory of the Arts in Zurich. Della performs with the Eugene Symphony, the Corvallis Symphony, and the Eugene Ballet Company. In 2014, she joined Rod Stewart and his band for a concert at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene.
Della brings an amazing energy and voice to Satori Bob, serving both as a compelling lead voice and a gorgeous melodic complement to John's vocals.
Kathryn Brunhaver is working on a doctorate in Cello at the University of Oregon, and is a featured performer with the Eugene Symphony. She writes and performs original songs, and brings a strong voice and unique cello approach to Satori Bob.
Jeff joined Satori Bob in 2008 and brought a very powerful and nuanced energy to the music. His years of experience helped guide Satori Bob to a successful first CD, Strangely Familiar, and his interplay with John's rhythm and lyrics makes for unique performances. Jeff has strong expertise as an arranger and has helped twist compositions into their present shape.
Bob plays jazz in various jazz groups, is the frontman for acclaimed Tom Waits tribute band Small Change, and is an integral part of Satori Bob. A review of of Bob's CD Apple for the Teacher compared his playing to George Benson and Pat Martino. Bob and John recorded the first Satori Bob album in Aspen, CO, in 1992 as a duo. The Big Sky Sessions was a stark exploration with few overdubs of John's earlier compositions, and has stood the test of time.