John Baumann has been playing music since dinosaurs roamed the earth. Armed with an acoustic guitar, a powerful rhythmic and poetic sense, and a voice that features immediacy and gritty honesty, John writes and performs songs about wayward relationships, the perils of love and life, and keen observations of the human condition. More storyteller than abstract poet or love song creator, John's songs have won the respect of the toughest critics, his musical peers. John's musical inspirations include some of the top songwriters of our time - Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell, John Prine, and Bob Dylan.
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.
John enlarged the ensemble to a six-piece band, keeping Devin on banjo, and adding Beau Eastlund on drums, Noah Kamrat on bass, and Della Natasha Davies on 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.
The most recent incarnation of Satori Bob features John with Kathryn Brunhaver on cello and vocals, Della Natasha Davies on violin, Keenan Dorn on guitar, Joe Hughes on bass, and when we can get him, Beau Eastlund on drums. Fresh off the release of Stories Never Told, Satori Bob is in the midst of recording a very different album, one infused as much by Beckish indie influences and rich production as by rootsy Americana. Stay tuned for new music coming out throughout 2019.
Drummer Beau Eastlund performs with many of the best musicians in the Pacific Northwest. From Halie and the Moon to the Sugarbeats to Mike Brewer to Satori Bob, Beau is the drummer's drummer for a wide variety of musical styles. Beau also owns and operates Golden Lab Recording, and brings his stellar engineering skills to countless musical projects, including Satori Bob recordings.
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.
Cellist Kathryn Brunhaver's performance resume includes positions with Eugene Symphony, and guest performances with Oregon Bach Festival, Rogue Valley Symphony, Chamber Music Amici, and numerous other regional ensembles. She writes and performs original songs, and brings a strong voice and unique cello approach to Satori Bob. Kathryn has been instrumental (sorry) in the arranging and performing of Satori Bob songs beginning with the album Stories Left Untold. I originally asked her to perform with me because I love the cello and wanted both cello and violin in the band. To my surprise and delight, she turned out to be a stellar harmony vocalist as well. Working with Kathryn continues to be effortless and rewarding.
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.
Joe Hughes has been doing video work for Satori Bob for the past few years. One day I was in his studio editing video with him when I noticed a plethora a basses. When I asked, he confessed that he was in three bands. I invited him to play a duo gig with me, and we've been playing together since. Sometimes treasure is right in front of you and it takes a while to notice. Joe brings solid chops, a positive outlook on life, and plenty of digital marketing expertise. God knows I need that...