...a hero of the 5-string banjo – Bluegrass Unlimited

Copper Creek, Rebel, and Green Valley recording artist Bob Black has performed with Ricky Skaggs, Emmylou Harris, Marty Stuart, John Hartford, Ralph Stanley, Rhonda Vincent, The Whites, Frank Wakefield, and many others. He is a singer-songwriter and instrumentalist of international acclaim. Bob has recorded with Norman Blake, Greg Brown, Kenny Baker, Bill Monroe, John Hartford, Bo Ramsey, Sam Bush, and more (over 30 albums in all). He has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry many times.

...passion, love, and artistry. – The Iowa City Press-Citizen

Bob was the recipient of the 2002 Traditional Arts Award, presented by the Iowa Arts Council in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Arts in Iowa. He has written a book about his experiences working with Bill Monroe entitled Come Hither to Go Yonder (University of Illinois Press, 2005). He has also published several articles in Bluegrass Unlimited. A graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Bob Black holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in the field of graphic design. He and his wife, Kristie Black, have their own band, Banjoy.

Expanding the definition of bluegrass, Bob Black weaves modern sounds into the ancient fabric of tradition.

Bob Black

10693 338th Ave.
North English, Iowa, 52316

Bob Black


Bob's banjo music is a dipperful of cold well water at the end of a long hot dusty day.– Greg Brown

Bob has bluegrass roots going straight back to Bill Monroe, The Father of Bluegrass Music. Bob toured and recorded with the late great musical master during the 70's, learning much about songwriting and performing which he now brings to audiences all over the world. Drawing on bluegrass, folk, and gospel music traditions, Bob creates his own brand of Midwestern Roots music, which features both original and traditional songs and instrumentals.

Strawberry Jam Camp

July 23, 24, & 25, 2014