There is only one way to play the blues: From the heart with ferocity as if your life depends on it.
Singer, songwriter and guitarist Bob Lanza from the wilds of north New Jersey leaves no doubt as to motivation with a scorching second release following his debut Things Ain’t So Bad (2009). Years with Floyd Phillips and the Mudflaps and backing legends like James Cotton prepared his audition as a new blues guitar hero.
Some reviews for “Time To Let Go”
- Time to Let Go, the fourth album from New Jersey–based guitarist and singer Bob Lanza, is a high-energy mix of blues and blues rock covers and originals. Lanza certainly shows off his impressive chops as a guitarist. The double-tracked interplay between his driving rhythm guitar and his dramatic lead work provides a number of the program’s highlights, including the rocking original When the Sun Comes Up and the cover of Ronnie Earl’s Follow Your Heart. Robert H. Cataliotti- Living Blues Magazine
- Time to Let Go further proves that Lanza is an outstanding blues musician. Blues comes from your heart and experiences, whether good or bad, and that shines through in every note. The Jersey boy learned from some of the very best (i.e. Johnny Copeland), and plays with some of the best too (killer harmonica from Steve Krase on Time to Let Go).The Bob Lanza Blues Band is a tight-knit blues unit, in true Chicago, Kansas City, style with some Texas influences hanging out in north New Jersey.-Brenda Hillegas, Elmore Magazine
- Lanza has played with a lot of local blues bands, and few of the greats. He was bandleader for Floyd Phillips and The Mudflaps for four years in the late 90’s into late 2001 when Floyd passed away. The Band has backed James Cotton and Nashville legend Dave Perkins. In February 2015 Bob had the honor of performing in Blues Icon Miss Trudy Lynn’s Blues review at The Lancaster Blues and Roots festival http://lancasterrootsandblues.com/featured-artists-2015
- The Bob Lanza Blues Band was recognized and showcased as one of today’s best blues bands in popular online show Raw Blues: The Series
- Article on Top 40 Charts website: Noted Bluesman Signs With Connor Ray Music