Bob Wood has been playing guitar professionally since the 1970s

By Alex Heigl
Updated October 22, 2015 12:20 PM
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The Rolling Stones have nothing on Bob Wood.

Mick, Keef and the boys might be trucking into their 70s, but they’re youngins compared to 81-year-old Wood.

Wood achieved a measure of Internet fame this month when a Nashville guitar shop confusingly named British Audio Service uploaded a Facebook video of Wood playing an impressive version of the standard “B same Mucho.”

As the video racked up views (it’s currently sitting at just over 2 million) the Internet clamored for more information about Wood, which started to trickle in, mostly via Facebook comments from Wood’s assorted family members.

Wood grew up playing music in the Shenandoah Valley, and was signed on as a regular performer at Jamboree USA in Wheeling, West Virginia, in 1970, where he performed for 10 years. He was named Entertainer of the Year by Eastern States Country Music Inc., and in 2007, he was inducted into the the Southern Legends Country Music Hall of Fame.

Wood cut several albums during his career, including this ice-cold piece of ’70s-era cool, Bob Wood Plays It Cool.

The album’s liner notes contain this testimonial from none other than country guitar legend Carl Perkins:

“If kindness, concern for fellowman, loyalty to wife and family have anything to do with the making of a man, then my friends, meet a man, Bob Wood. Besides being a friend, I regard Bob as one of the very few great stylists on guitar. Talents are essential in the music business, being a man is helpful in any field. Combined you don’t miss. Now enjoy with me, an album by just such a person, my friend, Bob Wood.”

Here’s to many more years of playing it cool, Bob.

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