BOBBY INGANO was born in Lanai City, on Lanai Island (pop. 2500). The only means of music, aside from backyard jams, was one radio in his home. Through radio, he was introduced to rock-and-roll and steel guitar at the same time. Two songs that he remembers distinctly as his favorites are "Blueberry Hill" and "Sleepwalk".
When he was seven, his family relocated to Honolulu. After being diagnosed with Polio, Bobby spent the next 7 years in and out of Shriners Hospital. It was here, out of boredom, that he learned how to play the ‘ukulele, and was a natural, coming from an extremely musical family—everyone from his parents to his siblings, and most of his nieces and nephews, played either the ‘ukulele, guitar, bass or steel guitar.
In high school, Bobby became immersed in playing the "blues" and joined a band. By the time Bobby was 18, having spent most of his teen years 'bucking heads' with his father, Bobby moved out on his own… and met a man who was one of the most notably influential people in his life-- David "Feet" Rogers, original slide steel player of the renowned Sons of Hawaii. Feet instilled in Bobby the importance of playing with discipline and love. He would say, "When you play music, always have fun and the main thing is, making people happy...PERIOD! No worry about competition. It's not a sport. Just be happy and smile...and never, ever, put yourself above anybody else. Bobby, always, ALWAYS play from your heart!"
It is this wisdom that Bobby now shares with young steel guitar players and other young musicians. He has adopted this to be his way of life. When Bobby plays, be it the electric or steel guitar, he plays with such humbleness and enjoyment, that you can't help but sit back, relax and smile.
One of the most in-demand lap steel players in Hawaii, Bobby has played on a "who's who" list of prominent entertainer's albums, from Amy Gilliom, Cazimero Brothers, Willy K, Bill Kaiwa, Kekuhi Kanehele, Theresa Bright, Martin Pahinui to Ka'au Crater Boys, Palolo, Kapena, Valley Boys, several groups in Japan, and most recently BB Shawn.
Bobby Ingano released a debut CD, Steel Reflections under the Flying Solo Music record label. Bobby's Hawaiian steel guitar artistry is featured on the Dancing Cat release, Martin Pahinui's Ho'olohe and most recently on a long overdue, second solo CD release of contemporary selections called Stranger Here. He is also a regular contributor and participant at clinics, steel guitar conventions, and music festivals.
Bobby performed on George Kahumoku’s 2006 compilation CD: Legends of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar -Live from Maui and again on the 2007 compilation CD: Treasures of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar (Daniel Ho Records), both of which won Grammy® Awards for Best Hawaiian Music Album. He was on the Grammy®-nominated compilation The Spirit of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar (2008 Daniel Ho Records) and again the newest compilation CD: Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Vol 2 (2009 Daniel Ho Records) again a Grammy® Award-winner for Best Hawaiian Music Album!
For more information on Bobby, visit www.nahenahe.net
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