81-Year-OId Man Shows Off Virtuoso Guitar Skills
Move over, Rolling Stones – there’s a new senior guitarist in town! Mick and the band might be in their 70s and rocking solid, but Bob Wood here is 81 years old and still going strong on the guitar.
The senior citizen from Nashville, Tennessee blew the minds of the employees at a local guitar shop and subsequently the minds of everyone who has access to the World Wide Web, when the shop, confusingly named British Audio Service uploaded a video of Bob playing an impressive version of the standard “Besame Mucho” in their salon.
The video racked over 2 million views and the Internet can’t keep its mouth shut about the frail musician. They wanted to know everything about him, and Wood’s immediate family and friends were more than happy to oblige in the comments.
Wood, who has nine children of his own, 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 Southern Legends Country Music Hall of Fame. Wood cut several albums during his career, including an ice-cold piece of ’70s-era cool, Bob Wood Plays It Cool.
The liner notes on the album contain a 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.”
Watching these clips serves as a reminder that, at the end of the day, age is just a number and you are, in fact, as old as you feel. Just like these two amazing ladies proved with their exceptional skills, something most 20- and 30-year-olds can’t even begin to fathom.
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