Bob Girard, Rock’n’Roll Marathoner, April 12

In rock’n’roll, “durable” is not usually an adjective sought after by performers. But for well over four decades, Bob Girard has been Charlottesville’s most durable singer, with a highly recognizable voice that has not been diminished by Father Time. He has fronted such iconic Charlottesville bands as The Hawaiians in the early 1970s, Captain Tunes and his Fabulous Noteguns later in that decade, The Casuals featuring Johnny Sportcoat in the 80s, Alligator since 1998, and The Gladstones. After an accident in Rome in the early 2000s in which he was hit by a motorcycle cop while crossing a street and then run over by a bus, he started playing guitar under doctor’s orders as therapy for his mangled arm, resulting in a flurry of songs that has never stopped. He formed The Gladstones as a vehicle for performing these songs, which have also been recorded on a steady series of solo releases. In this show, The Juddermeister and Charlie Pastorfield will take a look at the long and storied career of one of Charlottesville’s rock’n’roll greats, the inimitable Robert Ernest Girard.

It’s part of the 2018 WTJU Rock Marathon. Call in those pledges of support at 434-924-3959, or on-line at wtju.net/donate. Compliments of Hurricane City Tees, there will be some special premiums only available during the show; including a couple of t-shirts and a button.

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