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by Bob Gatewood

Bob Gatewood has written a timeless classic singalong for South Bass Island and the Village of Put-in-Bay and it has been declared by the village council of Put-in-Bay to be the official song of the island.
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In 1985, Bob Gatewood and Calabash started in the Flats of Cleveland and quickly became the house band at several clubs, most notably Fagan's. Within a year, they were also playing the Round House on Put-in-Bay and Sloppy Joe's in Key West. They were to become the benchmark in all three markets. They set sales records and then broke them the following year. Playing a blend of their own songs and lots of favorites, 150 shows a year turned into 300 as they added the Virginias, the Carolinas and Georgia. Calabash, always a top notch band, has in it's alumni Chad Szeliga of Breaking Benjamin, and 2009 Academy of Country Music Best Guitarist, Tom Bukovac.

But things change. They tore down the Flats, and three annual trips to Key West has turned into just one. And, there was one place tugging at Gatewood harder than all the rest. So much so, he moved the whole operation up there. It was the place where they always wanted to hear him sing that song he wrote when he was a kid, and in 1996 made into a hit full length album, "Friends-of-the-Bay". You guessed it. Put-in-Bay.

Since then, Gatewood still plays solo and tours with Calabash, but mostly just to the other side of the island. The tour bus is mainly a golf cart, but he still kicks out great rock'n'roll, some his own and some not. He leaves the island to write in Mexico with his wife, or for an occasional festival or yacht club or town, and records in Nashville with some of the best in the business. His 2001 effort, FINALLY HOME, garnered a Best of the Year Award from the Cleveland Scene Magazine, and the Plain Dealer nodded him as a local legend.

In 2011, Gatewood returns to Nashville to record his much anticipated follow-up.
The cast of players that will have over 300 gold and platinum recordings, and number among Nashville's best. The participants will include current ACM Best guitarist Tom Bukovac, the legendary drummer, Joe Vitale, and Billy Joel's bassist, David Santos.

The album, Be Good to Yourself is already getting heavy airplay in Ohio, and charting in Cleveland in the top ten. Gatewood has already started on winter promotion tour with appearances on tv and interviews on radio and newspapers.



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