News 2018

Tears and Laughter, my most recent recording, was released late 2016. Folk Radio embraced the record; It was the #1 album, I was the #1 artist and had the #1 song ("Hole In The Ground") on the Folk DJ Radio charts for September of 2016. "Hole In the Ground" was aired by many DJs as part of their 15th anniversary 9/11 radio programs. The CD continuted to chart in October on the Folk DJ chart (many times CDs fall off in the 2nd month as other new releases take center stage. The CD got a little press - here's a review by Michael Tearson for Sing Out! online: "Tears and Laughter" is a thoroughly winning, engaging album of songs created and delivered with great love and heart."

Folk DJs were enthusiastic in their reviews of the album:

"Your voice sounds as lovely as ever." Rich Warren, WFMT, MIdnight Special, Chicago

"Congratulations on a superb alblum." Menachem Vinogrand, Director Jacob's Ladder Folk Festival, Israel

"A fabulous CD, very special... a great sound." Jim Marino, CMFU, Hamilton, Canada

"A beautiful album." Michael Stock, WLRN, Miami

Tears And Laughter CD cover image

I have started work on a new recording of ethnic Sephardic Jewish music, sung in the centuries old language Ladino. I had a grant to research and perform this music many years ago, when I was starting my music career. I fell in love with the music of the Spanish Jews and enjoyed performing it. But I could never get a record company interested in material. Now all these years later, a close friend (who also loves the music) has encouraged me to record these songs for free at his recording studio. We started in late 2017, and are continuing our work into this Spring.

3 tunes from my SONGS OF THE SEASON CD were featured on a Hallmark made-for-TV Christmas movie called "Christmas In Homestead." The show continued to air a few times over the summer of 2017 for Hallmark's "Christmas in July" promotion. Our multi-cultural holiday CD (in English, Hebrew, Spanish, German, etc) is available for purchase for $10. You can also purchase downloads from itunes and

Songs of the Season CD cover

I could always use help getting airplay, especially in the Boston area. We need to get WUMB back on board! Also WXPN in Philly, WFMT in Tampa, FL, WFUV in New York City, WPKN in Bridgeport, and many of the stations below. If you live somewhere near a folk radio show, please email in a request. They do pay attention to those requests! I would love it if you could request any of my songs at Folk Alley Radio -

If you are Spotify users, please call up some of my songs while you have it on, and I will earn some fractions of pennies for each airplay. Better yet, please put me in your Spotify playlists! Apparently that is something desireable for artists to be a part of.

Listen to the radio? Have a favorite station? You can help me find new listeners by requesting airplay on your local indie music station. A partial list of stations that have been serviced with my product is below. Most of the non-commercial stations have websites or Facebook pages where you can e-mail requests for music you would like to hear. An e-mail requesting airplay of my CDs would be much appreciated!

XM SIrius Satellite Radio has played my children's song "Celebrate Hanukkah" on their Chanukah channel for several years now and I assume they will also air it this holiday season, but I'd love to get on other channels there. If you subscribe to XM Satellite Radio, please request any of my music from their "Village" channel by clicking here or writing them via Facebook.

WUMB - Boston, MA
WFUV - New York, NY
KVMR-FM - Nevada City, CA
WAMC - FM - Albany, NY
WPSU-FM State College, PA
WYEP-FM - Pittsburg, PA -on "American Sampler," Ken Batista, host
WVUD - Newark, DE
KFAI FM - Minneapolis, MN
WDIY - Allentown, PA
WFMT - Chicago, IL ("the Midnight Special" show)
KRFC - Ft. Collins, CO
KGOF - San Francisco, CA
WCVF - Fredonia, NY
WVIA - Wilkes Barre, PA
WKSU - Kent, OH (Folk Alley program)
WPRB - Princeton, NJ
WSDL, Ocean City, MD
WRUV-FM, Cleveland, OH
WCNI Radio - New London, CT - Art Dean's show Sunday early evening.
WNMC - Traverse City, MI

and many other radio stations and internet radio sites!

I am still selling my handmade pierced earrings online. I started fooling around with the many shells I had picked up on the beaches of Club Med where I was performing, as well as Florida. Many of the shells has tiny holes in them and I thought theyd look pretty as earrings. So I began to make earrings from the shellsI had found, using beads and semi-precious stones in the design. It has turned into a kind of passion and I have made so many pairs that got oohs and aahs from friends that I thought I'd offer them for sale. I love that they are made from nature and make me feel very connected to the sea, sand and warm weather when I wear them. They are made for pierced ears, and here's the website for them. Every pair is $10 plus shipping of $2. They are fun and funky and make great inexpensive gifts for the women in your life.

CD Baby, my main online e-tailer (my music is licensed to iTunes through them), has been offering a special incentive for people to check out new music. Buy 3 CDs from a wide list of choices for just $15. I have been putting one or more of my CDs in the program from time to time, and the results have been most interesting. Many more people are checking out my music and taking advantage of this great deal. You can also order directly from this website. Most CDs are only $10, available from this website. Nearly all of my songs are available for individual digital download.

If you have enjoyed my music in the past, you can "write" a review of either of my CDs and post it to Just go to this link for "Slow Burn", for "Acousticness" and for "Images of Women Vol.1." Please note that you will have to create a buyer login in order to post reviews, whether you are a consumer, music lover, or CDBaby artist.

Please visit my artist page at Facebook, which is where my music activities are posted. If you can take a minute to go there and "like" my page, I'd appreciate it! You can also click the link on the left hand menu bar. I have a Twitter account, @bobbolu and have started posting there more regularly on local, political and consumer topics as well as tweeting about occasional music things I'm involved with or going to see. I have my own channel at Youtube and, if you subscribe there, you'll be notified when new videos are uploaded. Some are banjo videos, some are original songs; some are teaching videos - etc. Most recently a video of "Here I Am (Hineni"), from the new CD, was recorded at the SERFA conference in Mayin the wee late hours of the morning by Jeff Nuttle of World One Video. Enjoy!

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