2014 - Individual Artist
Bob Saar, a Burlington, Iowa, native, is a writer, novelist, videographer and a musician. He is the author of the novel “In Memory of David’s Buick.” Before he published that story, he had a long history in the music business. He played his first music gig in March 1965 when “The Jesters” were paid $5.00 each to play on the floor at the local masonic temple.
Saar has performed with many bands throughout the years. He was the lead guitarist and songwriter for the iconic “St. John & the Heads.” The band played as an opening for Timothy Leary, the Bob Seger System, the Allman Brothers, Zephyr, Ten Wheel Drive, and REO Speedwagon. He also appeared in an early MTV video with the band Zephyr, after becoming their lead guitarist.
Other bands Saar has performed with include, Blue Sky Band, Pete Klint Quartet, the Pages, Diamond Jackson, Georges, Neon, and Fox and Weasel. He has recorded with Mason Williams, John Hartford, Byron Berlin, Washboard Chaz, Gregg Tripp and others. He currently performs with Patrick Hazell, Alex Richman, Dick Doughlas and other 60s survivors.
Besides his guitar prowess, Saar is also a singer and a songwriter. He writes and performs his own compositions, include those from the novel “In Memory of David’s Buick.” As a asoloist, he has opened for stars including John Hammond, Maria Muldaur, Joe Diffy, Curtis Salgado, Bo Ramsey and Patrick Hazell. He wrote “Friday Night Band” which was released as a single in 1970 by the Pete Klint Quintet; it reached the Top 40 on Iowa radio stations. Saar has four albums to date: David’s Buick, Blue Shop, Front Porch Music and Blue Sky Bob.
Saar has also worked in the field of video and audio engineering. He was involved in the crew and editing for video productions for Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, Brooks and Dunn, John Fogerty, Tears for Fears, Nissan, Toyota, Adidas, Tektronix, US Bank, Sears, Abu-Garcia, and Freightliner/Mercedes Benz, just to name a few. He has also been a freelance videographer for CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox and Disney on various news shows and programming.
To add to that list of accomplishments, Saar was also the chief videographer for Chuck Offenburger’s bicycle caravan trek across the US, “The Great Bike Ride Across America.” This documentary was shot on location over four months and an IPT documentary was cut from that footage. Other documentary work includes “Wasteland” and “Cycle Vietnam.” Both of those won a few awards and a copy of each reside in the Smithsonian.
Saar’s numerous accolades range from writing, music, photography, videography and audio engineering; as his career spans all facets of the music industry.