2003 Grammy Award winning musician Bobby Flores is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, arranger, producer, composer and first call session musician. He studied music theory and classical violin at Trinity University under the late Dominick Saltarelli, jazz guitar with Jackie King, and classical guitar with David Underwood. Bobby is featured on over four hundred albums, CDs and singles, including performances with numerous artists on major labels. He composes music for radio and television commercials airing throughout the U.S., Europe, and Australia. While Bobby feels at home in the country, pop-rock, jazz, blues, Latin and classical genres, he also enjoys composing for and performing with string quartets.
In 1968 at the age of seven, Bobby started his professional career by performing at local functions and Texas area circuits in a gospel duo with his mother Mary Jane Flores. Two years later Bobby began working nightclubs as a featured single artist with George Chambers & The Country Gentlemen, a well-known San Antonio area country band.
The next 10 years would set the precedence for Bobby’s career. He formed his first band at the age of twelve and started opening for national artists such as Marty Robbins, Wynn Stewart, Johnny Rodriguez, Larry Gatlin, Tanya Tucker and Conway Twitty. To coincide with Bobby’s live performances he was also chosen to be a feature spokesman for the regional Big Red soft drink television commercials. Shortly afterward he recorded the first of four charting country singles and released his first LP album on the San Antonio based Joey Records.
By 1980, Bobby had become bandleader, show opener and fiddle player for Johnny Bush and the Bandoleros, and by the early 80's was vocalist/guitarist for Top 40 and rock bands, “Gone City” and “The Boiz,” and was also performing with the Trinity University Community Orchestra.
In 1988, along with brother, Greg, and sister, Sandra, Bobby formed the band Angel Fire and played the Texas “A” circuit until 1997, opening for numerous country superstars including George Strait, Vince Gill and Garth Brooks. Shortly thereafter, he toured the US and Canada with David Kersh (Curb Records), including performances for Prime Time Country on TNN and numerous radio shows.
As fate would have it, this turn of events led him to his dream job by becoming first violin/fiddle player for Ray Price through 2001. This also inspired Bobby to record his debut CD, Just For The Record. He has since released an additional seven CD’s.
In 2003, Bobby received Grammy recognition for string and brass arrangements and violin performances on Freddy Fender’s CD, La Musica de Baldemar Huerta.
2004 yielded "Male Artist of The Year"- Third Coast Music, "Western Swing Instrumentalist of The Year" - Academy of Western Artists", "Fiddle Player of The Year" -Terry Awards, "Album of The Year" (Just For The Record) - Swingin' West and "Top 10 Album of The Year" - Take Country Back.
In 2007 Bobby was inducted into the "Southern Legends of Entertainment" in Oklahoma City and was also honored by being inducted into the "Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame" in San Marcos, TX. Bobby's recording of "I Wonder Who'll Turn Out The Lights" (from his "Festival" CD) is featured in the recent Tommy Lee Jones movie "Three Burials". His work on albums has had him nominated another two times for Grammy Awards. His record label, Yellow Rose Records, is also doing very well for him as he continues to produce great albums for a variety of artists (www.yellowroserecords.com).
Bobby was also thrilled to compose the original music soundtrack for the multi-award winning documentary film, "The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez".
2009 brought several more recognitions including a Top 10 "Swingin' West" Western Swing single for "Are You Teasing Me" as well as an Academy of Western Artists finalist for Traditional Country Album of the Year for "11 Roses".
In 2010 Bobby was given a special Award of Congratulatory Recognintion from Govenore Rick Perry for 40 years of performing in the music industry.
In 2013, the Western Swing Society inducted Bobby into the Western Swing Hall of Fame.
2014 brought many awards, including induction into the Country Music Association of Texas Hall of Fame, a finalist for Ameripolitan Award for Western Swing Male, the Western Swing Hero Award from the Cowtown Society of Western Swing and Governor Rick Perry, and being nominated for "Texas Musician of the Year".
In addition, Bobby Flores has been a Texas Comission on the Arts Grant Recipient from 2010 to the present and also won the 2015 Ameripolitan Award for Western Swing Male.
Bobby Flores is continuously gaining recognition as one of Texas’ premier musicians and vocalists, both on stage and in the studio. Bobby can be heard all across Texas playing country dances with his band, The Yellow Rose Band, featuring three fiddles and some of the best musicians in the world (www.yelllowroseband.com). His music can be heard on radio stations all over including Sirius-XM Radio’s “Willie’s Roadhouse”. Bobby can also be seen and heard on RFDTV's TruCountry and Midwest Country Opry.
Bobby owns, directs and teaches at his live-performance music academy, the Bulverde Academy of Music, www.bam8.com and is joined there by several top notch music instructors on many instruments.
In addition, Bobby's recording and production talents have found a permanent home at B.A.M. Recording Studios in San Antonio, which Bobby owns in partnership with his father, Robert Flores, Sr.