Bob “Soxx” Petersen

Bob and Teri PetersenBob Petersen, better known as Bob Soxx, has recently been diagnosed with ALS – Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He has been showing/feeling symptoms for over a year, and spent a few harrowing days in the hospital in early April. Though he hit a brief low point, he is feeling better and more positive: he has many good days, can take care of himself pretty well, and just wants to enjoy life! Both Bob and his cherished wife Teri have been an inspiration through it all, but the debilitating effects of the disease are changing their lives in every way imaginable.  Bob’s community of friends, family and fans are trying to raise $30,000.00 for immediate assistance including buying a special wheelchair ($8000.00!) and to help with many of the upcoming challenges and expenses on the road ahead.

*Make your tax-deductible donation online to the Bob “Soxx” Petersen Relief Fund


The Jeremy Wilson Foundation
ATT: Bob Soxx

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Guitar player, singer, and award-winning songwriter Bobby Soxx, born Robert Petersen, moved to Portland, Oregon in 1993. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Bob spent the better part of his life playing guitar in countless bands throughout the mid-west and east coast. Honing his impeccable chops and raucous tone over the years, he mastered country, blues, rock, pop, folk, and funk. He applied all of these genres to his songwriting, a beguiling blend of original yet somehow-familiar riffs and smart lyrics, that eventually earned him the recognition of the Portland Music Association, who awarded Bobby with the Blues Song of the Year in 1995 for his infectious “No Good Usin’ Me”.

Bobby Soxx moved to Portland with the sole intent of reuniting with a band he helped pioneer while living in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The Crackpots were a mainstay of what was affectionately dubbed “The East Side Sound” in the 90s, whose locus was the Laurelthirst Public House. The Crackpots broke attendance records and dance floors, due largely to Bob’s original songs and dynamic guitar playing; epic solo crescendos that are legendary, tasty seventies licks and tone that are a loving and real tribute to a beloved era of music, and his aplomb with quieter, more sensitive songs, make Bobby Soxx one of the best, most versatile guitar players in Portland.

*Make your tax-deductible donation online now to Bob “Soxx” Petersen Relief Fund