Winner 2008 Wildflower Song Contest
Finalist 2008 Kerrville New Folk
Finalist 2008 Solarfest Song Contest
Winner 2007 Mid Atlantic Song Contest
Emerging Artist 2007 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
Finalist 2007 Mountain Stage Newsong Live Round
Finalist Avalon Music and Arts Festival Rising Star Contest 2007
When Bob Sima opens his mouth to sing, what comes out is beyond the human sounds of a warm and soulful voice, yep, there’s more. A story, a nudge, a reminder, an angle on something very familiar you probably have never considered. A poet, observer, scribe, sometimes reluctant healer all bundled up into one singing songwriting bundle of energy so tapped in…he kinda needs a glass. His right hand slaps the guitar in a seemingly casual fashion, usually in rhythm with all of the toes in the room. Bob lives in “rural” Maryland, high on a hill, wife, son, dog, and simply more happiness than one person should ever be allowed to have, so in short, he is not a blues singer.
There is no way to encapsulate the record “Pour It On” other than his tagline “Good Music for Good People”, you just have to listen for yourself to catch the vibe of this troubadour, you’ll be glad you did. The record is full of funky acoustic guitar, rich piano, a taste of gospel, folk, and out front the voice of Bob and the words you won’t soon forget. Not a topical or thematic songwriter, Bob is as comfortable with a raucous storytelling rambler as he is with a soft mellow ballad and why not throw in some alt country? All mind you without pretense or shoegazing. Real stuff, meaty and worth repeating. So come on in, listen, repeat.
" Goosebumps, deep deep tracks, nothing short of spectacular" Michael Sutton- MUSIC DIS
"It's really rare that I receive a CD that I can honestly say doesn't have a weak track. With Bob Sima's "Pour it On," I can say that….the star of this production is Sima's voice. He's just got one of those perfectly accessible sets of pipes that will please everyone." Christy Claxton- Editor- STAVE MAGAZIN
"For anyone who wishes Van Morrison were still making rustic acoustic soul records like Tupelo Honey, Bob Sima's new release “Pour It On” is going to be the find of the year. Brimming with memorable melodies and beautiful mandolin, fiddle and dobro lines, these are timeless songs that sound like they could have been bursting out of back porch radios for the past 40 years. But they don't make you nostalgic so much as they make you look forward to what Sima will do next. Drew Pearce- writer- ACOUSTIC GUITAR MAGAZINE (Host: Bay Area House Concerts)