started opening for national artists such as Marty Robbins, Johnny Rodriguez, 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 the middle 80’s, Bobby had become bandleader, show opener and fiddle player for Johnny Bush and the Bandoleros, 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 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 addititional six CD’s.
In 2002, Bobby received a Grammy Award 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 Okahoma 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).
It’s 2011, and Bobby Flores is continuously gaining recognition as one of Texas’ premier musicians and vocalists, both on stage and in the studio. Although he still occasionally performs with Ray Price, 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. His music can be heard on radio stations all over including XM Radio’s “Willie’s Place”.
Bobby also 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.