We had the good fortune of connecting with Bobby Cuff and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bobby, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are” -Theodore Roosevelt
It is my passion to create and produce music. In pursuit of this dream, I have been thrown challenges and have faced daunting obstacles along the way. I came across this quote watching a biography on the History Channel and it really struck me to the core. I connect with its message of resilience in the face of adversity and making the most of any situation. It also taught me to focus and appreciate what I can do at any particular moment.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My label, Blacksheep Music Productions, serves as a platform to release my music in all its shapes and forms. Each group showcases different aspects of my musical palette and the amazing musicians that I perform with.
Currently, my roster consists of:
Grievous Angels – Psychedelic Reggae Soul
The Unknown – Reverbtastic surf punk!
Robert Lee Cuff & the Tarantulas – Funky psychedelic rock/hiphop/pop
The Poets’ Band – A groovy collection of spoken word artists backed by a world music rhythm & blues group
BobKat- Stripped down, percussive, haunting grooves adorned by beautiful aching harmonies.
While most labels and artists are preoccupied with staying current with trends, reproducing a formulaic approach to music, Blacksheep Music Productions is dedicated to creating, producing, and releasing original music for the modern era, and beyond.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Being born and raised in Los Angeles, I tend to view L.A. in a random, mood-based way. When my friends come to town they usually end up traveling around with me visiting, running errands, and cruisin’ around the city. I love to drive around Los Angeles, taking in its vastness. So, I’ll just name check some of the killer spots around town that I dig.
Amoeba Records- Located right in the middle of Hollywood. It’s the best record store in the city. You can find or order anything you can imagine, and some things that you didn’t know that you wanted. They have great in-store performances, and lots of promotional fun events every week. Please take a visit.
Harold’s Place-Situated in old school San Pedro on Pacific Avenue. This classic bar is one the highlights of a classic town that birthed Charles Bukowski, The Minutemen, and Saccharine Trust to name a few. It also happens to be where my band, Grievous Angels, have a monthly residency, playing the 1st Saturday of every month. Come dig the many eclectic acts performing punk, funk, and their cool jazz potluck series every Sunday.
Pancho’s Restaurant-Pancho’s sits on Highland Avenue in Hermosa Beach overlooking the ocean shore. Come to Pancho’s Restaurant and experience the most amazing Mexican food (the chimichangas are especially tasty) and the city’s best margaritas. The whole experience is like eating in the middle of the rain forest. Enjoy!
Gardens of Taxco- West Hollywood is known for its free-wheeling boogie spirit, but nestled between Santa Monica Blvd. and Harper Avenue is the Gardens of Taxco Restaurant. It has that bustling authentic traditional Mexican style that infuses even the way the menu is described, and last but not least are the amazing guitarrista cantantes that roam the restaurant serenading the customers. Tip them well.
Taix Restaurant- Taix Restaurant sits in between Echo Park and Silver Lake, bringing both late night hipsters and underground night crawlers. Stop by Taix anytime and enjoy great French cuisine, especially their superb array of soups, but come by around 10pm, and experience the swankiest spot in town. There are no Hollywood knuckleheads, just great drinks, late night munchies, and some of the most unique bands in town playing in front of a huge fireplace. Come experience it for yourself.
Frolic Room- One of the coolest bars is also one of the smallest. It’s sort of the American version of a London phone booth, lol! If you’re going to the Pantages Theatre to see Dirty Dancing Live or Wicked or to the Fonda to see the latest indie rock sensation or even if you want to gawk all there is to see on Hollywood Blvd., then, by all means, hit up the Frolic Room. The jukebox is boss. The bartenders serve killer drinks. Good luck with the bathroom and finding some place to stand, let alone sit. It’s well worth a visit. It is the gateway to a good time.
World Stage/Leimert Park- Right around the corner from where I live, is the World Stage located in the heart of Leimert Park. Mecca for the African-American community, hip-hop hippies, new age groovers, and anyone interested in soul, jazz and the blues. The World Stage has many top acts, up-and-comers, as well as, new artists just starting out to perform on their stage. The World Stage is partly responsible for the resurgence of Leimert Park, so stop by and dig the whole scene.
The Trip- The Trip is located on Lincoln Blvd., in between Santa Monica and Venice, CA. It’s pretty much the only music venue left on the Westside. Stop in any night and hear the hottest bands pouring their heart and soul onto the stage. Right off the 10 freeway or walking distance for locals, this place is the shining light of the Westside.
El Cid-Located on Sunset Blvd. in the heart of Silver Lake, you climb down their steep stairs to another world. El Cid Restaurant specializes in traditional Spanish cuisine with classic flamenco music and dancers who will transfix you late into the night.
Il Cielo Restaurant- Hidden deep in Beverly Hills this restaurant is worth the time, money, and effort it takes to get there. With it’s ethereal setting of lights, flowers and exquisite foliage, it is one of the most romantic places to take a date. If you want to sweep them off of their feet, then this the destination.
Catalina Bar & Grill- Tucked away in Hollywood on McCadden Pl. next to Sunset Bl., this jazz club has great food, intoxicating drinks, and some of the best acts in jazz. There’s not a bad seat in the house, and the best musicians jazz has to offer just mill about the side of the stage open to autographs or some lively dialogue. You simply must check it!
Baked Potato Featuring Brian Auger- Just a little north from Hollywood on North Cahuenga Bl. is the Baked Potato. A very intimate bar & grill known for its baked potatoes, and the finest jazz fusion line-ups in a small setting in the city. My recommendation is to catch Brian Auger anytime he is in town. Brian is a jazz/funk organist/Rhodes piano master. He has played with best jazz funk players in existence, and his excellent band featuring his son, Karma, cannot be beat. He is usually in town for one weekend of shows, and then he’s back off to Europe. It is a full house when they play so buy tickets in advance, and get there early. If have a friend from out of town visiting, and Brian Auger is performing at the Baked Potato, we put everything on hold, I drag them to this show, ’nuff said. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This shoutout goes out to my mother, Dolores Cuff, who passed away in 2006. My mother was my earliest supporter through thick and thin. She didn’t have the money to fund my musical dreams, but she allowed me to write and practice my instruments, endured my crazy bands rehearsing in my bedroom, blasting the wildest records, and let me dream and chart my own path in life which is beyond any monetary contribution. Growing up without a father, she somehow fulfilled both roles. She was not a musician, but her passion for life, and her sense of humor have carried me through the toughest of times.
Other: https://soundcloud.com/bobby-cuff/sets http://voyagela.com/interview/meet-bobby-cuff-blacksheep-music-productions-label-ownerproducer/ https://grievousangels1.bandcamp.com/releases https://open.spotify.com/user/1277689906#_=_ https://open.spotify.com/artist/2JWGeKAujCUqljHmzT2T32 https://open.spotify.com/album/2DAij442IgR26ekPUvnrJM https://open.spotify.com/album/4QUb0nivgi4WmXRiZC09P8
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