FLORIDA’S TROUBADOURS are Bob Patterson, Jim Carrick, Charley Simmons and Larry Mangum. With more than 200 years of performing attributed to the four, there is a magic that takes place when they get together. All are accomplished singer-songwriters, guitarist and storytellers and their shared love of Florida is front and center in every performance. Their original songs inform the listener on Florida history, environmental concerns, Florida’s musical legacy and those who came before such as Gamble Rogers, Will Mclean, Don Grooms, Dale Crider, Jim Ballew and many more.
Florida’s Troubadours originated in 2007 on the eve of the Gamble Rogers Music Festival when Patterson, Carrick, Simmons and Mangum gathered at a gig in Jacksonville, FL to pay a musical tribute to their hero, friend and mentor Gamble Rogers. That perennial meeting of song crafters continued until 2018 when the guys were invited to perform at Gamble’s festival in St. Augustine and in 2019 they were invited to return as a featured act the name TROUBADOURS became official.
Their individual strengths give great diversity to their performance. In addition to his wonderful 12-string guitar style, Bob Patterson is a master storyteller and author and captivates with his warm delivery. Jim Carrick’s masterful Travis picking and interpretation of classic songs is always fresh and exciting. Charley Simmons, also a killer Travis style picker, spent much of his life in Utah and his original songs paint beautiful pictures of that part of the world as well as Florida. Larry Mangum, the crooner in the crowd, is an acute observer of life and captures universal truths and humor in his many different musical styles.
Watching and listening to the Florida Troubadours is like reading an exciting book-you just can’t wait to see what’s going happen next!
LARRY MANGUM Jacksonville, FL singer/songwriter Larry Mangum has nearly 3000 performances over 5 decades as a folk, rock, country and Americana artist. A Floridian since 1970, known for his butter smooth voice, Larry has released 10 albums of original music since 1980. An award winning songwriter, Larry writes from a keen sense of observation and experience capturing the moments that reveal the human truths that bind us all together. An evening of Larry’s songs is an emotional roller coaster touching the heart, the mind and the soul that stays with the listener long after the performance. In his 40+ year career Larry has played in much of the US, Belgium and the Netherlands.
JIM CARRICK, St. Augustine Florida’s tried and true troubadour, is a master of the finger style guitar. Jim blends American finger style folk, blues, ragtime, bluegrass, old time standards, jazz guitar, and an overall understanding of finger style guitar into his body of work. Jim acquired much of his finger style guitar technique directly from Gamble Rogers and is proud to carry on Gamble’s legacy through songs and stories. Jim’s body of work includes unmatched tales of enchantment, love, danger, joy, heartache, loss, and stories of reckless abandon that occur most frequently during youth. Jim has become a St. Augustine icon, an exquisite storyteller, and of course, a hometown hero to the local music scene.
CHARLEY SIMMONS Charley began playing the guitar at age nine. By the age of sixteen, Charley was earning money traveling and performing throughout his home state of Delaware with a band. But it wasn’t until his move to St. Augustine, Florida in 1970, and his exposure to the late Gamble Rogers, that he began to develop his own finger picking solo style. Since that time, Charley has been 1992 Utah State Flattop Guitar Champion, the 2002 Wyoming State Fingerstyle Champion, the winner of the 2003 Gamble Rogers Fingerstyle Guitar Competition and a winner in the 2005 KRCL Singer/Songwriter Competition. Charley’s music is as diverse as his musical influences have been, drawing on folk, blues, bluegrass and jazz.
BOB PATTERSON is a singer, songwriter, storyteller and writer with over fifty years performing all over the United States. In the 1960's the prestigious folk music label, Vanguard Records released ‘Mary Ann’, a song Bob wrote and sang with his band Elisabeth. Bob moved to Florida in 1969 and became an integral part of the Florida folk scene. His song ‘Lullabye of the Rivers’ has become an anthem to preserving natural Florida. Bob is the co-founder of the Gamble Rogers Folk Festival and served as the events artistic director for over 20 years. His stories will tie you back to the land, to the plants and animals, to Florida’s precious water, and to Florida’s real people. His poignant music and stories will evoke nostalgia for a way of life that is quickly fading.