A native New Yorker, Bob Fusco started playing guitar at age 13, and switched to bass when he was 17. He played rock and top 40s around the tri-state area in the early '60s, until he began playing blues with Roxy Perry in the ‘70s. Fusco has since been the bass player with her band, performing at clubs and festivals around the world, including the renowned Montreaux Jazz Festival in 07, where the band headlined the Lake Geneva Blues Cruise.  With Perry, he has been involved in numerous benefit events for local and national causes for the past 40 years.

Fusco has played bass on all four Perry CD releases, which include Hi Heel Blues, Roxy Perry - New York Blues Queen, Back In Bluesville, and In My Sweet Time, as well as other artists’ releases.

With Perry and the band, he has shared the stage with numerous blues artists, including Rod Piazza, Shamekia Copeland, Leon Russell, Marcia Ball, John Mayall, Saphire, Hubert Sumlin, Gatemouth Brown, Koko Taylor, Taj Mahal, the Neville Brothers, Popa Chubby, Derek Trucks, The Black Crowes, Susan Tedeschi, Duke Robillard and a host of others.

Fusco also owns and operates a lucrative boutique speaker cabinet business, creating one-of-a-kind specialty pieces and restoring classics. Among his clientele are many major recording artists, including Keith Richard, Bruce Springsteen, Brad Paisley, Joan Jett, among others.

Bob Fusco was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame on September 25, 2011 as “Great Blues Artist from New York”.

© September 2011
Photos: Susan O'Kane