Inspired by the music of CSNY, Bob Dylan, The Beatles and so many other singer/songwriters of the 60's and 70's, Bob Sharkey started playing guitar as a teenager in New Jersey. Following 4 years of studio/jazz guitar studies at the University of Southern California, Bob moved first back to NJ and within a couple years onto NYC where he played in various jazz and rock groups. The James Trio (and eventually The James Quintet) played jazz standards and originals during a 3 year residency at the Court Tavern in New Brunswick, NJ and played at various NYC spots such as the 55 Bar where Bob would go to see Mike Stern play as a teenager and imagined what it might be like to play there someday. Bob also played in rock bands during this time including an early incarnation of drummer/guitarist/songwriter Claude Colemans' Amadla (Claude played drums with the James Trio at the Court Tavern along with another childhood friend, multi-intrumentalist/sonwriter Peter Fand on bass). Bob also joined the rock band Industrial Tepee led by NYC songwriter Tom Shaner. Bob recorded 2 albums with Industrial Tepee, toured the US a few times and played regularly at many of the NYC clubs that were happening back in the 90's such as Mercury Lounge, CBGB's, Brownies and Fez. Soon enough Bob was being called to play guitar with other NYC songwriters such as Sam Bisbee and Suzanne Wyllie.
In 2001, Bob made his first album as a singer/songwriter, the self released Bob Shakey Quartet with keyboardist Philip Krohnengold, bassist Dan Green and drummer Jeff Lipstein. Following steady gigs at The Living Room in the East Village, NYC, the Bob Sharkey Quartet recorded and released it's second album titled "Foolish Nightmare" in 2005 on Motherwest Records. The album received many favorable reviews.
Now some 14 years later, a new album by Bob Sharkey called "Green" is out on Motherwest. With Rob Jost on bass and Jeff Lipstein on the drums, the songs delve into just some of the emotions found in the arc of a romantic relationship from blissful beginning to heartbroken end. Mellow, jazzy-folk, introspective, intimate are some of the words used to describe this new set of songs.