Bomar & Ritter
Mary Bomar and Bob Ritter met in Nashville, Tennessee and for more than 30 years have been performing their brand of contemporary folk /pop music. They are proficient performers, drawing on diverse influences such as Joni Mitchell, Dan Fogelberg, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Seger, Ray Charles, Neil Young, The Beatles and the Eagles (to name a few!), and are known for their tight harmony, intricate guitar arrangements and lighthearted stage manner. As one fan reviewed… “Stories are woven of smooth emotion and easy recall… Their music flows like summer stream…”.
Veterans of the stage, they have performed at: the nationally known Bluebird Café in Nashville, Tennessee; Kentucky Homefront Radio Show, Kentucky Music Weekend and The Crescent Hill Art and Music Festival, WHAS 11 Television’s Great Day Live in Louisville, Kentucky; the (former) Ohio River Valley Folk Festival in Madison, Indiana; the Metamora Old Time Music Festival in Metamora, Indiana; The Hedgehog Music Showcase in Arcadia, Indiana; the historic Pixy Theatre in Edinburgh, Indiana, and a wide variety of other venues throughout the South, East and Midwest. In October 2016, they were the featured performers at The 7th Annual Dan Fogelberg Celebration in Portland, Maine, and returned as the headliners in September 2017 at the 8th Annual Celebration in Nashville, Tennessee. They are also seasoned National Anthemists, singing the Anthem at Vanderbilt University Baseball, Basketball and Football games; Indianapolis Indians, Louisville Bats and Nashville Sounds Minor League Baseball games; and Indiana Pacers NBA Basketball games.
Their debut CD release, The First Step, is an acoustic based collection of thought provoking songs, which has had broad appeal to audiences of all ages. Their long awaited second CD, Take The Road, was released in June 2013 and carries a little more of a folk-rock edge. Their third release, entitled Kaleyedoscope, will be a 2 CD set with a planned release in early 2020. They have opened shows for or have shared billing with country music star Billy Dean, former Statler Brother and Country Music Hall of Famer, Jimmy Fortune, acclaimed folk artist Kate Campbell, bluegrass legends Eddie and Martha Adcock, Grand Ole Opry performer Jim Smoak, Grammy Award winning gospel group, The Blackwoods, Louisville’s legendary Monarchs, The Louisville Crashers, and alt-folk artists SHEL.
Mary and Bob now live rural southeast Indiana on land once owned by Bob’s great-great grandfather. From this inspiring location they continue to write and record their own material, and travel throughout the country to perform in an expanding number of venues to an ever-growing group of faithful fans.