SHYBO......... has been writing songs for a few decades now. He started with Folk and Bluegrass and has gone onto exploring other styles of music. Over the years he has played in Coffee houses and Restaurants from South Carolina to Seattle. He now plays at Pubs, Restaurants, Wineries and other private events. Some of his musical influences have been from artist like Cat Stevens, Gordon Lightfoot, James Taylor, Jethro Tull and many others. If you want easy listening music for your events or party, give Shybo a call at 541-261-2780
The Last of the Wandering Minstrels
I will be Playing at………..
Daisy Creek Vineyard in Jville Fri. Sept. 11th 5:00 pm
Shybo Duo at Grape St. in Medford Thur. Nov. 5th 7:00 pm
Pebblestone Cellars in Phoenix Sun Nov. 8th 3:00 pm
Rellik in Jacksonville Friday Feb. 12th 5:00 pm
The Shybo Torres Duo at Grape St. Sat. Feb. 27th 7:30 pm
Shybo Duo at Daisy Creek in Jville Fri. June 4th 5:00 pm
Shybo Duo at Daisy Creek in Jville Sun. July 11th 1:30 pm
Like most musician, my love for music started at an early age. I remember when I was around 4 or 5 years old, feeling all excited every time that I heard grownups playing live music. They would gather in the small alley way near my home to play their music. This was in Puerto Rico, so of course it was Latin music. As most people know, it’s hard to sit still when up tempo Latin music is playing. So I would grab a cooking pot from the kitchen and would run down to play along with everyone else.
Another memory is of the times when my father would place me on top of an old juke box so I could sing along with it. I guess that was my first Karaoke experience. When we moved to New York City in 1960, a whole new world of music opened up for me. My parents had an old record player that became my new best friend. I would listen to old 78 rpm records that my folks had. As I got a little older I started buying 45’s with old Motown artist on them. When I was around 12 years old I started playing drums with a few of my friends in a little band. We learned some of the songs that we heard on the radio that we liked and played mostly for family and friends.
I have a cousin that is a few years older than I and he was into playing the electric guitar.
I thought that he was so cool, I hung around with him a lot. He got me into listening to a lot of different music and we would go to the old Fillmore East in New York City to see live music. I was in music heaven, I got to see so many different styles of music in those years. He started showing me how to play the guitar so I bought an old acoustic at a pawn shop. I played with it for some time but after a few months I put it down because I was more interested in girls. At that time I didn’t know that playing guitar would lead to meeting more girls.
When I was around 15 years old, I bought a used flute and started playing along with some of the music that I liked. As time went on, I discovered bands like The Moody Blues and Jethro Tull and played along with those tunes. For a few years in my late teens, I didn’t play much music because my life was upside down. I moved away from New York and ended up in South Carolina, where I picked up the guitar again. I lived along the coast north of Charleston in a little place down from the beach. This is where I wrote my first songs and my love affair with playing music started. After a few years of writing and learning songs by artist like Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot and others, I started playing in a coffee house in Columbia SC.
In 1975, I moved out to the west coast with backpack and guitar on my back and landed in the town of Snohomish just outside of Seattle, Washington. Soon I was playing music in some of the local music venues. For a couple years I also played at the Folk Life Festival in Seattle which had players from all over the world. In 1978 I moved down to Southern Oregon and by 1980 started the band Pendragon. We played the local scene and did a little out of town gigs. A few years later I left the band to start a new band called Gypsy Moon with my friend Joe Cerniglia. A song that I wrote many years later named Little Piano Man, is about losing my friend Joe. He died from complications dealing with diabetes. Since those days I’ve been in a few bands and continued to play solo gigs.