Thanks for visiting our new website. We hope you like the changes and invite you to click around to get to know our story and listen to our music. We would love to have you attend one of our upcoming live performances. To see if there is a performance scheduled near you just click on the "SHOWDATES" button above. - Mary Bomar & Bob Ritter

CONTACT INFO...

Mary Bomar & Bob Ritter
PO Box 44, Deputy Indiana 47230-0044
Email Address: info@bomarandritter.com
Website: www.bomarandritter.com

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES...

Saturday, October 18
Quibble Hill Winery 1:30-4:30pm
338 Gowers Lane
Depauw, Indiana 47115
www.quibblehillwinery.com

Sunday, October 19
The Story Inn 1-4pm
6404 S. State Road 135
Story, Indiana 47448
www.storyinn.com
*Weather Permitting*

Saturday, October 25
Dan Fogelberg Celebration Weekend 11am CDT
Blessing & Song, Followed By A
Song Circle, Hosted By Us & Steven Dallas Rodman
Riverfront Park – Peoria, Illinois
www.fogelbergfoundationpeoria.org/Events.html

Saturday, November 1
Monkey Hollow Winery Harvest Party 3-6pm (CDT)
11534 E. County Road 1740 North
St. Meinrad, Indiana 47577
812.357.2272
www.monkeyhollwwinery.com



FOR A COMPLETE LISTING OF OUR UPCOMING SHOWS, JUST CLICK THE "SHOWDATES" BUTTON AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE.

OUR STORY...

Mary Bomar and Bob Ritter met in 1989 in Nashville, Tennessee and since then have been performing their brand of contemporary folk /pop music. Combining a list of strong originals and cover tunes, they have become known for their special blend of vocal harmony, intricate guitar arrangements and easygoing stage manner.

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 in Louisville, Kentucky; the Ohio River Valley Folk Festival in Madison, Indiana; the Metamora Old Time Music Festival in Metamora, Indiana; the historic Pixy Theatre in Edinburgh, Indiana, and numerous other sites throughout the South, East and Midwest.

Their debut CD release, The First Step, is a 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. 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, and Grammy Award winning gospel group, The Blackwoods.


Mary and Bob now live rural southeast Indiana where they write and record their own material, and perform to an ever-growing group of faithful fans in venues throughout the region.

 

OUR NEW CD "TAKE THE ROAD"NOW AVAILABLE!

 

 

 

 

 



We are happy and proud to announce our new CD "Take The Road" has been released! For more information click above on "LISTEN" then "Take The Road" for audio clips, lyrics, and the story behind the creation of "Take The Road".

"A long overdue second recording from this versatile duo. Take The Road takes the listener on a journey of styles from folk to rock, ballads to blues with songs that inspire, provoke thought and weave stories of life and love."

To listen to tracks and make purchases CLICK HERE to be taken to CDBaby.com.

 

 

 

 

Mary was born in Altavista, Virginia and, with her family, moved to Cismont, east of Charlottesville, when she was eight months old. Her dad, “Blue” ran a Gulf station and her mom, Joan, pumped gas and kept the books. When Mary was in the first grade, her Aunt Emmy came to visit and brought an autoharp. “I remember being totally drawn to and fascinated by that instrument. My aunt let me try it out and I was completely consumed. I got an Oscar-Schmidt for Christmas that year.”

Family gatherings, school programs and playing while singing with her sisters, Jeanne and Janet, are where Mary’s love for musical performance began. There were even dreams of being on Ted Mac’s Amateur Hour. “I loved watching programs like The Ed Sullivan Show and imagining myself on stage.”

In the eighth grade, Mary tried out for band and became a snare drummer, playing drums and percussion all through high school. It was also the year she teamed up with two classmates to compete in the school talent show. Ed Berry played left-handed, upside down guitar while Nancy Sheffield and Mary sang. Ed showed Mary some chords on the guitar, and you can guess what she got for Christmas that year! “It was so easy to sit for hours and teach myself chords and then songs.

The years of playing autoharp, my love for all kinds of music, especially classical piano, singing and putting on shows with my sisters; my mom and her dad both playing piano, and my dad’s dad playing fiddle, all contributed to my musical ear, even if the technique was quite fine tuned. Sometimes I wish that I had played a band instrument where I had to learn the musical notes, but I would never trade what playing drums did for my rhythm.”

It was a friend who encouraged Mary’s first public performance at a Charlottesville restaurant, which invited musicians to “sing for your supper”. That’s exactly what she did, which led to more “play for food” gigs and eventually a successful audition with the popular local band, “Backstreet Mission”. Mary spent a couple years with the band, performing cover tunes by artists like The Eagles, Pure Prairie League, Gordon Lightfoot, Linda Ronstadt and others, with four and five part harmonies. “It was an amazing time and I learned how important rehearsal is for really tight, in tune harmonies. My sisters and I had the sibling harmony, but this was four or five completely different voices working together.”

Mary discovered Joni Mitchell when a neighbor loaned her the “Blue” album. That inspired her to begin writing her own songs. “I made the decision to leave the band and go solo because I wanted to perform originals. Eventually I joined up with Keith Winkler as a duo, then bass player Dave Pomery arrived on the scene, and the trio became known as “Watchtower”.” When Pomery moved to Europe, Mary did some more solo work, a short stint with “The Morgan White Band” and guitarist Aric Van Brocklin, and then moved to Nashville, Tennessee.

That move began a journey through the workings of the music business and the ups and downs of trying to make it in that world. A car wreck while visiting home in Virginia kept Mary away from Nashville for seven years. During that time she healed, wrote and performed songs but decided to give music a rest for a while. Various work opportunities led her to live in New Jersey, Italy, California, and Virginia, and eventually back to Nashville.

The return to Nashville was only a half-hearted return to the music business, but joining a church with an excellent music program, working as a personal rep for a classical pianist, having two songs recorded (“Living Water” and “Rockin’ Roly Poly”), Getting involved with The Country Music Foundation’s “Words And Music” program, and marrying musician/singer/songwriter Bob Ritter opened a new musical world for Mary. (see “Bomar & Ritter” Bio)

 

 


 

Bob was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. His mom, Lydia, was a musician/music teacher and his dad, Bill, was a basketball coach, so music and sports have been a huge influence on his life since the beginning. 

His mom tells of hearing Bob sing harmony to commercials and TV show theme songs at a very early age. Bob played football and ran track/cross country in school, but his primary sport was basketball and his passion for the game led him to play on winning teams through high school and college, including the 1978-79 Indiana State University team which made it to the NCAA Championship game, pitting legends Larry Bird and Michigan State’s Magic Johnson against each other for the title.

While Bob participated in sports he also had a real passion for listening to music and singing along. At age 12 he got his first acoustic guitar, purchased by his mom with Top Value trading stamps. 

After some lessons and a lot of practice, Bob explored and was influenced by different styles of music from the blues, rock and acoustic pop artists of the late 60’s and early 70’s. The gift of an electric guitar was like icing on the cake. “At that point, I was really into trying to play blues music from artists like Johnny and Edgar Winter and Jimi Hendrix. Later on, listening to artists like James Taylor, John Denver and Loggins & Messina brought me back to the acoustic guitar.

" I was also trying to develop a singing style and those artists seemed to fit my vocal range and temperament.” During this time very few outside of Bob’s immediate family had any knowledge of “Bob the musician”. It wasn’t until he sang Dan Fogelberg’s “Longer” at his younger sister Julie’s wedding that his musical talent became known. “My only public performance prior to that was singing James Taylor’s “Fire And Rain” at a college dorm party which made me pretty nervous. At the wedding I was scared to death!” Scared as he was, singing at that wedding was a real confidence booster. His basketball days were over and music became the main focus of his life.

Bob soon joined “Casino”, the band of former guitar teacher, great friend and mentor, Craig Blattner. “I thought if I could ever play as good as Craig I would have really achieved something.” Being in the band was a great training ground for Bob. “We played all sorts of gigs and all styles of music, ranging from pop to disco to rock, and even a few cheesy ballads.” 

While continuing to play in the band (and only playing electric guitar), Bob met singer/acoustic guitarist Bill Rumely while taking classes at IUPUI in Indianapolis. They teamed up for a handful of gigs, performing “unplugged” Led Zepplin, Bob Seger, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Fogelberg, Neil Young and the like. “It was a fun crazy time, with a set list of about 50 songs and 5 hour gigs.

It was at this time I was really developing my own writing, and Dan Fogelberg influenced and inspired me like no other. Through him I found my musical direction. I still can’t believe he’s gone.” At the suggestion of a friend Bob later joined Brice Bowman and Peg Kunkel to form “Acoustic Avenue”, performing tight 3-part harmony covers by artists such as Fogelberg, Joni Mitchell, Simon & Garfunkel and others. Bob’s own Fogelberg/ Young/ Taylor influenced compositions began to make their way into the sets lists, with great audience response.

For years, Bob had been contemplating a move to Nashville, Tennessee, and in 1988 the time was right. After securing a job and settling in, he made his way to the singer/songwriter clubs for a taste of what Nashville was really all about. “It was intimidating and inspiring all at the same time. Hearing so many great musicians, singers and songs ultimately made me a better songwriter and musician.” (see Bomar & Ritter Bio) 

 

 

 

 

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These are our 2014 Dates…. We’re starting to book dates in 2015… Scroll down to see where we’ll be!

Saturday, January 25
Pepper’s Ridge Winery 2-5pm CST
4304 N. County Road 200 West
Rockport, Indiana 47635
www.peppersridge.com

Saturday, February 1
Chateau Thomas Wine Bar 7-10pm
8235 E. 116th Street
Fishers, Indiana 46038
www.chateauthomas.com/locations/fishers/contact

Friday, February 7
Hopwood Cellars Winery 6-8pm
12 Cedar Street
Zionsville, IN 46077
www.hopwoodcellars.com

Thursday, February 20
Robin Run Village 7-8:15pm
5334 W. 62nd Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46268
In The Community Room

Saturday, March 1
Pepper’s Ridge Winery 2-5pm CST
4304 N. County Road 200 West
Rockport, Indiana 47635
www.peppersridge.com

Sunday, April 6
Muddy Boots Cafe 5-7pm
136 N. Van Buren
Nashville, Indiana 47448
812.988.6911
www.muddybootscafe.com

Saturday, April 12, 2014
Private Party
Fishers, Indiana

Saturday, April 26, 2014
Indiana Fiber & Music Festival 4:30pm
701 Potters Lane
Clarksville, Indiana
www.indianafiberfest.com

Saturday, May 3
Chateau Thomas Wine Bar 7-10pm
8235 E. 116th Street
Fishers, Indiana 46038
www.chateauthomas.com/locations/fishers/contact

Friday, May 9
Jeffersonville Main Street
Chocolate Stroll 5:45-8:45pm
Downtown Jeffersonville, Indiana
For Ticket Info Go To:
www.jeffmainstreet.org

Saturday, May 17
Pepper’s Ridge Winery 2-5pm CST
4304 N. County Road 200 West
Rockport, Indiana 47635
www.peppersridge.com

Sunday, May 18
Time For Remembrance Service 3pm CDT
Langford Auditorium, Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee

Saturday, May 24
Cedar Creek Winery 3-6pm
3820 Leonard Road
Martinsville, Indiana 46151
www.cedarcreekwine.com

Saturday, May 31
Salt Creek Winery 2-5pm
7603 W. County Road 925 North
Freetown, Indiana 47235
www.saltcreekwinery.com
(Weather Permitting)

Sunday, June 1
Coffee Creek Christian Church 6-7pm
2615 W, State Road 250
Paris Crossing, Indiana 47270
812.346.3225

Thursday, June 5
Robin Run Village 7-8:15pm
5334 W. 62nd Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46268
In The Community Room

Friday, June 6
Vevay Main Street First Friday 6-9pm
Vevay, Indiana

Saturday, June 7
The Historic Pixy Theater 7pm
w/special guest Bassist Bill Ritter
111 South Walnut Street
Edinburgh, Indiana
www.theedinburghpixy.com
$10 At The Door

Tuesday, June 10
Private Event
Scottsburg, Indiana

Wednesday, June 11
Private Event
Scottsburg, Indiana

Saturday, June 14
Quibble Hill Winery 1:30-4:30pm
338 Gowers Lane
Depauw, Indiana 47115
www.quibblehillwinery.com

Sunday June 15
Stream Cliff Farm & Winery 1-4pm
8225 S. County Road 90 West
Commiskey, Indiana 47227
www.streamclifffarm.com

Saturday, June 21
Monkey Hollow Winery 4-7pm CDT
11534 E. County Road 1740 North
St. Meinrad, Indiana 47577
812.357.2272
www.monkeyhollwwinery.com

Sunday, June 22
Turtle Run Winery 11:30am-1:45pm
Opening for The Monarchs
940 St. Peter’s Church Road
Corydon, IN 47112
812.225.2650
www.turtlerunwinery.com

Wednesday, June 25
Indianapolis City Market 11:30am-1:30pm
Market Street Stage
220 East Market Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
www.indycm.com

Friday, July 4
Crescent Hill Art and Music Festival 4-5:30pm
Main Stage
Peterson Dumesnil House
301 South Peterson Avenue
Louisville, Kentucky

Saturday, July 5
Hopwood Cellars Winery 8-10pm
12 Cedar Street
Zionsville, IN 46077
www.hopwoodcellars.com

Friday, July 11
Madison Elks Concert Series 7-10pm
1251 W. Main Street
Madison, Indiana 47250
www.elks524.org

Saturday, July 12
The Story Inn 1-4pm
6404 S. State Road 135
Story, Indiana 47448
www.storyinn.com
*Weather Permitting*

Saturday, July 19
Salt Creek Winery 2-5pm
7603 W. County Road 925 North
Freetown, Indiana 47235
www.saltcreekwinery.com
(Weather Permitting)

Friday, July 25
Corydon Concerts On The Square 7:30-9pm
In The Gazebo
On The Historic Old Capitol Sqaure
Corydon, Indiana
(Weather Permitting)

Saturday, July 26
MaterFest 3pm
Hosted By Scottsburg Main Street
Celebrating Scott County’s Agricultural & Tomato Canning History
On The Courthouse Square
Scottsburg, Indiana
www.materfest.com

Saturday, August 2
Jeffersonville Farmer’s Market 9-11:30am
Corner of Chestnut & Locust Streets
Downtown Jeffersonville, Indiana
www.jeffmainstreet.org/events/farmers-market/index.html

Saturday, August 2
Chateau Thomas Wine Bar 7-10pm
8235 E. 116th Street
Fishers, Indiana 46038
www.chateauthomas.com/locations/fishers/contact

Friday, August 8
Private Event
Indianapolis, Indiana

Saturday, August 9
Optimist Convention
Terre Haute, Indiana

Sunday, August 10
Stream Cliff Farm & Winery 1-4pm
8225 S. County Road 90 West
Commiskey, Indiana 47227
www.streamclifffarm.com

Sunday, August 17
Albemarle Cider Works 3-5pm
2545 Rural Ridge Lane
North Garden, Virginia 22959
www.albemarleciderworks.com

Friday, August 22
Buckeye Jake’s 7-10pm
13 E. Dayton Street (US HWY 35)
West Alexandria, OH
937.839.5253

Saturday, August 23
Stockslager’s Greehhouse &
Garden Center JAM-Boree 12noon-2pm
14037 Eaton Pike (US 35)
New Lebanon, Ohio 45345
937.687.2722
www.stockslagers.com/events

Wednesday, August 27
The Brick Wall Restaurant 6-8pm
1116 Copperfield Drive
Georgetown, Indiana 47122
812.399.1113

Thursday, August 28
J & J Winery 6:30-9:30pm
3415 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana 47274
765.965.9463
www.jjwinery.com

Saturday, August 30
Metamora Old Time Music Festival 11:20-11:50am
On The Back Porch Stage
Metamora, Indiana

Saturday, August 30
Private Event/Evening House Concert
Indianapolis, Indiana

Sunday, August 31
Madison Vineyards Harvest Hoot 2:30-4pm
1456 E. 400 North
Madison, Indiana 47250
888.473.6500
www.madisonvineyards.com
Event runs from 12noon to 6pm –
Greg Ziesemer & Kriss Luckett perform 4:30-6

Monday, September 1
Clarkfest 10am-12noon
w/guest Bassist Bill Ritter
At The Duke Energy Grounds
1212 Eastern Boulevard
Clarksville, Indiana 47129

Saturday, September 6
Salt Creek Winery 2-5pm
7603 W. County Road 925 North
Freetown, Indiana 47235
www.saltcreekwinery.com
(Weather Permitting)

Wednesday, September 10
Indianapolis City Market 11:30am-1:30pm
Market Street Stage
220 East Market Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
www.indycm.com
*(Postponed – Rescheduled for October 8th)*

Saturday, September 13
The Apple Works 2:45-5:45pm
8157 South 250 West
Trafalgar, Indiana 46181
www.appleworks.com

Sunday, September 14
The Apple Works 2:45-5:45pm
8157 South 250 West
Trafalgar, Indiana 46181
www.appleworks.com

Thursday, September 18
Robin Run Village 7-8:15pm
5334 W. 62nd Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46268
In The Community Room

Saturday, October 4
Pepper’s Ridge Winery 2-5pm CST
4304 N. County Road 200 West
Rockport, Indiana 47635
www.peppersridge.com

Wednesday, October 8
Indianapolis City Market 11:30am-1:30pm
Market Street Stage
220 East Market Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
www.indycm.com

Saturday, October 11
The Apple Works 2:45-5:45pm
8157 South 250 West
Trafalgar, Indiana 46181
www.apple-works.com

Sunday, October 12
The Apple Works 2:45-5:45pm
8157 South 250 West
Trafalgar, Indiana 46181
www.appleworks.com

Saturday, October 18
Quibble Hill Winery 1:30-4:30pm
338 Gowers Lane
Depauw, Indiana 47115
www.quibblehillwinery.com

Sunday, October 19
The Story Inn 1-4pm
6404 S. State Road 135
Story, Indiana 47448
www.storyinn.com
*Weather Permitting*

Saturday, October 25
Dan Fogelberg Celebration Weekend 11am
Blessing & Song, Followed By A
Song Circle, Hosted By Us & Steven Dallas Rodman
Riverfront Park – Peoria, Illinois
www.fogelbergfoundationpeoria.org/Events.html

Saturday, November 1
Monkey Hollow Winery Harvest Party 3-6pm (CDT)
11534 E. County Road 1740 North
St. Meinrad, Indiana 47577
812.357.2272
www.monkeyhollwwinery.com

Thursday, November 13
Jeffersonville Merchant Holiday Open House 6-9pm
Performing @ The Grinny Possum Fiber Arts
326 Spring Street
Jeffersonville, Indiana 47130

Friday, November 14
Private Party
Vevay, Indiana

Saturday, November 22
The Harlequin Theatre 7pm
Opening For Cottonpatch
2380 25th St., Columbus, In 47203
(In The Fair Oaks Mall)
Tickets $15
www.theharlequintheatre.com

Saturday, December 6
Hopwood Cellars Winery 8-10pm
12 Cedar Street
Zionsville, Indiana 46077
www.hopwoodcellars.com

Thursday, December 18
Robin Run Village 7-8:15pm
Christmas Show
5334 W. 62nd Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46268
In The Community Room
317-293-5500

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Saturday, January 10
Pepper’s Ridge Winery 2-5pm CST
4304 N. County Road 200 West
Rockport, Indiana 47635
www.peppersridge.com