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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 perfromance 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...

Thursday, July 2
The Player’s Pub 5-7pm
424 South Walnut
Bloomington, Indiana 47401
www.theplayerspub.com

Friday, July 3
Crescent Hill Art and Music Festival
4-5:30pm
Main Stage
Peterson Dumesnil House
301 South Peterson Avenue
Louisville, Kentucky

Friday, July 10
Corydon Concerts on The Square 7:30pm
(Location TBA due to Courthouse renovation)
Corydon, Indiana

Saturday, July 11
Salt Creek Winery 1-4pm
7603 W County Road 925 N
Freetown, Indiana 47235
www.saltcreekwinery.com

Friday, July 17
Monkey Hollow Winery & Bistro
@ The Wollenmann House 6-8pm EDT
1150 Main Street
Ferdinand, Indiana 47532

Saturday, July 18
Pepper’s Ridge Winery 2-5pm CST
4304 N. County Road 200 West
Rockport, Indiana 47635
www.peppersridge.com

Wednesday, July 29
Indianapolis City Market
11:30am-1:30pm
Market Street Stage
220 East Market Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
www.indycm.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 Nashville, Tennessee and for more than 25 years have been performing their brand of contemporary folk /pop music. Drawing on diverse influences such as Joni Mitchell, Dan Fogelberg, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Seger, Ray Charles and the Eagles (to name a few!), they are known for their tight harmony, intricate guitar arrangements and light hearted 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 (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.

They are also among a group of tribute artists who honor the life and musical legacy of folk/rock musician Dan Fogelberg, in their shows and yearly celebrations in Dan’s hometown of Peoria, Illinois. In addition they hope to raise awareness of prostate cancer, which took Dan far too soon…

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 rock edge. 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, and most recently, up amd coming (and amazing!) 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 region to perform to an ever-growing group of faithful fans.

 

 

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.

 

 

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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) 

 

 

 

 

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

Saturday, January 17
Monkey Hollow Winery
& Bistro @ The Wollenmann House 6-8pm EST
1150 Main Street
Ferdinand, Indiana 47532

Friday, February 13
Monkey Hollow Winery
& Bistro @ The Wollenmann House 6-8pm EST
1150 Main Street
Ferdinand, Indiana 47532

Saturday, February 21
Hopwood Cellars Winery 8-10pm
12 Cedar Street
Zionsville, Indiana 46077
www.hopwoodcellars.com
(CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW)

Friday, February 27
Salt Creek Brewery 7-10pm
466 Old State Road 37
Bedford, Indiana 47421
www.saltcreekbrewery.com

Saturday, February 28
Salt Creek Brewery – Brown County 7-10pm
51 State Road 46 East
Nashville, Indiana 47448
www.saltcreekbrewery.com

Friday, March 6
Madison Elks Concert Series 6-9pm
1251 West Main Street
Madison, Indiana 47250
www.elks524.org

Thursday, March 12
Robin Run Village 7pm
5334 W. 62nd Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46268

Saturday March 14 POSTPONED UNTIL MAY 2
The Hedgehog Music Showcase 7pm
101 W. Main Street
Arcadia, Indiana 46030
www.hedgehogmusicshowcase.com
317-984-3560
Tickets $10

Saturday, March 21
Monkey Hollow Winery
& Bistro @ The Wollenmann House 6-8pm EDT
1150 Main Street
Ferdinand, Indiana 47532

Sunday, March 29
Albemarle Cider Works 3-5pm
2545 Rural Ridge Lane
North Garden, VA 22959
www.albemarleciderworks.com

Saturday April 11
Pepper’s Ridge Winery 2-5pm CST
4304 N. County Road 200 West
Rockport, Indiana 47635
www.peppersridge.com

Saturday, April 18
Monkey Hollow Winery 4-7pm CDT
11534 E. County Road 1740 North
St. Meinrad, Indiana 47577

Saturday, April 25
Indiana Fiber & Music Festival Time TBA
701 Potters Lane
Clarksville, Indiana
www.indianafiberfest.com

Saturday, May 2
The Hedgehog Music Showcase 7pm
101 W. Main Street
Arcadia, Indiana 46030
www.hedgehogmusicshowcase.com
317-984-3560
Tickets $10
(Rescheduled From March 14)

Friday May 8
Salt Creek Brewery 7-10pm
466 Old State Road 37
Bedford, Indiana 47421
www.saltcreekbrewery.com

Friday, May 15
Monkey Hollow Winery
& Bistro @ The Wollenmann House 6-8pm EDT
1150 Main Street
Ferdinand, Indiana 47532

Sunday, May 17
Time For Remembrance Service 3pm CDT
Monroe-Carrell Children’s Hospital
At Vanderbilt
Langford Auditorium
Nashville, Tennessee

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

Friday, June 12
Buckeye Jake’s 7-10pm
13 E. Dayton Street (US HWY 35)
West Alexandria, OH
937.839.5253

Friday, June 19
Monkey Hollow Winery & Bistro
@ The Wollenmann House 6-8pm EDT
1150 Main Street
Ferdinand, Indiana 47532

Saturday, June 20
Monkey Hollow Winery 4-7pm CDT
11534 E. County Road 1740 North
St. Meinrad, Indiana 47577
www.monkeyhollowwinery.com

Thursday, June 25
Robin Run Village 7pm
In The Community Room
5334 W. 62nd Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46268

Sunday, June 28
Meets and Eats with Bomar & Ritter 1-4pm
Presented By Hoosier Arts Alliance
@ Grinny Possum Fiber Arts / J Designs
326 Spring Street
Jeffersonville, Indiana 47130
$10 advance (via website events below)/$15 Door
www.hoosierartsalliance.org

Thursday, July 2
The Player’s Pub 5-7pm
424 South Walnut
Bloomington, Indiana 47401
www.theplayerspub.com

Friday, July 3
Crescent Hill Art and Music Festival 4-5:30pm
Main Stage
Peterson Dumesnil House
301 South Peterson Avenue
Louisville, Kentucky

Friday, July 10
Corydon Concerts on The Square 7:30pm
(Location TBA due to Courthouse renovation)
Corydon, Indiana

Saturday, July 11
Salt Creek Winery 1-4pm
7603 W County Road 925 N
Freetown, Indiana 47235
www.saltcreekwinery.com

Friday, July 17
Monkey Hollow Winery & Bistro
@ The Wollenmann House 6-8pm EDT
1150 Main Street
Ferdinand, Indiana 47532

Saturday, July 18
Pepper’s Ridge Winery 2-5pm CST
4304 N. County Road 200 West
Rockport, Indiana 47635
www.peppersridge.com

Wednesday, July 29
Indianapolis City Market 11:30am-1:30pm
Market Street Stage
220 East Market Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
www.indycm.com

Friday, August 7
Monkey Hollow Winery
& Bistro @ The Wollenmann House 6-8pm EDT
1150 Main Street
Ferdinand, Indiana 47532

Monday, August 10
The Player’s Pub Songwriter Showcase 8-10pm
424 South Walnut
Bloomington, Indiana 47401
www.theplayerspub.com

Friday, August 15
Dan Fogelberg Celebration Weekend
Opening For Rodman Rail
Peoria, Illinois
(Details TBA)

Wednesday, August 26
Indianapolis Artsgarden 12:15-1:15pm
In The Circle Centre Mall
110 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
http://www.indyarts.org/artsgarden.aspx?p=1

Friday, August 28
Buckeye Jake’s 7-10pm
13 E. Dayton Street (US HWY 35)
West Alexandria, OH
937.839.5253

Friday, September 4
Vevay Main Street First Friday 6-9pm
Vevay, Indiana

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

Sunday, September 6
The Apple Works 2:45-5:45pm
8157 South 250 West
Trafalgar, Indiana 46181
www.apple-works.com

Thursday, September 17
Robin Run Village 7pm
In The Community Room
5334 W. 62nd Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46268

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

Friday, October 2
Monkey Hollow Winery
& Bistro @ The Wollenmann House 6-8pm EDT
1150 Main Street
Ferdinand, Indiana 47532

Saturday, October 10
The Apple Works 2:45-5:45pm
8157 South 250 West
Trafalgar, Indiana 46181
www.apple-works.com

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

Saturday, October 24
Pepper’s Ridge Winery 2-5pm CST
4304 N. County Road 200 West
Rockport, Indiana 47635
www.peppersridge.com

Friday, November 6
Monkey Hollow Winery
& Bistro @ The Wollenmann House 6-8pm EDT
1150 Main Street
Ferdinand, Indiana 47532

Saturday, November 7
Hopwood Cellars Winery 8-10pm
12 Cedar Street
Zionsville, Indiana 46077
www.hopwoodcellars.com

Saturday, December 12
Pepper’s Ridge Winery 2-5pm CST
4304 N. County Road 200 West
Rockport, Indiana 47635
www.peppersridge.com

Thursday, December 17
Robin Run Village 7pm
In The Community Room
5334 W. 62nd Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46268

Saturday, December 19
Monkey Hollow Winery
& Bistro @ The Wollenmann House 6-8pm EDT
1150 Main Street
Ferdinand, Indiana 47532