Bob Cage - Guitarist
Bob Cage was born Robert Andrew Cagianese on October 27, 1954, in Jamaica, Queens, NY. He grew up nearby, in Baldwin, NY, and obtained a Bachelor's degree in Music at SUNY Stonybrook. He continued to study and play music for most of his life, devoting hours a day to practice, and he sought out high-level players to work with because he had a very high standard of excellence in perfoming. He continued to play and to perfect his technique for as long as he was able, and he always enjoyed playing music. But sadly; his life ended on September 22, 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Bob Cage was the great-grandson of Anastasios Stathopoulo, who founded the company which later became Epiphone. His uncles, and the master craftsmen they employed, created fine instruments, and responded to the specific needs of musicians, promoting innovation and creativity. Bob wished to honor what they did, by creating his own music on their fine instruments, and encouraging those who continue his family's tradition of a devotion to Craftsmanship supporting Musical Excellence.
As a professional musician who lived in the Hudson Valley and performed locally, regionally, and nationally, Bob Cage was honored to share the stage with many well-known musicians over the years, including Larry Coryell and Les Paul, and he appeared twice on Bob Miles' "Miles of Music" TV show. Of course; as one of the heirs of Anastasios Stathopoulo, he was also mentioned in the "House of Stathopoulo" book.
Robert also distinguished himself as a studio musician. In 2008; he played violin on the album Pete Seeger "At89" which won the Grammy award for best Traditional Folk album. Then in 2010; he played multiple parts on Joe Tobin's "Acoustic Medicine Show" album. And during the last three years prior to his demise; he again played several instruments on the album soon to be released, by Lori Jo Siegel.
Bob's album "Flat Top", which demonstrates the sound of early 20th century Epiphone flat-top acoustic guitars, is now available from Bob, or via CDBaby. Bob's uncles were paramount at perfecting the arch-top guitar design, for which they earned wide acclaim. Epiphone was the main industrial builder of arch-top guitars. Before the arch-top and "Big-Band" sound of the 30s and 40s, however, there were flat-top guitars playing blues, jazz and ragtime music.
These guitars had their own individual sound. Two of Bob's own Epiphone flat-top guitars are featured in the standards included on his "Flat-Top" album; a simple mahogany O Style flat-top guitar, with a beautiful warm tone, which can be seen in the "House of Stathopoulo" book, and an F.T.50; a wonderful guitar with a cherrywood neck which was discontinued in the 1940s.
When their new line was first introduced, Bob received one of the modern-day Epiphone's Masterbilt Acoustic guitars as a gift in appreciation for his input, and in response to his "Flat Top" album. Click here to see his comments, or click on the Guitars link shown at left.