Robert Reynolds III, USA. The early twenty-first century saw quite a few musical acts experimenting with the traditional four-piece rock band set-up. One-man band Bob Log III takes this concept to extremes, handling vocals, guitar, and drums simultaneously, all while having his identity obscured by a strange mask/helmet. Originating from Tucson, Arizona, USA, Log received his first guitar at the age of 11, that led to an obsession with AC/DC, and eventually, more traditional blues artists, such as Mississippi Fred McDowell. As a result, Log began playing in several local blues rock outfits, including Doo Rag in which he performed with percussionist Thermos Malling.
It was during this period (the early to mid-90s) that Log first came up with the idea of performing as a one-man band. When Malling left the group (midway through a tour with quirky rockers Ween), Log was forced to finally go at it alone. Leaving Arizona, a visit to a thrift store in Lawrence, Kansas resulted in Log purchasing the infamous aforementioned helmet, which he affixed microphones to the inside of, resulting in the founding of his microphone helmet. Log began augmenting his blues rock with drum machines and other more primitive forms of percussion (such as mere foot stomps), that resulted in a recording contract with the indie label, Epitaph Records. He released 1998s School Bus and the following years Trike before leaving the label for the more blues-based Fat Possum, for whom he recorded 2003s Log Bomb. In addition to his own shows, Log has briefly served as a touring member for the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, when the group toured with Mississippi bluesman R.L. Burnside.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.