A stint with the reggae band Ganja Farmers (with Michel Auchter) provided Bob with a high level of playing and touring experience, and in 1994 he founded the Seattle funk band Tyrone “Bob” Lovelace has been playing bass and guitar for over 20 years. He studied formal Jazz and composition at the Settlement School of Music (Philadelphia, PA) and Blues, Country, and Bluegrass with Bob Neuberger (of the 1960’s band Noah’s Arc). This led to many gigs in the Philadelphia-New York Area. With relocation to Seattle (known for its shortage of bass players) opportunities began to sprout up.
Phat Sidy Smokehouse, featuring Ernest Pumphry Jr., Chris Littlefield (Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe), Brian “Stingshark” Ray, John Ewing (Reptet), Mark Cardeneas (The Time), and Davee C (Boogie Brown, Imij). Honing their chops playing up and down the west coast with everyone from Fishbone to Parliament, they ultimately disbanded after a stadium tour with Steve Miller and Gov’t Mule.
In an artistic change of direction, with members of the local Seattle community he helped form the musical collective Marmalade, consisting of members of Nu Sol Tribe, Adrian Xavier, the Supersonic Soul Pimps, and Stingshark. Marmalade, in its fifth year, is a weekly, all-star jam session that allows the musicians to have fun and mix it up, while keeping a danceable groove. They have toured as far away as France and Spain. Throughout the years Bob has had the opportunity to work with a variety of musicians, including Mike Stone, Shaun Smith, Michel Schrieve, Overton Berry, Wheedle’s Groove, Thadeus Turner, Davis Martin, and Laura “Piece” Kelly.