SOBO is an International rock-n-blues project integrating American, Russian and Middle Eastern influences.
Based in the Holy City of Jerusalem, SOBO has an International Message of Freedom.
It was SOBO's inspired blues jams and intense funk rhythms that helped found the still-growing Israeli blues scene. The band performed at venues all through Israel and the Netherlands during the 90s, and recorded their first album in 1998, which was received very positively in Israel.
In the Summer 2002 SOBO took St Petersburg, Russia by storm appearing at the Delta Neva International Blues Festival wining a gold medal for their performance.
In 2003 the band appeared on Jazz, Blues and Videotapes Festival, Tel Aviv and The Summer Blues Festival, Givatayim, Israel.
In 2004 SOBO was chosen to represent Israel in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN under the banner of Blues For Peace.
While at the Challenge SOBO was spotted and immediately hired to play at the Blues City Cafe on Memphis' World Famous Beale street, where Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Albert King, and many other bluesman have played.
SOBO had a very strong showing prompting interest from local press, television and many national blues societies
SOBO is legendary in Israel for its powerful and energetic mix of blues, rock, R&B and funk coupled with a unique sound of slide guitar.
SOBO's unique sound can be attributed to
singer and bass player Assaf Sammy's smoky blues vocals and funky bass lines, slide guitarist and harmonica player Daniel's nonstop energy of boogie and blues, and drummer Gabriel's pounding beats paying homage to blues legends.
SOBO does their own original songs which have a bluesy flavor, and is constantly working to produce more.
Whether they're playing a cover tune or an original, that SOBO "crunch" is ever present.