The Resounding Echoes Grow

Barefoot Bob (1975-2013)

Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of the Phish experience is the people we meet while on the ride. Amidst personal exaltation and sonic revelation, the friends we make are the most lasting treasures of the traveling circus we call home. So many of the people we hold dear at this point in life we have met through the interconnected circles of the Phish universe. As we have gotten older, however, many of us in the Phish community have dealt with unexpected losses of people with whom we have shared such powerful life experiences. There is nothing more heart-wrenching than a kindred soul plucked from the earth before his time, and on January 7, the community lost another dear friend who was taken from us far too soon. Robert Eckhart, known to many as Barefoot Bob, succumbed to cancer at the young age of 37.

Bob was a significant presence in the Phish world in several ways, specifically through his participation on and Twitter. Sharing his passion for Phish, The Grateful Dead and other bands with fans far and wide, Bob actively reccomended his favorite shows and provided copies for anyone who needed them. He helped initiate the Phish Twibe Listening Party, a weekly online get-together for participants to listen to and discuss classic Phish shows. Above all else, however, Bob was an exceptional person. His love for people and enthusiasm for music were catalysts for the formation community and close friendships, and his influence moved far beyond those who were lucky enough to meet him in person.

Barefoot Bob (right)

When Bob was diagnosed with tongue cancer in May of last year, he went through painful surgeries to have part of his tongue and the lymph nodes in his neck removed. This was followed by many difficult radiation treatments, and when his doctors finally thought he was cancer free and all he had left was to rebuild his body and learn how to speak and eat again, tumors began to appear around his stomach. The only course of action was a brutal schedule of chemotherapy. For a time, it looked like an experimental trial conducted at the University of Chicago would provide Bob and his family with a bit more time together, and he even had hopes of attending some of December’s New Year’s shows at MSG. Sadly, though, Bob’s health quickly declined. Thankfully, he and his family were able to spend one last Christmas together. Bob leaves behind his wife, Danelle, and two sons, Joseph (7) and Noah (6).

The community to which Bob gave so much of himself is now giving back to his family. Both Phish and Phish fans have generously donated more than 50 prizes for a raffle and an auction to raise money for a memorial fund  which will help pay for the education of Bob’s young boys. The prizes for the raffle include an autographed Fishman, show-used drumstick, a $100 Ticketmaster gift card and a wide variety of concert prints including a Boston 20th Anniversary Pollock. There are even more items available through the auction, including a set of two 2010 SPAC Pollocks and a set of three 2010 Atlantic City Duvals. To enter the raffle, just make $20 minimum donation to his memorial fund and then forward your email receipt to

The Eckharts

Watching our community rally around Danelle, Joseph, and Noah has been truly special, and you can contribute to this effort. Please consider entering the raffle, bidding in the auction or donating to the fund today. You’ll have a chance to pick up some incredible Phish memorabilia while helping out a family in need. We ask you to dig deep and give generously. That’s the way that Bob lived his life, and you can honor his memory by doing the same.

Complete rules for the raffle, as well as links to the auction and more on Bob’s life and courageous battle can be found here.

LINKS:  Memorial FundRaffleAuction, & Memorial Site


Jam of the Day:

Waves -> Undermind” 8.15.11 II

From what I gather, this UIC show was one of Bob’s favorite in recent years.


426 Responses to “The Resounding Echoes Grow”

  1. Angryjoggerz Says:

    Sumo – into Psychic Paramount at all? Telas turned me on to them, but heavy psychedelic sound.

  2. PigSong Says:

    Whaddup fuckers? Just wrapped an annual HOA meeting where I’m prez. Drinking off my woes.

  3. dusty Says:

    I didn’t even know they were bottling Enjoy By, just kegs with brewery reps coming back to the location on feb 15th and removing anything thats not consumed. I’m curious what there next style choice will be, but great idea. Also enjoyed recently a Mammoth Blond Bock aged in bourbon barrels. Voopa I’ve had some Dust Bowl IPA’s recently that where quite decent…Turlock area I think.

  4. tela's_muff Says:

    So far they’ve done 3 Enjoy By’s @dusty. Each IPA. Assuming due to the nature of the release being fresh hops. I hope they stick to that!!!

    I’ve given heavy rotation to a band called Quilt. Psych rock, total 60’s San Fran knockoff. But great songs, good psych stuff. No extra dirt ala Wooden Shjips.

  5. voopa Says:

    Thanks for the rec dusty, they are out of Turlock, haven’t had it yet.

  6. jtran Says:

    6 degrees or something here. Brr

    Ducks 2-0!!

  7. PigSong Says:

    17 below when I left for ATL/work this morning.

    Trying to figure a way to watch Wings games in the South. Any thoughts on streaming NHL?

  8. MmmHmm Says:

    Pig, Im in SC and I have a terrible time trying to get Caps games on TV or stream them unfortunately. put it up here if you find a good option. HOAs are the devil’s work. I’m paying a damn mortgage but have to pay the HOA rent to live in my hood??? F that. My HOA is a bunch of nosy old timers that wonder how I got a house in their neighborhood.

  9. MiA Says:

    I pay two HOA’s bitchez!

    Yeah. That sucks actually.

  10. MiA Says:

    Did you use the phrase “old timer?”

    Is that what people in the 1960’s called old people?

  11. MiA Says:

    I think I’ve been watching too much of this “workaholics”

    That wasn’t even funny.

  12. Al Says:

    Off topic.
    I’m sitting here with my little newborn in a Hospital corridor. She healthy and fine. It’s about 4 at night I guess. She came on earth about 2,5 hours ago.
    Have a nice day – , I will….

  13. PigSong Says:

    Will post MmmHmm

    Yeah it was a hellish meeting. My arch nemesis, some kid who lives in an apartment his parents just bought him, was able to get himself on the board in the waning minutes of this meeting. Some people just suck. I’m putting this place on the mother fucking market tomorrow. /rant

  14. PigSong Says:

    That’s a wonderful topic Al – congrats! Just finished FaceTime with the three month old – it’s a pretty one sided convo.


    Just to clarify, I’m not moving out because of bitch ass neighbor.

  15. gavinsdad Says:

    Congrats Al. I remember that first day well.

  16. phishm Says:

    Nice job Al. Hope everything works out for you.
    Wouldn’t do a HOA if I had to. Then again I live in the country and have few neighbors. Those that I have are awesome. It suits me.
    I just couldn’t deal with someone telling me what to do with my landscaping and such. I’ll take my few acres of freedom and run with it.
    BTW, what is her name Al?

  17. xpun Says:

    Congrats Al. Best of times. Remember both of mine like yesterday. Held my boy nonstop (my first). His mom had some complications and I held that dude for what seemed like ever before I gave him up. When his sister was born, mom was okay so I had to share her some. My boy will be ten in a week. Hard to believe.

  18. xpun Says:

    Just realized nye was 10th anny of end of hiatus. Same building and all. Never crossed my mind. We’ve all come along way since then.

  19. MmmHmm Says:

    yeah Mia I pay two HOAs too…a HOA inside of a HOA…its absurd. It really is a bunch of damn retireees with nothing better to do than keep their damn lawns emerald green all year around and walk their f-ing yappy ass dogs around the neighborhood all day spying on everyone else. awful. I regret moving into this house because of it. Before I put shudders in the windows I would have to go down in the 1st floor garage to burn bc I feared I was being spied on

  20. BNCB Says:

    Blessings, Al.

  21. PigSong Says:

    Nothing like a little neighbor induced paranoia^ 😉

    Actually my A isn’t bad by comparison. Just one annoying fuck. Only 12 units in a 100+ yo building, consider myself lucky to live here.

    It’s still for sale tomorrow if anyone’s moving to midtown ATL..

  22. tzara's Says:

    Stone Enjoy sighting in SEA, got 3 bombers. Great headsup BB. Can’t try them tonight though, too much wine homework.

  23. joe Says:

    read that chappelle bracket. I didn’t realize all the clips are on comedy central’s website. here’s one for the beer enthusiasts of the bb:–jackson-beer

  24. phishm Says:

    Gotta love the Chappelle convo. Funniest skit that I saw him do. Then again Charlie Murphy is a funny dude to me.

  25. MiA Says:

    Awesome Al. Congrats.

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