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. sumodie Says:

    Ah yes, college trip stories

    Once saved a buddy’s life while tripping -he was trying autoerotica in his closet and was choking to death. His gf & i were tripping elsewhere and randomly had the urge to check on him. Life saved, never spoke about it again. Dunno if he actually got off

    The two are long married with kids now


  2. lumpyhead Says:

    ^ shut. the fuck. up.


  3. joe Says:

    in related news:

  4. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    If only David Carradine had tripping friends in Thailaind!

  5. butter Says:

    dont catfish me with these dates

  6. sumodie Says:

    Most awful trip story I ever heard happened to a friend south of Boston

    Can’t recall exact nightmarish details but she & several friends were tripping at someone’s house. Either one of trippers or another kid or two were also mixing explosives in the basement

    Yeah, that’s right. Very bad ending, not everyone survived the explosion. I freaked out just hearing my friend recount the excruciating details


  7. butter Says:

    ha ha Portland Meadows, fake as fuck

    dare you to play OR Phish, double dare you

  8. butter Says:

    Woost 1 set 2, i still hold as a top moment of 3.O

    Carini thru IF I Could, is some top shelf playing and jamming… Buried Alive reprise

  9. sumodie Says:

    Joe, heard about that UFO story but missed it myself. Those c5 cargo planes fly awfully low around here all the time, but they’re loud. When I first moved to amherst I kept thinking a plane was gonna crash, but it’s just the c5’s turning around.

    No clue about what might inspire a UFO sighting. Maybe a UFO…?

  10. butter Says:

    ^ patient connected theme thru out. dont sleep on Woost Ghost, some of the most abstract goopy exploration of 3.0

  11. BingosBrother Says:

    HO.LEE.FUCK. Sumo.

    Asian girl recovered a few minutes into ordeal. We all kind of went our separate ways and I’ve never seen her since. Along with the 2 hot chicks later on. I’ll never forgive myself.

    Have seen a real UFO. Story needs to be told in person though. My New Years resolution is to hang with bb’ers this year as often as I can.

  12. butter Says:

    just to even try to put this music (Woost I set II) coming off MSG 11 is mind boggling

  13. BingosBrother Says:

    Off to v-ball. I hope to hear a butter tripping story when I get home. I’ll bet he has a good one.

  14. sumodie Says:

    SPAC12 piper already a forgotten gem to these ears. Also a sweet Melt > la Grange set 1 ender. Had such a blast at that leg1 closer!

    Winter blues been pressing down already. Maybe tomorrow’s TAB will offer some relief. Full disclosure: also hitting Albany’s TAB ‘tour’ closer on Saturday. Got my birdwatcher specs all polished & ready!

  15. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Shakira is now a MILF.

  16. MmmHmm Says:

    “Jimmy Carter him down off the ceiling” – excellent expression.

  17. sumodie Says:

    Guess the real winter cold temps pulled out those awful stories. First one was actually funny if only cause it ended well. Those two college friends were into some kinky shit for awhile, stuff I didn’t really want to be privy to. Ah well

  18. MmmHmm Says:

    @sumo, you should probably prepare for TAB by listening to some Carpenters, Barry Manilow, Chicago, Richard Marx and maybe even some Seals and Croft to top it off.

  19. tela'smuff Says:

    ahhhh… the good old days of auto asphyxiation and lsd. simpler times. first i had to cut my dreads, then i had to stop masturbating and blacking out. fuck babylon.

  20. joe Says:

    any early reports on recent trey shows?

  21. MiA Says:

    Lol Tela’s

  22. MiA Says:

    Isn’t TAB webcasting tomorrow and the next day?

    They’re gonna sell 27 webcasts.

  23. stapes Says:

    What? MiA’s joke about Dick’s being Leg 3 goes unnoticed?!?!?!?
    Good stuff right there.

  24. kayatosh Says:

    tripped on butter once. wasn’t sure were body ended and the world began.

  25. bob dylan Says:

    I wonder if PHiSH will webcast all sold out shows next year. 30th anny bang! They have the technology to do it now. From a financial standpoint it makes sense. Just announce them after it sells out and if it doesn’t they are blackout.

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