Bobby Bare, Jr.

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27 Abr 2006, 14:38

A recent journal discussion about singers referencing singers reminded me of somebody I liked when I didn't expect to.

I saw Bobby Bare, Jr. in Brooklyn at the CMJ festival a few years back. It was an awesome, all-day concert featuring a bunch of bands from Bloodshot Records and a barbecue. Some of the other bands performing that day were Trailer Bride, Waco Brothers, Pine Valley Cosmonauts, and Meat Puppets. Plus there was a bar in the middle of the dance floor selling nothing but Miller High Life and Maker's Mark straight up.

Anyway, Bobby was the first act and his set was pretty low key. After the whole thing was over, I ended up buying his CD Young Criminals Starvation League. You have to listen to a it a few times, but it definitely grows on you. His talent is writing more than singing, but he has good backups and musicians.

Some of my favorite tracks on this album are The Monk at the Disco, Dig Down (in which he complains that all good songs have already been written), and Painting Her Fingernails, an arrangement of a Shel Silverstein poem.

Oh, and yes, Bobby's the son of Bobby Bare. But I don't know too much about him to say anything.

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