In an easy-going baritone voice, Bobby Bare’s delivery recalls your favorite uncle showing up for the holidays, regaling the whole family with tales of his travels. Even when singing the songs of others, Bare sounds as if he were telling the stories off the cuff. Thus, his recordings are best when he was playing live to an audience (cf., Down & Dirty, 1979) or with a group of friends, as on “Greasy Grit Gravy” (1978) — Shel Silverstein’s tribute to a Southern cuisine staple, which featured Bare sharing singing chores with Silverstein, Willie Nelson and others.
Like many country artists of his era, Robert Joseph Bare did not have it easy growing up. Born on April 7, 1935 in Ironton, Ohio, Bare lost his mother... Read More