Bobby Bare Jr. is a staple of awesome music for many of us in the Nashville area. Yes, he is the son of Bobby Bare, but the music is definitely his own. Steeped in musical tradition having grown up in nearby Hendersonville, BBJr’s musical influence can be attributed to his neighbors (George Jones and Tammy Wynette), as well as his father’s influence. The father and son duo were nominated for a grammy when BBJr was only six years old for a cover of the Shel Silverstein song “Daddy What If”. Since then, father and son took separate paths, and BBJr is certainly a focal point in Nashville’s vibrant music scene.
He has released albums with his group, Bare Jr., with his second group, The Young Criminal Starvation League, and solo. He is the executive producer of an album of Shel Silverstein songs “Twistable, Turnable Man” which features BBJr along with acts like My Morning Jacket, John Prine, and Dr. Dog. A few months ago, Bobby headlined a Pixies cover act in Nashville called Is She Weird, Is She White?.
BBJr has an extensive touring history with acts like Andrew Bird, The Black Crowes, The Decemberists, Bob Dylan, Dr. Dog, and Aerosmith. He is about to start a tour with Jay Farrar (man, I wish these guys were together in Nashville), but, I digress, he will be warming up for this tour by playing for Nashville at the Mercy Lounge tonight in Nashville.
You can also check out his 2009 and 2011 Daytrotter sessions here. Also, there are a couple of tracks below that you can check out.
BBJr will be joined by a couple of other Nashville acts, Tristen and Ponychase. I had the opportunity to check out the (now short-haired) Nashville songstress, Tristen, at SoundLand recently, and she was great. I’ve yet to see Ponychase, but they are on my list. Because, I’ve only heard great things.
Get out there and see some music. I would recommend swinging by Grimey’s to check out Dreamers of the Ghetto at 6pm. It’s a full night of great music. Sort of like SoundLand stuck around for a little while longer.
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