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Album Review

There are too few Bobby Bare compilations out there that matter. 20 Bare Essentials from Music Hill is one of the great exceptions, and it's even more so because it's not an import. These 20 tracks offer a solid aural view of what made Bobby Bare such a fine performer and song interpreter during the 1960s and '70s. From "That's How I Got to Memphis," and "The Year Clayton Delaney Died," "Crazy Arms," and any of his readings of Kris Kristofferson's tunes, these are top shelf performances by a singer and stylist who deserves more than he got.


Born: 07 April 1935 in Ironton, OH

Genre: Country

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Bobby Bare's story is nearly as fascinating as his music. Bare's mother died when he was five. His father couldn't earn enough money to feed his children, forcing the family to split up. Bare was working on a farm by the time he was 15 years old, later working in factories and selling ice cream to support himself. Building his first guitar, he began playing music in his late teens, performing with a local Ohio band in Springfield. In the late '50s, he moved out to Los Angeles. Bare's first appearance...
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