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Editors’ Notes

Seven years after The Moon Was Blue, country legend Bobby Bare unhurriedly ambled along with the follow-up. At 77, Bare took an approach similar to Johnny Cash's American Recordings (gravelly and gravitas-laden delivery, stripped-down arrangements, and a grab bag of mostly cover tunes) and achieved an equally impressive end result. If anything, Bare's amiably charismatic tone had gained in character since his '70s heyday. Here, his versions of everything from traditional tunes like "House of the Rising Sun" and "Shenandoah" to U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" are near-definitive.

Customer Reviews


Best album of the YEAR!!! a MUST hear!!!! I especially love "The Devil and Billy Markham!"

American Icon

Another classic album from a timeless artist!




Born: April 7, 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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