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Editors’ Notes

Over the course of a career that began in the early ‘60s, Bobby Bare has always relished his role as a country-music outsider. Though he’s enjoyed much success and sold many albums, he was never predictable, setting more trends than he followed. In that regard, The Moon Was Blue is a characteristic Bare offering, encompassing country chestnuts, tender ballads, a pop hit in “Everybody’s Talking,” and an obscure Shel Silverstein tune called “The Ballad of Lucy Jordan.” Bare’s first release in over 20 years, The Moon Was Blue was produced by his talented son, alt-country darling Bobby Bare, Jr., along with Mark Nevers of the band Lambchop. The youngsters add some unexpected studio touches to the mix, providing a pleasant texture to the whole without overwhelming the project and turning it into some throwback to the ‘60s that yielded Bare’s first hits. There are lush string arrangements, female backup singers in all the right spots, and even a children’s chorus on “Fellow Travelers” that should be corny but actually serves the song well. At the age of 70, Bare’s voice remains rich, strong, and controlled. While listeners may debate whether his take on “Yesterday When I Was Young” is unapologetic schmaltz or an inspired interpretation, there is no question that Bare can still deliver the goods.

Customer Reviews

Probably the last from yet another icon

Bobby Bare is the unsung hero of outlaw country. At 70, his voice may quaver a bit but still has that same tenor that made so many songs great. I hope there is more, but so many greats are now gone. If this is his swan song, it could not be more appropriate.

cultivate feelings of being a man is all that maters.

this is a great album b.bare is a legend in the game a distint listening pleasure.


A good album simply because the sound of his voice. I've always liked his delivery. As a kid my favorite was "Jogger" (check it out).
That said, his version of "Yesterday when I was young" is the best there is. HANDS DOWN!. I know Roy Clark is the standard but Bobby Bare's version is absolutely HAUNTING... Johnny Cash fans will love it.
Listen to it & picture it in the end scene of a Tarantino movie...


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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