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11 of the 12 tracks for The Longest Meow were recorded in 11 hours by 11 people as part of an all-day recording studio marathon. Minimal overdubs were applied keeping true to the live to tape excitement. And yet Bare Jr. maintains his third solo album was more carefully orchestrated, since rehearsals were held and arrangements worked out previous to the sessions. Well, there is no denying the firepower. The son of a legendary Nashville country singer, Bobby Bare Jr. has been carving out his own particular niche for the past decade with songs that are loose and loud, tough and tender, country-influenced but clearly rock. He’s joined by members of My Morning Jacket, Clem Snide and Lambchop, who intuitively understand the demands and never overshine the songs. A cover of the Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind” is turned into a soft acoustic lament. “Stop Crying” is as affecting as a Paul Westerberg ballad. “Back to Blue” led by a sparse arrangement of pedal steel and delicate harmonies points up Bare’s considerable country vocal chops. Not surprising, considering the family stock.

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Bobby Bare's rockin like never before

Bobby Bare Jr. has the right last name. He strips his music down naked to it's rawest forms, and then dresses them back up in his own little ways that usually turn out masterful tracks. The son of legendary country singer Bobby Bare Sr., he has a way of mixing country and rock and making it all come out in a pleasing mixture of vibes that leave both genres satisfactorily fulfilled. He can make feedback sound like a melodic bridge and if he was swingin a cat in the air, he could probably find some way to make the screeches work as uniform background noise. A musical genius. "The Heart Bionic" is the highlight, but Bare Jr. bounces all over in ballads filled with blood-curdling vovals, on down to the charming lyrical vocal setting of "Stop Crying," and the childlike wit of "Sticky Chemical," "Manyonaise Brain," and Gun Show." ... Can't go wrong with this purchase. It's classic Bobby Bare Jr. at his best and worst all put together. That's what makes it all stellar.

A great follow up...

The Longest Meow is a decent follow up to From the End of Your Leash. The cover of Where Is My Mind is outstanding.

Saw him in concert

On the day of my grandpa's funeral. It made the day a lot better. I heard he plays at Club 502. I never get tired of this album.


Born: June 28, 1966 in Nashville, TN

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Bobby Bare, Jr. may have begun his career when he was eight years old by the side of his dad, but as a grownup he's carved out a respectable niche with music that falls somewhere between hard rock, roots rock, indie rock, and alt-country. Bobby Bare, Jr. was born on June 28, 1966 in Nashville, Tennessee; his father was the successful country singer Bobby Bare, who'd scored hits with the songs "Detroit City," "500 Miles," and "Streets of Baltimore," among many others. The Bare family lived just outside...
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