Gene Watson Peer’s Quote from Bobby Bare: June 2014

Gene Watson’s Peers within the country music industry believe in the sheer talent of this unassuming man from east Texas, so much so that Gene is regarded by many of them as ‘the singer’s singer’ – and rightly so!

All of Gene Watson’s Peers, who were contacted by The Gene Watson Fan Site, during 2014, were most gracious with their time and words.

It is here, within this special part of The Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from Bobby Bare, which he submitted to this site on Monday 16 June 2014.

Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to Bobby Bare who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online ‘celebration of a Lone Star Hero’.

Bobby Bare: ‘Darker Than Light’ (Plowboy Records, 2012)

On Tuesday 13 November 2012, Plowboy Records released Bobby Bare’s ‘Darker Than Light’ (Plowboy Records, 2012), his first album since 2005.

Bobby Bare’s ‘Darker Than Light’ (Plowboy Records, 2012) was produced by Plowboy Records co-founder Don Cusic and tracked at the famed RCA Studio B in Nashville, with a band which included Buddy Miller and Randy Lynn Scruggs (Monday 3 August 1953 – Tuesday 17 April 2018) on guitar, Byron House on bass, Marco Giovino on drums, and other members of Robert Plant’s Band of Joy.

‘Darker Than Light’ (Plowboy Records, 2012) was Bobby Bare’s first release in seven years and featured his inspired interpretations of songs by Bob Dylan, Alejandro Escovedo (who also made a guest appearance), Huddie William Ledbetter (Lead Belly) (20 January 1889 – Tuesday 6 December 1949) and others, plus new original songs.

Bobby Bare’s ‘Darker Than Light’ (Plowboy Records, 2012) included the following tracks:

‘Going Down The Road Feeling Bad (I Ain’t Going To Be Treated This Way)’, which was written by Lee Hays (14 March 1914 – Wednesday 26 August 1981) and Woodrow ‘Woody’ Wilson Guthrie (Sunday 14 July 1912 – Tuesday 3 October 1967)

‘John Hardy’, which was written by Huddie William Ledbetter (Lead Belly) (20 January 1889 – Tuesday 6 December 1949)

‘Boll Weevil’ (traditional) (arranged by Bobby Bare)

‘Farewell Angelina’ (written by Bob Dylan)

‘House of The Rising Sun’ (traditional) (arranged by Bobby Bare)

‘Lookout Mountain’, which was written by Dennis Linde (Thursday 18 March 1943 – Friday 22 December 2006)

‘I Was Drunk’ (written by Alejandro Escovedo)

‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ (written by Adam Clayton, Dave Evans, Larry Mullen, Paul David Hewson and Victor Reina)

‘Dark As A Dungeon’, which was written by Merle Travis (Thursday 29 November 1917 – Thursday 20 October 1983)

‘I Was A Young Man Once’ (written by Bobby Bare and Don Cusic)

‘Banks of The Ohio’ (traditional) (arranged by Bobby Bare)

‘Shenandoah’ (traditional) (arranged by Bobby Bare)

‘Woody’ (written by Bobby Bare)

‘Tennesse Stud’, which was written by James Corbitt Morris (known professionally as Jimmy Driftwood / Jimmie Driftwood) (20 June 1907 – Sunday 12 July 1998)

‘Tom Dooley’, which was written by Frank Noah Proffitt (1 June 1913 – Wednesday 24 November 1965), Francis M. ‘Frank’ Warner (5 April 1903 – Monday 27 February 1978), John Lomax and Alan Lomax (31 January 1915 – Friday 19 July 2002)

‘The Devil & Billy Markham’, which was written by Bobby Bare and Shel Silverstein (Thursday 25 September 1930 – Monday 10 May 1999)

It was also in 2012 when Bobby Bare appeared on ‘Music City Roots’, and The Grand Ole Opry.

In March 2013, Bobby Bare appeared at South by Southwest.

On Wednesday 10 April 2013, the Country Music Association (CMA) announced that Bobby Bare would be a 2013 inductee into The Country Music Hall of Fame.  Other 2013 Inductees included ‘Cowboy’ Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 – Thursday 8 August 2013) and Kenny Rogers (Sunday 21 August 1938 – Friday 20 March 2020).

In nearly fifty years of making country music, Bobby Bare achieved many firsts in country music, and is credited for introducing Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 – Wednesday 13 February 2002) to RCA Records.

Bobby Bare was also one of the first artists to record songs from many well known songwriters, including ‘Cowboy’ Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 – Thursday 8 August 2013), Harlan Howard (Thursday 8 September 1927 – Sunday 3 March 2002), Billy Joe Shaver (Wednesday 16 August 1939 – Wednesday 28 October 2020), Mickey Newbury (Sunday 19 May 1940 – Sunday 29 September 2002), Tom T. Hall (Monday 25 May 1936 – Friday 20 August 2021), Shel Silverstein (Thursday 25 September 1930 – Monday 10 May 1999), Baxter Taylor and Kris Kristofferson.

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